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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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K2K Alliance blurs line between Carnival and couture

You can’t say they didn’t tell you upfront! It was the launch of their 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 Monday Rocks the Runway show on Saturday night. It marked the first ever collaborative‎ Monday wear showcase and boldly came […]

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Rihanna jumps with Zulu International for Crop-Over 2013

Oooooh it was killing us to keep this a secret but now the whole world knows 🙂 …so we can finally be out with it! Bajan superstar Rihanna jumped with newcomer (and Islandista collaborator) Zulu International on the road today for Kadooment Day, the climax of Barbados’ Crop-Over festival. With her new curly short do, she […]

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Beach House heading to Bim for Crop-Over 2013?

Could it be? Is Trinidad Carnival’s premiere all-inclusive Beach House about to have a Barbados edition? Looks so, from this pic and others that they posted on their Facebook page yesterday where they were “looking for the location” in Barbados. The photos also drop strong hints that they’re headed to the East  Coast. Interestingly Saucy […]

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Anya rocks de Avenue for her first solo Caribbean show

Anya Ayoung-Chee packed Ariapita Avenue on Thursday night when she put on her first solo fashion show in the Caribbean since winning Project Runway. It was entitled “Fashion Rocks the Avenue” and it was everything we’ve come to expect from Anya  – in a good way! There was a bit of Carnival with the show […]

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Fay-Ann and Bunji out of Soca Monarch contests

It was the come-back that wasn’t. The First Couple of Soca – Fay-Ann Lyons and Bunji Garlin have pulled out of the International Power Soca and Groovy Soca Monarch contests, just a few weeks after they had announced that they had returned to the contest which they have dominated over the years. And once again, […]

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Anya launches exclusive section in Tribe

Tribe has scored a real coup by getting Project Runway winner Anya Ayoung-Chee to design a section in their band for Carnival 2012. The section, called ‘Take Me to the Runway’ was launched Friday night and had some serious star power when none other than Hollywood’s #1 money earner – Will Smith popped in for […]

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Making Mas Different

We’ve spoken about it time and again here on Islandista – the ‘artistry vs sexy’ dilemma that faces fans of mas. And if we’re being honest, it’s truly a financial dilemma too. Because the makers of what is often called alternative mas are quite simply, not going to make the big bucks of the ‘bikini […]

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Violence & the Labour Day parade

So there has been a lot of chatter this week about violence and the annual West Indian American Day Carnival festivities (aka Labour Day parade) in New York City. A fatal shooting in Crown Heights has been controversially linked to the celebration, much to the anger of some in the Caribbean community in NYC. Caribbean-American […]