The 2022 return of A Touch of France — the three-day event conceptualised by Alliance Française President Pierre Lemaire and under the auspices of French Ambassador to Jamaica Olivier Guyonvarch — wrapped in fine style on Saturday evening with the La Hot Couture fashion show.
The team, a mash-up of the Embassy of France in Jamaica and Saint International, shut down the metropolitan's most Instagrammable driveway — the AC Hotel Kingston — transforming it into a glittery runway fit for the stars. And the big names did make a turn, with Saint International alum — now the global face of Prada — Kai Newman making a special appearance.
Jamaica's style elite, led by Joan McDonald, Cecile Levee, R Christene King, Rose Tavares Finson, Althea Laing, Norma Williams, Michele Williams and Carlton Brown, gave appreciative nods as models hit the runway in the latest from Max Brown, Heather Laine for Elan, Edna Manley College, and Eliette Lesuperbe.
"Three long years! What a way to be back!" said Saint International CEO Deiwght Peters as the über-stylish audience of 600 erupted in cheers.
Page 2 raises its own appreciative salut!
#SaintsinStridesSaint International CEO Deiwght Peters (sixth left, front) appears with stakeholders and models at the end of La Hot Couture 2022 show.Karl Mclarty
Rock & Come InSaint International CEO Deiwght Peters (centre) was joined by French Ambassador to Jamaica Olivier Guyonvarch (left) and US Ambassador to Jamaica Noah Nickolas "Nick" Perry for a photo-op.Karl Mclarty
CrÈme dela CrÈmeComing in red-haute from London for the La Hot Couture show was Saint International model Kai Newman, who opened for French designer Eliette Lesuperbe.Karl Mclarty
Veteran SupermodelsFashion model-cum-corporate image consultant Althea Laing (left) and Miss Jamaica World 1978 Joan McDonald made their presence felt.Karl Mclarty
les sapeurs de kingstonThere's nothing like a link-up of fashionable gents! (From left): National Works Agency (NWA) Site Supervisor Horace Walker; Body Reshaping Experience CEO Donavon Marshall; international menswear designer Carlton Brown; and Jollywood Jamaica CEO Kanhai Condison.Karl Mclarty
Stylish ImmersionMinister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith took her niece Makena Wilmot out for the experience.Karl Mclarty
diplomatic flair!German Ambassador to Jamaica Jan Hendrik van Thiel and his wife Marina Siniavskaia came for the fashion, but stayed for the fun.Karl Mclarty