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It’s a fam­ily af­fair for (from left) Shauna-Gaye Hart, her mother, Dorothy Clarke, and sis­ter, Ker­ryAnn Clarke.

FOR THE or­gan­is­ers of the Col­lec­tion MoDA, time re­ally flies when you’re hav­ing fun. On Tues­day, fash­ion lovers and mem­bers of the cre­ative in­dus­tries braved the rain and gath­ered at The Wor­thing­ton, Span­ish Court Ho­tel in St Andrew, for the launch of this year’s in­stal­la­tion of what has be­come a mar­quée cal­en­dar event. The or­gan­is­ers were beam­ing with pride as in five years the Col­lec­tion MoDA has al­ready made a last­ing mark on Ja­maica’s fash­ion in­dus­try. And the plan is to go even big­ger. It is hoped that by year 15, the Col­lec­tion MoDA will be the lead­ing lux­ury event for at­tract­ing tourism and in­vest­ment to the Caribbean. Tues­day’s event was all about the lo­cal cre­ative in­dus­try and so all present got the op­por­tu­nity to get cre­ative at a colour­ing wall. The night was not about for­mal­i­ties, but there was so much to be said, and THE GLEANER, FRI­DAY, OC­TO­BER 21, 2016 so many ex­cit­ing things to re­veal. The Ja­maica Yel­low Pages rep­re­sented by Mar­ket­ing Man­ager Ayanna Kir­ton, re­vealed that it has signed a three-year spon­sor­ship deal with the Col­lec­tion. “From a busi­ness stand­point it makes sense, but we also get to in­vest in our cre­ative in­dus­try and that’s im­por­tant to us,” she noted.

PUR­SU­ING PAS­SIONS

Dana Baugh of Baugh­aus noted that she just left her full­time job to pur­sue her pas­sion. And from day one that has been what the Col­lec­tion MoDA has sup­ported es­pe­cially through pro­mot­ing the busi­ness of fash­ion which will again be part of this year’s stag­ing.

The Col­lec­tion MoDA has moved from a two-day event to three days de­voted for MoDA Mar­ket, which now has a new cat­e­gory – MoDA Art – called Wood and Wa­ter.

Man­ag­ing Director of the Col­lec­tion MoDa, Kerry-Ann Clarke was no­tice­ably thrilled as she spoke of her 10-year plan for Kingston to be­come the cre­ative hub of the Caribbean. “It has been five years and never has it felt like work,” she said.

Come Novem­ber 18-20, Kingston will be taken over by a fash­ion and shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence like no other. With a selfie stick by skkane me­dia at the end of the for­mal­i­ties, the launch turned into one like no other as so­cial me­dia was set on fire with guests tak­ing self­ies, and Snapchat­ting to their heart’s con­tent. CEO of Mys­tique In­te­grated Valon Thrope (right), shares lens with Man­ag­ing Director or the Col­lec­tion MoDA Ker­ryAnn Clarke (cen­tre) and cu­ra­tor of MoDA mar­ket Su­sanne Fedricks. Ce­ramic artist, the face be­hind By Burni, Ber­nadette Mat­alon (left) con­verses with Baugh­aus’ Dana Baugh at the launch of the Col­lec­tion MoDA series. Turn­ing five is a lot to celebrate. Cel­e­brat­ing are from left: Fidge Fletcher, Stephanie Lawrence, Kerry-Ann Clarke, Aiesha Pan­ton, Leisha Wong and Shauna-Gaye Heart. Singer Tes­sanne Chin mak­ing her mark on the colour­ing wall.

PHO­TOS BY DARIEN ROBERT­SON/ FREE­LANCE PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

De­signer Kris­tia Franklin in a very eye-catch­ing en­sem­ble. AT LEFT:

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