Style Week: Jamaica

As many of you may have already heard, I went to Kingston, Jamaica last month to photograph Style Week Jamaica for StyledOn. The awesome team over at Fashion Art Gallery brought creative director Casey and I, along with an entire crew of stylists, journalists, designers, and hair stylists to Jamaica for a long weekend covering the event.

Our long weekend in Jamaica was chock full of beach and pool time, good drinks, and surprisingly great fashion. I ended up shooting nearly five thousand photos on our trip (despite breaking my favorite 50mm lens a few days prior.) Here is part one of the photos I shot the first few days of our trip.

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At the airport we were greeted by a massive Style Week billboard.

We got in to Jamaica around midnight, but still made a pit stop at a local bar before heading to our hotel.

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Models painted gold at Tracks & Records in Kingston.

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We met up with Claire from The Fashion Bomb, who was looking fabulous!

We had a very late dinner at a local jerk chicken fast food restaurant (which was way more exciting and better tasting than American fast food), then totally crashed at the hotel.
The next morning, we had a leisurely day at the pool, relaxing and recovering from our previous day of travel.

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Casey lounging in the sun!

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Courtyard at the Wyndham Kingston.

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It didn’t take long for me to find my new favorite drink, the “Purple Rain”.

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Some local fashion. Women in Jamaica were very big on jewelry.

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Claire all decked out at the pool.

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1/2 of the design duo behind Mataano.

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Fashion Art Gallery’s Kelly Mills, and fashion designer LaQuan Smith during our dinner with the hotel’s owner.

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Hotel guests and locals piled into the courtyard for karaoke night.

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After dinner, we headed over to Devon House, a Jamaican historical site for the International Men’s Collection show.

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LaQuan and Casey.

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Devon House.

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Backstage, pre-show.

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A closer look.

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I don’t have the most educated opinion of men’s fashion, but I can say everything was unexpectedly colorful:

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Afterward, we ran into women’s designer Sammy B:
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Love her outfit!
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A few of us went inside to check out Devon House—which was actually quite creepy. Upstairs, one room in particular gave our entire group the chills. I’ve never experienced such an intense feeling of “wrong-ness” in a place before. It really freaked me out!

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Chris however, wasn’t too scared to have fun.

Saturday afternoon, we had a guided tour of local Kingston shopping areas.

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Mural in an alley.

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Decorative art outside a clothing store.

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Jewelry at boutique Stanley & Empress.

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Detail shot of a dress at S&E.

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Casey in the shop’s courtyard.

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The ever-present clouds outside. Apparently it was rainy season. But it didn’t rain!

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Roadside stand.

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Elaine, who is Fashion & Beauty editor at ESSENCE.

After our shopping excursion, we were ready for the beach! We went to the very local, un-touristy Hellshire Beach. Where we were immediately greeted by a multitude vendors offering fresh seafood:

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Hellshire is made up of dozens of beachfront shacks and restaurants.

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We were greeted by this horse, whom you could ride for around $200 Jamaican (US $2!).

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Huge birds kept diving in the water for fish.

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Beach view.

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Elaine joined the locals in a game of soccer.

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Mari

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Andre, one of our guides.

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Ysenia.

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Some of the children on the beach thought Ysenia’s tattoo was a riot!

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Conch shells for sale.

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Jayda going wild!

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Hellshire Beach.

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Claire going for a swim.

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Casey, in the mist! Really, my lens just liked to steam up from all of the humidity in the air.

Back in one of the shacks, we met a local artisan, while everyone waited for their lobster dinner to cook:

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Fish, and a stack of everyone’s new favorite local dish, Festival!

I didn’t eat any, as I am not a fan of fish, and allergic to shellfish. But I hear it was delicious! And cheap. Right before we left for our hotel, the entire beach experienced a blackout. It was pretty intense trying to find our way back to our vans in the darkness. I wondered where all the wild dogs and goats that seemed to be everywhere were then!

Back at the Wyndham, we prepped for a night out:
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Mari had the best accessories of anyone in our group.

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Waiting in the lobby.

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Jayda, Elaine, and Claire.

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Everyone! And finally a photo of me!

Check back soon for more images from the women’s fashion show!

You can see my photo diary for StyledOn here.

All Photos and Content ®2011 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost.

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