A sneak peek and a full look at two hot Crop-Over bands

Zulu gave a hint at some of the design elements and colours for this year.

Zulu International dropped a sneak peek yesterday of what people can expect to see from them come May 3rd when they launch their Crop-Over 2014 presentation, Once Upon A Time. The video came out yesterday, featuring Banks calendar girl Faith Callender as Little Red Riding Hood wandering through a forest of magical Crop-Over creatures.



While the theme Once Upon a Time isn’t new to mas or even Crop-Over (Island Fusion did it back in 2012 when they launched and then relaunched their Foreday Morning band), it is always an exciting theme with a ton of possibilities from the realm of myths, fairy tales and even Disney movies. And all I am saying is that if a Crop-Over band is doing a Once Upon A Time theme, I demand they do a costume that caters to my long documented obsession with winglike…arm…pieces! More about my obsession and a look at another band under the cut! (more…)

“A backward step”: Barbados’ biggest Foreday Morning band, Island Fusion hits back at new NCF rules!

Island Fusion in their first year out.

Just two days ago we said that we couldn’t “see how bandleaders will take this quietly” in response to the NCF’s rules restricting the scope of what Foreday Morning bands can offer.

And we were right.

Barbados’ largest Foreday Morning Band Island Fusion (and as we’ve pointed out before, Barbados’ largest Crop-Over band full stop), has come out hard against the new regulations in a stinging note posted to their Facebook page.

The ladies of Island Fusion said the new rules “go far beyond what is necessary to regulate costumes and simply eradicates them” from Foreday Morning.


Are changes coming to Crop-Over’s top event, Foreday Morning? NCF letter gets bandleaders and revellers talking!

Like night and day? A match up of Foreday Morning costumes from Barbados' Crop-Over and Monday mas outfits from Trinidad Carnival. (All photos Bajantube.com)

So islandistas, remember last year when we asked if Barbados’ Foreday Morning jump (a jouvert-type jump) was turning into Monday mas?

You know, all sequinned and bejewelled and sexy instead of muddy and painted?

Well it seems that if it’s up to the official organisers of Crop-Over, the National Cultural Foundation, the answer to that is “hell, no!”

The internet was abuzz yesterday after a communique from the NCF went out which stated firmly (emphasis theirs):

“Bandleaders are reminded that Foreday Morning is NOT intended to become ‘Kadooment at night’, and as such it is expected that the costumes being supplied to band members do not include elements that typify Kadooment costumes.”


Islandista fabulousness: Jourdan Dunn hits the town with model mentor Naomi Campbell ahead of Vogue Festival appearances

Islandista supermodels - fabulous at any age. Jourdan Dunn and Naomi Campbell link up in London.

British Vogue hosted its brilliant Vogue Festival this weekend, an occasion that brought out the stars of fashion and brought together two of our favourite islandistas – supermodel Naomi Campbell and future super Jourdan Dunn.

Both ladies were featured on panels at the festival, with Jourdan joining bestie Karlie Kloss, Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Edie Campbell for a panel on ‘What’s it really like to be a model?’.


Rihanna to receive CFDA Fashion Icon honor

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Come June 2nd, the CFDA is going to make official what everyone has known for years – Rihanna is a fashion icon. For real.

The Council for Fashion Designers of America which is the official governing body for fashion designers in the United States, will recognise Rihanna at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards which are going to be held at Lincoln Centre. (more…)

Talk about early! Fantasy Barbados is first out of the gates for Crop-Over 2014

'Hollywood Empire' - one of the sections from Fantasy Barbados' Crop-Over 2014 presentation.

In what must surely be the earliest Crop-Over band presentation ever seen in Bim, Fantasy Barbados launched their Crop-Over 2014 presentation Great Empires at the Hilton’s Charles Fort last night.

Yes, you read that right – in the middle of March – nearly five months ahead of Kadooment Day. Crop-Over has definitely gone to another level with such an early launch. I always think early band launches are a good thing for the consumers as it gives them plenty of time to plan their experience in advance. (more…)

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