Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Reviewing Vlisco Ankara

Hello everyone!!! It's been a while since I put up a post and for that I really do apologise. Today I want to review Vlisco Ankara, especially since they recently came out with a new collection of designs. Now, because I used to do the whole Nigerian thing of accepting customer's fabric, I have worked with the fabric on many occasions, apart from using it myself.

I can testify to the fact that the fabric is the best quality in the market (and no, this is not a sponsored post). I have washed the ones I own many, many times with detergent with a washing machine and they are still as good as new, based on the fact that it is premium quality Hollandaise. But beyond that, what I find most attractive about their fabrics is the vibrance of the colours and designs. Their colours are so rich that it is rare to come across a dull Vlisco fabric design. And you know how much we all love our Ankara colours. Lol!!!

The only issues I have with them is that I really do not know (and have not come across anyone that knows) any Vlisco accredited store in Nigeria. All the ones I own and have worked with were purchased in England. I do know of a couple of shops that carry a few pieces but nothing major. Please, if any of you knows any of their accredited stores here in Nigeria, leave the information in the comments bellow.

I hope I have been able to add value to you. Yes, I know that the fabric is quite pricey, but it is worth it. Remain fabulous.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Ankara Street Style

Hello everyone!!! I was out and about in Lagos last weekend and came across this. I like the way she styled the Ankara bag. A lot of times, I see ladies style it in an overdone way. This is simple and understated with the bag being the focal point, which is how an Ankara bag should be styled.

I hope this inspires you and adds value. Remain fabulous.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Ankara Street Style

Hello everyone!!! I just want to give you another street style to inspire you. I saw her on the streets of Lagos this past Friday and I thought how it was an easy, breezy way to wear Ankara. The dress itself is very basic, it then depends on you to style it and give it character.

The purpose of this post is to remind you that you don't need an elaborate Ankara dress. Something basic like this can be styled to express yourself. So till I have something else to say, remain fabulous dolls.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Nigerian Designers At The Africa Fashion Week London

Hello y'all!!! I was looking at pictures from the Africa Fashion Week London and so I have decided to write about it today. More than 60 designers from Nigeria, Ghana, Congo, Botswana, Kenya, South Africa amongst others showed their collections. There was everything from show stopping designs to swimwear. I saw some of very wearable pieces on the runway but I also saw a lot of impractical clothing.

Don't get me wrong. I appreciate Afrocentric designers. However, the fact that African fashion is still struggling to be taken seriously by the rest of the world, I think, should have been reason enough for the designers that came, to show wearable pieces that buyers for boutiques and clothing stores can pick up. I venture to say that the reason why our fashion industry is doing so poorly is that the majority of our designers that show internationally think that to create African inspired designs, the clothes have to be costume. I'm sorry but Selfidges and House of Fraser are not going to carry costumes. Neither are any serious boutiques. It seems to me that a lot of our designers have no idea how to edit their designs. They obviously think that success comes from how eccentric the designs are and do not realise that the clothes have to be wearable.

Another issue I have is the fact that the event seemed to attract the media as well as fashionistas but there were no buyers from boutiques and shops. That is the fault of the organisers. Personally, I have been approached by several organisers of fashion events to show a collection at their events and when I ask who will be invited to watch, they always say media and an audience but never buyers. That is always a good reason for me not to take part, especially since these events can be expensive to participate in. Considering the fact that the main objective of taking part in a show is to sell your clothes, the fact that there were no buyers nor were there any serious British fashion editors there, in my opinion, means that the designers that showed weren't given value for their money. Because I can bet that most of the visitors at the event did not buy anything.

The reason why I decided to write this is to bring to our attention the fact that our fashion promoters need to do more. The only person out of all of them that impresses me is Yemi Akerele of Style House Files. Her company has gotten a good number of her clients into major stores abroad. That is what a fashion promoter does, not just a fashion show that is mainly covered by African media.

Anyway, that is my rant for the day. Maybe next time I want to rant, I will make a video instead. I hope I made sense and that this piece will help any designer who reads it to decide which events are worth the investment. I also hope that it will help the promoters restrategise to give their participants better value. In the meantime, remain fabulous, doll!!!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Outfit Of The Day.

Hello everyone!!! I trust that the week is going well, so far. I just want to do a quick outfit of the day post. I have to admit that I took the picture a few weeks ago and am just getting round to posting it. But then, I guess better late than never.

The dress is just a simple, classic linen dress with Ankara details (an Ajiri Avae dress) that I dressed up with high heels, clutch bag and a cocktail ring. It can be worn casually as well, with ballet flats or sandals and and an everyday bag. Such a versatile piece of clothing. I hope this look inspires you to add more Ankara flavour to your wardrobe. Remain fabulous, dolls!!!

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Ankara Street Style

Hello everybody!!! Today, again, I want to help open your mind to the possibilities open to you in terms of your Ankara. I saw this chic inside Unilag and think it's a simple yet nice way to wear your Ankara. She mixed the fabric with what looks like raw silk. I love the Sun flower detail. Nice for church, right?

I hope this look inspires you. Remain fabulous, girls!!!

Friday, July 19, 2013

How To Dress For A Boyish Figure

Hello. Today, I'm going to talk about dressing for a boyish figure. A boyish figure is a straight up and down figure. A small bustline, no discernable waist, and small backside. A lot of women with this figure also have wide shoulders. What this figure needs is the illusion of fullness in in the bust and narrowness in the waist. That will help create curves.

The first thing to deal with is your underwear. You want a bra that helps to create more fullness, like a push up or padded bra. Frills on your bra also adds volume. You can also wear a corset to create the illusion of a slimmer waist. There are also padded panties to create fuller hips and backside.

Ruffles, well placed pleats, and other decorations create a fuller bustline. Avoid sweatheart necklines as they draw attention to your flat chest. Halters, turtle necks and wrapped tops (and dresses) are a lot more flattering. Puff, bell and kimono sleeves give the body more width and so, the illusion of curves. Peplum tops (and dresses) give the illusion of bigger hips and backside. Flowy fabrics like chiffon add femininity to your look. Avoid tight fitted tops as they draw attention to the fact that your body lacks definition. Avoid boxy jackets that end at the waist because they make you look straight up and down. Instead, go for longer jackets with a defined waist and also smallish cardigans. You can add definition to the waist by using a belt. Also, jackets that flare out at the waist and stop at the hips give the illusion of a curvier backside.

The boyish figure, due to it's angular frame, looks more feminine in flowy fabrics. That kind of fabric gives the the body a softer look. Peplum, baby doll and tulip dresses all make the figure curvier. Look for dresses with ruffles, embellishments and other forms of fullness on the top half. You can also use a belt to create a waist.

Women with boyish figure are lucky because they look fabulous in skinny jeans. Just be sure to pair it with flowy, feminine tops that stop at your hips and give you a waistline. Also, leggings look good on them, if they follow the same rules. Wide leg pants and jeans also look fab on the boyish figure as they add fullness to the bottom half. But you have to be careful to wear flattering tops with a defined waist if not, you will end up looking straight up and down. You can also get away with a fitted top when you pair it with wide leg pants or jeans. Another style of trousers that look fab on them is structured pants made with soft, fluid fabrics that stop at the ankle or higher. They make the body look more feminine. On your jeans, look out for details on the pocket, like stones, pocket flaps, embroidery and other decorations as they make the hips and backside look bigger. Wearing light colours on your bottom half draws the attention of the eye and gives the appearance of being curvier. Bleached or faded effect on the thighs of your jeans also make you appear curvier.

As for skirts, avoid boxy mini skirts as they draw attention to your straight up and down figure. Instead, go for skirts made with soft fabrics that flow and swing. As with everybody else, the A line skirt is also flattering. Pencil, mermaid and tulip skirts make you look curvy when paired with flattering tops.

I really hope that I have been able to add some value to you and have helped in your bid to look even more fabulous. Enjoy your weekend and I hope to have something new for you soon. Remain fabulous doll!!!