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).
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.
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.
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.
Arlenis Sosa also appeared selectively on the catwalk, walking in the Herve Leger show.
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).
The outspoken, Jamaican-descended Brit Leomie Anderson has had more success, walking for Ruffian, Rebecca Minkoff, Adeam and Costello Tagliapietra thus far.
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.
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).
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!