Lubica Kucerova

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Lubica
Born(1983-04-27) 27 April 1983 (age 30)
Lucenec, Slovakia
NationalitySlovakian
EducationRyerson University
OccupationFashion designer
AwardsThe Jamaica Observer designer of the year
LabelsLubica
 
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Lubica
Born(1983-04-27) 27 April 1983 (age 30)
Lucenec, Slovakia
NationalitySlovakian
EducationRyerson University
OccupationFashion designer
AwardsThe Jamaica Observer designer of the year
LabelsLubica

Lubica Kucerova (born 27 April 1983), also known as Lubica Slovak, is a Ryerson University graduate and designer, who was born in Slovakia, but now resides in Jamaica.[1] Lubica's early childhood influence was her grandmother who was a seamstress.[2] She debuted her self-titled fashion line Lubica in Toronto at the LG Fashion Week in 2005 and has created several collections under her brand: Blue, Bliss, Bloom, Toucan, & Trinity.[3] The Lubica line includes bikinis, resort contemporary women's wear wear and is inspired by the tropics.[4] Lubica is also recognized for her partnership with international recording artist Tami Chynn in opening a female boutique named Belle in Kingston, Jamaica[5] and also their collaboration in designing the award winning Anuna collection.[6][7]

Biography[edit]

Education[edit]

After moving from Slovakia at age fourteen to live with her father in Canada, Lubica attended Loretto College School before graduating to the University of Toronto where she studied arts management before transferring to Ryerson University to study fashion design.[8] She graduated from Ryerson's in 2006 with a Bachelor of Design.[1]

Other[edit]

In 2004, Lubica debuted in her first credited featured film in Canadian drama Saint Ralph,[9] directed by Michael McGowan, starring Adam Butcher and Campbell Scott. The film premiered at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival, and was officially released to theaters in 2005 .[10][11][12]

In 2009, Lubica played her first starring role in New Caribbean Cinema Jamaica short movie Coast, written and produced by Nile Saulter,[13] younger brother to famed Jamaican producer and Betta mus Come movie director Storm Saulter.[14] In 2012, Lubica would once again team up with the Saulter brothers to produce Jamaica's first fashion film Beyond.[15]

In 2010 Lubica made a cameo appearance in Jamaican Reggae-Dancehall music video Messing with my Heart[16] performed by Wayne Marshall (deejay) featuring multi award winning dancehall act Mavado (singer).[17][18]

On the Jamaican version of Project Runway, Mission Catwalk Season 1, Lubica was featured as a guest judge.[19] She shared judging responsibilities with The Jamaica Observer's fashion editor Novia McDonald-Whyte,[20] famed Jamaican designers Sandra Kennedy & Carlton Brown, and the shows host and executive producer, Keenea Linton-George.[21][22] The series was directed by famed Jamaican director Mykal Cushnie.[23]

She also freelances as an overseas journalist for Pravda (Slovakia) newspaper and has written several published articles, including an article on Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt[24]

She is the former girlfriend of Jamaican Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt.[25]

Career[edit]

In 2004 Lubica hosted her first fashion show at The Distillery in Toronto, showcasing famed Canadian designer Zoran Dobric while she was still a fashion student at Ryerson University.[26] In 2005, Lubica worked backstage at Caribbean Fashion Week[27] which would inspire her to launch her self-titled Lubica line at the LG Fashion Week in Toronto.[28] In 2006 Lubica debuted her Lubica line in Jamaica at Caribbean Fashion Week.[4] By 2007 at Rock the World Fashion show held in Kingston, Jamaica Lubica would present a full swimsuit crochet collection,[29] which she also introduced at Caribbean Fashion Week in the same year. For Caribbean Fashion Week 2008, Lubica presented her Blue collection, launching her signature Lubica flower applique,[30] where she closed the show with International pop recording artist Tami Chynn.[31] 2008 would also mark the year that Lubica returned to Canada to participate in Fashion Art Toronto: Toronto Alternative Art and Fashion Week and has since participated in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.[32] In 2012, Lubica debuted her Beyond line at the The Collection fashion series.[33] Audi Jamaica, the event's title sponsor, signed Lubica as their exclusive fashion face, giving the designer an AUDI A1 sports motorcar.[34] She later showcased the updated Beyond collection in September at Kingston Bridal Week 2012 in Kingston, Jamaica [35] and again in November at Bratislavke Monde DNI 2012 in Bratislava, Slovakia.[36]

Partnerships[edit]

In 2010, Lubica partnered the international recording artist Tami Chynn to launch a new collection called Anuna.[7] In April, of the same year, the Anuna collection would debut in Canada at Fashion Art Toronto: Toronto Alternative Art and Fashion. Week.[37] In 2011 both Tami and Lubica would collaborate again to launch Belle, the female clothing counterpart to Base Kingston male boutique.[5][38]

In September 2010, at the fourth annual The Jamaica Observer Style Awards, Lubica and Tami Chynn were awarded Designer of the Year for their Anuna Collection.[6][39]

In December 2010, in partnership with Mini Countryman, Lubica launched her Toucan inspired collection simultaneously with Mini's new SUV.[40]

In 2012, Audi Jamaica, one of the The Collections sponsors, signed Lubica as their exclusive fashion face, giving the designer an AUDI A1 sports motorcar.[41]

Fashion shows[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jamaica Gleaner News - Lubica brings sophisticated style to Jamaica - Sunday | March 30, 2008". Jamaica-gleaner.com. 2008-03-30. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  2. ^ "Conversation with Jamaican Based Fashion Designer, Lubica (Jamaica)". Jamaicans.com. 2011-04-25. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  3. ^ a b "Lubica fashion design". Lubica.com. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  4. ^ a b "Jamaica Gleaner News - Lubica comes in from the cold - Friday | June 2, 2006". Jamaica-gleaner.com. 2006-06-02. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  5. ^ a b "Jamaica Gleaner News - Belle adds flair at Base Kingston - Entertainment - Saturday | November 20, 2010". Jamaica-gleaner.com. 2010-11-20. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  6. ^ a b Posted by struttmodels (2011-05-25). "Fashion Bio: Month 1 Lubica. « Strutt Central Blog". Struttmodels.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  7. ^ a b c "Tami Chynn launches new fashion line - Business". JamaicaObserver.com. 2010-04-01. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  8. ^ "Google Translate". Translate.google.com. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  9. ^ "Library by Theatrical". Homepage.mac.com. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  10. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1993645/
  11. ^ "Lubica Kucerova Filmography". Fandango.com. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  12. ^ "Lubica Kucerova - About This Person - Movies & TV - NYTimes.com". Movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  13. ^ "New Caribbean Cinema: Shorts". wordpress.com. 2011-08-16. 
  14. ^ "The Hosay Festival in Jamaica". ExpeditionJamaica. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  15. ^ http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20120427/social/social1.html
  16. ^ "Jamaica Gleaner News - Messing with Wayne Marshall's heart - Saturday | July 10, 2010". Mobile.jamaica-gleaner.com. 2010-07-10. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  17. ^ Name (required). "Wayne Marshall Talks Working With Director Storm Saulter + My Heart Remix [OFFICIAL VIDEO] « THE AVAH TAYLOR COMPANY". Avahtaylor.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  18. ^ http://www.in-jamaica.com/vidfeeder_view.php?id=FX6UCy0v56Y
  19. ^ "Caribbean’s hottest reality fashion show! | Jay Blessed Media". Jayblessed.com. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  20. ^ http://www.peerawards.com.jm/content/novia-mcdonald-whyte-jamaican-observer-lifestyle-editor
  21. ^ "www.jamyahso.com". www.jamyahso.com. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  22. ^ "On A Design 'Mission' - All Woman". JamaicaObserver.com. 2011-03-21. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  23. ^ "Mission Catwalk- the man behind the video camera - Mykal Cushnie". Kemar Daswell. CF - Caribbean Fashion Style journal. Retrieved august 22 2011. 
  24. ^ "Jamaica no longer just Reggae". Pravda. 2011-08-16. 
  25. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/9247731/Love-strikes-like-lightning-for-Usain-Bolt.html
  26. ^ a b "180 style art fashion design". 180mag.ca. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  27. ^ "www.jamyahso.com". www.jamyahso.com. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  28. ^ kucerova, lubica. "About". Lubica. Retrieved 16 August 2011. 
  29. ^ a b "Jamaica Gleaner News - A Neah Lis design. - 'Rock the World' comes alive with beauty and sex appeal - Friday | March 16, 2007". Jamaica-gleaner.com. 2007-03-16. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  30. ^ http://www.oceanstylemagazine.com/articles/?p=448
  31. ^ "Jamaica Gleaner News - Superstars rock runway at Fashionweek finale - Thursday | June 19, 2008". Jamaica-gleaner.com. 2008-06-19. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  32. ^ http://fashionarttoronto.wordpress.com/2011/04/27/lubica-fat-2011/
  33. ^ http://iriediva.com/2012/06/08/the-collections-and-beyond/
  34. ^ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/An-A1-affair_11642752
  35. ^ http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20120921/social/social1.html
  36. ^ http://kingstonbelle.tumblr.com/search/lubica
  37. ^ a b "Dancing to 'anúna' beat! - All Woman". JamaicaObserver.com. 2010-04-05. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  38. ^ "Cezar's finding his way - Entertainment". JamaicaObserver.com. 2010-09-13. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  39. ^ "Style & Vibes: Five Caribbean Designers You Should Know - LargeUp | LargeUp". Largeup.okayplayer.com. 2011-05-20. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  40. ^ a b "Yes, Toucan! - All Woman". JamaicaObserver.com. 2010-12-06. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  41. ^ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/An-A1-affair_11642752
  42. ^ [1][dead link]
  43. ^ Name (required) (2011-04-29). "FAT 2011 Series–Lubica « to-Fashionistas". Tofashionistas.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  44. ^ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/THECOLLECTION-creates-a-splash_11719807
  45. ^ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Kingston-Bridal-Week_12369528
  46. ^ http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20121008/flair/flair8.html
  47. ^ http://kingstonbelle.tumblr.com/search/lubica

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