The Fashion Story.

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Model for Modella Couture
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Model for Zizi Cardow
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Model for Ayo van Elmar
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Model for Mai Atafo
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Model for Lanre Da Silva Ajayi

The lagos fashion story is one that is known by very few, I didn’t know it either. I watched the clip put together by the organisers, the designers shared their struggles – competing with imported clothes, not having customers for their clothes and how expensive it was for the designers to make them– they also shared their triumphs, and through the short clip my respect doubled, if not tripled. The clip set the tone for the whole event, millenials like me, looked with a different kind of admiration when the first designer ‘Modella Couture’ was announced, it didn’t just look like a bunch of old clothes my grandmother probably wore, I saw and felt the expression. I understood the mind of the designer that needed to express her identity in the world of the norm, and I understood the hearts of the women that purchased the clothes – individuality. The models’ strut embodying the liberation the clothes gave them, their smiles so wide as they play with the clothes, their hairstyles high and full completing the look in the past. King Sunny Ade’s music comes on and ushers us to the early 70s, the era of ‘juju’ then the masterpiece comes in, the last model struts down the runway with a dress that can only be described as a masterpiece, a fusion of the old and new, the material appeals to the 60s and the cut to us millenials. What a way to start a show!

Zizi Cardow’s interpretation of the late 70s to early 80s brought a fire, the choice of material vibrant and spicy, oranges and pinks flood the runway and ease us into the spunk that was the early 80s, big hair and an even bigger strut, Nigerian women were coming into their own, the post-civil war woman was edgy, vibrant, dressing in colours that scintillates our senses and appeals to our edgy side. The 80s woman is the woman we all want to be, unafraid and bold.

Ayo van Elmar, the youngest designer amongst the 5, maintained the level Modella Couture started the show with, unapologetic in her cuts and bold with her choice of fabric, but, as the 80s wound down, the Afros got smaller, and the women became ‘chilled’- it was the reign of the hippies, the chill that came with liberation was very obvious in their laid-back strut, their cool shades, scarves tied across their forehead, it truly was a celebration of the becoming of a woman, a woman that didn’t need to be overly edgy to be different, she didn’t need to be spunky to show a different side of herself. The 80s woman had grown into her own.

The 90s interpreted by Mai Atafo showed the increase in the ‘craze’ for weddings. Women became more conscious of how they wanted their wedding to look and most importantly how they looked, as usual, Mai didn’t disappoint, his cut exquisite and his style very original just like the ever-green wedding song that was playing in the background Oruka by Sunny Neji. The 90s woman was the hopeless romantic, she finally loves who she has become and has found love.

Lanre Da Silva Ajayi introduces us to this millennium, the 21st century woman, it was almost reminiscent as I watched the models strut down, lagos fashion really has evolved, but it proved how much of a cycle fashion really is, some styles from the 60s made a comeback, cuts from the 70s also, but what I loved most about the millennial woman was her appreciation for the past, she understood the thirst to be different of the 60s woman, she adopted the spirit of the 70s woman, that fire, edginess, spunk, she understands the chill of the 80s woman, and she paid homage to the hopeless romantics of the 90s with the bold red lip. She is 50 years of fashion in Lagos.

❤❤❤❤.

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Backstage

 

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My sister and I
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SMILES and LACE.

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We often wonder,
where happiness starts.
The journey usually begins,
in our individual hearts.

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All the fortunes in this world,
shall not make our spirits sing.
It’s amazing how much joy,
a new dress seems to bring.

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Happiness is processed,
a million times inside each mind.
The secret is no secret,
just be positive and kind.

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The happiness you find in a new dress,
pleasure and satisfaction it brings
You can’t help but laugh at how ridiculous you feel!
Everything that makes us smile starts with the little things.

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Hey guys! It’s been sooo long! I have been super busy in school and I really didn’t have time to blog. I hope you like this post, I was super excited the day I took these pictures and I kept talking and laughing 😂😂. Also, you guys need to hear what happened to me! Watch out for girl chat this week 😉😉.

So I found this beautiful poem on Anita poems, and I feel like this embodies everything I was feeling when I took those pictures .

❤❤❤❤.

B n W:NY Church Outfit

Happy New Year!

So, every first Sunday in my church is a thanksgiving service and it was extra special this year because it also was the first the day of the year!

This I really didn’t have anything to wear unlike last year when I was ready to give them, so I wore something I had before, I also didn’t feel like tying gele so I just wore a turban and my hood hoop ear rings. It was sha fun, they gave us one peng rice.

So anyhoo, please ignore the bulge on my stomach, I didn’t tie the wrapper properly lol, and if it looks like I’m frowning, i was channeling my inner Kendall Jenner.

 

Inspiration! Inspiration!! Inspiration!!!

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I love how striking this is! The whole black look and a pop of Ankara…. Amazing! I’ll definitely be making my tailor sew this

img_20161103_221835I love  how cute and charming she looks, it’s something I could wear for brunch or to a bridal shower. img_20161103_221917I put  this here not because of the dress, but the hair, I met a lady with the same exact style, with the type you can use for the crochet style, and it looked amazing on her. I’m still trying to get mine, but once I do I’ll probably dye my tips red, but I can’t wait! img_20161103_222047

This lady is so sheek, it’s annoying. She made very simple pieces amazing, who knew a white cotton shirt could look so nice?