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The Great Escape


Sound the fashion trumpet! The Deiwght Peters-led Saint International modelling agency, cresting a wave of audacious success in 2015 for its roster of models -- with a checklist of ad campaigns for Dolce & Gabbana, River Island and Topshop; fashion editorials in top-tier mags Vogue, W, and Vogue ... Read More

“Filming there [in Jamaica] was
a way to pay homage both to Bob
and to the brand’s legacy,” Cole
told The New York Times. J Cole Makes A Rock Landing for Bally
How does The Rock prominently figure into Swiss luxury brand Bally's just-launched Autumn/Winter 201 ... Read More

Checking Pulse
New York-based fashion photographer Luca Khouri has declared her 'one to watch' and we at SO found h ... Read More

Sanneta Myrie Cocktails With - Dr Sanneta Myrie
Our week began with a welcome break from the infernal heatwave that's been baking the Corporate Area ... Read More

My Kingston - Winston Wilkins

Sunday, August 30, 2015    

Winston Wilkins

What are your earliest memories of Kingston? The waving gallery of the Norman Manley International Airport in the late-1970s. What's the most memorable meal that you have enjoyed in Kingston? Oysters, downstairs at Gloria's in Port Royal. What would you do if you were mayor of Kingston for a day? Tell everyone it's my birthday and get mayoral gifts all day before my party at Opa! Greek Restaurant & Lounge because I just declared it Saturday. What would be your recommendations to a firs ... Read More

VIDEO: About HOME...

Sunday, August 23, 2015    

Michele Jodhan, Anya
Ayoung Chee’s mum,
speaks to the concept behind home

Six Scott Street, St Clair, Port-of-Spain has been transformed into an architectural statement. SO got the backstory of the renovation from Michele Jodhan... My father did the first renovation. Here's where our children were raised and where we lived except for a few years abroad. My brother Michael Jodhan is the architect of this house. The focus of the original design was with teenaged and young-adult children in mind. My brother presented two proposals for renovations, and then the third tim ... Read More

It's Her World

Sunday, August 23, 2015    

Miss World 2014

Who: Miss World 2014 and Miss South Africa 2014 Rolene Strauss Where: Miss Jamaica World finals and coronation at the Montego Bay Convention Centre Violent racial tensions continue to dominate global culture... I think that it is important for parents to raise their children to respect and love all human beings. That is the way I was brought up and definitely the way I will raise my children one day. Under our skins we all look the same and love the same. The late Nelson Mandela's vision f ... Read More

VIDEO: The name Peter Elias

Sunday, August 23, 2015    

The style arbiter at Face of Trinidad & Tobago

The name Peter Elias is synonymous with exquisite style, beauty queens and the good life. Fresh from a European family vacay the twin-island republic's style arbiter spends time with SO at his Ellerslie boutique. Peter Elias, the man behind retail in the region. Like Spike Lee said, we just do it. We work hard. It's about a vision. I was just in China, a couple months ago, and I have many ideas to build a viable Caribbean label that we can export throughout the world. This is what my vision i ... Read More


Sunday, August 23, 2015    

Meiling shows SO a
denim coat dress and
(inset) a popular
summer design from
her boutique.

It's Monday morning and SO is headed to Meiling,  6 Carlos Street, Port of Spain, for the perfect little white shirt... make that two! Looove... This one is my Resort 2015 collection and I showed it in St Lucia. This is a one-of-a-kind and I thought, This has to stay for Novia. After she's worn it a few times we will repeat it, with a new twist, not exactly like that. It is white and all of the seams on the shoulders and back are hand-plicated. It's my signature and sometimes I feel peop ... Read More

Cocktails With— Sara Collins

Sunday, August 23, 2015    

Sara Collins

Even before being formally introduced, Sara Collins's aura reels us in from across the Montego Bay Convention Centre ballroom last weekend at the Miss Jamaica World (MJW) coronation. Who is this self-assured woman oozing elegance in a white jumpsuit? We satiate our curiosity, crossing the carpeted floor, offer introductions, and are warmly received by Collins who, we soon learn, is not only a judge for the pageant, but a Jamaican-raised, Grand Cayman-resident attorney-at-law and author in the ma ... Read More

Gardening — August 23

Sunday, August 23, 2015    


Dear Orchid Doc: I have some very tiny oncidiums which I bought bare-rooted a few years ago. To date they have not bloomed. Can you offer any reasonable explanation for this? -- Trisha Dear Trisha: I believe you are referring to a first cousin of the oncidium called tolumnia. Their blooms are extremely small and come in lots of shades, much prettier (in my mind) than the original oncidiums. They like about the same light as dendrobiums -- about 50 per cent of the sun that is shining at any ... Read More

My Kingston — August 23

Sunday, August 23, 2015    

Brandon Bailey

Brandon Bailey Saint International, Soul Artist Management and New Madison Model; Recording Artiste (‘Pencil Lunatic’) What are your earliest memories of Kingston? I remember seeing fireworks lighting the night sky on a New Year's Eve so long ago. An unforgettable sight for an out-of-towner. What is the most memorable meal you have enjoyed in Kingston? I tried the sweet and sour fish at Dragon Palace Chinese Restaurant and it was absolutely amazing. What would be your recomme ... Read More

Table Talk @ Estate 101

Sunday, August 16, 2015    

Jamaica Observer Managing Director Danville Walker (left) with Restaurant of the Year and The
Chairman’s Award recipient, Chaud Restaurant Chef/Patron Khalid Mohammed, and Giselle Laronde-
West, senior manager of public affairs and communications, Angostura Holdings Limited, who
accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of the company.

And it certainly was The Talk! From securing the oh-so-want-a-peek-inside Estate 101, the house atop Saddle Road, Maraval that stood dilapidated for decades and now equisitely restored by the stylish and impressively hands-on CEO and founder Debora Cumberbatch. The by-invitation-only event dispatched to the twin republic's culinary and style influencers as well as those on the verge of culinary greatness by the Hon Danville Walker, OJ JP, the man labelled Mr Fix It, not just in Jamaica but thr ... Read More

Cocktails With - Nadine Beaumont-Walters

Sunday, August 16, 2015    

Nadine Beaumont-Walters

Lunchtime finds us barside at the Eurocentric eatery F&B Downtown -- inside the Swiss Stores on Harbour Street -- with financial consultant Nadine Beaumont-Walters. She's five minutes early for our meeting, and has already charmed the socks off Swiss Stores proprietor Peter Bangerter by the time we arrrive. The statuesque Walters possesses that girl-next-door magnetism which makes convo effortless, and in little or no time, we're talking lottery dreams, Warren Buffett, and keeping her locks ... Read More



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