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Friday, 1 October 2010

Spice launches C2K11 collection

A model showcases the haute Couture Frontline from the cluster
From Paris With Love.
PHOTO: Courtesy Spice Carnival Band
The countdown to Carnival 2K11 is on and mas bands are busy preparing for what many consider to be The greatest show on earth. Spice Carnival band is no exception. Known on the street as the band with the attractive women, Spice made its Carnival debut in 2009 and already has quite a number of successes under its belt. Last year the large band scored big, capturing the King of Carnival crown, portrayed by seasoned masquerader Curtis Eustace, third place in Downtown Carnival and the title for the Most Colourful Band, and fifth place in the Parade of The Bands and the title for Most Creative Band. In its second year, Spice also managed to triple its number of masqueraders from 800 to 2,500, and according to band officials, that number is expected to increase by another 500 when Carnival rolls around again in March. What’s the secret? Spice executive member Jean-Paul Pouchet says it’s all about giving masqueraders “the greatest experience on the road.”
Outside the box
Pouchet says band members are always thinking outside the box and will, for the first time, offer masqueraders clusters of sections, instead of individual sections. Each cluster, he says, will be under four themes—Diamonds Are Forever, Ribbons Of Loyalty, Out of the Vineyards and From Paris With Love. The band’s presentation is titled The Signature Collection. He explains that introducing the clusters give masqueraders the opportunity to be close to friends who may prefer a different costume. “The section line up every year is always a very big point for the masqueraders, as they want to know where their section is from their friends. If you are in the same cluster, you won’t be that far away from each other,” he says. He says Spice will also launch its Signature Line, which will feature five more elaborate costumes from selected sections.
Quality product
Priding itself on offering a quality product for customers, Pouchet says value for money is always on the band’s front burner. Describing Spice as a “family oriented band” The Petit Valley resident says, “We spare no expense in the production of our costumes. We treat our masqueraders like family. When you become a “spicequerader” you become part of the Spice family.” Also new is the band’s catalogue, which Pouchet says is akin to a magazine and seeks to educate masqueraders in general and visitors in particular about Trinidad’s Carnival. “We are the first band to do a 360 tour of our show room. People can focus on what they want and even foreigners can get that feel of coming to the show room without being there physically.” Meanwhile band leader Anya Elias articulates that Spice offers “a totally all-inclusive experience.” Elias says the masquerader playing with Spice need not worry about anything else but having a good time. Food, an open premium bar and security will be taken care of.
Spice 2011 presentation
Diamonds Are Forever:

• Jubilee
• Sha Jahaan
• Canary Frost
Ribbons of Royalty:
• Carnival Vicuna
• Dupioni
• Peruvian Splendor
Out of the Vineyard:
• Bordeaux Beauty
• Vines of Syrah
• Tuscany Sunset
From Paris With Love:
• Haute Couture
• Vogue
• Tres Chic
Walk of Fame
(An individual section)

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