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SAINT reigns on 2022 Fashion Month parade

/ Our Today

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SAINT’s Martinican star Aurelie Giraud for Balenciaga’s Fall 2022 runway show in Paris. (Photo contributed)

From New York to Paris, the model squad of SAINT International made an excellent showing on the catwalks of the world’s fashion capitals for the recently concluded Fashion Month. 

The ‘electric eleven’ comprising Jamaicans Tami Williams, Kai Newman, Naki Depass, Wayne Booth, Barbra-Lee Grant, Romaine Dixon and Lawrence, Nigerians Tomiwa, David Adebola and Aworo Mayowa and Martinican Aurelie Giraud upped the ante with their glammed-up runway turns for the Fall 2022 collections of the biggest luxury fashion houses and influential designers, which offer insight for the womenswear and menswear trends to come later this year.

Strutting for the likes of Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Chloe, Giorgio Armani, Prada, Valentino and a host of other designers, SAINT’s model collective represented the most catwalkers from a Caribbean modelling agency booked across the transatlantic monthlong fashion showcase.

Jamaican SAINT beauty Barbra-Lee Grant for New York-based fashion designer Bibhu Mohapatra’s Fall 2022 runway show. (Photo contributed)

“To say I’m joyful of how well the men and women of SAINT did this season is simply just a touch of the immense pride I feel,” SAINT CEO Deiwght Peters told Our Today.

“We were well-represented in every fashion capital beginning in New York, through to London and Milan, and closing in Paris. This season marked a full return to in-person runway shows for our SAINTS on account of COVID protocols and restrictions which made them hit the pause button on their usual international travels,” Peters disclosed. 

Jamaican supermodel Kai Newman in Paris on the catwalk for the unveiling of the Valentino Fall 2022 collection. (Photo contributed)

Indeed, the two-year pandemic narrowed the fashion world’s focus to many a virtual runway presentation (with French-based Nigerian star Tomiwa strutting for Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Chloe in March 2021) while seasonal lookbooks were lensed on location in the native nations of models (SAINT’s Lawrence shot a summer-themed menswear campaign for Zara in his Portland hometown in June 2020, and Naki Depass and Jannel Duncan were front and centre for an Ocho Rios-set resort campaign shoot for American designer Jonathan Simkhai in February 2021. 

But, with the resumption of in-person designer presentations for the Fall 2022 collections, Peters was also particularly pleased with the comeback of SAINT supermodel Kai Newman, who returned to familiar stomping grounds on the European catwalks with A-list bookings for Burberry, Bottega Veneta, Loewe, Sacai, The Row and Valentino. Ingeniously orchestrating Newman’s resurgence after a three-year hiatus during which she welcomed daughter Zehirah, Peters exclusively booked her for Prada’s much-acclaimed womenswear collection at Milan Fashion Week, and was there for her grand return. “Kai put in a lot to get back in model form, and it was such a proud moment for me being there at the Prada show, knowing how carefully we worked together to make her comeback a reality,” said Peters, who scouted her as a teenager on the streets of downtown, Kingston on her way to a dental appointment.

The Fall 2022 collections began in New York on February 11 and wrapped in Paris on March 8, with a few ready-to-wear labels showing collections off the fashion week circuit.

The Spring/Summer 2023 collections will begin in New York in September.

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