Davina Bennett — The Wood Nymph Fairy
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(Photo: Eve Harlowe/@eveharlowephoto)

First Things First...

Emmy Award-winning actress Sheryl Lee Ralph took a customised version of the Greta Constantine Onyx Flow dress out for a spin at the 2022 Human Rights Campaign National Dinner in Washington, DC on Saturday, October 29. Her sparkly Brandon Blackwood Mini Kendrick Trunk — first spotted on the Emmy red carpet in September — also made a debut as her stylist daughter Ivy “Coco” Maurice continues to champion Jamaican designers while churning out fab looks.

The star-studded event featured remarks from Vice-President Kamala Harris and saw Ralph being honoured with a National Ally for Equality Award, which recognises the outstanding efforts of those who use their voice to publicly stand up for the LGBTQ+ community.

Emmy Award-winning actress Sheryl Lee-Ralph (left) secured a selfie with Vice-President of the United States of America Kamala Harris. Courtesy of Sheryl Lee Ralph
Honoree Sheryl Lee Ralph headed to the 2022 Human Rights Campaign National Dinner at the Walter E Washington Convention Center in Greta Constantine and Brandon Blackwood. IG/@thesherylleeralph
Brandon Blackwood Mini Kendrick Trunk — Sun Mini Crystals brandonblackwood.com

And...

In more Ralph news, the Abbott Elementary star was surprised by her children during an appearance on NBC’s feel-good morning show TODAY with Hoda & Jenna. While boasting about her children Etienne and Ivy “Coco” Maurice to hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager, the two — who were secretly waiting backstage — walked onto the set with flowers. The priceless moment was captured live on air.

Sharing a moment on the set of TODAY with Hoda & Jenna were (from left) hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager; Emmy Award-winning actress Sheryl Lee Ralph; and her children Ivy "Coco" and Etienne Maurice. (Photo: Nate Congleton)
Her children Ivy "Coco" and Etienne Maurice's suprise appearance on TODAY with Hoda & Jenna had Sheryl Lee Ralph 'shook'. (Photo: Nate Congleton)

Then...

Jamaican designer Brandon Blackwood continues to tease his debut shoe collection, this time sharing prototype images of his made-in-Portugal ‘Taxi’ design on Instagram.

"Omg okay I need these like tomorrow," and "Obsessed" were a few of the comments when Brandon Blackwood posted the 'Taxi' heels on Instagram..
Jamaican designer Brandon Blackwood
Brandon Blackwood NYC Taxi heels.

Also...

Blackwood seems to have had a ball at the Ebony Power 100 Gala, snapping ‘ussies’ with Emmy Award-winning writer, producer, and actress Quinta Brunson and Insecure star Issa Rae. In the days leading up to the gala, Ebony released its Power 100 List and Blackwood was among the finalists, snagging a spot in the ‘Style Curators’ category.

Hosted on October 29 at Milk Studios in Los Angeles, California, the event honoured the remarkable achievements of Black trailblazers across industries.

Jamaican designer Brandon Blackwood (top left) shared the honour with Good American CEO and co-founder Emma Grede; Ami Colé founder & CEO Diarrha N'Diaye-Mbaye; Fear of God founder Jerry Lorenzo; LA-based designer Nichole Lynel; and Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) President CaSandra Diggs.
Brandon Blackwood toted an unreleased Metal Mini Kendrick Trunk while attending the Ebony Power 100 Gala in LA.
Jamaican designer Brandon Blackwood snapped an 'ussie' with actors Quinta Brunson (left) and Issa Rae. IG/@brandonblackwoodnyc

Next...

Miss Universe 2017 second runner-up Davina Bennett, as the Wood Nymph Fairy, is among our fave 2022 Halloween looks. Bennett, who designed the custume and did her own make-up, says, “I’ve always been a sucker for the fantasy world, so dressing up as a fairy couldn’t be more fitting! I had so much fun creating this look!” The look was captured by Bennett’s friend, photographer Eve Harlowe.

Even in full costume, Davina Bennett's face card is never declined! (Photo: Eve Harlowe)
Davina Bennett as the Wood Nymph Fairy (Photo: Eve Harlowe)

Additionally...

Did you catch Jamaican-born, LA-based jewellery designer Chari Cuthbert on TODAY All Day’s series The New Rules? Cuthbert, as well as marketing executive and author Bozoma Saint John and TikTok star Dylan Mulvaney joined host Jill Martin in a sit-down, that explored the new rules for finding oneself sharing moments of self-discovery and paths to building confidence.

Jewellery designer Chari Cuthbert on TODAY All Day's series The New Rules.
The New Rules guests (from left) Chari Cuthbert; Dylan Mulvaney; Bozoma Saint John shared their paths to building confidence with host Jill Martin. www.today.com

Meanwhile...

What happens when two beloved Canadian brands join forces to create a bridal jewellery-inspired collection of gowns? Something akin to magic! Delightfully imaginative, the Birks x Greta Constantine collaboration is a celebration of love and an iconic heritage honouring nature.

“Partnering with Birks was a fantastic experience,” says Kirk Pickersgill, co-founder and designer at Greta Constantine. “Our one-of-a-kind bridal looks riffed on both modern and classic elements, while still retaining the inherent elegance that defines both of our brands.” Pickersgill — one half of the Jamaican-Canadian design duo — helms Greta Constantine with Stephen Wong.

Birks is a leading prestige jeweller whose reputation has been built on quality, exclusivity, unique design and excellence in service, with stores across Canada.

The #BirksxGretaConstantine collection features four one-of-a-kind bridal looks designed by Greta Constantine and inspired by Birks engagement rings collections.
This modern mini with bow detailing and diagonal ruffles echoes the adventurous spirit embodied in the mythic and spiritual Birks North Star collection. www.maisonbirks.com
Greta Constantine took cues from the Birks Dare to Dream collection while dreaming up this bridal jumpsuit with a detachable ruffle-trim overskirt. www.maisonbirks.com
Designed for the modern bride, this gown was inspired by the Birks 1879 engagement ring. www.maisonbirks.com
Greta Constantine plays upon the element of surprise of the Birks Blue collection — a sapphire gemstone nestled in the setting — with blue trim woven into the tiers of the dress. www.maisonbirks.com

Plus...

Jennifer Hudson sparkled in Greta Constantine on the 2022 Glamour Women of the Year Awards red carpet. Hudson — who in June officially joined the exclusive club of EGOT members, aka those who have received an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards — was among nine women who were honoured at The Grill & The Pool in New York City on November 1. Other distinguished honorees include actor Angela Bassett, designer and founder of the Fifteen Percent Pledge Aurora James, band and sister-trio HAIM, physician and abortion rights activist Dr Rebecca Gomperts, and gun violence prevention activist and founder of Moms Demand Action Shannon Watts.

EGOT winner Jennifer Hudson made a dazzling appearance in Greta Constantine at the 2022 Glamour Women of The Year Awards.
Jamaican-Canadian designers Kirk Pickersgill (left) and Stephen Wong for Greta Constantine.

Finally...

Fashion’s elite took Qatar by storm last week for the launch of British-Jamaican supermodel Naomi Campbell’s new global initiative, EMERGE.

To mark the launch, three main events — art exhibit, fashion exhibit, and the emerge talk — were held. A couture show featuring regional designers as well as international fashion houses Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry wrapped the series of events.

Campbell’s new initiative, held in partnership with Qatar Creates and under the patronage of Her Excellency Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, aims to support the next generation of creative and business talent with a platform gearing them for success. It will create new apprenticeships, after-school and university programmes focused on creative and alternative industries such as general education, fashion, technology, art, sustainable innovations, and agriculture.

Over 1,000 VIP guests from the worlds of fashion, entertainment, arts, and business came together for the cause. Campbell shared her appreciation on Instagram, “It has been such an honour to launch EMERGE in collaboration with @QatarCreates in Doha. This has been an incredible week and together, we’re going to continue unleashing the next generation of talent from across creative industries. Thank you Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani for paving the way and giving creative arts and education a platform in the region and beyond.”

IG: @naomi
From left: American portrait painter Kehinde Wiley, Italian fashion designer Stella Jean, supermodel Naomi Campbell, and journalist Afua Hirsch engaged in a panel discussion. IG: @afuahirsch
Naomi Campbell was a vision in Valentino Fall 2022 couture at the opening event for the new 'Forever Valentino' exhibition at the M7 Museum in Doha, Qatar. IG: @naomi
Campbell shared a moment with Valentino Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli, backstage. IG: @naomi
Naomi Campbell in Dolce & Gabbana on the EMERGE Fashion Show 2022 runway.IG: @naomi

There’s More Naomi...

Campbell teamed up with fashion photographer Sam Rawadi for the Vogue Arabia November 2022 cover. In charge of styling was Robert Behar, with fashion direction from Amine Jreissati. Glam was handled by hair stylist Kiril Vasilev and make-up artist Angloma. Campbell wears a look from Sudanese-French designer Abdel El Tayeb.

Inside the fashion glossy, Campbell opened up about motherhood, supporting young talent with a focus on Africa, and other projects close to her heart. “Everyone is now looking towards Africa for the next big thing, but I’ve been visiting and working in the continent since 1993. When you have the passion to do something it’s from the heart, it’s not a trend. I’ve always believed in the continent,” she shared.

Rock-blooded supermodel Naomi Camobell covers the Vogue Arabia November issue in Abdel El Tayeb. (Sam Rawadi)

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