Sun | Jun 17, 2018

Saint nabs exclusive international photo shoots

Published:Thursday | June 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Saint International models Lydia Barnett (left) and Jenese Roper, in design by Neah Lis, on location at Shaw’s Quarry in Bull Bay, St Thomas, for an editorial shoot with photographer Fanny Viguier of NOW FASHION website based in Paris.
Saint International models Giovanni Johnson (left) and Romaine Sterling, dressed by Jamaican designer Oshane Hinds, take a break during shoot for a fashion editorial by the Paris-based NOWFASHION.
NOW FASHION photographer Fanny Viguier shoots a cohort of Saint International models in St Thomas recently.
Dancehall artiste D’Angel in a customised dress by Jamaican designer Germaine Green for her recent photo shoot in downtown Kingston for MODZIK and NOWFASHION photographer Fanny Viguier.
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Continuing their love affair with Saint Inter-national, powerful insiders from the international fashion media hit The Rock for the recently wrapped Saint International's Style Week and did a series of exclusive editorial shoots with Saint models.

Jetting into Jamaica were NOWFASHION Editor-at-Large Elisabeta Tudor, and photographer Fanny Viguier from Paris; photographer Casey Jeffers and stylist Rick Nelson from New York for V Magazine; renowned photography duo Sean + Seng, and highly respected casting director Larissa Gunn, London POP Magazine; and models.com's senior editor Irene Felix and photographer Amandla Barnett Baraka.

 

Shoots around the island

 

The editors, stylists and photographers, staged photo shoots around the island with scores of the agency's models in New Kingston, Hellshire, Port Antonio and Bull Bay. Among the Saint faces for the shoots were Balenciaga campaign model Christine Willis; Fashion Face of the Caribbean 2018 female winner Tash Ogeare; Bennetton campaign face Lydia Barnett; Yves Saint Laurent campaign model Jenese Roper; Versace and Moncler Gamme Bleu runway model Romaine Sterling; and Fendi and Ports 1961 runway star Giovanni Johnson.

NOWFASHION Editor-at-Large Elisabeta Tudor remains enamoured with the agency. Tudor and her photographer Fanny Viguier shot Barnett, Sterling and Roper at a quarry in St Thomas for a fashion editorial with the models outfitted in threads by designers Keshon Hawthorne, Neah Lis, Oshane Hinds, Caffery Van Horne and TNT Fashions.

"It is super interesting to me - the whole phenomenon around Saint International and that Deiwght Peters was able to build such an agency that has become one of the most important model scouts for coloured women and men in the fashion industry," Tudor told The Gleaner.

She continued, "It's a very interesting story to know that he comes from Kingston because usually how it works, traditionally the biggest model scouts are from New York, Milan, Paris or London. We need industry influencers like Deiwght who push the boundaries of the fashion industry and show industry people that things can happen outside of the big four fashion cities, and that you can have a successful model agency and become one of the top model agencies and scouts even if you are from a place not necessarily related to the industry. It's important to me because it makes the industry a more diverse, multicultural place. It can't always be about the white, tall model," Tudor added.

Tudor, also editor-in-chief at French publication MODZIK, took the opportunity on the island to interview artiste D'Angel, who also performed at Fashion Block. Shot in downtown Kingston, she was outfitted in a customised umbrella-styled dress by Jamaican designer Jermaine Green.

D'Angel told The Gleaner, "Deiwght and I are long-standing friends, and when I entered Miss Jamaica Fashion Model competition in 1998, he was my modelling tutor and taught me about walking, posture and deportment. He introduced me to Elisabeta for the shoot and interview, and it was absolutely great working with her and Fanny on the shoot. I loved the way, they shot me in a high-fashion way, and as a dancehall artiste, being associated with Saint and NOW FASHION editorial builds my brand and shows I am passionate about what I do."