Body waxing therapists will for Carnival 2012 make a killing if what was presented by the Spice Carnival mas band on Saturday sets the trend. Most of the designs will definitely require women to have done what is known as a Brazilian bikini wax job before taking to the streets in their costumes on Carnival Monday and Tuesday.
The band led by Anya Elias revealed at Pier 1, Chagauramas the costume designs for their presentation titled, Lets Dance. This took the form of a fete featuring several popular DJ's and a live performance by Kes the Band with 2011 Groovy Soca Monarch, Kees Dieffenthaller.
The section designs are each supposed to represent a style of dance as interpreted by Elias and Ryan Chan who designed the costumes. Elias in fact created the majority of designs for the 12 sections doing 10 of them, while Chan who
placed third in the recent Mission Catwalk fashion design competition in Jamaica did two sections.
The two Chan designs, Goacha and Brazilian Samba really stood out because of the respective colour combinations. The section titled Goacha, which may be in reference to gaucho dancing from Argentina, is done in vermilion with silver highlights. Along with a huge feathered headpiece there is fabric cascading down from the pelvic area and also from the headpiece itself. The silver highlights are of metal and beadwork.
The other Chan piece, Brazilian Samba also has a large headpiece of feathers, this time green and yellow along with finely beaded bikini top and bottom. The male version of this section is as attractive and looks almost like the ceremonial dress worn by the men of the indigenous tribes along and within the interior of the Amazon.
The most striking design from Elias is Zumba with its blend of burnt orange, turquoise, yellow, blue and silver. Another quite attractive costume is that of the section titled, Jive. This features white combined with copper, bronze and a touch of brown. Under the right degree of sunlight come Carnival this section will surely take the breath away. Other sections are: Janger, Kathak, Egyptian Cabaret, Techtonik, Bachata, Tango, Jitterbug and Le Roc.
As has become the norm over the years the costumes of Lets Dance do not actually represent anything about the various dance styles they are named after in terms of origin, cultural elements or even the real fashion influenced by them. The costumes are simply eye catching colourful, skimpy bikimi sets adorned with beads, feathers and other items. This is, however, exactly what the female masqueraders want to jump up on the streets in.
The Spice Carnival mas band remains a fully all-inclusive outfit and they promise members a no-holds-barred all out fun experience for C2K13, which marks the band's fifth anniversary. The Spice Carnival showroom is located at #80 Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook.