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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Spice Media Launch The Aftermath

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Last night Spice Carnival gave media, invited guests, patrons, friends and supporters a glimpse of what is to come in their Carnival 2010 presentation “The Spice Route” at their media launch held at Zen.

Anya Elias (band leader of Spice) opened the night with a brief speech that touched on the success of Spice’s debut year and stressed that Spice masqueraders can attest that the band has lived up to it’s motto of being “The Best Recipe for Carnival”.

After the introduction, we were all invited to take a look outside as the “spice traders” were coming from the east. Looking down from my vantage point on Zen’s rooftop I got glimpses of the costumed models shielded by tents, led by gold painted chiseled men, tassa drums and fire eaters in a procession through the streets.. a very unexpected entrance!

The procession of costumes on the streets

The real show stoppers were the costumes however, after hearing MUCH about what Spice was bringing to the table for Carnival 2010 I had high expectations and was not disappointed. Both Rubies of Mumbai and Caspian Sea Frontlines were on show and the costumes are admittedly gorgeous.

Rubies of Mumbai enters the venue

The photos do not do the costumes justice as the real attention to minute details are not captured, for instance, there is not one scrap of braid on the body costume of Caspian Sea, it is actually trimmed in diamante and the bra on Rubies of Mumbai is covered in pleated silk.

Model Jade looks at her reflection in the elevator mirror

Of the two costumes Caspian Sea is the one that most people were initially wowed at, I am guessing it because of the abundance of feathers and the soothing shades of blue. My personal favorite of the two is Rubies of Mumbai, as far as depiction of the theme goes I absolutely love the modern interpretation of East Indian Wear. The gems are used to mimic the draping of a sari and the fabric, to me gives a more interesting option to those who want some coverage without sacrificing the sexy. And, I LOVE the headpiece! It is interesting, fresh and yet still conveys the theme.

Priya models Rubies of Mumbai

The best part of this is that these two costumes are just a “teaser” of what is still to come from Spice, can you imagine that there is even better yet to come?! On that note I cannot wait for July 19th to see what else is store as I am very impressed already. Lets hope that Spice has the set the standard for Carnival 2010, I forsee a very exciting Carnival with LOTS of gorgeous choices for masqueraders, as it should be!

Band leader Anya Elias and designers, Richard & Anthony

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