Saturday, September 17, 2022

It's throwback Saturday to the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel where a week ago family, friends and devotees of "Jamaica's First Lady of Fashion" Olga Francis Keane swanned into a by-invitation-only red-carpet event, curated by the late designer's family, to honour the woman who once dominated the local fashion scene and whose design tentacles stretched as far as the African continent and impressed noted French designer Madame Carven. The fashion show, which featured some of Francis Keane's classic cutwork embroidery pieces, and modelled by her favourite muses, was tinged with nostalgia.

The festivities closed with the launch of the Dudley & Olga Francis Keane Fashion Foundation Ltd, which will be governing the annual scholarship dedicated to a student at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, as well as a sneak peek of the fashion tome: Francis Keane: Her Life, Fashion & Legacy.

Page 2, like those in attendance, applauds Francis Keane's contribution to fashion.

Photographer: Garfield Robinson

Two For OneCommunications specialist Roxene Nickle (left) and chef/patron, Moveable Feast Caterers Michele Williams both stunned on the red carpet. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Meet The HeadleysDaughter of Olga Francis Keane, Fay Keane-Headley, and husband Dr Allan Headley also shared a moment on the red carpet. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Model BehaviourFormer supermodel-cum-corporate image and staff development consultant Althea Laing stepped out in a white lace 'fit that paid homage to the late fashion designer. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Well PresentedFor Wint Training Specialists principal Elaine Wint-Leslie, who was one of the first muses of Francis Keane, showing up to the event was a must (Photo: Garfield Robinson).
Best Foot ForwardElaine Dreyer, consultant fashion trainer at the Tourism Product Development Company, was also out to pay homage to fashion designer Olga Francis Keane. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
In The BlackRetired executive administrator and friend of the Francis Keane family Ruperta Duncan-Gordon graced the red carpet in an all-black ensemble. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Take 2Founder of Sooho Accessories Nadine Allen-Ho (left) and general manager of Potpourri Plus Cheryl Lawson showed out in white. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
In Retro 'Spec'From left: Novia McDonald-Whyte, senior associate editor, lifestyle & social content, Jamaica Observer; veteran journalist Christene King; and singer Marcia Griffiths huddled for a photo op. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Trending FabFrom left: Francis-Keane protégé and co-franchise holder of Miss Jamaica World Weston Haughton, Miss World 1976 Cindy Breakspeare and Francis Keane's daughter Fay Keane-Headley flashed smiles at the camera. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Mission AccomplishedDaughter of Olga Francis Keane, Jennifer Francis Keane, and her husband Stu Goodrich beamed with pride at the outcome of the tribute. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
A Francis Keane FanJamaica's first Miss Jamaica Fashion Model, the inimitable Audrey Burgess-Barakat, oozed glamour. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

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