Looks That 'Rock'

Sunday, June 27, 2010


Uzuri: Opulence meets Organic

Caribbean Fashion Week 2010 sizzled and our local runway rockers truly raised the bar...here are a few of the looks we loved!

Inspired by their latest resort collection, 'Jamaica Royale', creative duo Karl Williams and Mark McDermoth brought drama to Caribbean Fashion Week Sunday last. Feathers, sequins and other embellishments adorned the exquisitely clad models as they 'strutted their stuff' on the catwalk during the Uzuri International segment.

Since 1998, Karl Williams and Mark McDermoth have been working as a team, creating masterpiece gowns for their clients. The veteran designers have been a staple on the CFW runway since its inception, only taking a brief hiatus in 2008 and 2009.

Patrons may not have realised the underlying theme throughout the Uzuri collection presented at the 2010 Caribbean Fashion Week. The collection showcased the 'plantation lifestyle', where the designers featured at the peasant class as well as the landed gentry. According to Mark McDermoth, the desire was to "juxtapose the opulent against the organic, and then use that to take it to a modern aesthetic."

With that in mind their show featured peasant blouses, flowing frocks and fantastic gowns, all bearing the signature flair that Uzuri has come to be known for. And, as McDermoth rightly stated, "A trademark really sets you apart." Swimwear was also an element incorporated into the Uzuri collection, with Nell 'The Body' Robinson sporting a lime-green embellished bikini with flowing fabric fitted to cuffs on her wrists. Oraine Barrett also sported beachwear in a leopard-print bikini with sequin and feather detailing.

As a surprise to patrons, two guest models appeared in the set on Sunday night. Prior to showing, the duo had already decided that they wanted to feature a celebrity guest during their piece, and decided on former model-turned-singer D'Angel. Upon hearing that Carissa Rosario (wife of singer Johnny Gill who was billed for CFW) needed a designer to dress her for her turn on the catwalk, they added her to their line-up, and put her in a sequinned minidress, with feathers at the hem, which fitted the model like a glove. Needless to say, the dress was purchased by Gill after the show, ostensibly for his wife's next red carpet event.

With patrons disappointed that Trinidad's Claudia Pegus was a no-show, Uzuri International stepped in to close and seamlessly delivered a truly show-stopping, mind-boggling collection that left many in awe.

Karl and Mark's talent and attention to detail were unmistakable, and these two designers who have in the past stumbled many a time with flawed finishes can now lay claim to have conquered their demons. The collection unveiled Sunday last was without doubt a triumph, a couture collection that could pass muster in London, Paris, New York or Milan. We look forward to the world sitting up and truly taking notice, and for our other designers to note that the race has never been for the swift...


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