If you were at the Louis Saldenah Mas-K Club band launch for Caribana 2013, then you no doubt remember the opening costume for the presentation “Heaven and Earth”. Well I can tell you, Caribana band launches have never seen an opening like that! And in case you were not there take a moment to watch this opening in 1080p HD:
This breathtaking section is entitled “Sandstorm” and was created by none other than designingDARYL as a tribute section for Saldenah Mas’ 2013 presentation “Heaven and Earth.” DesigningDARYL has had the pleasure of working with various section leaders in the past from Saldenah but wanted to do something more for the band this year.
“Coming from Boston, in the wake of the bombing tragedy, sh*t just got REAL and you realize that you really want to take your craft to the masses in whichever way you can – make your statement, however small or large it could be – before it becomes your last! “
Correlation to theme was another aspect of this design. The section just looks like what a true carnival baby would expect a “Sandstorm” to look like – a fantasy per se. The name came about after an initial meeting with the bandleader to speak about an opening sequence for the launch.
“He coined the name “Sandstorm” and it took on a life of its own… I am pleased with the outcome and equally as pleased that I had the special honor of having the bandleader brand the section”
The rich, intricate detail and layering of jewels, coupled with the dynamic color combination is what makes Sandstorm a showstopper. Immediately one can observe the cascading jewels making a connection to the fiery boas to the back taking your imagery to the deserts of the Sahara where Sandstorms live … A true “Earthly” phenomena and definitely a staple for a “Heaven and Earth” presentation.
Always a perfectionist, Daryl prides himself on staying true to his designs and ensuring that his clients remain happy with his work. This year, you can see his work shine throughout SaldenahMas. “Sunset in Paradise” by Aaron Saldenah, “Angel of Beauty” by Ronny Saldenah, “Utopia” by Kolin SOCAVIBES Alexander and of course “Sandstorm” are all executed at the hands of designingDARYL.
His work can also be seen in other Toronto bands, most notably last week in Carnival Nationz presentation of “the Reef” where we understand he was responsible for the very daring plunging neckline version of “Angelfish” for Hayden Joseph.
For those of you who are wondering, Sandstorm is not available as a costume option for Louis Saldenah Mas-K Band presentation “Heaven and Earth”. But you can certainly look out for designingDARYL at a carnival near you. Like us here at TrinidadCarnivals, we are sure you would have no problem spotting his signature style. His work will be featured in Ramajay Mas (New York), Sesame Flyers (New York), Soca Mas (Boston) and these were just the ones we could confirm. Stay tuned or as Daryl would say “Stay Beautiful”
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