Independence Day Fashion Gala
Event Date: August 31, 2007
Posted: October 20, 2007
Fashion designer and total body image consultant Larry Rampersad recently held an Independence fashion show themed "The Look" at the Paria Suite Ballroom in La Romaine on Friday August 31, 2007. The fashion show featured both male and female models showcasing designs from Matrix for Men, Lady Matrix and Regal Designs, with jewelry by Craving Clothing. Chicly dressed men and women gathered in the ballroom to see Larry's fashion offering as the event promised to give the audience a clear indication of liberty, equality and patriotism through the eyes of fashion.
Model Akanath Singh
The event started just after 6 p.m. with a scantily clad male model, Akanah Singh, dancing behind a see-through white fabric to a rock-styled soundtrack. After this start, it was time for a full blast of fashion as a group of female models came on stage first in long, flowing and colourful dresses embodying a sense of Caribbean-ness in their design. Sporting painted faces, the female models also showcased a number of bright and colourful wrap skirts.
Male models backstage
The male models soon followed, displaying a collection of white outfits with matching white gloves and shoes, to the sound of Trinidad All Stars' Pan anthem "Woman on the Bass". Screams of delight were heard from females in the audience at they strutted confidently on stage.
Round card girl
The fashion show was presented in rounds, similar to a boxing match, and there was even a scantily clad female model who walked along the catwalk holding up a sign that announced the number round that was about to be presented. Models showcased a wide variety of designs ranging from skimpy beach wear to causal clothes to elegant evening wear.
DJs of Joy Production Sound
The disk jockeys of Joy Production Sound added flavor to the modeling with a diverse selection of Soca, Reggae, and Pop music as the male and female models danced and strutted on the catwalk. The models even showed their versatility in the dancehall-themed round by doing various Passa Passa style dances such as the 'frog back' and 'hula hoop' to loud cheers and applause from the audience.
The attention of the audience was not all directed towards the models who paraded on the ramp as several members of the audience were selected to parade to choose the best males and females. Four prizes, given in both the male and female categories, were awarded by the crowd response. Popular presenter and television personality Jason Daly was adjudged one of the best dressed males as he paraded on stage to loud cheers from the audience.
Veteran designer Jacqui Koon How receives
a token of appreciaton from Larry Rampersad
After ten rounds of diverse and stylish fashion designs, the shows finale included veteran fashion designer Jacqui Koon How being presented with a token of appreciation for her contribution to the fashion industry. Larry Rampersad of Matrix for Men and Lady Matrix, as well as the designer from Regal Designs came to the stage to acknowledge the applause from the audience. Thus ended the fashion show, in which the professional models, attached to the House of Jacqui and Matrix for Men, certainly had the audience well-entertained with their bold and confident moves on the catwalk as they brought the fashion designs to life. The array of designs certainly captured the attention of the audience.
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