Dionne Jarrette takes a light look at the current trends
The fashion motto for summer 2006 is: less is bore!
Trends are the new slavery and almost everyone is being
obedient. The trick is to try wearing as many of the it
styles as you possibly can.
as followers of this fashion are called, are walking around
dressed in a fusion of the 1960s Twiggy mod era, and the
Debbie Gibson/Madonna heyday of the 1980s.
Grown women are all over Manhattan dressed in shin-busters,
(or calf-length Lambada tights as we called
them locally) with ballet tutus and Converse sneakers (known
as Chuck Taylors). It looks as if they got evicted from
their homes and had to put on all their clothes at once.
Officially out for 2006 are shiny metallic bags, Ali Baba
shoes and bootcut pants.
In now are skinny jeans, or as we say in Trinidad gunmouth
pants, cowboy boots and giant ski-slope shades. Big
belts are also in and may be the only really useful trend
out now. They help to create the appearance of an hourglass
figure and also encourage good posture.
The Vans brand palletman sneaks with no laces
is also very now.
The scruffy Bohemian look, of which Mary Kate Olsen is the
patron saint, is now starting to fade. Boho,
as it was called, now stands for Bo-homeless.
Floor-length cotton skirts and clothes that are shapeless
and look like they came out of the Labasse are passé.
Flirty skirts that stop at the shins and fall low on the
hip are in and the micromini is back.
Unfortunately, the giant handbags and granny bags worn on
the forearm have carried over from Bo-ho. The monochrome
look (dressing in several shades of a single color) is in
and to do it right, you have to remember three things: shoes
and shades and belt. Wearing white shoes, a la the 80s,
with white sunglasses and white belt is the most popular,
but orange, green and red are the other key colours in this
For guys, girls clothing is not off limits this year.
While the average Trini man may balk at this, in New York
they take it all in stride.
Men are now wearing the Jackie O or bumblebee-style sunglasses.
The faux-hawk (a Mohawk made with gel, not scissors) has
had a surprising resurgence. Also hot for the Y chromosome
set is the nameplate chain, which was previously almost
always worn by womenbut the male version is as big
as a license plate.
and mandals, or the male equivalent of handbags
and sandals, are flying off the shelves at the mens
Even hip hop icon Diddy is wearing this trend. As he advised
in a recent interview, Just make sure the bag is big
enough so it doesnt look like a purse.
The Brad Pitt, or slouch sock hat, looks good
on some but is not for everyone. It pretty much looks like
the Cat in the Hat with no starch. If a man has something
that limp hanging on him it makes one wonder: what else
Ramon Baynes, a choreographer who has been on tour shaking
his stuff with the likes of Janet Jackson, Britney Spears
and Mariah Carey, has recently added stylist
to his resume. He offers his own spin on the current crazy
all about owning your look and wearing what you feel good
in. Opinions are out!
At the time of interview, he was in Union Square helping
a female friend get herself outfitted. He was wearing a
slouch sock hat, skinny jeans, cowboy boots, ski slope glasses,
nameplate chain and giant sling bag.
His parting words were: The theme of fashion this
year is: no fear! Live life lovely!