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Ohimai Atafo, of Mai Atafo Inspired (MAI) renowned fashion designer

 

On Sunday, 19 February 2012, the city of Lagos witnessed a one-of-a-kind event, a large gathering of fashion designers and fashion entrepreneurs.  Their purpose?  To meet, discuss, collaborate and find solutions to the current challenges faced by many fashion businesses in Nigeria and in the process move the industry forward.

 

Powered by Martwayne, a fashion retail, consulting and training outfit, Designers Connect was attended by over 150 guests in a very sophisticated and up-market boutique hotel in Lekki Phase 1, Trends the Kitchen.  The networking session was attended by various players in the fashion industries and featured speeches by Temitope Williams, CEO of Martwayne and convener of the meeting, as well as other notable designers such as Prince Oyefusi, owner of Nobel Afrique and President of FADAN and Ohimai Atafo, renowned designer and creative director of Mai Atafo Inspired (MAI).

 

What gave the event a unique twist, however, was the presence of business professionals from all works of life such as accountants, marketing specialists, lawyers, business development consultants, PR specialists, the media, a representative from FATE Foundation, photographers, etc.  As explained by Temitope, an ex-accountant with KPMG Professional Services and a South-African trained fashion designer, “It was necessary to call in these professionals to help us out since we cannot do it alone.  Many designers are drowning in their businesses and as much as we all complain, no one ever does anything about it.  SO I decided enough was enough and took it upon myself to do something about it.  However, I realized that what I needed to do was to try and merge the fashion and business communities.  It’s about time fashion designers wake up and realize that we need help from experts in other fields if we are to move our businesses and, inevitably, the industry forward.  We also need to network, work together and speak with one voice if we want other industries and even our customers to take us seriously.  It doesn’t stop here, though.  This is simply the beginning.”.

 

Check out pictures from the event below and visit www.fashionbeyondstitches.com for more insight into Designers Connect.

Temitope Williams
Prince Oyefusi, Nobel Afrik & President of FADAN
Ohimai Atafo, of Mai Atafo Inspired (MAI) renowned fashion designer

 

 

 

 

 

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House of Nwocha will be showcasing its summer collection alongside a leather bags range at the 16th annual Washington DC Fashion Week which is scheduled to kick off from the 21th – 26th of February 2012.

The limited edition range is characterized by a boxy structure and shall include leather totes, clutch bags and sling bags for everyday use. Each bag has been carefully and beautifully designed to push boundaries for leather goods.

This will definitely send them into the international fashion scene.

The House of Nwocha Limited Leather Goods and pieces from the collection will be available to order after DC fashion week.

They will also showcase their collection at the ARISE magazine fashion week 2012.

 

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Fashion manics, this is an opportunity to learn more about fashion and get to know some of the industry’s giants. Don’t miss this opportunity!!

DATE: Saturday, February 25, 2012

VENUE: Planet 1 Hospitality, Maryland, Ikeja, Lagos

TIME: 12 noon (participants to arrive at 11.30am)

REGISTRATION FEES: N10,000 (to be paid into the “Martwayne Dynamiques” account, 101 223 3897 at any Zenith Bank Branch before the 25th)

For more details, call

+234 809 787 6075 or
+234 813 298 7824;
e-mail twilliams@martwayne.com
or add the BB Pin: 2156A776.

 

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Pearl 11 30 is a fashion line by Ade Yusuf  which was created in 2010. She has a brand that not  only  is stylish but classy and elegant. It has that everyday chic and sophisticated look that is so quick to notice.

Her latest collection La Voyage says it all, colorful, elegant, unique, sexy and definitely comfortable. This collection was inspired by a trip to Cotonou where the locals wore fabrics that had you thinking back to the early nineties and she decided to mix it up with the modern look that still gives that radiant and classy sophistication.

See for yourself..

Visit www.pearl1130.com today and discover what else this amazing brand can offer you.

*Image Source: pearl1130.com

 

 

 

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Growing up, I didn’t get to do a lot of ‘fun’ things the other kids did, now don’t get me wrong, I did play with sand, played mummy and daddy, played police and thief, I had a good childhood, did virtually all the things children in my neighborhood did at the time, but what I meant by ‘fun’ things then were things like going to park, jumping on bouncing castles, going to an eatery for ice-cream, swimming, and going to the beach, the list is endless but lets just stop there for now lol.

Now am a little older and I’ve decided to do some of those things, well the ones girls my own age do now, and I hope you know which ones am referring to, cos it’d be realy odd if you saw an 18 yr old girl jumping on a bouncing castle. The opportunity came sometime ago when I had to go for a little get together on the beach, I was realy excited, a week to the D-day I was all smiles, it was ALL I could talk about, my bestie got tired of me constantly asking “Omg what should I wear?!” …him being a guy and all he didn’t see it fit to be suggesting what to wear to me so our other friends wont tag him gay lol.

I wasn’t entirely at a loss for what I had to wear though, I mean it’s the beach right? Don’t people just wear shorts and fittedTeesand flip flop? I wasn’t wrong about the short and flip flop though cos that was what most people wore …well imagine my surprise when I got to the beach, and you could see some girls wearing dinner gowns and high heels, I was like “WT(((BLEEP)!))”, and I could see a girl struggling to get her heels outta the sand, It was when I bumped into some guy I realized I had been staring and laughing at the girl and I wasn’t concentrating on where I was going.

Why do some some girls do that though? …be an embarrassment to all the other girls? I mean it’s the BEACH! Apart from the fact that its extremely uncomfortable walking on heels, do you have to salt your game by wearing it to some place were the sand is outta control and it’ll definitely be realy uncomfortable to walk in the sand. No one’s complaining when you wear a 6inch heel to the club and then you cant dance on it, you later remove it and start walking barefooted in the club, which is one of the ‘stupidest’ thing anyone can do, Buh wearing heels to the beach is not only the height of stupidity but its taking it too far.

I mean if wearing heels is your way of showing the world you’re ‘classy’, then you should learn to let loose a little bit, even Tiwa savage performs on stage better when she’s barefooted and guys still think she’s hot, so why kill yourself over nothing?. Okay here’s a joke, so I told my bestie about the heels thing, and he said “They are prolly wearing the heels to the beach so they can fish with it’ hahahahaha! That’s funny, no? okay if you didn’t find that funny then your sense of humour must be realy twisted.

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Fashion Lounge is back again, and this time they wrap up the year in style with the Christmas edition of the event series that has brought Fashionistas together to network over several months. Check out details below.

Press Release:

We are wrapping up the year in style! Baileys Fashion Lounge Xmas Edition features a Charity Fashion Auction by top designers such as Grey, Kiki Kamanu, Kinabuti, Rouch, Rouge Valleri, Litterati, Moofa, Prima Rouge, Lola Buttons and more, Special appearances and guests such as SDC, IK Osakioduwa, Mai Atafo, Bridget Awosika,Jumai Shaba, Oc Ukeji, Tiwa Savage and more. Hosted by STV E-Weekly presenter Abdul.

“Your Network is your Net worth” This Wednesday 28th December! 7pm Sharp!

Fashion Lounge Industry Networking party is a regular event attended by the creme de la creme of the fashion industry. Aimed at bringing all the facets of the industry together, it is a place to acrue business, or mingle with the movers and shakers of the industry and fashionistas alike.

The event has already been graced by the likes of Tiwa Savage, Basketmouth and Mai Atafo. It has been featured on MTV BASE, MNET, STV, and AIT as well as publications such as Elan, sleek weekly, and complete fashion.

Launching their online portal www.fashionloungeng.com, this is fashions big night out and its all for a brilliant cause.

STRICTLY BY INVITATION OR GUESTLIST: rsvp@fashionloungeng.com

For further info or to book stalls contact: info@fashionloungeng.com

Kemi Akande:0813 838 1983, Rachael Akingbade-Taiwo:07039602167

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So I know I may get some heat for this one but my next Celebrity Style Profile is on, Wiz Kid baby! Not only have I been stalking his music [as in ‘Pakurumo‘ is STILL my jam] but I’ve been clocking his style as well. He first reminded me of a Nigerian Soulja Boy but as time went byI had to take that back because Wiz Kid has definitely come into his own, style wise.

Now fashion is not all about wearing a button up and choking yourself with a tie or wearing the most conservative dress but rather its your own interpretation of certain trends and clothing. So if Wiz Kid wears a funky graphic T-shirt [which I like] with a pair of loosely fitted jeans and some colorful kicks, then who are we to say its not fashionable? I mean he does wear them well.

Apart from Naeto C [and maybe Ice Prince], Wiz Kid probably also owns a truck load of hats. Well fitted hats for him. I particularly love the OBEY fitted hat that he rocks. I would wear one but I’m afraid of the ‘hat hair’ I may get from wearing one so I’ll decline. But from watching the ‘Pakurumo‘ video the other day [which I loved], I think we all got to see the playful side of Wiz Kid which makes us understand his choice of clothing. Some people like to be conservative in their dressing and others like to have fun with it. I’m sure, he would vote for having fun with it.

Another thing he [and every other Naija artist] can never go without, is a pair of shades. But the style of shades that he seems to wear a lot are the classic Ray-Bans [photographed above]. They frame his face and automatically make him look COOL.

Wiz Kid usually completes his look with varsity/denim jackets and vests but recently [at his album launch, photographed below] Wiz Kid cleaned up real nice sporting a blazer on top a white tee, jeans and [of course] a fresh pair of kicks. With someone like Wiz Kid and their style of dress, you don’t want to put them in a 3 piece suit. Why? Is he getting married? Not at all so while keeping it true to his style he still wore jeans and T-shirt underneath. It was still a clean look.

Apart from Denrele [and some others], Wiz Kid is another celeb that refuses to look like someone else and I commend that. Let’s not be a follower of fashion, be your own trendsetter and do you. Nobody is holding a gun to your head to do or wear otherwise and with that said…

What do you guys think of Wiz Kid’s style?

And till next time…

Deuces!

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Enjoy a scintillating and relaxing evening of fashion, music and scrumptious canapes whilst receiving life changing information on how to combat and prevent cancer. Please come prepared to donate as proceeds generated from the event will go to providing 100 women with free breast and cervical cancer screening. It promises to be a truly wonderful evening. Kindly note that the invitation admits only ONE person. You will be required to print out this email and bring along to the venue or show evidence of receipt on your digital or mobile device.

To confirm your attendance, please kindly RSVP by sending a response to this email or calling 07083281875. We look forward to receiving you. Kindly accept the assurances of our best regards.
For more information or sponsorship enquiries, please email: leadingladiesng@gmail.com or call 07083281875.
Date: Friday 23rd December 2011
Time: 5pm
Venue: Four Points by Sheraton Hotel Oniru
Dress Code: Glamorous

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Waje & Praiz

It was a fantastic night as celebrities and fashionistas from all over Africa converged at Landmark Village Victoria Island Lagos on Sunday December 9, for a Black Carpet Dinner event that saw celebs in creative wears troop out in their hundreds to enjoy a fabulous night of music and dance, fashion and style, and a lot to eat and drink.

The FAB fashion show, showcasing exclusive designs from VLISCO’S latest fabric collection; Gallery Of Poems and music performance made the evening colorful as models paraded the stylish designs made from VLISCO’S latest Fabric.

The event turned out to be a massive gathering of notable personalities from different works of life that have a lot in common, especially a passion for Fashion.

Entertainers such as WizKid, w4, Praiz, Eldee, Ushebebe, Yaw, Zaina and Yemi Alade delivered electrifying performances to the delight of guests; while hosts Jumai Shaba and Ebuka Obi Uchendu guided guests through the night.

“It’s a honor to be able to bring all these great people together under one roof, to celebrate an art that is important to all of us. I’m excited about how everything has played out; and particularly happy about the FAB awards to 26 deserving recipients” the event’s
executive producer  Familusi  Akin  Babajide  says.

Big winners at the FAB awards include Kate Henshaw, Tiwa Savage, Uti, Toolz, Lynxxx, Gideon Okeke amongst others.

FAB Magazine, Nigeria’s leading international fashion journal. The all colour, all gloss fashion and lifestyle publication teamed up VLISCO, Beat FM, Trace TV, Barcardi and Nokia  to bring fashion lovers an unprecedented night of fun and festivity. Guests told journalists the event is one of the best fashion ‘gigs’ ever held in Lagos. It was also a night when some people were given awards for their achievement in the style industry.

Guests included Waje, Omawumi, Adaora Oleh, Audu Maikori, Tiwa Savage, WizKid, Damilola Adegbite, Sasha P, Gbemi Olateru Olagbegi, Uti Nwachukwu and W4. Others are Sam Onyemelukwe, Adebayo Oke Lawal,  Lamide Akintobi, Yaw, Ayo Animashaun,Mai Atafo, Noble Igwe, Eku Edewor, Toolz, Tosyn Bucknor ,Funke Bucknor and a host of others

FAB AWARD WINNERS

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR (WEST AFRICA) – GREY

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR (SOUTH AFRICA) – HENI

MODEL OF THE YEAR (FEMALE) – EMMANUELLA CHIKA

MODEL OF THE YEAR (MALE) – UTI NWACHUKWU

FASHION BRAND OF THE YEAR – DAVID WEJ (BEATRICE OLUMESI)

LIFESTYLE BRAND OF THE YEAR – (POLO LUXURY)

MOST STYLISH ARTISTE  (MALE) – LYNXX

MOST STYLISH ARTISTE (FEMALE) – TIWA SAVAGE

MOST STYLISH ACTOR – GIDEON OKEKE

MOST STYLISH ACTRESS – KATE HENSHAW NUTTAL

TV SHOW OF THE YEAR – MTN PROJECT FAME

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – WAZOBIA 95.1 FM

TV PRESENTER OF THE YEAR – YVONNE ‘VIXEN’ EKWERE

ON AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – TOLU ‘TOOLZ’ ONIRU

CAR OF THE YEAR – MERCEDES BENZ S500 (2011)

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR – BAZZAR RESTAURANT

BAR OF THE YEAR – LIKWID LOUNGE

DJ OF THE YEAR – DJ CAISE

CLUB OF THE YEAR – PLAY

HOTEL OF THE YEAR – RADISSON BLU

MAKE-UP ARTISTE OF THE YEAR – DAVID ONYEDIKE

HAIR STYLIST OF THE YEAR – SHOLA LADITI

FASHION WRITER OF THE YEAR – EZINNE CHINKATA

FASHION STYLIST OF THE YEAR – EBUN ABODERIN

FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR – HAKEEM SALAM

FASHION ICON OF THE YEAR – DEOLA SAGOE

Zaina
Wizkid
Toolz
Tiwa Savage
Sasha P
Lynxxx
Francessca Rosser
DJ Sose
Damilola Adegbite
Adaure Achumba

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BEAUTY OVERDOZE MAGAZINE

B.O.M: The New Fashion and Beauty Magazine for the Young and Contemporary Woman

B.O.M is the brainchild of Award winning and New York certified makeup artist Eni Balogun. It is a publication which consists mainly on issues of beauty, health, hair, lifestyle, fashion, travel and entertainment. It’s a publication covering the most important things in the International scene and mostly the African beauty industry. B.O.M is every woman’s luxury beauty guide and happens to be the only Health & Beauty magazine in the Nigerian market today.

B.O.M speaks to the new Nigerian woman — urban, always cosmopolitan; as downtown as she is uptown; cultured and multi-cultural and always on the edge of fashion, culture and entertainment. The magazine represents a new, original voice on the news stand, a voice that speaks to a generation of women, old and young, from diverse cultures, upbringings and interests. It is an international & domestic home resource for all beauty professionals, beauty brands & companies, restaurant’s, hospitals and also to the general public. Serving establishments working in practically every industry cutting through from motion pictures to printing and publications, fashion, bridals, casuals, landscape beautification, stylists, advertising, entertainment, corporate, beauty parlours, health sectors, spas and more.

With featured articles on health & beauty of the industry’s upcoming beauty professional’s i.e. Hair stylists, makeup artists, health practitioners, cosmetic companies and manufacturers, B.O.M updates its readers on the most innovative beauty equipment’s. It’s the most reliable source which delivers invaluable information and news on current product.

Beauty Overdoze offers a diverse range of articles that combine artistic and business skills, personal and financial growth, health, beauty and creative thinking, entertainment and events and the latest beauty information and products.

B.O.M also offers great opportunities designed for makeup & beauty professionals, beauty brands and consumers who share the passion for the love of everything glamorous and beautiful. From high fashion makeup, health topics and hair to high fashion clothing & accessories.

Attached is the cover of the first edition for Beauty Overdoze Magazine.

B.O.M Editorial Team:

* Editor: Eni I. Balogun
* Admin: admin@beautyoverdosemag.com
* Creative director: Lai Makanjuola
* Publicist: L.360 Ltd – Lowla360pr@gmail.com
* Publisher: Infinite plus Arts Publication – 08056116841
* Event Co-ordinator: Chantrelle Concepts – bebeakinboade@yahoo.com

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Fashion designer Folake Majin is set to unveil “The Royal collection” alongside “The Breathless Experience” Collection by Miss Majin and “The Circle Revolution Collection” by GM4FM’s Gogo Majin

The ‘strictly by invitation’ event will be showcased at the Civic Center on Sunday the 20th of November starting from 6pm.

In 1988, Folake Majin’s “Schon Arik” label stepped on to the then very young fashion industry in Nigeria with pieces that instantly caught on with women because they were created to be visually stunning and distinctive while paying painstaking attention to detail.

More than two decades later she remains a pioneer fashion designer and a leader in the fashion industry with an ever growing clientele. She has also inspired and mentored several young designers who have come into their own success learning and gleaning from her vast industry experience.

The event which features Miss Majin and Gogo Majin, Folake Majin’s daughters will also feature performances from A-list artistes

The Fashion show will have three segments, with three different collections from the Folake Majin brand, Miss Majin brand and the GM4FM (Gogo Majin For Folake Majin) brand.

“The Breathless Experience Collection is a perfect combination, a combination of moving art and sound” Miss Majin says

Folake Majin’s daughter, Gogo Majin, designer for GM4FM speaks about her collection – “My inspiration for the collection came from an accessory that has been made and used by my mom for her clients for more than a decade on many of her haute couture designs. I took that accessory and built the whole collection around it”. The GM4FM is showing for the first time. The label was launched on the 13th of august 2011.

She continues “.For Sunday please expect a different spin to a fashion show. Expect original visually stunning clothes and breathe taking pieces. A show to remember” For Folake Majin the end result to the creative process must be breathtakingly beautiful clothes using fabrics such as African print,
Aso Oke, silks, Chantilly laces etc.

Often referred to as “The designer to the First ladies” Folake Majin has built a strong and loyal clientele (including several first ladies of Nigeria, television personalities, business women, senators,
housewives and beauty queens) over the more than two decades since she started the label due to her creativity and drive

The show is headlined by Folake Majin and features Miss Majin and GM4FM. The event is powered by MTN and also sponsored by Bank of Industry, Beat & Classic FM and Channels TV.

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Queen Amina of Zaria

When many people think of fashion and style only prominent Western designs and way of dressing come to mind. Western culture has been given the mini-skirt in the 90s, rounded toe pumps and stacked heels in the 00s. Now- a-days we wear bubble skirts and our shoes and hand bags do not have to match anymore. In fact matching from head to toe just as wearing one designer from head to toe is a fashion faux pas.

In this age of the continuous rise of the modern woman, some people claim their fashion icons are Audrey Hepburn, Sarah Jessica Parker, and most recently Spice Girl Victoria Beckham. There are other fashion icons that are never mentioned and these are women of strength, courage, and wisdom. Their dress reflected their work and position as humanitarians to society and role models to young girls in so called “Third World Countries.”

Anne Klein said: “Clothes aren’t going to change the world, the women who wear them will.” Klein’s quote speaks to the nature of certain positions that women are filling. It is now all right for women to dress sophisticatedly and not be judged by what she wears. The intellectual modern woman is defined by her style and charisma.

I have researched two women. One from last century and one this century who pushed the boundaries of style with their conservative dress due to their important societal role. I also spoke with two of my former classmates from my boarding school years in London, who are Muslim and adapted their style when living in the Western world.

With current trends in fashions and television shows we never see how Muslim women dress, but with recent developments in the Middle East and India their fabrics and style of dress are making their way into our side of the world.

Queen Amina of Zaria (1533-1610), the warrior, boasted amazing military skills and is famous for her bravery and military exploits in Zaria, Kaduna, which is a state in Nigeria (Kaduna). She expanded the territory of the Hausa people in North Africa to the largest boarders in history. Now 500 years later, she became the model for the television series Xena, Warrior Princess. Amina is celebrated in song as “Amina daughter of Nikatau, a woman as capable as a man.” Amina was always adorned in jewels from head to toe. She wore red, which provided great contrast on her rich dark skin. Amina also always had her head wrapped as is customary for Muslim women. The nature of her position did not call for extravagance or keeping up with fashion trends, instead Amina dressed for her role, which was a warrior.

Queen Rania at the World Economic Forum, Davos, January 30 2010.

Queen Rania of Jordan has been given the title of the ‘Princess Grace and Princess Diana of Jordan’ because of her elegant style and her ability to reach out almost any one with her warm smile and charisma. Rania Al-Yassin was born in Kuwait and earned a degree in Business Administration from the American University in Cairo. After graduating in 1991, Queen Rania worked at Citibank and Apple Computer and in 1995, She earned a DEA’s degree in Management from the HEC University of Paris.

In 1993 at a dinner party, she met Jordanian King Abdullah bin Al-Hussein, then Prince. Two months later, they announced their engagement and on June 10, 1993, they were married. They have four children.

She was named the third most beautiful woman in the world in the 2005 top 100 of Harpers & Queen magazine. She has pushed for educational reform, fighting for better school facilities and mandatory English language training in Jordan. Queen Rania is part of many charities and is active with Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, The World Economic Forum, UN Children’s Fund, and The Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship.

In May of 2000, she was named an honorary member of Deerfield Academy’s class of 2000 (her husband’s alma mater).

Queen Rania was the youngest woman in the world at the time King Abdullah succeeded to the throne to become queen.

Rania has now become a beacon for world peace and a fashion icon based on her work. Her dress is conservative, but stylish and is always seen white oxford shirts, two piece suits and silk or organza gowns.

Hasana & Husaina are the 4th and 6th girls

Hasana and Husaina Bello Aliyu are twin sisters who studied in London from Secondary School until their Masters. Hasana is now an Engineer in Nigeria and Husaina has worked in health consultancy. Both worked together to share their position as Muslim women in the corporate Western world.

Hasana and Husaina Bello Aliyu: “As Muslims, when it comes to dressing, you have to dress modestly. That means that your clothes should not be figure hugging and you should cover your hair. It doesn’t mean that you should dress up like a ninja or that you have to wear an abaya (the black robe that Arab women wear) as most people think. So as long as you keep within those requirements, you can still be quite fashionable.”

“In Nigeria, in the North, we are quite traditional, so even the young girls wear Atampa (Ankara) on a daily basis. But we funk it up by sawing it into fashionable styles, dresses or skirt and tops (like they are doing in Lagos now, thinking they are real trend setters but we’ve been doing it since the beginning of time). Atampa material is more for everyday use, if we want to dress up, we use other materials such as Lace, Lafaya or Caftans. There are markets in Kano such as Kusuwa Kori, and Kurmi, which are very famous for materials. You can get any material, in any color you want in these markets. We top the outfit up with a Mayafai (a veil) wrapped around us at the top are usually short sleeved. Again, the mayafai is often colorful, studded, and very pretty.”

“Jewelry is essential. Girls wear a lot of gold, traders in the market bring gold from Saudi or Dubai, so there are a lot of choices. We would say that Northern girls really make an effort with their dressing, especially as there are always social events to go to such as weddings etc where you might just snag a husband! So you must look your best. While we are dressed modestly, keeping our religion in mind, we still dress attractively and very feminine.”

“There is definitely social pressure to dress modestly, especially from the older generation. People will talk about you if you were caught in something risqué. You cannot visit an older relative inappropriately dressed, they will abuse you (verbally put you to shame). In certain places like Kaduna or among the northerners in Abuja, people are more relaxed in their dressing, but places like Kano where we grew up are still very conservative.”

“I (Husaina) did not cover my hair in London, I guess because it is easier. Covering one’s hair is not just about covering one’s hair, it is part of a whole lifestyle which prohibits things such as mixing to freely with men, going to certain places such as bars (not that I drink anyway) etc. In Nigeria I can maintain that lifestyle, but it is much harder in London. It would have affected socialization especially as a student. So for that reason, I did not cover up because I do not want to be a hypocrite. But if I did, in terms of fashion, I would not stand out from the crowd. You get people with very different fashion senses in London, but because it is a very cosmopolitan, open society, everybody is entitled to their own style. Muslim women shop in the same places as everyone else and wear the latest fashions; they just add a head scarf to the outfit. There were a lot of choice in fashion in London, be it designer or high street brands, which is quite different from America from what I hear.”

“I (Hasana) think a modestly dressed woman is equally as sexy as any other woman. There is something alluring about a woman who is covered up. The look can be extremely elegant and sophisticated. Just like in Western societies there are those who are fashionably and those who aren’t. Depending on the person women dress modestly, but still make the look stand out and look good. However, most women who cannot be bothered to follow trends and find it easier to just throw on black abaya.”

“A Muslim woman is supposed to have her hair covered whenever in public or in the presence of men whom she is not related to. This is probably the one aspect that is hardest to adhere to when living and working in London. While at school it was hard to participate in school activities such as sports and have you hair covered at the same time. It is also the same thing in the corporate world, especially with my job were I have to wear a safety hat while on site –this would be hard to do with a scarf on my head.”

In this modern age, women are gaining more and more momentum than in the 80s and 90s. Sexy is not defined by how hard you try to be fashionable. A woman has to respect herself, her culture and her family name. We have Asma Al-Assad, the First Lady of Syria, Aishwarya Bachchan, Sushmita Sen, Michelle Obama and even Carla Bruni-Sarkozy who assert that clothes do not have to be flashy and trashy to be stylish. These women with the exception of Bruni-Sarkozy who was a model and singer, come from conservative societies and households where too much revelation of the skin, or hair etc, is frowned upon. Things are changing in those countries, but you would never find any of those ladies in booty shorts walking to work.

As Yves St. Laurent said, “fashions fade, but style is eternal” so it makes a lot of sense to adapt your style to your society.

Nonny’s List will feature more original essay’s on the following topics:

“Cultural and Tribal Assumptions and Dress”

“The Male Gaze on Women in the Media”

“The Nigerian Men’s Fashion Position and Opposition”

“Women in Fashion Discourse in Nigeria”

and much more so stay tuned and thank you for reading.

By Nonny Diana Chizea

For more on Nonny’s List Visit, http://nonnyslist.tumblr.com/

Image Sources: http://www.queenrania.jo/blackpresence.co.uk
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Well it’s about here and the MTN Lagos Fashion Week makes it debut starting October 26th and runs through to Oct 29th.

This event should features the finest and best in Nigerian Fashion and will includes all the top designers and fashion insiders.

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Jim Iyke has been relatively quiet on the entertainment scene for a few months and for good reason. He just recently launched his new clothing line called “Untamed Closet” which features clothing for teens and adults [both male & female].

A multi-million naira building was recently acquired to serve as their main store location/headquarters is at this address: No8 Ogbagi Street,Area 11, Garki 2,Abuja, and their phone# is: 234-9876-6080. The official launching will be announced pretty soon, and will take place in Abuja.

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Photographer: Charlie Wong
Stylist: Melissa Buck
Celebrity Makeup Artist: Ewan Walker

Models

Black Label – Jim Iyke
Teen boy – Denzel Bennett
Men’s department – Chris Jamerson
Teen girl – Nia James
Woman’s department –  Saglars Lidsheers
Woman’s department – Keturah Hamilton

They look pretty hot from our angle. What do you think?

Source: Golden Icons

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About ReBirth

ReBirth – Paying tribute to the designer’s early passion for leather, which she attributes to her Dad, this is about bringing back and continuing the vision. ReBirth – The process by which all leather accessories are made, transformed by an artisan the final pieces started with something dying…

 

ReBirth – Our signature? Creativity, quality and individuality A vision of creating timeless pieces, thoughtfully designed while maximizing our workmanship but not compromising on quality. We create bags that have their own unmistakable and exclusive style, objets d’art in their own right.

 

 

 

 


About the collection 

YOU is a testament to the ReBirth ideology of timeless, functional design. Versatile and diverse, the collection runs the gamut from light to dark, classic to contemporary, taking into account the lifestyle of the modern woman with an emphasis on transitional dressing.
Fusing traditional craftsmanship and modern techniques, the YOU collection utilizes a remarkable colour field of hues: hints of gray, inky blue, nuances of brown, red, mustard and cream, in materials and sizes ranging from buttery-soft skins, vegetable tanned leather to an art embossed inspired skin for our Viva bag and medium sized clutches to satchels with an urban boho chic theme.
We believe there is something for everyone whether she is accessorizing a new wardrobe or revamping looks from her closet – a new accessory or two is perfect for this – just the right bag that works for you.
The YOU Collection launches in Lagos shortly.
For More information about the Rebirth pls email info@rebirthbags.com
Credits:
Photography and Styling : Mr and Mrs Jones
Model : Zainab Balogun
Bags : Rebirth
Credits: CIAAFRIQUE

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We stumbled into this in our e-mail and just had to share. Phebe’s Closet is a collection from an upcoming fashion designer, Nneoma.

I have always had a dream of becoming a fashion designer. I admire young sexy independent women, their styles and what I see daily. Various style pieces combined with my personal instincts and values helped me develop a distinct style called PHEBE. This is me. My heart was put into every piece so you have a little part of me. Making clothes bring me joy and I hope as you see and wear them, the happy energy passes on. All the glory to God for making this happen. “Life is 2 stressful not 2 have fun and be liberated in your sense of style”

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Contact: Okparanneoma@yahoo.com

Twitter: Nneoma_o

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Lagos Style Week is aimed at providing a stage for new and independent designers in their real authentic African look in high definition. With the lack of financial inspiration in the Nigerian urban fashion scene, the progress of emerging fashion designers are extremely limited and most designers face many trials and tribulations in order to match the success and exposure of that of high fashion designers in Europe and South Africa.

Even more so, mainstream designers and labels are limited with international presence.

 

LSW will be linking Nigeria’s best emerging designers with today’s top fashion buyers as well as worldwide press coverage and clients. LSW can ensure collections displayed by designers or labels will be trend-setters throughout seasons in both inner cities and suburban towns.

The show will be taking place on the 26th and 27th of November and will display the works (10 design pieces) from 5 established and 20 emerging designers over both days @ the Incubator Victoria island Oniru Estate.

CREDITS: thefancyhub

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Although the slang ‘coded’ might mean a thing/person cool in its mystery. Coded Apparel’s New Collection series “Death of Talking Tees…Season 1″ which happens to be their 4th collection is designed to make you stand out!

After Coded Apparel’s launch in 2009, we have gained major acceptance in nigerian universities n out of the country, clothed major events and having signed a deal with the retail company “Treasure Retail” owned by Chukwuma Okeke-Ojiudu, we are hoping to gain more grounds in the nearest future.

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Webpage/Blog : http://coded360.wordpress.com

Fanpage: http://www.facebook.com/codedapparel

Twitter: @CodedApparel