Style Observer

Spotted! - Matthew 'Mateo' Harris

Matthew ‘Mateo’ Harris.

We could not have scripted it better! The setting was exquisite -- Round Hill Hotel & Villas' annual Sugar Cane Ball. And he certainly looked the part: tall, dark and shockingly handsome! Who... Matthew 'Mateo' Harris. Our last encounter... November 2013. Claim to fame... Jewellery rock s ... Read More

model Kai
Newman for
River Island.
The Saint International
model was in front of the
lens for the three-day,
desert-located shoot.
SUMMERTON) Kai's 'RIVER' Runs Deep
THERE's no stopping Kai Newman. The teen model phenom's career is in overdrive as she continues to l ... Read More

Josina Jackson Cocktails With — Josina Jackson
We're enjoying cocktails at the Liguanea Club with certified Supreme Court mediator Josina Jackson, ... Read More

Renentera Gardening — Feb 28
Dear Orchid Doc: Help! My orchids are sick. The underside of the dendrobium leaves are dark brown an ... Read More

Cruise Control

Sunday, March 08, 2015    

Day #2 of SO's Campari-comp vacay to St Lucia saw us shipshape. Our travelling party of Caribbean-resident media and Campari distributors took to the high seas on the catamaran Endless Summer, for an outing along our host island's scenic coastline. Lifting anchor from the Rodney Bay Marina Yacht Club, we set sail with J Wray & Nephew execs on the azure waters, the ice-cooler brought aboard naturally stocked with bottles of Campari and Magnum Tonic Wine for those needing liquid courage. Ca ... Read More

On A Mission

Sunday, March 08, 2015    

With mere hours to go Kurt Campbell, Mission Catwalk Season Four winner, is understandably nervous. The models are in place, the fittings have commenced and a few alterations are required. Mission Catwalk Executive Producer Keneea Linton-George is busy organising press kits and goodie bags. Final fitting and hair and make-up complete, it's now or never, Camparino, Galleria, here we come! The models love the clothes! It's hard really not to fall in love with the luxe, voluminous skirts and dre ... Read More

Cocktails With - Sayoko Takase

Sunday, March 08, 2015    


A head-turning standout among the sometimes staid diplomatic corps, the style-loving wife of departing Japanese Ambassador to Jamaica Yasuo Takase prepares to return home to their native homeland any day now. The poised and gracious Mrs had that certain je nais sais quoi which kept our shutterbugs always ready to click at the sight of her picture-perfect wardrobe choices that were a marriage of dramatic edge and chic sensibility. Just ahead of her hubby's farewell reception last Thursday night ... Read More

My Kingston - Yasuo Takase

Sunday, March 08, 2015    

Yasuo Takase

Your diplomatic tour of duty has come to an end. What did you most enjoy about your ambassador posting here? It's been two years and five months -- in the Japanese case, our posting is usually three years. I would have loved to stay longer. I enjoyed everything in Jamaica -- the working conditions, and I loved the nature of the island, but the most important thing was the Jamaican people, they were very kind and hospitable. What was your proudest accomplishment as ambassador? During my time ... Read More

Once on this Island

Sunday, March 08, 2015    

Crashing waves, white
yachts, billowing
clouds, and blue skies
—a picturesque
afternoon sight.

History spoke across the time continuum, aided in the present day by our knowledgeable guide Denise Murray, as SO toured the historic St Lucian Pigeon Island site, as part of our recent tourist checklist. The journey into the past of this preservation site proved a worthwhile learning experience. There was, of course, the crash course in Caribbean history about the island originally being an Arawak habitation, then a base for French pirate François Le Clerc, before being conquered in 17 ... Read More

Red Is As Red Does

Sunday, March 08, 2015    

Campari hostesses Kerresa
Cadette (left) and Kimesha
Alfred welcomed Damian
Lyder (second left),
associate of the Antiguabased
Kennedys Club, and
his managing director
colleague Dion Francis to
the recent calendar launch
event at Coconutz Cantina.

When research reveals St Lucia as the top market for Campari consumption per capita, it's a no-brainer that the island -- home of The Pitons, those iconic mountainous volcanic plugs — would be the perfect locale for Gruppo Campari's J Wray & Nephew execs to recently launch the always-coveted, stylised Campari calendar that for its 2015 iteration features silver screen siren Eva Green, famous for her role as Vesper Lynd in the 2006 James Bond film, Casino Royale. Putting it on their ta ... Read More

Armani reinterprets The Shawl!

Sunday, March 08, 2015    

THERE were water-coloured prints, soft fringe scarves, tailored dresses with an ease of femininity, in addition to the ubiquitous velvet at Armani's Fall/Winter 2015 presentations. The 80-year-old fashion icon also unveiled a new trouser silhouette that on top resembled a sweeping skirt in the shape of a pair of tulip petals, then melded seamlessly into a tight-fitting pant-leg. They were paired with pretty swing coats, some decorated crystals, or a sloping, high-collar sweater that had the eff ... Read More

Taste of France

Sunday, March 22, 2015    

Toasting with glasses of vino were (from left) United States diplomat Gary Rex, Sylvia da
Costa, her Brazilian Ambasasdor husband Antonio da Costa, Jorge Garcon, his wife
Ambassador Paola Amadei, the Head of the Delegation of the European Union in Jamaica
and Ingrid Hackenburch-Rex.

The Regency Room at Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel played its adventurous part in a globe-spanning epicurean movement, last Thursday, billed The Goût de France/Good France project. Conceptualised by celebrated French chef Alain Ducasse and his native homeland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Goût de France had 1,300 chefs and restaurants across five continents preparing distinct Franco-inspired menus for a one-of-a-kind, simultaneous dining experience on Mar ... Read More

Cocktails with - Christina Collier

Sunday, March 22, 2015    

Christina Collier

We catch up with acclaimed soprano Christina Collier before her performance at Hanover Grange, Tryall Club the truly exquisite home of Andrew and Theresa Roberts. She's relaxed, looking stunning and all set to wow.. Welcome to Jamaica, Christina! What's the one thing you heard about Jamaica that you can declare to be true? The beauty of the lush vegetation and vibrant colours. You have performed in Barbados with the late great Luciano Pavarotti. Is Jamaica your second Caribbean performance, a ... Read More

My Hanover - Gilles San Juan

Sunday, March 22, 2015    

Gilles San Juan

Which came first... the acting or the singing? Both started at the same time. There was a time in Hollywood when tenors were hot box office commodities. Do you think we'll ever see another silver screen idol like Mario Lanza? I very much hope so! I shot my first movie in 2008 and start filming the latest early next year. What can an audience look forward to when you step on stage? Singing is giving, so the audience can look forward to us sharing with them the emotion we feel in the performa ... Read More



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