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Karl Terrence Hudson-Phillips,
Beloved and loving husband to Catherine (n e Hutcheon) and father of
Jennifer, Kevin and Sarah, died peacefully and suddenly in London on the
16th of January 2014 at the age of 80. He was born in Port of Spain on the
20th of April 1933, the second child of the late Henry Hudson-Phillips, Q.C.
and his late wife, Gilda (n e Archibald). His brother and wife, Dr Archibald
Hudson-Phillips and Mrs Angela Hudson-Phillips, and his sister Dr Margaret
Green also survive him. The youngest of his siblings, Edwin, pre-deceased
him in 1988. Much has been and will be said about this exemplary and
honourable man. To his family, friends and the staff of his Chambers in
Trinidad and the firm of Henry Hudson-Phillips & Co. in Grenada his death
was unimaginable and the loss is immeasurable. The book of condolence at
Hudson-Phillips' Chambers, 33 St. Vincent Street, Port of Spain will remain
open until 12.00 p.m. on Friday the 31st of January 2014. The funeral
service will be held on the 1st of February 2014 at the Cathedral Church of
the Holy Trinity commencing at 9.30 a.m. The cremation of his remains and
the interment of his ashes will be an unpublicised private event.
The umbrella company to admin-
ister the State s involvement in the
creative sector, formed last year over
objections of many in the sector, made
its debut yesterday.
It took the form of a showcase of
local fashion for invitation-only guests
and representatives from iconic fashion
magazine Vogue Italia.
But, mirroring its birth, the T&T
Creative Industries Company (Cre-
ativeTT) is taking its first step laden
in controversy, with some in the fashion
industry---and even one member of
the company s board of directors---
complaining about how the showcase
was organised and questioning if it will
benefit the industry.
The company---whose creation,
many charged, was done in secrecy
and with a lack of consultation---has
not been transparent with information.
The company s only online presence
is its Facebook page, which last week
gave few details about it, not even a
phone number or the names of people
in charge. A link on the page,
creative.co.tt, led nowhere.
Communicating with the T&T
Guardian only through e-mail, the
company refused to even say which
designers were participating in yes-
terday s event, dubbed Masquerade.
"We are saving this as a surprise,"
the e-mail said.
Veteran designer Claudia Pegus con-
firmed her participation, but said she
couldn t say more because of a con-
The company ignored most of the
questions sent in multiple e-mails.
The location of the showcase was found
out through sources. It was at the Hotel
Normandie, the managing director of
which is Donna Chin Lee, who is inter-
im chair of the board of CreativeTT.
The board is without a permanent
chair, after businessman Derek Chin
stepped down amidst objections that
he had a conflict of interest.
A board member said Masquerade s
location also represented a conflict of
interest and complained that he and
other board members have been kept
in the dark about details of yesterday s
The event, he said, was spearheaded
by Chin Lee and board member Calvin
French. Organising it took them outside
their purview, he said, as the board of
directors was in charge of policy and
oversight and was not allowed to be
A CEO and administrative staff
should be in charge of implementing
projects, he said, and they were still
in the process of being appointed.
Robert Young, founder of fashion
house The Cloth, said the secrecy sur-
rounding Masquerade has caused fric-
tion among designers, with a handful
being chosen for the honour of par-
ticipating and compelled to not talk
about it with their colleagues.
He said while he thinks it was unin-
tentional, CreativeTT s actions have
sown mistrust in the fraternity.
Personal invitations to participate
were given since last year, said Young.
Other designers, including Young, were
invited to apply for a spot less than
two weeks before the event. Young
said he e-mailed an application then
retracted it because he had misgivings
about many aspects of the event. Up
to last week, he said, he had not got
responses from the company to either
"I don t particularly agree with
bringing people (from abroad) to solve
our problems...We have done this
before," he said, pointing to fashion
showcases in the 80s and 90s that he
felt had dubious impact.
A call for submissions was
announced on the CreativeTT Facebook
page on January 14---coincidentally
after the T&T Guardian started making
inquiries about the show---and 25
emerging clothing and jewelry design-
ers responded. Only one, knitwear
designer Aisling Camps, who studied
abroad and worked with design icon
Meiling, was chosen.
CreativeTT board director Calvin
French, an internationally known fash-
ion photographer and expert, told the
T&T Guardian: "It s normal in every
procedure, and I don t want the news-
papers to ask me why it is. It s some-
thing that I want the audience to see
[and respond], Wow. This is great.
This is beautiful. "
The Vogue Italia visit, which is led
by editor Marilena Borgna and would
see the magazine conduct fashion
shoots at various locations in T&T,
was the result of connections French
made over the course of more than
two decades living in Italy.
The showcase, which sources said
would include a runway show and
exhibition, would give the Vogue con-
tingent an opportunity to assess local
fashion but it does not necessarily
mean local designs will be chosen to
appear in the magazine.
French insisted that using the Hotel
Normandie to stage the event was not
a conflict of interest. He had considered
the Hilton and the Hyatt but decided
"I want it to be Caribbean. I want
open," he said. "There s a huge tree
that s going to be lit like the sun was
setting on the tree. That is what I want.
Chin Lee declined an interview when
contacted by phone. She suggested
that questions be sent to her via e-
mail but did not respond to questions
about the potential conflict of inter-
The Shore of Peace at Mosquito
Creek, which is on the verge of col-
lapsing because of coastal erosion, will
be one of the sites to benefit from a
$255 million rehabilitation project.
The cremation site at South
Oropouche has lost more than 100
feet of land, including its original
entrance road, which has collapsed
into the sea.
On a tour of areas affected by coastal
erosion along Trinidad s south-western
peninsula yesterday, Works and Infra-
structure Minister Dr Surujrattan Ram-
bachan saw evidence of rocks, trees,
tyres and dislodged rails in the sea.
The Shore is Peace is just one of 26
eroded coastal areas identified by Ram-
bachan who also visited Icacos and
Cap-de-Ville Beach, Point Fortin, yes-
He said projects will be undertaken
in the next three years in areas where
the coastline has been badly eroded.
"This project, the technical details
of which we can t explain to you, will
cost approximately $7 million. There
are three others, one at Cap-de-Ville
and the other one at Icacos.
"There are also projects this year
carded for the Manzanilla area where
the coastal erosion is also very aggres-
sive," Rambachan said.
Candice Gray, shoreline specialist
at the Works Ministry s Coastal Pro-
tection Unit, said more than 520
metres of shoreline will be protected
in the programme.
Renewed life for
Soca star Kees Dieffenthaller performing Never See Come See at
Fete Royal at the Queen's Royal College Grounds, Port-of-Spain,
on Saturday evening. PHOTO: DARREN RAMPERSAD
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