Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Featured Artist: Ademi Jewellry

Hello pals, it has literally been ages since my last post. I apologize for that.
I am featuring a very unique designer. She could adorn you and the angels will become jealous (she is that good). She makes jewellery ranging from necklaces and earrings to hand bands.
A creative artist and a graduate of creative art and visual art (painting) from the University of Lagos, she goes by the name Onitiri Ademiju. What makes her different? She uses indigenous materials in an excellent way.

Brand Name: Ademi Jewellry

Job Description: Creative Artist

Practicing Years: 9years

Inspiration: She draws her inspiration from anything artistic. This challenges her to represent such artistry in fashion.

Contact: admont@yahoo.com
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Friday, 19 July 2013

Gele


First, I must say thanks to Bukky (yes the make-up Bukky from the previous post) for inspiring and authoring this post. "Gele" or African head wrap as our western counterparts call it is a piece of material made of Brocade or Aso oke. 
Apart from make-ups, I think the next thing that keeps African women in the house a long while after their husbands are outside waiting is the Gele. Tie and untie is the normal trend... hehehe.
Head wraps have served as head cover for African women since the early 1700s. According to Danya London Fashions For All, a group of African slave women appeared in a 1707 painting that was created by Dirk Valkenburg. It depicted them wearing head wraps that appeared on the forehead and above the ears.
In times past, it is believed that the Gele is worn by the woman to showcase her husbands wealth and prosperity.
The Gele comes in a variety of colors, combinations and designs. What I am used to as Gele is the very big noisy starched hair-tie our mothers wear. All of that has changed and in recent times ankara is also used to tie the Gele. Also the names have continued to evolve; from satellite to madam kofo, to Ile gogoro... Africans we sha like better things.
I know you are hoping to see "how to tie Gele like a pro". Sorry, I haven't tied one before. Will have to consult mum and teach you how in subsequent posts. Meanwhile, if you already know the basis of tying your hair, your imagination is your only limit.






 I am so loving this


belladolcelife.blogspot.com
gistus.com 

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Featured Make-up Artist: Bukky


It is impossible to talk fashion and leave out make-up. From simply applying a powder to eye shadows, lipsticks, lenses, the beauty of an African born is enhanced, all in a bid to look good. Although I am not a fan of heavy make-ups, I was thrilled after seeing her job. Saying some one is talented and skilled is an understatement. She makes looking good a good business (I am hoping she will give me a free make-over after reading this...*winks*).

A graduate of Industrial Chemistry and a very industrious/ ambitious lady, call her Bukky.

If you live at Jos or its environs, I recommend you see this lady for not just a total make over but also for the perfect make up palette. Are you doing or planning to do a photo shoot, video shoot, or a run way show, she is the perfect lady for the job.

Contact (bbm) : 21B3321D


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Saturday, 13 July 2013

Featured Designer: Jeselly Couture

Hello pals, featuring on the blog today is someone very special, a friend and a sister. CEO of Jeselly Couture, her designs can make the head spin, she is uniquely talented and creative. From the few times we spoke, I can attest that she is a designer with purpose and if there is anyone you want to associate with, it's got to be Jeselly.
She sews both english and traditional wears and makes great shoes using Ankaras.
Contact (bbm): 232A90B2

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Accessories: An African Approach

Personally, I think accessories are items that complement your primary clothing. Primary in the sense that you can not do without them (try wearing a shoe and a tie without any shirt or pants to the office). Now you know what I mean.
It is no news that Africans cherish how they look, we take great pride in our appearance. The trends in fashion have also evolved greatly or should I rather say moved in cycles?
Come to think of it, accessories are what actually make you stand-out to a very great deal in any occasion (*ask someone who lost a job because he wore the wrong color of tie*). Unless you have the perfect body-line or an angel for a tailor, you can't make anyone look at you twice if you don't have top quality niche accessories.
That said, I will attempt to list out everything I consider an accessory for both ladies and men.
Ladies first:
  • The earrings and necklaces
  • The bags
  • The shoes
  • Hats, caps or Gele (hope I spelled that correctly)
  • Hand chains
  • Wrist Watches
  • Ties
  • Belts,etc.
The list is the same for guys too, except for "Geles".
If you have been following the fashion trend for a while, you will agree with me that African inspired designs are gaining more grounds. Virtually every accessory mentioned above has an African counterpart.
You don't have to dress like a rainbow in African attires to be noticed.
  • A simple ankara padded earrings and a hand bag on a black gown is a killer, trust me.
  • A multicolored ankara coated shoe on a black gown can also make you stand-out.
  • For the guys, there are these square shaped bags that are in vogue, get a remake on it and believe me, you are the bomb.
I could go on and on, bottom line is get some African accessories and be creative in mixing them. I am always here if you need any help.
More pictures... I owe all of these pictures to creative designers who have dared to be different and they are not being used for commercial purposes.



I recommend this with Oleku style. Ask your tailor for details....hahaha

Try this on a white cloth or for fun outing. Nothing formal at all

  
These are the sites I got the pictures for this post from:
africafashionguide
fashionjunkii.com
ethnicsupplies.org
onenigerianboy.com

Sunday, 7 July 2013

African Ties


A tie is any piece clothing worn around the neck for decorative purposes, usually resting under the collar of the shirt. Ties range from neck ties to bow ties to ascot tie, amongst others. Ties are worn by men and boys as part of regular office attire in formal settings but in recent times they may be worn in a "not so formal" way. You know what I mean, a nicely starched shirt, a jean and a tie.



The older generation will always love fat ties *winks at dad* while the younger ones prefer slim ties. A tie in its color and shape can make you look goofy or smart. Choosing the perfect tie for that occasion or outing is therefore paramount.
  • As a tip, never wear a pattern tie on a pattern shirt, NO!!! 
  • Go for quality, not quantity. There is no laid-down rule that you must have many tie. After-all, it isn't your under wear. It is more preferable to have very few quality ties that speak in volumes, than have several with no quality.
  •  For neckties, the width of your tie should be between 3 and 5 inch that is if your are going old school. Anything wider than that and you are on your own. If you are like me, you will be going for 2 inch.
  • Statement always matters. Remember to always stay bold and simple.
Someone may ask how ties are related to the original African tradition, believe me, they are not. Save for the chains tied round our fore fathers' necks. I want to believe those are ties too...

So why the post on ties? I saw some really nice looking ties in African fabrics, they looked great. If you are a guy and are a tie freak, or want to stand out totally, I recommend trying these.


Saturday, 6 July 2013

Tie and Die

As a kid there were these native cloths we wore that immediately changed the color of the water whenever they were washed. You dare not mix it with white cloths else mum will talk your ears out. Of recent, I am intrigued by the patterns on such clothing, both simple and complex.

Tie and Die is a resistive dying pattern that goes centuries back amongst people of various cultures. In tie and die, the fabric to be manipulated is folded and stitched to create a resistive layer. the tie prevents die from reaching the entire material. The fabric is then dipped in several times, depending on the intensity of the color needed. The fabric is then rinsed after the whole process.

A tip that I haven't tested. If you buy a new cloth and you fill it is going to "wash (fade)", you need to wash or soak it in a solution of salt and cold water or vinegar. This process is called die-setting. Will try this out on my jeans though, lol.

The used photos were gotten from magicsling.com and shaddersafrica.com



Wednesday, 3 July 2013

My Fashion Restrospect


Wondering what I should write about, the rather silly topic "fashion retrospect" popped into my head. I don't expect this one to be educative though *winks*.
Couple of years back I remember preparing one of my perfect native cloths on a Tuesday morning. I had a lecture that morning. I felt good inside, but this joy was short-lived as my then roommate asked me if I was an old man. He specifically said why must I dress like our fathers who have no sense of fashion. What he meant was that I should look corporate Monday through Thursday and put on natives only on Fridays. Just wondering where that law came from... He succeeded in ruining my day, I couldn't wait to get back to the room to change.
What's your take on African Fabrics and natives? Should it be worn all the time? Are there specific days for it? Does our work place support Africa?

Featured Designer: Presh Ankaras


Hello pals good day...
Featuring on the blog today, someone very special. It took a while before she agreed to be on the blog. Her name is Precious and she is the CEO of PreshAnkaraAccessories. A Port Harcourt based Designer, she is a goddess in hand-made Ankara accessories like earrings, rings, bangles, hair bands, brooch, clothes, bags, shoes (just wondering what she can't do). She also offers training in all of the stuffs listed above.
You could hook up with her on Facebook @: www.facebook.com/PreshAnkaraAccessories
BB: 2A8D10A1



Color Blocking

COLOR BLOCKING
Color blocking has been around for quite sometime now.I guess the recent contrast in colors only made it popular.Color blocking involves combining a primary color(blue,red,yellow) with a complementary color(purple,green,orange,etc.) either as a whole or as color blocks.Shocking,but white and black is color block.
If you are not very bold to try extreme colors,you can and certainly look great combining African fabrics and Ankara.You could try a yellow on a blue,a red on a green.You get more complex adding a neutral color.Give it a trial.