Islandistas heating up the summer on Vogue & Harper’s Bazaar covers!

Jeneil Williams on the cover of Vogue Turkey.

You know you just can’t keep islandistas off of magazine covers!

Barbadian pop star Rihanna and Jamaican model Jeneil Williams are stunning on the covers of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia and Vogue Turkey respectively.

With both ladies known in different ways for their sensational bodies (Jeneil for being more toned and athletic than the average model and Rihanna for being well…straight up sexy), the styling for both covers is a departure from the way we are used to seeing them. And we’re loving it!

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Behind the scenes on our Summer 2014 edition!

Model Shahaida Lynch on set at the Caribbean Gallery of Art for our Summer 2014 issue. (all photos by Amleya Clarke photography)

Summer may be a time associated with relaxation but for us at Islandista HQ, it is time to work, work, work (channeling Li’l Rick there)!

As readers of this blog would know, we branched out into print two years ago and this year we’ve taken it up a notch going from two editions to four editions per year.

For our summer issue we are all about celebration. Our theme is ‘Celebrating summer, celebrating sisterhood, celebrating success’.

Because after all, isn’t celebration exactly what summer in the Caribbean is all about? With carnivals in Antigua, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and of course, Barbados, Dream Weekend in Jamaica, Great Race in Trinidad and CPL all over the place, summer is the time to free up and enjoy yourself!

And that is just what we are doing in this edition which is going to be packed full of upbeat, engaging and exciting features and fashion editorials.

Click on through to take a sneak peek at what we’ve been up to and get an idea of what is to come in the last week of July! (more…)

Island Fusion does it digitally for its 2014 launch

Island Fusion's tribute to its 2012 presentation Once Upon a Time.

Island Fusion decided to forego the traditional band launch for its fifth year in the Foreday game.

Instead, their single-letter band theme V seems to stand for video as they went for a digital launch of their 2014 presentation.

The video has a dark, slightly improvisational feel and it’s a bit difficult to see all of the details of some of the costumes, especially the Safari and Once Upon a Time sections. (more…)

Why Rihanna’s CFDA Awards outfit was brilliant marketing

It's clear to see - the girl is a fashion icon!  (Photo credit: instagram.com/adamselman)

One t’ing bout that red girl from Westbury Road though – she know how to mek people talk!

The Dress has been dominating social media around the world for the past 48 hours and if you think that wasn’t purpose work, well you must be now hear bout Mrs. Fenty girl-child.

So Rihanna wore what has been aptly described as a ‘naked dress’ to collect her Fashion Icon Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). (more…)

Baje International presents Mega Monday – did we love it?

Our favourite costume from Baje's 2014 presentation - the frontline in Epic.

If you follow us on social media, you would have seen that the Islandista team was live at the launch of Baje International’s Crop-Over 2014 presentation on Friday night at the Hilton’s Charles Fort.

Baje along with Power X Four, is one of the established Crop-Over kingpins and is actually celebrating its 15th anniversary as a Kadooment band this year. Along with Px4, they pioneered the ‘bikini band’ concept in Barbados, bringing glamour, more revelers and generally taking Crop-Over to another level.

So they know what they’re doing and this showed in their presentation on Friday night. Even with hot new bands like Zulu International and Krave nipping at their heels and chipping away at their numbers, Baje still held their own with their Mega Monday presentation.

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