ABOUT LAST NIGHT……
I had the pleasure of attending the Jamaica Just My Style Fashion Show produced by Jamaica Bids, Valerie Stevens and coordinated by the FABULOUS Andrene Ladydove Williams.
Fashion Royalty was definitely in the building, Celebrity Designer Corey Rogers, Keri Singleton, Q. Bailey and me, Sofia “Fashion Mom” Davis.
When I tell you the night was magical, that is just the beginning. With my Editor in Chief of One of a Kind Magazine, Q. Bailey, in tow, we made our way to our front row seats and waited for the show to begin.
The host was the amazing Roxanne Shante. Roxanne Shante, took us back to Jamaica when it was young, giving us a history and playing all the songs from artist that lived in Jamaica, including a star-studded redemption of her own rap song that made her the Queen of Rap. The reason she was an excellent host is because she did not need a script, as she says, “She lived it”. She knew how to engage the audience, she came into the audience and took selfies with us, introduced us to people she knew that were attending the show and keep us all entertained with information about Jamaica that, if you did not know, you knew now, and it was fabulous. She should be the permanent host for the show.
About Roxanne Shante:
With her distinctive raspy-squeaky voice and fearless gloves-up delivery, Roxanne Shanté cut an idiosyncratic dash through the male-dominated world of 1980s hip hop. She was first female rapper to have a record — and sparked the first ever hip-hop beef, the Roxanne Wars. The eagerly awaited biopic of her life and music, Roxanne Roxanne, produced by Pharrell Williams and Forest Whitaker, which premiered in January 2017 at the Sundance Film Festival.
This spectacular show opened with ALL of the SUPERMODELS gracing the stage in WHITE outfits. This was a GRAND opening. All of the models looked fabulous and moved with grace.
One after another, models displayed garments from some of the stores on Jamaica Avenue. The show stopper was the magnificent designs of independent fashion Knitwear Queen, MICHI. What makes her designs unique is, she can do all sizes. If you think you could not wear knitwear, please see MICHI and you will find you can.
This was the SURPRISE show of the Summer, I was expecting it to be good, but this show was GREAT!!!!! Each model stole the hearts of the crowd and SOLD THE GARMENT, which is what a Model should do. People in the audience were saying “Wow, I did not know they sold that there, I’m going to stop by that store”, etc.,
The thing that impressed me the most is, each model had their own way of selling the garment, all of the models walked in a PROFESSIONAL MANNER and I know the audience appreciated it as the models were all sizes, heights and weight. The audience connected with the models, and the models were a reflection of the audience, that comes from the fashion coordinator……
ANDRENE LADYDOVE WILLIAMS out did herself with this show. She coordinated the models, made sure they were there on time, and moved the show with a professional preciseness you only see at NY Fashion Week. I was out of my SEAT SCREAMING her praises. The entire audience was screaming for the models each time they graced the runway. Andrene knows how to put a show together, from the model casting to the finished product. Andrene had them all under her FASHION SPELL.
I am still getting over the fabulousity of it all, I GOT A FASHION HANG OVER (like Diana Ross in Love Hangover – “It’s the SWEETEST HANGOVER, I don’t want to get over it”) and I love it.
All I can tell you is, it was FASHION MAGIC……I am so PROUD each model in the show because you all did a wonderful job. If you are looking for an EVENT PLANNER, Andrene Ladydove Williams is your “GO TO IT GIRL”, she will take care of everything.
A HUGE shout out to Valerie Stevens, for without her, none of this would have taken place. She beat the pavement getting sponsors, speaking to stores for garments, negotiating with MUAs, etc. She works extremely hard each year to make sure the Jamaica is represented. Good Job Valerie.
Valerie Stevens, I can’t wait for next year, Kisses………….
Director of Business Services and Show Producer: Valerie Stevens, Jamaica Center BID
JJMS Host: Roxanne Roxanne and DJ Sylk
Sponsors: Resorts World Casino, Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, Mattone Group Jamaica, LLC, Raymour & Flanigan, Fresh & Healthy, MKJ Beauty, Chipotle Mexican Food, Golden Krust, Monster Energy – Energy Drinks/, Black Hawk Imports – Original Canei Wine
Media: Keri Singleton – Keri’s Korner International Internet Radio, Media – Mike Woods – Queensbuzz.com, Media – Sofia Davis – Fashion Avenue News
Fashion Coordinator: Andrene Ladydove Williams
JJMS Vendors: Jazzy Jewels by Jean, Indulge Bath In Body, CGM Enterprises
JJMS Participating Businesses: Old Navy – 10+ Styles – 159-18 Jamaica Avenue, Shoppers World – 5+ Styles – 162-21 Jamaica Avenue, Danice – 5+ Styles – 163-27 Jamaica Avenue, Telco – 10+ Styles – 168-43 Jamaica Avenue, Jimmy Jazz – 5 Styles – 164-01 Jamaica Avenue, MadRag – 10 Styles – 163-33 Jamaica Avenue, Vanessa Boutique – 5 Styles – 14-02 Jamaica Avenue, Hot Point – 5 Styles – 165-13 Jamaica Avenue
Featured Designer: Michi Knitwear http://www.michiknitwear.com
Thank you to all the participating Models, Volunteers, and helpers.
NOTE: Modles interested in sharpening their skills contact Andrene Ladydove Williams on Facebook for her upcoming seminar.
NOTE: About Roxanne Shante, courtesy of https://www.biography.com/people/roxanne-shante-592017