June 27, 2017

US-bases Guyanese is hairstylist to Hollywood’s biggest stars

US-based Guyanese hairstylist Marcia Hamilton

Born in Georgetown, Guyana, and raised in California’s Silicon Valley, U.S., hairstylist Marcia Hamilton is known for her ability to mesh old school beauty with up to the minute trends and techniques.

She discovered her passion for art and style at an early age, but against her mother’s predictions, Hamilton had ambitions of becoming an auto mechanic. After a series of life changing events, destiny led her to the inevitable path of a career in hair care.

Hamilton began her hair care education under strict training from the Pivot Point Academy Program in the U.S. and later continued her advanced education at the Vidal Sassoon Academy, Redken International and Toni & Guy Academy. From there, she moved to Los Angeles and began assisting various celebrity hairstylists.

She forged a name for herself while collaborating with stylists by applying her knowledge and skill in hair colour to create unique styles for international stars like Brandy, Eve, Kelly Roland and Serena Williams. With fierce determination and a curiosity for the unknown, Hamilton started venturing to New York where she was mentored by hair industry giants Orlando Pita, Guido Palau, and Teddy Charles.

The hairstylist has worked on numerous fashion shows for Oscar De La Renta, Tom Ford, Caroline Herrera, Derek Lam, Marc Jacobs and Dian Von Furstenburg. She draws her inspiration from these experiences, which is evident in her uninhibited approach when creating iconic looks for clients and innovative projects.

When Hamilton is not coiffing in her private studio, at the Juan Juan Center in Beverly Hills, she can be found on sets, creating magic from Los Angeles to New York. She divides her time between cities working in beauty, print, film, music video, runway and advertising. Her artistic creations frequently appear in publications like Teen Vogue, Nylon, Shape, Essence, Vanity Fair and W magazines.

Hamilton has created the looks for epic music videos like Willow Smith’s (actor Will Smith’s daughter) “Whip My Hair” and Usher’s “OMG”. She has also coined iconic looks for major celebs, advertising campaigns and hit television shows. Her list of collaborators includes Pink, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Cindy Crawford, Zoe Kravitz, Target, Pravana, Macadamia Oil, Disney, TNT and many more.

For more information on Marcia Hamilton, visit www.marciahamilton.com


A flair for fashion

Shaunell Duesbury

Shaunell Duesbury

Shaunell Duesbury, founder of Shunz Royal, is a talented makeup artist and an aspiring designer and ophthalmologist.

She is a former student of North Georgetown Primary and St.Roses High School.  Presently, Shaunell is pursuing studies in optometry at the University of Guyana.

“I am very passionate about the eyes because I feel it is the most outstanding feature of the body and must be taken care of,” Shaunell said in an interview with Sunday Times Magazine.

To compliment her other talents, the 20-year-old pursued makeup artistry and fashion designing. Her passion for creating with her hands led to the start of Shunz Royal. Through her label, Shaunell showcases and shares her “God-given” creative skills with the world.

“I enjoy the practice of transforming and beautifying individuals, helping them to experience a different effect/look. At a tender age I found myself engrossed with makeup and creating clothing designs – all on my own. Over the years I honed my skills and felt the desire to give back,” she expressed.

Thus far, Shaunell’s designs are inclusive of handmade bras, chokers, flower crowns and tutu skirts. Her future plan is to expand her current offerings.

For more information, contact the designer at Shunz Royal on Facebook or Instagram – Shunz Royal.

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Designer Apparel

Sonia Noel Designs offers chic collections of styles for any occasion. One of the designer’s most applauded pieces is her versatile scarf.

Dubbed the “convertible scarf”, these bespoke designs can be transformed from simple styles to statement pieces. Locally, regionally and internationally, Noel is famous for her sophisticated, versatile designs that can be worn from the beach to the ballroom.

Recently, the designer celebrated 20 years in the fashion industry and will be releasing stylish designs in celebration of her milestone.

Visit Makin’ Style Boutique by Sonia Noel at the Courtyard Mall, Robb Street, Georgetown, or check out Sonia Noel Designs on Facebook.

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Twenty years of Style

In celebration of her 20 years in the fashion industry, local doyenne of fashion, Sonia Noel,recently launched a collection of skirts with her signature lattice designs.

Designer Sonia Noel

Designer Sonia Noel

“It is a blessing to be able to reach this juncture – which was no smooth sailing. It took a combination of navigational skills to outmanoeuvre hurdles,and a resilience to literally row my own boat when the waters got rough.But my faith in God got me to two decades in style.I am particularly proud of being able to use the platform of fashion to inspire lives,” Noel expressed in an interview with Sunday Times Magazine.

DJI_0632Her favourite fashion quote is by Colombian fashion journalist and critic Nina Garcia, who once said: “If you look back in history of the women who are most memorable and most stylish, they were never the followers of fashion. They were the ones who were unique in their style, breakers of the rules. They were authentic, genuine, original. They were not following the trends.”
Locally, regionally and internationally, the designer is famous for her sophisticated, versatile designs that can be worn from the beach to the ballroom.
Notably, these colourful skirts can be converted to dresses and tops.

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For more information, visit sonianoel.com or Sonia Noel Designs on Facebook.
This week’s featured designs are worn by models Anasha, Nkechi, Ambika, Saudia, Peggy, and Odessa.

Debut designs

20161229_151309Indigenous designers made their debut at the Guyana Fashion Week 2016 with chic collections of clothing inspired by nature and their culture. One of the designers is Vanda Allicock-Calistro.

“I was motivated by my father who encouraged myself and nephew to take up designing after he saw some of our shirts we had done. Our pieces are inspired by nature and indigenous culture and are hand painted. Being able to showcase our talent at Guyana Fashion Week 2016 was an honour,” Vanda said in an interview with Sunday Times Magazine.

The designer hopes to expand her collection and showcase them on fashion runways.

For more information, call 670-5038. (Guyana Times Sunday Magazine)


Debut designer Vanda Allicock-Castro

Debut designer Vanda Allicock-Castro

Chic designer wear

14362474_1081779448584733_5741397746061135386_oAt the recently concluded Guyana Fashion Week, designer Paul Burnette rolled out some of his chic designs for 2016.

The veteran Guyanese designer’s collection ‘Hidden Beauty’ was a show-stopper at the prestigious fashion event.

‘Hidden Beauty’ offers bespoke fashionable pieces for men and women. Every occasion – beach, elegant, casual, formal – is catered for in this collection.

Over the years, Burnette is known for creating “sexy looks for women who dare to be different and make a statement whenever they go out” and “clothing that is cool, edgy and different for the fashionable man”.

For more information on the designer, visit Guyana Fashion Week on Facebook. (Keno George Photography)

(Guyana Times Sunday Magazine)

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A fashionable heritage on display

Designer Andy Anthony Cummings

Designer Andy Anthony Cummings

Guyanese designer Andy Cummings’s recent collection of men’s shirts showcases his designing talents in creating applauded pieces for a distinct look.

“I get my inspiration from my African culture in the Caribbean, but mostly from Guyana. The patterns and colours used in this collection display the richness of my African heritage,” the designer said in an interview with Guyana Times Sunday Magazine.

Cummings graduated from the Burrowes School of Art in 2012 with a major in Ceramics and minor in Textiles. He was awarded best graduating student and best ceramic student for his year. In that same year, he won the Guyana Model Search/Designers Portfolio, which gave him the opportunity to be fashion partner with veteran Guyanese designer Sonia Noel. Cummings was named Most Promising Young Designer of 2013.

Forever looking for newer and bigger challenges to conquer, in late 2014 the designer decided to enter “Mission Catwalk” – a regional designer competition that targets the Caribbean’s best young designers.  He made inroads again when he became the first designer from Guyana to make it to the finals of the competition. Cummings was able to secure the “Most Promising Designer of the Year” title.

Now, the designer’s dreams, which he is working feverishly to make a reality, are to pursue a fashion degree from an accredited university and to work for an international fashion company with the aim of one day operating his own establishment.

To contact the designer, call 672-2243 or email a.acummings68@yahoo.com

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Contemporary Cuts

Designer Sonia Noel’s newest collection, The Sonia Noel Man, offers cool, casual, trendy tops/shirts in “contemporary cuts” for the stylish man.
These fashionable bespoke pieces are made from durable fabric,and are ideal for any guy who wants to “stand out from the crowd”.
This collection will be showcased at the Guyana Fashion Week slated for November 6-13 at Pegasus Hotel.
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The Glamour of the evening

Rishma Persaud has been designing for more than 15 years under the brand RP couture. She is known for her eye catching evening gowns and cocktail dresses, and is also one of the designers for the Miss India Guyana and Miss Universe Guyana pageant. These designs are from her newest collection, which are mostly evening attire. All the designs are custom made and can be made to order within a week. Rishma’s office is now located at 303 Church St, Queenstown, Georgetown. You can also find her on Facebook at RP couture.

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Hollywood glamour

Millianna's founders Sharmilla Persaud, left, and Arianna Brooke

Millianna’s founders Sharmilla Persaud, left, and Arianna Brooke

Sharmilla Persaud is a Guyanese-born designer who teamed up with her best friend Arianna Brooke to launch Millianna (a combination of their names) in 2010, a U.S designer fashion jewellery company.

They met while Sharmilla was working in the design department of BCBG Max Azria, in the USA,and Arianna in marketing. Sharmilla now leads the design, while Arianna oversees production of their own Spokane, Washington-based business.

According to the millianna website, each piece is intricately handmade by skilled artisans in the U.S.,where many of the artisans who work with the company are immigrant women who arrived in Spokane with the World Relief Organization.

Sharmilla’s love for fashion began from an early age in Guyana with her awe for her mother’s colourful saris and jewellery,and blossomed into a full-fledged passion as she moved to New York where, during her teenage years, she was known for her unique outfits.

She pursued her love of fashion at the Fashion Institute of Technology and earned a degree in Design. Max Azria hired her as designer at BCBG after her graduation.

Millianna pieces have been featured in magazines such as Oprah and Women’s Health, on celebrities such as Miranda Lambert and Elizabeth Rohm, and in the wardrobes of stars in movies.

Her jewellery has been described as classic, contemporary, casual and dressy; edgy, feminine and statement-making

Her jewellery has been described as classic, contemporary, casual and dressy; edgy, feminine and statement-making

Téa Leoni as “Madam Secretary” in her favourite accessory, a Millianna 1" Micro Cuff in Antique Silver

Téa Leoni as “Madam Secretary” in her favourite accessory, a Millianna 1″ Micro Cuff in Antique Silver

A model presents a bib necklace piece similar to one worn in an episode of TV show “Reign”

A model presents a bib necklace piece similar to one worn in an episode of TV show “Reign”