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K2K Alliance, a company started by New
York-based twin designers Kathy and Karen
Norman, recently launched its fifth Carnival pres-
entation, Searching for Shangri-La, along with
the audio book Growing Black Orchids, written
by the twins, which inspired it.
During a gala event at the Hyatt, K2K also
launched a power-talk series, Colour of Courage,
with a speech by internationally acclaimed
designer Amsale Aberra. Via email, Kathy talks
about the band, the working relationship between
her and her sister, and K2K extending itself
beyond Carnival and fashion.
Q: What exactly motivated the idea for
Colour of Courage? Who came up with it?
As we contemplated our journey we realised
that there were certain tools that aided us on this
path. Inevitably, one of the key pillars is courage.
Entrepreneurship is not an easy route and we are
sure that many who have started down this path
would testify that on the best of days, you need
a whole lot of passion, tenacity and, in the end,
courage to build and continue to sustain a business
Thus, through our introspection, the Colour
of Courage was born. In terms of who came up
with the idea---I would like to say the brainchild
behind the Colour of Courage was Karen. Inter-
estingly enough, although we work in unison,
Karen tends to spearhead the innovation behind
our new concepts.
When we first got our driving license years
ago, Karen always took the driver s seat while I
opted for the passenger s seat. Our dad noticed
the strange phenomena and said that Karen was
the driver while I was the front seat conductor,
making sure that the path was clear, double-
checking the review mirror to ensure we could
switch lanes appropriately. And funnily enough,
this theory seems to be true in our roles in K2K.
Why did you see the need to do this?
As Trinidad looks to grow its creative industry,
actually all its industries, we think that it is impor-
tant to learn best practices from those who have
preceded us to ensure or help us not to make the
same mistakes as our forerunners. Challenges and
mistakes are part of growing a business, but one
of the aims of the initiative is to try to minimise
the heartache where we can.
The power-talk series is meant to let profes-
sionals know that problems are not unique or
insular, but are universal. Developing a personal
brand or a business brand is not going to be easy,
but with perseverance, hard work and a dose of
courage, we can overcome challenges.
Is your new motto "Where fashion meets
mas with a purpose"?
The K2K motto is not new, but rather the brand
has evolved beyond fashion meeting mas. We are
fashion meeting mas with a purpose, with that
purpose being to inspire and motivate. As we re-
evaluate the brand and look at the themes which
we have portrayed over the years, we realised that
we have always taken storytelling from the avenue
of life lessons. As we look at the world at large
with all its issues, we realise that we need more
positive messages and inspirational stories.
Here at K2K, we aim to do just that. We would
like to inspire you not just during the Carnival
season, but 365 days a year. This is the 365-day
concept of the brand coming full circle.
How would you describe your 2016 pres-
entation, Searching for Shangri-La? What
are people going to see on Carnival Tuesday?
Searching for Shangri-La speaks to trying to
find that perfect place, which we have translated
to a physical place, eg Eden. However, in our
Shangri-La, we talk about life being filled with
an array of flowers, with each flower representing
an experience in one s life. However, when one
puts those flowers together, one realises how rich
and diverse one s life is. Thus, Searching for
Shangri-La speaks to searching for something
perfect---but the irony about life is that nothing
is perfect; instead, one s life is a perfectly imperfect
bouquet. Bearing that in mind, the voyeur should
expect intricate work and delicate textures accen-
tuated with petals to mirror the theme. For the
male costumes, expect tailored suits, corsets and
beading to complement the women s wardrobe.
Expect sophistication, glamour, a world of make-
believe. Expect K2K s touch of magic.
How did the band do last year in compe-
tition? What are your expectations for this
K2K Alliance & Partners placed first in the
medium band category. We expect to remain in
the medium band category with the hope of
bringing the beauty of Shangri-La to the Savannah
From the aerial view, we would like spectators
to see a mobile forest (these are our Tree Walkers),
and from the eye level, the observer should see
beautiful flowers nestled beneath the canopy of
Who is the K2K masquerader? What do
you think attracts people to your work?
The K2K masquerader is one that is looking
for sophisticated and chic costuming. The brand
prides itself on storytelling, but storytelling not
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Rock superstar Rod Stewart is well-
known for his love of soccer, especially
the Celtic Football Club in Glasgow,
Hockey, it turns out, is another matter.
"All he knows is if my team scores.
That's about it," said his son, Liam
Stewart. "I was like, 'Dad, that's all you
Liam Stewart, 21, is the newest
addition to the roster of the Alaska Aces,
an ECHL development league team
affiliated with the Minnesota Wild of the
The six-foot-1, 181-pound forward was
traded to the Anchorage team from
Missouri in early October after playing
the past four years for the Spokane
Liam Stewart was born in London to
Rod Stewart and his then-wife,
supermodel Rachel Hunter. After the
couple split, Liam grew up in the Los
Angeles area with his mom.
He said his famous dad never pushed
him to get into soccer, but he still played
the sport until he was 13 or 14, when the
hockey bug bit him.
"I just wanted to play hockey, and
that's what got me here today," Liam
Stewart said during an interview
following practice last week at Sullivan
Arena in Anchorage. (AP)
Rod Stewart's son forges a name for himself in hockey
Some of the detailed,
fantastical costumes (See
Page B2) from the band
Searching for Shangri-La,
designed by K2K Alliance, a
company started by twins Kathy
and Karen Norman. The
costumes use flower motifs,
with intricate work evoking a
world of make-believe.
PHOTOS: GARY JORDAN
Going beyond Carnival
A Q&A with mas maker Kathy Norman
Continues on Page B2
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