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Spring has sprung in fashion

Spring has Sprung … Finally and it definitely puts most of us in a better mood.
And with better weather, comes busier times for me. On the bright side, one of my favorite editorial I have worked on was recently published in the virtuogenix magazine and so much more work in the lined pipe.So cheers to that!!
 I wore this outfit for a picking from a PR in East London and if you follow me on Instagram you will notice I have worn the life out this skirt( similar Here), the fitting is simply perfect and I can’t get over the jacquard fabric it’s made of.Plus my pair of converse (Here) were at the party for the very long day I had.
Below are linked printed skirts and shirts, if you fancy some statements clothing this Spring.

 

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BEING black in the fashion industry:Being black in the fashion industry

Fashion has been my love from a very young age to the point I decided to turn my hobby into a career.
I am very grateful for all the opportunities that living in London has brought to me since I got here 7 years ago.
Initially, I started modeling and never thought being black in the fashion industry could be difficult. But I quickly saw it wasn’t for me.I just couldn’t stand people telling me I wasn’t pretty enough, tall enough, slim enough, especially from people who weren’t that “out of this world” looking themselves either (sorry, not sorry).
So I stopped modeling.Then moved on to blogging and now fashion styling which is truly my passion and can’t wait to see what the future holds.

It’s 2018, yet I can barely name one black female singer in the Uk right now.

As I progress in the fashion industry, the more I realize how tricky it is for a black girl no matter how beautiful or talented she is. As a black stylist (yes, unfortunately, my skin color needs to be highlighted here). I do struggle to understand it. I can’t believe how little to no representation there is: on TV, Music videos, movies. And the struggle is everywhere from black bloggers to black designers and since God knows how long for black models. Yet every day I meet so many amazing black singers, actors or TV presenters who are really trying make it, yet no doors are opened.
It’s 2018, yet I can barely name one black female singer in the Uk right now. Is it because there are none or is it because no one wants to see them on TV? Another typical example will be Idriss Elba, Chiwetel Ejiofor, David Oyelowo who all admitted that if it was only up to the British film scene, they would not be where they are. They received world recognition only after they appeared on American screens.

Being black in the fashion industry

On the modeling part, A few months ago, I attended Pure London, If I tell you that out of more than 20 models they had for their catwalk, I did not see one single black model, not even one mixed race. I know it is not a race parade, but for London which is such a multiethnicity city why not have it represented in a major industry and platform as fashion, film, and Tv?
So recently I met up with Samantha Lloyd Who is on this month’s BlackBeauy Magazine cover.
She has the most pretty and unique face I have ever seen, she could sell me whatever makeup she had on and I will happily buy it without question.
But to my big surprise, she isn’t signed to any agency and of course, I wanted to find out why?
That is when she reveals she has sent countless emails and applications to agencies that I can’t name1` but has never received any responses. And for the few that did answer, they told her they were full. It’s not the first time I hear or see this but I am still nonetheless shocked.
Since when are modeling agencies full? Especially the big ones? I will understand if they told her: She isn’t the type of models they represent or that her book wasn’t strong enough or at least give her some progressive criticism but to blatantly tell(lie) they are fully booked…Yeah right!

Being black in the fashion industry

It just reminded me of the story of 3 black girls who once went to a nightclub in Mayfair after they’ve done their bookings online, but to later find out they couldn’t get in because apparently, the club was full…Which was a complete lie as the security guy said to them, they could only let the mixed-race friend in but not them(hmm, wonder why!!).

Being black in the fashion industry

To conclude, I know I’m definitely not the biggest voice out there and not even sure up to 20 people will read this article. But writing about it is already a start. Especially since I really love London with its multicultural attributes and never thought that being black in the fashion industry could and is such an issue(since the 70’s) which I don’t even think most people are aware of. Though Personally, so far I have not felt any threat yet, but just the idea that I might not progress fairly in my work because of my skin color is still quite crazy to me!
Let’s just say I will not let that defeat me, my work and purpose.

Pictures, Courtesy:  ARCHYRA

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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

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A Koba.Siani StyleA Koba.Siani style

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A few weeks ago, I blogged about Koba.Siani (Read Here).Whose sweatshirt I also styled here.

Generally because of my Afro hairstyle, I hardly ever wear hats, even when I do find some amazing ones or any other hair ornaments as my hair is just too big for anything.

As part of her designs, she also makes some accessories, but here: a headband.That fitted perfectly and definitely kept my ears warm!

The outside is in African waxprint, the inner lining help to keep warm with fleece. On the backside is an elastic part so the headband can easily adapt to any head shape.And they come in different colors.

Made of 100% wax print cotton, and 100% fleece, the colour distribution of each garment will automatically differ from the piece on the picture.So if you are like me and like unique designs plus quality you will be satisfied. Find out more and purchase yours here: KobaSiani

A Koba.Siani style

A Koba.Siani style

A Koba.Siani style

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I was asked to work for the Screen Nation Awards as a general stylist this year, precisely last Sunday. Styling the screen nation awards duties were to overview everything from hairstyling to the makeup of the models.Plus their fashion styling. Using Nzingha accessories, Massassbi skirts, and Angela corsets designs.

styling the screen nation awards

So first for work, I was dressed very casually.Then for the show, I changed into an ensemble of matching silk prints top and skirt I scored from MinkPink and the Jimmy Choo I have literary been killing lately and loaded the outfit in accessories (as usual).

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What I have noticed so far in my styling journey is; every time I thought I scored a big gig, an even bigger opportunity came along. I am simply getting used to one challenging task after another and learning along.It also shows me how much perseverance having the right attitude is really the key.And as much as I love and value what I do.Being recognised is always encouraging.

styling the screen nation awards

Models: Fiona and Farah.

So, on the day; I was in charge of 8 girls. With 2, responsible for receiving and greeting the guests and celebrities amount which was: Idriss Alba who won an award, Joanna Jarjue, finalist of this year apprentice who also won an award and so many others.

styling the screen nation awards

With Joanna Jarjue

The Screen Nation Awards was the first and remains the most culturally diverse televised film & TV awards show in Europe and showcases the best black British and international film & TV talent.

Over the years guests, winners and presenters have included: Morgan Freeman, Danny Glover, Spike Lee, Idris Elba, Sir Lenny Henry CBE, Moira Stuart, Amma Asante, Naomie Harris, Angela Griffin, Angellica Bell, Terrence Howard, Jamie Foxx, David Oyelewo, Chiwetel Ejiofor, David Harewood, Sophie Okonedo, Jamelia, Alicia Dixon and Noel Clarke to name but a few.

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Idriss Elba receiving his award

styling the screen nation awards

With Presenter and personality Kelechi Okafor.

styling the screen nation awards

With Vicky Ngari Wilson.

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With Bev Quintai, creator of Nzingha accessories

styling the screen nation awards

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