La Hot Couture

If there was any question about Saint International CEO Deiwght Peters' continued influence on local, regional, and international fashion, the La Hot Couture runway show offered a definitive answer. After a three-year hiatus, A Touch of France — a three-day showcase of the best in fashion, arts, cuisine, and commerce — is back! Rounding out this year's showcase was La Hot Couture, a fashion show featuring Jamaican and French designers, coordinated by Saint International.

French Ambassador to Jamaica Olivier Guyonvarch, US Ambassador to Jamaica Noah Nickolas "Nick" Perry, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Kamina Johnson Smith, and familiar fashion faces like Joan McDonald, Carlton Brown, and Cecile Levee sat front-row as Saint International superstars Kai Newman and Brad Allen, and rising stars Aakesh Henderson and Emelio Stewart walked the runway at the November 12 event.

Lifestyle curator and entrepreneur Cecile Levee (left), Jamaica Observer Senior Associate Editor - Lifestyle & Social Content Novia McDonald-Whyte (second left) and fitness coach Rose Tavares-Finson (right) all doted on Saint International model Kai Newman. (Photos: Karl Mclarty)

Presented on the driveway of the AC Hotel Kingston — under the auspices of Ambassador Guyonvarch and in conjunction with A Touch of France conceptualiser Pierre Lemaire — the show featured expertly tailored MAXBROWN suits, whimsical bridal-like gowns from Guadeloupe designer Eliette Lesuperbe, fresh cuts from the next generation of fashion stars at the Edna Manley College, and a riot of colour from Heather Laine for Elan.

The hotel — arguably Kingston's most Instagrammable spot — had a starring role, provided a scenic backdrop for stylishly clad models, even as the lights from the hotel twinkled behind the runway.

It was a sign, as if any were needed, that runway shows are back! And the audience in all their fabulosity had returned rocking the latest in fast fashion and haute couture. The general vibe was delight at the chance to be out in person again and hope for an unabridged return to the fashion calendar. "Three long years...what a way to be back," said Saint boss Deiwght Peters as he brought the curtains down on the fashion show. "I never imagined a turnout like is back!" he declared.

US Ambassador to Jamaica Noah Nickolas "Nick" Perry had his wife Joyce by his side as he observed the fashion show. (Photos: Karl Mclarty)
Saint International CEO Deiwght Peters (right) pressed pause on hosting duties to share the frame with French Ambassador to Jamaica Olivier Guyonvarch. (Photos: Karl Mclarty)
Honorary Consul of Ecuador Cleila Barreto de Hunter (right) enjoyed the show with her granddaughter Tori Macko. (Photos: Karl Mclarty)
Heather Laine for Elan (Photos: Karl Mclarty)
Heather Laine for Elan (Photos: Karl Mclarty)
Models walked in the finale of the Heather Laine for Elan collection. (Photos: Karl Mclarty)
Sitting front-row were gal pals (from left) Valerie Marshall, Barbara Alexander, Patricia Samuels, and Joan Peart. (Photos: Karl Mclarty)
Eliette Lesuperbe (Photos: Karl Mclarty)
Guadeloupe designer Eliette Lesuperbe took her curtain call with French Ambassador to Jamaica Olivier Guyonvarch. (Photos: Karl Mclarty)
Edna Manley College (Photos: Karl Mclarty)
Edna Manley College (Photos: Karl Mclarty)
Models emerged en masse for the finale of Edna Manley College's collection. (Photos: Karl Mclarty)
Saint International models Brad Allen... (Photos: Karl Mclarty)
and Emelio Stewart for MAXBROWN (Photos: Karl Mclarty)
Saint International model Aakesh Henderson led the MAXBROWN finale. (Photos: Karl Mclarty)
Eliette Lesuperbe (Photos: Karl Mclarty)
Businessman Zachary Harding made a surprise runway appearance for MAXBROWN. (Photos: Karl Mclarty)
Eliette Lesuperbe (Photos: Karl Mclarty)
Eliette Lesuperbe (Photos: Karl Mclarty)

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