Style Observer

Melanie Schwapp... My Favourite Things

a baby
many a
tear wiped,
many a story told
in this beautiful
rocking chair.

I love old things. I adore antiques. I believe that this love is directly tied to my love of Jamaica, and to the fact that so much of our history and achievements are reflected in things of old. It could also be related to my vivid imagination as an author, for there is nothing that gives me greater ... Read More

I have no idea why, but I started wearing hats
regularly about 20 years ago and have amassed an
active collection of sombreros, fedoras, bowlers, and
Stantons, etc. The fashion of wearing hats has come
and gone about three times since I started wearing
them, but like the Northern Star I have remained
committed and constant. Fashion will come and go,
but Powe will always be wearing his hat! T Nevada Powe... My Favourite Things
As an amateur foodie, my Shun (rhymes with moon) knife is never far from reach. Inspired by the anci ... Read More

The First Family recently joined thousands of Americans to march across the Edmund
Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, commemorating the 1965 march led by Dr Martin
Luther King, who was looking to secure equal voting rights for people of colour. Yes, He Can
Eyes are peeled and invites would be golden tickets for the ultimate selfie. When the annoucement th ... Read More

Josef Forstmayr Josef Forstmayr... My Favourite Things
My four most favourite things are items/habits which I practise EVERY DAY and are total routine...wi ... Read More

Art Consultant Rachael Barret... My Favourite Things

Sunday, March 29, 2015    

Murano glass

Modern design given a Caribbean flair. This is a classic B33 Marcel Breuer chair, tubular steel with leather, from the late-1920s. I'm a big fan of modern design and since returning to Jamaica have been looking at ways I can update my modern antiques with an element of Caribbean style. This chair I've restored and given a soft touch with a handmade cushion made by local designer Tishelle Designs. Murano glass. The art of glassmaking on the Venetian island of Murano is centuries old and I love ... Read More

Savage Beauty

Sunday, March 29, 2015    

Alexander McQueen “No 13”,
Spring/Summer 1999.

Mission Catwalk Executive Producer Keneea Linton-George shares a favourite moment... It may have been coincidental being in London on the opening weekend of the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibition, but attending was no coincidence. Securing tickets for the first day of the exhibition was near impossible, even for some of London's top concierge service, but we were relentless in our pursuit. Being able to intimately view the work of one of the most talented designers of my generation was ... Read More

My Kingston — Jason Pitter

Sunday, March 29, 2015    

You're the first Black Queen's Counsel in Northern England. Does this have any personal significance for you? Once it sank in I realised it was a massive personal achievement for which I feel hugely honoured and privileged. But from the wider perspective, given we are in 2015, it's a pity that I am the first. That means there remains a lot more to be done and I have a significant responsibility in terms of encouraging and assisting those who will follow after me. What was it about a legal car ... Read More

Gardening — March 29, 2015

Sunday, March 29, 2015    


Dear Orchid Doc: I enjoy your beautiful orchids, and the information you give each week is so helpful. Please give me some basics on growing healthy Phalaenopsis, especially the correct medium and location to grow them in. Can I take my orchids to you for advice on how to get them growing properly? Regards Elenor Dear Elenor Thank you for your kind words. The first thing you should do is observe the area where you live. Is it very hot like Portmore? Or is it very damp like Stony Hill? Ar ... Read More

‘FULL 100’

Monday, March 30, 2015    

Tajai McPherson

FULL-FIGURE model Tajai McPherson has landed international contracts with New York's Muse Model Management and London's Milk Management. A student of Excelsior High School, the 6-ft tall McPherson placed third from a field of 41 in the Saint International Fashion Face of the Caribbean last weekend. Deiwght Peters, Saint International CEO, said the move is a historic one as McPherson is the first Caribbean plus-size model to earn international modelling contracts. "This is unprecedented, and ... Read More

Empire Hits The Mark

Sunday, April 05, 2015    

The cast of the hit show Empire (from left) Bryshere Y Gray, Trai Byers, Taraji P Henson, Terrence Howard, and Jussie Smollett.

Serious Empire withdrawal has set in. Almost three weeks since the first-season finale of FOX's runaway hit hip-hop drama aired, and trust us, we're desperately missing the weekly over-the-top storylines, juicy melodrama, hilarious one-liners, and our Cookie fixation. Working as both a throwback to classic night-time soaps such as Dynasty and Dallas but contemporised with an edginess that unflinchingly tackles such societal issues as homophobia and mental illness, Empire was an immediate TV add ... Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Cocktails With - Grace Gealey

Sunday, April 05, 2015    

Grace Gealey

After reading about Grace Gealey in Cayman Skies, SO had to track her down for a few more questions... Thanks much, Angela Mach. How would you describe your style? It honestly depends on the day! Sometimes edgy, funky and tomboyish. Other times, feminine, modern and chic. I dress to my mood and how I feel that day. Which designers do you wear for Empire? Many! Gucci, Tom Ford, Fendi, Ted Baker and Givenchy, just to name a few. It's amazing! How much influence do you have over your wardrobe? ... Read More

Spotted - Grace Gealey

Sunday, April 05, 2015    

SO's priority for the recent flight from Grand Cayman to Kingston, Jamaica was a 40-minute power nap. Indeed, all was in place: entire row to oneself, ventilators closed and Loro Piana wrap in snug-mode. The Cayman Airways Skies magazine March/ April 2015 beckoned but, feigning indifference, I removed my glasses leaving all a hazy blur. The powerful cover image, however, refused to comply. 'I know that face! The hair looked different -- not straight-out-of-the salon perfect, but slightly messed ... Read More

Of Cookies, Fur & Animal Print Combo...

Sunday, April 05, 2015    

Cookie Lyon (played by Taraji P Henson), fresh off a 17-year jail sentence wearing a form-fitting, leopard-print minidress and a straight-out-of-Shaft white fur coat, is no Tracy Chambers (played by Diana Ross) in Mahogany, although there are scenes in which Ross and her soul mate Brian Walker (played by Billy Dee Williams) could switch roles). And eschew all thoughts of Diahann Carroll in Dynasty! Lyon is street-fab and the show's costume designer Rita McGhee stamps her credentials each week as ... Read More

My Kingston - Germaul Barnes

Sunday, April 05, 2015    

Germaul Barnes

What brings you to Jamaica? I am here in Kingston, Jamaica, to study the movement and vibration of the Jamaican people. I'm the choreographer for the new Bob Marley musical Marley, written and directed by Kwame Kewi-Armah. This exciting new musical is opening at Center Stage Theater in Baltimore, Maryland. I was encouraged by the Center Stage Theater, my mentors, and peers to visit Kingston so I can really digest the Jamaican culture in preparation before starting the creative process with th ... Read More



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