Paris Fashion Week with Esimbi Magazine:
Paris Fashion Week

I attended my first Paris Fashion Week with ESIMBI magazine in October as the main fashion Editor.

Since the past few months have been some of the busiest of my life; I had little to no time to prepare a proper wardrobe for Paris fashion week.

To top it all, just the day before I traveled to Paris, I held my first Pop in North London. And If you are wondering…What pop up I am talking about, I will let you in.

For the past year, I have been working on a project that I can’t wait to reveal soon. And this project has been one of the reasons for my multiple trips this year.

Paris Fashion Week

(With the designer of the brand Super Yaya)

I spend PFW with Tina Lobondi, who is the Editor in chief of Esimbi Magazine. Therefore, we had a whole schedule of fashion shows and showroom visits planned.

Starting with a visit at the Ivy & Oak showroom where we found the perfect coat. (See here). And I fell in love with beautiful pieces and cuts all over again.

Then, the second stop was The MARTIN GRANT showroom (pictures below). Apart from it being one the most beautiful showroom I have ever visited, the pieces were just amazing. Check their jacket HERE

             

             

But just before we get to the Martin Grant showroom, We stopped by SUPER YAYA. And I am ashamed to say: It was my first time hearing of her brand. But I am also, happy to say her pieces are absolutely one a kind and I can’t wait to wear them. 

When I launch the(special) project mentioned above, I hope it will all make sense.

Finally, the PAUL & JOE fashion show which we end up missing because of the most annoying thing I have always hated during fashion weeks. Not, only did they made us queue for a whie, they later announce the room was at its full capacity!! The nerve of those organizations!!

Honestly, it was one of the most disorganized mess, I have seen in a long time… (Cool Paris, I guess.)

So below, I will share a few tips on how to avoid this type of situations, if you are ever attending fashion shows outside your town:

A few advice I will give if you are ever attending  shows in Paris during the fashion week season are:

  • Eat, pray, love… Just kidding! Make sure you check your invitation or ticket to see if you are going to be seated or no.

This might seem like a minor detail: but for popular shows; you do not want to e queuing for 30 minutes to later be turned away. With the excuse of ” Sorry, there is no more space to fit everyone”. As,  unfortunately, the fashion industry is very elite.

  • Have a pair of comfortable shoes to change into

When getting dress for a show, wearing your latest and sexiest pair of heels might seem like a good idea. I mean, if you are being driven around, that’s probably fine. But if you are going to attend more than one show, please have a pair of flats or some stylish trainers to change into.

  • Have your business cards ready hand and network! Network! Network!

I am an entrepreneur, so I see networking as a way of meeting and creating new business opportunities, be it for my styling jobs or the magazines I work with. And, I can confidently say that networking has become second nature and has opened many doors for me.

Remember:  It is always about learning from others. So, just don’t take other people’s cards, make sure you actually keep in touch  and find a way to collaborate with your new connections.

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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 my best. I came, I saw, I am conquering; one magzine at a time.

All this to say, I made it to the SPRING/SUMMER issue of Stylist magazine.

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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. View Post

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Red red the Afrochic Stew-  A spoonful narrative

Red red with Cecile Essono

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.

Red red with Cecile Essono

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.


Red red with Cecile Essono

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/

Red red with Cecile Essono

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!


Red red with Cecile Essono

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