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FASHION January - March 2009 lime 57 MIKE JONES 1 Roger Gary CLASSICAL ELEGANCE " For 2009, it is all about comfort and elegance," says Roger Gary. " Choosing the right fabric is key and the right silhouette that complements your personality and body type. In terms of color, mahogany/ chocolate is the new black. It's fl attering on any skin tone. Well- tailored pants in luxury fabrics with a smashing top and accessories and a woman can be elegant for a night out." Born in Guyana, educated in Jamaica and currently residing in New York, Gary's current designs embody this trend, but with an added twist. " My latest collection is inspired by an ' imaginary visit to a tropical forest at midnight', as I like to describe it, as well as many visits to my birthplace, Guyana," he explains. " I am also known for the use of colours – defi nitely my Caribbean connection." Gary's newest styles come to life in two colour palletes: mahogany and ivory as well as vibrant fl oral prints, and these are blazoned onto dresses, skirts and pants. Recommended accents include feather headpieces and neck chokers created out of twigs. " Accessories that look as if they were made out of materials found on the forest fl oor," he explains. Gary's designs are found in select stores in New York and Miami. He also custom- designs for his clients. ble MIKE JONES LL

2 Donette Brotherson MODERN AND EDGY Caribbean fashion trends compare with the runways of the US, Europe and around the world, says Guyanese- designer Donette Brotherson, " with a notable inversion. That is, neon colors, huge fl oral prints and ruffl es". An up- and- coming designer who created the ' DonJ' clothing line for both ladies and men in 2007, Brotherson adds: " The turquoise waters that are a distinct Caribbean trademark and also the unspoiled splendours of the Amazon rainforest infl uence the bright colours and exotic fl oral prints I chose for my latest collection, which I'd call sophisticated and modern with edgy cuts indicative of the latest global trends." Brotherson's most stunning designs are created out of linen, cotton and satin and enhanced with macramé. For example, there is the fl oor- length red evening dress trimmed with gold tassels around the bottom and a matching woven gold bodice that offers a peek- a- boo glimpse of the tummy. Equally smart for men is an outfi t of solid black pants accented by a mountain- green shirt cut to chisel a man's shoulders in a stylish way. " I consider myself young in the designing arena," says Brotherson, who gravitated to the arts and things creative early in life. " But I'm confi dent I can bring a ' breath of freshness' to the fashion platform in Guyana and the Caribbean." ALL IMAGES: DEAN BARNES 58 lime January - March 2009 Caribbean fashion trends compare with the runways of the US, Europe and around the world, with a notable inversion. That is, neon colors, huge fl oral prints and ruffl es FASHION