Several bloggers were at the launch, so you can look forward to their review, the first one I met was Carnival Jumbie and we were both curious as to the fact that the “runaway” looked as it if was an elongated truck bed decorated with cotton.. could that mean the models were going to be flying in from the sky and landing on the stage? It was even more interesting to see the cranes in the background as we could not figure out how this would all come together.
*click on the photos for a super sized view
It was somewhat of a delayed process to actually get the descent started but eventually it did and next thing you know police and these dancers dressed in white with wings started pushing everyone back from the front and side of the stage, which started causing confusion, what was going on?
The thing is for ME personally, the costumes are more fashion than function in some cases. While I absolutely adore how the strapless bra and jeweled panties look I think that a specific type of woman will look best in those designs; beauty queens and supermodels perhaps? The average woman, to me, would have to sacrifice some comfort (plastic bra straps anyone?) or proper fitting bras (over a C cup in strapless) and stockings (how would you wear them with those dangerously low cut panties) to wear some of those costumes, not withstanding I am sure the appeal of the costume is exactly how the size 2 model looks in it! I am just saying when you choose the barely there panty and strapless bra do not be mad at Island People when you don't like how the costume looks on you come February!!
To be honest nothing could live up in reality to the stylized, glossy photographs of Wyatt’s in the calendar that was leaked before the launch; this proved to diminish the “wow” factor of the costumes (since we all saw the perfected version before) and expectations were running high pre launch; post launch my favourite costumes remain the same and the ones that did nothing for me in the calendar remain the same as well, with one or two surprises.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Afrodisiac! The beading on the costume is fabulous and the headpiece is just gorgeous; I like the whole African vibe you get just by looking at the costume and the accessories are lovely as well. Great bra support in this section as it features a proper fitting bra (no strapless or cut out sides)This section also features the best (and quite possibly the only one, to hold that title) male costume of all the sections. From the calendar many people did not like this costume and were questioning why I liked it so much, but I guess I can see past the stylized, airbrushed photos to pick up on elements in the costumes that I loved beyond the excellent photography!
The "nice, BUT" costumes
Ocean Whispers is very, very skimpy (who I am kidding they all are) and actually looks as if it is lacking beads! However I like the frontline/collar option I think it adds the added oomph to the costume, without the collar the costume is nothing special
Angel Falls, surprisingly I like this one in person, especially the jeweled belt of the frontline, very pretty though I would hate to have someone tug and burst that while on the road, it looks fragile. I also like the little back pack options, but it needs more feathers! What kills this costume and hence it does not make the top list is the beads used on the costume; they look like plastic curtain beads! The female backline costume does not look so bad with the beads but it really cheapens the male costume.
Dreams gets high billing because I do like the colour purple and the frontline for this one with the jeweled belt and the nice backpack.. I think it can stand to do with a decent headpiece for the frontline however. The backline is standard pretty bikini with large feathered headpiece but it is outstanding on colour alone.
Midnight Bloom, like the headpiece and nothing else. The material of the bra looks like an embroidered fabric but what puts the “hmmmm” in this costume is the tutu aka Ballerina on crack!! Like how is that design supposed to translate for women with hips and booty? I don’t like the dark colours either or the long trail of black tulle attached to one of the models.
Love, love, love…. There is little to love in Love as I think the translation is beyond cheesy with the belt and bras of the costumes festooned in hearts. The backline bra is cute with the heart detail that forms with the beading but that belt is not; I do not like the cutout hearts! The frontline caged bra, I do not know what to say. Some cage bras just do not work, case in point here as the model had her hands on her breasts, I hazard to guess that the large heart shaped gems did not provide ample nipple coverage when the body was in motion. The heart shaped back pack, cheesey! However I prefer the other back pack with the twirly details and both frontlines left lots of ass outside though the models carried it off well with super toned butts!
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Danielle Jones photo :www.guardian.co.tt