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By Cécile Lucot
    Cécile Lucot has lived in St. Barths for ten years. Originally from Bordeaux, this professional journalist was the editor-in-chief of St. Barth Magazine for six years. She then participated in the daily local mini-newspaper "Today" and writes regularly for regional magazines. Once or twice a month, she presents a recap of local news on St. Barths Online.
  July 1, 2006 - #61
Fashion in St-Barth

    Jet setters, models and photographers gathered in Saint Barth from June 8-11 for "Fashion in Saint Barth", with the latest collections by Rosa Cha, R.E.D. Valentino, Jennifer Nicholson, Heatherette, Abaete, and Bogosse, as well as the shoe store, Human Steps in Gustavia, shown in a variety of locations, from the gardens at the Eden Rock to the main dock in front of the new Capitainerie, and the beaches near the Isle de France and Guanahani Hotels. After the fashion shows, the models and special guests went to Nikki Beach, co-organizer of the event, along with Diamond International. The island‚s Hotel Association, restaurant owners, and numerous boutiques supported the event as well. Nikki Beach held fashion shows every day after lunch to present the new Nikki Style line, Bubble Yummie. "Decadent" drinks, eye-watering shows, and of course the famous Nikki Beach parties, promised the press release for the event; promises that were kept much to the liking of all who attended.

Boubou's Festival

    The musical event of the summer will without doubt be Boubou's Festival. Following a two-year hiatus, the festival will be held in a new location, but remains faithful to its philosophy of world music concerts, evenings divided into three different programs, and almost 100 musicians happy to perform in Saint Barth. From August 9 through 20, Boubou's caravan will unpack its bags at the Christopher Hotel, which the festival has rented for the month of August to house many of the musicians. There are also special packages with hotel room/car/and festival pass for guests who would like to stay in the middle of the action, listen to rehearsals, and have front row seats. The program for 2005 includes many of the stars from 2003, who wanted to return, such as Manu Dibango, Dragonfly, Les Cochons dans l'Espace, and Just Jinjer. Courtney Williams will also be back, with special guests including New York urban rocker Reese, and MC Solaar will also return, this time with the rapper Ménélik. Among those making their Boubou's debut: ethno-Zen star James Asher, the Gnawa Spirit group from Morocco and Djala, queen of soul poetry. The evenings begin at 9:00pm with a first concert, followed by a second show between 11:00pm and 1:00am, and finish in the wee hours with invited DJs and their musical mix. In order to avoid sound problems, the musicians will play facing the ocean, with the audience on a special deck made in wood to cover the swimming pool. A system of shuttle buses will bring people to the Christopher from various parking lots around the island. Tickets remain at 15 eruos per evening and are on sale as of mid-July at Do Brazil and other festival sponsors.

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