Francesca Lake for Dr. Martens

Francesca Lake designs for Dr. Martens.


Hollywood actress Gabrielle Union-Wade wears Diotima while celebrating her eighth wedding anniversary on the island of Menorca with husband Dwyane Wade.

The Bring it on The star and former NBA player tied the knot in 2014 in a lavish ceremony filled with friends and family at Chateau Artisan Castle in Miami.

Diotima, a Brooklyn-based brand, is led by Jamaican designer Rachel Scott.

With husband Dwyane Wade sharing the frame, Hollywood actress Gabrielle Union-Wade works the Diotima Sade Mesh Crystal Midi Dress. With husband Dwyane Wade sharing the frame, Hollywood actress Gabrielle Union-Wade works the Diotima Sade Mesh Crystal Midi Dress.IG/ @Dwyane Wade

Designer Rachel Scott


After her big night at the 2022 MTV VMAs, rap superstar Nicki Minaj was spotted stepping out of her hotel on Monday, Aug. 29, in New York City wearing Toronto designer Kathryn Bowen’s Skater Legging. The talented Toronto native — who unveiled her eponymous label with a bespoke inaugural collection in 2018 — is no stranger to SO2; his father, Bruce, ran Scotiabank Jamaica for several years.

Nicki Minaj was one of the co-hosts of the 2022 MTV VMAs, where she received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for professional achievement. She credited Dancehall King Beenie Man for positively influencing her career and gave a shout out to newcomer Skeng, who she recently collaborated with. She also performed a medley of her greatest hits before accepting the honor.


Meghan Markle cuts a royal figure in Mateo New York for The cup the cover story for the magazine’s Fall Fashion issue. Markle was styled by the magazine’s style director, Jessica Willis, who used the 14k gold hoops to complete a pre-Fall 2022 Proenza Schouler bi-stretch crepe suit.


In The cup is Emmy-nominated actress Sheryl Lee Ralph in a custom trench-style dress by Jamaican designer Brandon Blackwood. The Abbott Elementary star is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Barbara Howard on the show. Despite a career spanning four decades in television, this is her first Emmy nomination. Ralph was styled by Roberto Johnson. The dress is a first for Blackwood, which has made a name for itself designing bags and is a preview of its outerwear collection due out this fall.


Photographed by Erik Carter

Styled by Roberto Johnson

Hair by Moira Frazier

Makeup by Juanice Roseau

Made by Susie Kourinyan


In other Brandon Blackwood news, actress Tessa Thompson made a splash at the 2022 Venice Film Festival in an all-red look — straight from Elie Saab’s Fall/Winter 2022 couture collection — accessorized with a Brandon Blackwood Satin Kendrick Trunk.


…as the Kendrick Trunk continues to take Venice, British-Jamaican actress Jodie Turner-Smith was spotted wearing the mini Kendrick in orange at the festival. The star who was at the festival for the premiere of his new film White noise was styled by Wayman + Micah in an Interior set.

by Noah Baumbach White noise stars Turner-Smith, Don Cheadle, Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig.

Let’s wrap with…

British footwear brand Dr Martens has teamed up with five students from Central Saint Martens (CSM) Masters in Fashion program to create custom designs for the brand’s ‘All Access Summer’ campaign.

Jamaican fashion student Francesca Lake was one of five talents selected to design and produce one-of-a-kind creations. Each student received a financial scholarship from the shoe brand to support their vision. A new line of sandals and summer shoes was launched and showcased by CSM students.

Lake, a multidisciplinary designer, joins menswear designers Jude Hinojosa and Xuesong Yang and knitting enthusiast Lauren Patchett, alongside experimental designer Jad Jreissati.

Lake is the daughter of Garth and Patricia Lake. She grew up in Kingston, attended Hopefield Preparatory, Campion College, Hillel Academy and the University of the West Indies (Mona), where she earned her undergraduate degree in Cultural Studies. She has sewn her own clothes since high school and always wanted to pursue a career in fashion. A solid education assured, when she had the opportunity to leave and continue her studies, she did not hesitate.

SO highlights his latest work.

Model: @kamalishe

Rapper Nicki Minaj was seen carrying Kathryn Bowen as she left her hotel in New York. Rapper Nicki Minaj was seen carrying Kathryn Bowen as she left her hotel in New York.IG/@kathrynbowen__

Meghan Markle wears Proenza Schouler and Mateo New York for The Cut. Campbell Addy

Mateo New York 14kt Large half moon

Jewelry designer Matthew “Mateo” Harris.

styling by iconic duo Wayman Bannerman and Micah McDonald, known professionally as Wayman + Micah. IG/@brandonblackwoodnyc

Jamaican-British actress Jodie Turner-Smith in Interior, Kendall Miles and Brandon Blackwood were also top notch.

Jamaican designer Brandon BlackwoodHsiang-Hsi Lu

Francesca Lake designs for Dr. Martens.

Multidisciplinary creative Francesca Lake.

Dr Martens x Central Saint creators (left to right) Jad Jreissati, Jude Hinojosa, Lauren Patchett, Francesca Lake and Xuesong Yang.

Fashion designer Kathryn Bowen.

Emmy-nominated actress Sheryl Lee Ralph wears a custom Brandon Blackwood for The Cut. Erik Carter

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