Feeling Guilt, Giving Good Face
Could there have been a setting more apt, than the black and white-tiled verandah expanse of the fabled Georgian-Creole Devon House mansion, now occupied by chef Colin Hylton's Guilt and his veritable menu of culinary statements, for an elegant dinner party thrown by global cosmetic brand MAC to fete their esteemed director of make-up artistry — and our own son of The Rock — Romero Jennings? Jennings, who had a fantastic week during his long-overdue visit to our shores (he hasn't been home since the Oughties), imparting his extensive skill, technique and knowledge base to local editorials, and conducting media-invite, trend-driven beauty presentations.
He paused mid-week to refresh his memory and his palate on a delectable fare of aromatic and vibrantly coloured bites paired with obligatory wines and cocktails and tied with a saccharine bow of rich comfort dessert, created expressly for the beauty guru by Hylton and his capable team.
And whom did MAC Cosmetics deem worthy to share in this treat with one of the brand's absolute treasures? Why, only a regional jet set of well-heeled magazine editors, media professionals, stylists, MAC Cosmetic colleagues and, did we mention, a beauty queen? No big deal.
Naturally, SO rubbed shoulders at the guest of honour's table while he held all intrigued with his ever-so-Jamaican upbringing — ginger tea each night before bed, the clutch-those-pearls moments of suggesting sleepovers to his parents.
His eagerness to enjoy a Tastee patty, the thrill of al fresco dining. The light of Jamaica.
His climb to the top. Romero Jennings was the perfect New Year's gift from MAC — thanks, Marella! SO shares vignettes from an evening well spent, if we do say so ourselves.
(PHOTOS: KARL MCLARTY)