Lorane Rhoden – The Fashionista Journalist That Can

Petite with an amazing style, Lorane Rhoden can be classified as the anti-Jamaican, where her sense of style is concerned. She accessorizes differently. Rane will wear a long dark colored scarf made from a light material in the scorching New Kingston afternoon sun, yet you wouldn’t say that she is out of her mind. She just puts it together well dammit!

I would like to think that young wannabe island “hot girls” envy her for being able to look like the haute trendsetters they see on television and high end fashion magazines a la Gossip Girl. No one knows where they went wrong. But, Lorane does, and she actually cares – hence her fashion blog http:// hautepeople.blogspot.com that gives tips on where to buy, how to wear what you buy, and the likes.

 

*State your profession. – Journalist

*You have a Bachelors in Communications yet you are inclined more towards fashion. Explain. – Communication is the activity of conveying information, i was always intrigued by the English Language and the way it determines one’s place in society.However , most of my life i have been creative : drawing and experimenting with different mediums. Fashion overall is something that i enjoy. It fuses music, lifestyle fantasy and reality.

*What areas of the fashion industry do you admire most? – Definitely, Fashion Design and Merchandise Marketing.

*Why didn’t you study fashion? – I have no idea. Like seriously, I think it’s because I’d want to go to a creative school like F.I.D.M and be around other creative weirdos (like myself). Unfortunately, going overseas was not an option for me at that time.

*How did the idea for your fashion blog come about? – That’s quite a story. I have another blog where I wrote about “a bunch a tings” including people’s business. I was actually encouraged by one of my former friends to actually write about something I’m good at instead of peoples’ business {she smiles}

*Where does your inspiration come from? – Everything! Literally – if I see a piece of paper that looks – unique to me. That’s my inspiration.

*Any Jamaican designers you admire? – I like Uzuri . I don’t even know if they are still around. But they have/had some really classy stuff.

*You have seen me in work attire. How would you describe my swag? Be honest, I can take it. – OMG! Girl. I’d define your style as “tomboy chic”. You wore a lot of pant suits for a slim person. But then – you’d sometimes wear really nice boots

*You have the opportunity of a lifetime to work with only one high end designer. Who would it be? – OK. Can I go back in time? Most definitely the late great Alexander McQueen. His designs were over the top and out of this world. It was like he had a time machine or sum’n and went into the future to see the hot trends. His designs are auh mazing, they are like wearable art.

*Doutzen Kros or Devon Aoki? – Doutzen Kros. She’s been featured in all the high end magazines ranging from Vogue to Avantgarde. Plus, she’s a V.S. angel. That’s like a high esteem in the modelling world.

*Tyson Beckford or Kibwe? – Definitely Tyson! Have you seen his abs, or his eyes? And that smile! Hot damn! {moment of silence please} It’s like he was created for my viewing pleasure {smiles}. The man is an Adonis. No sah! {laughs out loud}. He is too foine.It’s almost unfair.

*What is your dream job? – To be a successful Journalist with my own tres’ chic production company. And to have my own E! True Hollywood Story {smiles}

 

The inspiration is free.

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George Mccaulsky – Divo in the making

I had the opportunity to ask George some questions about fashion  and style. As an eclectic dresser, I wanted to know the ins and outs of his fashion universe that he is obviously absorbed in. George would be conversing with you and he easily gets distracted by, you guessed it, fashion. Please feel free to ask for his contact information if you require his services. He’s pretty much worth it.

Your best friends know you as…?  – FEARLESS

What is your profession? – UWI student\aspiring top stylist & model /sales rep& consultant for “TEEN BLING”

What Zodiac sign are you? – Cancer

What fragrances do you use? – Calvin Klein, Jadore Dior

Where do you like to shop for your clothes? – Anywhere and everywhere…lol

Describe your personal style in 5 words. – Modern, daring, fashion forward, budget conscious, thoughtful

Which fashion mecca would you like to visit? – Paris, Milan, New York, Tokyo, London all of em

I have heard you use words suchs as “delish”and “fabu”. Tell us what they mean and share your lingo with us. – Well for me it’s all about being different and standing out I work in fashion for Christ sake! No one like a knock off…be memorable or be gone.

What is your favourite fashion accessory? – I love a good vest or a light colourful scarf. Either can just jazz up any outfit.

What is a must have in your closet?  – Skinny jeans and lots and lots of bags.

What is a must have in your cosmetics bag? – Concealer. I’m in university remember.

Boxers or briefs? – briefs

Bow tie or suspenders? – Can I have both? Can’t choose I’m a nerd at heart lol….but I probably have more bow ties though.

You were hired by me to shop for some clothes. You did a good job by the way. Tell us about your personal shopper/styling aspirations. – Thank you hunni. It all depends on the client, the budget and the event. As a stylist or shopper you need to please the client make the look great and always remember the fashion!!!!!

Is there a strategy you use to shop for individuals? – I usually like to browse, shop around, compare prices, and just get a feel for what’s out there and what would be the best for the client’s body and budget. And I think that’s a great tip  – don’t just go in one store and get what they have. Shop around and get a feel of prices and what’s out there before you buy.

Which Jamaican celebrity would you like to makeover? – OMG! Umm now this is a question and a half. If I had to pick one I’d probably say Spice. I think she has the potential for greatness in terms of style and her store is hot. I think what I’m saying isn’t really that she needs a makeover but I’d love to dress her.

Do you think that Jamaica has any male fashion icons? – I think we have up and coming male fashion icons but everyone trys to put their best foot forward. I think they just need to work on distinguishing themselves with whoever else is already out there.

If so, who are they? – The only really fashion icon I can think of is Vybz Kartel. He takes risk no matter how outrageous they might be. He is memorable and in a class all his own.

Why do you consider him a fashion icon? – When he does something or get something done in terms of his look he makes ‘headlines’, textbook definition of a fashion icon…hope the divas and divos don’t crucify me for saying that lmao.

What services do you offer and what are your rates? – Well I do styling, and personal shopping. With rates I’m flexible and it depends on the scope of the job and the budget of the client… and I work with the store TEEN BLING the hottest up and coming spots for teens to shop. Rated FTO for teens only.

Anything you would like to say to my readers? – Not to be afraid of fashion…go in your closets, play around and clothes are our statements to the world. We can be whoever and whatever you want. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. 5 thousand can be just as fab as 20 thousand.

The inspiration is free.