Triple threat for Burberry

Jamaica Gleaner - - FLAIR -

BURN IT up! That’s ex­actly what the Saint mod­els did when the lat­est col­lec­tion from Lon­don’s Burberry was un­veiled on Septem­ber 19.

Saint boss Dei­wght Peters could do cart­wheels if he could, as not one, not two ... but a his­tory-mak­ing three of his Ja­maican mod­els were fea­tured on the run­way of Lon­don’s top show for Fash­ion­week.

“The Burberry cast­ing di­rec­tors are su­per se­lec­tive and de­liver a stel­lar cast of mod­els sea­son af­ter sea­son. It is im­por­tant to note that they com­mend­ably push for di­ver­sity in the model cast,” Peters ex­plains.

In Fe­bru­ary, it was the Burberry’s run­way that de­liv­ered an­other Ja­maican model – first when Nak­iDepass (then just dis­cov­ered by Peters) was booked for an ex­clu­sive de­but among the world’s most suc­cess­ful mod­els in her very first in­ter­na­tional as­sign­ment.

The Claren­don-born Depass, now an ac­count­ing stu­dent at the Univer­sity of the West Indies, was cat­a­pulted to the head of the class walk­ing for pow­er­houses Prada, Ce­line and Givenchy that same sea­son.

This break­out sea­son put Depass on the Top New Faces list of Mod­els.com new faces for the Fe­bru­ary show sea­son. The Ed­win Allen alum had of­fi­cially made her global fash­ion ar­rival. Depass was signed by Peters to Pre­mier Mod­els in Lon­don.

NEW FACE

As if there is no end to the flow of fash­ion stars from Saint In­ter­na­tional, an­other Saint break­out star ap­peared on the Christopher Bailey run­way in Lon­don – Sanita Mat­tis. An­other Claren­do­nian, she is now en­joy­ing the fash­ion spot­light af­ter mak­ing her in­ter­na­tional de­but at Burberry. Mat­tis is signed to Elite Mod­els EuropeLon­don, Mi­lan and Paris. The 17 year old just grad­u­ated from Cen­tral High in May Pen.

EX­TRA­OR­DI­NARY JONNY B

Af­ter his ex­clu­sive world de­but at Louis Vuit­ton Men’s Col­lec­tion in Paris this past June, it was clear the fash­ion pow­ers had anointed Saint’s Jonny B a star. Af­ter all, this was his­tory for a Ja­maican male model to be so booked at the start of his ca­reer. Jonny rounded out the Saint trio on the Burberry fash­ion spec­ta­cle in Lon­don.

His ap­pear­ance was spe­cial as this was an­other ex­clu­sive both for Jonny and for Saint. His en­try into the high-oc­tane world of high fash­ion was just July in Paris as an ex­clu­sive. Peters re­vealed that Jonny re­cently ar­rived in Lon­don to be pho­tographed as the face of a world-renowned brand that he has so far re­fused to dis­close.

This sea­son, the Burberry show bore sig­nif­i­cance on many lev­els. First, the brand’s long-time cre­ative di­rec­tor Christopher Bailey de­cided to ap­ply the much-touted ‘See Now, Buy Now’ model-show­ing the fall col­lec­tion now (as op­posed to the usual Spring/Sum­mer Col­lec­tion) be­fore the fall sea­son ac­tu­ally starts. This meant he showed his men’s col­lec­tion to­gether with the women’s as an­other trend breaker.

The Saint train now rolls into Mi­lan and stay tuned for more stun­ning break­throughs.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTOS

Sanita Mat­tis is the hot new Saint In­ter­na­tional model.

Naki round­ing out the Saint trio on the Burberry run­way.

Jonny B for Burberry.

Sanita on the Burberry run­way.

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