The New Athleisure

This track sweatshirt is probably the most ‘in your face’ item I own in term of athleisure.The new athleisure if you aren’t familiar with the term, is when fashion clothing designed for workouts and other athletic activities are worn in other settings, such as at the workplace, school, or at other casual or social occasions.

 Athleisure outfits are yoga pants, leggings, and shorts, that “look like athletic wear” and are characterized as fashionable.

And about the Brazilian colors, it all happened when I stumbled on IZA through the popular page of Instagram. IZA is a Brazilian R’n’B singer, that I’m currently very inspired by, I find her beautiful. And her energy and style in her videos, especially this one (Here)  make me want to wear the most daring clothes I own.

Until then, here is what I came up with, plus the Koba Siania skirt. Remember when I had the pleasure to interview here and style her creations?

  

 

 

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Styling for FASHION4AFRICA


Styling for FASHION4AFRICA

I was recently approached by Fashion4Africa to styled their upcoming campaign. Fashion4Africa is a project that supports emerging models and Fashion designers of African origin in the UK and Africa through mentoring, training and development projects funded by fundraising events.

For this particular photo shoot, Most statement pieces used as ornaments, headpieces are all Nzingah pieces of jewelry, by the talented Bev Quintal who is an incredible designer. I will elaborate more on her accessories in another post. But for now, all I can say is: her pieces are probably some of the best I have seen. So I really got creative with them here.Styling one as a hat, headpiece, and even a visor. I really appreciate how Anna( the director ) let me get creative but not too much because I can go slighy overboard if left unattended, lol.

Styling for FASHION4AFRICA

Also, while styling for Fashion4Africa, I found out, they advocate for change in the perception ‘African Fashion & Beauty’ with the help of various African Fashion media houses. that contributes to elevating the hopes and aspiration of the young, emerging models and designers of African Origin in the UK and Africa who will also be our future entrepreneurs.

For this shoot, it was all about showcasing the best of these 3 models who won the face of Fashion4Africa competition. I then used a modern and yet traditional take on the Afro-Chic to style them.

Like in the first picture, they scream warrior, feminity, unapologetically powerful and proud of who and what they represent which I always try to portrait in my work. Nonetheless, this wouldn’t have been possible without the great hairstylist and makeup artist and Anna, the director. Shot in a South London photography studio by FemelleStudio.

Please do not hesitate to share your thoughts and which one your favorite picture.xoxo

MODELS: Ndey.manneh /Isabelle

photography: FemelleStudio

Makeup: @Makeupbyolga_Uk

Hair: Brenz Hair & Beauty

Styling for FASHION4AFRICA

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Office wear

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With 2016 just few days ago.Here is a recap of some styles posted throughout that year.From creative woman at work, off beat and doable,heard on the street,throwback Thursday,colorful life and back to black outfits styles.

Hope to will find some inspiration and let me know which one you can most relate to,which one you will be trying or which one are your favorites. View Post

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Creative woman at work Fur will forever remain a statement. It was everywhere during this fashion week season from Gucci fox fur to Dries Van Noten faux leopard capes.

Faux fur coats are usually offbeat and cool, but they’re also remarkably affordable, super-warm, and (obviously) animal-friendly.

So for my first outfit, I took a futuristic approach and if, like me, you are someone who is not afraid to dare and to turn the street into your private catwalk ,then this outfit is for you or at least some elements of it.

The top is a vintage gem with diamante and stone details,while the sparkling skirt is made of polyester and was a trend seen during fashion shows of the likes of Dolce&Gabbana, Vincenzo and Fendi. The faux leather belt  comes with a golden bar that just takes the outfit to extra mile.Together worn with some open toes ankle boots.

The second outfit is very much for the creative and sophisticated woman at work. I wore the faux fur gilet with a cotton peplum skirt that I matched with a sequin collard synthetic top. I added a gold belt to highlight the waist and the red pump for a touch of colour.

The third outfit is all about prints mix for the working lady, who is not afraid to play with fashion and stands out. The Ralph Lauren grey polka blouse is classic. Paired with a fitted paisley print cotton trouser.  I added  accessories which are quite important for this outfit,as they really accentuate and bring a contrast in colour to the whole look.

For me faux fur is as stylish as real fur with the massive difference being on the price tag and the treatment to animals. The designer Hannah Weiland who is a favorite among street style slideshow states that faux fur is just as soft and warm, it holds color even better, and it doesn’t get dusty.”She also states “I’ve never worn real fur and never wanted to work with it, even though faux fur was typically made of cheap polyester”.

On the other hand we have Thomas Salomon, general manager of Yves Salomon who is specialist in real fur business and priced one of his real fur coat around $1,700 and states “the coat is an investment, but it’s one that millennials and brand-new customers can justify. Other mink and rabbit coats in the collection might ring up closer to $10,000.It’s our responsibility to know where the fur is coming from and that the animals are well treated,“We’re using a natural material that eventually biodegrades”.

So with this forever argument going on between faux and real fur in fashion,What are your thoughts on it? And How do you style your fur?

Outfit1-Vintage top- River Island Faux Fur- TopShop skirt and boots-Prada bag /                                                     Outfit2-Asos top- Bershka skirt- H&M belt(old)-Celi bag- Zara shoes /                                                                           Outfit3-Raplh Lauren blouse- H&M trousers- TopShop gilet fur.Creative woman at work Creative woman at work Creative woman at work

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Wearing socks for fashion

What does one do with all those beautiful pair of socks,over the knee,novelty or embellish ones?If not wear them with a favorite pair of trainers ,sandals as street style fashion has been lately or high heels (like in this case)to add that personal/street touch to any outfit. View Post

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