By Ketricia Finch
St. Kitts Reporter
Hats off to Kerry Hull, CEO of Signature Model Agency (SMA) for her very first attempt at putting together a fashion extravaganza, ‘So You Think You Can Model?’
The show was held at the St. Kitts Marriott Grand Pavilion last Saturday and featured local, regional and international designers.
The models graced the stage in signature dresses from Steven Daniels, a designer out of New York. Daniel, who studied Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, was making his second appearance on the catwalks of St. Kitts. Each colourful piece was a unique design cut to hug every curve of each of the models.
House of Sim represented Jamaica well with exquisitely designed pantsuits, dresses and designer shirts. The design house pieces ranged from edgy to casual to elegant and catered to different genres.
Antonio Cumberbatch’s designs from Barbados added some funk to the evening with his ‘Posh Punk’ pieces.
The Signature Models seemingly got into the groove wearing the funky hoodie tops and shorts as they had a fun time posing, swinging hips and exuding ‘nuff attitude’.
Always a favourite at any fashion or modelling show, the swimwear segment featured sexy swimsuits from up-and-coming local designer Makeida Franklin. Franklin has always had an eye for what makes an outfit hot and her designs were proof that the young woman is definitely going places. The males attending the show wallowed in eye-candy as the models paraded across the runway; rear ends exposed, bust-lines prominent enough to tease even the oldest male patrons. Franklin was successful in adding her unique touch by using unusual materials and intricate designs for her ‘Itsy Bitsy’ line. Take my word for it; lace and shells have never looked so tempting!
Another of the hit segments included the ever-popular lingerie segment. The girls were sizzling in see-through two pieces, one-piece wonders and boy shorts that were anything but made for boys. It was clear that no one at the show had sleep on their mind for that particular section. Plush Accessories in St. Kitts provided all the accessories for the evening’s affair.
SMA didn’t leave out the male stallions from its roster as some of the federation’s buffest and most smouldering young men strutted the catwalk in designs from Timeless Gear out of Jamaica. If the guys didn’t know they were five-alarm fire hot, the ear piercing screaming from the females in the audience was an unmistakable indication.
The show crossed over into Sunday morning and Hull was wise to incorporate a Father’s Day tribute that showcased the male models and their kids and young relatives. The Oohs and Aahs were audible as the little girls wore ultra cute dresses and the boys were decked out in their little three-piece suits.
Some of the lucky fathers in the audience won gift bags from Digicel, the principle sponsor of the event. Prizes were also given to the father with the youngest baby and the father who was the best ‘model’.
Hull and Digicel teamed up to introduce a text to vote section that allowed the audience to vote for their favourite model of the night. Chantel Rogers was declared the winner and received a gift package from the telecommunication company.
The finale featured the models in creative wear depicting some of the different business entities under the TDC Group of Companies. The show was not lacking in musical entertainment, as C.J. crooned his way into the hearts of the ladies and the Willett brothers performed ‘Money Inna Pocket’.
Felisha, Chantal, Mahalia, Zionshaw, Christal, Trevicia, Kimara, Ovette, Julie, Hose, Ydennick, Shaied and the other featured models knocked this one out of the ball bark.
Kerri and her models answered the question ‘so you think you can model?’ with a resounding and definite YES!!