Fashion Islandistas on the Rise

Martinique’s Melodie rules the (fashion) world

Walking for Bottega Veneta (Photo credit:

Martinique’s Melodie Monrose has emerged as the breakout star of the fashion season thus far -but didn’t we tell you so?
Islandistas, in the fortnight since we highlighted her as the one to watch this fashion season, Melodie pretty much decimated New York Fashion week.

Bagging 19 shows, she was far and away the top black model of NYFW and all of a sudden, it’s a lot easier to find information on her, as the fashion press have rushed to highlight her.

Courtesy of, we now know that the 18 year old was discovered a mere two months ago through a school friend’s model scout. included her in a list of NYFW ‘Catwalk Queens and it girl Shala Monroque (from neighboring St. Lucia) pronounced herself ‘In Love with the Melodie’ on her The Pop blog.

And all of a sudden, she has gone from lit student to fashion darling. She skipped the just-ended London Fashion Week to head to Milan and the Milanese have taken to her just as the New Yorkers did. We’ve counted her in six shows already including Gucci and Prada! Check out the rest of the pics below!

On the catwalk for Francesco Scognamiglio (Photo credit:
For Gianfranco Ferre (photo credit:


On the Gucci catwalk (photo credit:


Gabriele Colangelo


Prada! (photo credit:

By Me

island ~ ista
From Latin -ista via Portuguese -ista
one who follows a principle; an adept.

As an islandista I live, embody, exude the spirit of the Caribbean islands.

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