Pulse’s Caribbean Model Search continues tonight at Studio 38 with over 100 of the event’s latest new faces appearing in a bikini parade, starting at 10:00pm. Already, over 500 contestants have been selected for the event and, as the summer comes to an end, several more new faces are expected to converge at the Pulse Centre in New Kingston for entry.
Last Friday and Saturday saw the first ever CMS Weekend being staged, with command performances from Melba Moore on Friday and Tifa on Saturday. Prior to Melba’s performance, Studio 38 presented the Pulse Fashion Fix, featuring sizzling collections from Arlene Martin, Minka and Julan. These collections were shown by some of the agency’s top new stars, including some of last year’s successes Nastassia Mitchell, Vogue star and Pulse’s latest international model Alexia Palmer, as well as Luire covergirl Latoya Samuels.
Saturday saw this year’s CMS finalists appearing along with Tifa in all the event’s categories: Petite, Fashion, Full Figure and Male Face. Close to 150 contestants took to the runway in dramatic style, earning the rapturous applause from their friends and family, as well as members of the general public.
No doubt, winners will emerge to continue the tradition of excellence and success that Pulse models have celebrated internationally over the years.
Caribbean Model Search alumini include Lois Samuels, Angela Neil, Althea Laing, Juline Samuels, Lincoln Wynter, Kimberley Mais, Trudy Gray, Nikki Morris, Michelle Moodie, Nikki Vassell, Charmaine Clarke, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Romae Gordon, Justine Willoughby, Carla Campbell, Melissa Hillary, Alex King, Jheanell Azan, Nadine Willis, Jaunel McKenzie, Kimanee Wilson, Sanya Hughes, Orinthia Russell, Sunna Gottshalk, Rochelle Watson, Tessa Henry, Reshima Hemmings, Nicole Gray, Oraine Barrett, Gaye McDonald, Khalil Marks, Nell Robinson, Jheanell Williams, Sedene Blake and Alexia Palmer.
Dubbed the next generation, this year’s event features a cadre of new faces at the finals scheduled for the National Indoor Sports Centre. All the main CMS events will see appearances by local and international superstars. Pulse will be pulling all the stops this year to ensure that the event reaches a whole new level.
Thirty-two years ago, when Kingsley Cooper launched the Caribbean’s first international Model Agency (Pulse), the region’s first Model Search (Caribbean Model Search), the modern Caribbean modelling industry was born. Since then, through Pulse, Cooper discovered and developed an amazing group of global supermodels from Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.
JAMAICAN supermodel Jeneil Williams is set to collaborate with legendary fashion star Naomi Campbell once again, following last year’s separate covers of LOVE, Conde Nast’s fashion magazine.
This time Conde Nast, Naomi and Franca Sozzani, editor in chief of Italian Vogue, have invited Williams to appear as part of the Japan appeal, Fashion for Relief, today on May 14 in Cannes, France.
Williams is once again proving her status among fashion’s elite, having been chosen to join the superstars in fashion’s big annual charity do, Fashion Rocks, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil last year. While all of this is happening, she is currently being featured in multiple editions of this month’s Vogue, as well as the Pirelli calendar and Karl Lagerfeld’s signature Diet Coke campaign.
In their letter of invitation Naomi and Franca said, “We appeal to you to take part in this event giving your support on the runway for what is guaranteed to be a fantastic show. The event will see famous faces from the world of fashion, music, film, TV, sports and society strut the catwalk in designs by the world’s most renowned and respected fashion houses.” The event will take centre stage at the Cannes Film Festival in France and will consist of a fashion show “Runway to Red Carpet”, VIP opening reception and contemporary art auction, presenting art by some of the world’s leading artists.
Williams joins an impressive line-up of celebrities supporting this event. In the past this group has included Beyoncé, Boy George, Christian Slater, Cheryl Cole, Faye Dunaway, Iman, Kelly Osbourne, Cilla Black, Elettra Rosselini, P Diddy, Princess Beatrice, David LaChapelle, Rio Ferdinand, the Duchess of York, Tyson Beckford, Chris Brown, Claudia Schiffer, Erin O’Conner, Hana Soukupova, Angela Lindvall, Iris Strubegger, Jessica Stam, Eva Herzigová, Karen Elson and Caroline Winberg.
Fashion for Relief was founded as a way to unite the fashion community and its generosity in times of need. Fashion for Relief’s first show, in 2005, was held during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York and raised US$1m for the Hurricane Katrina relief. In 2007, over US$1m was raised for the Rotary Flood & Disaster and in 2008, Sarah Brown helped Fashion for Relief to raise thousands of pounds for the White Ribbon Alliance. Last year Fashion for Relief hosted shows in London and New York and raised over £1m for the Haiti earthquake victims and, in addition NEON Moscow was launched to raise funds for local children’s charities and a young person’s art initiative.
Additional Fashion for Relief events have been held in Mumbai, India and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, raising a total of over £4.5m.
Williams claims editorial credits for Italian Vogue (four times), Teen Vogue, i-D (twice), Essence, Full Freedom, British Vogue, BMM, A Magazine, The Wall Street Journal (twice), New York Times magazine, French Revue des Modes, Grazia, SHE, Love, American Vogue, French GQ, Japan’s Neutral, Russian Vogue (twice), Harper’s Bazaar, Another Magazine, Giles Deacon Look Book, Deustch, Vibe, Bon and Acne Paper, among many other high-end fashion publications.
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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.
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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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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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.