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Five ideas for Carnival costume inspiration

Summer 2018 approaches and with no less than five Caribbean Carnivals coming up and Jamaica Carnival just ended, my timeline has been filled with costumes. They look beautiful. It used to be that Trinidadian costumes were far out ahead of the other islands but in the past five years or so, everyone has really closed […]

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A li’l something for your Carnival tabanca

So isn’t this just a busy weekend! It’s Valentine’s weekend, New York Fashion Week’s fall/winter shows are in full swing and it’s even the NBA All-Star Weekend. But most importantly – it’s CARNIVAL WEEKEND! And Islandista isn’t there. ­čśŽ Booooo… So if the Carnival tabanca has you as bad as it does us, we’ve settled […]

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K2K Alliance blurs line between Carnival and couture

You can’t say they didn’t tell you upfront! It was the launch of┬átheir 2015 Carnival band launch but K2K Alliance termed it the unveiling of their Carnival Couture Collection and what was revealed in their collection ‘M3 – The Long Walk From Home’ was indeed carnival couture of the sort we’ve never seen before. K2K […]

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Monday wear reach!

Mega Monday! It belong to we! It belong to we! The words of Sanctuary’s massive Crop-Over 2014 hit seem to be ringing truer than ever for Trinidad’s Carnival Monday wear designers after IslandMe Magazine hosted the┬áMonday Rocks the Runway show on Saturday night. It marked the first ever collaborativeÔÇÄ Monday wear showcase and boldly came […]

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Islandista Approved: the Aurora Breakfast Party

Progress is always good. We love to see events and people improve from year to year and that’s why this year’s edition of the Crop-Over Breakfast Party Aurora was so great. From the lush and lovely venue to the perfect park and ride, the ever-flowing drinks, constant food and great performances, Aurora was on point […]

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Ex-Scandal star Columbus Short in Bim for Crop-Over! But is he a wanted man?

Well… this is certainly a bit awkward. TMZ and a host of American media outlets are reporting that former ‘Scandal’ star Columbus Short is a wanted man. Apparently a judge reportedly issued a warrant for his arrest earlier this week after he failed to appear in court for a hearing in his domestic violence case […]

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A look ahead to the Islandista Summer 2014 issue!

Islandistas, we are SO excited about what we have in store for you in just a few days’ time when the Summer 2014 edition of Islandista Magazine comes out! For this issue, we teamed up with Barbados’ hottest Crop-Over band Zulu International for a fabulous cover shoot that totally captures the spirit of playing mas […]

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Island Fusion does it digitally for its 2014 launch

Island Fusion decided to forego the traditional band launch for its fifth year in the Foreday game. Instead, their single-letter band theme V seems to stand for video as they went for a digital launch of their 2014 presentation. The video has a dark, slightly improvisational feel and it’s a bit difficult to see all […]

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Baje International presents Mega Monday – did we love it?

If you follow us on social media, you would have seen that the Islandista team was live at the launch of Baje International’s Crop-Over 2014 presentation on Friday night at the Hilton’s Charles Fort. Baje along with Power X Four, is one of the established Crop-Over kingpins and is actually celebrating its 15th anniversary as […]

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New Crop-Over band Krave launches – did they live up to the hype?

It’s always tricky launching a Crop-Over/Carnival band especially in this day and age when we can see hundreds of costumes from bands across the whole Caribbean and its diaspora. On the surface, it seems easy enough to tick off all of the boxes for ‘what makes a sexy costume’. So feathered back-pack – check, tiara […]