Rebecca Stirm wins Wild Card challenge

Nineteen year-old Rebecca Stirm of Belmopan has returned to the Caribbean fashion reality series, Mission Catwalk as the ‘wild card’, after her surprise elimination on episode 11, when contestants were required to design a mini collection for a fashionista headed to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Rebecca had won four of the show’s 11 challenges and placed safe in three episodes, getting a second bite at the apple on Episode 12 was “very exciting and humbling”, she says.

The winner stands to earn $3 million in prizes including the chance to show at London Fashion Week and will be announced when the top 15 contenders are reunited on Tuesday June 19.

“We wanted to see another collection so we had past contestants Kerin Scott (Ne Sera), Janel Jolly (Jae Jolly) and Rebecca show at CFW and ultimately we chose Rebecca as the wild card,” says Mission Catwalk host and executive producer Keneea Linton-George who along with regular panelists Novia McDonald-Whyte associate editor lifestyle and social content at the Jamaica Observer and menswear designer Carlton Brown have judged the season two presentations.

On episode 12  on Tuesday night, June 12, Rebecca introduced the crowd at Jamaica’s National Indoor Sports Centre to her line, the Rebecca Stirm Collection, which featured her trademark soft dresses.

The marine theme in Powell’s collection “Treasure Beach: Where the Desert Meets the Ocean” was evident in her use of different shades of blue and an interesting number which she called the sting-ray dress. The Crystal Christina owner, who specializes in evening wear, says she is now considering swimwear after strong reaction to her first item on the catwalk- a striking black and white one-piece.

Fellow Jamaican Gregory Williams who loves black showed his edgy fashion sensibility with unique constructions set to Lady Gaga no less. When asked if his H.O.D Designs collection will bring him the win, the 28 year-old says “I want to. But if not, I win in my heart.”

Trinidadian Ryan Chan’s gladiator-inspired presentation was unified by shades of brown copper and gold. Each designer presented 12 looks; worn by Pulse models including jetsetters Nell Robinson, Carla Campbell, Jaunel McKenzie and Kimanee Wilson.

The collections were judged by regular panelists Mission Catwalk host and executive producer Keneea Linton-George; Novia McDonald-Whyte associate editor lifestyle and social content at the Jamaica Observer and international menswear designer Carlton Brown.

Twelve of Rebecca’s designs were shown at Caribbean Fashion Week, the region’s premiere fashion event on Friday June 8. Caribbean Model Search winner (2002) Jaunel McKenzie, who has been featured in Vogue, Elle and Essence Magazines, walked the CFW catwalk in Rebecca’s designs, as did Nell Robinson who has worked for brands such as Victoria’s Secret and Agent Provocateur and Miss Universe Jamaica 2012 contestant Caribbean Model Search winner (2008) Crystal Patterson.

If she were to win, Rebecca would receive JMD$500,000 courtesy of National Commercial Bank of Jamaica (NCB) towards her clothing line, industrial sewing equipment valued at JMD$200,000 courtesy of singer Jamaica, a contract to sell the designs at SOHO boutique, a six-page fashion editorial in Ocean Style Magazine, a scholarship to pursue fashion program at London College of Fashion, an apprenticeship with Master Savile Row Tailor Andrew Ramroop and the opportunity to show at London Fashion Week in September.

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