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'Wear' It All Went

Sunday, August 20, 2017

On the heels of a scintillating performance at last month's Reggae Sumfest, resident dancehall vixen Spice was given the ultimate sartorial compliment by the global fashion industry's bible, Vogue , which fawned over the So Mi Like It singer's bold, bawdy mode of dress, raving that her Sumfest stage persona was “[a] perfect example of the artist's fearless, ever-changing wardrobe — one that is redefining dancehall style”.

While SO found delirious delight in Vogue scribe Deidre Dyer's acknowledgement of Spice's fashion-forward sensibilities, and applaud the reigning dancehall queen's pop-cultural moment in the sun, hers is but a continuation of the genre's flashy factor, so vividly embodied by her preceding counterparts of the 1980s and 1990s. Whether it was Patra's box braids and sexed-up, girl-next-door appeal or Shabba Ranks' dripping in gold chains and oversized suits to match an unbridled machismo, there was never a shortage of visual stimultation in dancehall music to keep us hooked.