Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 30th 2015 Contents According to Jones,
fashion is no longer
following the once clear
lines of men's and
women's fashion. Hunted
designer Danielle Jones,
right, and model Tanya
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Trevor Noah has had a mixed re-
ception from critics as he made his
debut hosting The Daily Show, re-
placing Jon Stewart who left last
The 31-year-old South African co-
median made a "smooth transition"
into the role on Comedy Central s
satirical news show, according to Va-
riety. Deadline called the evening
"mostly inoffensive but also mostly
TV columnist Brian Lowry said he
looked "more at ease and in com-
mand than he ever did as a corre-
Stewart stepped down after 16
years at the helm of the influential
show and Noah s appointment was
announced in March.
"No memories of Stewart and his
storied reign have been usurped or
replaced," wrote The Hollywood Re-
porter, "Nor, however, have they
Daniel Feinberg added: "The best
and most honest thing you can say
about Monday s premiere is: He
didn t break it. He also didn t try to."
Critics mixed on Trevor Noah's Daily Show debut
Earlier this year, former Miss
T&T Danielle Jones-Hunte was
mid-way through a three-month
professional sojourn in Mumbai,
India, when she fell ill. A bout of
dysentery, which coincided with
chicken pox, landed her in the hos-
pital for eight days.
"I was there for the monsoon sea-
son when the floods came, taking
all that happens in India to the crops,
and I like salads---so there you go,"
Jones-Hunte recalled in a recent
But as sometimes happens in life,
the unpleasant detour got her to a
Her husband Quincy came to visit
and they spent a couple of weekends
touring Jaipur, known as the Pink
City because that s the colour of
many buildings there. The couple
visited fabric stores that had their
goods stacked almost 20 feet into
the air, Jones-Hunte said.
"You walk into these shops and
they turn on the lights---because
they re very energy-conscious in
India---and the first thing that hits
you even before the lights is the
colour and the vibrant prints," she
It was in one of these stores that
something that had been to the back
of Jones-Hunte s mind for years
came to the front. Jones-Hunte, who
placed fifth in the 2004 Miss Uni-
verse competition in Equador and
has since modelled and appeared on
the cover of magazines, wanted to
try creating designs rather than just
The mountains of colourful fabric
acted like a muse.
"I felt this is it. I would like to
take some of this home, and I am
going to do this fashion line," said
Jones-Hunte. "I designed my first
shirt standing in one of those stores
in India and the incredible tailors
there put it together."
Jones-Hunte is preparing to launch
her collection of men s shirts and
leather handbags on October 1. The
label will be called Hunted, a name
derived from combining Jones-
Hunte s married name with the letter
at the start of her first name. The
shirts and handbags will be sold at
Home, the boutique in St Clair run
by Anya Ayoung-Chee, who is also
a former Miss T&T turned fashion
Other experiences and observa-
tions in India inspired Hunted.
"Every man in India---whether you
live in the slums of Dharavi or in the
amazing high-rises that dot the
Mumbai skyline---every man wears
a shirt. They don t wear juh-zees ,"
said Jones-Hunte, pronouncing the
word "jerseys" derogatively. "(Every
man in India) wants to be a distin-
guished gentleman, and I said if I
am going to do this fashion thing I
want to start with men s fashion."
Jones-Hunte described the line as
"mixed and match prints, embroi-
dered-edge shirts with a modern
urban twist". The collection was also
influenced by a vacation Jones-
Hunte had in Cuba this year.
"I feel like it s Cuba meets India
here in Trinidad," she said of the
line. The handbags are handmade
in Dharavi, a place famous for its
depiction in the hit film Slumdog
Millionaire and also for its leather
It isn t Jones-Hunte s first entre-
preneurial venture. She co-owns
Hair It Is---a hair extensions and
products store in Woodbrook. But
Hunted is different. These are prod-
ucts she created.
side or the modelling side of it. I
can sell for other people, but the
confidence of your own creativity is
a little harder to get out," she said.
"The fear in my heart of putting
these on display...It feels like, OK.
Would people accept it?"
Although Jones-Hunte is primarily
known for being a beauty queen,
she s shown ability in many other
fields. She has an undergraduate
degree in environmental studies from
Florida International University. After
interning at the EMA, where she
participated in community outreach,
she decided to pursue communica-
tions at postgraduate level in Howard
University, where she lectured for a
year in public speaking.
All this was before the then 26-
year-old became Miss T&T in 2004.
For the past eight years, she s been
involved in corporate communica-
It s been a challenge, she
said, reconciling her pro-
fessional career with the
public s association of her
as Miss T&T.
"Once a beauty queen
always a beauty queen,"
she said. "I remember
being on a job interview
once---the only job I inter-
viewed for and I didn t get---
(the interviewer remarked),
I don t see Miss T&T on
your resume. And being the
quick-witted person I can
be---which is also a pro and
a con---I said, My master s
degree is there though.
"I can look back and
understand where they
were going," she said.
"It s a label that stays
with you forever, so
you need to appreciate
that and understand it."
Overall the pageant
experience has been invalu-
able. Jones-Hunte still has
the sash and the dress she
wore from the opening seg-
ment of the Miss Universe
"I ll never forget that night,"
she said. "And what I learned
about fashion, media, stage
production and event produc-
tion from going to Miss Uni-
verse will never be forgotten
and it s very much a part of
a better professional today."
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