Sunday, January 4, 2015

New Year New Blog.

Hello everyone!!! Happy New Year. I apologise to all the people that used to follow this blog that I haven't posted anything in well over a year. I promise that in 2015 I will do my best to put up posts regularly.

In the time I have been gone, a lot has changed in my career, deciding to take a break from designing being the major one. I now own an online store on Kaymu where I sell stylish clothes that flatter women of all shapes and sizes called Style City. I have also been doing some styling and hope to take that even more seriously in 2015. I am now on instagram, check me out @ajiriavae. I try to post Outfit of the Day pictures there as regularly as I can. I also have another Facebook page, apart from Ajiri's Style called Style City. The plan is to get back to sharing my interest in style. As much as I am still a lover of the Ankara fabric, this year, I will be a lot less focused on it. I will be more focused on sharing my knowledge of how to build a wardrobe that is both flattering and stylish for a spectrum of women.

So, I wish for you what I wish for myself. A productive and profitable as well as happy year. A year filled with adventures and good surprises. A year of fabulousness. As always, remain fabulous.

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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!!!