My Kingston - Dexter ‘3D’ Pottinger
Fashion Designer, Stylist and Video Director
What does style mean to you?
Style means a lot to me. It's my everyday living. Style is an expression. Style is how people see you and can tell exactly who you are.
Where you will be when the Jamaica Observer Celebrates Fashion's Night Out on September 6?
I will definitely be in Jamaica and can't wait as I will be walking the malls. I will be shopping at Grandeur and Fierce. I love those two stores because their stuff is upbeat and trendy. I remember when I was young and wanted stuff from America and it's actually the reason I got into fashion, because I would jump on the sewing machine and make things for myself that I saw on TV.
Who are your favourite designers?
Locally, I have immense respect for Carlton Brown for his suits. When I started designing, I was always in shirts and jeans; Carlton got me into suits in terms of jackets and that stuff. Internationally, I love Vivienne Westwood out of London, Issey Miyake from Japan and I love Dolce and Gabbana from Italy. For the low-end brands, I am a fan of Zara and H&M; you can have $10 and walk in there and get something.
What's your beverage of choice?
I love martinis. However, when I'm at the club, it's definitely Guinness.
Share the title of the last book you read.
I don't really read books, I'm a fashion person so I'm always looking at magazines. There's a really cool new mag, The Beauté Book, whose owner and CEO is a Jamaican, Ano Okera. I went to the magazine launch in New York recently.
What cologne are you splashing?
Versace Blue — it's very youthful, fresh, but it has a masculine essence.
Where are your chill spots on the island?
I love eating and chillaxing at Hellshire Beach with my girl Tifa. I love going to the movies with Ce'Cile or hanging at her house. I also love spending time at my house and having friends over because I truly love to cook. Besides that, Tracks and Records for breakfast, lunch and dinner... the environment is really cool, and I head to Fiction Lounge when I'm looking for a good time to party.
So, what prompted the journey into becoming a fashion designer?
I actually started out in the fashion industry as a model with Saint International and was signed to an agency in London where I started working. I never really liked modelling because it felt like being cattle to me where you lined up and people picked you out. When I started seeing the creative process backstage and being a creative person myself, I realised I could make money from it. It's the reason why I'm a stylist, a make-up artist and design clothes... I try to keep myself very flexible.
What are your style must-haves?
A nice pair of shoes and fitted jeans; the shoes must be sleek and trendy, and the jeans must fit.
Who would be your dream person to style?
It would be two persons. I would definitely want to get my hands on Barack Obama and style him — I would Gucci him out. And Beyoncé all the way, because of who she is, and the role she has played in young females' lives.
Who's your fashion idol?
Right now, I'm loving Tom Ford because of the clean cuts and sharpness in his designs.
What would you single out as your greatest accomplishment?
My greatest accomplishment is making myself into Dexter '3D' Pottinger. It's being in New York and no matter what event I go to, at least one person, even walking on the street, recognises me and says hello.
What's the last bit of music you listened to that you enjoyed?
It's Jamaica's 50th year of Independence and I just returned from Queens and Brooklyn in New York where there were many celebrations going on. I was hearing a lot of Bob Marley and different mixes of his music including club mixes. I got a CD from a deejay and burned it onto my laptop to get it on my iPod.
Share your favourite fashionable places in your black book.
I love Tokyo in Japan because of their sense of fashion. When I walk down the streets of Tokyo, everybody from grandmother to baby is well put together. I am also a fan of the styling in Kenya in Africa...the earth tones, the scarves, the hats, the details of how they carry themselves.
What's your favourite fashion-related film or television show?
I just saw the film Sparkle two days ago and loved the film's costuming. It captured the past but made it look current because, you know, fashion is cyclical. I love vintage, but vintage chic in particular because it has to have a modern, elegant twist.
If you could give five fashion rules to live by, what would they be?
1. Not because you see your friend wearing something means it's going to work for you.
2. If you have baggy or swollen eyes and you have to go out, grab a pair of sunglasses.
3. Women, if in doubt of what to wear for an occasion, go cute, you can sell it and get away with it.
4. Men, think accessories. Neck beads, watches, shades, shoes, a jacket and even shades. It's fine to accessorise.
5. Always ask the nature of the event you are attending as you don't want to overdress or under-dress.
What's your philosophy?
Always seize opportunities in front of you and take it to higher heights.