Photos and story by Kernell King
Port of Spain, Trinidad – The Tyson Beckford Fashion Food Funk Show brought some of the most beautiful people, scrumptious food, and trendy clothing compressed into a memorable three day weekend. Antilia, the Caribbean entertainment company, collaborated with the most vastly respected Caribbean designers and chefs to generate an impressive event at the Carlton Savannah.
The “weekend experience” was hosted by Jamaican-American International Supermodel Tyson Beckford. Trinidadian fashion designer Meiling, debuted her “ Noir” collection; former Miss Trinidad and Tobago Anya Ayong-Chee unveiled her new collection “ Anya de Rogue”; Trinidadian-born, New York “It Girl” Vashtie Kola revealed “Violette”; while Trinidadian national, Nicholas Salloum launched his first collection entitled “NiQ. Some t-shirts from the designers were hung poolside on a line, attached by clothing pins, allowing me to feel like I was in a friend’s backyard. You can tell that everything was perfected with great detail, even the beach balls in the pool were branded with the Antilia logo.
American reality television star, the fashionable Angela Simmons, Creative Director of the Pastry Brand, and daughter of Rev Run from Run DMC, looked dashing in an emerald green, floor length dress, as she mingled with the guests.
The afternoon was set in motion with an assortment of hors d’oeuvres prepared by renowned Chef Curtis Duke, and Lou Cllahan. They looked so appetizing that I couldn’t help but try. After all, as my mother always told me, it is important to try new things. First off was the sweet pea veloute with coconut foam. Yummy, it tastes so good I can’t just have one. The curried vegetable bake and carapaccio crostini with red pepper mayo then followed, both appetizers having guests curious to have a taste, but the absolute winners of the night that had everyone asking for the recipes were the nigella choux puffs with smoked herring & cream cheese mousse. Following closely was the whiskey peppered beef. Just thinking about it my mouth is watering. Those are definitely two hors d’oeuvres that will have any event the talk of the town…hint, hint event coordinators.
According to Jean Michael from Montreal who was at the fashion show, “If I find a Trini woman who can cook this for me, I will marry her,” well ladies they did say the way to a man’s’ heart is through his stomach. Antilia did a really good job fusing and celebrating the cultures of Trinidad and Tobago’s food and fashion with a touch of funk music. All in attendance had a great time and Simon Khan, CEO of Antilia, cemented Trinidad as the hot new international weekend destination for fashion shows and private parties. So Simon, we can’t wait to see what events you have in store for us in the near future.