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Sunday, July 24, 2011

TRIBE "Take Me To" Review

Usually I write my review bright an early after the band launch when I am still buzzing with the excitement and all the thoughts are fresh in my head. This year for TRIBE I had to digest the fact that there were NO backline costumes on show and since I did not get a booklet I was at a loss having not seen the backline costumes and quite perplexed at the decision not to show them at the launch. I think it is either a brilliant marketing move knowing that Frontline and Individual Costumes DO sell a band when the backlines are not strong enough on their own or it is going to backfire and be a huge disappointment to the majority of masqueraders who cannot get into Frontline or even an Individual option. Whatever the reason for this decision it has created A LOT of talk about TRIBE; go BIG or Stay home seems to be the philosophy for Carnival 2012! I hope there is enough room in TRIBE to accommodate all those fabulous backpacks of the Frontlines and Individual costumes.

I eventually saw the Backlines from the booklet (I made a friend take pics and send to me) and they are underwhelming at first impression but since I never review a costume I have not seen in person I will have to reserve judgment until I see them at the Mas Camp. It is a well known fact that I absolutely love a Frontline costume (my costume of choice) and I love lots of feathers so many of these costumes hit the mark for me, if I were in TRIBE I would not be spoilt for choice of a costume.

Now unto the review and I must say that I did have the pleasure of seeing all the sections up close backstage and my overall impression is lots of pretty costumes hitting all the marks; bling, feathers, nakedness, wire bra, bling and more feathers! However although there were at least three costumes I got a “wow” from upon first look I cannot say if I am overly impressed with the entire production , it was a bit underwhelming as everything looked familiar . There is certainly no correlation to theme so let’s get that out of the way one time and some truly tragic male costumes but I will get to that later. In order of appearance:

South Beach
The colour combination reminds me of Charmeuse (TRIBE Secret of Silk), liked it then and it works here as well. The Frontline wire bra is interesting, I actually like the design with the neckpiece attaching to the bra, but I am not sure how it will work for every masquerader. The backpack on the Individual looks exactly like the one done for Amazonia and Izumi Clan in Bliss this year. The gold metal circular cut out on the belt is nice, liking that, but the belt is just beads and THREE Strings to the front and back! Seriously now, what is that covering exactly?

I had really high hopes for Rio, if it was one costume to hit it out the park with beads, feathers and bling it should have been this one. Rio I expected to be over the top, drop dead gorgeous, a costume fit for only a Reina De Bateria. Sadly Rio was nice but just that, nothing extra special at all. I feel like I have seen that backpack, seen that shape of headpiece already; the only thing I could find to peek my interest for detail is the wire bra which has a nice shape. I appreciate that this section is nicely gemmed up but it needed something extra that screams “Rio” at you like some of the other sections.

St Tropez
Getting a little Habotai vibe from this shade of pink with the pheasant feathers, the Individual has lots of visual impact and needs lots of space on the road. The frontline headpiece has the same detailing as Knights Templar with the wire gemmed crown piece, didn’t miss that. I am on the fence about the asymmetrical backpack, I like the idea of trying something different in design but somehow I am thinking it would look nicer if both sides were symmetrical.

I LOVE it! It was really nice to see Animal print done in a costume and not look tacky. I should also point out that there seems to be one version of this costume as it is the same in the booklet as well. It is simple but effective; the Monokini gives just enough coverage for those ladies trying to find a section for anyone over a size 2 in TRIBE this year. I am also liking that the entire costume looks light and not cumbersome at all, perfect for a large band with a mass of people.

Wow, LOVE the Individual costume. That nude jeweled bra and matching underwear is all Showgirl and a perfect match for the name of the section. Love the peach (even though I was iffy about it last night when I first saw it). I like the detail on the headpiece with the gems falling and framing the face and that the Frontline offers boyshorts with that very teeny tiny belt. Not a fan of the under decorated bra and appliqué to be honest but the costume does look nicely put together. Hope the middle piece joining bra and belt is adjustable as an ill fitting costume will ruin the effect.

Naked. My first impression when I saw it, this costume is making the model look fat far less for me! The bra is gemmed within an inch of fabric, stunning in person I must say. The jewelry detailing that has become a hallmark for this designer is nice, but Lord can that belt be any smaller on the Individual? I actually prefer the Frontline costume to the Individual, as it offers a bit more coverage, has more beading and I adore the headpiece, that attaches to the arms. Gorgeous costume.

Wait… I am getting De Ja Vu... isn’t this South Beach? Why show two costumes with the exact same colour combination is beyond me! I am almost as confused by it as I am confused as to how a TAIL on this costume evokes Dubai, but I am not going to bother too much as correlation to theme is nonexistent. The male Individual was a nice touch, visually appealing costume.

Ah yes, another one of my faves! Sandra Hordatt is a boss let me just say that. This costume design has to be one of the FEW unique ones that I have seen in the entire presentation though the Individual costume borrowed the fabric wings from Threads of Morocco. The monokini is hot; I am not even hating on the ones who will be chosen to wear the Frontline because you need to look like the model to do this costume justice! I am on the fence on that 3 string no belted bottom piece, it looks great on the model, in reality it has the potential to border on vulgarity I think. The only thing that let me down with this section is that I was expecting the backpack to be WINGS and it was not. I LOVE the headpiece for this section, featherless and all!

Sigh, all I could focus on with this costume is the beads from Amazon. Was there a surplus that needed to be used up? This would be my least favourite section.I don’t know if it is the colour or the arm pieces that I think could have been executed better (they look too stiff and do not flow as nicely as Caged Canary’s arm pieces) or the recycled beading, which is a shame because the costume does have impact when you first see it and I am sure lots of other people will love it, just not me.

Ok at this point I started to think to myself that the costumes are looking repetitive; didn’t I already see that shape of back pack, that headpiece, those feathers? Honestly there is nothing wrong with the costume except that on the Individual costume the designer has done the same backpack already seen in several other sections! Love this colour though.

Even though I might have expected a black costume for Manhattan and the grey took a while to get adjusted to I think the combination with purple and burgundy actually works for the stage. How will it work on the road in sunlight is another consideration. I am wondering if it will fall flat. Carnival is COLOUR and I have noticed that costumes in shades such as grey tend to look drab and get lost among all the other bright hues. Very “safe” design, cannot fault it in execution, I mean it is a nice enough costume but not one iota of excitement when I saw it.

Hands down MY favourite, FAVOURITE section in TRIBE! If I were playing in TRIBE this would be my section of choice. I absolutely love that the “monokini” effect is from a full bra with fringe attached to the belt, awesome! The Individual costume looks like trouble once a good wind takes it. The Frontline is just stunning and I love how there is no backpack (backpacks are so last year)! I love every single thing about it and I am seriously thinking about TRIBE just to have it the only thing is I would have to beat some masqueraders out of the way in order to not crush all those lovely feathers!

I see TRIBE put a lot of effort into not deviating from what seems to be a winning formula for masqueraders even though they claim to want something “different”. Different costumes do not sell as well as feathers, bling and beads that is a fact. Bikini and Beads masqueraders are always seduced by the pretty no matter how much rhetoric they spout about everything looking the same or that costumes are boring. So today they will have lots of chatter about TRIBE ‘s uber skimpy feathered to death costumes and tomorrow they are looking for a link to get into the band! Every year I bemoan the fact that the male costumes are given very little love but this year it seems to be especially bad. Those male costumes are just regurgitated and some look like a last minute scramble. I know that some men just want a band and board shorts but this is starting to get ridiculous now, at least offer the option of a decent costume for the ones that actually care about that and not playing in the section with the hottest costume.

Hopefully TRIBE’s website will be up soon so we can see backlines and when I DO eventually see them in person you will get a review as to how they compare to the frontlines. If it is one thing I know today everyone will be talking about TRIBE, good, bad or indifferent.


Яїçħїε's §pōίłčћĭļέ said...

wow! all I have to say is start gym N O W

shells said...

Love the review...and yes Ibiza is hands down my absolute FAVOURITE. Even making me consider FL...just to wear all that lovliness. Also loving Vegas, though I've worn a peach/orange costume more than once.

I'm operating on barely 2 hrs sleep sooo when I can be coherent I'll write my review.

Trini-in-Toronto said...

Ibiza kicks ass

analiesef said...

I agree wholeheartedly with this review Saucy! I know there has been alot of talk about repetion in the past but this is ridiculous now! The theme should be "Things that Remind Me Of..." not "Take Me To" unless it's "Take Me To Past Carnival Memories".

From the wing design of Amazon's Individual (and why is this repeated so much within the band this year??) to the colour combos that are reflective of past costumes and the designers that did them to the obvious reuse of the jewels from Amazon in Santorini and St Tropez's frontlines....I am not impressed. Even Ibiza's monokini reminds me of that red costume in TRIBE's first year...can't recall the name but it was THE hot section that year...and what is with the unfinished/undecorated bra trends?

Fiji's Individual headpiece reminds me a bit of Aquarius' in design and I can't help but feel that I'm looking at another version of Leo in Johannesburg. And is the salmony-peach of Vegas similar to Lady of the Lake?? I thought so but wasn't too sure.

I am also not liking the fact that most of the backlines featured in the booklet have no real headpiece, just a head band (unless they chose to only show headband options). Perhaps the new era of masquereder doesn't want big headpieces anymore and are happy with collars only, but I say if I paying all that I want a proper costume to show for it!

The only one that really stood out to me was Cyprus' individual, I loved the movement of the backpack. I like the feathered glory of Ibiza's and Vegas's frontline/individual, but the presentation as a whole was disappointing for what I expected from TRIBE.

chrissy said...

im loving Ibiza

Empath said...

Tribe has always presented nice and pretty bikni and beads costumes for women in the past BUT carnival 2012 is just ridiculous now. At first I heard that the theme was the party capitals of the world...the end result was 'Take me to' how in the world do you get a BIG BIRD costume with the name of a geographial location slapped on to it?

Furthermore, why only show frontline and individual female costumes? Are the backlines such an afterthought that they looked so ugly that Tribe was ashamed to display them?

The male costumes look UGLY...It is time that men say NO to this foolishness!

The best costumes were Cyprus and Ibiza frontline...but again they look like birds.

This is the WORST presentation that I have ever seen from Tribe....sad be honest the most creative thing I saw was the Flight Attendant costume...that was fashionably chic

(my 2 cents)

BloggerBoy said...

We need to stop kissing TRIBE's arse because when we do the take advantage of us. We need to show them that we are the people who make or break them.... These costumes lack creativity... This is a total rewind of previous presontations... Who vex loss because other bands get their baptism of fire and TRIBE needs to smell the smoke and realise what time it is.... But bet bottom dollar TRIBE is still going to sell out in record time and then on AshWednesday a whole set of tribers gonna be vex because of the poor service and inferior quality of the costume..... And yet still those same people RUN back with open arms ready to embrace TRIBE for more bad treatment ... So need I say more ??

mjsbunny said...

Is that Ibiza costume the FL? Or Gabrielle's costume for Miss Universe?

Trinidad Carnival Diary said...

Ibiza FL is what is shown the Miss Universe costume will have more added

Hottie said...

TRIBE I am one of your biggest supporters, fans, loyalists but I cannot co-sign on this mess of a presentation for 2012.

It appears that if you are female and dont fall within the size of 00-4, and have breast implants or are no larger than a natural 34B cup, or if you are male and don't give a rat's behind about the costume then you don't belong in TRIBE next year. The male costumes are appalling to say the least!
I believe you really need to clear the air on who is your target demographic for 2012.

I don't care if a person thinks their body is sic or whether is carnival, but a grown woman parading on the streets in eyepatches over her boobs and a necklace around her waist is ridiculous and silly! And as one person pointed out before, what's up with the under decorated bras? Judging from the last few years, it seems like a trend now for only frontline masqueraders to have fully decorated bras and the rest gets what ever stones are left over. The price difference between both is not that significant.

On another note, how do you keep a band launch and not show backline costumes? TRIBE you have been in the game too long to be pissing of your clientele like this.

I was hoping and waiting to be wowed, and I'm still waiting.

dougla_1 said...

X, just sayin... ;)

"Chatty Patty" said...

Everyone seems to love Cyprus section and I find nothing appealing about that costume. The bejeweled monokini is the only decent thing on that costume and let me not get started with the placement of feathers. Like the majority of comments I've read on here, I too am disappointed with Tribes presentation. I won't even get started on the fact that many women will have to starve themselves to look remotely decent in those costumes.

Honikane said...

I just have to say I am not impressed at all! Definitely looks like Take Me to the Past! The costumes are pretty but nothing really wowed me like years past! But alas they will sell out in 6 minutes because they are Tribe LOL

NR said...

Excellent review Saucy as usual.

I don't know why these bands bother with theme at all really as the costumes have no relation to the theme. The same thing happened in Spice. I feel like they missed a big opportunity here. You can play on any theme from any country around the world and all you have to show for it as a band is a ton of feathers and bling and costumes similar to previous years. You couldn't look at any of those sections and definitively pick out the country they represent. There's nothing original here really, nothing we haven't seen before.

While many of the costumes are beautiful, they are not really made for all women. Last time I checked not all masqueraders have the body types of these models. There's a lot of nakedness going on, and really when that happens it's like what are you paying all this money for. You don't even have enough material there to make a decent bottom piece.

The costumes will definitely sell, TRIBE will have it's usual hype I'm sure. I for one though am not buying it this year, there's no way I'm fighting to try to get into one of their sections when I'm seeing the same old, combined with all of the complaints about customer service and satisfaction from the 2011 carnival season.

Fingers crossed for some originality from other bands.

Zebie said...

why do they think skimpy is beautiful or more so appealing??? cud u imagine what u'll end up wearin by midday carnival tuesday afta some serious wear n tear kicks in???

Nicky said...

i find it rhell ironic that every year we seeing less and less material and the prices getting higher and higher. exactly what are masqueraders paying for???

big *chuuuupsss* to tribe, esp for RIO. with all rio costumes saucy has showcased in the past, ud think TRIBE will get an idea. this wud be a perfect opportunity to completely go all the way in creativity and skimpiness. vegas reminds me of goddess of the lake and amazon stick together. i was expecting more of a nude colour for dubai since i think about desert for some reason, and south beach is just a big smh. id expect sum lime green and turquoise colours since they always try to appear so subtropical. i was also expecting to see a section dedicated to tnt because alot of ppl take themselves there for carnival and y is gabrielle showcasing a costume that's suppose to represent another country??? ahh yes, c'est la vie. but alas TRIBE will always sell out. maybe they left all the pizaazzz for BLISS, who knows? I can't wait to see what Bliss, IP and Yuma have to offer.

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