Friday, February 28, 2014

RTF BEAUTY: Know the perfect brow for your face shape

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Your eyebrows can be the ultimate beauty statement if gotten right, so getting the perfect brow for your face shape is there for very important. See the different face shapes and brows that frame them perfectly.

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THE 13 AFRICAN CONTESTANTS FOR MISS AFRICA MONTREAL




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Miss Africa Montreal is aimed at promoting African culture. The beauty pageant held on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at TOHU. 

Ranging from Mali, Cameroon, Ethiopia and more African countries, the women chosen have been styled in two photoshoots themed “The Amazon” and “The 4 Elements – Water, Fire, Air & Earth”.

See more photos after the jump.

STELLA JEAN’S SPRING/SUMMER 2014 COLLECTION

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Stella Jean is a half Italian half Haitian designer with her brand  famous for its effortless and chic use of bold prints often inspired by African prints. The new collection shows a mix of elegance and boldness, with the lookbook shot with Portuguese actress Carmen Miranda.

see full collection after the jump.

RTF COVERS: Brenda Ngxoli is the cover girl for True Love Magazine’s March 2014 Issue


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South African actress and International Emmy Awards triple nominee, Brenda Ngxoli is the cover girl for True Love Magazine’s March 2014 Issue. True Love Magazine is a fashion, beauty and lifestyle magazine for black women.

YSAUNNY BRITO: DOMINICAN MODEL POSES FOR V MAGAZINE #88 SPRING 2014 ISSUE

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The editorial shows Ysaunny in a throw-back light with oldie groove and fashion. She is photographed by Daniel Sannwald and styled by Stylist Patti Wilson.

The magazine states “Stop! In the name of love and new face Ysaunny, who channels the divine Ms. Ross while letting the chicness of the season take control. Her striking poses in disco-worthy leather, lace, fur and frocks keep us turning upside down.”

More photos after the jump.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Lupita Nyong'o dazzles again in blue ensemble

                

The award winning actress looks stunning in a blue cut-out dress while attending an event in her honor put together by LoveGold at the Chateau Marmont yesterday. This Lady makes me so proud. She is absolutely stunning.
                            All smiles: Her bold orange lipstick and flawless skin accented her look

House Of Nwocha: Spring/Summer 2014 Collection (Runway Photos)

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House of NWOCHA creates beautiful garments, offering premium quality; all strictly made in Nigeria. The designs are for women who know how to wear fashionable clothes without forgetting a sense of style. The designs are bold, daring, sexy, elegant, feminine and unique.

See the full collection after the jump.

Diva Delicious: sneak peek into their new handbag collection

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Sandi Owusu is the creative director of Diva Delicious, a fashion brand that currently deals with accessories with raw materials made in Ghana and a touch of glam. Diva because everything in the Accessories line is top quality and loud (in a good way) and Delicious, because it's craving, eye candy, colorful and artistic. 

Design & Style Our purses reflect a great combination of design, dimensions and color along with street-smart trendiness. The various designs of purses are inspired from the combination of art, fashion and the confluence of modern and traditional cultures. Embroidery, bead work, sequin work, mirror work etc. are used to add beauty to these purses. DD purses are crafted with elegant pattern in incredible, rich colors.

Andrea Iyamah:Swimwear 2014 - Behind the Scenes



We are excited about the release of A.I 2014 swimwear collection is coming this March! Check out all the work put in by the team during the shoot. The shooting took 10 hours.

More photos after the jump.

Mina Evans & House of Cramer T-Shirt line Collaboration


House of Cramer and Mina Evans teamed up to create a simple yet trendy t-shirt line, basic in their box cut and made in four different brocade fabrics, that can be dressed up or down making them quite versatile.We are excited to see the final lookbook, for now, here are illustrations by Penie Enchill of the shirts.

See photos after the jump.

Oriola Emma : ‘Vibrant Entree’ Collection 2014

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Oriola Emma is a unique fashion brand that is set to provide trendy high end apparel at affordable prices. At Oriola Emma it is our fundamental belief that fashion and styles are one of the essential that each person requires to have a good quality of life. Founded in 2008, Oriola Emma is a fashion and life style brand that presently focuses on flattering the female and male body. Our signature style is effortless, chic, fresh and cosmopolitan. 

See full collection after the jump.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Speaks On Fasion And Style: Are all fashionable females really dumb?


This short write up from Ms Adichie couldn't have come at a better time. I experienced this criticism recently at a women's meeting. 
I love to look good, In-fact I enjoy playing dress up, I love fashion (hence this blog). So yes! red lips stick, eye shadow, eyeliner, brown powder ... i love it all. 
Making a conscious effort to look good is now considered worldly, yes! you can spot the critical eyes even in churches. It is no longer about just looking good, it is perceived as fake, misplaced priorities and even worse insecurities. The list goes on.

Here is what Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie had to say:

Senegaliese Brand-Selly Raby Kane “Alien Cartoon” Collection

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Selly Raby Kane is a designer brand created in 2008 by Selly Raby Kane a Senegalese fashion designer. Urban, Afro and pop, SRK was fed by street art, pop art and music from rock to hip hop. Just like this new generation, urban, curious and opened to the world SRK embodies the ultimate blend. A mix of influences and trends for a unique and uninhibited style. With attention to detail and a passion for accessories, Seraka builds a strong personality, Free and Sophisticated, Rebel and assertive.

See the full collection after the jump.

The 2014 Anzisha Prize Opens for Entries:Young African Entrepreneurs, Apply Today!

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Entries are now open for the Anzisha Prize – Africa’s premier award for the continent’s best young entrepreneurs. This year, youth organisation partners and media brands all over the continent will join forces to find, celebrate and support the most innovative social and business entrepreneurs under the age of 22. Over $75,000 USD in cash prizes will be shared by the 2014 finalists.

Hosted by the African Leadership Academy (ALA) in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation, the Anzisha Prize celebrates initiative and innovation. It identifies exceptional young entrepreneurs who are blazing a trail of startup success and providing shining examples for others follow. In just three years, the Anzisha Prize has grown into one of the most sought after awards for young entrepreneurs globally. On top of the significant cash prizes, the 12 Anzisha finalists will join a growing Anzisha Fellow Network of the continent’s top youth entrepreneurs.

See how you can apply after the jump.

House of Nwocha: Lauched 2 collections “White Rose” & “Red 13″ yesterday in Lagos

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The Nigerian top Fashion Design Label – House of Nwocha launched its S/S14 Collection with two collections “White Rose” and “Red 13“ exclusively yesterday 23rd Feb. 2014 in Lagos.
The invite-only event had in attendance fashion buyers, editors, top stylists, bloggers, socialites, celebrities and fashion lovers alike fused with entertainment from some of Nigeria’s best female voices l Waje, Ms.Jaie, Yemi Alade .
We will share the full collection as soon as the photos are released.

Adeola Ariyo emerges first african AMBASSADOR for Elizabeth Arden


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Nigerian beauty, Adeola Ariyo emerged the first black ambassador for a New York based cosmetic company, Elizabeth Arden.

Adeola Ariyo, a top African model, and an actress made her acting debut in an international movie, Doomsday in 2008 and has recently emerged the first African ambassador for Elizabeth Arden.

Born in Lagos 28 years ago to a Ghanaian mother and Nigerian father, her modeling career began at the age of 13 in London and she has since strutted on runways of some of the world’s most coveted fashion shows including London Fashion Week, Arise Fashion Week in Lagos, Johannesburg Fashion Week and Cape Town Fashion Week.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Duro Olowu Fall Ready-To-Wear 2014 Collection

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Nigerian- New York based fashion designer Duro Olowu kicked off the celebration of his 10th year in the fashion business which will be later this year with a presentation during London Fashion Week 2014 with a Fall 2014 ready-to-wear collection inspired by an art deco designer in the 1920s in Parisknown as Elizabeth Eyre de Lanux.

See his full collection after the jump.

Funlayo Déri Unveils ‘Sartorial Splendour’ Collection

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Luxury womenswear label Funlayo Déri unveils the Autumn/Winter 2014 Sartorial Splendour collection. The collection was launched at the Wolf & Badger New Designer Showcase at The Savoy, London on 15th February 2014.

See full collection after the jump.

Nigerian Fashion Label Hallero Comes “Ibadi–Aran” Collection

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Nigerian fashion label Hallero “Ibadi–Aran” collection; IBADI–ARAN which simply means “Nice waist” is a contemporary Iro (wrapper) and Buba (blouse) mix of western and traditional influences, with special emphasis of creating a crisp and well defined illusion of a finely sculptured waist line when worn, even if your hips don’t lie.

See more photos after the jump.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Re Bahia: Spring/Summer 2014 “Minimal Dreams” Collection

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Re Bahia is Nigerian design label  owned by Creative Director Orire Omatsola
Orire Omatsola had this to say , “as a creative, I love to focus on the bare necessity. Call it a cliché but for me, less is honestly more. I believe in creating pieces that are clean, finely finished and most importantly non-fussy. I really wanted a simple palette for this collection. I had to train myself for the first time to be as cohesive as possible, focusing on only three colours, white, blue and pink.

Check out the full collection after the jump.

Google Africa Connected Competition: VOTE FOR ESEOGHENE ODIETE

The African connected Competition is an effort to help boost the social and economic impact being created by Africans who have embraced the web. Google is offering up five prizes of $25,000 each to the most inspiring stories established on the continent so It’s in your hands now!

Eseoghene, is the creative director of Hesey Designs. She started her own accessories business right out of university. She used Google Search and YouTube to learn how to create handbags, and via Search found contacts for blogs and magazines to feature her products. Her bags, which she now sells through her business website, have been featured in over 100 blogs. Helping others create a source of income, Eseoghene also conducts training classes for other women who want to learn her trade and build a similar business for themselves. Her dream is to build her business into an international brand that promotes African designs.

Please continue reading to how you can vote for Eseoghene after the jump.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Babatunde Capulana: "Fever" Collection

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Babatunde , a South African brand, born in Johannesburg in 2009, BABATUNDE is primarily a dress adventure! Initiated following the design of a series of 5 hats and 5 caps, born in Johannesburg in 2009, is primarily a BABATUNDE dress adventure! Initiated following the design of a series of 5 hats and 5 caps.

Our designs combine colors and shapes African fabrics and western sections. Each creation is unique. Our fabrics are carefully selected for quality and brightness printed. To this we add an original cut, refined and manufacture limited edition. Our aim is to highlight products that are 100% made in Africa: the design of the fabric & the product realization and manufacturing "hand-sewn" in South Africa, the land of origin of the brand. The word comes from Babatunde Yoruba (language spoken mainly in Nigeria) and means "the return of the father."

More photos after the jump.

nenOÏ : "Beautiful summer" Collection

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nenOï is the brand created by Reyana , a young passionate Senegalese  residing in Belgium. Beautiful Summer collection from nenOï is dedicated to infants and toddlers. 

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See the amazing designs after the jump, I just love Vlisco, they never disappoint.

Eki Orleans: "Rhythm" A/W14 Collection



Hazel Eki Aggrey-Orleans is the creative force behind the high-end London-based fashion-label Eki Orleans. Born in Germany, raised in Nigeria and educated in London, her design aesthetic has been strongly influenced by this diverse mix of cultures. She draws inspiration from all of her cultural experiences, most notably, however, from her West African heritage. Growing up in the buzzing, chaotic and culturally diverse city of Lagos, Hazel first developed a love for the vivid and earthy colours of Africa.

See the full collection after the jump.

IamIsigo Spring/Summer 2014 Collection



The collection draws its inspiration from exploring and celebrating the human body through a unique combination of colours, style and self examination. According to Bubu, the collection was “created while I was pregnant, my body went through so many changes. My “blood” and my “bones” were creating another being, my son. My body inspired me to create a collection that reflects my innermost workings.”

Bubu Ogisi is the Creative Director of Nigerian design label IamIsigo.

Check out the full collection after the jump.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Nana Afua Antwi Is Zen magazine's February Cover Girl!

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She is the 1st Ghanaian model to win Britain’s Top Model of Colour and is a BEFFTA Awards Winner for Female Model of the Year in 2011 and Young Achiever of the year in 2013. 

Grab a copy of the magazine on news stands now!

Photography by: Dami Oyetade
Makeup by: Imelda Ladebo
Hair Stylist/Artist: Adeola Olasebikan

Source: zenmagazineafrica.com

FABRYAN AW14 COLLECTION

FABRYAN (fa-bri-an) is a luxury womenswear & accessories brand with ethical values. Launched in September 2010 during London fashion week by self-taught designer Samantha-Jane. Fabryan supports the Children of Haggai Foundation by donating a percentage of sales to sponsor orphans in Nigeria to get an education.

Check out the stunning collection after the jump.

2014 BAFTAs: Our top picks for best dressed

 Lovely in lace: Former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko and actress Maggie Gyllenhaal both opted for striking full-length lace gowns as they worked their magic in front of the camera Slipping into their LBDs: Screen star Uma Thurman and Downton Abbey's Laura Carmichael both opted for classic black strapless dresses as they hit the red carpet Classic elegance: Cate Blanchett and Josephine De La Baume both dazzled in their elegant ensembles, sticking to classic black and midnight blue
The 2014 British Academy of Film & Television Arts awards which held on Sunday, February 17, 2014 at the London Royal Opera House brought out stars in some of their best outfits. Here are some of the dresses I thought stood out. See my best pick after the jump.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Jason Porshe Spring/Summer 2014 Collection – “Skyfall”

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Jason Porshe is a Nigerian luxury bespoke design label  Created in 2012 by Creative Director Jason Samuel, this  collection features Alex Ekubo, Bryan Okwara, IK Ogbonna, Michael Bassey and Victor Kwen in stylish, classy and vintage bespoke suits.
Check out the full “Skyfall“ collection  after the jump.