I literally don’t even know what to write about what I just spied a while ago.
Saucy from Trinidad Carnival Diary just buss the first pics from Island People’s band launch for Heroes last night and … W.O.W.
The internet is going berserk with people blasting the costumes which are, to be frank… astoundingly ugly.
Saucy was actually pretty kind in her review and made some good points – that IP is trying to go out of the box, as they have done in recent years. And that many revellers complain about the samey-saminess of costumes and the lack of artistry but when someone goes out of the box and tries to depict a very different theme, folks don’t like it.
Saucy pointed out:
“However it has been proven time and time again that bikini and beads masqueraders as MUCH as they bemoan the fact that they want something “new”, something “unique”, when they are presented with costumes that are different will always go back to “feathers and bling”. That is what they love, that is what sells.”
I take her point and certainly IP has gone waaaay out of the box with these designs and I see how they are actually trying to depict a theme with the super-hero capes on Kalypso, Wild Heart and Oya and the masks on Wild Heart and Siren. They get points for effort and intent.
But… BUT! You can depict a real theme without it being ugly. As we pointed out years ago, Tribe’s 2007 presentation ‘Old Time Someting Come Back Again’ was a good example of a real theme and artistry that was also appealing and beautiful.
IP just failed with the execution of this one. The colour combinations were especially awful with the section in the photo above – Nocturnal, being probably the worst with this inter-galactic bumble bee look.
It’s just not good.