One man’s take on K2K 2014 costumes
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A bit of controversy this am.


K2K alliance recently launched their presentation for carnival 2014.  “Vie – The rise of the Sanctuary

First, It’s fantastic to see K2K do costumes with innovative designs With no feathers.

(Playing devils advocate here)
1. Some of these look like really nice evening gowns more suited to a gala fashion show than chipping down the road in the blazing hot equatorial sun.
2. People always complain about costumes not sticking to theme…. What theme do these costumes portray?
3. The male costumes have a bit too much tulle and frills for (social) comfort.


Now I’m coming from the point of view of a non Trini (Jamaican) who has only known Bikini beads and feathers mas. I understand the deep traditional roots Trinidad carnival came from and can also understand the needs of some to return to those days.

K2K isn’t trying to appeal to me, a BBF fan.  They definitely have their own distinct and enthusiastic crowd, but strangely enough on a certain level they do appeal to me.  I found myself thinking ” if they made those costumes  skimpier…….”


You see, I still want my carnival experience to be me in a endless throng of drunken, mostly naked revellers, but it would also be nice to see innovation from the BBF powers that be in terms of materials and designs.

So, while there is no way in hell I would jump in their current designs I have to applaud K2K’s innovative use of materials and design and, yes, encourage them.
In time, I feel sure their influence will eventually be seen even in the most die hard BBF band.


Would you jump with K2K?


Thanks to “Whey all the fetes are for carnival” for the photos!

7 thoughts on “One man’s take on K2K 2014 costumes

  • October 27, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Yeah Yeah Yeah. As an old school mas man, (Minshall and MacFarlane) you know I love these costumes… The theme is CLEAR…U can see the Sanctuary for exotic birds….Well done K2K. I know you love your BBF, but lets take time out to celebrate MASQUERADE…Mas….

  • October 27, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Yep. No arguments from me. Different strokes for different folks but NO ONE can dispute the breath of fresh air they bring to the arena!

  • October 28, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    I like the nakedness of carnival as well…the freedom it represents. However, these costumes appeal to the other side of me…the artsy and elegant.

  • October 28, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    If I was still a mas player, KSK would be my band of choice..hands down!!!. They have brought back the art of mas making…creativity. I wish them all the best for Carnival 2014…(faddda..yuh know I want tuh play eh)…lol

  • October 28, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    That’s it? This is your big analysis from a man’s point of view?

    Too much cloth, it’s too hot…not enough skin, the male costumes too frilly?

    Come on. Better than that.

  • October 28, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    I like to keep things simple.
    For me, those are the major issues with their male costumes.

    Do they adequately portray human sanctuary? Opinion on the styles and patterns used? That’s up to each reveller to decide if they feel is adequate.
    I guess when I say a man’s point of view I really meant to say MY point of view. Sorry if the review was a letdown.

  • October 28, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Very true.

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