Lubica Kucerova

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Lubica
Born (1983-04-27) 27 April 1983 (age 33)
Lucenec, Slovakia
Nationality Slovakian
Education Ryerson University
Occupation Fashion designer
Awards The Jamaica Observer designer of the year
Labels Lubica

Lubica Kucerova (born 27 April 1983), also known as Lubica Slovak, is a Slovakia born fashion designer, Ryerson University graduate and founder of LUBICA, clothing company based 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, Beyond and Dream.[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,[13] written and produced by Nile Saulter,[14] younger brother to famed Jamaican producer and Betta mus Come[15] movie director Storm Saulter.[16] In 2012, Lubica would once again team up with the Saulter brothers to produce Jamaica's first fashion film Beyond.[17][18]

In 2010 Lubica made a cameo appearance in Jamaican Reggae-Dancehall music video Messing with my Heart[19] performed by Wayne Marshall (deejay) featuring multi award winning dancehall act Mavado (singer).[20][21]

On the Jamaican version of Project Runway, Mission Catwalk Season 1, Lubica was featured as a guest judge.[22] She shared judging responsibilities with The Jamaica Observer's fashion editor Novia McDonald-Whyte,[23] famed Jamaican designers Sandra Kennedy[24] & Carlton Brown,[25] and the shows host and executive producer, Keenea Linton-George.[26][27] The series was directed by famed Jamaican director Mykal Cushnie.[28]

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[29]

Lubica is a former girlfriend of the Jamaican Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt.[30]

Career[edit]

In 2004 Lubica hosted her first fashion show at The Distillery District in Toronto, showcasing famed Canadian designer Zoran Dobric[31] while she was still a fashion student at Ryerson University.[32] In 2005, Lubica worked backstage at Caribbean Fashion Week[33] which would inspire her to launch her self-titled Lubica line at the LG Fashion Week in Toronto.[34] 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,[35] 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,[36][37] where she closed the show with International pop recording artist Tami Chynn.[38] 2008 would also mark the year that Lubica returned to Canada to participate in Fashion Art Toronto: FAT and has since participated in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013.[39] In 2012, Lubica debuted her Beyond line at the The Collection fashion series.[40] Audi Jamaica, the event's title sponsor, signed Lubica as their exclusive fashion face, giving the designer an AUDI A1 sports motorcar.[41] She later showcased the updated Beyond collection in September at Kingston Bridal Week 2012 in Kingston, Jamaica[42] and again in November at Bratislavke Monde DNI 2012 in Bratislava, Slovakia.[43] In 2013 Lubica debuted her "Dream" collection at The Collections Moda fashion show in Kingston, Jamaica among other local talented favorites, Project Runway designers - Korto Momolu,Jerell Scott, Gordana Gehlhausen, and a NYC based designer for House of Sukeina, Omar Salaam. Lubica was in the Top 3 pick from the 10 designers by Jamaica Gleaner[44]

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.[45] In 2011 both Tami and Lubica would collaborate again to launch Belle, the female clothing counterpart to Base Kingston male boutique.[5][46]

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][47]

In December 2010, in partnership with Mini Countryman, Lubica launched her Toucan inspired collection simultaneously with Mini's new SUV.[48]

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]

Lubica teamed up with the award winning director Storm Saulter and Nile Saulter ("Better Mus Come") and produced Jamaica's first fashion film called Beyond, which was featured by FashionTV worldwide.[49]

Fashion shows[edit]

  • The Distillery 2004[32]
  • LG Fashion Week 2005[3]
  • Cayman Ice Models Fashion show 2006
  • Caribbean Fashion Week 2006[50]
  • Rock the World 2007[35]
  • Caribbean Fashion Week 2007
  • Fashion Art Toronto:Toronto Alternative Art and Fashion Week 2008
  • Fashion Art Toronto:Toronto Alternative Art and Fashion Week 2009
  • Anuna Launch 2010[7]
  • Fashion Art Toronto:Toronto Alternative Art and Fashion Week 2010[45]
  • Toucan & Countryman mini Launch 2010[48]
  • Fashion Art Toronto: Toronto Alternative Art Fashion Week 2011[51]
  • The Collections 2012: Kingston, Jamaica[52]
  • Kingston Bridal Week 2012: Kingston, Jamaica[53]
  • Bratislavske Modne DNI 2012: Bratislava, Slovakia[43][54]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Conversation with Jamaican Based Fashion Designer, Lubica (Jamaica)". Jamaicans.com. 2011-04-25. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
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  4. ^ a b Henry, Krista (2006-06-02). "Lubica comes in from the cold". Jamaica Gleaner. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  5. ^ a b Hansen, Erin (2010-11-20). "Belle adds flair at Base Kingston". Jamaica Gleaner. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  6. ^ a b "Fashion Bio: Month 1 Lubica". Strutt Central Blog. 2011-05-25. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  7. ^ a b c "Tami Chynn launches new fashion line - Business". The Jamaica Observer. 2010-04-01. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  8. ^ "Ľubica Kučerová: Nová hviezda Karibiku je z Lučenca" [Lubica Kucerova: New Caribbean Star from Lučenec]. Hospodárske noviny (in Slovak). Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
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  10. ^ Lubica Kucerova at the Internet Movie Database
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  13. ^ "Coast Clip HD: Coloured". New Caribbean Cinema. 
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  15. ^ Betta mus Come on YouTube
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  17. ^ Beyond on Vimeo
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  19. ^ Grandison, Garfene (2010-07-10). "Messing with Wayne Marshall's heart". Jamaica Gleaner. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
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  28. ^ "Mission Catwalk- the man behind the video camera - Mykal Cushnie". Kemar Daswell. CF - Caribbean Fashion Style journal. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  29. ^ "Jamaica no longer just Reggae". Pravda. 2011-08-16. 
  30. ^ "Love strikes like lightning for Usain Bolt". Telegraph. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  31. ^ "Zoran Dobric". 
  32. ^ a b "180 style art fashion design". 180mag.ca. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  33. ^ "Lubica". JamYahso. 2010-03-26. Archived from the original on 2012-03-20. 
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  35. ^ a b Johnson, Carolyn (2007-03-16). "A Neah Lis design. - 'Rock the World' comes alive with beauty and sex appeal". Jamaica Gleaner. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
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  39. ^ "Lubica FAT 2011". Fashion Art Toronto. 2011-04-27. 
  40. ^ "Kerry manwomanhome and Lubica present: The Collections and Beyond - Irie Diva Style". Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
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  43. ^ a b "Kingston Belle". Kingstonbelle.tumblr.com. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
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  48. ^ a b "Yes, Toucan! - All Woman". The Jamaica Observer. 2010-12-06. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
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  53. ^ "Kingston Bridal Week - All Woman". The Jamaica Observer. 2012-09-03. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
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