Cecile Essono,Cameroonian. Fashion Stylist and Afrochic blogger
Cecile Essono,Cameroonian. Fashion Stylist and Afrochic blogger
They say: if your dreams don’t scare you, then you aren’t dreaming big enough.
Well, my dream life since Cameroon has always been the’ UGLY BETTY‘ type of lifestyle. With me being Betty, but with a Wilhemina confidence and style.
So, for the past few years, and at this stage of my life, I can say with confidence, I am living the dream!My Dream!
It is not always pink or glamorous but I am happy to create a life that challenges me to be best. I came, I saw, I am conquering; step by step.
Stylist Magazine is my weekly favorite read. I can totally relate to the issues raised. But as a stylist I have always wanted my work to be featured in. Fast forward, here I am as my own person and my style.
How did this happen?: Stylist magazine puts an announce out at the end of 2018. That, an Art project in collaboration with the artist Paula ZUCCOTTI was coming out in Spring 2019 . To which More than 300 women applied to take part in, but only 10 were chosen.
( My wardrobe above and my bio on the right corner)
And out of the 10 chosen, only 4 were going to make it to the magazine issue. Whew! well, well, well… First, I made it to the magazine among the 4 women, I also had a double spread page about my wardrobe and what Afrochic represents for me. The documentary behind; filmed by the artist and her team, will be playing twice a day for a month at the Biennale.
I am just grateful to be on this journey. So excited for the future. And big thank you to Paula Zuccotti and Stylist Magazine for showcasing my Afrochic style and vision.
Shooting day, at Paula’s house
Imagine buying a designer’s pair of shoes and also having £500 worth of Uber credit that comes with it. Just the case the Charlotte Olympia Sandal and Uber collaboration. Only 14 pairs were made and exclusively sold at Harvey Nichols.
I attended the new designers’ floor opening at Harvey Nichols recently. Where they now stock all the classic brands: Loewe, McQueen, Chloe, Jimmy Choo, Alexander Wang Etc…
It also gave me the opportunity to see all the latest collections. In particularly Charlotte Olympia new collection. I am a big fan of her shoes. They are fun, funky, full full of character and sass.
But her perrfect10 brass caged heel, designed exclusively for the 10 years anniversary of the brand.
As described, Every lady’s wardrobe should include a fantasy shoe like Atlantis. First released in the Spring ’12 collection, ‘Sirens’, this exquisite gold metallic leather and gold galvanized sandal is inspired by the sublime architecture of the mythical lost city.
Thinking of all collaborations that have been done, then you see a cab company doing one with a women shoe designer. I mean, How genius is this collaboration? The limited run of 14 pairs was available exclusively at Harvey Nichols’s flagship Knightsbridge and is also sold out. And of course, it will be. With £500 of Uber credit, I will even call an Uber just to get to my local corner shop. Duh!
And for the visit, here is what I wore: An all blue look. You might as well call me baby blue.
I have mentioned a few times how Afrochic is more of a lifestyle than just fashion alone? That includes food, music, the way of living and thinking.
Last year during Africa Fashion Week London, I met this soup brand called Red-Red.
I was intrigued as the packaging was just so colorful and as soon as they mentioned, inspired by Africa.
So far, we have pre-made noodles, pasta, pizza, curries, but we are yet to have any African soup, stew or any taste I grew up eating easily available in the supermarkets despite how delicious they are.
Even jerk chicken or Jollof rice that are now very popular in the Uk, especially in London are yet to be made easily available and on the go.
So, a few weeks later, I was pleased when the Red Red team send me one of their trio box of stew. In all honesty, it was the best food packaging I have never seen. it is just very creative and they are the type of cup you want to keep as they are quite sturdy and colorful as you can see.
As they describe it Red Red stews mixed up the energy of Africa with vegan vibes and fast-paced London lifestyles, Red Red is a mouthwatering meal pot that cooks up the kind of kicks you wouldn’t have thought possible in just seven minutes. They bring the heat and brings it with goodness: every pot is made using only plant-based, vegan, gluten-free ingredients and no nastiness.
For every Red Red pot, they sell, they donate 12p to Farm Africa, an international development charity which reduces poverty by helping farmers in eastern Africa to grow more, sell more and sell for more. Through Farm Africa, rural families can grow their incomes while also protecting their local environment for generations to come.
And Chef of these stews, Zoe Adjonyoh of zoesghanakitchen.co.uk began life in Hackney in 2011 as a series of sold-out upper clubs. Before long, Zoe found herself heading up kitchen residencies across London and Berlin, a restaurant in Brixton and now her very own cookbook.
The stylist and fashion designer Samson Soboye was the stylist of their commercial. Remember the article about him I wrote a while ago? Read HERE
And the rest of their team, Mat Maitland Collage Artist of matmaitland.com and Patrice de Villiers, Photographer of patricedevilliers.com/
So please check them out and for the pictures above what do you think of the packaging? are you much of a fan like I am?
Also, what do you think of the future of African flavors in the UK? Do you think a time will come where we will be able to get easy and convenient access to those flavors? Without a lengthy trip to Brixton Or South London?
Ps: To the Red Red team, I honestly can’t wait for the meaty flavors…Yum!
Introducing Signature: Ahima jewelry collection
Stories and symbolism across various African cultures and particularly in Ghana have been the forefront of Ahima jewelry’s story. With this in mind, our current collection: signature, draws inspiration from Akan Adinkra symbols of Ghana.
Signature is a collection of earrings, pendants, bracelets, and rings designed around nine Adinkra symbols. These symbols are each imbued with an uplifting message of affirmation, positivity and mindfulness.
Specifically, Adinkra symbols are meaningful drawings which for centuries are used to pass down life lessons and beliefs among the Ashanti people of Ghana. And celebrated in the country as a whole.
The symbols such as hope, faith, family, purity among others are explored in our new signature collection. Ahima jewelry subtly imbues these symbols with fine fashion design and color to form unique pieces for the modern woman.
Faith for what you believe in, strength for each new day, endurance for each New Year, there is a symbol for everyone with a personal uplifting message.
All our pieces are handmade in 925 silver, 18ct gold and rose gold plate. All Ahima jewelry comes easily gift able in our branded free gift wrap, a meaning card, and with complimentary shipping.
Make every day meaningful.
Cece wears :
Afrochic by Cece in collaboration with Ahima jewelry would like to gift one of our special readers with their very own signature piece. To enter simply: 1. Make sure you are following both @modebycece and @ahima_jewellery on Instagram. 2. like this post. 3. Tag 2 friend in the comments.