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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

3 More Sold out in Harts!!

WOW, WOW and WOW !! Only one week after releasing two new sections, Prince of Egypt and Queen of Sheba, they have already sold out in Harts along with Karma Sutra !! 8 sections left!

Miami Carnival Photos is first on the ball with Miami Carnival photos, and among all the lovely costumes and revelers are these two:

I wonder what band they were from and if they plan on recycling these for Carnival 2008 as it sure looks as if they made their own Black Widow costumes!! Poor Sonia Mack must be hopping mad at these "impostors". The "real" Black Widow is pictured below:


Evolution Mas Camp Visit

The lack of costume information on Evolution’s website necessitated a trip to the mas camp, housed at the old Dream Team’s headquarters on Ariapita Avenue. My sentiments about this location from the initial visit last year still remains though Evolution has made attempts to make the venue somewhat inviting, still, I personally think this location does not work for a mas camp as it is too confined and cheerless.

I got a chance to observe each costume up close and for the most part they are all quite attractive, with a lot of detail work and feathers though they are not totally an evolution of bikini mas in my opinion. My favorite is still Orange Appeal; it is absolutely gorgeous in person. The option I thought was frontline is actually an individual (of which only 5 will be made, therefore how is this an individual costume when an individual means just one?) and the frontline option is really the backline costume with the Individual headpiece and some extra feathers and embellishments on the leg pieces. The only costume that did not appeal to me is the “Battery’s Golden Opportunity”, the black and yellow combination just looks like a representation of the sponsor’s colours rather than thought was put into the design. Although rumors abounded that the costumes would be priced at $2200.00 for backline and $2500.00 for frontline that is not exactly true

Orange Appeal

The prices are as follows:

Orange Appeal
Backline - $2498.00
Frontline (large headpiece) - $3295.00
Individual (5 only) - $6000.00

Backline - $2450.00

Mint Passion
Backline - $2250.00

Out of the Blue
Backline - $2465.00

Purple Rain
Backline - $2295.00

Backline - $2495.00

Battery’s Golden Opportunity
Backline - $2350.00

Raspberry Ice
Backline - $2395.00
Frontline (large headpiece) - $2698.00

Tantalize in Teal
Backline - $2495.00

African Gold
Backline - $2495.00
Frontline - $3500.00

Green With Envy
Backline - $2395.00

Pink Floyd
Backline - $2250.00

Male costumes - $1900.00 ALL SECTIONS

African Gold

It should be noted that the frontline for African Gold is SOLD OUT and that several of the sections offer a frontline but they were neither displayed at the mas camp nor were any prices available. I also find it odd that no male costume is to be seen, not at the band launch, the mas camp or even on the costume calendar that I was given .

Another interesting observation is that three costumes Orange Appeal, Mint Passion and Pink Floyd are all designed by Olyan Baldeosigh who is/was associated with Island People which basically clears up the mystery of the “scrapped” Island People costumes that turned up at Evolution. I am still waiting to see the costumes for the “unbuff” as promised by band leader Curtis Eustace at the media launch and the interview given to the Trinidad Guardian’s Womanwise Magazine:
“Not every woman could go to the gym and get buff. This band is also for the mother who just wants a break from her kids for two days,” said Carvalho.

Quick Silver

Prior to the launch when I contacted the number given for ticket information and prices I was told no tickets would be sold in advance and admission was “normal Zen price”. I then inquired about the website address and was given which took me to a site that had nothing to do with Carnival. I was quite perturbed by this oversight but thought nothing more of it until yesterday. The lone employee at the mas camp could not answer most of the questions I asked in relation to the remaining costume prices and when the full website will be up. Also, I had tried in vain to contact someone before I knew that the mas camp was open and my emails went unanswered. If I were a potential customer this lack of communication would not bode well at all. I hope that this is just some oversight on the committee’s part as it would do Evolution well as a new kid on the block, at least to Trinidad, to be a bit more generous with the information.

Raspberry Ice

Based on the quality of the costumes that I saw coupled with very competitive pricing Evolution is poised to give their counterparts a fight for the remaining masqueraders who are still undecided on a choice of band, here is hoping their inaugural year meets expectations.
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