The Alexandra School held its annual model search, entitled EXODUS: The Fashion Movement, last Sunday on the premises. The competition is part of an effort organized by the school to aid in activities outside the normal school curriculum.
Though the night started a bit behind schedule the stage was set, the contestants ready and the spectacle began.
Forming Allies, the T-shirt segment, was first on stage with the male models outfitted in designs by John-Mark Hazaard and the ladies wearing designs by Shaniqua. The segment included well-coordinated casual attire with standouts, including Annisa Gumbs whose bubbly personality caught the eye of the crowd as she made her way onto the stage; and Javone Howell whose interesting use of a prop, help set him apart from the other contenders.
The Mobilizing the Movement section immediately followed with designs from Kofi Branch and Shanna Boyce being sported by the gents and ladies respectively. This section introduced a more sophisticated casual look for a lot of the contestants who stunned the crowd with their bravery in wearing the selected items. Special note must be made of the boys who confidently rocked the short pants, button-up shirt look in front of a now energized audience. The ladies who were in all red for this section, added an extra layer of class after the gentlemen exited the stage. Although a lot of the women’s garments were somewhat similar, each contestant added her own flair and swag in order to stand out from the competition.
The night closed off with the Beauty of the Battle section in which the models had to showcase their own creativity and procure their own garments to fit the concept. It is my view that this is where the true battle of the night took place. It was obvious from the onset that the contestants’ true personalities came out in full bloom. There was a lot to like about this section, but sadly I can only highlight a few: Sache Blackman in her refined air hostess-esque uniform, Sheridan Archer in her Lara Croft-inspired garb, Nathan Hinds’ Greco-Roman inspired uniform, Javone Howell’s embodiment of the popular Street Fighter character M. Bison and Annisa Gumbs, who was the fierce female personification of the very popular Black Panther.
Eboni Forde, in her elegant green dress, impressed the judges.
Between the sections, various featured artistes performed, including popular local soca artiste Marzville, who entertained the crowds with his greatest hits and Trinity Clarke, who, as always, delivered a full-bodiedperformance with her expert vocal ability and impressive stage presence.
The notable awards for the night were Xavier Johnson and Jade Grant, winning Most Photogenic Male and Female respectively. Javone Howell and Eboni Forde took away the lion’s share of the awards which included winning the overall awards for the three sections of the night, and the coveted Mr and Miss Alexandra 2018.
Mr Howell and Ms. Forde completely dominated the show. Mr Howell, especially with his fully charged entourage, showcased in great detail why he deserved the crown as Mr Alexandra.
Ms Forde, on the other hand, though not as visibly confident as Javone on the night, fully deserved her win after her quiet but graceful showing in the sections. She certainly knows how to rock a dress and beret.
Special mention must be made of Annisa Gumbs who was definitely unforgettable.
The night was certainly a memorable one and we look forward to seeing more from these talented young people in the future.