Remember my vintage muse Funeka in my last post? Well, this time I’m introducing my colour block muse Nifesimi. She is a young Nigerian fashion enthusiast like yours truly and blogger. You would not understand when I say she blocks like no other until you see for yourself what I am talking about. I hope her colours and quirky yet fun n sexy combinations inspire you the way they did me. you can check out her blog at Skinny Hipster. Enjoy. And don’t forget, be inspired by her. Do NOT copy her.Huge difference. You do not want to become someone else. That is not the essence of fashion.It’s essence is being yourself.
How well does she do it? Please let me hear your ratings and which outfit on here would you pick as your favourite?
Guess what is making a great comeback in the world of fashion? Yes you guessed right…or not. Either way, pleats are back. yes you heard right. Pleats. P.L.E.A.T.S. Long flowy pleats, mini pleats, colourful pleats, grandma pleats, maxi pleats, colour block pleats, runway pleats and whatever pleat style you can possibly think of. I don’t know about you but pleats for me have not always brought pleasant memories. In fact when I think of pleats, I think of my long gone secondary school days where plain white long sleeved shirts knotted with bow ties and tucked into huge black pleated skirts formed part of the Sunday morning attire which we had to wear. In fact that attire was considered a humiliating get up cooked up by those in power to embarrass the junior graders…Judging from the way I loathed that outfit back then, if asked I would have voted large pleated skirts as the most unlikely piece of clothing to make a fashion comeback.
But now that it is back and now that I actually think of it, I really understand why pleats would be fashionable right now. Which only goes to show how our minds and fashion evolve.Note to self: If you hate something today. Don’t throw it away. Keep it. It may the next big thing in five years time!
So what makes pleats special?
For starters, pleats come in all shapes and sizes. You have the mini pleat which is basically a pleated version of the mini skirt, the midi pleat which goes below the knee but just above the ankles and the maxi pleat which is the extra long pleat.
Here are a few style pointers on why we love pleats and how to wear them.
Pleats are very versatile. You can wear them as a day or night look. The day look will work with flats to give a relaxed a nd casual demeanour to the outfit.
While for an evening dinner or outing, you can transform your look by adding some classy chic accessories, appropriate make up and heels for effect.
Pleats are a lovely item to have in your wardrobe because you can wear them all year round. Whether it’s hot or cold. They also come in lovely bold colours which just add zest to any outfit. And because they are so versatile you can dress up one skirt in several different ways. Here’s one maxi pleated skirt styled in 3 different ways.
Pleats can also be worn to work.
As much as they look formal, pleats can easily appear casual, girly and laid back. You can colour block it, wear it with a jacket, at the beach or just however you want. Here are a few ideas on how to wear pleats and achieve that retro chic, vintage yet fun look.
Perhaps the most perfect thing about pleats is that it is not discriminatory when it comes to body types. Petite as well as plus size girls can wear them. How amazing is that!
And finally, like all all good things, pleats come in ankara print. Nothing tops that!
I’ve come to end of my pleats review. If this wasn’t on your shopping list or on your ‘Things To Wear Before I Die‘ list make sure you add it now. Or if you don’t feel like splurging some cash on one, why not raid your mum or grandma’s closet. Chances are she’s got loads of them stashed in there! Pick out your style your fave ones and just pimp them a little 🙂
Funeka Ngwevela is a 23 year old stylist and model from Johannesburg. Known to her friends as “Funi”, she is a self-professed “quirky stylista” who is fashioning South Africa one person at a time as a stylist. Funeka had this to say when asked about what inspired her style. “Normalcy is a plague and I refuse to be infected. I have an eye for style, a characteristic that is becoming increasingly rare with each passing day. Style is not about following trends, it is about finding what works for you. My style is indie, rock, retro, effortless and classic. My duty is to inspire you.” check out her blog The Quirky Stylista. Here’s why she’s going on my ‘Stylish Muses‘ list. Funi your style is impeccable. Go girl!
The idea for this post came to me when I fell upon this amazing purse that was in the shape of one huge bow. It was the cutest thing ever. A few hours later I came across a stunning pair of wedge heels whose shape was bow inspired. That got me thinking, how many things is it possible to find in bow shape? I gave myself a huge challenge to find all things bow and beautiful. You will not believe the things I have found on this quest. Gone are the days when bow shapes were made for kids. Now this shape is a major silhoutte and inspiration for most designers out there. Ready to see what I found? Yea? I thought as much. Let’s bow!
2. Bags & Purses
4.Coats & Jackets
5. Flats, Heels and Wedges
6. Wedding Frocks
7. Skirts, Trousers & Undies.
8. Hair & Accessories
And there you have it. All things bow and beautiful (that I could find). Such a long post I must admit.
Georgina Eku Edewor is a multi-talented fashionista who embodies the rare combination of beauty and brains. Raised in Nigeria, Eku has set an amazing for her followers and is an inspiration to young African females who aspire to get into the entertainment business one day. Eku is a model, actor and brilliant TV presenter. She is New York Film Academy graduate. 2010 has seen her hosting some fantastic shows for celebrated brands. Most notably, She opened Big Brother AfricaAll Stars as IK’s co-presenter and was the host for Elite Model Look Nigeria 2010 as well as the Temple Muse ‘La Dame La Muse’ Charity dinner celebrating the ‘formidable African woman’ for Nigeria’s 50th Celebrations. What really put her in the limelight though is landing a spot as co-presenter on M-Net West Studio 53 Extra.
Eku’s fierce style and fashion forwardness never ceases to amaze me. What I love most about her style is that it showcases African talent and screams ‘proudly African.’ I love her for that. Also her almost trademark popping red lips hardly go by unnoticed.. Let us take a look through her red carpet hits and misses (if there are any). Make sure to drop your comments and let me know your favourite Eku Look.
Autumn’s here. Cue the earth, tan, monotone, black and grey hues. However, dressing in such colour pallets does not mean we have to look dull. Here are a few pointers on how to rock grey tones without looking dowdy.
For starters, grey colour pallets often translate class and formal occasions. so if you are going to go for a grey dominated outfit make sure it’s looking as classy as can can be. Of course adding your personal touch is essential. Grey works best in three ways. You can either go grey all the way, mix several grey tones or mix grey with brighter tones. Visualize this.
1. Grey All The Way
If you are going to wear grey, go for everything grey. It might sound crazy and you might think it would appear dull but this works most of the time provided the right pieces are combined together. Bold make-up might also help in this case to kill the grey monotone.
grey looks better when you show off some skin like Zoe has done here. Covering up in full sleeves and a turtle neck in an all grey outfit kills the look instantly.
Kate Moss gives her all grey look a touch of glam with bold red lips.
Ciara and Rihanna go for laid back rocker chick grey.
Tyra Banks looks great in her skin tight grey dress and grey pumps.
2. Mix ‘N’ Match Grey Tones.
Another way to wear grey is to mix several grey tones. This works wonders especially if you’re trying to transform a dull look to a stunning one.
The 3rd way to update any grey look would be to colour block with other bright hues. Grey looks great with so many other colours because it is a neutral colour. So add some yellow, red, green, bright blue, orange . Whatever you feel like and make your grey look pop.
Good luck making your greys come together and stand out and share your success stories.
FabAfriqis an online African lifestyle magazine on African inspired contents, contemporary fashion, features on culture, African cuisine, health and tourism, development, art, book reviews and the list goes on. Basically, it is not only a forum that showcases African talents and achievements but promotes and encourages it. This magazine has been up and running online for more than a year today. it’s success and high fan base turn out had its publishers thinking it was high time the FabAfriq magazine launched its very own well-deserved print version. So they went ahead and planned it. And now for the very first time, Mrs Adeline Sede K, the proud publisher of FabAfriq magazine is pleased to announce the launch of the first print version of the FabAfriq Magazine! Yay! Sounds exciting doesn’t it? Let’s get down to the deets on this event. When: Saturday08 October 2011
Where It’s Going Down: The Drum, 144 Potters Lane, Aston , Birmingham, B6 4UU
As fashion week continues, the stars continue to sizzle us with their front row and backstage appearances. Here is a glimpse of what some of our favourite celebs have been wearing to the Fashion Week. First is a very preggers Beyonce spotted around the Lincoln Centre with little sis Solange Knowles.
Kim Kardashian looked dashing at the Theyskens’ Theory Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Center 548. To be honest this is one of my favourite looks on her. Just wow.
Angela Simmons looks adorbs at the Nanette Lepore Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Stage at Lincoln Center on September 14, 2011 in New York City. I want to steal her jacket 🙂
There are no words to describe the curvacious human Barbie, Nicki Minaj who in my opinion is fast become a walking candy store. She constantly shocks at fashion week which for her is no shocker. Check out her print weave.
Beyonce is definitely not letting her pregnancy get in her way. Her fashion instinct are still in tact. The mom-to-be was spotted in a different outfit on the same day.
Jessica White, Katie Cassidy, Taraji P Henson, Ashlee Simpson Wentz and Jessica Szohr amongst others were front row at the HerveLeger by Max Azria Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theater at Lincoln Center on September 13, 2011 in New York City.
Zoe Saldana continues to proof she is much of a fashionista as she is an actress as she glowed at fashion week.
While grabbing a hot dog could be the most irrelevant piece of news yet to be reported, it is what the hot dog grabber is wearing that actually catches my eye. Lady Gaga never fails to surprise. She is spotted wearing giant stilts that send her towering above everyone else. the ginormous gold skirt and midriff baring is only fitting for the ethereal giantess look that she seems to be aiming for.
Rihanna was also spotted leaving an office building downtown in New York City wearing a sweater and some black suede platform boat shoes.
Zahia Dehar shows off her figure in a sexy see through pink dress at LAX while walking her dog. Zahia caught headlines when she and the French soccer team were busted in an underage-prostitution scandal. She recently posed for a sizzling pictorial in the Italian issue of the Vanity Fair Magazine impersonating Marilyn Monroe.