A quiet afternoon in front of a couple of cappuccinos at Churreria Manolo's is what I envisaged when I managed to finally pin down Annie - one half of the duo behind Chajin Designs - for a mini interview off Via Argentina! But, how wrong could I be?
In fact it took just one call from a desperate manager at Physical (the foremost model academy in Panama), let down by a designer at the 11th hour for their pre-teen school catwalk show at Atlapa to get the whole world rocking, and with 6 pre-teen models and mums turning up within minutes for fittings, Annie transformed herself into superwoman - action and colour being the name of the game. Renown for her energy and multitasking capabilities, it was mind boggling to watch firsthand. On one side there was the Felix B Maduro jewellery order being signed off, a VIP client picking up a colourful tutu en route to the airport for a high society party, an urgent birthday present being ordered for another, her event planning company being hired for a friend's wedding, a restaurant enquiry for her next Ruta del Casco event and then of course the bunch of over-excited young girls with mums for the fittings! Ufff, pretty hard core by Panamanian standards! A couple of hours later when I left, Annie was still rushing around, though she managed to remind me that 2013 was the year for Europe. Whoopee! It looks like tropical colour is going to be spreading to EUROPE. We're going to be CHAJIN-ized. Siiiiiiii!