Every Friday in our column “Style Selec’tings” Kingstonstyle’s Fashion Editor, E. Hansen-McKnight, scours the web to give you the week’s best in clothing and accessories from web-savvy Jamaican stores and designers.
It’s summer and it’s so, so hot outside. Now that it’s Friday, our brain is clouded with images of swimsuits and beach parties. This week in Style Selec’tings we amp up the summer vibe with a few of KS’s favourite new designs from local retailers and designers. No matter your style, there is a little something for everyone.
Our first pick of the week revolves around a growing trend of summer lace. This creme crop top with cap sleeves from Style Savvy looks great paired with this vivid blue asymmetrical skirt but can also be uniquely paired over a swimsuit as a cover up. Designer Ms. Jaye took a cue from the latest lace trend and designed a lovely white lace circle skirt and paired it with her white mesh bodysuit, both of which are now available at Alter Ego.
For those with a more roots style, we turn to the latest from Protoje who has just embarked on his European tour wearing a limited edition jacket from the Ras Collection. We know that a jacket isn’t exactly ideal for summer vibes but we love the clean Rasta colour-blocking and envisioned throwing it over a crocheted swimsuit after the sun goes down…or just for whenever. The queen of roots style, Mamayashi, released her new summer collection of skirts and dresses this week but it was her lightweight halter tops in pagne that really caught our eye.
This summer has given way to an onslaught of swimwear collections, so much so that at times, we haven’t been able to keep up. We’ve seen great collections from seasoned designers like Yahdie Conscious for “Desert Swim” and Jehan Jackson for “VainXGlory.” There have also been beautiful new pieces from the boss of sophistication, Jae Jolly, and playful styles from the always funky Giirli Gurlz. We recently discovered Miakalani’s capsule collection of sexy swimwear and, thanks to KerryManWomanHome, the swimwear of Keva by Kevaj. This Saturday you can shop the Keva swim collection at Kerry MWH and also have the special treat of meeting the designer.
There are so many excellent choices to choose from this summer at your local stores, so why shop your look elsewhere? With beach parties, summer festivals and pool soirées on the horizon, solidify your unique summer style with a piece from one of your local fashion designers or retailers is a must.<