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Fashion and passion

The producer finds the purpose in the band and in the style of the children

The Caille Kidz band 2015, the Zodiac Signs Capricorn section.
The Caille Kidz band 2015, the Zodiac Signs Capricorn section.

A fashion show to help children play mas is the mission of Fashion Passion 4 and La Ta Caille Kidz – a junior Carnival band produced and led by Terrence La Caille.

La Caille is home to Fashion Passion 4, a show that involves not only the talents of local designers, but also a way to showcase its projects for its Carnival band for children. The event takes place at the VIP Lounge, Queen's Park Savannah, Port of Spain, tomorrow at 7:00 pm and features designers such as Pulchritude Design House and Dominique La Roche.

The link between fashion and mas is closer than most can realize, says La Caille, whose first interest in making mas was triggered at the age of eight, when he was intimidated by Rosalind Gabriel's presentation, the designer of children's veterans.

"I remember seeing his band distinctly across the stage and I was inspired by the costume which consisted of a pumpkin on a string – depicting a pumpkin on a vine and I knew I liked it and wanted to try it. It was always in my head from the # 39; age of eight, "said La Caille.

His first creations were cutting paper into drawings. Of the three sons of Merle and Glenn La Caille, it was always he who found the coloring. His talent for the arts was cultivated at the RC Primary School of Rosary Boys and then at the Intermediate School of Belmont Boys – now St Francis Boys & # 39; College – where the carnival craft progressed in creating costumes.

La Caille Kidz band 2015, Zodiac Signs Leo

He had a brief training as a chef with the famous chef Edward Beharry while at school and hen he studied food preparation at the Servol Beetham Life Center. After graduating, he worked as a cook at the Fisheries Caribbean, Chaguaramas, before moving on to the restaurant business. Cooking was not his passion.

"I don't like the heat and I prefer to deal with people. My personal and customer service skills are my preferences."

So, he turned to working with the DKrewe band, led by veteran Masman and carnival king Roland St George (who died in January). "I went there to produce costumes, not design, and being with them during that period of Carnival I had the opportunity to meet some designers and this aroused my interest in creating my band for children".

In 2015, he brought his first children's band La ta Caille Kidz, which launched his birthday on July 6th. Zodiac Signs, the presentation, was a socially conscious effort and the costume, Catch of The Day, from the Cancer section won the best environmental theme.

"It was an exciting experience as it was my first year alone creating mas and I beat all these people who have been here for a long time, it was the motivation for me."

That year, La Caille also met another mas icon, the master wire bender Stephen Derek who died a year later. "He's the guy who gave me the inspiration to fully believe in myself because I thought my ideas weren't good enough and he would always tell me to stop doubting yourself. He also helped me with welding and I created my costumes from there. "

Eshé Caraby in a project by Pulchritude. Photo: B Collins

La Caille was successful in 2016 with Mother Nature and its wonders, winning the mini-band category in Downtown Carnival and finishing in second place at Queen's Park Savannah in children's competitions. The following year, his presentation Dulce Para on Dulce (Sweet for your Sweet) attracted the attention of the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs that used a photo of his costumes for an advertisement on how to dress children appropriately for the Carnival.

"I was grateful for the exposure that my band had as a result of the announcement."

Caille did not produce a band last year, but returned with this year's Depths of the Horizon. He endured the weight of production and the making of costumes during his early years, but this Carnival had the much needed support from parents, relatives and children's neighbors.

Jewel Johnson models a design by Dominique La Roche.
Photo: C J Cromwell

"I was individually attacking sea shells on each costume, which took a long time for the six-meter skirts. My sister, the neighbors, the models and their parents came to help, they made them understand how much effort and difficulty they are" .

After his debut in 2015, he held a fundraiser for the barbecue to help offset the cost of the band the following year. But put to the test by the kitchen, he went to another direction – fashion – to raise funds for future productions, and this became Fashion Passion. It was a natural move because, even with his bands, he had worked with models to train them for the Red Runway shows and for the show participants.

Fashion Passion debuted in 2016 but while people were buying tickets many never saw the show.

By adapting the concept, his productions have become more than fundraisers.

"I put more emphasis on the meaning that was behind, so it originally started as a way to raise money and then developed into a platform to show other designers that might not have the opportunity or money for have your own shows ".

Caille focused on marketing the show, collaborating with designers, models and make-up artists.

"This is the first year in which we have a theme for Fashion Passion 4. The theme is Flamboyant which is also a part of me. At school they always said that I am extravagant, so this year is about celebrating the art and the different aspects of my life, so what designers are going to do this year is not just their normal clothing, but includes a little more in their stuff. ; year will be colored. "

And the children will be at the center of his cast of 45 models and 11 designers.

"I do fields that promote their ability to speak in public, their safety, interact with each other, play different games, self-defense, art, dance, drama by taking them out of their comfort zone and preparing them for their final event which is a fashion show fashionable."

La Caille's goal is to build a well-known Carnival brand for children. "I don't want children to be like costumed monkeys. I want them to understand first of all what they wear and let them have fun on the road. My current and past children knew the name of the band and what they were representing because I prefer them to talk one by one with them on what they depict. "

His goal for Fashion Passion is to create a sustainable platform for aspiring designers, makeup artists and photographers.

"It's about building everyone and having fun while you do it. Don't doubt yourself; you think you can achieve whatever you want to achieve."

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