OCEAN Style’s Fashion Showcase Weekend and Celebrity Golf Invitation took place last October in beautiful Montego Bay, where a bunch of people came out to enjoy a fun-filled and star-studded weekend of fashion, parties and gold. We were happy to welcome back our celebrity guests Nicole Murphy, Bryce Wilson, John Salley, Flex Alexander, as well as greet some of our FSW first timers Taye Diggs, Angela Simmons, Selita Ebanks, Tichina Arnold, Mystikal and ANTM contestant and rapper Don Benjamin.
Festivities kicked off with our swimwear and lingerie show on Thursday night at Secrets All Inclusive Resort, our home away from home for the weekend. Our models graced the catwalk in slinky little numbers by Caribbean designers Ashley Martin, House of Neahlis’ Lisa McIntoshAris and Raxann Chinn, as well as internationally recognized labels Agent Provocateur, Victoria’s Secret, Dita Von Teese, and Roberto Cavalli, to name a few. After the show, everyone headed to Secrets’in-house nightclub, Desire, where guests danced and mingled until well past midnight.
On Friday, we held a dinner at the Montego Bay Convention Center in honor of our 2015 Fashion Icon Award recipient Kingsley Cooper – a man who is credited with singlehandedly putting the Caribbean fashion scene on the map with the advent of Caribbean Fashion Week. Mr. Cooper graciously accepted the honor and spent the evening with us along with his family. Later that evening, everyone gathered at the Rose Hall Great House for the highly anticipated Eyes Wide Shut All White Party.
Actress/DJ Nicole Lyn spun the tunes against the hauntingly chic backdrop of the infamous estate while partygoers ate, drank and danced on the lawn. Fashion designers Dexter Pottinger, Franz Christie, Leeanna Designs and Dacian Alexander sent models down the runway in ingenious creations for men and women. Nicole Murphy picked the winner of the Best Mask contest and Mystikal performed a medley of his hits for the crowd (and he hasn’t missed a beat!). Afterwards, our entourage opted for another late night, this time out at Pier One. The weather was perfect and everyone enjoyed the authentic local vibes.
On Saturday, some of our VIPs participated in our celebrity Golf Invitational, while others opted to hang around the resort and play an impromptu game of pool volleyball. A small group headed out to Scotchie’s for some authentic Jamaican cuisine. Later that evening, our guests were treated to an evening of comedy courtesy of YouTube sensation Quite Perry, followed by our main fashion presentation, once again at the Montego Bay Convention Center. Designers Heather Jones, Carlton Jones and labels Uzuri International and Femekha by Raxann Chin showed gorgeous collections of couture fashions in a litany of vibrant pastels and watercolors, luxurious silks and satins, and diaphanous, breezy fabrics, along with edgier feathered and beaded pieces that set the catwalk aglow. There was an after party at the venue; then a few of us headed to Margaritaville on the Hip Strip for a quick jaunt into town before coming back to Secrets.
Some guests extended their stay to hang out with new friends for the weekend. I guess OCEAN Style FashionShowcase Weekend is like that – it feels like we’re one big family in a way. My favorite part of the weekend? Singing Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” at the Piano Bar at Secrets with Nicole Murphy and a few of her friends, of course. The best moments are often never planned!
*As seen in Ocean Splash Magazine, written by Tuere Randall.