Style Observer

Launching Pad

TSO conceptualiser Novia McDonald-Whyte (centre) readies to cut the Selena Wong-created TSO cake with (from left) TSO special guest
and global fashion influencer Shala Monroque, Spanish Court Guest Services Manager Zarna Drummond, Jamaica Observer Managing
Director Danville Walker, Observer Head of Advertising, Marketing and Communications Natalie Chin, TSO special guest and Trinidadian
fashion designer Meiling Esau, Jamaica Public Service Head of Marketing Tishan Lee, TSO special guest and fine jewellery designer
Matthew ‘Mateo’ Harris, Island Car Rentals tour coordinator Sashae Moulton, and Jamaica Yellow Pages Marketing Manager Ayanna

The paparazzi-dotted TSO launch wielded its allure, midweek, at the boutique Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston. Out and about were the style set, retailers, and National Commerical Bank, Jamaica Yellow Pages, JPS eStore, Island Car Rentals, Business Access TV, Diageo, Select Brands and Caribbean A ... Read More

Jetting in from Trinidad, St Lucia and New York, respectively,
courtesy of Caribbean Airlines, as special guests for the Jamaica
Observer Takes Style Out sales event, the trio of (from left) fashion
designer Meiling Esau, global fashion influencer Shala Monroque
and fine jewellery artisan Matthew ‘Mateo’ Harris plugged last
Thursday’s big day. Retail Roundtable
There's nothing quite like a leisurely lunch before a spot of retail therapy and last week Tuesday a ... Read More

Phalaenopsis SO Gardening Oct 4
Dear Orchid Doc: My orchids have been getting sooty mould for some time now. I have used a mixture ... Read More

Jaye-Ann O'Connor Cocktails With — Jaye-Ann O’Connor
Jaye-Ann O'Connor shifts effortlessly from a studied mirror-check -- her frosted lip focus still imp ... Read More

My Kingston — Michael Roofe

Sunday, October 04, 2015    

Michael Roofe

What are your earliest memories of Kingston? The trips to Hope Gardens with my parents and siblings. In my young mind I was impressed by the lush surroundings and the maze. Yet another area of Kingston that is indelibly etched in my mind is the Palisadoes Peninsula, which was fringed with the azure tinted waters. It was a popular beach in those early years. What would be your recommendations to a first-time visitor to Kingston? Visit Devon House, which is an architectural pearl in the middle ... Read More

TSO BFFs - Matthew 'Mateo' Harris

Sunday, September 27, 2015    

Matthew ‘Mateo’ Harris

Favourite trends from (New York) SS 2016... Minimalism. I loved the simplicity and romanticism of Calvin Klein. Others following this trend were Narcisco Rodriguez and Hugo Boss, with that beautiful tailoring and those clean lines. What needs to go away... The excess of "streetwear". I would love to see people dressing more tastefully and elegantly. Personal style... This is always a hard question for me as I am not a big follower of trends. I like timeless fashion -- pieces you will keep in ... Read More

What's In A Trend?

Sunday, September 27, 2015    

The must-have
complement to
jazz up your
Oversized robes
are having a
moment per the
Spring 2016

Attention: shopaholics! Super-saving markdowns are for the taking! We're just four days away from The Rock's seismic sale day when the Jamaica Observer Takes Style Out (TSO) this Thursday, October 1, and retailers across the island are prepping for D-Day -- that's dizzying discounts with a capital 'D' -- and offering a swath of deals to make your retail indulegence that much more fantastic. Ahead of your final decisions as to the wheres and whats to charge to your NCB credit card, for fashiona ... Read More

Nayna's Hope

Sunday, September 27, 2015    

Nayna McIntosh,
the designer behind
the Hope label.

"Creating Hope was about doing something to put right what many fashion brands and retailers are missing. It was about utilising my years of experience to create a brand for the 40-plus woman that is right for today. I have empathy for this woman because I am this woman, someone looking for garments to help restore confidence. While shopping on the Internet is efficient, it is unemotional; and shopping on the High Street can be lonely and unfulfilling for many of us. Hope offers a way to fill t ... Read More

Ebony's Empire!

Sunday, September 27, 2015    

The scene from the season two
premiere of FOX’s mega-hit Empire,
which featured two Ebony Patterson
mixed media on paper pieces from
the artist’s Disciplez series.

In our Ones To Watch issue back in January, the Style Observer heralded the continued ascension of Vogue Italia-endorsed, 2012 Bronze Musgrave Medal- and 2015 Aaron Matalon Award-winning mixed media artist Ebony G Patterson -- and man, did she deliver! In-the-know peepers glued to the roller-coaster twists and turns of beloved campfest Empire -- which returned with 16 million North American viewers, to the FOX airwaves last Wednesday night -- would have noticed vibrant portraiture from the accla ... Read More

TSO BFFs - Meiling

Sunday, September 27, 2015    

TSO BFFs - Meiling

Design Icon

As we countdown to Take Style Out (TSO) on Thursday, October 1 and five glorious hours of retail therapy, we exchange trendy notes with designer Meiling Esau, celebrated jewellery designer Matthew Mateo Harris and fashion insider Shala Monroque, who are our very special guests for TSO 2016. TSO BFFs - Meiling Design Icon Meiling Esau on her favourite SS 2016 trends... I love the romantic minimalism a la Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein, the youthful urban ease of Alexander Wang's collection ... Read More

My Kingston - Etus Collman

Sunday, September 27, 2015    

What are your earliest memories of Kingston? My earliest memory of Kingston is the downtown waterfront of the 1980s. I used to hang out on the sea wall with my girlfriend and throw stones at the fish until late in the evenings. I used to dine at the Pirate's Cove Restaurant which was over the water, and watched the sea birds glide around gracefully. A few hungry ones would partake of your meal if you were not paying attention. What would do if you were mayor of Kingston for a day? I would rem ... Read More

Uptown Gangster Chic

Sunday, September 20, 2015    

Assessing the SS 2016 collection,
Vogue said: “Cushnie and Ochs
were onto something
interesting...and in so
doing, elevating it a
great deal.”

Michelle Ochs and Carly Cushnie -- the design duo behind Cushnie et Ochs, a red-carpet fave for such celebs as Charlize Theron, Rachel McAdams, Megan Fox, Zoe Saldana -- debuted their SS 2016 Ready-To-Wear collection on Friday, September 11, at MADE at Milk Studios on 15th Street, during New York Fashion Week. Drawing inspiration from the work of portrait artist Kehinde Wiley, the motif for the designers' new collection was 'uptown gangster' and incorporated visual cues from 1990s hip-hop. Whi ... Read More

Lauren's Spring Awakening

Sunday, September 20, 2015    

It's a truth universally acknowledged that Ralph Lauren knows how to make a woman feel fabulous. His Spring 2016 collection last week Friday at New York Fashion Week (NYFW) was no exception and left SO yearning for the type of vacation that would require carefully packing the entire collection. There was no disputing Lauren's passion for the nautical life with his spectacular red, white and blue colour palette -- complete with the essential cable sweater to ward off chill -- segued into soft le ... Read More

Cocktails With - Carolyn Bolt

Sunday, September 20, 2015    


With a smile that comes as easily as her mod-chic fashion sensibilities, Carolyn Bolt, three months into her promotion as human resources director at Supreme Ventures, is seated next to us at J Wray & Nephew's @ twentythree corporate bar. Bolt is out to support longtime friend Keneea Linton-George's Mission Catwalk Season Five launch. Placing our orders from the Campari cocktail menu, we trade off-the-clock stories and get insights into motherhood, what aces an interview, and whose life she ... Read More



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