Top Picks from the Lagos Fashion Week 2019.

I promised in my last post to bring you my top picks from the Lagos Fashion Week 2019 runway. Remember that fashion is how we interpret it, my favourite looks may not be yours. Also, remember to look beyond the models, you have to picture yourself in the outfit and envision how you’ll style it to enjoy every piece.

I have something for everyone, you like to be dressed modestly? You should look at the pieces from House of Kara. Please don’t forget to leave a comment, I’ll like to know which designer’s pieces you like best.

Yutee Rone:

Launched in 2007, Yutee Rone is a high-end African based women’s wear. The label is known for its unique structural pieces made from the finest quality fabrics and with exceptional attention to detail.

Top pick from the Lagos fashion Week
Yutee Rone
Yutee Rone
Top pick from the Lagos fashion Week
Yutee Rone
Top pick from the Lagos fashion Week
Yutee Rone
Yutee Rone

Dzyn:

This brand is certainly not a stranger to the blog as I have featured it on my favourite Nigerian brands read here. The collection was very colourful, flirty and trendy and we’re all in.

Top pick from the Lagos fashion Week
Dzyn
Top pick from the Lagos fashion Week
Dzyn
Top pick from the Lagos fashion Week
Dzyn
Dzyn

IDMA – HOF

Founded by Mfon Ogbonna, IDMA-NOF is a Nigerian based womenswear brand. Mfon is a pharmacist who got tired of drawing sketches on the pages of medical journals and decided to go back to school to study Fashion Design. blending art, fashion and craftsmanship in exciting ways. Talk about following one’s passion. Mfon is certainly our kind of girl on the Aunty Lulu blog.

The brand’s aesthetic is very bold and strongly influenced by the head designer’s colourful African heritage.

Top pick from the Lagos fashion Week
IDMA – NOF

Haute Baso

Haute Baso is an ethical fashion brand for the modern individual looking for thoughtful, simple and functional designs. The brand was established in March 2014 by two Rwandan designers with four female artisans and has since grown to collaborations with 275 artisans, 202 of the artisans being women. Definitely a brand to watch out for 👍🏽.

Top pick from the Lagos fashion Week
Haute Baso

Mimi by Odio

This is the collection from the talented Odio Mimonet. Odio Mimonet has been producing couture for a discerning clientele for almost 20 years.

I especially love her take on the check fabric most pro unitate (FGC) girls wore as house wear. It’s a right back at you moment 😛.

Odio Mimonet has been producing couture for a discerning clientele for almost 20 years. The tradition of creating exclusive, custom-fitted clothing is an integral part of the brand. Each piece is lovingly crafted using the best quality fabric and materials and extreme attention is paid to every detail right from the design stage through to the hand finishing.
Mimi by Odio
Mimi by Odio
Mimi by Odio
Top pick from the Lagos fashion Week
Mimi by Odio
Top pick from the Lagos fashion Week
Mimi by Odio
Mimi by Odio

Bridget Awosika

An eponymous label launched in 2010, the creative director is a Parsons School of Design alumni who aims to bring African designs to an international audience.
I love the feminity of her designs, very fluid and sexy but not in a vulgar way.

Top pick from the Lagos fashion Week
Bridget Awosika
Bridget Awosika
Bridget Awosika
Top pick from the Lagos fashion Week
Bridget Awosika

House of Kaya

A Luxury Fashion Brand designed for the Kaya Woman.  House of “Kaya” being a derivative from the Hausa word for Clothes is fascinated by the ability of the Kaya Woman to still look classy and elegant beyond her cultural boundary.

That’s their brand identity and I couldn’t agree more. Their collection was very classy and elegant, a to-go brand for the modest lady.

Top pick from the Lagos fashion Week
House of Kaya
Top pick from the Lagos fashion Week
House of Kaya
Top pick from the Lagos fashion Week
House of Kaya

Adama Paris

Owned by Senegalese fashion designer, Amanda Adams Ndiaye, Adams Paris prices are manufactured in Morocco and can be found internationally. She is credited with starting Black Fashion Week.

I love how her pieces are very wearable. Nice and chic collection.

Top pick from the Lagos fashion Week
Adama Paris
Top pick from the Lagos fashion Week
Adama Paris
Top pick from the Lagos fashion Week
Adama Paris

Gozel Green

Gozel Green was founded by twin sisters – Sylvia Enekwe-Ojei and Olivia Enekwe-Okoji in 2012. Every collection and design is driven by passion and drive to design clothing that would tell African stories in an unconventional, original and artistic manner. The brand targets women all over the world who are not afraid to stand out.

You really have to be artistic and unafraid to stand out to rock any Gozel Green piece.

Top pick from the Lagos fashion Week
Gozel Green
Gozel Green

Clan

CLAN  is a little bit of everything: Fun, serious, simple, stylish and every synonym in-between young and fashionable. Owned by Teni, Aba and Tiwa Sagoe, sisters and daughters of renowned fashion designer Deola Sagoe.

They make some exceptional pieces for the working woman.

Top pick from the Lagos fashion Week
Clan

Maki Oh

Maki Oh is a womenswear brand that fuses traditional African techniques with detailed contemporary construction. Founded by Maki Osakwe in 2010, the Maki Oh design ethos challenges prevailing notions of beauty and analyses cultural norms through a womanist lens.

Maki Oh

Meenah

Please read our previous post about this talented designer.

This collection looks like they’re taking us on a trip around the world, well we’re all packed and ready to go…

Meenah
Top pick from the Lagos fashion Week
Meenah
Top pick from the Lagos fashion Week
Meenah

Ejiro Amos Tafiri

Ejiro started her brand in the year 2010. Her brand remains one of the go-to brands in Nigeria.

Top pick from the Lagos fashion Week
Ejiro Amos Tafiri

Cynthia Abila

Cynthia Abila is a Nigerian based fashion brand. It is made for the travelling woman who loves to explore the diverse culture of worlds beyond her walls, but yet holds passionately to her roots and in every way seeks to tell her own local story.

Top pick from the Lagos fashion Week
Cynthia Abila
Top pick from the Lagos fashion Week
Cynthia Abila

Sunny Rose

Sunny Rose is an Abuja based fashion brand that is multicultural, chic and timeless. Creative director of Sunny Rose, Maureen Ikem Okogwu-Ikokwu started the brand in 2018. Definitely one to look out for.

Sunny Rose

Atafo

Owned by Ohimai Atafo, thus fashion label is one of the most visible brands in Nigeria. The brand specializes in bespoke men’s suit and traditional outfits, alongside its sister brand Weddings by Mai Atafo which specialises in Wedding and evening dresses.

Mai and Odio Mimomet must have had a meeting on reviving the check house wear 😁, I’m not complaining though, loving it…

Top pick from the Lagos fashion Week
Atafo
Atafo

Style Temple

Another designer that is not new to us on the blog.

Every piece is a delight 🤗.

Top pick from the Lagos fashion Week
Style Temple
Top pick from the Lagos fashion Week
Style Temple
Style Temple
Top pick from the Lagos fashion Week
Style Temple

Christie Brown

The brand was founded in March 2008 with the launch of it’s first runway show in Accra, Ghana. Founder, Aisha Obuobi began her love affair with fashion at an early age and thankfully is not stopping anytime soon.

Christie Brown
Christie Brown
Christie brown

Bravo to all the designers, such ingenuity and unrivalled creativity 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽.

Aunty Lulu.

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Best of couture and Street Fashion from the Lagos Fashion Week

Best of couture and Street Fashion from the Lagos Fashion Week

Hello guys, the Lagos fashion week 2019 just ended on the 26th of October 2019. It kicked off on the 23rd of October with ‘the Gathering’ – a fashion Business Series featuring chats with fashion industry experts.

Apart from the interesting runway pieces from the designers that show their creativity at fashion shows, another thing to look forward to is what the attendees will be wearing.

There were lots of interesting fashion interpretation from fashion experts and enthusiasts from all over Africa and beyond. I scoured the internet to get you the best of fashion on display at the fashion week, so buckle up and enjoy the ride with me 😉.

The fashion IT crowd came out in all their fashion glory. Designers, retailers, bloggers, stylist …

Ogwa Iweze of Dzyn
Veronica Odeka
lovefromjulez
Tata of 41luxe
Tolu Bally
Ifeoma Odogwu
Toni Tones
Ozinna Anumudu
Ini Edo

Me, Myself …

And I 😊

Good things come in pairs😉

Or threes 😎

More Street Style…

Oh, the Men! Let’s not forget them 😚

Hope you’ve enjoyed my pick. Look out for the best looks from the runway on my next post. I’m off to get me a long ponytail seeing as its a hot trend now 😘.

Aunty Lulu.

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King of Boys

King of Boys

So I finally watched King of Boys – a Nigerian movie written and directed by Kemi Adetiba – thanks again to Netflix. I’d heard and read so much about this movie – all good – so I started watching the movie ready to be the bad cop. Suffice to say that I have officially joined the bandwagon as I have been gushing about the movie since I saw it.

I was itching to write about the movie after watching it but I decided against that as I’d just posted one for the wedding party. I’m particular about giving good and diverse content to you guys so I didn’t want to repeat a movie post. I, however, felt obliged to send Ms Adetiba a message (no I don’t know her) as I felt I had to tell her she did a fantastic job. Please remember that I’m not a movie critic, I just enjoy blogging about things that interest me, and this may include movies from time to time.

Cast

King of Boys had an ensemble cast of some of the best role interpreters in Nigeria. There were some new ones though and what a revelation they were!

  • Remilekun Safaru (Reminisce) – I had to start with him because – boy did he act! And to think he’s new to acting. I knew little of him before KOB, I had seen a program where the presenter visited his crib, that was the first time I ever heard of him and I remember thinking he was a likeable person. He was so convincing as Makanaki that I felt his death was too easy. He deserved a slow and extremely painful death for his crimes. Watch out Reminisce, some of us still want vengeance our way, 😁 Very impressive performance.
  • Toni Tones- My oh My, Miss Tones didn’t come to play. Girl was totally into her character as the Young Eniola and totally blew me away. That was a great performance and now I’ll always look out for her in movies.
  • Paul Sambo: I haven’t seen a lot of recent Nollywood Movies so this was my first time of seeing Mr Sambo. His portrayal of the incorruptible financial crime fighter Nurudern Gobir was impressive. He was clearly one of my revelations from this movie. Bravo Mr Sambo.
  • Adesua Etomi-Wellington: I’m quite familiar with Adesua as I’ve seen a few of her movies. Who knew she had a Kemi Salami in her, did girl friend bring her ‘A’ game or what! I was expecting a Kemi takeover so I didn’t take her death well at all! It was a competition between Sola Sobowale and I on who could cry more …
  • Akin Lewis, you really can’t find a better high chief, IllBliss, Demola Adedoyin, they all did so well and bringing my ‘friend’ Nedu to play the shady ‘Apostle’ was a good move.
  • Sola Sobowale has always being a class act so it’s no surprise she delivered. She immerses herself in the role and lets the character takeover. I”ve been an avid Sola Sobowale follower since the days of ‘Diamond ring’ long before her Toyin Tomato days. She handled the play of emotions so well in the scene with Akin Lewis and the last scene when she confronted the boy in New York, her interpretation of the broken Eniola Salami was also fantastic. Aunty Sola can be a little extra but I think Kemi gave us Sola Sobowale at her best.
King of Boys

Conclusion

King of Boys was a very ambitious movie but Kemi Adeitiba did extremely well. She tackled societal issues like power play, corruption and godfatherism successfully. She even brought a bit of religious hypocrisy (Apostle) which is a major issue in Nigeria. Ms Adetiba showed a very good understanding of Nigerian politics.

Lest I Drag this too long, I’ll end by saying King of Boys was a very decent movie. Some scenes were dragged and some not necessary, but it was an extremely good watch. I actually couldn’t stop watching it, it was fear of police that stopped me from watching it while on the school run. On getting home, I rushed through homework and packaged the boys off to bed so I could continue the movie. Bravo to the cast and crew.

Aunty Lulu.

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Indescribable Pain – Loss of a child

indescribable pain - loss of a child

Suffering loss of any kind is one of the most painful and deepest emotions in life. Loss of property or possession can be very upsetting. It can take an individual’s mood from a high level to zero, Even friends and family could be affected as everyone tries to help out or do anything to lift the person’s spirit.

If you’ve ever paid attention to animals you’ll know how agitated they get when they lose something. They pace around the spot it was left and even the timidest or docile animal is ready to attack anyone who comes near them at that point. When they lose their offspring, some animals (especially social animals) grief examples are elephants, crows, Chimpanzees, giraffes and there was the story of a mother orca carrying her dead infant through the icy waters of the Salish Sea keeping the infant afloat as best she could, the orca, persisted for 17 days, before finally dropping the dead calf.

If loss of possession can be so painful for humans, how much more loss of a loved one which is an irreplaceable loss. Loss of a loved one causes severe grief because of the simple fact that the person is gone forever. Larry King was once asked about the most difficult interview he’s ever done. We all know Larry King throughout his career conducted lots of interviews (over 30,000) his response was ‘interviewing a bereaved parent’. You can almost touch the pain of a grieving parent, its severe and raw.

This heartbreaking story on LinkedIn caught a lot of people’s attention last month. I read both husband and wife’s post and I grieved with them as I read it. The couple had lost their 8yearold twin son. In the father’s words “When I got the call I was sitting in a conference room with 12 people at our Portland office talking about PTO policies. Minutes earlier, I had admitted to the group that in the last 8 years I’d not taken more than a contiguous week off”.  

And then he died in his bed overnight. The evening before was normal. Wiley was healthy and engaged. We had friends with kids over for dinner. We all jumped on the giant trampoline that had been the first purchase for the house we had bought just a few weeks ago.
 

J.R. Storment

The couple had an agreement to always answer the phone when they called each other. He picked the phone that day to be told any parent’s worst nightmare “J.R., Wiley is dead.” 

“What?” I responded incredulously.

“Wiley has died.” she reiterated.

“What?! No.” I yelled out, “No!”

“I’m so sorry, I have to call 911.”

That was the entire conversation. The wife said she couldn’t sugarcoat it and didn’t have time to explain as she needed him to come home. She still had to explain to her other son that his best friend had died and 15 people were about to swarm their home. She asked him to pick a location where he would feel safe. Then, sirens. 

The Police arrived as any unexpected death of a minor is a potential criminal event. Their son’s room was barricaded and property guarded until their investigation was complete. Her husband arrived and bursted through the front door heading for their children’s room, but was stopped by police and he abruptly turned his attention to his scared, lonely son outside. The process took 2.5 hours. which passed incredibly slowly while they begged to see their son. They were finally given some time to see him, “It was not the way a parent should have to see their child”, she wrote, but it was all we had. They held his hand and fixed his hair and kissed his head until their time ran out. “What happened, buddy? What happened?” his dad repeated quietly as he stroked his hair.

He walked their son out of the house with the Medical Examiner and then one by one, the cars all drove away just as quickly as they had arrived leaving the remaining 3 of the once family of 4 standing in the driveway trying to figure out how their world had changed so much in one night. 

Many have asked what they can do to help. Hug your kids. Don’t work too late. A lot of the things you are likely spending your time on you’ll regret once you no longer have the time. I’m guessing you have 1:1 meetings on the books with a lot of people you work with. Do you have them regularly scheduled with your kids? If there’s any lesson to take away from this, it’s to remind others (and myself) not to miss out on the things that matter. 

J.R Storment

Their son is believed to have died of SUDEP (Sudden Unexplained Death of Epilepsy), cause of death will take approximately 4 months to officially declare. He had previously been diagnosed with Rolandic Epilepsy. He’s was a childhood and benign form of nocturnal epilepsy. 2 neurologists in the US and in the UK had told them he’d suffer no cognitive deficits, that he would outgrow his condition and that his prognosis was incredibly good. The family took every precaution they should have taken, and informed everyone involved with him of his condition, but that fateful night, he died peacefully in his bed next to his twin brother and best friend ( his mother takes solace in this).

If we’ve learned anything at all, it’s that life is fragile and time really can be so cruelly short. We wish a lot of things were different, but mostly we wish we’d had more time. If you are a parent and have any capacity to spend more time with your kids, do. When it ends, there’s just photos and left over things and time is no longer available to you. It is priceless and should not be squandered. Take your vacation days and sabbaticals and go be with them. You will not regret the emails you forgot to send. From now on, if you email or text me and my reply takes longer than expected, know that I am with the people I love sharing my time, creating my new identity and I encourage you to do the same.

Dr Jessica Brandes

Their posts was a kind of tribute to their son as well as advice to parents to spend more time with their children. The father’s post was titled “It’s later than you think” as the lyrics of a song with that title keeps coming to his mind since they suffered the loss.

“You work and work for years and years, you’re always on the go you never take a minute off, too busy makin’ doughSomeday, you say, you’ll have your fun, when you’re a millionaire Imagine all the fun you’ll have in your old rockin’ chair Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think Enjoy yourself, while you’re still in the pinkThe years go by, as quickly as a wink Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think”

Guy Lombardo

Deep words!

As I end my post today, I leave you with the lyrics. No one knows tomorrow and I pray no one else suffers the loss of a Child, that said, in our daily hustle and search for a better life, may we not forget to live. Make time for your children, be silly with them, explore, do the unexpected remember we’ll all be gone one day (Old and grey 👨🏽‍🦳👩🏽‍🦳 hopefully) but what will be left is the memories we leave. Make good memories with your loved ones, be good, be kind, be happy, we’ll only be remembered by what we have done.

Aunty Lulu.


Read JR Storment’s post here and Dr Jessica Brand’s (mum) post here

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Colourism – how it could affect our children

Colourism - how it could affect our children

A friend of mine recently sent me a link to a show on Oprah Winfrey’s TV network about colourism. Colourism is prejudice or discrimination against individuals with a dark skin tone, typically among people of the same ethnic or racial group.

We live in a world where discrimination and preferential treatment exists. Even though it is frowned upon, the truth is that it is very much a part of our society. This preference comes in different forms. It could be based on class, race, gender, tribe and even colour which is where colourism comes in.

Colourism has been rife in our society but only just started getting more attention. The talks on colourism were further ignited recently by “Mathew Knowles“. He said that light-skinned girls receive more commercial success than dark-skinned girls. Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna his daughters Beyonce and Solange were used as examples.

He also mentioned that as a Young man(dark-skinned), he only dated light-skinned girls’ and he was attracted to his ex-wife -Tina Knowles because he thought she was white. “I had been conditioned from childhood,” he said, with his own mother telling him ” Don’t ever bring no nappy-head Black girl to my house” when growing up. This resulted in years of dating “white women or very high-complexion black women that looked white”.

Is Colourism a feminist issue?

Can Colourism be said to be more of a feminist issue? Mathew Knowles is not the only man to admit dating only light-skinned girls, a number of guys also do. Most music videos feature only light-skinned girls and whenever a dark-skinned girl is used it’s mostly for something negative. “You’re pretty for a dark-skinned girl” a lot of dark-skinned girls have been told this before. Beauty is being attributed to skin colour and light-skinned girls get most of the attention and success. I don’t think it’s a feminist issue it’s just more common with women.

Why Colourism matters

Colourism affects Africans, East and South-east Asians, Latin Americans, the Caribean and African Americans. The danger of colourism is that it causes low self esteem. This is why some dark-skinned people bleach their skin.

Skin bleaching refers to the practice of using chemical substances in an attempt to lighten the skin or provide an even skin colour by reducing melanin concentration in the skin. Skin bleaching/whitening can be dangerous as some of the products used to achieve this contain toxic products that are harmful to the skin. In the UK, a Nigerian couple were recently sentenced for selling toxic whitening products.

Beauty is self-love and self-appreciation and it starts early, It is important to let our children know this from an early age. A light-skinned friend of mine shared with me how her darker daughter had told her a few times that she wished she was the same colour as her mum. She said her daughter would always want her hair done in a way that would cover her face. This broke her heart and she constantly told her how beautiful she was. She was worried about it affecting her confidence.

This is why these conversations need to be had, the narrative needs to change! Mainstream media, entertainment and social media etc need to give more dark-skinned coloured women opportunity and exposure. Whilst there are a handful of dark-skinned leading ladies, the same cannot be said of men.

Colourism and racism

Colourism came out of racism, it has its roots in slavery where light-skinned slaves were treated better than dark-skinned ones by their slave masters. This was because they were usually their family, while they didn’t officially acknowledge their offsprings from the African women, they were given preferential treatment.

In the case, of Europe, Colourism was more of a class thing. The ruling classes were perceived to have fairer skin than peasants. This was actually because they spent more time indoors while the peasants were tanned from labouring outdoors. This resulted in light skin being associated with the upper class and the elite while dark skin was associated with the lower class.

Unfortunately, Colourism didn’t disappear with slavery. Light skinned African Americans received employment opportunity offers that were not given darker ones which is why most upper-class African Americans are light-skinned. The brown paper bag test also applies here where African Americans were refused admission into different societies and clubs if they were darker than a brown paper bag.

An American Senate majority leader once suggested that Barack Obama had a political edge over other African American candidates because he was light-skinned and had no “Negro Dialect. According to Stanford psychologist Jennifer Eberhardt, African-American defendants are more than twice as likely to receive the death penalty as lighter-skinned African-American defendants for crimes of equivalent seriousness involving white victims. Also, Lighter-skinned Latinos in the United States make $5,000 more on average than darker-skinned Latinos.

Conclusion

Colourism did not start today and it will not end if we don’t start discussing it openly. It’s unfortunate that children also see it and it affects their confidence. We need to let our children know they are beautiful no matter their skin colour, hair or appearance. It is important that they believe in themselves from an early age. Buying them toys of dark-skinned dolls as well as literature with dark-skinned heroes and heroines also helps. Luckily, there are so many books now with dark-skinned families and children and a lot of them teach body positivity.

I leave you with the beautiful song by Beyonce “Dark Skin Girl” it’s a positive message, one that we should all be telling our daughters.

Aunty Lulu

Also look at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdP5nGfWiy8

Recommend books for children:

  1. Who do I see in the mirror.
  2. Emi’s Curly, Coily Candy hair
  3. The colour of us
  4. Riley can be anything.
  5. My brown skin.

Credits :

https://www.ebony.com/entertainment/books/exclusive-mathew-knowles/https://www.thoughtco.com/what-is-colorism-2834952 https://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/19/opinion/19vedantam.html

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