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Saint Fashion Faces of the Caribbean + Avant Garde Designer of the Year Competition 2018

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Female Fashion Face of the Caribbean winner Tasheika Ogeare is flanked by the judges as they congratulate her 
As the Jamaican Fashion season officially kicks off, we made our way to the Courtleigh Auditorium on St. Lucia Avenue, New Kingston for Saint Internationals's Fashion Face of the Caribbean and the Avant-Garde Designer of the Year Competition last Saturday.

Campari live display
Campari live display

When we entered the "Red Glamour Galaxy" we could immediately tell this would be a spectacular event as we saw models spray painted in the signature "Campari red" with silver effects in a life-size glass box for all to see --fashionable guests which consisted of fashion enthusiasts, industry professionals and agents from major fashion houses made for great conversation as the Campari cocktails flowed.

A selection of the male Fashion Face of the Caribbean contestants

A selection of the female Fashion Face of the Caribbean contestants

28 females and 32 males clad in all black strutted down the runway for a place at the prestigious Saint International Modeling Agency and to be named the Fashion Face of the Caribbean 2018. After a difficult decision by a panel of elite judges from major fashion houses including Wilhelmina, Premier Model Management, and Ford Models, Tasheika Ogeare (female) and Oshane Flemmings (male) were named as the winners in their respective categories.

Avante Garde Designer of the Year Competition

Avant-Garde winner and Designer of the Year Rico Vassell (center) shows off his cheque
Each year, Saint International gives up and coming Designers a chance to showcase their designs to be named Avant-Garde Designer of the year and to win a cash prize. This year, 8 Designers competed with a theme incorporating the Campari brand where Rico Vassell's design "The Coral Essence", which comprised of a velvet pants-suits with straws was named the winner. The design also featured a hat which completed the look as it moved effortlessly on stage and under the harsh lights. Rico Vassell won $50,000 courtesy of Campari and is the Avant-Garde Designer of the Year.

Empress Campari by Designer Pebbles King

Badokogan by Designer Romario Clarke

Cushion elle by Designer Andrea Coleman

The Butterfly effect by Designer Francine Green

Lady Majestic by Designer Janseen Graham

The Coral Essence by Designer Rico Vassell

The Rose Garden by Designer Sean

Empress Campari by Designer Pebbles King

Campari on Ice by Designer Rushane Simmonds

Entertainment

To keep guests in high spirits entertainer Koriq performed renditions by popular musicians as he was fashionable clad in mustard yellow pants and a navy blue blazer.

Guests were also treated to musical styling by Naomi Cowan who's soulful and passionate "Naked"  had guests in their feelings. Naomi was joined on stage by her band who provided background vocals and instrumentals.

Naomi Cowan

Koriq

Stay Tuned for Part 2 of the complete event | Grab a snack it will be photo heavy

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