For me, there is an element of carnival which is about freedom of sensuality and sexuality. And the band Trinity Design Collective (TDC) have just amplified the sexuality aspect of carnival with the launch of their ‘Fetish’ collection for London Notting Hill Carnival. Trinity Design Collective’s launch was online last night but I just had to write about this band! When I saw the striking images of the models in pretty costumes in dominant and submissive poses and props of handcuffs, whips and rope? I knew that people would want to know more. And this morning, I had inquiries from people wanting to know more about this band.
I know Barbie, one member of the Trinity Design Collective Team. She is well known in the London carnival community and an avid carnivalista, travelling to places in the Caribbean, Europe and the US for Carnival. She was fantastic during my first trip to Grenada Carnival. She tells me more about Trinity Design Collective Mas Band.
Trinity Design Collective consists of a quartet of friends. Barbie Munroe and Azaria Gairy-Newbolt are based in London. Simone and Makesha Gairy-Newbolt are based in New York, US. They are fashion designers who graduated in fashion and textiles. Barbie described herself as more of a costume technician rather than a fashion designer. These friends have grown up making mas in the carnival industry; beginning with children then moving to making mas for adults with Genesis Mas Band. Trinity Design Collective wanted to create their own collection of costumes which would be sexy, fashion forward and on trend. Typically, the first look of their costumes will be online. Barbie described TDC as being a band which is about family and friends; friends that become family.
This mas band has brought a section to Notting HIll Carnival for the last two years with the band Eclipse. Generally, their section has between 130-140 masqueraders. Last year, TDC was featured by London’s ‘Time Out’ magazine. This year, Trinity Design Collective will be hosted by the very well known Chocolate Nation Mas Band at Notting Hill Carnival. This will be an all inclusive with breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages.
This band has one section. However, within this section, there are five different options for women and two options for men. I like the pastel colour scheme of these costumes. The pink, lavender, aquamarine colours of these costumes make them very pretty and feminine. However, the addition of the whips, hand cuffs and rope adds to the theme and implies an inner strength. There is great attention to detail. Statement necklaces, bangles are a nice addition to the costumes.
For the Seduction Premium option, I like the high waist or boy short options and the suspenders in this section.
My personal favorite is the Temptress Elite Leotard option. I really like the tie front of the leotard and ombre fringe as I feel it adds drama to the costume.
The custom corset tied waist trainer of the Dominatrix option provides extra support and coverage .
The Desire Elite option is for the fierce and brave. There is nothing shy about this jewelled wire bra and strappy panty!
The last option is the Breathless Elite with the strapless bra and collar.
All the costumes can be individualised as I have been told you can mix and match to your preferences for costume. For example longer feathered backpacks and larger headpieces. Prices range between £210 and £280.00
TDC costumes continue to improve over the years in innovation and confidence. With this online launch, they have demonstrated their ability to think of costumes to compliment all body shapes. I really liked the theme presentation. It was imaginative. The models in strong fierce dominant poses with those sexy male models being submissive, smoking that cigarette, and yet being very feminine in pastel costumes with caged bras and feathers? For me, those were strong images and really sold the theme and costume. I’ve been told that the whips and hand cuffs don’t come with the costume. But hey there is nothing to say that you can’t buy your own ;). I am waiting to see what the male costumes will look like.
To feel very feminine, to bring out your inner vixen and embrace your sexuality, to be part of a carnival family, Trinity Design Collective is your band for Notting Hill Carnival.
TDC will be showcasing their costumes live at the Chocolate Nation Mas Band launch on the 29th of May.For more information, please visit www.trinitydesigncollective.co.uk. All images in this article were created by Dsquared Photography.