New York Fashion Week: the Saints go marching in and more

 

So Mercedes Benz Fashion Week (aka New York Fashion Week) is well underway and we can’t even lie… Jamaican agency Saint International is dominating the runways, as far as Caribbean models go.

We already told you about newcomer Kai Newman, who had an epic debut season back in September for the Spring/Summer 2014 collections and ended up walking for some big names in Paris and even in milky-white Milan.

Well, Saint may have another star on their hands, with  their even newer newcomer, 15 year old Tami Williams (real name Shaekagale Shanicece Williams – thankfully, they stuck with the nickname Tami for her career) who was discovered by Saint CEO Deiwght Peters when she was a 5″8 11 year old! Tami wisely turned down the opportunity then, telling her mom she was too young and needed more time to grow.

Good call all around, as she added another 3 inches of height, plus a new child model law has just recently come into effect in NYC that quite rightly, restricts the amount of work that can be imposed on models under the age of 16 anyway.

However, Saint has moved smartly within those restrictions and nabbed a significant exclusive for young Tami, who just last night, walked the runway semi-exclusively for the hotly anticipated Alexander Wang show (which was, very unusually for NYFW, held in Brooklyn).

Saint International's newest find, Tami Williams did an exclusive for Alexander Wang. (Photo credit: Indigital Images via Style.com)

Saint International’s newest find, Tami Williams did an exclusive for Alexander Wang. (Photo credit: Indigital Images via Style.com)

Fellow Saint Kai Newman has been walking in some high profile shows as well, including Creatures of the Wind, Jill Stuart and most significantly (so far) Helmut Lang.

Kai Newman's NYFW appearances (from left) at Jill Stuart, Creatures of the Wind and Helmut Lang.

Kai Newman’s NYFW appearances (from left) at Jill Stuart, Creatures of the Wind and Helmut Lang.

Other Saint models walking the runways include Sam Taylor who modeled for Organic by John Patrick and Rachell Osbourne who was on the catwalk for Veronica Beard.

Sam Taylor at Organic by John Patrick. (Photo credit: Style.com)

Sam Taylor at Organic by John Patrick. (Photo credit: Style.com)

Rachell Osbourne at Veronica Beard. (Photo credit: via Saint International Facebook page)

Rachell Osbourne at Veronica Beard. (Photo credit: via Saint International Facebook page)

Outside of the Saints team, New York Fashion Week has been going fairly well thus far for Caribbean models, though maybe not as well as the spring/summer collections which designers seem to feel are more suited to our primarily black and brown models….though we haven’t seen Sigrid Agren yet either.

We’ve seen some of the biggest islandista models in the business at some of the biggest shows, including ‘Yonce’ video stars Jourdan Dunn at Jason Wu and Joan Smalls who did Rag and Bone and closed the show at Prabal Gurung.

Shutting it down - Joan Smalls in the prestigious closing spot at Prabal Gurung,

Shutting it down – Joan Smalls in the prestigious closing spot at Prabal Gurung,

Nice to see Wu: our favourite islandista supermodel Jourdan Dunn appeared for the First Lady's favourite designer. (Photo credit: Style.com)

Nice to see Wu: our favourite islandista supermodel Jourdan Dunn appeared for the First Lady’s favourite designer. (Photo credit: Style.com)

Arlenis Sosa also appeared selectively on the catwalk, walking in the Herve Leger show.

Arlenis Sosa at Herve Leger. (Photo credit; Style.com)

Arlenis Sosa at Herve Leger. (Photo credit; Style.com)

Surprisingly, Cora Emmanuel has only been on one show thus far, looking ravishing in one of our favourite looks from the sexified Cushnie et Ochs show (of course, designer Carly Cushnie is of Jamaican descent).

Islandista squared. Martiniquan Cora Emmanuel walked for Jamaican Carly Cushnie's Cushnie et Ochs line. (photo credit by Style.com)

Islandista squared. Martiniquan Cora Emmanuel walked for Jamaican Carly Cushnie’s Cushnie et Ochs line. (photo credit by Style.com)

The outspoken, Jamaican-descended Brit Leomie Anderson has had more success, walking for Ruffian, Rebecca Minkoff, Adeam and Costello Tagliapietra thus far.

Leomie Anderson has been getting lots of work this season. (Photo credits: Style.com)

Leomie Anderson has been getting lots of work this season. (Photo credits: Style.com)

 

Meanwhile, Rose Cordero continued her comeback, showcasing two looks in the Creatures of the Wind show, along with fellow Dominican (Republic) and newcomer Ysaunny Britto.

Ysaunny Britto at Creatures of the Wind. (Photo credit: Style.com)

Ysaunny Britto at Creatures of the Wind. (Photo credit: Style.com)

Rose Cordero at Creatures of the Wind. (Photo credit: Style.com)

Rose Cordero at Creatures of the Wind. (Photo credit: Style.com)

However thus far, it has been Marihenny Rivera Pasible who has been the dominant Dominican at New York Fashion Week this season, walking in at least four shows by our count (thus far).

Marihenny Rivera Pasible appeared for a number of designers including Costello Tagliapietra.

Marihenny Rivera Pasible appeared for a number of designers including Costello Tagliapietra.

Look out for more of our Fashion season coverage in the coming days, including islandista-spotting at the hottest fashion week parties and our favourite looks and trends from the season!

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