Saturday, July 14, 2018

Fluidity; a fashion story about a transgender’s liberation in Jamaica. by Kadeem x Cleo

It was quite bleak, raining even, but that only fueled Ashley’s quest of escapism in her search for mental, social, and emotional freedom. She is found traipsing the verdant landscape of the Belcour Lodge estate – rainforest, river, and apiary — in wanderlust.The more she wanders, the more she blossoms into an expressive, no-holds-barred character.


From the way she smiles just before laughter -- an innate feminine characteristic that flickers like a lit bulb – to the way she enunciates words or rolls her eyes so gaily. It’s all too poetic how she eases wisps of hair behind her ear; the dip of her waist as she poses; the arching of her instep as her toes point; demonstrating the elegance of the woman she’s become. Beautiful Ashley, with a face so striking, commands a strong, undeniable presence. Her stature, bolstered with conviction. 


She is woman.


Overview: A contrast between hard and genteel presented via the feminine aesthetic: ruffles, layers, and delicate designs, paired with goldvintageand mod statement jewellery in a St Andrew rainforest – to show just how styling can alter one’s perceptionon femininity. As a gender nonconforming Jamaican man, who oftentimes suffers from anxiety and depression just from commutingKadeem felt the need to incorporate this burst of bold – in colours, clothes, accessories – to highlight the escapism and liberation through garments. This is for all my queer, misunderstood folks who are bold enough to go for it despite the critique and stares.

Purpose: To break down the misconceptions of masculine and feminine by highlighting the effeminate and fluid nature of the sexes, particularly that of a ‘trapped’ young black transwoman

Styling: Tropical rainforest chic

Team: Alexander Wong (Photographer); Kadeem Rodgers (Stylist/Creative Director); Cleopatra Powell (Creative Director/Grooming); Ashley Gordon (Model); Jeremy Braham (Assistant)

Location: Belcour Lodge, St Andrew, Jamaica

Shoot date: Wednesday, April 25th 2018


Shades: Miu Miu
Earrings: Stylist's
Outfit: Jacket - 20/20 Collections; Dress - Forever21

Earrings: Stylist's
Outfit: Vintage shirt - Stylist's; Skirt - Mannequin Pieces

Earrings: Stylist's
Necklaces: Stylist's
Outfit: Jacket - Stylist's; Dress - Kimanda Misses

Earrings: Stylist's
Outfit: Slip dress - Kimanda Misses; Sheer dress - Mannequin Pieces

Outfit: FLIRT Boutique

Earrings: Stylist's
Outfit: Structured top: FLIRT Boutique; Tadashi Shoji dress -  FLIRT Boutique

Transgender | tranzˈdʒɛndə,transˈdʒɛndə/


1. denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with their birth sex.

Gender variance, or gender nonconformity | A state in which a person has physical and behavioral characteristics that do not correspond with those typically associated with the person's sex.

▪ Gender identity refers to an individual's internalised psychological experience of being male or female, whereas gender nonconformity refers to the degree to which an individual's appearance, behavior, interests, and subjective self-concept deviate from conventional norms for masculinity/femininity.

 Lisa M Diamond et al, Handbook of Child Psychology and Development Science, 7th edition, 2015


Summer Fashion Trend Report

This summer is all about brights crayola colors , beautiful pastels, chic resort beach wear , lots of prints and transparency. The summer heat is not one to play with So Of Course all the trends I've selected are definitely weather appropriate for us living in the Caribbean island. 

I've studied the spring/summer 2018 runway shows of all the designers and round up a comprehensive guide to the hottest fashion and accessory trends for summer 2018 . 

1. Power Suits 

2. Floral 

3. Pastel 
4. X-Girl Sunglasses And All Things Transparent 
5. Statement Straw Hat 
6.Polka Dots
7.Resort Beach Wear
8. Crayola Monochrome Colors 
10. Fringe

Happy Pride 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


Love them or hate them, Kanye West’s Yeezy shows were always one of the buzziest events of New York Fashion Week. So buzzy, in fact, that when it was revealed that he wouldn’t show a collection this past September at New York Fashion Week, the news sent ripples through the industry. West’s star power brought an undebatable excitement to the city. Add to that the fact that Season 5 was one of his most viable fashion propositions (thanks to the introduction of denim and a wider range of ready-to-wear), and you could say that everyone, from the fashion world to the hypebeasts tracking Yeezy sneaker releases, was excited for Season 6.

Leave it to West to quit while he’s ahead. There’s been much speculation about why he didn’t return to NYFW—budgets, personal issues, and a change of behind-the-scenes creatives have all been mentioned—but the why is sort of irrelevant at this point. What’s more interesting is how he went about revealing his sixth season.

This week, Yeezy chose to roll out Season 6 on his wife Kim Kardashian West. She wore 16 outfits over the span of two days in Calabasas with a clique of paparazzi trailing her every move. She went to the 7/11, she ate some soft serve ice cream, and she popped into a FedEx. Kim tweeted every look—or at least the ones she could find in her phone—and the Internet lit up. (For the record, there is no way these are real paparazzi pictures—not only would Yeezy have to pay exorbitant fees to use paparazzi-shot images in an e-commerce and marketing context, but the specific images of Kim they are using do not appear on paparazzi photo services. A Yeezy photographer probably stood with the “real” paps to take exclusive images.) Once Yeezy Season 6 fever hit a social media high, the brand went on to release all its products online for pre-order. It was the simplest, most pain-free reveal and rollout Yeezy ever executed.

So did it work? I’d say so. What West has accomplished in his Season 6 reveal is to distill the direct-to-consumer model to its purest form. West and his wife are two of the most famous people alive. They can afford to cut out the middleman—in this case the fashion press—and give their fans exactly what they want: Kim wearing Yeezy and the opportunity to instantly buy it.

But I don’t think other brands would be wise to follow in West’s footsteps—and not just because I’d like to keep my job attending and reporting on fashion shows. This rollout works for Yeezy for two reasons: the nature of its garments and the the fact that every item is available for pre-order, not buy-now-wear-now. Let’s start with the clothes.

Yeezy Season 6 is West’s easiest to digest collection ever. These are not clothes to change your life, these are clothes for your life. They are the most basic of basics in the most neutral of colors: leggings, tees, bras, and hoodies in cream, beige, ice blue, and gray. A lookbook well serves the simple nature of the clothing. By putting his collection of errandwear in the context of someone running her errands, West has also achieved branding harmony. Showing clothing in the context it’s meant for is the same reason .

 Via Vogue