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THE COLLECTION MoDA

21. FAB@5 Celebrating five years of The Collection MoDA. 26. Front Row Just in case you missed anything from the 2015 runway, here are some of the highlights. 30. The Designers Are.... Meet the 2016 Runway designers. 37. Catching Up Touching base with our 2015 MoDA Grant winners. 41. MoDA Market Flashback to MoDA Market 2015 and a peek at what’s new for this year.

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FASHION NOTES

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43. Work It! On a mission to grow the local fashion market.

50. Look Book I + II Looking ahead to the Spring/Summer 2017 trends for ladies and gents. 55. REPORT: Beach Season Front row splash on Miami Swim Week. 59. REPORT: Catwalk Situations New York Fashion Week front row news flash. 64. STYLE FILE: Model Movements On the move with fashion’s newest face from The Rock. 67. JET SET: LA LA Land 48 hours to spend in Los Angeles courtesy of Karen Marley. 73. REPORT: All-Inclusive Fashion Full-figure fashion forward in New York. 78. STYLE FILE: Follow the Leader A Jamaican lifestyle blogger making big waves online.


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90. Band of Grace Exploring the fluidity of fashion. 95. Secret Garden This country garden never looked so good. Fashion by Korto Momolu, Carlton Jones and Cesar Galindo. 100. COVER STORY — Being Bright One on one with Collection MoDA guest host Harriette Cole.

STYLE LIFE

110. El Arte de L’Expression Fabric is fluid with fashions inspired by Lisu Vega. 118. Artist Retreat Modern creative living at this stunning residence in Port Antonio, Jamaica. 125. MUSIC: Burning (Wo)Man Plugged in with The Collection MoDA’s resident DJ.

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FASHION FEATURES

87. A Conversation Working out never looked so good thanks to Cushnie et Ochs.

126. TRAVEL: Great Expectations Elevate your vacation experience with Inspirato. 130. MOTIVATION: Take the Leap Words of motivation from guest contributor Harriette Cole. 132. FOOD: A Lil Zest Ortanique’s “Cuisine of the Sun” gets juicy, opening locations in Miami and Negril. 138. FOOD: A Feast of Treasures Dinner for four at Half Moon’s newly renovated Sugar Mill restaurant. 147. Beyond the Red Lights Resident travel correspondent Tara Bradshaw explores the “other” side of Amsterdam. On the cover: American Ballet Company principal dancer, Misty Copeland, wearing 108 stitches HARRIETTE COLE COLLECTION. Photo by George Chinsee. On this page: Photo by Chris Correa 6

Published by The Collection MoDA © The Collection MoDA. The publisher makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of information given in editorial and advertising pages of MoDA Mag, but accepts no responsibility for errors or omissions for claims made in any section of this publication. No part of this publication may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronically or mechanically, without written permission from the publisher.


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WELCOME

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KERRY-ANN CLARKE / EVENT DIRECTOR FOUNDER, MoDA SERIES

It has been five years, and never has it felt like work! I started this journey extremely excited about what could be accomplished, and am both happy and incredibly lucky to work with a team that not only shares my vision, but also understands my passion.   Many of you do not know that there are aspects of the MoDA series that are simply a labour of love, and do not realise that the MoDA platform has been designed to engender growth, and to 8

empower. We see ourselves forging new partnerships while climbing towards our vision of a rejuvenated Caribbean creative industry.  And I cannot help but smile—when I hear a success story, and see the evidence of positive growth, right here in Jamaica.  Yes, it is true that fashion is our raison d’être, but the stage is now shared by almost every type of artistic expression. The Collection MoDA is Jamaica’s premier fashion


extravaganza, yet it is also a celebration of all that we accomplish behind the scenes. Each successful staging means: renewed corporate interest in revitalizing the Caribbean creative industries; that another batch of design talent from the Caribbean will receive expert guidance and support towards turning their skills into profitable businesses; and that Kingston will once again be buzzing with activity, as guests travel from near and far to celebrate Caribbean fashion and lifestyle. These are some of the goals that we set out to accomplish from the very beginning.   It also means that we have worked again to unearth a spring of untapped artisans to showcase at MoDA Market—our expertly curated tradeshow platform. By connecting both local and international buyers with craftspeople from within the Caribbean, we are giving these artisans impetus to grow their brands. This year we have expanded to two of our Caribbean neighbours, appointing partners in Trinidad and Barbados to seek out talent, bringing us closer to our vision of Kingston acting as the creative hub of the Caribbean...a vision that is enabled through the existence of CARICOM. 

to announce that 2016 marks the start of a three-year contract with Jamaica Yellow Pages, who have explicitly expressed their support of our vision for Kingston and the wider Caribbean region. We have also partnered with The Spanish Court Hotel and Island Outpost, to offer travel packages, in an effort to boost interest from the international community. These partnerships exemplify what we mean by ‘a collaborative effort towards a successful Caribbean creative industry.’ There is no doubt that MoDA’s success can have a meaningful and lasting impact on other industries as well, especially tourism.   We have accomplished so much in five years—and there is so much more to do! To all our supporters, this welcome is dedicated to you. Thank you all for your help. Whether you are a sponsor, model, designer, artisan, blogger, or one of our distinguished—and stylish—guests, we could not have reached this milestone without you. So, welcome to the 2016 edition of MoDA Mag and welcome to Kingston en MoDA.

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TEAM

KERRY-ANN CLARKE / MoDA SERIES DIRECTOR

She went to France with the certainty that fashion was her calling, and left The Parsons School of Design in Paris, with a degree in Design Marketing. Fast-forward to the present and the whirlwind dynamism of her world, where each day is divided between: selecting the perfect item for discerning customers at her lifestyle boutique, KERRY ManWomanHome, and the ambitious project-path she has set out on—to give back in a profound way through the MoDA Series. Her vision is for Kingston to become the creative hub of the Caribbean, and with a 10-year plan before her, there is no doubt this will become a reality.

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LEISHA WONG /

AIESHA PANTON /

MoDA MAG EDITOR

MoDA MARKET CURATOR

Leisha is a lifestyle editor who moved to Jamaica 10 years ago from London, England (via Miami and New York), who has a passion for living a stylish life. She has written about interior design, art, fashion, travel and food for the past 13 years, at various publications including international media agencies, The Daily News (New York) and Ocean Drive (Miami), and for local publications such as SkyWritings, Kuya, MACO, and The Jamaica Observer.

Stylist. Tastemaker. Event Designer. Curator. Aiesha is an island style connoisseur committed to changing the way we experience luxury in the Caribbean. Fluent in our visual vernacular, for over 10 years she has created world class events with a distinct Jamaican aesthetic.

Passionate about celebrating local artisans and designers, Aiesha co-created Conversation Piece, a curated pop-up experience, to do As editor-in-chief of the MoDA just that. It is through CP Mag, she further dedicates that the perfect partnership herself to showcasing the with MoDA emerged and has unique style of the Caribbean become the driving force it is. and its people.


FIDGE FLETCHER /

SHAUNA-GAYE HART/

Fidge launched her career in the fashion industry 10 years ago. She has worked on several international Fashion Weeks, and has styled collections for major players in the industry including Fendi, Costume National, BCBG, and Zac Posen.   Her career highlights include styling campaigns for Rolex, Movado, Estee Lauder and Clinique; and she was also lead stylist for NBC Universal. Fidge brings true creative intelligence to The Collection MoDA, and is responsible for directing the photoshoots and runway show.

A successful business owner and manager, wife, and mother, Shauna-Gaye uses her educational background in hospitality and international business, as well as a good dose of practical and life experiences to support The Collection MoDA team. She is the go-to team member—when it needs to get done! 

MoDA CREATIVE DIRECTOR

MoDA GENERALIST

STEPHANIE LAWRENCE / THE COLLECTION MoDA RIGHT-HAND

A past student of Meadowbrook High School, Stephanie’s original intention was to become an attorneyat-law. But once she began modelling, and Kerry-Ann Clarke took her under her wing as an assistant, she discovered a passion for the world of fashion and now plans to study fashion marketing. As the team’s right-hand woman, she acts as a liaison, handling the details that will ensure the smooth running of The Collection MoDA.

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TARA BRADSHAW // WRITER Tara Bradshaw is a self-confessed travel addict and solo travel enthusiast.  She currently works in e-commerce and business development for the Caribbean’s leading travel agency, Trafalgar Travel, and takes advantage of every opportunity to hop on a plane.  Her goal is to visit at least one new place every year (this year it’s Budapest and Prague).  Follow her on her travel adventures on Instagram @tarabarrra.

JUDITH DENTON // MoDA MAG COPY EDITOR She brings one of the islands most distinguishable speaking voices to the media talent industry, and many will know her as the voice of the MoDA Series of events. But behind the scenes, as the magazine’s copy editor, she sweeps the magazine’s pages, with an eye for detail, to ensure that our copy is clean and that MoDA Mag looks as good as it should!

MICHELLE GORDON // WRITER Presented with the opportunity to hone her love of writing, Michelle decided to redefine Caribbean parenting with style, class and unquestionable beauty. She created a resource base of information, support, advice and entertainment for both new and experienced parents when she launched B3 Parenting Magazine in 2012. Today, Michelle stands at the helm of a growing publishing business. She is also the editor of Indulge Food & Wine Magazine and, along with her team, creates and produces several glossy publications for private clients.

WALTER GREENE // WRITER Walter Greene is an international journalist, editor, author and fashion consultant based in New York City. As fashion editorial director of Profiles98 Magazine, he is responsible for the overall fashion and beauty content. Walter has formerly held fashion editor positions at Odyssey Couleur and Sister 2 Sister magazines and has interviewed luminaries in the fashion and entertainment worlds from Meryl Streep and Denzel Washington to Naomi Campbell and Beyoncé. 12


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RACQUEL JENKINS // MAKEUP ARTIST For almost 15 years, Racquel Jenkins has led the cosmetology industry in Jamaica, introducing permanent cosmetics to the island, at her self-named cosmetic studio. Having forged partnerships with international makeup brands Eve Pearl, Body Bling and NuSkin, she recently launched her own line of cosmetics, with women of colour in mind. Bold Cosmetics is created with quality ingredients and nutrients for the skin, delivering a superb, long-lasting makeup experience. She has worked with fashion model Jaunel McKenzie, and actress Vivica Fox.

LISA MCINTOSH-ARIS // HAIR STYLIST Lisa is a one-stop stylist, for hair, makeup, and even custommade clothing through her line, Neahlis. With training in London, New York, and Boston, Lisa counts Vivica Fox amongst her clients, and has been featured in numerous international magazines including Sister to Sister magazine in New York, B3 Magazine in Jamaica, Italian Vogue, and Pride Magazine in London. She now adds MoDA Mag to her portfolio.

TIFFANY LUE-YEN // PHOTOGRAPHER A graduate of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Tiffany has spent over 11 years establishing herself as one of Jamaica’s leading photographers.  Her empathetic nature and photojournalistic flair result in photographs that convey mood and emotion. Tiffany’s perfectionist approach is revealed in her attention to detail, always depicting a complete story in her work. Her photography has been featured in several notable publications such as Brides magazine, The Washington Post, MACO Magazine and a host of local media.

SHARKY // GRAPHIC DESIGNER He is the creative director of Bespoke Musik NYC, and cofounder of the design studio, Passion Fruit Jamaica. Branding and campaign design projects in Kingston include clients like Sagicor, Usain Bolt, KGN Kitchen, The Chow Society, Phase3, Cellar 8, and Bug Off Jamaica, and internationally Soul Clap Records, and FFWD Dubai. His aim is to deliver simple yet iconic design solutions. His poster art for Bespoke Musik NY is seen worldwide, along with his global music festival antics, which keeps his client list fresh. 14


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creative Caribbean lifestyle—from fashion and art, to music, food, and interiors. It’s about stylish living, defined in a distinctive island way.

~ LEISHA WONG / EDITOR

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hen I was a child, I wanted to be a lawyer when I grew up. Law is a solid career— stable and reliable. It so happened, however, that a love for reading and writing took over, leading me down the creative path of a writer—not always so stable and reliable. And this is the life of the creative, often undervalued and unappreciated despite their multifaceted and inspired ability to make life that much more beautiful. One of the visions of The Collection MoDA is to showcase the jaw-dropping work of these creative talents, and place them on a platform where they receive the acknowledgement and support that they deserve. It is a vision which extends through the pages of this magazine. The Collection MoDA turns five this year, moving from a one-night event, to a three-day lifestyle experience. And what started as a fashion-driven event has metamorphosed into a celebration of our 16

MoDA Mag allows us to dig a little deeper—to tell the stories of the faces behind the designs, behind the food, and behind the personalities. Speaking of personalities…this year we welcome Harriette Cole as our guest host. Here is a woman who not only wears many hats— life stylist and media maven, fashion designer and life coach, mother and wife— but does so in the most stylish manner. She gives us a taste of her guidance in “Take the Leap” (page 130), and will be hosting a workshop at MoDA Market that you will not want to miss. Front row reports from our stylish correspondents at New York Fashion Week and Miami Swim Week deliver the latest fashion trends, while Karen Marley shares her love for Los Angeles. Celebrate wanderlust with our resident travelista, Tara Bradshaw, who explores the other side of Amsterdam; or stay in Jamaica and discover the unspoiled beauty of South Coast living, thanks to the talented architectural team at Vidal Atelier. And in our culinary journeys we make stops in Montego Bay and Negril, before heading to Miami. Living creatively may not always be reliable or stable, but it is living soulfully, in pursuit of magic and faith—my choice every time. To all the writers, photographers, and graphic designers who worked on this issue—and who choose the magic—thank you! We hope you all enjoy the #MoDAMagic.


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FRONT ROW REWIND TO MoDA RUNWAY 2015 AS WE LOOK BACK AT SOME OF THE HOTTEST FASHIONS.

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DESIGNERS ARE... WE WELCOME TO THE RUNWAY THIS YEAR A HOST OF FASHION-FORWARD, CREATIVE, AND INSPIRED DESIGNERS. A TRULY INTERNATIONAL FASHION SHOWCASE.

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CARMICHAEL BYFIELD

CESAR GALINDO

Jamaican-born Carmichael Byfield now

Former designer at Dolce & Gabbana,

resides in the Netherlands, and it is there that he was inspired to create the House of Byfield—initially an elegant collection for men, which has grown to dress women as well. He makes his debut on the MoDA Runway this year showcasing his distinctive prints, and tailoring, for both his male and female collections. MM: Three words that describe your current collection. CB: Life, glamour, stylish. MM: What inspired this collection? CB: My island Jamaica. MM: Who is your style icon and why? CB: Anna Fendi, who along with her sisters built and defined the Fendi brand. CB: Style to me is.... Everything you could fashionably imagine.

Calvin Klein Collections, and L.A.M.B by Gwen Stefani, Cesar Galindo launched his secondary collection in 2011. CZAR by Cesar Galindo, is created for an edgier, younger woman and defined by dresses, soft separates, and statement accent pieces. MM: Three words that describe your current collection. CG: Magic, garden, fairies. MM: What inspired this collection? CG: [The literary work/film], Midnight in

the Garden of Good and Evil. MM: Who is your style icon and why? CG: Sophia Loren‌ her style always captured me, even as a child. CG: Style to me is.... Confidence. www.facebook.com/CzarByCesarGalindo

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ith a multi-faceted career in the fashion industry that spans two decades, and includes stylist to the stars (Queen Latifah, Halle Berry and Michelle Obama), Carlton Jones returns to MoDA Runway. MM: Three words that describe your current collection. CJ: Evolving, elegant, chic MM: What inspired this collection? CJ: I was inspired by a bridal show in Dubai, where I decided to bridge the gap to bridal and red carpet gowns. MM: Who is your style icon and why? CJ: Michelle Obama. I think she’s been able to balance her role as a public servant, with a very chic and stylish approach to fashion that’s elegantly appropriate. CJ: Style to me is.... The personal stamp on everything one does. As it relates to fashion, it’s the natural gravitation to items that work for the body and lifestyle of the person who wears them. www.carltonjonesnyc.com

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roject Runway and Project Runway All Stars alumna, Korto Momolu returns for her fifth year at MoDA Runway. The Liberia native draws from her African roots in her most recent collection, to deliver rich prints, vibrant colours, and textures. MM: Three words that describe your current collection. KM: Bold, flirtatious, exuberant.  MM: What inspired this collection? KM: Paying a long overdue tribute to my homeland...and doing it my way!  MM: Who is your style icon and why? KM: Grace Jones—she has always been unapologetically who she is. Period. KM: Style to me is.... My voice. My everything. My life. www.kortomomolu.com


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celebrated Venezuelan-American artist, and fashion and textile designer, Lisu Vega is based in Miami. She is known both for her fashion-art installations as well as her organic approach to design, in a 100% recyclable accessories line. MM: Three words that describe your current collection. LV: Wearable art, contemporary and unique. MM: What inspired this collection? LV: My beginnings with experimental graphics, the human body and intervening public spaces. MM: Who is your style icon and why? LV: Bjork is a contemporary artist, and her approach to fashion has no limits. LV: Style to me is.... Being confident and unique. www.lisuvega.com

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ain Glory, the vibrant swimwear collection by Jehan Jackson, creates suits for confident, free-spirited, bold women. Inspired this season by Patra. MM: Three words that describe your current collection. VG: Liberating. Hardcore. Carpasetic. [From Patra’s song Queen of the Pack] MM: What inspired this collection? VG: Patra was a revolutionary and fearless female figure during the male dominated 90’s dancehall scene. “The Queen of the Pack Collection” is named after our favourite Patra song, and is an evolution of our past bodies of work. MM: Style icon and why? VG: Rihanna, the Patra of our era. She is unabashed, trailblazing, always ahead of the curve, and constantly reinventing herself. VG: Style to me is…. A visual expression. It breaks down boundaries and pushes past the envelope, and even allows us to make our own envelope if need be. www.facebook.com/vainxglory 33


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rowing up he would watch his mother sew, and from a very young age would make dresses for his sisters and cousins.Today his designs are found in high-end department stores, and boutiques in North America and Europe carry Courtney Washington collections. His is a line of fashion that takes the sophisticated, modern woman from the office to cocktails, in designs that are versatile, fun and functional. MM: Three words that describe your current collection. CB: Sexy, bold, immense!. MM: What inspired this collection? CB: The need for women to look and feel sexy.  MM: Who is your style icon and why? CB: Sarah Jessica Parker. She is effortlessly stylish..   CB: Style to me is.... An Art!

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MoDA Grant, which included, $100,000 from First Global Bank, she has redefined her design philosophy, integrating her two passions—design and illustration—in her installation piece for 2016. MM: Three words that describe your current collection. AD: Illustrated, whimsical, chic. MM: What inspired this collection? AD: I’ve been doing a lot with my illustrated line and I thought I wasn’t being as faithful to myself as a fashion designer. One day I wondered what it would be like to merge the two lines. AD: Style to me is.... An extension of one’s personality. Style isn’t following trends; it’s a unique expression of what you wear and how you wear it. www.facebook.com/asdclothing

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CATCHING UP Then, it was Perfect Sense. Now, we find out what the 2015 First Global Bank MoDA Grant winners are up to.

They got the judges attention during the 2015 First Global Bank MoDA

Grant competition for their collaborative design styles that delivered a contemporary look, which stood out from the competition. One year later, the duo that was Perfect Sense have gone on to pursue individual design paths, and are pushing their design skills in different directions. MoDA Mag sits down with them to talk lessons learned, and plans for the future.

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SORSHONA HENRY

ORLANDO SAMUELS

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winning the First Global Bank MoDA Grant? SH: After winning the Grant I saw where I needed a change, a fresh start; and what better way than to launch a new line, inspired by my ‘renaissance’, meaning ‘rebirth’. I now go by the name RENASCI. I am currently working on distributing to a few stores—and am also experimenting with jewellery, which is exciting as it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.

winning the First Global Bank MoDA Grant? OS: I am currently rebranding my business and the brand will now be known as Be Street by Orlando Samuels. I am also in the process of releasing a collection that showcases a range of women’s wear.

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MM: What lessons did you learn from the experience? SH: Definitely time management. I also needed to sell myself more as a designer and I learned how to do that.

MM: What was the best part of winning? SH: It would have to be the Grant itself. I

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MM: How did the experience of participating in the Grant affect you as a designer? OS: Prior to winning the Grant I was operating from my home studio in a volatile area. The Grant enabled me to acquire a commercial location (Shop 161, Constant Spring Arcade) where my customers and I are more comfortable conducting business. As an individual, I have grown immensely with regards to professionalism and with time and business management.

MM: What lessons did you learn from the experience?

OS: I have learnt that time management is essential. As a young designer I also learned that it is important to be well-educated to avoid being taken advantage of; and that there is nothing like having confidence in oneself. And always remember to have fun!

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needed a central location to work from, but needed funds to do so. I realized that I would be able to finally kick-start the project using the Grant.

the Grant? OS: The fact that it was my birthday!

MM: Plans for the future? SH: I see RENASCI in mass production and also being an integral part of ‘Brand Jamaica’.

be expanding to a larger facility where I can mass produce ready-to-wear garments for the local and overseas market. I also hope to be able to show a collection on the MoDA Runway.

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Aiesha Panton, MoDA Market Curator sits down with MoDA Mag and talks: celebrating creative talent, driving economic growth, and MoDA Market as the next Art Basel.

MM: What is the idea behind MoDA Market? AP: At the heart of MoDA Market is a passion for the creative industries, and creating a viable business platform for designers, artisans and creative talent on a whole, in Jamaica and the region. It’s also an opportunity to simply celebrate the creative talent and culture of the region. Our goal is for Kingston to become the creative hub of the Caribbean and MoDA Market is the flagship event—where art, fashion and commerce meet in a shopping playground for the stylish! MM: Why is this platform so important both to the local economy as well as the creative industry? AP: Undeniably, culture and creativity have been the cement that binds together not only hearts and souls, but entire societies and nations. (*Ref. Cultural Times)

And so we must nurture our creative talents. They are the lifeblood of cultural and creative industries. We must not only nurture them, but vehemently protect them and promote their growth. Creativity continues to prove itself as the engine of innovation for sustainable development in a time of rapid globalization and change.  MoDA Market focuses on harnessing what we believe is our country’s richest resource, which is our people’s creativity. And for us, this is the best way we can contribute to driving Jamaica into a state of economic growth. MoDA Market creates a trade platform for the creative, but it is also a dynamic tourism tool straddling the entertainment, gastronomy, and knowledge pillars of tourism.  MM: How important is MoDA Market?  AP: Recent studies show that the global creative and cultural industry generates 43


US$250 billion in revenue a year, creating 29.5 million jobs worldwide—and for perspective, this outranks the revenue of the telecom services industry. If we don’t invest in our creatives and celebrate our culture, as we have already started to see, one of two things will happen. Firstly, other people will reap the rewards associated with the coolest little country on earth, or secondly it will lose its value, and that would be a shame. MM: Are there any vendors you are excited to have on board this year? AP: We are very excited about the mix of MoDA Makers we have this year! And we are truly encouraged by their enthusiasm and their growth, in both their craft and in their business acumen. Some who were not selected last year, have come back ready this year! So, we have already started to see that our creatives are inspired by, and empowered by this platform to produce their very best work, not just as a hobby but as a serious business. That is what we are really trying to achieve. But to name a few, we have our crowd favourites: Baughaus Design Studio, The Girl and The Magpie, Story and Myth, Kar & Chach, and Vision Arri, but we have some new Makers like Colour Riot, Matthew McCarthy, and Peta Odini Sutherland, with fresh designs that we can’t wait to introduce to our guests. We also have several other designers joining us from Trinidad and Barbados—among them is the well-loved Shop Shari, who is coming back again this year.

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MM: New venue, two-day event, there is a lot planned for MoDA Market this year, what can people look forward to? AP: It’s going to be amazing! It will be a rich celebration of art, fashion, and lifestyle—that represents the region. The Jamaica Yellow Pages has been an incredible presenting partner for the series and has really supported us in our endeavour to create a multi-faceted affair and take the MoDA experience to another level. And so this year we have been able to include some amazing art installations and performance pieces throughout the Market. Super excited about that!  MM: How and where do you see MoDA Market growing to over the next five years? AP: The overarching vision is to evolve into a cultural fair in the Caribbean akin to the likes of Art Basel and Frieze.  We will extend the number of days, and increase the number of events and types of events, by doing what we have been doing all along: tapping into the zeitgeist, challenging ourselves, inspiring our stakeholders, and raising the bar! 

FINDING A NEW ART Fashion, art, and decor have always been the pillars upon which MoDA Market has chosen its Makers. And while this year is no different, the team focused their energies on expanding the art offering, and called upon the expertise of Susanne Fredericks in the process. Susanne is a gallerist and curator at the Upstairs Gallery at HiQo Art, founder and director of Fredrix Auctions, art consultant for several private and corporate collections, and an��art collector herself. She will be curating the Art MoDA installations this year inspired by the theme “Wood and Water”.


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beyond highlighting emerging designers as well as the region’s most creative artisans. It is committed to providing an environment that enables and nurtures upcoming talent and connects them with local and international buyers—in an effort to grow the Caribbean creative industries. With this in mind, MoDA Market provides the platform for designers and artisans to showcase, connect and collaborate, while the Business segment aims to arm our creatives with the tools they need for success. MoDA Series Director and Founder, KerryAnn Clarke gave some insight into what to expect in the business outreach, saying, “This year the MoDA Business Talks are expected to be particularly interesting as we discuss contemporary topics such as cultivating brand presence on social media, as well as timeless wisdoms on how to channel your passions and live your dreams.” Looking retrospectively at the work that has been done over the past five years, through MoDA Business Seminars and the First Global Bank MoDA Grant, Clarke stressed the importance of maintaining the commitment to create a thriving local industry that delivers profits and engenders pride in talent and product. “We are now looking at our Photography: Tiffany Lue-Yen

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and Alana Ault, of Lee + Lani. The duo, who have shown at tradeshows for years, produced their first runway show—and it was certainly unforgettable—complete with nudity intended to desexualize the female body. Using rich, luxurious fabrics and bespoke prints imported from Italy—to ensure the quality and uniqueness of each design—the team delivered a collection that was highly cultivated, and embraced a forward-thinking sense of design. The creations were incredibly versatile and unabashedly provocative.


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Why it is called “Fashion Week”, when

it actually goes on for close to two weeks, is beyond me. The Spring/Summer 2017 collections were a clash of some 250 designers, vying for the world’s attention. Some kept it real, while others went way beyond the call of duty, which left several fashion scribes questioning, “Why?”

SEE NOW — BUY NOW Lots of attention was paid to the “see-itbuy-it-wear-it” concept, where customers do not have to wait until the upcoming season to purchase designs that caughtthe-eye. Designers who embraced this new way of doing business included Tom Ford, who showed a small, restrained collection at the now defunct Four Seasons 59


Restaurant; and Tommy Hilfiger, who transformed the entire pier at the South Street Seaport into a colourful carnival, complete with a Ferris wheel and donut kiosk. Rebecca Minkoff also followed suit, and held her show on the street in front of her SoHo store, inviting guests to come into the store and shop immediately after the showing. A long line formed on the crowded sidewalk to get into the store. But, alas! Not all of the looks shown were immediately available. MINUTE MARC Marc Jacobs pulled off the shortest show of the season, on the stage at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Lasting a total of 11 minutes, Marc presented shimmering skinny shorts and 7-inch platform boots on his cast of notable models including Jourdan Dunn, Adriana Lima, sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Taylor Hill, Irina Shayk and Sara Sampaio, who all were almost unrecognizable—with mops of multi-colored dreadlocks, twisted into buns atop their heads. The stunned audience included Whoopi Goldberg, Courtney Love, Tracee Ellis-Ross, and Sophia Coppola.

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WHAT’S NEXT? For me, it was all about the lesser-known fashion designers who shifted the needle and sprayed the catwalks with a fresh fashion flavour. “Spring exudes an entertaining lifestyle and all that entails— pieces that seamlessly take you from day to dinner,” said designer Lela Rose of her inspiration for a successful collection that included sculpted bodices that led into voluminous skirts. Brazilian designer Layana Aguilar showed at the Highline Loft in Chelsea. 60

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“It’s an ode to the light we all carry inside, the strength we have to overcome all obstacles and the power of the female spirit.... The Humming Bird is the most delicate of beings,” said the designer of her collection titled “Miss Happy Humming Bird”. In an effortless display of wearable art, Layana showed neoprene and mesh beautifully coloured in teal, white and black.  COOL BLOOM New designer Claudia Li highlighted “Freedom” in her presentation at Artbeam Studios. Her program notes heralded a budding newfound freedom and femininity. The soft feminine silhouettes were shown against boxy masculine cuts— blurring the line between expectations and the expression of one’s sexuality and empowerment. Nicholas K’s ode to “Safari Chic” was a welcome treat on the catwalk. Inspired by the natural phenomenon, Wadi Rum (a breathtaking valley cut into the sandstone and granite rock, located in Southern Jordan), K showcased a dusty palette of nudes, which paid homage to this world heritage site also known as The Valley of the Moon. Organic cottons, vegetable-dyed leathers and alpaca, were layered, draped and tied to manipulate proportions, creating an easy, breezy flow of fabrics.

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Project Runway alumnus Michael Costillo brought “Midnight Botanical Bash” to life. “Delicate, radiant and beautiful,” was how the designer described the fabulous, flowing gowns and jewelled columns that floated down his catwalk.

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world that China has a historical fashion culture, and has always had a variety of fabric techniques.” Son Jung Wan presented “70’s Moments”—a 1970s inspired set of colour-blocked dresses in red, violet and cherry pink, juxtaposed against a clash of unusual fabric combinations that worked like magic on her lively catwalk. Son closed her show with a surprise appearance by the original 70s supermodel, Pat Cleveland, who pranced and twirled down the catwalk to the strains of the Diana Ross hit “No One Gets the Prize.’  Desigual sent out pairs of bubbly, modernday flower children in a refreshing show titled “Global Traveller”. Backstage, the designers said that the line was designed for women with a fearless attitude, conveyed in their individual and creative style. Flowing fabrics were rich in texture, and were embroidered, printed, and beaded, with animals, plants and ethnic motifs, portraying the vast territories of a great adventure and the eternal magic of travelling. Son Jung Wan

BRIGHT + BOLD Vicky Zhang showed her Spring/Summer 2017 “Parent-Child Collection” with a ton of beautiful kids walking with the adult models, all wearing exquisite machineknitted silk satin fabric. The designer noted: “I used Luo [silk gauze], just to bring back this ancient fabric to the modern fashion scenes, and combined this technique with modern design ideas. Our team wants to make it known to the 62

THE MESSAGE — A NEW FASHION REALITY    Collina Strada’s designer Hillary Taymour did a stunning presentation titled “It Matters”, featuring a cast of all-black models at Pier 59 Studios. “It’s our duty to acknowledge this, particularly at a time when African-Americans are taking to the streets to remind us that their lives matter.... We need to amplify those voices and use our collective influence to push change,” said the designer. Loose tunics, Marco button dresses in mauve satins, and striped denim separates made up the bulk of this unique collection.


Taoray Wang opened her “Romance in Stripes” collection with two dramatic white leather pieces, fringed at intervals. Classic men’s shirts were re-framed into magnificent asymmetrical shapes, which created an edgy, elegant look, perfectly suited for the powerful female executive. Georgine’s rocker-girl glam collection paid homage to several New York streets and locations like Alphabet City, Sutton Place, Orchard Street, Columbus Avenue, Chinatown, Perry Street and Union Square. Yellow and black fur accents; plaid, jewelled, easy shift dresses; shimmering striped gowns; and a dramatic silver slip dress under a pale blush coat, edged in black guipure lace were among the standouts. The line was playful, expertly constructed and bursting with fresh, youthful energy.

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faces. And this coming off her Harper’s Bazaar UK cover in August—Burke, truly is making the fashion world take note. It was during this extraordinarily busy season that we managed to get a few quick minutes with Alicia, and invited her to share: her travel essentials; her favourite city in the world; and the highlight of her blossoming career.

I have sensitive skin so I have to take good and constant care of it. My phone is essential because I always have to stay in contact with my agencies; and of course it’s how I keep in touch with family and friends while I’m away from home.

WHO IS YOUR STYLE ICON AND WHY? 

My fashion icon is Naomi Campbell, because she broke racial barriers when she became one of the industry’s most iconic faces. She was one of the first black models to be on the covers of US and British Vogue—shaking up the industry, and opening doors for black models in the fashion world. WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF BEING A MODEL? 

The best part of modelling is being able to meet so many different and wonderful people from various countries, and to encounter diverse cultures. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE CITY? WHY?

My favourite city would be London, for now. And I think this is because I started my modelling career there. I have so many good memories…. Plus, the city itself is very beautiful and always so alive. MOST MEMORABLE "PINCH-MYSELF" MOMENT?

My most memorable “pinch myself” moment would be during a campaign I shot recently. I can’t disclose any information just yet however…but it was really a speechless moment. PLEASE SHARE YOUR TOP 3 TRAVEL ESSENTIALS, AND WHY?

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By: Leisha Wong

What to do in Los Angeles if you have

48 hours to spend? Well, if we go by lifestylista, Karen Marley’s guide, the first thing you should do is extend your trip! No matter your interest, your appetite, or your style, there are endless attractions that will lure you into the City of Angels, and beg you to stay. That is certainly what happened to Karen Marley, the daughter of Bob Marley and Janet Bowen, who grew up in Jamaica, but moved to Los Angeles about 13 years ago from London. It was after her divorce that she and her son, Nesta, went to Los Angeles to visit a friend and she “just fell in love,” she shares. “The weather was amazing, the food was delicious, the people are diverse and the ocean was close,” says Marley. In fact she adds that it almost felt a little like Jamaica, and after living in London (“…where as you know it rains all the time,” Marley adds), her son blossomed and embraced the outdoors. Marley also loved the natural diversity of the city, “The fact that you can swim at

the beach in the morning and drive just a few hours and go snowboarding in the mountains,” she says. So what about the Los Angeles of TMZ and Tinseltown? Marley explains that the biggest misconception about LA is that people are fake. “Truthfully, they’re just conscious of the concept that you ‘get bees with honey as opposed to vinegar’…” She adds that LA is the land of opportunity and this is what draws so many people here, especially those in the entertainment industry. “You learn quickly that it’s very competitive and there’s no tolerance for bad energy. Kindness feels better, but unfortunately in LA it’s sometimes perceived as phoniness. LA is undeniably beautiful with so much nature that one can only appreciate if you just take time to smell the roses.” If you do have some time in Los Angeles, Marley shares with us her perfect 48 hours. 67


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with breakfast at the bustling Bottega Louie. This giant, breezy Italian bakery and marketplace offers brunch options like Burrata Pizza and Lobster Hash. Showcasing some of the best of California cuisine, Faith and Flower stuns with flavours that draw from North Africa, Latin America and East Asia. For a more intimate brunch experience, head to Little Easy in Downtown LA, for their Mimosa & Brunch party. Oozing with New Orleans hospitality, southern favourites like biscuits and gravy with crawfish, and chicken and waffles, soulfully set the tone. Sufficiently fueled, it’s time to experience what LA is all about. If shopping is what you want, the essential one-stop shopping, entertainment and dining destination is The Grove. But, for Marley, it’s all about looking for those “little treasures”. As the co-owner of Buttons & Bows (a popular LA consignment store), she spends much of 68

her time scouring vintage salons and flea markets for inspiration. Rose Bowl Flea Market, Melrose Trading Post (otherwise known as Fairfax Flea Market) along with Artists and Fleas in Venice, are just a few of her favourite haunts. Hungry again? Foodies, this lunch spot is for you—Grand Central Market, where you will be spoiled for choice. This Los Angeles landmark since 1917 is a one-stop food mecca that features almost 40 local artisans serving up some of the freshest, most creative and locally sustainable food in Los Angeles. Whether you love ceviche or carnitas, tortas or tacos, pupusas or pressed juice, currywurst, craft beer, comte, cobbler or ramen, you will find it here. The Farmers Market is another foodie landmark, which has been a destination for farmers to sell their produce since 1934. An essential stop for food lovers and those who appreciate the freshest ingredients, the market showcases award-winning restaurants,


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butchers, farmers, and specialty food purveyors. You will need to walk off lunch before heading to dinner, so this is the best time to take in one of the museums in the city. Los Angeles has more museums than any city in America (according to www.discoverlosangeles.com) so it’s only fitting that you take in one of the city’s best. Broad Museum, a contemporary art museum located in Downtown LA, is an architectural art piece in itself. The honeycomb-like exterior is also known as “the veil”, and inside, it houses the works of contemporary art icons such

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as Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. MOCA, the Museum of Contemporary Art - Los Angeles, has three locations within the Greater Los Angeles area, featuring a piece by Jackson Pollack from 1948, and works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Franz Kline and Julian Schnabel. With her roots in music, Marley is naturally drawn to the Grammy Museum. Devoted to the history and winners from the Grammy Awards, the museum was opened in 2008, to celebrate 50 years of The Grammys. Transition, from day into night, at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), which houses more than 150,000 works spanning ancient days, to present. 69


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Marley recommends that you head over for cocktails at Stark Bar, (located at LACMA), and if you are there during the summer, take in live Jazz on the green. Some other early evening cocktail and happy hour options? Marley’s favourites include hora feliz at Mercado or Gracias Madre (a fabulous vegan and organic spot with a huge tequila menu); or poolside cocktails at Viviane at Avalon Hotel. Dinner-time decisions may be one of the hardest. Part café, part bakery and fullon award-winning restaurant, set within Charlie Chaplin’s old office, and complete with double-height vaulted ceilings and exposed whitewashed brick walls, 70

République is a feast for the senses. The menu is defined by French cuisine, inspired by a “simpler” style where quality ingredients create rich, full-bodied dishes. At Petty Cash Taqueria, adobochile rubbed pork shoulder quesadillas and charcoal grilled octopus tacos feature on the creative Mexican menu, alongside an extensive cocktail menu and ceviche bar. Sushi-lovers should head to Marley’s favourite West Hollywood spot, Izakaya by Katsuya to experience the skills of Katsuya Uechi, one of only four Master sushi chefs in Los Angeles.


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but for one of the most famous surf breaks on the Pacific Coast, head to Surfrider Beach, which attracts surfers from around the world.

Stop in at the Getty Museum for spectacular views and beautiful architecture. Also make sure to stroll down Malibu Pier, where you may see some dolphins, whales and surfers.

For a slower more leisurely pace, there are a number of wineries in the Malibu area, visit www.malibuwinery.com for a list.

Swing by Malibu Country Mart and stroll through shops like Calypso St. Barth, John Varvatos, and Ralph Lauren, set alongside intimate boutiques and galleries. Make a lunch stop at Malibu Kitchen, (located in Malibu Country Mart), an old-fashioned gourmet market and deli, and enjoy your haul by picnicking across the street, on the beach. Marley loves the laid-back energy in Malibu, famous for it’s endless stretches of beach, and breathtaking trails and canyons. For those feeling active, Solstice Canyon is a trail that takes you through the Santa Monica Mountains, a six-mile hike that includes a waterfall. Surfers can head to any of the beaches,

Time to take in the iconic Malibu sunset, and dinner. With an ocean view from almost every seat at this waterfront location, Nobu Malibu is the ultimate Malibu dinner spot. Experience Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s signature dishes such as Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño, and Black Cod Miso. Geoffrey’s Malibu also offers breathtaking ocean views, in an elegant dining space that serves up a menu inspired by modern American classics. Swing back to Los Angeles, and stop by Santa Monica Pier, to see the iconic Ferris wheel lit up at night. For more nostalgic fun, visit LA’s oldest bowling alley, Highland Park Bowl for some late 71


night snacking on craft sodas, cocktails and bar snacks. Head up to the roof to say goodbye to Los Angeles, with a final drink at one of the city’s rooftop bars. Perch is a French bistro-inspired elevated garden; Mama Shelter Los Angeles hosts one of the

chicest rooftops in the world according to Vogue; and L.P. Rooftop Bar (L.P. is short for Long Play) at E.P. and L.P. Restaurant, delivers spectacular views of the Hills and Hollywood Basin, alongside some handcrafted—and even bespoke—cocktails, and soft shell crab bao.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR LATE NIGHT ADVENTURES THAT TAKE YOU AWAY FROM THE TRADITIONAL BAR, HERE IS MARLEY’S “GO TO” LIST:

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Villains Tavern — Live music at this NoLainspired space. The Varnish — Housed inside a refurbished storage room hidden at the back of the landmark Cole’s, Originators of the French Dip Sandwich restaurant, The Varnish specializes in Prohibition Era classic cocktails.

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Eighty-Two — A vintage arcade bar, with retro video games, craft cocktails and pinball machines. Bar Marmont — Iconic, intimate setting. Cosy up to celebs sipping on tasty craft cocktails. La Descarga — It’s all about Cuban burlesque with writhing Latinas hanging from the balcony. The entrance is through a Narniainvoking armoire, further adding to its mystical charm.


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beauty and body type—to unfold. Moses is also the author of, The Art of Dressing Curves, which is the ultimate style bible for curvaceous women.

It began on the sunny outdoor terrace

of the United Nations Delegates Dining Room in New York City. Stately white chairs were in formation around a grass catwalk on this bright spring morning. The occasion was a groundbreaking fashion show by Project Runway alumnus and popular fashion designer Christian Siriano—who revealed his newest line of fashion for curvy women, at the Body Inclusivity and Diversity Summit and Fashion Show. The inaugural summit was the brainchild of celebrity stylist and author, Susan Moses, and was conceived to offer a creative and empowering space to allow discussions on the future of the fashion industry—especially on the perceptions of

“As a stylist, I’ve used my power to push fashion boundaries for curvy women for more than a decade,” Moses said. “Living in a body that frequently caused me to reflect on race and size—was the catalyst for my vision of a time when a woman’s ethnicity, body type or age would not be roadblocks to her success—it gave life to the realization that I had the power to impact change.”  Moses noted that the women she dressed were high profile celebrities, but she wanted the same praise for every woman. This was the inspiration behind her creation of Empowering Women NYC, a platform dedicated to providing a space for those in the industry to openly discuss ways in which a broader sense of beauty could be embraced, crossing age, ethnicity and size. Part educational experience, and part fashion show, the event featured two informative panel discussions that spoke to some of the major concerns in the fashion industry today. The first, moderated by model, image consultant and television personality, Bernadett Vajda, discussed the stereotypes created by the fashion world and how it could work towards presenting a more 75


inclusive body image. The second panel expounded on the topic “Sustainable Production: Accelerating Environmental Protection”, which was moderated by Annette Richardson. As the senior managing partner at Decade Citizen (an entertainment and new media consulting firm), former special advisor to UN Women and senior advisor to the UN Office for Partnerships, Richardson was able to speak informatively on the real cost of “fast” fashion to the environment and to humanity. She also discussed the measures that must be taken to support the sustainable production of clothing and beauty products globally.

Jill Scott, singer, songwriter and actress.

From left: David Jaffe, CEO, Ascena Retail Group; Linda Heasley, CEO, Lane Bryant; Brian Beitler, EVP and CMO, Lane Bryant.

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GUEST LIST An impressive array of speakers spoke out on equality and diversity in the fashion industry including: Emme, the legendary supermodel, social reformer and body positive advocate, who called the moment, “ … a time of re-acceleration.” She said, “This is a call to consciousness, we are in a moment of shape shifting.” Also empowering the concept of body inclusiveness were: Linda Heasley, CEO Lane Bryant; Cindi Leive, editor-in-chief Glamour magazine; Jill Scott, singer, songwriter and actress; Sherri Shepherd, actress/comedian; Ashley Graham, model, designer, and body activist—who created history as the first curvy model to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine, and Mikki Taylor, author and editor-at-large Essence magazine, who declared, “This is a time of power and purpose,” challenging the audience to evolve.


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curated photographs (another passion that grew out of this journey) that inspire a stylish life. “Starting a fashion blog has helped me grow in so many ways,” she shares. “The greatest thing is the confidence it has given me... Before I started I was very insecure and I oftentimes beat myself up mentally. But now that I’ve been doing this for almost two years I’ve been able to feel more comfortable in my own skin and it has allowed me to love myself more.” She adds that this online space has allowed her to connect with style-minded people around the world. “I think that is truly a beautiful thing.”  


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Coconut oil, Vitamin C serum, and red lipstick.  THE MOST STYLISH CITY IN THE WORLD. WHY?

It’s cliché maybe, but I’d imagine Paris. I mean, it is the home of fashion. Unfortunately I’ve never been, but it’s another city in my travel diary bucket list, to check out. The most stylish city I’ve been to is Munich in Germany! While walking the streets, I constantly felt like I was at a street-style fashion show. 

ONE WORD THAT WOULD DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE.

Progressive! Consistency has always been one of the hardest things for me. I know what styles I gravitate more towards, and which styles suit me best, but recently I’ve realized how much I love change. So, I’ve kept my mind and heart open to everything new! TOP 3 CLOSET MUST-HAVES

Chic pair of sunglasses, classic button-down shirt, and denim cut-offs. I NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT. . .

My sunnies! I always have a pair of sunglasses on me at all times. Other than shielding my eyes from the sun, I also love them because they hide dark circles and bad eyebrows. Even on your worst day, you can throw on a pair of sunglasses and instantly look more put together. Recently I’ve only been wearing a mirrored aviator style from Quay Australia.  79


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My wedding day! The silhouette of my dress offered a super modern alternative to frilly, poufy, and lacy frocks that the typical bride would wear, and something about being different sparked a fire inside of me. After all, who ever said a long, flowing gown is a must-have on the big day? I once read that style, class and good taste do not yell, they whisper. That was my outlook on my wedding dress and my wedding in general. I went with a minimalistic dress instead of a wedding gown; a courthouse instead of a mansion; and side-swept curls instead of a sophisticated hairstyle with a bridal veil. I think there is a refined simplicity that speaks far louder than fussy, and over-the-top does. FAVOURITE DESIGNER (LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL)?

Locally, triple J’s—Jami Lake, Jami James and Janel Jolly. Internationally, Linda and Allen Hammond, the creators of the sunglass line, Quay Australia. Yes, I have an obsession with eyewear!    WHAT’S PLAYING ON YOUR IPOD?

Maroon 5, all five albums!  WHO IS YOUR STYLE ICON? WHY?

Solange Knowles, because she is freakin’ fearless. She somehow manages to marry colours and prints that were never even meant to be a couple. She cares ‘zero’ whether or not we get it, instead it’s quite obvious that she dresses for herself, and that I believe requires so much confidence and bravery. The mere fact that she isn’t afraid to change things up and takes chances really inspires me.  80

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Not something that lies in the mind, but more in the gut—and definitely in the heart. 

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CUSHNIE ET OCHS Working out never looked so good.

CARLY CUSHNIE AND MICHELLE OCHS hung up their quintessential heels, for sneakers, when they unveiled their activewear line this year in collaboration with Bandier—inviting the Cushnie et Ochs woman to take their indisputably sexy style to every workout session. MoDA Mag grabs Carly Cushnie for a quick conversation about cuts, contours, and performance.

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MM: What prompted the launch of the

activewear line?  CC: Active really felt like a natural progression for us, as our lines, cuts, and details are very body-contouring focused, which lends itself well to activewear. MM: How did the partnership come about

with Bandier? CC: I have been a big fan of Bandier for a while, but once we were formally introduced we thought it was the perfect place to launch our activewear line. MM: Was this always part of your vision?

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about doing for a long time; and so we are pleased that we can diversify our collection in this way, while still staying true to our DNA. MM: How different was the experience

designing this activewear, compared to your usual ready-to-wear dresses/ separates? CC: Fit has been something that’s very important to us in our ready-to-wear collection and the same goes with our active.  We really wanted the Cushnie et Ochs woman to be able to perform in these pieces, as well as look great, going to-and-from her workout.


MM: How did you ensure the activewear

still spoke to your design philosophy? CC: I think the brand DNA is very clear throughout the activewear collection.  It’s very sleek and sexy and uses exposed skin to create shapes and graphic lines. MM: Plans for more activewear in the

future? CC: We definitely have plans for more activewear expansion in the future.

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BRIGHT G rowin g u p sh e wa s tau ght to m o ve away f rom n e g ativit y an d to ward s th e li ght. Now, life st yli st , m e di a m ave n , auth or, an d d esi gn er H ar ri ette Col e , i s th e li ght.

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When The Collection MoDA founder Kerry-Ann Clarke mentioned that Harriette Cole was

to guest host the event’s fifth anniversary celebration, this revelation was met with sweet anticipation. When the opportunity came to interview her, the challenge was simply where to start. An hour-and-a-half on the phone made the task that much more arduous. Cole is a multi-dimensional, walking, series of accomplishments and living proof that a sound education, experience and a sense of self will keep you relevant at any chapter of your life. Her mother once told her that people who stand out as bright lights are the ones to get to know. Since mothers are always right, we reckon there’s no better place to start…

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NMW: I’m starting with a quote from your mother, who said: “Whenever you are looking out, notice the lights in the room; there will be people who stand out as bright lights. Those are the ones you’re attracted to and you should get to know and stay in touch with, because they can be very important to you later on in your life.” When did your mum share these profound words with you, and how have they shaped your life? HC: I remember my mother saying these words all the time, certainly during junior high school, which was a troubling time for me. I was experiencing bullying from a group of girls, and I recall hearing my mother’s wisdom reminding me that there are other people in the world who care about me and who will look out for me. She wanted me to know that you can always walk away from negativity and toward the light. NMW:

Which women have shone the brightest for you, and why? HC: I grew up in a home with fiercely bright women. My mother, Doris Cole, showed my sisters and me unconditional love. At 86 years young she still wears a dynamic smile on her face that is infectious. Her mother, Carrie Freeland, who lived to be 101, taught us to love our work and the people with whom we work, no matter what that work is. Honour and integrity were essential to both of them. My sister Stephanie Hill, now an exec at Lockheed Martin, has been my champion since she was born. My “baby” sister—she has shown me unconditional love, patience and kindness with a joy that remains unmatched. My older sister, Susan, has always been the whip ensuring that we used no-nonsense smarts and strategy to forge ahead.  Susan L. Taylor 102

was leading Essence when I worked there. She inspired me and all of the team to see black women in all our incarnations of beauty—from the darkest complexions to the curviest hips, and everything inbetween. NMW: Media is competitive; that’s a given, but you’ve said that there aren’t “enough of us in the industry to be competitive”. Many might disagree with you. Can you clarify your original statement? HC: There are very few media outlets out there that are targeting black consumers. I believe there is enough room out there


for all of us. The challenges come with regard to building quality content that appeals to particular segments of the audience, and securing advertising/ sponsorship dollars to pay for the creation, production and distribution of the products.  It gets tricky when entities feel they have to compete for the same dollars. I recommend getting creative and figuring out ways to work together sometimes, pooling resources or creating other types of collaborations that make a more appealing bigger picture.  

NMW: Black icons, fashion influencers, even make-up, etc. have “crossed over”

and are now an accepted part of popular fashion magazines. Why, then, aren’t there more black women helming major publications? HC: The great news is that we have two black women at the helm of Condé Nast books right now, Elaine Welteroth at Teen Vogue and Keija Minor at Brides. We also have black women like Vanessa DeLuca at Essence. And there are many web products with black female leadership. But, make no mistake—the door is only narrowly open. Why? Fashion and beauty, although [they are] large industries (especially beauty), are still cliquish and very small. You have to get in, before you 103


can rise up. I will say, that over the past 20 years, there have been quite a few black women to reach high levels in mainstream publishing and media, including Julee Wilson at Essence (formerly at AOL Black Voices), Nikki Ogunnaike at ELLE. com, Simone S. Oliver at NYTimes.com; TV personalities Bevy Smith, Michaela Angela Davis and Tai Beauchamp who are everywhere; the online presence by Claire Sulmers at Fashion Bomb, Marielle Bobo at Ebony, Celia Smith at Essence and many more. NMW:

What was your reaction when you heard that Teen Vogue had hired its first black editor-in-chief, Elaine Welteroth, who was a former intern of yours at Ebony magazine? HC: I met Elaine through her incredible persistence. She wanted to work with me. Her trial shoot was supporting me in California when we were shooting Serena Williams for the cover of Ebony. She was such a consummate professional, with a great eye. I knew she was a keeper. Elaine moved from California to New York to work with me, and work hard she did. With a tiny team, we had so much work to do. Elaine was never afraid of pouring all of her creativity and energy into a project. She created a beauty department at Ebony that rivalled the mainstream competition, and forged significant bonds with editors and publicists along the way. What Elaine did is rare. She went from Ebony, a traditionally black magazine, to Glamour—one of the largest mainstream women’s magazines—to Teen Vogue. In short order she was invited to step into the role of Editor in Chief—I feel like my baby has stepped into her big-girl stilettos!

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NMW: Were you to go shopping with five gal pals who would they be, and why? HC: Hmm. I shop alone. That’s way more fun for me. That said, I would take my soon-to-be 13-year-old daughter. We have fun trying on clothes and showing each other.

 

NMW: What would you wear, and why? HC: I always wear a one-piece bodysuit so

that it’s easy to slip on different clothes and keep smooth lines. I’m tall, so I don’t really need a heel, but a good wedge always works to add a lift! NMW: 108 Stitches is your latest project. How did this come about? Also, how did you get prima ballerina Misty Copeland to be one of your fashion ambassadors? HC: When I was 12, I had a little crochet business where I designed and crocheted clothing for the many babies who were being born in the neighbourhood. The next year I became a model and totally forgot all about my entrepreneurial side. Fast-forward to about six years ago. My family and I were out at Sag Harbor in the Hamptons, on Memorial Day weekend, but it was too cold to go in the water. My daughter, who was six, had nothing to do. And our house had no TV. I quickly remembered that there was a five-anddime store in town that sold yarn and hooks. I asked my daughter if she would like to learn how to crochet. “Sure, Mommy,” she said. “What’s that?” We went from making crazy stitches to me falling in love with this craft once again. I went on searches to find unusual fibres and off-size hooks—to design unusual pieces. Along the way I realised that the act of crocheting was itself a meditation; hence, the name 108 Stitches. That number is considered very special in many spiritual circles.


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How Misty came to be part of my life and later to graciously agree to take pictures wearing my art is thanks to Prince. The last issue of Ebony that I produced before I left in 2010 (as editor-in-chief and creative director) featured Prince. He subsequently hired me to interview all of the opening acts for his Welcome2America tour. Misty was part of that tour. She and I hit it off instantly. When I asked her to be part of 106

my inaugural photo shoot, she happily agreed. It is my honour to have her wear my work, but more to be her friend. She is a force of nature with more humility than most. NMW: What keeps you, a woman who many would say has done it all, motivated? HC: My parents taught my sisters and me to strive for excellence always, and to remember to take care of others along


the way. Family-wise, I am committed to guiding my daughter to become a dynamic, fully-empowered woman. I believe I do this by showing her the choices that I make and by instilling in her the wisdom, confidence and love that fuels me. Work-wise, I am motivated to offer my skills more broadly. I’ve been coaching entertainers and entrepreneurs one-on-one for years on how to engage the media and present themselves effectively. I launched DREAMLEAPERS ™, an educational initiative designed to help people access and activate their dreams, with the intention of sharing my wisdom and that of fellow professionals, so that more people can leap into their own greatness.   

a maid and my paternal grandmother was a cook. It was a given that we would respect from whence we came, and make something of ourselves in recognition of the hard work that got us there

identified dreams made manifest. 

NMW: Career came first, marriage and then motherhood. Was this your checklist or that of the universe? HC: I always knew I would work in writing and fashion. That dream was planted when I was 12. I met my husband—a proud Jamaican—George Chinsee, while working on a book. Work has always figured prominently in my life, and the fact that George and I met through work was great. We’ve gone on to work on six of my seven books and many other projects in between!  Ten years after we were married, we welcomed our daughter into the world. She is definitely a gift from God, the most perfect gift.

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NMW: What is your definition of success? HC: Success, to me, is a recipe of sorts;

You were one of the fortunate ones: raised in a middle-class home, universityeducated, your father was a judge, your mother an educator and a homemaker. How did this set the tone for your journey? HC: I feel like I’ve had a blessed life. I grew up in a part of Baltimore, Maryland, which was safe and thriving with AfricanAmerican professionals. They all believed that they were carving out a great life for themselves and their families, honouring those who had come before them in the journey. The children were taught that we had a serious responsibility to do our best and to share our knowledge and resources along the way. I knew that we were privileged. While my father was the first black state senator in Maryland and the first black judge on the Maryland Court of Appeals (the highest court in the state), both of my grandmothers were domestic workers. My maternal grandmother was

What will Harriette Cole be doing five years from now? HC: I am building out DREAMLEAPERS ™ with the intention of helping others manifest their dreams. I’m also working on several other book projects. Stay tuned!

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MM: Three words that describe your personal style.

HC: Sexy, utilitarian and urban. My daughter really wants me to add “chic.”

MM: Three wardrobe essential pieces and why?

HC: Matte jersey anything—because it falls well and stretches. Loose, yet body-conscious tops paired with fitted pants or leggings, because I like the contrast of fit and flow. Architecturally cut tops and- bottoms because I appreciate edge in my wardrobe. Especially if it’s black (which I wear 90 percent of the time). When there is a print, it tends to be bold and graphic. Accessories are important to me, starting with eyewear. I wear prescription glasses and therefore choose statement eyewear to establish my look. Footwear that is either chunky or very sleek and open is key. Because I have long, narrow feet, I make conscious choices to showcase them well.

MM: Favourite city in the world and why? HC: New York City is my favourite city. It happens to be where I have chosen to call home. Why? Because I feed off of the 108

inspiration and dynamism of the city. I love the eclectic mix of styles, personalities and desires expressed in the people, the architecture, even the smell in the air. New York City offers daily, the promise that anything is possible if you are willing to work hard. And, I love that my unique style is welcome wherever I go about town.

MM: Style icon/inspiration and why? Not something I think about often, but in terms of someone whose design style I particularly like, it would be Donna Karan. I liked her style when I was building my career and she was showing women how to wear power looks that also emphasized their sensuality. I doubly loved that one of the principal designers behind the scenes was Edward Wilkerson, an African-American genius who is creative director for a huge department store brand that I wear daily, Lafayette 148. Donna’s current line, Urban Zen, is sexy, and curvy and muted in tone, and accommodating for many female forms. Love! Style to me is... A studied—yet seemingly effortless—personal expression of who you are.


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ARTIST RETREAT EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE A DWELLING COMES ALONG THAT DEFIES BOUNDARIES, RAISES BARS, AND WHETS THE APPETITE OF THE DISCERNING TRAVELLER. AND SO IT IS AT THIS RETREAT.

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equestered amid rugged cliff-side rocks, with a symphony of crashing waves and beautiful sunsets reflected on the Caribbean Sea, Artist’s Retreat in Portland, offers a classic abode for anyone seeking to escape their day-to-day life. Well, not just anyone.

Artist’s Retreat quietly beckons the traveller who appreciates the simplicity of an unencumbered lifestyle, yet requires the precision and intrigue of meticulous detail. It’s the less-is-more effect that heralds a generation of thinkers and doers who remain in touch with global trends, while still connected to the calm simplicity of Caribbean living. If you believe that we are influenced by the spaces in which we live, work and play, then you’ll get it. You’ll get that this edifice honours its name by allowing guests to retreat and renew. Here, you get a chance to discover your inner artist whilst surrounded by intelligent luxury. As I sit deep in thought, the childhood chorus comes to mind recalling the wise man that built his house on the rock. The rains and the floods would come, but the house on the rock stood firm. I see wisdom in this house.

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I see wisdom that enjoys the presence of the here-and-now, yet contemplates the longevity of tomorrow. A manifestation of the creative collaboration between Austrian owner Francesa von Habsburg and Jamaican design firm Atelier Vidal, Artist’s Retreat is an eclectic combination of California cool and contemporary Caribbean chic. Simply put, the house is built on a rock, with every angle, position and vantage point considered in the same manner as a work of art, and applying

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the same attention paid to the pieces of art in von Habsburg’s contemporary and digital collections on the other side of the Atlantic. One would expect nothing less of a distinguished art collector whose taste and reputation are legendary within European art circles. With royalty at its helm, one could anticipate lavish opulence at its core. But, enter the doors of Artist’s Retreat and you are handed unpretentious inspiration on a platter. The spacious and open location serves as a muse, offering creative stimulus to those looking for it. The vastness of the ocean below envelopes the living space through wall-to-wall doors 122

opened wide. With the 3,000 square foot bungalow as an implicit canvas, Artist’s Retreat tells it’s own dynamic story and invites guests to write their own, irrespective of their preferred medium. The contemporary design of the building uniquely combines the fluid elements of nature with the rigidity of construction to create a peaceful and tranquil space. The outdoor shower bathes you in the hidden allure of private nakedness, while cocooned in a sanctuary of high-walled protection. It is this juxtaposition of nature’s softness and an envelope of concrete curtains that create a


balance between two worlds, offering a gentle reminder that balance is a great equalizer. The gem that is Artist’s Retreat is hidden in plain sight among the natural lush forest and the rugged limestone mountainside of beautiful San San, Portland. If ever a home had sex appeal, this is it. But it’s not the ostentatious kind of sexy. It’s more the “what is it about her?” mystique that keeps you staring and wondering and possibly never being able hit the nail on the head. Modern pieces of furniture suggest comfortable rest, while persuasive splashes of turquoise, blues and beige form replicas of

the natural elements of the sand, the sea and the blue Caribbean skies. Artist’s Retreat creates an indefinable category, capable of transforming easily from one purpose to the next. The retreat is ideal for guests with multi-faceted getaway goals and perfect for those who prefer not being put in a box. It subtly redefines seaside glamour and romanticizes the beauty of the ocean, while giving us countless reasons to sketch our stories anew, whether or not we have discovered the artist within.

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MM: Three words that describe your style? DJ HOTLIPZ: Unique, funky and stylish. MM: Three wardrobe essential pieces and why? DJ HOTLIPZ: A little black dress for ‘last minute’ occasions that don’t require too much dressing up…classic and classy. A pair of black leggings to go with any top or blouse for quick-response dressing! And a pencil skirt for power dressing with a twist! MM: Favourite city in the world and why? DJ HOTLIPZ: London…. It is so culturally diverse. The shopping experiences are to die for. There is so much amazing architecture and places of interest to visit, from the avant garde to the historical. The nightlife is incredible; with a ‘whole heap’ of music venues to choose from and a whole cross section of music genres. MM: Who is your style icon/inspiration and why? DJ HOTLIPZ: Marilyn Monroe…. Timeless, classic sex siren—and all done so effortlessly! DJ HOTLIPZ: Style to me is…really all about dressing to please yourself. Wearing clothes that express your personality and wearing them with confidence and pride.

MoDA SERIES ‘VIBES MISTRESS‘ DJHOTLIPZ, TALKS POWER DRESSING, SHOPPING AND STYLE.

From Fiction nightclub to Hot 102 FM;

Longboarder Beach Bar to Wicky Wacky; and BNM at CRU to Jamsterdam, Janette Armstrong—better known as DJHotLipz— always brings an international and eclectic vibe inspired by gigs played in London, Ibiza and Amsterdam. This former fashion student, turned DJ, plans to blend her two passions in the near future when she launches her fashion line—DJHotLipz Clothing and Accessories.

TOP 5 MODA PLAYLIST SONGS

1 Poseidon — Federico Scavo feat. Meme 2 Lizard — Tom Upton 3 Voices — Robert Ortiz 4 Ends Up — DJ Katch 5 Everytime That I Drop — Block & Crown

Check out DJ HotLipz at The Collection MoDA events for 2016, as well as every Friday on Hot 102 FM, 8PM to11PM.

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an unforgettable vacation experience (specifically with regards to residences, experiences, and service) and is committed to delivering the perfect combination for every guest. Their mission is to deliver the “Inspirato experience� to each member and their guests regardless of their destination. An Inspirato membership grants access to hundreds of exclusive luxury vacation options, carefully


PARADISE FOUND Inspirato travellers to Jamaica will find options at some of the island’s most luxurious destinations. Pinnacle Villa at Tryall features wraparound patios offering expansive, panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea, mirrored by the blue and white palette that washes over the modern Caribbean interior. Iris at Half Moon Resort offers over 4,000 sq. ft. of luxury space. A similar contemporary Caribbean aesthetic dominates this exclusive property that offers access to the resort’s extensive selection of amenities including Fern Tree Spa and Dolphin Cove. A more intimate experience can be found at Round Hill in their stunning Ralph Lauren designed Pineapple House Oceanfront Rooms, with secluded patios that open up to the sea. For more information visit www.inspirato.com

curated by teams of professionals to ensure that each meets the lofty Inspirato standards. “We try to make experiences as standardized as possible, so people know what to expect,” says Inspirato interior-design expert, Erin Johns, who heads up the install project team. “We take great pride in providing not only a beautiful space, but a really functional space that can bring every comfort from home, and then some, to your vacation.”

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TAKE THE LEAP

HAVE BIG DREAMS? WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? GO WITH FAITH—AND THESE WISE WORDS FROM LIFESTYLE EXPERT HARRIETTE COLE.

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ll of us have dreams. Some of us say them out loud; few of us make them manifest. Why? It takes consistent action, to turn something that just seems like a great idea into reality, and most people don’t take the time consistently to do the work. How can you take the leap and make your dreams come true? Follow these simple steps:

WRITE IT DOWN What is that dream that has been churning inside of you recently, or even over many years? The next time it comes to you strongly—even if it is in the middle of the night—stop what you are doing, get up and write it down. Capture as much of the essence of it as you can.

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CONSIDER YOUR OPTIONS Review your notes and organize your thoughts into manageable groupings. For example, if you want to write a book—but you have never written before—how can you get from the idea, to actually writing the book? Think about the possible steps: take a writing class, figure out a topic, write every day, get published locally, and give yourself a deadline. The same goes for starting a business, going back to school, and getting out of debt.

ORDER YOUR STEPS To go from a dream to reality, identify goals and manageable steps to reach those goals so that you can measure your success. Figure out a natural order to get there, and stay focused. Check off each step once it’s completed. This will keep you motivated even when it’s tough.


LET GO OF FEAR Instead of worrying about possible failure or any number of other negatives, stick to your plan. Have faith. And stay the course.

GET SUPPORT When you are clear about your objectives and feel confident that you are committed to your dream, selectively request the support of others. Ask key family members or friends for moral support, but don’t wear them out with endless stories about your pursuits. Identify financial or professional help, and ask first for informational meetings and then examine the potential of forming business relationships.

WORK ON YOUR DREAM EVERY DAY Get up early or stay up late—whatever it takes. You must devote time to your dream daily in order to develop it in a timely manner. When you are consistently focused on your dream, you will be able to figure out what is working and what needs attention. It will also become clear to you when to take the next step. If you neglect your dream, it will rankle and just become an idea you once had.

RECOGNIZE YOUR STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES Remain humble as you assess what you bring to the table, and identify areas that will develop with the right support.

SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE SMARTER THAN YOU To launch your idea, seek counsel from experts —especially long-established leaders who may even provide mentorship.

LISTEN TO YOUR HEART If you have done the due diligence, and your very core tells you it’s time to take that leap, go for it! Just make sure you have all your ducks in a row before you do. Harriette Cole will be a guest host at this years MoDA Series and will be speaking at the MoDA Business Talks during MoDA Market.

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ZEST WHEN “CUISINE OF THE SUN” G E T S J U I C Y.

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Outdoor patio at Zest Miami © Michael Pisarri

Since the summer of 1999, Chefs Cindy

Hutson and Delius Shirley have cultivated their signature island fare “Cuisine of the Sun” at their Ortanique restaurants. Their journey began in Miami—and then they blazed a trail to Washington D.C., Las Vegas, and Baltimore, before putting down roots in Cayman; the chef-couple have shared their love for rich, bold flavours, inspired by Caribbean and Latin American influences, throughout their culinary journey. Tropical spices and exotic essences defined dishes that fused culinary techniques and embraced ingredients from the region, redefining Caribbean cooking in the process. And now, the brand just got a little juicier. After 17 years, the couple has injected a new level of spice with the introduction of Zest By Chef Cindy Hutson, in downtown Miami; and Zest at The Cliff Hotel, Negril. With a tri-level experience in Miami (restaurant, market and bar), and a beachfront locale in Jamaica, the culinary power couple are taking Ortanique to the next level, and bringing their cuisine back to its roots, in Jamaica. So what can diners expect when they dine at Zest Miami? Visually Hutson shares that you can expect vibrant colours, with organic

Jerk Chicken Wings © Juan Fernando Ayora

and earthy décor including a living wall of plants. The menu reflects the flavor profiles of Ortanique’s “Cuisine of the Sun”, “ethnic and diverse with an explosion of flavours of the world,” Hutson says. “Being a creative Chef, I wanted to launch new ideas and recipes,” Cindy Hutson tells MoDA Mag. “Not new and better per se, but as a culinary ‘artist’ you want to paint a different ‘plate’. Just as how you can look at a painting by Van Gogh…although each painting differs…you know it’s a Van Gogh. When you dine at Zest, the menu is not the same as Ortanique, but you know it is a Cindy Hutson/Ortanique inspiration.” 133


50/50 Burger made from lamb and certified Angus beef at Zest Negril

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CHEF CONVERSATIONS

From left: Delius Shirley; Anna-Kay Tomlinson; Cindy Hutson

Friend, fellow chef, and student of the chef couple, Chef Anna-Kay Tomlinson sat down with Delius and Cindy, at The Cliff Hotel, Negril to get the lowdown.

AKT: Zest at The Cliff Hotel, Negril is wonderful, how did this come about? DS: The question is why not? When you first

walk into the property alone, it’s magnificent. You walk through the lobby, and it’s just like ‘wow’ — even more paradise on a paradise island. It’s a double whammy. It’s become a home away from home for me now. Also, my Mum will always be an influence. I am trying to follow in her legacy. I’m inspired by how she’s motivated me. She was an inspiration to everyone…. She would always say, ‘If you want it, go for it! Follow your passion!’ CH: Norma is a tough woman to follow! And

she loved her country. DS: With that said, we hope we have done

her proud over the years. To come home and extend her beliefs and feelings, and thought process…that’s why I’m back…even though I never thought I would be back after she passed away. AKT: What has planning the menu been like? CH: The menu that we opened with is quite a bit different from what it is now. It was really quite a learning process. I have cooked in Kingston and in Montego Bay with Norms [Norma Shirley], and the ingredients were easier to get, in a timelier manner. Being all the way out here, it’s harder. I never realized I would have that challenge…that was an eyeopener for sure. When we were planning I had to meet the vendors, meet the farmers, and build the relationships. It’s about working together—having them help us get what we need. I rely heavily on Chef Jonhoi Reid, our executive chef, who was tutored by Norma and Delius and moved to Cayman with us to work at Ortanique on the Crescent, at Camana Bay. 135


Oceanfront views, Zest at The Cliff, Negril

He has been instrumental in maintaining the relationship with the farmers and fishermen. Chef Goddfrey Richards is also here.We brought him from the Cayman Islands, where he worked with us at Ortanique and Michael’s Genuine.

tacos on the lunch menu, but switch the taco shell to breadfruit with a sautéed local seasonal fish. We also try and use everything local, so we don’t have to ship anything in. AKT: Any other plans in Jamaica? Devon

AKT: So what impact did this have on the menu creation?

House, maybe? Take over your mother’s legacy there?

CH: Once I identified the produce that I could get, the menu evolved a little, but the foundations were the same. For breakfast I like to always have a very traditional and ethnically-composed breakfast, and then we add some different flavours and my flair. So, alongside the traditional corned beef hash, we have French toast with hard dough bread, and mango and vanilla bean compote.

DS: I’ll never, say never. But for now, we are

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concentrating on here. AKT: How did Zest come about? CH: For us, it represents a new era. After 18 years we wanted a change, to reinvigorate the cuisine…. Zest is really a state of being for me. It’s what I feel every day when I’m cooking. Ortanique is who we are, our brand, so how do you move on from there? How do you bring the correlation together, so they know it’s still the Cindy Hutson and Delius Shirley cuisine


Breadfruit Tacos

Coconut Chocolate Bread Pudding

concept? Zest has a new energy, but it is still connected to the ortanique [the orange], and this is who we are now. In 20 years we may change it up again!

Pepper Pot Soup

also where I used to visit, as a child, and I love it—there’s such a great sense of community here. To have this location is just another thing off the bucket list. It’s a real treasure.

DS: For me, this is the first project that I have

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A FEAST of TREASURES An intimate dinner party inspired by treasures from Jamaica’s parishes.

PHOTOGRAPHY: TIFFANY LUE YEN

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Yam Risotto. A surprising combination

that arouses curiosity. The yam is local, rural and rustic; the risotto exotic, elegant and complex. Yet combined, it delivers a soul-warming explosion of flavours that subtly elevates the humbleness of the ground provision. So subtly you may not realize it’s greatness. This is the secret of The Sugar Mill at Half Moon, a destination in itself. Following a recent renovation by Jamaican project and construction company IBEC Jamaica, the menu underwent a makeover also. The result is an experience that is defined by a subtle and quiet excellence spoken by the exceptionally trained waiters and the kitchen run by Executive Chef Steven Sowa, and Chef de Cuisine Christopher Golding. “Our goal is to ensure that everyone who dines at the Sugar Mill has a delightful and unique experience,” says

Chef Christopher Golding. “From dining against the enchanting backdrop of the forested hillside… to the most delicious food, [we are] always showcasing the best of modern Jamaican cuisine.” He adds that the staff is essential to creating this experience. “Training is of the utmost importance, to ensure we are consistent and in touch with new techniques. In addition to that, our team must be inspired and have a passion for the craft,” he says. Inspired by the lush natural surroundings, and vibrant local menu, MoDA stylist Aiesha Panton of Pussbackfoot, created a nautical tablescape for an intimate dinner for four. Up ahead, Chef Christopher Golding shares the menu, and his inspiration for each dish. 139


~ Smoked Marlin “ This dish is inspired by St. Elizabeth in Jamaica. I take my inspiration from different parts of Jamaica to tell a story, and that parish is known for its seafood. Introducing the smokiness of the marlin with conch and crabmeat, I believe, make for a delicious combination. The acidity of pickled beets, which is used most often with escoveitched vegetables, tempers the richness of the seafood. Combined with fresh thyme leaves and other local aromatics, this is a great start to arousing the taste buds.”

T H E A P P E T I Z E R

Smoked Marlin

M E N U M A I N

Solomon’s Brochette

Smoked marlin rolls filled with crabmeat and conch on a beet carpaccio and drizzled with a tangelo fruit vinaigrette.

Beef, pork, sausage, fish, and shrimp skewer, flamed with aged rum tableside. Served with yam risotto.

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D E S S E R T

Crayfish Bisque

Simply Chocolate

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Rich chocolate mousse cake with chocolate shavings and passion fruit curd, served with pimento truffle.


~ Crayfish Bisque “ Inspired by our very own farmers and fisherfolk from the countryside. Working in the field or on the farm, oftentimes farmers could only afford to cook a one-pot meal, so the only thing to do was to use what was available. Crayfish, from the river, are always in abundance, likewise [for] ground provisions. The dish is not like your typical Lobster Bisque, which is well known around the world, but has a twist that tells a culinary story about a way of life among farmers.�

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Solomon’s Brochette & Yam Risotto “This dish showcases some of the elements that are authentic to the Sugar Mill Restaurant such as the traditional jerk seasoning; rum, which is rooted in the history of the Sugar Mill; grilling, one of our chosen and important methods when preparing dishes; and Solomon Gardner, our brand ambassador who has been with Half Moon and the Sugar Mill for over 50 years. Blending all these key features means you end up with the Solomon’s Brochette. 142

 Being a chef means you have to be creative with what’s available. In this case, that ingredient is yam, which is farmed in St. James and Trelawny. Considering [that] Jamaican culture and heritage are based on influences from around the world, I combined Arborio, a well-known Italian ingredient, with yam and thyme to make the yam risotto and this has been a well-received dish.”


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~ Simply Chocolate “As a child, chocolate was very much a part of my diet, so I cannot leave this out. The cake has two layers so you will have two fillings, giving you the opportunity to experience complex and interesting flavours. The bitter sweetness of the chocolate and the tanginess of the passion fruit curd create a lovely balance.�

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Thank You: Wooden candlesticks — Baughaus Design Studio Menus — Topp In Designz Table Styling — Pussbackfoot

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BEYOND THE RED LIGHTS TARA BRADSHAW TRAVELS TO AMSTERDAM AND GOES BEYOND THE RED LIGHTS.

In Amsterdam, 17th century buildings line picturesque canals, while just a few

streets over, modern buildings and restaurants abound; just steps away from the infamous cafes and red light district. This is a city of many diversions, a city in flux that has worked hard to refresh its image. And while its nightlife and infamous Red Light District are as active as ever, there’s so much more to be found.

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A FEW AMAZING THINGS TO DO IN AMSTERDAM There are some cities that take a while to open up to you. Like a mysterious stranger, it takes time to discover their secrets, to explore them, as they slowly reveal themselves to you. But Amsterdam is the very opposite of that. The quirky capital city of the Netherlands is that fun-loving, carefree friend who is always ready for a good time, and makes you feel welcome with effortless ease.  

EAT DELICIOUS FOOD

Previously known mainly for potatoes and pancakes, Amsterdam is undergoing something of a gastronomical renaissance. From street food to Michelinstarred restaurants, you can find it all.   The trendy, bohemian neighbourhood of De Pijp is home to some of the best food in the city. Browse the Albert Cuyp Street Market, where you’ll find the sweet treat that is uniquely Amsterdam—the stroopwafel. Literally meaning “syrup waffle”, this delectable dessert consists 148

of two wafer thin waffles held together by sweet, sticky syrup. Freshly baked before your eyes, one side can be coated in chocolate, or you can enjoy the classic version—crispy, warm, and gooey.   The brunch scene has exploded in Amsterdam, and now there’s competition for the ubiquitous pancake.  It’s time to experience, Omelegg. Also located in De Pijp, Omelegg is a charming omelettery (the city’s first) that serves—you guessed it—omelettes! But this isn’t your standard ham and cheese variety (although that’s there too). Here, you’ll find adventurous combinations like banana and peanut butter, or currywurst and onions. I opted for the “Farm Boy”: bacon, chipolata sausage, salami, broccoli, onion, spinach, bell pepper, sundried tomato, farmer cheese, thyme and rosemary.  Heaven. If enormous omelettes aren’t your thing, then maybe you’d like dinner in a chic greenhouse dating back to 1926. Here,


ingredients for an ever-changing menu are sourced directly from their own garden. This is Restaurant De Kas, a unique dining experience focused on organic, sustainable fare.  

SHOP FOR UNIQUE SOUVENIRS By souvenirs, I don’t mean shot glasses or refrigerator magnets. This city is a shopper’s paradise. In addition to the familiar stores, you’ll find lots of trendy boutiques and independent stores carrying local brands, up-and-coming Dutch designers, and exclusive lines. Why not choose these items as your souvenirs?  In the age of social media, it’s even easier to find inspiration. One week prior to the trip, I discovered Rosefield watches, a minimalist, modern watch brand inspired by the fashions of New York and Amsterdam.    Each neighbourhood in Amsterdam has its own character, and the shopping scene reflects this. Here, you have the 149


satisfy a diverse range of interests.  A visit to one of Amsterdam’s many contemporary art galleries is the perfect way to spend an afternoon, especially a rainy one! Even if you’re not interested in expanding your art collection, you’ll enjoy works from up-and-coming local artists as well as international talent. Lose yourself in the quaint Jordaan neighbourhood, formerly a working class area, and now home to independent art galleries, charming cafés and restaurants, and antique shops galore.   If you feel like venturing away from the city centre, a short tram ride takes you to the recently revitalized neighbourhood of Bos en Lommer, which is now home to many artists. Known for its multicultural atmosphere and people, it’s here that you’ll get a taste of real local life.    rare opportunity to check out beautiful and interesting surroundings, no matter where you choose to shop.   You can also find unique souvenirs in the many open-air markets dotted throughout the city. The most popular outdoor street market is the Albert Cuyp Market. You could spend hours leisurely browsing the stalls, which sell everything from fresh fruits and vegetables, to leather jackets and locally made jewellery.  

EXPLORE MUSEUMS & ART GALLERIES

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SURROUND YOURSELF

WITH NATURE

Voted one of the greenest cities in Europe, Amsterdam offers unexpected escapes from the urban sprawl. You’ll find parks popular with locals, most notably the Vondelpark, where you can relax, have a picnic, and even enjoy free live concerts at the outdoor theatre in summer. A short tram or bike ride takes you from the city centre to the aptly named “Plantage” district, home of the Botanical Gardens, one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. Here, you’ll find a unique collection of plants from around the world, as well as an interactive butterfly conservatory.

If you’re lucky enough to visit Amsterdam in the spring, don’t miss a visit to the Keukenhof Garden to see Amsterdam’s famous tulips. Yes, it may be a cliché, but no visit would be complete without it. This is one of the world’s largest flower gardens, with over 7 million bulbs in bloom from 800 varieties of tulips. Amsterdam is a city of surprises. You’ll find that there’s much to be discovered, if you’re willing to venture, beyond the red lights.

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Cheers!!!

To everyone who helped bring our vision to life…

Cheers! MAKE SURE TO SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR COLLECTION MODA EVENTS 2017! • MoDA Runway — Thursday November 16 • MoDA Market + MoDA Business Talks — Saturday-Sunday November 18-19

** Special thank you to nail artiste Annabel Glaze of Bella’s Boutique for our black and white nail designs; Nadine Burie for the delicate chocolate-dipped marshmallows; foil piñata pieces by Topp In Designz; and photo shoot styling by Pussbackfoot. 152


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