Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
I regret to inform you that I have NO photos of the actual band launch as I showed up at 9:00pm for the MEDIA LAUNCH, having been to the same launch last year in the same venue I fully expected that a presentation of the theme and costumes would commence shortly after my arrival.
Two hours later, with no explanation as to why the media launch was seemingly canceled, I asked one of the band representatives when the show would begin and was told "within the next HOUR". With that I promptly left as I had no desire to sit waiting for the showing of costumes for another hour when I had made the effort to show up for the media launch and there was no such thing!
If it was advertised that they would have only been showing costumes at the band launch and no media launch was actually going to take place I was not going to arrive at 9pm and would have used my time more wisely instead of having to rush home from work to get ready to make it on time for their scheduled media launch, when clearly they had no regard for my time! I dislike having my time wasted.
Maybe they were waiting for a crowd to show up before starting as the venue was a bit sparse while I was there, or maybe it was as I was told when leaving ,the models were still getting ready; whatever the reason a little courtesy in explaining the delay to those who arrived for the media launch would have gone a long way.
Friday, August 29, 2008
By now many of you have registered either locally through the Mas Camp or online, for the various chapters of ‘Heaven on Earth’. Your eager response to our presentation for next year has been both encouraging and humbling.
There were a few hitches in getting started and we truly apologize to all for the inconvenience – especially to our online family who were affected by the technical difficulties we experienced with the website on Tuesday, August 26. The late opening of the Mas Camp and a power outage and low voltage situation, for almost four hours on Tuesday, also limited the registration process.
ONLINE REGISTRATION QUESTIONS
To our online masqueraders most of you have four general queries with regards to: the availability costumes in your chosen chapters; the option of tankinis or one-piece female suits and the provision of boy shorts for Carnival Monday. As past masqueraders you will be given preference of selection, unless there is a production issue where costumes chosen are not available because of size or other special requirements and if so you will be notified by email in a timely manner. While no one-pieces are being offered, tankinis are optional for six chapters- just let us know when you’re registering. Rest assured ladies you will have boy shorts for Monday Mas.
SOLD OUT CHAPTERS
As we keep you in the loop it’s also important that we let you know that the chapters Rays of Light and Carnival have been sold out. As well, both local and online registration for the Sonia Mack chapter, Paradisus, will open on Wednesday, September 03.
LABOR DAY COSTUME VIEWING AT D' VALE VIBE
Some good news for our New York family! You can look forward to seeing some of our costumes at D' Vale Vibe party this Saturday August 30th at the Brooklyn Museum. For details please visit www.valevibe.com Please note that we will not be registering people at the event.
Now that we’ve overcome our initial challenges, we’re back on track to catering to your needs. This is just one of the many updates you will be receiving on your way to Carnival 2009 and also please feel free to send for additional information at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Island People Mas
The Fun Has Just Begun
Female - $1,995.00 TT ($333.00 US)
Male- $1,695.00 TT ($283.00 US)
More information on registering for Chutney, contacting the section leaders or about Rugeri is available on their website which has been updated.
PHOTO SOURCE: http://rugeri.50webs.com/
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Also, exciting news for Elements fans, ROULETTE is SOLD OUT!!!!!
Check out TEMPTALIA now!
Katrianna welcomes you to the launch of her Mineral Makeup Line - "K" - where beauty meets science, in a colourful blend of good for your skin products, ranging from foundations to lip gloss, all perfectly blended to match your skin tone, with our special cruelty-free brushes.
For only $100, our launch will tantalise your taste-buds with red and white wines, Grey Goose Kat-tails and hors d'ouvres AND give you the opportunity to receive custom skin matching and win fabulous door prizes!
So see you at Min.er.al.o.gy on the 28th September 2008, at Solimar from 5-7p.m. for your scientific beauty makeover!
For Tickets Call
South- Renee 741-1054
San Juan- Candice 748-7828
Westmoorings- Sarita 681-7215
St. Augustine/St. James- Rachel 379-5836
Trincity- Siobhan 716-2323
POS/St. Ann's- Katrianna 682-7758
POS - Damian 488 1591
Maraval/POS - Declan 7353224
Tickets will be available at the door for $120.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I must say when I arrived I was pleased to meet no crowd as yesterday, though there were lots of people waiting to pay as well as inside the mas camp looking at costumes and registering.
Island People uses the sizing of S,M,L,XL etc. however if you are lucky enough to be able to get to the mas camp they have a very nice area set up for bra fittings. The girls there also assit you in measuring for your correct belt size as well, and once correctly fitted they give you a slip of paper with all your measurements per the S,M,L sizing guide which you take with you to the next stage of registration.
After being fitted, you join a line to get your masquerader card:
I hope everyone was able to register with as much ease!
Select the costume, choose sizes from the drop down menu and then add to cart. Proceed to check out where you have to log in with a registered user name and password. Subsequently you are taken to a change to enter your billing information.
After that you are taken to paypal to complete the process, though it does not state for sure if the total costume amount will be required or just the down payment as it shows the order total as the full costume payment, however the check out page states that a minimum down payment of 1000.00TT is required to reserve your costume.
The system seems like a good one, I like that you can use paypal since that feature does not incur any additional fees. However, there are a few glitches:
*Sections that are marked SOLD OUT are still open for registration online using this method.
*Frontline costumes only go up to a size 36B
*Different sections are not showing all bra size or bottom piece sizes for selection.
*There is no clarity as to how much money will be deducted from your credit card; paypal is showing the full costume amount while the website states a down payment of $1000.00
*No whole piece, corset or tankini options are showing in the drop down menu.
*Male costumes only feature the waist size and that goes up to 40inches, again there should be more size options.
*There is no option to select a non vegetarian or vegetarian meal.
Many bands have traditional rest stops that they use year after year. I am only familiar with two bands, Harts and TRIBE so I can only comment on these.
In the case of HARTS (non-inclusive), the band traditionally stops at the square in Newtown. There are usually vendors at that location and public toilets, but as far as I know, these are public areas and not affiliated in any way with the band. All food and drink from the band comes from the respective carts – nothing is set-up in the square. I'm guessing therefore that Harts does not pay a fee to stop at that location.
In the case of TRIBE (all-inclusive), the band usually sets up food and drink tents and bathrooms at Jackson Square. I would imagine in this case that the band has some sort of contractual relationship with the Port-of-Spain City Corporation for the use of the square in this manner.
With more and more new bands every year and limited spaces for this purpose, how do the bands pick where to stop for lunch? Is this decided at a meeting with the bandleaders or the NCC?
Do the other all-inclusive bands have a similar arrangement as TRIBE where they have tents set-up in a particular location? I would imagine that the POSCC and other private grounds acquire a lot of revenue for such use.
Additionally, what arrangements are made for the clean-up of these areas? In the case of Harts and other bands of its type, I would imagine that the band does not bear any responsibility for the clean-up of the square, but in the case of TRIBE and other all-inclusive bands I would imagine that clean-up would be included in the contract and the responsibility may fall on either party.
How do bandleaders go about purchasing bras that lie go above the standard A-DD cup range range?
Do bands just try to find the cheapest "big bra" they can get their hands on?
Or do they take into consideration that a masquerader who is that well endowed may need different kind of bra?
Because of the weight of large breast, a wider back strap that does not ride up is essential. Wider, more supportive shoulder straps that do not twist and dig into the shoulders, and preferably that are adjustable to give "lift" for those who may need a little more.
Depending on the on the woman, under wires can sometimes be a no no, as the weight of the breasts pushes the wire down into the ribcage which can be murder, and leave bruising and painful fabric burns along the rib cage area.
Lastly, do you think bands should offer the option of a masquerader sending their own bra to be decorated?
For the large breasted women, a well fitting bra can be the difference between a joyful carnival experience or a painful nightmare on the road.
The only way to really know is to go into the mas camp early and ask to try any samples they may have, and walk with your bra and a previous bra you received from them, and point out the difficulties you've had. Yes to me it makes good sense for larger cups if you are allowed to bring your own bra and have it covered. Except that a lot of bands, if you look at prototypes may have only bugle beads and applique with most of the bra exposed. this would mean having to get a bra to match the same color as the prototype, which will be hard. So covering a bra is a good option but would be more expensive. I still prefer having samples available for all sizes and have masqueraders come in and fit.
As an up and coming designer how does an individual get involved in designing a section for a band? what are the bandleaders looking for in a designer for a bandleader to give someone a chance to bring out a section in there band?
Also why would a bandleader let a designer design a section in there band after this same designer has a section in another band and both costumes look extremely similar when would the bandleader put there foot down because as a bandleader you wouldn't want another band looking similar to yours what's your take.
What is the difference between designing for a band and having a section in a band?
Of course the more expense, (as is the case with a bigger band ) means you better be sure that you hit that break even, or you will not have the money to produce your costumes, and failure to do so would also mean that you would not only lose the money you have already spent, but must return all deposits collected to that point. It's high risk business.As a rule a section has a lot less overheads. They can be produced in your back yard with few employs and a little help from friends.And for most part you avoid paying VAT.
Thanks again for questions, till next week be good.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Popular choices among those waiting were Rays of Light and Dreams.
I am not too sure what time registration eventually started but by the time I got back to my office I got a call at 12:25 from someone that registration has started. From what I understand, second hand information from someone who was waiting to register, they were told that preference will be given for past masqueraders for their FIRST choice all of this week, though new masqueraders were also registering today as well.
Backline - 3295.00
Frontline - 3695.00
Backline - 3295.00
Frontline - 4095.00
Backline - 3195.00
Backline with backpack - 3895.00
Frontline - 4595.00
Backline with small headpiece - 3295.00
Backline with large headpiece - 4095.00
Frontline with small headpiece and back pack - 4095.00
Frontline with large headpiece and back pack - 4895.00
Frontline no back pack - 3695.00
Frontline with back pack - 4595.00
Backline with head scarf - 3095.00
Backline with headpiece- 3295.00
Rays of Light
Backline - 3495.00
Frontline - 3795.00
Backline - 3495.00
Backline small wings - 4095.00
Backline large wings - 4395.00
Frontline Feathered Skirt - 3695.00
Frontline Feathered Skirt small wings - 4295.00
Frontline Feathered skirt large wings - 4595.00
Chocolate and Caramel
Small headpiece - 2995.00
Small headpiece, LARGE backpack - 3990.00
Large headpiece - 3495.00
Large heapdice large back pack - 4490.00
contact Sonia Mack
Love, Dreams, Angel Falls, Heavenly Skies, Ocean Whispers
Rays of Light, Chocolate & Caramel, Midnight Bloom, Afrodisiac
*Registration begins at 11AM when the mas camp opens and not 10AM as listed in the email.
*Both new and past masqueraders can register today; that means open registration for EVERYONE.
*Each person can register up to five people, including them self.
*Prices will be posted at 11AM at the mas camp
*The website is supposed to be up and running this afternoon.
Good luck !
Monday, August 25, 2008
So Saturday night I went to the launch of TRIBE in London, I thought you might like to hear.
So doors opened at 9 and registration was scheduled for 10.30 - 12. It was held at the Camden Centre, which is used for other soca events in London and is NOT popular as a venue. But anyway, we arrived a bit after 10, because although I wasn't registering, I wanted to see how it all went down! When we walked in - jeez the place was EMPTY! And I mean EMPTY! (I have photos) .The venue is this big square room and it felt like a school disco.
The room had been decorated with what looked like bamboo bird cages and white birds hanging from the ceiling, it looked pretty. Registration was set up behind a little barrier to one side, and although we were only there about 20 mins before it started, there was only 3 people in the queue!! There was a TV screen showing the costume photos from the booklet. (Including Flamingo) .
So anyway, we got a few drinks, and a few more, and then more.... it was an all inclusive after all! They had Trini alcohol too which we were very happy about. So the DJ announced the start of registration and people went forward to the tables. As this was behind a barrier I couldn't really work out what was going on, whether people were getting through. The queue built up a bit but I reckon no longer than about 50 people. (By this time the place was gradually getting busier).
There was a woman handing out numbered tickets to the people waiting. I was never aware of when it finished (blame the rum) but the queue seemed to go down and at some point they finished registration. We all carried on partying away .It was much busier by this point, and jugglers was doing a good job with the music. The free drinks helped too! Some bartender brought round a huge pan of the weakest tasting rum punch in the world to everyone.
The crowd was a lot of what you would describe as 'melanin challenged' people, very different to most soca fetes in London! I think this was also due to the very central location of the venue, and the fact it is carnival weekend! So at around 1.15, with not really any announcement, suddenly there was the first costume on stage! So I rushed forward to get a good view and photos! One by one models came on for each section, all backline except Brazilian Macaw which was frontline. I thought the models were great!
They each danced on stage (to soca, thank God!) for about 30 seconds each, as it was a small stage, loads of time to snap away! Blue Tanager, Hummingbird and Ruby Topaz were not there though. However they shouldn't have sent the poor girl modeling Pheasant out on stage like that though, the belt was so high it finished before her pantys start!
Then the stage show finished and shortly after Martin Jay (one of the biggest soca DJs in UK) came on stage to announce Fay Ann.
Fay Ann was great, we were right at the front going mad, I lost my shoe (but found it again!). Then Bunji came on, who was even better! Totally mashed up the place! Then it finished around 3.30, and we stayed around to say hi to Fay Ann and Bunji (we are such groupies!) who were lovely as ever. I also saw Machel, though he told the man next to me he was really busy and couldn't really take a photo! Then we went home, good night was had by all! Not quite as good as the Tribe fete in Trinidad, but hey!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
So many new bands launch each Carnival season, while others succeeded others crash and burn never to be heard of again (can anyone remember the name of Robert Amar's one time Carnival band?)
Funtasia had a good run for a few years, so did Skandal Us but Island Events, successful as a private section in Poison, only lasted two years after branching out on their own with Moulin Rouge chock full of celebrities like Gabrielle Union.
What really makes a band last year after year, like Harts who will be celebrating 50 years in Carnival 2010? Is it enough to have pretty costumes or a celebrity clientèle? Does being the hottest band out guarantee long term success? When sections split and form their own band will masqueraders follow? What turns the mind of fickle masqueraders against certain and what makes them loyal year after year? If Poison was around today would they still be a force to be reckoned with? What happened to Barbarossa?
As I can recall, and my memory may not always be crystal clear. Harts (later reinventing themselves as Young Harts) saw a breakaway that begot Mavericks and Barbarossa. Skandal Us was a later breakaway from Harts. Barbarossa spawned Poison (Savage), Funtasia and also Legends (the strong men and rude girl section). The band Legends ceased to exist and both Genesis and Legacy were born. Sophomore band Ronnie& Caro is a breakaway from Legacy.
From Poison we had Pleasures Carnival, Atlantis Girls and Gail Cabral forming TRIBE and Island Events left to debut their own band the same year. Island People was birthed the following year with Sandra Hordatt, Crystal Amming Marcus and Galvanize formerly of Poison. Poison became defunct, so Dream Team and Pulse 8 were the fall out bands created in it's wake while Sonia Mack went to Island People. Persons formerly involved with TRIBE as section leaders are now with Elements, Evolution and Spice. Evolution is led by Curtis Eustace, multiple Carnival King winner, and from Evolution Kaotic was born as Ricardo Gomez was formerly associated with that band.
Trini Revellers is an amalgamation of people who were all involved in mas, most notably Geraldo Vieira, Dave Cameron, Richard and Penny Afong of Barbarossa, so you can still see a link back to that band here. D Krewe is a breakway of Trini Revellers and for 2009 they also feature a section leader, Kyle Matas, from Trini Revellers as well. From Wayne Berkley's camp came Masquerade led by Earl Patterson. 2 Peas and D Pod produced a section for three years in Masquerade before branching out on their own as a band. They also led the way for Image Nation a breakaway, if you will, from 2 Peas and D Pod.
And lets not forget Peter Minshall who has, in my opinion, indirectly influenced Brian Mc Farlane (a former masquerder ie Minshal-ite) as well as Peter Samuel of 2 Peas and D Pod.
What makes this even more interesting is that designers also do work for other bands; Peter Elias always does a design for Pulse 8, Sandra Hordatt has designed for Island People and Spice this year apart from having her own section in TRIBE. Richard and Anthony productions designed for Spice, TRIBE and did headpieces for Crystal Amming of Island People as well as Shenelle of Evolution. Sonia Mack has in the past designed for other bands as well. Elwin Johnson has done work for D Krewe in the past and now TRIBE, while Douglas John designed for Elements and D Krewe! Is it a wonder that so many costumes are beginning to look the same?
The dynamic, every changing landscape of Carnival is what keeps it exciting, some bands are here today but gone tomorrow. Ultimately it is the masquerader's support that dictates the pace, no matter how many pretty (or not so pretty) costumes, slick marketing tactics, guerrilla band warfare and promises of the ultimate,best-est, funnest Carnival ever! I wish all the new bands good luck as I look back on the ones that have departed the Carnival scene and wonder, where are they now?
Skandal Us Mas
photo source: www.islandevents.com
Saturday, August 23, 2008
I also got word that the website and prices will be up on Tuesday, the costumes are supposed to range from $3200.00 up (female) and $2200.00/$2400.00 males.
The deposit is $900.00 for both male and female standard costumes and $1500.00 for frontlines.
Afrodisiac's backline headpiece will be on display on Monday!Oh and the "sexy/cage" bra for Angel Falls frontline is strapless with only lacing/strings at the sides!!! Go brave.
Well, silly me forgot to charge my camera battery and thinking I had enough battery life left didn't realize that it would have died mid taking pics at the mas camp *sad face*.
The good news is I was able to get pics of most of the sections, however I did not get all of Chocolate and Caramel, Touch, Angel Falls or Midnight Bloom. Paradisus had just arrived while I was at the mas camp, so it was not on display today nor was the headpiece for Afrodisiac Back Line.
I have to say that the costumes look very, very pretty in real with LOTS of detail that I hope is captured in the shots. There is hardly anything to nit pick over for me, my favorite costume has to be Dreams Frontline.
Anyway I will be back at the Mas Camp to get Part 2 of the costumes tomorrow, and you can always check out Afro Chic's blog as she informed that weather withstanding she would try to make a visit today as well.
p.s. feel free to use my pics on the forums lol; you can link to photobucket without any issues!
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