Designer Maki Oh covers Genevieve magazine, September/November 2014 issue

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Oh my! That head gear is gorgeous. Maki Oh’s designs have always merged contemporary fashion with African heritage. This concept I believe is aptly reflected in the styling of this cover. She is wearing Maki Oh fringed apron

Amaka Osakwe, the face behind Maki Oh despite the great reviews she gets from both local and foreign press still retains this mystique around her and the brand. It’s great Genevieve magazine is bringing this great ambassador of Nigerian fashion back to our consciousness once more.

Hopefully she is coming up with a new collection, cant wait to see the story she tells once more with her pieces.

AD by Agbani Darego launches official E-commerce site

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When the brand launched over a year ago, it was all about denim in various forms, denim trousers, dresses and even bags. With the launch of the e-commerce site however, there has been a further expansion into accessories as well as other clothing items with the introduction of the gladiator sandals, sunglasses and even more bags in  faux leather. The website is filled with loads of beauties, its pretty easy to navigate and currently there is a thirty percent disscount on the popular denim hobo bag. Love what you see in the promo shots? Go to adbyagbanidarego.com to view more and make your purchase. Continue reading »

Streetstyle LFW – The Outerwear episode

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Autumn is upon us once again and you know just what that means right? Its the season of the outercoats and jackets!!! Yay! Anyway, I couldnt help but notice all the lovely lovely coats captured via streetstyle lens during the London fashion. Si if you are like me, looking for inspiration before you hit the stores to snag a coat this season, Enjoy! These were some of the coats and jackets that got my eyes going pop… . Agreed some of the styling might be outrightly outlandish but hey, in my opinion, thats the whole idea behind inspiration and fashion week. Continue reading »

Want to know more about Anna Wintour? Watch this Video ; 73 questions with Vogue

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What I loved the most about this video was how she never hesitated with her answers, she didnt even think about them, she gave the answers just as they came. Can you also believe that while vogue starts a trend with the whole selfie thingy, the woman at the helm boldly declares she has never taken one herself, doesnt even know how to go about it. Anyway let me not ruin it for ya, the video made my day, its been on circulation since last week but just got around to seeing today and thought i’d share with you all asap.

PS – Did you know Anna doesnt have a university degree? Nope this wasnt in the video but I learnt about it recently, I couldnt believe it so I took to WIKI and it was confirmed. I am totally gobsmacked and inspired ofcourse. You can read your way into anything you want seriously.

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What she wore – Linda Ejiofor in Grey

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I must confess I have been kind of on the fence with Grey designs, their design as seen on Oluchi at the Lespace event wasnt very flattering in my opinion but seeing Linda in this set , I have been tipped over, in favour ofcourse. I am a lover now. Loved the styling , paired with the white shoe and Linda’s pretty self, is she on dreads or what? I am enamoured. The skirt does look slightly oversized though but that doesnt take away from the design and its beauty. Linda is such a cutie, she should come out more, yeah?

What she wore – Model Oluchi Orlandi in Lisa Folawiyo

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Oluchi was very active during the NYFW, while she wasnt working the runway, she was on the FROW lending her support to the African designers showcasing. Spotted her in the bright number from Lisa Folawiyo SS2014 collection. That colllection happens to be one of my favourite still from the designer. I loved the prints. Oluchi is a supermodel and looks good in almost anything. This dress however looked like they were sown on her body, thats how great the fit is. Loved the pairing with the bright orange shoes. Below is the dress as seen on the model. Continue reading »

DEOLA at the NYFW

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Vintage and Classic feminity are a few of the words that came  to mind as I browsed through this collection from Deola. The brand has been at the forefront of Nigerian/African fashion for the last 25years and to commemorate its Silver Jubillee recently rebranded from Deola Sagoe to Deola. The change was inspired by the designer’s desire to infuse more of her persona into the brand’s aesthetics. The silhouettes are definitely very grown woman. Continue reading »

NYFW – Lisa Folawiyo Spring Summer 2015 collection

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JewelbyLisa now rebranded Lisa Folawiyo held its first solo show at the Ladurée SoHo on Saturday 6th September 2014 for press and buyers during the New York fashion week . The brand is renowned for its eclectic use of prints and lately the designs have been very quirky and edgy defining a new JBL girl, she is confident, fashion forward, loves to take risk, she is young and very metropolitan. Continue reading »

Getting my Groove back…

Hi guys, its been a while. I cant believe I have been away from the blog for so long and honestly I have no real excuse. Lets just say I kinda lost my groove. I was confused as to what to direction to steer the blog. I moved from Fashionati to Mirrorofstyle and somehow lost a lot of my following. It wasnt exciting to log in  and see less than a hundred viewing per day, sometimes as low as twenty views even . It wasnt very encouraging.

You see I recently moved from Nigeria to Europe and without the comfort of my Nigerian job which took a whole lot of my time, you know between traffic and the nine hours, five times a day I spent at that job, it was so easy to loose oneself , to never think, to never ask your self those quintessential questions, who am I? What do I want out of life? What do I do with my life? What can I do? How and where do I start? Its not like I am  in my early twenties, I just hit my  thirties , so you know I dont have all the time. I was confused and lost so I decided to take time out to think and read and read and try to figure it out.

I still havent figured it out completely, to be honest but I find that shutting myself out wasnt a solution either. I love fashion, I love writing and I love to read. Between these three, I will find my way so help me God. Facebook has very helpful lately, I have come across very intelligent , informed, outspoken, opinionated and articulate young women who have inspired me afresh and they do not know this even, big thanks to Joy Isi Bewaji, Temidayo Ahanmisi, Ife Onwugbufor and many others . I want to be like them, I want to be smart like that, to leave a mark on my world,  to make a difference . I am going to be a mother soon and I want to be one my children will be proud of.

As I said earlier, I am yet to get it, I havent hit my epiphany yet but I am going to start blogging again, mainly on fashion (but not restricted to) with major emphasy on Nigerian and African fashion . Though I have stayed away from active blogging I have been completely blown away by lots of young Nigerian fashion designers – Orange Culture, IamIsigo, FrockitRockit to mention but a few , their new collections have been awe inspiring, you really should get to know them and meet their pieces to understand, I promise to introduce you soon. Right now I am just glad to be back and blogging again.

Its another season for weeks and weeks of fantastic fashion kicking off with NYFW . Its been very exciting to see all the mind blowing collections, all the amazing designs from the runway, thanks to style.com really. Some Nigerian and African designers will be showcasing as well , a wider exposure is always a good thing for the budding industry. Jewel by Lisa now rebranded Lisa Folawiyo has shown hers already , I was pretty underwhelmed and will be posting a review shortly , Deola Sagoe now rebranded “Deola” showcasing today 10th Sept. I simply cant wait to see what she has got to offer. David Thlale from South Africa was stunning and BCBG Max Azria from Tunisia’s flowy, dreamy pieces floating down the runway was brilliant.

Finally, to conclude my long epistle, I wil leave you with my mantra of late – There is more to success than passion and talent, you have to be dogged and persistent as well. Cheers to success my friends and please do come back, I intend to blog more here.

 

 

Ready to Wear Fashion brand Agu’s 1st ever PoP UP shop and Fashion film

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AGU will be publicly launching its pop-up shop and selling select pieces from its R-T-W collection on Sunday 20th July 2014 at The Social Place, 33 Sinari Daranejo, off Ligali Ayorinde, Victoria Island, Lagos. Entry is free, come with your cash or cards and friends and ready to shop.

For ideas on what to expect, here are some pictures of Zina Anumudu, daughter of popular lagos style star Nkiru Anumudu rocking some of the designers piece. Also featured in the fashion film below are some real lovely pieces . Its ready to wear and as the deisnger has clarified quite affordable too. Prices range from as low as N6000 to N20000.

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