Francesca Lake for Dr Martens
Francesca Lake designs for Dr Martens.


Hollywood actress Gabrielle Union-Wade wears Diotima while celebrating her eighth wedding anniversary on the island of Menorca with husband Dwyane Wade.

The Bring It On star and the former NBA player were married in 2014 in a lavish ceremony filled with their friends and family at the Chateau Artisan Castle in Miami.

Diotima — a Brooklyn-based label — is helmed by Jamaican designer Rachel Scott.

With her husband Dwyane Wade sharing the frame, Hollywood actress Gabrielle Union-Wade works the Diotima Sade Mesh Crystal Midi Dress.With her husband Dwyane Wade sharing the frame, Hollywood actress Gabrielle Union-Wade works the Diotima Sade Mesh Crystal Midi Dress.IG/@dwyanewade
Designer Rachel Scott


Following her big night at the 2022 MTV VMAs, rap superstar Nicki Minaj was spotted checking out of her hotel on Monday, August 29 in New York City wearing the Skater Legging from Toronto-based designer Kathryn Bowen. The Toronto talent — who unveiled her namesake label with an inaugural made-to-order collection in 2018 — is no stranger to SO2; her father, Bruce, headed Scotiabank Jamaica for several years.

Nicki Minaj was one of the co-hosts of the 2022 MTV VMAs, where she was presented with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for her career achievements. She credited the King of Dancehall Beenie Man for positively influencing her career and shouted out newcomer Skeng, with whom she recently collaborated. She also performed a medley of her greatest hits before accepting the honour.


Meghan Markle cuts a royal figure in Mateo New York for The Cut magazine's Fall Fashion issue cover story. Markle was styled by the mag's Style Director Jessica Willis, who used the 14-karat gold front facing hoops to complete a Proenza Schouler Pre-Fall 2022 Bi-Stretch Crepe Suit.


In The Cut is Emmy-nominated actress Sheryl Lee Ralph in a custom trench-style dress from Jamaican designer Brandon Blackwood. The Abbott Elementary star is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Barbara Howard on the show. Despite a four-decade career in television, this is her first Emmy nomination. Ralph was styled by Roberto Johnson. The dress is a first for Blackwood, who has made his name designing bags and is a preview of his outerwear collection that drops this fall.


Photograph by Erik Carter

Styling by Roberto Johnson

Hair by Moira Frazier

Make-up by Juanice Reed

Tailoring by Susie Kourinian


In more Brandon Blackwood news, actress Tessa Thompson made a dramatic entrance at the 2022 Venice Film Festival in all-red look — pulled straight from Elie Saab's Fall/Winter 2022 couture collection — accessorised with a Brandon Blackwood Satin Kendrick Trunk.

And... the Kendrick Trunk continues to take Venice, British-Jamaican actress Jodie Turner-Smith was spotted toting the mini Kendrick in orange at the festival. The star who was at the festival for the premiere of her new film White Noise was styled by Wayman + Micah in an ensemble from Interior.

Noah Baumbach's White Noise stars Turner-Smith, Don Cheadle, Adam Driver, and Greta Gerwig.

Let's Wrap With...

British footwear brand Dr Martens has partnered with five students from the fashion Master's programme at Central Saint Martens (CSM) to create custom designs for the brand's 'All Access Summer' campaign.

Jamaican fashion student Francesca Lake was among the five talents selected to design and produce one-of-a-kind creations. Each student was given a financial bursary from the shoe brand to support their vision. A new line of summer sandals and shoes was launched and highlighted by CSM student designs.

Lake, a multidisciplinary creative, joins menswear designers Jude Hinojosa and Xuesong Yang and knitwear enthusiast Lauren Patchett, alongside experimental designer Jad Jreissati.

Lake is the daughter of Garth and Patricia Lake. She grew up in Kingston, attended Hopefield Preparatory, Campion College, Hillel Academy and The University of the West Indies (Mona), where she completed her undergraduate degree in Cultural Studies. She has sewn her own clothes since high school and always wanted to pursue a career in fashion. A solid education secured, when she got the opportunity to go away and continue her studies, she did not hesitate.

SO spotlights her latest work.

Model: @kamalishe

Rapper Nicki Minaj was spotted wearing Kathryn Bowen while leaving her hotel in NYC.Rapper Nicki Minaj was spotted wearing Kathryn Bowen while leaving her hotel in NYC.IG/@kathrynbowen__
Meghan Markle wears Proenza Schouler and Mateo New York for The Cut. Campbell Addy
Mateo New York 14kt Large Halfmoon
Jewellery designer Matthew "Mateo" Harris .
styling by iconic duo Wayman Bannerman and Micah McDonald, known professionally as Wayman + Micah. IG/@brandonblackwoodnyc
Equally haute was British-Jamaican actress Jodie Turner-Smith in Interior, Kendall Miles and Brandon Blackwood..
Jamaican designer Brandon BlackwoodHsiang-Hsi Lu
Francesca Lake designs for Dr Martens.
Multidisciplinary creative Francesca Lake.
Dr Martens x Central Saint designers (from left) Jad Jreissati, Jude Hinojosa, Lauren Patchett, Francesca Lake, and Xuesong Yang.
Fashion designer Kathryn Bowen.
Emmy-nominated actress Sheryl Lee Ralph wears custom Brandon Blackwood for The Cut. Erik Carter

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