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Cecile Essono,Cameroonian. Fashion Stylist and Afrochic blogger

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Fashion for Africa competition and pop up;

Fashion For Africa competition and Pop up

The pop up was last Friday in the popular China Town. It was all about Discovering African designers and creatives at the one-day event in the heart of the West End. With the entry being free, it meant: shopping to the max, networking with fellow artists, and entertainment at the African themed reception.

Fashion For Africa competition and Pop up

Above, I had the pleasure to meet Shelly, the  Editor in Chief of Black Beauty & Hair magazine.  

Now my plan and ambition are to have my work on the cover of the magazine. (A girl can dream, right?) Considering my work will have to be the best, stand out and just be what they are looking for. So please have me in your prayers (Pretty please!)

Fashion For Africa competition and Pop up

During the Fashion for Africa competition and pop up, I styled one the contestant in Massabi designs. A brand  I actually discovered when styled the   SCREENS NATION AWARDS . Remember the motivational speech of Idris Elba during the event? Watch HERE if you haven’t.Fashion For Africa competition and Pop up

With the main event coming up on the 14th of September, the contestants have started practicing their poses and expressions. So having them on the pop up and make them try the designers clothings was vital.

On that note, I hope to see you there in September for a night of fun and culture…And guess what? I will be styling the Fashion4Africa competition. Pressure!Fashion For Africa competition and Pop up

With my creative friend Howey. Remember the video we filmed together HERE?

Fashion For Africa competition and Pop up

Fashion For Africa competition and Pop up

Fashion For Africa competition and Pop up

Anna(Creator of Fashion4Africa) and Shelly (Editor in Chief of Black Beauty Magazine)
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Wax prints film: Is what we call African fabric really African?

The documentary I filmed with Aiwan Obinyan  Wax prints film: Is what we call African fabric really African? Is currently touring at movies festivals around Uk and soon internationally. And last Sunday it first aired at Bradford movie festival(Hooray!) View Post

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Exhibiting at The Royal Academy of Arts. Exhibiting at The Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts turned 250 years this year. And recently, I do call myself an artist…A lot (This can be argued another time).

So For the first time, a few weeks ago, I visited the Royal Academy of Arts thanks to my friend Violeta Sofia who is actually exhibiting at the Royal Academy of Arts.

(Shop my look below)

If my approach to this article sounds a little simplistic, let me break it down:

Violeta Sofia is a fashion photographer and a University lecturer. Together, we have worked on countless projects. And In addition, her other passion is Art.

This year she took the leap and submitted her work at the Royal Academy Of Arts.

The first round of selection from digital images of artworks, from which the judges shortlisted up to 4,000 entries to be delivered to the Academy for the final round. And phew… Violeta made it through to the first round. And we later found out that, they were initially 19 000 entries.

At this point, it felt like a massive push already. Then weeks went by, and she found out her work was selected for the showcase. ‘Handpicked’ is actually the right word, for the final  1,300 artworks that are currently on display and up for sale now and throughout this Summer.

And to add to the good news, Violeta artwork is hanging not far from Banksy’s that was initially rejected by the Royal Academy of Art.

The Banksy Vote to Love Artwork is inspired by a Vote Leave poster used for the EU Referendum in June 2016 and is the priciest work there, at a cheeky £350m…  And now feel quite disrespectful having checked my phone while standing next to it.
On the picture above you can see Violeta couldn’t contain her excitement…And I promise I was excited too.


Exhibiting at The Royal Academy of Arts

The monumental sculpture by Anish Kapoor RA

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Graduate Fashion Week
graduate fashion week 2018

Having attended Graduate fashion week last year (Read here) , and being stunned by the level of talent of the graduates, I wondered how I never heard of it.

This year; I fully prepared myself for the long days. Considering the shows were starting at 10 am and finishing at 9 pm. I even had my packed lunch (remember, food first).

Graduate Fashion Week 2018

I went on the 3rd day; and the 4th day which is also the Gala and Awards night where the judges reward the best.

With some of the lifetime Patrons being  VICTORIA BECKHAM, CHRISTOPHER BAILEY

DAME VIVIENNE WESTWOOD…You can imagine the level of creativity and organization surrounding Graduate Fashion Week.
Graduate Fashion Week 2018

On both day I was lucky enough to sit o the front row with all the big names of the industry. Just opposite me was HENRY HOLLAND, HILARY ALEXANDER OBE… Not going to lie: it literally took me back to my days of just dreaming about fashion in Cameroon with no clue of where to start or how even.So, I am forever grateful for these opportunities.

Apart from me mingling with the ‘who is who’ of the fashion industry;There were incredible talents but my favorite of all was Evelyne Babin. That I hope, I will  be working with very soon .

Hilary Alexander Trailblazer Award sponsored by Swarovski

Winner: Evelyne Babin, University for the Creative Arts Epsom 

Runner-up: Aurélie Fontan, Edinburgh College of Art                                                                                          

 

Although Graduate fashion week is a showcase of all the fashion student work, there were many winners that you can see HERE.  The golden winner was Rebecca Wilson of Arts University Bournemouth for her menswear, women’s wear, and children’s wear collection. With a prize of £10,000 for Rebecca and a £2,000 award to her university,  she will follow in the footsteps of Halina North, of Edinburgh College of Art, who received the award last year, and shortly after winning completed a placement at Marks and Spencer’s.

Graduate Fashion Week 2018

With Grandy , blogger and Ambassador of Boohoo. We ended up hanging out, chatting about  Black Girls Magic and taking countless pictures.Graduate Fashion Week 2018

Graduate Fashion Week 2018

Graduate Fashion Week 2018

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At mary's giving with the rural retail

Last weekend I had the pleasure to be invited by Vicky Ngari Wilson to do a live style session for the rural retail challenge ‘ local to global‘ evening for the rural retail challenge at Mary’s giving and  Living in Kew  Gardens (Nonprofit organization by Mary Portas).

The Rural Retail Challenge which is an organization that calls fashion, Art, and Luxury to include the stories, sustainable techniques, and craftsmanship of native people in design from the local communities to the global platforms.

For my styling session on the day, I was so nervous as it was the first time I talked publicly about Afrochic and what it stands for to a crowd of about 30 people. But it went well and was able to catch some snippets here Instagram.

By the way, I am on my way to be the pioneer of that lifestyle and fashion word: Afrochic. Watch this space!!

I styled 2 printed looks that you can also catch in the video here Instagram.Ps: if you feel down at any given point, wear a yellow dress. It will cheer you right up. Shop below

Pictures courtesy

Valentina Vacó
M. 07504248690

Styling session At mary's giving with the rural retail

 

Styling session At mary's giving with the rural retail

Styling session At mary's giving with the rural retail

 

 

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