Zen Magazine May issue featuring M.A.F Couture from Editorial
Zen Magazine shares this month’s fabulous fashion editorial featuring M.A.F Couture.
This issue features model Sippora Jack striking poses in clothes from M.A.F couture. This is also the Summer/Spring 2013 Collection for the M.A.F Couture label.
Editor’s Note: Go for colours this season in exciting and glamorous prints from M.A.F. Couture, says Arinze Nwokolo and we check out the Contents for the month of May.
Check out the collection below.
Photography: Remon van den Kommer
Stylist: Tammy van Bommel
Makeup Artist: Melanie Wortman
Hair Stylist: Eldridge Mullenh of Aloye Adede
Seyi Shay looking gorgeous and pretty in new photos
Our very own Nigerian musical artist Seyi Shay recently released new promo shots of her gorgeous self. The promo shots have been released in anticipation of her new musical video for her single ‘Irawo’.
Check out more beautiful pictures below.
Nigerian Label AYABA presents its debut Collection – “Arewa”
Nigerian fashion label AYABA showcases its new collection; ‘AREWA’. The brand stands behind a firm belief that the AREWA woman is hard working, fearless, smiles in the face of adversity breaks boundaries, is bold & daring, fun, stylish, graceful and a trendsetter.
The creative brain behind the label, Tomiwa Oladele for this collection has teamed up with Muyiwa Adesemowo of Trybze Imagery to bring you their debut look-book.
View collection below.
Photography: Muyiwa Adesemowo of Trybze Imagery – 08127630632
Make up: K.Fred of Colour Harbour – 08062449540
Edited by: Olatokunbo Aworinde
Oyato Design & Artistry presents its Summer/Spring Collection – ‘Vintage Pop Print’
New York based Nigerian fashion designer, Odunayo Ade presents her new 2013 Spring/Summer Oyato Design & Artistry collection – ‘Vintage Pop Print’.
The collection which was exhibited in New York in September 2012 consists of a 16 piece vintage themed look-book with a modern twist.
According to Odunayo Ade, “…(I’m) a sucker for old films so for months I indulged in classic films from ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ to ‘To Sir with Love’ and the end result was this collection!” The collection consists of silk, linen, cotton blends and damask fabrics in white, red, mustard and gold. The look-book has crisp photos with models adorned with vintage hairstyles and fierce poses.
See collection below.
Albino Model Diandra Forrest features in FASHIZBLACK Magazine’s “Underground Beauty” Spread for the April/May 2013 Issue
Paris-based international fashion magazine FASHIZBLACK features albino model Diandra Forrest in its April/May 2013 issue.
The magazine FASHIZBLACK is set to hit newsstands with exciting and artistic editorial sections, one of which is with model Diandra Forrest.
The model speaking in an interview with BBC said: “I want to change the way people see girls with albinism in the continent.”
She does just that on the ‘Underground Beauty’ spread of the magazine’s latest issue.
Take a look.
Mistakes To Avoid When Wearing A Tie
1. Too Much Accessory
The common necktie accessories are tie-clips and bars, tie pins, and tie chains. While a tie bar can be a perfect addition to your look (especially when paired with solid skinny ties), you want to keep these types of necktie jewellery sleek and elegant.
Tie pins, chains, and collar bars are no longer in fashion and should be avoided.
2. Necktie Too Short
A tie should be tied so that it ends near the middle of your belt buckle. A tie that has been tied too short will throw off the entire look. There is no excuse for it! Even for tall men, most designers offer longer length ties.
3. Poorly Tied Tie
These mistakes include: a tie tied too short or too long, a flimsy looking knot that does not fill the gap between the collar, or a knot that shows any part of the narrow end of the tie.
4. Wrinkled and/or Stained Neckties
The necktie is usually the focal point of your ensemble. Thus, a wrinkled or stained necktie is immediately noticeable. While ties cannot be washed or ironed (because doing so damages the inlay and drape of the tie), always untie your necktie after each wearing. Hang your ties on a tie rack or over a hanger and the fabric will straighten itself out over night. Also make sure you rotate your ties, and never wear the same tie two days in a row.
5. Choose an Appropriate Tie Width
The tie width you choose must be proportionate to your body type, dress shirt, suit and tie knot. Yes, skinny ties are trendy, but they will look out of place if worn with a boxy cut, wide lapelled suit.
6. Choosing the Wrong Tie for a Particular Dress Code
Yes, there are indeed some dress codes and occasions that will require you to wear a particular style of tie. A perfect example here is the formal black tie dress code (requiring you to wear a self-tied black bow tie), as well as the even more formal white tie occasion (white self-tied pique bow tie).
7. Avoid Clashing Colours & Patterns
So many men choose the wrong tie colour and/or pattern for their outfits. In terms of colour, choose a shade that compliments your shirt and suit. In doubt wear a dark navy, or charcoal suit, and a white dress shirt as any colour tie will compliment.
Agbani Darego Sits On Top of The World – Covers TW Magazine
TW Magazine’s cover girl for the month of May is none other than Agbani Darego, who at the impressionable young age of 18 was thrust from obscurity unto the world stage, when she made history in 2001 by becoming the first black African woman to be crowned Miss World.
In a pose that shows a woman who is youthful, exuberant and stunningly beautiful, Agbani Darego is still ‘Sitting On Top Of The World’ 12 years after receiving her gilded crown. She has made a conscious effort to live her life away from the public eye, but in this revealing interview she opens up like never before, sharing details about her journey from the pageant world to the modelling circuit her current evolution into a fashion entrepreneur with the launch of her eponymous denim line.
This issue also features veteran performer and Nigerian Idol judge, Yinka Davies, a feisty woman who is determined to stay true to her own voice. In this interview Yinka talks fame, family and the tragic accident that changed her outlook on life.
See photos below.
Cover story: Ope L. Akinyemi
Cover outfit: Jewel by Lisa
Photographer: Reze Bonna
Stylist: Ebun Aboderin
Makeup: Mary-Jane @ Zaron
Hair: TJ Hair
What to Wear to a Black-Tie Event
Black-tie events are the most formal kind of events, which usually takes place in the evening. It requires that men wear tuxedos (hence the black tie) and women wear gowns. Today, the terms are looser, and many events will be ‘black-tie optional,’ which means you have a bit of leeway (think cocktail dresses in addition to gowns).
Help yourself with these great tips below.
Put On Long Dresses: You don’t want to be underdressed for a black-tie event, and a long dress instantly catapults you into best-dressed potential. We rarely get opportunities to dress up, so enjoy the drama of a floor-length dress!
Balance out Your Sexiness and Bling: You can have cut-outs, a thigh-high slit, crystal embellishment, and jewellery, but you have to balance it out so you don’t look like a bad prom project. If your dress has cut-outs, keep jewellery to a minimum. If your dress has a thigh-high slit, don’t go for a cleavage-busting bodice and a huge diamond necklace. If your dress has crystal embellishment or sequins, wear less jewellery. On the flip side, if your dress is basic, dress it up with big jewellery.
Mix Bold Colour: Try a navy gown with a jade necklace, or a gray dress with a pink necklace, or a violet dress with a deep purple sash. Playing around with colours can make you stand out, especially if your dress is more basic.
Feel Free To Belt It: If you feel your dress needs a little something, go for a bold coloured or beaded belt or sash. Don’t do this with empire waist or super fitted dresses, but it will work on something with a defined waist.
Consider Investing In Dresses: If you only plan on attending three black-tie events in your life, invest in a quality, classic black or navy dress that won’t get old with time. Silhouettes like column dresses never go out of style, and because it’s simple, you can update it with contemporary jewellery.
If in Doubt, Basic Is Best: You love that sequin one-shoulder dress, but you’re not sure about how conservative or formal the event is. Play it safe and stick to a subtle, clean silhouette, and jazz it up with accessories — be it a beaded jacket, shawl, or jewellery. That way, you control how dramatic, subtle, or elegant you want to look.
Black-Tie Optional or Creative Black Tie: You can wear a shorter dress if you want, but try to avoid a mini-dress.
Design Label DPipertwins presents its 2013 Spring/Summer Collection
The label Dpipertwins is from the creative minds of twin sisters; Danielle and Chantelle Dwomoh-Piper, graduates from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Dpipertwins was formerly known as Kastle Designs and Tresure Chest.
Already gaining credibility the label has been featured on Arise Magazine Fashion Week, Glitz Africa Fashion Week in Ghana, New York Fashion Week, Rachael Ray show, NBC’s Today Show, Vogue Japan and the hit series Gossip Girl to name a few. Also celebrities such as Tamar Braxton, Lila Lopes (Miss Universe 2011), Bianca Golden from Americas Next Top Model (ANTM) and others have been spotted wearing their designs.
This collection is bright and girlish showcasing the labels speciality; accessories and clothing. It is filled with simple cut silhouettes, Ankara print and lace dresses, sequins tops, skirts and dresses and the jewellery pieces are simple yet bold
Check out collection below
Photographer: George Legare
Model: Myea Hoskey
Makeup Artist: Richard Lomax
Hair Stylist: Charisma Cardoza
TAP Designs presents its “Belle Dame” Collection
Belle Dame is a French word which means ‘beautiful woman’. The collection from TAP Designs shows the model in well tailored modern, feminine and sophisticated dresses, shirts and skirts.
The TAP woman is knowledgeable and refined in the way of fashion and strikes a balance between usefulness in design and looking good.
See the collection below:
Photography: Dmayo Images
Vlisco Presents Its 2nd Collection This Year – ‘Hommagea l’art’
Vlisco has released images for its 2nd collection this year. The collection titled, ‘Hommage a l’art’ is themed with calm colour tones with the models on furnishings in beautiful surroundings.
It features the Vlisco print in all diversities and silhouettes, with a significant hue of gold being the most prominent.
L’Espace presents its 2013 Collection Look book
Fashion retail house, L’Espace has released images for its 2013 look book collection, which includes well known Nigerian design brands such as Virgos Lounge, Alali Boutique, Obsidian, Clan and a host of others. The images also show L’Espace’s quality in high fashion, sophistication and current updates with the trends in fashion. The collection shows trends such as bold prints, pastels, metallic, vintage style purses and so on.
See photos below
Fashion Photography: Toyosi Faridah Kekere-Ekun | www.tfkportfolio.com
Beauty Photography: LOS
Fashion Model: Adeola Ariyo
Beauty Model: Banke
Assistant Creative Director: Ijeoma Ndekwu
Hair: The Blowdry Bar at L’Espace
Makeup: House of Tara
Tonto Dikeh Graces Cover Page of Glitz Africa
The latest issue of Glitz Africa Magazine was unveiled last Thursday at the Silver Lounge, Accra Mall. Guess who graces the cover? None other than, controversial Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh.
Doesn’t she look fab?
Tell us what you think.
Trish O Couture Presents its A/W Collection – ‘Beaute Exotic’ (Photos)
Fashion label Trish O Couture is back with its Autumn and Winter look book collection – Beaute Exotic.
Beaute Exotic is inspired by fairytales, romance, and feminine beauty with an African feel. The designer makes use of lace, velvet, black and silver sequins, feather, leather, beautiful fascinators and Ankara prints to portray both the sexiness yet softness of womanhood with the aim to have a global appeal to women across board.
See collection below.
Can I Be a Model? (Part 2)
Plus Size Modelling
Modelling for the larger body type, is on the increase and a relatively new phenomenon. If you’re confident, with great attributes and you are between the sizes of 12-16 US (14-18 UK) then this could be for you. More and more advertisers are using Plus Size Models to promote their products in a bid to appeal to a broader demographic.
As a Plus Size model you will still need to have great skin, teeth and hair and have that something special about you. For High Fashion Plus Sized Models the height requirements remain at a minimum of 172cm (5”8).
This is modelling that emphasises a model’s sexuality. Glamour Modelling can range from lingerie and swimwear shoots, to artistic and nude photography, to men’s magazines. You will need to be beautiful, sexy and confident, with an extremely outgoing personality. Height restrictions tend not to apply, which is the great attraction to many models. If you are considering this area of modelling, take care as there are many dishonest people that take advantage of young models who are eager to get into modelling. If you are interested in Glamour Modelling it’s advisable to have a reputable agency looking out for your best interests.
Body Parts Models
An area not usually thought about for newcomers, but it is a very relevant sector of the industry. The most common body parts tend to be hair, eyes, lips, hands, legs and feet, which are used to promote many products in print and TV. You will need to have exceptionally well proportioned body parts and know how to look after them. This is definitely an area within modelling that’s worth considering as it can prove to be surprisingly profitable.
Modelling in TV commercials does not have any overall criteria for height, size and age, as each commercial requires someone different and specific to that job. It is usually necessary to have some acting ability, but this can be a natural ability or learned. There are many different types of TV commercials, ranging from the highly stylised photographic, to the performance led reality style. The great advantage in TV commercials for a model is that brands are continuously seeking models, which the general public can easily identify with. This opens up the doors to almost everyone, who feels that they have what it takes to work in this sector. Typically those represented by a model or actors agency have a better chance of appearing in TV commercials.
Real Life Models (People Models) and TV/Film Extras
If you like the idea of modelling, but do not fit into the above categories, then this could be for you. Real life models are used in advertising or corporate campaigns, when companies are looking to represent the everyday person.
As a TV/Film Extra you will generally be non-featured (no speaking parts) and in the background of a scene. This can be fun and interesting to be part of, but it can also be long hours with lots of waiting around. The benefits are that if you are flexible with your days, it can be a good way to supplement your income.
Can I Be a Model? (Part 1)
New models often ask themselves whether they have what it takes to become one.
You are likely to hear that to be a model you need to be beautiful, tall and slender with perfect proportions. Now this is certainly true for high fashion models, where designers want one type of model that they feel shows off their designs in the best way. However, if you do not fit these criteria, don’t despair as there are many other areas that you can work in successfully and lucratively as a model.
The modelling industry needs all different shapes and sizes. It ranges from the models that are required for the runways of Paris and Milan to those seen in the background of TV commercials. You need to find the right fit and your place in the industry. To help you with this we have listed the different types of modelling work that’s available and the criteria for each, and as with most things in life there are always exceptions.
When you see the incredibly tall and lean figures that grace the runways and editorials for the leading fashion houses and designers, these are the High Fashion models. They are generally required to be between 172cm to 180cm (5”8 to 5”11), with a dress size of 4-6 US (6-8 UK), with a typical bust size of 34. The age range can be from 14 to 25.
For guys the age range is more flexible and they can start from the age of 16 until their late 40’s. They need to be between 180cm to 188cm (5”11 to 6”2), with an excellent physique and a chest size of 94cm to 106cm (37” to 42”) and 76cm to 81cm (30” to 32”) waist. Guys tend to have longer careers if they look after themselves.
This is modelling for magazine editorials and covers such as Vogue, Elle etc. The standard requirements for these models are similar to those in High Fashion and you must be very photogenic. Quite often the same models will work in both Editorial Print and High Fashion. These editorials provide great exposure for models even though the fees earned are sometimes relatively low. This is normal and it can take a few years to gain the experience needed to get the bigger paying jobs.
This is a huge market that encompasses every kind of print advertising. This can range from advertising in magazines, to products on supermarket shelves to billboards. The benefit of working in Commercial Print as a model is that the target audience of the advertisers varies considerably. Naturally the brands want to attract and represent the people that will buy their products, so there are many opportunities here if you are not the High Fashion type.
Companies create catalogues (print or online) to sell their latest clothing lines or various other products, and it’s the models job to make them look good. Here you will find many great opportunities for different model types, as the model is chosen to represent the target audience of the different companies. With the increasing number of websites that require models to promote their goods online, this is very lucrative for many models.
Next Top Model Comes to Africa
Our very own Nigerian Supermodel Oluchi Orlandi will host a pan-regional version, ‘Africa’s Next Top Model’
CBS Studios International has announced that the African format rights for America’s Next Top Model have been sold to New York-based LuLu Productions, owned by Oluchi. Lulu productions will work with Never Machine Productions to produce Africa’s Next Top Model.
“My company, LuLu Productions, will be partnering with Never Machine productions with Gavin Wratten as co-executive producer and also one of the giant media houses to help make this show a big success,” added Oluchi in a statement.
The reality competition series will be shot primarily on location in South Africa and is slated to air pan-regionally in Africa on the MNET Africa Magic channels in 2013.
Nigerian supermodel Oluchi Orlandi will serve as host and executive producer. Also, South African Tourism is sponsoring the show, which will begin production in August in Cape Town in English.
Models will be selected from eight countries throughout Africa.
Natural Hair, Fashion and You
Natural hair is kinky! Natural hair is coarse! Natural hair is untameable! Natural hair is wild! Natural hair is …and the list goes on. But who says natural hair isn’t fashionable.
Natural hair is diverse and you can make it work for you in order to complement your style.
Below are pictures of some ladies rocking their natural hair fashionably!
Tai Adeboyeku Presents Her Autumn/Winter Collection 2013
Tai Adeboyeku presents her Autumn /Winter Collection 2013, designed for the modern woman. This creative mind behind the eponymous brand has worked with Derek Lam, Donna Karan and Catherine Malandrino and this accumulated experience has birthed this detailed and timeless collection.
With each piece having a timeless, classic and textural aesthetic the collection is designed to flatter the curves & silhouette of a woman. The collection is also laden with fringe & backless dresses, structured detailing, trimmings, monochrome sections and bursts of colour in lemon, bright pink and grey.
The Tai Adeboyeku woman knows what she wants in fashion and this collection speaks for itself in the quality of each piece.
See collection below.
Photography: Melanie Joy Photography
Styling: Tai Adeboyeku
Model: Asia Abdullah
Tea Dresses – (Photos)
Known as a ‘woman’s at-home dress for informal entertainment’ there’s something enduringly elegant about a tea dress.
And as spring has arrived, there’s nothing more perfect for the season than these bright and breezy frocks…
These dresses will also be perfect for summer.
Have a look at some beautiful tea dresses below:
DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A SUPERMODEL?
ELITE MODEL LOOK NIGERIA 2013
Elite Model Look is the most renowned international modelling contest in the world and it has discovered some of the most successful models around the globe.
It is unique in providing the opportunity for young girls to enter the fashion industry become models and begin fabulous careers.
The Elite Model Look contest is a prestigious event open to beginners with a professional aim: looking for and discovering the young hopefuls who will become the Top Models of the Future.
Since 1983, this competition has discovered future industry luminaries such as Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour, Tatjana Patitz, Claudia Schiffer, Karen Mulder, Linda Evangelista, Denisa Dvorakova and Gisele Bundchen were all discovered through ELITE.
For the 6th consecutive year, the Elite model look scouts will be touring around cities near you in Nigeria in search for that girl who has what it takes to represent Nigeria on the International stage.
NATIONAL CASTING FINALS
DATE: July 20th, 2013
VENUE: Civic Center
ADDRESS: Ozumba Mbadiwe Street, Victoria Island Lagos Nigeria
-Be between the ages of 14 years to 22 yeras
-Be a minimum height of 172cm
A chance to win 150,000 USD at Elite Model Finale in October 2013 in China
A chance to win a modelling contract with Elite Model Management world wide
An all expense paid trip to New York
$1,000 shopping spree
To participate upload your pictures on Elite Model Look Nigeria website page or the facebook page
For more information contact
Phone No: 08033278752 or 08091892258
Ma’ Bello Clothier release ‘Chic and Sassy’ Collection
In December 2012, Ma’ Bello Clothier was officially launched with an exhibition and fashion show to unveil Creative Director Osa Aisien’s brainchild.
This fashion brand dares to be different from what is normally seen in Nigeria- fashionable clothes made especially for curvy or fashionable plus size women. How fabulous and refreshing!
MBC has special expertise in designing, fitting and styling the latest fashions to flatter the curvy woman.
The plus-size fashion represents the biggest opportunity in retail as an average woman is a UK size 14. It’s also the most underserved market.
Take a look at the collection below.
Ade Bakare Presents Summer 2013 Collection
Ade Bakare is a familiar name to most London and Nigerian high society belles. Evening gowns so elegant, day gowns so exquisite and wedding gowns so lush it’s a picture that makes a heart bleed! Yes, Ade Bakare’s creations have that effect on every lady. With fabrics that flow and finishes that are nothing but perfection, Ade Bakare is one of the Nigerian designers making Nigeria proud.
This Nigerian designer has done it again. His brand new collection, Sahara features a range of unique designs in burnt oranges, golden yellows and deep sapphires as well as one of spring’s hottest trends, monochrome.
Prints, sequins and embellishments are also generously used to enhance traditional fabrics.
You just have to love these designs. See pictures below.
Former Miss World, Agbani Darego launches AD denim line (PHOTOS)
She’s not only beautiful, but smart as well. Former Miss World, Agbani Darego recently launched AD line of Denim created for all body types.
She says, “Launching AD by Agbani Darego is a dream come true for me. Jeans are my loved go-to everyday look and it’s a love I share with a lot of young girls and women for its comfort and simplicity.
“AD by Agbani Darego is a line that caters to the ease we require of our personal style and it has been a pleasure creating a line that’s intuitive to our body, style and pocket needs. I am excited about it and I hope that it will be well received,” she says.
AD denim line will be available in stores and on-line in June 2013. The first products to be launched are its range of Jeans, Polo shirts and its Zip front Shirt Dress. Named after the Nigerian woman, the Jeans will come in four styles; Bola – “Trouser Leg”, Aisha – “Classic Cut”, Ify – “Boyfriend Jeans”, Nosa – “Skinny Jeans” and in a variety of washes. Prices of products range from 6,500 Naira – 12,500 Naira.
“Bridal Enchantment” – Presenting the 2013 Bride & Bridesmaid Collection by Tosho Woods
Every bride wants to feel unique and special on her big day.
The ‘Bridal Enchantment‘ collection by Tosho Woods includes fabulous options for bridesmaids and brides who want to dazzle with a reception dress or a simple option for her civil ceremony.
According to the designer, “The pieces were inspired by the beauty of asymmetrical lines seen in most of the dresses and the grace and elegance that comes with a well tailored bridesmaids dress. The collection is themed with mono strap and sleeveless dresses in taffeta, chiffon and lace laden with studded embellishments and sequins.
Traditional wedding colours like beige, lilac, peach, mangrove green, baby pink, gold, burnt orange and white were incorporated to give a soft elegance to the silhouettes.
The Tosho Woods Bride & bridesmaid collection is completely devoted to speaking through her personal style. We only create the pieces for her, she brings them to life! “
Nigerian Design label House of Dorcas out with its 2013 Spring/Summer collection look book- Demure Indulgence (Photos)
The collection explores the other side of today’s conventional woman. Cool colours, ruffles, tassels and sailor inspired fabrics are the label signature for this season. Classy & beautiful, the pieces in this collection are laden with whites, cool blues, bright reds and yellows to accentuate the subtle fearlessness in every woman.
View pictures below.
Photography: TCD Photography (Tobbie Maguire)
Model: Uru Eke (HOD Ambassador)
Styling: Yolanda Okereke (theRANIcompany)
Hair & make Up: Bayo Haastrup
Creative Director/ Designer: Ololade Majekodunmi
Fashion tips for skinny ladies
Do you know that you can look good in your clothes even if you’re skinny? The trick really is to choose and wear the right clothes. Have fun making yourself adorable and attractive. Here are some fashion tricks for the skinny ladies.
A lot of girls desire to be like the supermodels they see on TV and Magazines – slim and tall. Today, we can find so many fashion articles for the different body types but not so many useful fashion tips for skinny girls. Girls always want to look pretty and gain attention. They also want the other girls to be envious of them.
Below are some fashion tips.
Wear heavy fabrics
Consider wearing clothes made of velvet, corduroy, wool, velveteen or heavy knits. Besides the fact that they are also comfy and keep you warm, these fabrics add more shape to your look and in the meantime create the illusion of fullness.
Avoid belts at mid-waist
Wearing a belt at mid-waist makes you look even thinner, so it is better to let go of these pieces from your wardrobe.
Choose colourful clothes
Colours look good on thin bodies. Vibrant, bright or pale colours are good choices. Try offbeat combinations.
Get bold and daring
Choose clothes with exciting and exotic prints like flowers and animals. Consider wearing bold plaids and horizontal designs.
Get rid of your skinny jeans or super-tight pants
Extra-fitted jeans are not meant for your body type. Instead wear straight cut denim, parallel fit jeans or trousers with a tight flare at the bottom.
Stylish and easy ways to tie a scarf
By JENNIFER YOO
Knotted, looped, tied, or wrapped scarves can be worn in many different ways. Try these updates the next time you’re searching for an accessory to jazz up your outfit.
How to Wear a Hat
Hats are often worn out of necessity, but wearing hats as fashion accessories takes courage. The secret is to choose the right hat, wear it correctly and with confidence. The following will help you to wear hats without looking or feeling ridiculous or out of place.
- Choose a hat that fits your face and complements your skin colour: For instance, a person with a long face shouldn’t wear a hat with a lot of height, but a person with a round face will look good in a tall hat. A person with ruddy cheeks will look good in a brown hat.
- Restyle your hair: For most hats, it’s best to pull your hair back or let it hang down without styling it around your face. A sure route to ‘hat hair’ is to style your hair the same way you do when you’re not wearing one.
- Wear the correct size: Your hat shouldn’t come down over your ears or fall off every time you tilt your head. It shouldn’t give you a headache or leave a red mark across your forehead when you remove it. If you have to fuss with your hat, it’s probably not the right size.
- Tilt your hat: Sun hats are meant to be worn on the back of the head; fedoras should be worn down over the eyebrows. Berets should be worn on one side. If the hat you’re trying on doesn’t look right, try it at a different angle.
- Match your hat to your clothes: A fedora will be out of place with a sundress, and a sunhat is inappropriate in winter.
- Decorate your hat: Put a pin in the band or use it to attach the brim to the crown. Add feathers, flowers or ribbons.
- Choose the right hat for the occasion: Sunhats and western hats are meant to protect your face from the sun, but they aren’t right for going to concerts or movies because they might obstruct the view of those behind you.
Tip & warning: Putting a little hairspray on your hair will keep your hat from slipping.
Clutch purses and Style
Clutch purses aren’t just ordinary purses; they are chic and can jazz up any outfit you decide to pair them up with. They are also seen as an accessory which can hold your driver’s license, credit card, and a cell phone.
They are designed to be carried by hand, some have a detachable chain or leather strap so they can also be worn hanging from the shoulder. There are many different styles of clutches, and some form of small purse has been used since the Babylonian era, though specific styles have gone in and out of fashion since then. In modern times, they’re most often used as evening bags.
Clutches can be seen in a huge variety of shapes, makes and styles, all of which can vary between brands and seasons. They may come as little square boxes, in triangles or heart shapes, covered with satin, beads or brocade. They are fastened with tassels, loops, and other fanciful decorations. Leather or vinyl clutches are available for less formal events when a smaller purse is still desirable.
A woman wearing a conservatively coloured dress might choose a brightly coloured clutch purse to add some colour to her outfit, or might trade in a more utilitarian purse that she carries daily for a unique clutch if she goes out for an evening event. Since they’re often relatively cheap, some women choose to buy many clutches in different styles so that they’ll have a purse to match with many different outfits.
Nigerian Design Label Maki Oh presents its Fall/Winter 2013 Collection Look book
Nigerian Fashion Label ‘Maki Oh’ is taking her individuality in fashion into Fall/Winter 2013. Featured on top fashion platforms alike Vogue magazine and Vogue’s Style.com this label has captured the attention of ‘fashion people‘ from all over with its conversational pieces, technical structures and detailed construction.
The label’s new collection inspired by the art of hair threading, uses the ‘Adire‘ material to create fine pieces in white, lilac and blue tones. The pieces have asymmetrical hems, a couple of jackets to appeal to its foreign audience in the fall season and signature sheer detail typical of Maki Oh designs.
Something that really caught our eye is the individuality in each piece and the undertone of African heritage in each frame while still maintaining a global appeal.
Take a look.
Gorgeous wedding hairstyles – Photos
We all know the importance of having a good hair day, and your wedding day is certainly the day to have every hair in place! As a soon to be bride, the thought of what wedding hairdo to wear will definitely be on your ‘to-do’ list. Every bride wants to look gorgeous and glamorous on her wedding day, and she will also love to make a statement with her hair.
You can look fabulous and chic on that day with these gorgeous wedding hairstyles that are sure to shine. From pretty up-dos to spectacular side-swept bangs, walking down the aisle has never been so glamorous.
Check out these photos…
Dressing for a Fashion job Interview – Do’s and Don’ts
Thinking of what to wear for an interview can be a job itself. To help, we’ve put together some dos and don’ts which will guide you on how to dress for a fashion job interview.
Take copies of your resume along with you
Perhaps the biggest faux-pas in any interview is showing up without a resume, even more so in a fashion industry interview. Be sure to go along with your resume, references and cover letter in a structured portfolio on solid card stock. It’s a simple investment but will demonstrate your absolute professionalism.
Keep your makeup clean.
This isn’t the time to practice your smoky eye or red lip. Keep your makeup clean, fresh faced and minimal. When you’re caked up with make-up you immediately set the tone that you’re more self-absorbed than your work. Moreover, with more make-up, you run a more serious risk of lipstick on the teeth or eye liner running.
Keep it in mind that you’re still on an interview. Opt for a clean, crisp black dress with select jewellery pieces. Less is more. It’s more impressive to see an interviewee pull together a balanced outfit with classic staples than to see them wearing the latest fashion trend. Also, have your clothes dry cleaned before your interview.
Wear comfortable and sensible heels.
Absolutely wear heels as it will naturally help your posture. Make sure you can walk comfortably in them across all possible flooring materials i.e. marble, hardwood, tile and carpet. It sounds weird but imagine the instant panic you’ll feel when you realise your heels are gliding more than walking over the lacquered floors. Also, make sure they’re polished heels.
Be confident and smile
Go for your interview with confidence and a smile from ear to ear. When your face is brimming with positive energy, your outfit becomes secondary and your personality, charm and wit take centre stage.
DON’T wear head to toe designer labels.
When you are sporting the Chanel handbag, Hermes bangles and Gucci sunglasses all at once, your interviewer will second guess how your resume got to the top, “Did someone call in a favour? Will this girl really roll-up her sleeves and work or is she just pampered?” Instead of loading up on blatant designer goods, wear more obscure or less flashy designer pieces that reflect your personal style.
DON’T opt for a more casual look.
Even if a friend tips you off that everyone working at the company sports jeans and a t-shirt, don’t dress down. Remember: they have the job already and don’t need to impress you. A more lax look may be acceptable in this industry but not for an interview. Don’t wear jeans and don’t wear open toe shoes.
Make a Bold Statement with Red Lip Stick
Red lipstick is a universal classic and has yet to go out of style. It is not just make up, it is a fashion statement. Many women assume they can’t wear it. They’re wrong. It is a look everyone can wear for any occasion. It just depends on choosing the right shade.
Are you trying to pull off a sensational look? Try these steps below:
1. Tone down the rest of your face
When you wear red lipstick, make sure the rest of your makeup is toned down. The paler the skin, the bolder the look. Natural, flawless skin and a little mascara is all you really need.
2. Line your lips
The thing with red lipstick is that it tends to bleed. Make sure you line inside your lips with a neutral lip liner and not outside.
3. Pick your shade
Select by matching with your skin undertone.
- To make your teeth look whiter, go for shades with a blue base.
- If your skin is fair or has pink undertones, try cooler reds with a blue base.
- If your skin has yellow undertones, try reds with a brownish base.
- If you have very dark or black skin, you can try reds with an orange base.
Before applying red lipstick, exfoliate your lips for a super-smooth base. Just dip a cotton swab in some baking soda and rub on your lips. Follow with petroleum jelly for extra moisture.
5. Do not let the nails clash with your lips
Choose bare or light-coloured nail polish so it does not clash with your lips. If you want to go red on the nails, make sure the colour matches your lips.
6. Apply with a lip brush
Apply your lipstick with a lip brush and follow with a dusting of translucent powder to make it last throughout the day or night.
The Rebirth of Ankara Fabric
Ankara is one African fabric that has stood the test of time and is waxing stronger than ever. There was a period when Ankara fabric used to be seen as fabrics worn only by the poor. Now, the fabric has become the choice of both the rich and famous. These fabrics which were once considered as out of fashion, has changed to become a sizzling trend.
Nowadays, the fabric has become an inevitable part of any social functions. This traditional African fabric has infiltrated the fashion world as well. Fashion designers have sensed this trend, and are coming up with appealing designs to capture the apparel market.
Blended with other matching fabrics like the English cotton, silk, linen and also a good design; Ankara fabrics are the fancy of many people. Ankara has made a comeback in a big way with modern patterns, and vibrant colours which can be used to make different kinds of attire like shirts, bags, shoes, clothes, dresses etc., for men and women, children, and even the aged, ranging from formal to casual outfits.
The fabric found favour with contemporary fashion, and modern styles. Ankara has its own virtues, and looks more graceful when tailored in the right way. Let Ankara make the difference in your style today!
Find below pictures of creative Ankara designs in all forms.
The Best Jeans for Your Shape
There is a perfect pair of jeans for every body type. Here are the best jeans to show off your shape, whether you have a curvy body, an apple shape, need petite jeans or have legs for days.
If You Have an Hourglass Figure
“The curvier you are, the more you need jeans that are cut higher in the back to fit over your seat and keep you covered,” says Blair Newell, vice president of product development for Zafu.com, an online jeans matchmaker. Also, since an hourglass shape is known for a small waist, look for a contoured waistband this will help reduce gaping.
Features to look for:
- A wide leg – this will balance out the disproportion between your skinny calves and your butt
- A lower rise in front with a contoured waist – this will add length to your torso and balance you out, while the higher back rise will prevent you from flashing people.
- Cuts that run a size or two bigger in the hips than in the waist – this will prevent the dreaded “gap waist,” which plagues you more than any other body type
- Long inseams!
If You Have an Apple Figure
Apple shaped woman can have problems with jeans that fit the waist but are too big on the hips and thighs, if this is the case you should avoid the urge of buying jeans a size smaller to fit the hips as this will only result in the stomach area being too tight and look unsightly. Women with the apple shaped body tend to be heavier at the top half of the body and smaller at the bottom.
Features to look for:
- Trouser cuts – especially if they have funky flap pockets or welt pockets in back. Clean front styles are probably best, and a great wide leg will balance things out. Bonus if you can find some with a side zip
- Either a slightly high or very low rise, depending on how you feel about your tummy. Higher rises will hold things in, but if you’re a slender Apple, a super-low rise will add curves to your butt and add length to your short waist.
- Skinnies – especially with a flowing peasant top.
- Crops, as long as the weather cooperates – your long and thin legs should be shown off! (Just keep them slim in fit, like a cigarette leg, and avoid the sloppier “boyfriend” style)
If You Have a Pear Figure
A trouser cut skims over fuller hips and thighs, streamlining your lower half. Boot cut jeans is your best choice.
Features to look for:
- High rises – they’ll do double duty in balancing out your figure, both lengthening your legs and covering your behind!
- Cuts that run small in the waist compared to the fit of the hips and thighs – nobody likes a gap waist. (Luckily, your stretched-out torso and more heart-shaped behind make your waist measurement slightly more proportionate to your hips than those of your Bell friends)
- Trouser cuts – as long as they don’t have those annoying angled slash pockets in front, which don’t get along with your thunder thighs. (Actually, you could probably just stitch down those pockets and avoid the problem.) Clean front trousers are best.
- Wide legs in general – bootcuts, flares, etc. Straights are about as narrow as you should go and skinnies should be reserved for boot-stuffing only
- Thicker, stretch denim will make your life easier
- Large pockets – preferably without too much detail, if you’d like to minimize your butt. You could always draw attention to your best asset with some pocket bling, though!
If You Have a Boy/Athletic Figure
Denim with four-way stretch hugs muscular legs comfortably—not painfully.
Features to look for:
- The darker wash jeans with a high-waist style will give some shape to a high torso without a ton of curves.
- Stretch fabric – Made with a four-way stretch fabric, these jeans will hug your curves without sagging or gapping—anywhere.
- The slim-to-the-knee fit and deep indigo rinse have a streamlining effect on thighs.
- The wider leg opening and longer hemline create the illusion of narrow calves. Add to that a medium rise (7 1∕2 inches) and curved waistband and these become the best jeans to give this body type a sleek look from torso to toe
If You Have a Curvy Figure
High-waisted bell-bottoms show off a tiny middle and balance full hips.
BEAUTY BATTLE: LUXURY vs BUDGET
Life is about choices. The economy of life is where we invest our enjoyments. Some of life’s thrills are worth the extra pocket change, whereas other times the option that does not drain our bank account. Walking down the beauty aisle requires that same decision power.
Can a high-end eye shadow ever deliver the results of a palette you picked at your local store? We all know beauty doesn’t come cheap. But what we do need to know is that there’s a clever way to get around that problem. From mineral make-up to anti-ageing skin care, budget friendly options exist for most beauty items, that won’t cause a debt crisis.
Cheaper doesn’t necessarily mean bad. So weigh the options. Invest in some things. Save on others. There is no reason why you should buy all the expensive ones, or scrimp on everything. Just like life, your beauty routine should be a balance.
Here are selections of few high-end beauty products and inexpensive alternatives. Luxury or budget beauty, we’ve found them for you.
You Can Be Pregnant and Still Look Trendy
Being pregnant doesn’t mean you have to look old and drab. Your tummy can be as round as a football but you can still look trendy. There were days when pregnancy meant that the expecting mothers could not be in tune with the fashion trend. All they could wear was over sized and baggy clothes throughout the nine months, but with the changing times women have become very conscious about their looks and fashion statement. They like to look fashionable and chic all the time and this does not change even during pregnancy.
Now you can look stylish and trendy all the time whilst expecting and don’t have to be stuck or have a panic attack about what to wear to work or for that special occasion with your partner. Numerous stylish maternity tops, dresses, trousers etc are readily available in the market. Now you are free to wear clothes of your choice without having to worry about the growing size of your belly. You can choose the desired design which is in fashion and feel stylish.
Thankfully there are retailers such as ASOS, Trendy Tummy and Topshop that have created maternity lines that are on-trend and wallet friendly. Here are a few pictures of favourite basic pieces that are essential in any pregnant woman’s wardrobe
Why You Should Be Wearing ‘Mom’ Jeans
Believe it or not the belly button rolled up jeans isn’t just for mums anymore.
Cute, comfortable, versatile and they make your bum look amazing…..so, what’s not to love?!
Looking like something out of a classic US TV programme from the Nineties, the acid wash jeans are enough to scare even the most seasoned of fashionistas. These babies are the hottest ticket to easy-peasy spring 2013 styling.
With their high waist and relaxed fit, they’re a world away from constraining skinnies (you’ll actually be able to breathe out even after a heavy meal). Plus they’re the perfect excuse to make use of old leotards and crop tops
With neon beanie hats and minimalist, strappy heels all over the high street, you’ve not got an excuse to not jump on the Nineties bandwagon…
Dressing your age- 20 to 30
This is the best time in your life to have fun with different fashion styles because your youth and charisma accentuate almost any style.
Ladies: These are the times you can pull off short/miniskirts, ‘vavoom’ V-necks and well fitted jackets. When you are in your twenties you have the freedom to break some style rules and create your own new trend.
Casual looks should be fun, daring and inspiring. However, it’s very important that style even in your early 20s is balanced. For example, go for the flirty summer dresses but make sure they fit your body shape and proportions. Rock that mini skirt but make sure you balance that excess of leg with lose fitting top. Flee from any style choices that are too provocative or that will destroy your personality.
Men: Men also have the ability to rock the trends. However, society has made it harder for men to get away with the variety of trends women can. On the other hand, men have it easy. Dressing simple with classic duds in classic cuts always looks good.
Men between the ages of 20 – 30 should wear pants that are very comfortable but well fitted. If you’re trying to attract the opposite sex, please don’t reveal the colour of your boxers. Ladies do not desire to know the colour of your underwear. Also, try wearing khakis, ‘beach’ shorts, or jeans.
Men who are job hunting or going on a first date should invest in classic, conservative pieces.
Rather than the occasional overhaul and last minute polishing, good shoe management requires regular maintenance and consistent care.
Below are some of the ways you can care for your shoes.
Polish your shoes: Polish your leather shoes to preserve moisture and give that shine.
Wet shoes: If your shoes are wet, take them off, stuff with newspaper and let them air dry slowly in an area where there’s good air flow. Never put your shoes on a furnace, heater or any form of direct heat to dry. If this is done, the leather will shrink, the bonding material loosens and the shoes put at risk to crack, peel and discolour.
Keep shoes separate: If your shoes are a mad jumble at the bottom of the closet or under the bed, they will likely rub against one another; this will cause scratches and scuffs. Protect your investment by keeping shoes in a shoe cubby or in individual boxes where they’ll be protected.
Shoe trees: Shoe trees are crucial. These wooden shoe mannequins help your shoes resume their original shape after a leather- stretching workout. As shoes cool and dry, they contract, and having a nice solid form inserted in the interior of each shoe after a hard day’s work will keep them looking and feeling good longer.
Rotate your shoes: Rotate your shoes by wearing a different pair every other day. This will help your shoes last longer and wear less.
Dressing for a wedding
By Jacques Vert
A wedding outfit is a big investment, and by definition it’s not an everyday purchase. To ensure you look the part, here are some top tips for the discerning wedding guest to make sure the Big Day is every bit as special as it promises to be.
- Wear something you feel most comfortable in: When choosing your wedding outfit, comfort is as important as style e.g. a special occasion dress, or an outfit with a bolero or jacket to add those all-important layers for spring or autumn weddings.
2 Embellish: If you need your outfit to be versatile, embellishment will add a touch of glamour to take you from the wedding itself, to the reception, to the wedding party in the evening.
3 Bolero: If you would prefer not to wear a jacket to the wedding, a bolero will still look smart but is less formal. For the evening, try a shawl or scarf as a cover-up
4 Avoid wearing a white dress: The Mother of the Bride is the only person apart from the Bride who can get away with wearing white to the wedding itself – but not top to toe. A white or ivory jacket teamed with a black skirt and coordinating accessories will look great, but ensure you have a good balance of colours.
5 Choose structured pieces: For the fuller figured wedding guest, choose structured pieces over delicate fabrics. Conservative prints rather than bold prints are more sophisticated.
6 Hats: Think about choosing a wedding hat with a shallower brim at the front which won’t get in the way when exchanging kisses and greeting guests.
7 Hair fascinator: If you don’t want to wear a hat to the wedding, try a feather fascinator in your hair. A feather fascinator will lift your outfit and bring focus to the face, as will pretty earrings and a necklace.
8 Matching bag and shoe: Finish your wedding outfit or dress with matching bag and shoes to complete the look. It is a good idea to colour match accessories but if you don’t want to match your bag opt for a neutral and pretty beaded bag which you will use afterwards
9 Keep handbag items to a minimum: Choose small items, i.e. a travel sewing kit and compact make up. Choose a structured clutch bag matching your outfit and ensure it has a detachable strap so it can go over your shoulder when taking those wedding photos and holding your champagne
10 Corsage: A removable corsage is the perfect way to customise your wedding outfit or dress up a simple jacket to match
RED CARPET: Fabulous Fashion from the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards 2013
The Four Commandments of Plus Size Fashion
For even the most stylish of fashionistas, fashion faux-pas inevitably crop up from time-to-time. Often these occur when we follow trends too closely, or don’t stick to the fundamental fashion commandments. Here are the top four to remember:
Thou shall wear well-fitted underwear: As the foundation of your outfit, lingerie is incredibly important. In addition to a well-fitted bra that supports and flatters your bosom, you should also consider using shape wear where appropriate to smooth out any lumps and bumps. The right underwear provides the perfect silhouette under women’s evening dresses so choose wisely and be careful you don’t reveal your secret.
Thou shall have your own signature style: Those with a true sense of style are remembered not for following the trends, but for having their own look i.e. their own special je ne sais quoi. Often this is achieved by wearing signature items such as fancy footwear or printed scarves that make them stand out from the crowd and make them memorable.
Thou shall flaunt your assets when and where possible: While it’s not always appropriate to draw attention to your ample bosom, it’s important to know where your assets are and make use of them. This might mean using tailoring to show off terrific pins, or wearing colours that enhance your sparkling emerald eyes. Whatever your strong points are, be sure to flaunt them.
Thou shall not always ‘play it safe’: Plus-size women in particular are often lectured on the colours they should wear and avoid, as well as the clothes that are unsuitable for them. Never feel you have to avoid a clothing item completely – try things on and seek a friend’s advice, because ultimately you know your own style.
Top Black Super Models
No one can argue that Naomi is arguably the premier black supermodel of all time. She ruled the catwalk during her hey day at a time when supermodel craze was at its peak. During this infamous “Supermodel Era” she was part of the “The Trinity” which included Naomi and her pals, Linda Evangelista & Christy Turlington. They ruled the fashion industry and were paid record-breaking salaries which had never been heard of in the modelling industry. Campbell was also the first black model on the cover of French Vogue.
This Somali-born beauty first hit the modelling scene in 1975 after being discovered by photographer, Peter Beard. Iman paved the wave for all African-born beauties wanting to break into the high-fashion world. In her career, she became the first black model to appear on the cover of German Vogue and became a muse to Yves Saint Laurent. She remained on top of the modelling world for more than a decade. Today she is better known as David Bowie’s wife, author and cosmetic entrepreneur. She launched a successful make-up line for women of colour named IMAN cosmetics. In addition, she has become a high-profile humanitarian by being a Global Ambassador for the ‘Keep A Child Alive campaign’ and for ‘I AM AFRICAN’, strive to put an end to AIDS in her native Africa.
Before gracing more than 500 magazine covers, Beverly Johnson was a champion swimmer. She became the first black model to grace several magazines including French Elle Magazine and German Cosmopolitan Magazine. Of all the ‘first black achievement’ covers she landed, it would be her cover for American Vogue 1974 issue that would cement her place in history. This would pave the way for future black supermodels (Tyra Banks & Naomi Campbell) that came after her. Like Naomi Sims, Beverly Johnson launched a successful wig line.
She definitely deserves the title of supermodel. Anyone who’s watched an episode of America’s Next Top Model, knows about her career. She started out as a high fashion model and then transitioned to the more lucrative side of commercial modelling. Since her transition, her notoriety exploded and was featured on countless covers. She has the distinction of being the first black model to land the cover spots of GQ, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and the Victoria Secret’s catalogue. Since retiring from professional modelling, she’s become a mini-Oprah. She has a successful talk show, a long-running reality show, a failed singing career and an on/off acting career.
Hailing from Sudan, Alek and her family fled their chaotic village and relocated to the United Kingdom. It was at an outdoor market in London where she was first discovered. She first sparked attention when she appeared in Tina Turner’s ‘Golden Eye’ music video. Since then she has been featured on major ads for Clinique, Victoria’s Secret, Calvin Klein and Donna Karan to name a few. She also hasn’t forgotten about her music video roots and can be seen in Busta Rhyme’s ‘Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See’ and Janet Jackson’s ‘Got ‘Til It’s Gone’ video. Since a model’s career is very short, Alek has recently turned to designing handbags, writing books and humanitarian rights- she has worked on the U.S. Committee for Refugees.
Easy ways to update your little black dress
Update your little black dress with bold statement accessories: Bold, futuristic accessories like Jessica Alba’s choker necklace, wide bangle and ankle-strap heels —look modern and fresh.
Dress up your black dress with polka-dot tights: Whether your black dress is sleek or frilly, kick up its volume by adding a pair of creative tights—check out AnnaLynne McCord’s polka-dot pins!
Update your little black dress with a pumped-up hairstyle: Glam up your little black dress without piling on accessories—pump up your hairdo instead. Take a tip from Adele. Her hairstyle’s gravity-defying sculpted volume is a glorious accompaniment to her Barbara Tfank dress’ understated elegance.
Pair your little black dress with animal-print cool-girl staples: Leopard-print shoes will imbue your ladylike little black dress with a sexy edge. Check out Busy Philipps’ chic combo.
Update your little black dress with a serious dose of bling: With so many glitzy, eye-catching earrings and bracelets, no one will notice if you’re trotting out your favourite little black dress, two (or three) weekends in a row.
5 Fashion faux pas people make
We tend to make one fashion faux pas or the other once in a while. It is important to be aware of these five fashion mistakes so that you can take care to avoid them yourself.
- Wearing oversized clothing: Always endeavour to wear the right clothing size that suits and compliments your body. You don’t want to go about looking like an oversized clown. If your aim is to hide your body, oversized clothing will only draw attention to those problem areas.
- Showing too much skin: Do not wear a short skirt with a short top or vice versa. Try to balance and distinguish what fits you correctly.
- Always wearing office clothes: For people who are always sporting offices attire outside the workplace because they are tired or don’t want to change. Try to buy pieces that are interchangeable so you don’t have to worry about matching when you’re in a hurry.
- Putting on too much jewellery: Make sure you don’t go overboard with your jewellery, you don’t want to be mistaken for a jewellery shop.
- Dirty or Disjointed footwear: Avoid wearing dirty shoes, or else you will destroy your entire look. If you can take the pain of picking your clothes wisely, also choose the shoes wisely or at least clean them before wearing them for any occasion.
Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, Isabella Ayuk launches fashion brand
Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, Isabella Ayuk has launched her new fashion brand called Bellesabel.
Bellesabel was launched February 27 2013 in Abuja. The brand produces dresses for beauty pageants, dinner, wedding gowns and red carpet events including shoes and jewellery.
Top Nigerian Celebrities Model Yomi Casual’s 2013 Design Collection
Famous designer and Award winner Niyi Makun (Yomi Casual), who also happens to be comedian AY’s younger brother, exhibits his 2013 collection. This features celebrities such as- Uti Nwachukwu, Don Jazzy, Chinedu Ikedieze, Efe Tommy, Ebube Nwagbo, Desmond Elliot, Susan Peters, Iyanya, Jimmy Jatt , Zack Orji, Elenu and Okey Bakassi.
See pictures below
What They Wore to the Oscars 2013
Creating Your Own Personal Style
Source: Marcy Twete
You wake up in the morning, wander over to a dark closet and you decide in a half-asleep state what to wear that day. Perhaps you grab the first pair of pants you see and a cardigan. Maybe you make it easy and grab a suit or a simple dress. Then there’s jewellery – simple, silver, gold, pearls? What’s the easiest? But at any time in this daily closet pull, do you think about your style? Do you think about what your style says about you – to co-workers, friends, potential clients, leaders, etc? Having a personal style isn’t just for readers of Vogue and Women’s Wear Daily. It’s something that can differentiate you, add to your poise, and enhance your personal brand.
Finding your personal style isn’t as difficult as you might think. You can certainly hire a personal stylist – someone who will help you by going through your current closet, creating outfits, and assisting you in shopping for staples you might be missing. If you have the extra cash, hiring a stylist can be a fantastic investment. But if you’re not ready to make the commitment, it’s easy to discover your own personal style with just a little bit of research and decision-making.
- First, find your inspiration. Think of celebrities whose style you admire, movies where women in your industry are featured, retail stores that appeal to you, etc. Find photos that make you think, ‘I would love to look like that.’ Start compiling these as inspiration.
- Second, set your goal. In a perfect world, if someone were to describe your style, what would they say? Which words would you hope they use? Choose three or four as the goal for your personal style.
- Make your shopping list. To achieve your personal style words and to look similar to your inspiration photos, make a list of the staple pieces you’ll need. Is every picture you chose in a skirt? You may need to invest in some pencil skirts. Are they all in layers? Grab some jackets.
- Shop in your own closet first. Now that you know what you need, go shopping – but shop in your closet first. Since you’ve narrowed down what you want, you may find you already have it.
- Take your time. Once you have an idea of what you need, it would be easy to shock your closet and your credit card with a whirlwind shopping spree…DON’T! You might dream of wearing a dress every day in your personal style vision, and find out quickly you hate wearing tights or the undergarments you need to make that dress look fab. Give yourself some time to test your ideas.
Smart Casual Dress for Women
Source: Jo Barrett-Lennard
Smart casual dress is about being well groomed and stylish, and looking more put together than a typical casual outfit. It is slightly more undone than business casual.
When to Wear Smart Casual
Looking smart casual, relaxed yet polished, is a great basis for any woman’s wardrobe, regardless of lifestyle or personality. Casual Fridays can be interpreted as smart casual, just like informal get-togethers with friends, relaxed nights out to the movies and dates. If working in a place with a relaxed dress code (or no dress code) smart casual is the best look to aim for.
Smart Casual Outfits
Using the above as a base for what a smart casual outfit consists of, there are a few options when looking for a stylish, classic and casual outfit, keeping the look smart and tailored.
- Wide leg pants with a fitted roll neck, deep V top (depending on body shape), or a fine knit twinset, teamed with wedges and bold jewellery.
- Jeans with a skimming button front shirt dress up the jeans enough to be smart yet simple and stylish. A clutch and peep toe heels dresses it up, a slouchy hobo and boots will bring it down.
- Try the jeans with the white tee, jacket and boots. Beads take the outfit down, chandelier ear-rings bring it up. Switch the jacket with a cardigan to create a casual outfit.
- Jackets play a big part in smart casual outfits. A leather or suede jacket is a better choice over denim – keep denim jackets for a casual look. A leather jacket with dark wash jeans and a cashmere or fine woollen scarf, dressed with boots and with either a fabric or textured handbag is polished yet casual.
- Wide leg pants with a twinset work for smart casual when the accessories are casual. Choose beads over pearls, a fine knit scarf over a sheer or silk scarf, wedges over heels.
- A twinset with a black A-line skirt, black hose and boots can be dressed down to smart casual by your choice of jewellery. Beaded necklaces or ear-rings will take the outfit down a notch, while pearls or diamonds will dress it up.
- Shirt and wrap dresses are great smart casual looks. The finished product will depend on the fabric of the dress, for example, a cotton shirt dress with a contrasting belt is less done than a more structured fabric. Wedges will also keep the look casual enough. A wrap dress is perfect, especially when in a solid colour and teamed with flats, either ballet or boots. A camisole underneath will help avoid mishaps if the dress likes to come untied.
If in doubt when going out for dinner, to an informal gathering or during holidays, a smart casual look is the ideal starting base. Keep the look streamlined and suited to the individual. Being stylish and well groomed is a great way to make a look smart casual, even when wearing jeans and a simple tee.
Having a basic smart casual wardrobe will create many looks, ranging from business casual to casual and relaxed. It is how the outfit it put together and the accessories that make the look smart and stylish.
Have you had any smart-casual style triumphs or nightmares?
How to Fix a Snag in a Jumper (Sweater)
A pulled thread can ruin the look of your knitwear, but don’t despair! Here is an easy-to-follow tutorial that will help you remedy the situation.
Stop the buckling. A thread that has snagged will have pulled the material around it out of shape, so you’ll need to gently stretch the jumper back into shape. Some of the yarn should retract into the sweater as you do this.
Disperse the thread.
- If there is a loose thread left over, turn the jumper inside out and pull the thread back through to the reverse side, then try to smooth the snag out again.
- Use a blunt needle to pull the thread through to the next stitch.
- Keep pulling to the next part, dispersing the excess thread along the row.
- Repeat this on the other side of the snag, carefully removing excess thread in the other direction.
Continue until you can no longer see the snag. When you have gone all the way along both sides of the pulled thread, go over the row again, arranging the thread back into position.
Smooth out the sweater with your hands. Turn it the right way and keep smoothing until you are satisfied with how your jumper looks.
- No matter how frustrated you get, do not simply cut off the snag or you will end up with a hole in your sweater!
- Always work in good lighting, to ensure that you can see what you are doing.
ACCESSORIES FOR MEN
Source: Nina Myers McCammon
These essential items will help you look better and are built to last
One accessory, multiple uses: Your sister is crying (tissue), you’re eating a burger (napkin), you’re called into a meeting (pocket square), you’ve inexplicably lost your baby’s blanket (blanket). Keep it tucked away in your back pocket at all times. It’s s the perfect gentleman’s secret weapon.
Business Card Case
A simple leather case doesn’t take up space. It protects your cards, and looks good but not so good that it’s distracting—that’s what the fancy title on your business card is for.
Briefcase That Doubles as an Overnight Bag
The best briefcases are sturdy, multi-functional and made of fine leather. This one can be carried by the handles or slung over your shoulder for critical hands-free moments. It’s small enough for everyday office use, but roomy enough to fit a small change of clothes and a toothbrush for a quick overnight trip.
The only leather belt you need: A simple twist of the buckle switches it from brown to back.
Umbrella That Doesn’t Easily Fall Apart…
…or poke someone’s eye out. This one has safe, rounded corners and a Radial Tensioning System (tech speak for strong and aerodynamic) to ensure you’ll go through life with fewer umbrellas and (we hope) fewer injuries.
10 Wardrobe Essentials
Adding any of these 10 versatile closet all-stars will take your outfit to new heights of fabulousness. From a white tuxedo to statement heels, go through to see the pieces you’ll want to help you stand out.
White Tuxedo Jacket
Instead of a necklace, try a soft loop of bright fabric to perk up a mundane outfit instantly. It’s a fun and simple way to mix prints. Wrap it once or twice around your neck, letting both ends hang loose.
If you have a glamorous event and your feet are begging for a break from stilettos, slip into some decorated flats like the ones shown here. This contrast of edgy and feminine suits cocktail dresses, of course, plus flirty skirts and dark trousers.
Punch up your office wear or faded denim with this snappy classic. Reveal a little (top it with a crewneck sweater so only your collars show) or a lot i.e. un-tucked and flowing over white jeans or a solid navy or gray skirt.
There’s hardly an ensemble that can’t be upgraded by the addition of this existing spin on the traditional balmacaan-a silhouette that looks good on every figure. Pair it with Capri pants, coloured jeans, a striped mini, or even your favourite LBD.
Make your outfit interesting from the front and back. This vivid design allows you to colour block with clothing in everything from silver or white to cobalt, orange, or yellow.
Decorating your wrist with one of these clean, modern shapes elevates your total look. Make a splash with clothes that have short or ¾ -length sleeves-or clasp it over a long-sleeve blouse.
When so many options for your bottom are solid basics, kicky printed pleats are unexpected. Try it on with a T or tank in white, gray, or black, and finish with a denim jacket.
This new incarnation combines darkened metal with glitz and a bit of colour for results that don’t seem wildly out of place during office hours.
A sleek, colourful purse will complement neutrals, bright colours, or pastels. Just don’t match it with clothing in the exact shade.
TOP NIGERIAN FASHION DESIGNERS
Deola Sagoe is a Haute Couture fashion designer from the Ondo State in Nigeria. She’s a mother of three and studied at the University of Maimi and University of Lagos. She has Masters in Finance and Management.
Sagoe began designing in 1998 and has gained international notoriety for her lively and colourful designs. Deola’s celebration of African glamour and prints has gained her international fans like Oprah and Will Smith.
Zizi Cardow was born into the family of Chief and Mrs Paul Cunningham Nduneme Iro of Umuobiala in Isiukwuato L.G.A of Abia state. Married with one child, she’s the CEO of Zizi industrial clothing company ltd.
Zizi Cardow is a forerunner in contemporary African fashion. When her label was launched in 2000, she began a revolution for the African fabric with a view to globalization, resulting in a growing patronage in ethnic fabric.
Folake Folarin Coker
In 1998, Folake Folarin-Coker launched Tiffany Amber, revolutionizing the Nigerian fashion industry. Born in Lagos, Folake schooled in Switzerland, England and Scotland; then relocated to Nigeria in 1998 to become a lawyer. Despite a Masters degree in Petroleum Law, her love for fashion reigned supreme. Having spent most of her childhood in Europe exploring different cultures, she successfully translated her passion to the foremost fashion brand in Africa with outstanding global recognition.
In 2008, Folake extended her creative borders by adding two more lines under Tiffany Amber Nigeria; TAN by Tiffany Amber (Diffusion Line) and Folake Folarin (Couture Line). Each line is distinctive but together represents the designer’s iconic style.
Lawyer-turned-fashion designer Lisa Folawiyo established Jewel by Lisa in 2005 and it has since grown to become one of Nigeria’s most innovative high-end brands. Jewel by Lisa is a multi-faceted global women’s wear and accessories collection.
Designer Lisa Folawiyo perfected the art of wearing Ankara (local West African fabric) through the use of ornate embellishment. Jewel by Lisa changed the face of the fabric, creating a global print and turning the label into a coveted luxury brand.
Incorporating texture with this culturally established tradition has been the key to Jewel by Lisaʼs success, creating a conceptual and global design hybrid.
With twenty successful years on the fashion scene, Ade Bakare is a familiar name to most London and Nigerian high society belles. Evening gowns so elegant, day gowns so exquisite and wedding gowns so lush it’s a picture that makes a heart bleed! Yes, Ade Bakare’s creations have that effect on every lady. With fabrics that flow and finishes that are nothing but perfection, Ade Bakare is one of the Nigerian designers making Nigeria proud.
He started his line in London by making clothes for boutiques in the UK and France. He finally opened salons in London and Nigeria which have been tending to his high end clientele till date. His perfume line, Breeze and jersey arm called Ade Breeze are part of his many achievements.
Let’s talk shoes.
Most ladies generally like or willl I say “LOVE” shoes. Some of them have a shoe fetish and can spend astronomical amounts to buy one they like! If you visit someone in this clique at home and you happen to catch a glimpse of her walk in closet stuffed with shoes. I guess that about says it all…
I’m not knocking shoes but really, how many pairs can one wear at a time?
Who in their right senses would consider wearing this?
Ladies, will even consider buying this pair of ‘shoes’?
TRENDY STYLES WITH AFRICAN FABRICS
There is always one occasion or the other we simply must attend. What to wear and how to achieve that look is always a concern. How best to do this with African fabric is another thing!
Or maybe you have one African fabric just lying around the house, and you haven’t given a thought as to what to make out of it. We have put together a couple of pictures to inspire you on what styles you can achieve.
WHAT TO WEAR THIS VALENTINES?
Valentine’s Day is almost here! How do you plan to celebrate? Whatever you’ll be doing, you’re going to need an outfit you love.
Ladies, are you trying to achieve that sexy look? Here are some Valentine’s Day outfit inspirations. Go ahead and mix and match:
WHAT TO WEAR THIS VALENTINES FOR MEN
We understand why guys feel stressed about Valentine’s Day. They’re expected to find the perfect gift, plan a romantic night and look devilishly handsome like…Ryan Gosling. To help with the latter, here are some Valentine’s Day outfit inspirations. Add your personal touch to wow her:
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