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CaribPress: Jeneil Williams-Runway Darling, from New York to Paris


Jeneil in Zero

Supermodel Jeneil Williams proved her versatility and across-the-board appeal when she hit the big times at fashion’s signature collections in 2007. Up to then, she had proven editorial success, but the shows were a new challenge. It was at New York Fashion Week that she first made her mark, creating something of a stir when she was selected to do opening looks for such fashion luminaries as Richard Chai, Deisel, Michelle Obama’s stylist Zero +Maria Cornejo and the Project Runway finale. In that first season, Williams did a relatively modest eight shows, a precursor to the explosive success in her second and third seasons. Indeed, her current runway success as one of the lead models for the iconic Burberry and Lanvin lines was responsible for her Wall Street Journal covers, as that industry standard took a look at the business of fashion over the past two seasons.

By 2008, Vogue model Williams, had become one of the bright stars of New York Fashion Week. In that season, she also captured the hearts of the fashionistas in Paris when she hit the runway for the revered Lanvin. Arriving a mere day before the collections started, Williams booked Lanvin and other shows, including the highly regarded Castel Baga, on the strength of her impressive New York Fashion Week appearances.

By 2009, Williams had truly taken her place as princess of the world’s runways. From the urban hip strip of New York to the glamorous scene in Milan, the GQ model racked up runway mileage for some of fashion’s major power players, including Vivienne Westwood, Ungaro, Isaac Mizrahi, Marc Jacobs, Reed Krakof, Narciso Rodriquez, Jonathan Saunders, the timeless Nicole Miller, Rosa Cha, Paul Smith (presenting the all important opening look and designer curtain call with the designer), Tracy Reese, the sassy PPQ, Prabel Gurung, Tommy Hilfiger, Viktor & Rolf, Custo Barcelona, burgeoning fashion force, Alexandre Herchcovitch and Roksanda Ilinic, among other style savants.

Impressive Showing

Touted by international fashion execs as ‘the model to watch’ that style season, Jeneil easily satisfied her audience with impressive showings in all the major markets. In Paris, her runway credits included luxury brand Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Zac Posen, Diane Von Furstenberg, Loewe, Lacoste, Miu Miu by Miuccia, plus such heavy hitters as Prada, Celine and Chloe. It was clear that designers had formed a special connection with Williams and given her impressive track record (Italian Vogue, GQ, Victoria’s Secret), it was only natural that Williams would return to the fashion previews as a contender for top runway honours. For both the fall-winter and the spring-summer seasons in 2009, the die was cast when it was confirmed that the svelte beauty had been booked for all the major markets.

Stunningly, she quadrupled her previous client lists for New York and Paris and broke new ground in Milan and London; from Prada to Fendi, and Gaultier to Galliano, Williams wore the big names of fashion like the pro she had become.

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Contact:
Anna Gordon
Pulse Model Management
(876) 968-1089
www.pulsemodels.com

CaribPress: All-Black Edition of Italian Vogue Pushes Jeneil’s Rise


Jeneil in Victoria Beckham Ready to Wear 2011


This is the second of a six-part feature on Pulse supermodel Jeneil Williams. Williams has not only become one of the most recognizable supermodels in the world, but is arguably the most successful covergirl that the Caribbean has produced. She will lead the lineup of models at Caribbean Fashionweek in June and is certain to capture the attention of press and fashionistas in attendance from around the globe.

Supermodel success is nothing new to Pulse or Jamaica. From Althea Laing’s breakout selection for the cover of Essence magazine in 1985 to Jaunel McKenzie’s record-setting, 11-time American Vogue appearance, Pulse stars have burned bright in the supermodel firmament. And there have been several others in between: Kimberley Mais, Romae Gordon, Angela Neil, Juline Samuels, Lincoln Wynter, Lois Samuels, Justine Willoughby, Reeshema Hemmings, Carla Campbell, Kimanee Wilson and, in more recent years, Nadine Willis, Nell Robinson, Oraine Barrett, Sunna Gottshalk, Gaye McDonald, Sedene Blake and Orienthia Russell, among others.

Jeneil Williams is the latest of the current wave of Pulse internationals to cement her place as a bona fide star. Her selection for the game-changing issue of Italian Vogue which showcased black models only, heralded a new phase of her career. Her success as one of the few elites and the only Caribbean model selected for the magazine, meant that she had captured the attention of the world’s movers and shakers.

Beth-Ann Hardison, who had played no small part in convincing Vogue to do the all-black girls issue, conducted a TV interview with Williams for Vogue.com, covering her presence in the major markets during show season, starting in New York, then continuing in London, Milan and Paris. Williams had arrived and there was no stopping her.

Her Jawbone campaign, featuring blue tooth mobile technology, was another defining moment in her career. The reigning ‘it’ gadget of the telecommunications market, Jawbone, selected the Jamaican model as the lead in their debut campaign. Just like a good pair of stilettos, the sleek and stylish Jawbone’s headpiece became the industry’s newest ‘must have’ item. The image most often see in magazines, billboards and posters everywhere was unforgettable and brought more positive attention. Williams’ appearances during show season expanded and intensified. So did her work for editorial clients and campaigns.

A supermodel on the rise, Williams would go on to achieve unprecedented success in 2010 and 2011.

Read more about Williams’ career, including her runway campaign and editorial highlights, as her status and prestige grow in the world of international fashion in the coming days.

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Contact:
Anna Gordon
Pulse Model Management
(876) 968-1089
www.pulsemodels.com

CaribPress: Milica Pesic Young Designer from Italy – Caribbean Fashionweek


Jamaica has a way of luring people to its shores not only for sand, sea and sun. The magnetism of the island, boasting rich sounds of its intrinsic reggae beats and the complementing culture has been a major draw for foreigners for several years and, for the past decade, fashion has firmly become part of this allure through the Kingston-based Caribbean Fashionweek (CFW).

Come June 8-13, Pulse will stage the 11th installment of its flagship fashion and beauty extravaganza and each year, the event attracts a growing number of talented new designers.

This year is no exception and Milica Pesic is one young Italian designer planning to make an ‘Everblazing’ first impression on the global fashion scene.

For Pesic, Caribbean Fashionweek was the perfect showcase to launch her fashion line.

“My inspiration comes from self-confident people with attitude and I find the Jamaican people to be bold and expressive, they have a certain energy that boasts confidence and my brand is all these things and more,” said the designer.

Passion for art

Pesic, who also goes by the moniker ‘Mima’, was born in Serbia but moved to Italy at an early age where her passion for art and high fashion flourished. Armed with a strong drive to become a successful designer, she studied fashion design at the University of Florence.

Having been immersed in fashion since she was 14, after leaving University, Pesic worked as a stylist and for a number of other design labels before she decided to launch her own line.

In fact, Everblazing is not just a single clothing collection; Pesic was recently in Paris working on her men’s fragrance which is going to be part of her larger brand thrust.

“At CFW, I will present two collections, one focused on the women and also the men. This is my time on the international stage and I am going all out, to put on a terrific show,” said Mima.

According to the designer, her collection will incorporate a bold mix of colours from the finest Italian fabrics and leather and she is positive that Kingston will be enthusiastic about her line.

“My brand is assertive, sexy and luxurious,” and from all accounts the designer’s inspirations, edgy sass along with her symbolic colour palette (including animal prints) as well as her bold signature-statement accessories will be in full view at CFW.

The launch of the young designer’s collection at Caribbean Fashionweek will also coincide with the opening of her Everblazing boutique in Kingston. The line will also be available online. Pesi is set to join a stellar line-up of new and established designers from Europe, America and our own Caribbean stalwarts.

View pieces from the Everblazing line below:

For more information on Caribbean Fashion Week connect with Anna Gordon of Pulse Model Management (876) 968-1089.

Log on to: www.caribbeanfashionweek.com and  www.pulsemodels.com

Connect: www.facebook.com/caribbeanfashionweekly and www.facebook.com/pulsemodels

CaribPress: Jeneil Williams-Pulse Covergirl to Headline CFW Supermodel Call


Jeneil and Karl Lagerfield

She is considered to be the most successful Caribbean covergirls in history and one of the most recognizable supermodels on the planet. Come June, Pulse star, Jeneil Williams will lead the model call at Caribbean Fashionweek. This is not Jeneil’s first CFW, having successfully come through the ranks in both the Live as well as the Reality TV versions of Pulse’s Caribbean Model Search. However, this is the first in which she has taken pole position, given her current status as the region’s megastar.

Jeneil was discovered in Pulse’s Caribbean Model Search in 2005. She placed in the top 3 behind the winner and fellow international Pulse model Gaye McDonald. However, it was clear from the very beginning that her’s was a special potential. Jeneil epitomized the unique beauty of Caribbean people ofAfrican descent. Like Lois Samuels and Alec Wek before her, Jeneil was not the stereotypical or traditional beauty, usually seen on the world stage, something her manager Kingsley Cooper clearly understood. He recognized this fact at the start and, in introducing her to the international marketplace a year and a half later, decided that she would have to be marketed in a particular way.

Cooper personally took Williams to New York and, along with New York Model Management, a Pulse affiliate with whom she was placed in that city, framed a strategy for success. It immediately paid dividends. A week later, Williams shot her first campaign for Benetton. Two weeks after that, she shot her first international cover (and 28 pages) for Italian major BMM. At seventeen (17) years old, Jeneil became Pulse and Jamaica’s hottest “new face” and was named world “Model of the Week” by Models.com, the bible of the international modeling industry.

Jeneil has previously shot the cover of SHE magazine in the Caribbean and went on to shoot the covers of such varied and iconic magazines as i-D(twice), French, Full Freedom (cover plus 26 pages), LOVE and the Wall Street Journal (twice). The crucial LOVE cover (from Condé Naste) became a further catalyst for her career, catapulting her into the superstar stratosphere (as one of the 8 big names in world modeling). As such, she joined the select group of that issue’s cover girls (each girl having a different cover), which included Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Natalia Vodianova, Lara Stone, Daria Werbowy, Kristen Mc Menamy and Amber Valetta.

Interestingly, Kimberley Mais, the iconic Pulse international history maker of the mid to late 1980s, has done a lot more magazine covers than Jeneil, but while Kimberley’s were scored largely in Japan, Jeneil has done hers for some of the most revered brands in the major markets. Also, while several Pulse stars have worked for almost all of the world’s top magazines (including covers) and appeared in almost every edition of Vogue, Lois Samuels was the only Caribbean model to actually become a Vogue covergirl. Jeneil has copped a greater number and variety of editions at this level, than any other Caribbean star.

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Contact:
Anna Gordon
Pulse Model Management
(876) 968-1089
www.pulsemodels.com

Caribbean Master Designers for Caribbean Fashion Week 2011


Several of the Caribbean’s master designers have already confirmed their attendance at Caribbean Fashionweek from June 8-13.

In addition to the best designers the Caribbean has to offer, CFW boasts recognizable faces in world modelling, plus top stylists from Europe, North America, Africa, Latin America and Asia. This year the event will amp up its recent trend as a growing entertainment event on a broader scale. Whereas in the past CFW has attracted major international celebrities and featured short concert performances by such superstars as Eve, Kelly Roland and Nia Long, this year’s event will showcase full concerts after the fashion shows, featuring major international and Jamaican acts.

Pulse Supermodel Nell Robinson in Gavin Douglas.

Such Caribbean icons as Meiling and Biggy are committed to the event in June. Other confirmed master designers include British-Jamaican fashion designer Sandra Kennedy, Trinidad’s acclaimed Claudia Pegus, Jamaica’s Barry Moncrieffe and Mutamba plus Vogue stylist Gavin Douglas. Others will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.

In addition to the Caribbean’s top couturiers, major designers will also come from Italy, Switzerland, France, Suriname, Canada, South America and the United States. They will no doubt contribute to the Business Forum, to be held on Sunday, June 12, another key feature of CFW 2011. British Vogue once described CFW as an important new trend in world fashion and the event has been taken to every corner of the globe by Fashion TV Paris. It is also regarded as one of the important fashion weeks in the world and is accepted internationally as the #1 platform for the best of Caribbean style, attracting thousands of locals and visitors alike. Its growth in its first decade has been exponential.

According to Pulse, organisers of the event, CFW 2011 is likely to be the biggest and best to date, based on confirmations already received from designers, celebrities, supermodels and entertainers. The event features six days and nights of activities, including opening and closing events, as well as three nights of shows, an exhibition, after-parties and a business forum.

Current Pulse stars Sedene Blake and Jeneil Williams are driving a new ascendancy of black models in the world. Sedene, described by Elle UK as the new Iman, was named by Style.com (the online home of Vogue) as being one of three models to watch last show season. Jeneil was featured on one of eight covers of Love magazine (Conde Nast’s new publication), last year. Other covers include i-D (twice), the Wall Street Journal (twice), French, BMI and a number of others.

CFW 2011 will not only herald a new decade of the best of Caribbean style, it will help to cement the status of this event. More importantly, it will continue to provide opportunities for Caribbean talent to emerge and take its place among the best that the world can offer.

Source: Jamaica Observer