Posted by admin | British women,CEO,CFDA Awards 2012,Uncategorized,Woman | | Wednesday 6 June 2012 1:50 am

JSW is the brainchild of Deiwght Peters, CEO of model agency Saint International. A former banker, he began scouting in 2000 and soon expanded into fashion event production. Style Week Jamaica was officially launched in 2005 and has since become a springboard for new models and designers. “I’m aggressive in terms of finding and developing talents and exposing them to a new clientele,” Peters says. “JSW is also a city branding exercise and the dynamics of the event are different to anything else.”

He has placed models with international agencies such as Elite, IMG, Muse and Storm and his marked successes include Shena Moulton, Tafari Hinds, Sam Taylor and Sosheba Griffiths. “Fashion is moving fast here and getting more exciting so I’m proud to promote it,” says NY-based Moulton, who is a favourite of Marc Jacobs, Jil Sander and Calvin Klein.

While local models can soar, designers struggle more due to huge shortfalls in terms of formal fashion education, PR know-how, retail space and access to fabrics. “There is a long way to go but the buzz and visibility created by JSW takes them to the next level,” says a determined Peters, who has forged connections with Parson’s The New School of Design in New York and the London College of Fashion and also supports a government-funded fashion programme for teenagers.

Saint International isn’t fighting the good fight alone, however. Its competition is Pulse Model Management, which has hosted Caribbean Fashion Week in Kingston since 2001. This year’s event runs from June 7 to 11 and boasts a performance by Estelle and fashion show by Cedella Marley (daughter of Bob). As it houses all shows in one indoor venue, the two warring weeks have different appeals yet together are helping to feed a growing home-grown potential for the business of fashion. “Jamaicans are the best dressed people in the world,” claims JSW designer Tanya Cameron. “So I believe that within the next five years, Jamaica will be the place to be for fashion.” Irie.


Posted by admin | Summer,UK women,Uncategorized | | Wednesday 6 June 2012 1:49 am

Summer Associates: Please Don’t Dress Like Fashion Victims.

As a new summer associate, you must have heard many a horror story about your predecessors, including tales of fashion disasters. For example, do you remember the boozy Milbank SA who supposedly showed up to events wearing an Olympic jumpsuit? How about the girl who wanted to march around her firm with a $9,000 Birkin bag? As this year’s summers descend upon Biglaw firms across the country, we thought that we might be able to offer you some assistance to prevent you from committing comparable crimes of fashion.

To accomplish this feat, we’ve teamed up with none other than Anna Akbari, the “thinking person’s stylist,” to help you make it through the summer. You don’t want to wind up as a bullet point on Weil Gotshal’s “unacceptable” list….

In case you’re not familiar with Anna Akbari, she’s a professor at New York University and the founder of Closet Catharsis, a fashion and image consulting company that takes a holistic approach to individual empowerment and identity construction through personal styling and image management. (You can see her full bio at the end of this post.) This woman knows a thing or two about fashion.

When we spoke with Professor Akbari, the conversation was a little heavy on women’s fashion — sorry guys, but ladies just have a lot more to deal with when it comes to dressing for work in a professional setting. While most men are able to slip into a suit and head out into the world looking dapper as can be, women have to worry about their hair, their makeup, their Spanx, their heel height, their bra, their accessories, and most importantly, the social mores of their office. After all, as we know from the allegations in some recent sex discrimination cases, it’s a mad, mad, Mad Men’s world out there.

Here are Professor Akbari’s tips and tricks on how to dress fashionably — and appropriately — as a summer associate this year. Much of her assessment was based on questions that we received from our loyal readers. And unlike the 80s-inspired fashion advice from Duke Law, these helpful style hints might actually be applicable in 2012.

We’ve divided this into four categories: Suits and Separates, Shoes, Grooming, and How to Stand Out. We hope that you’ve already been following most of these “fashion do’s.”