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.

loving this floral theme.
hot shoe alert!
the side braid just gives it an added touch of glam.

these cool pants are the in thing right now.
ankara purse
she's rocking my favourite print. Leopard.

mustard coloured pants, sweet!

Bold and Beautiful.
Jewellery!

proudly African.

the pleated skirt is the new wardrobe essential.

Do you own a pleated skirt?? ok oh.
gladiator girl.
ankara inspired wedge

nice background.
just when I had sworn never to destroy any of my jeans again. Now I see this...*sighs*

This is the fringe bag I have been hunting for!
this bag, you again! temptation.

leather jacket is damn hot.
Ankara chic, rock on!

How well does she do it? Please let me hear your ratings and which outfit on here would you pick as your favourite?

Hope you have been inspired today.

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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.

the mini pleat skirt in bright yellow
the midi pleated skirt
the maxi pleated skirt

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.

pleated skirt day look.

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.

Kourtney Kardashian
Leona Lewis in lovely pleats at a Nobu restaurant.
Claire (blogger) dresses up her mini pleat skirt.
Kim Kardashian.

Jessica Alba
how classy is this?

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.

Blocking brights. Green maxi skirt paired with yellow silk blouse.
Green maxi skirt paired with blue blazer.
green maxi paired with yellow blazer and white top.

Pleats can also be worn to work.

work appropriate outfit.
pale pleats look more work and office appropriate than bright tones.
Be the envy of all your colleagues by wearing these stunning pleats. wear colourful shoes to add personality.
with an outfit like this, you wouldn't need to change when leaving the office to dine out with friends at some fancy place.

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.

Rihanna's pleats look very fun and girly

beach look
nude tones

colour block

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!

plus size babe rocking them pleats.

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 🙂

Trust me you’ll have fun doing this.

Holla 🙂

Tibi long purple pleated skirt
Suno pleated long skirt
office look
royal blue maxi pleated skirt, RARE
pleats on the runway .Prada spring 2012 collection

pleat skirt from OASIS

House of Holland runway
colour block maxi skirt
Carven pleated wool-crepe skirt
canary-yellow-pleated-maxi-skirt

accordion-pleats

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!

How awesome was that!

On a scale of 1-10 where would you rate Funi?

Thanks for undulging.

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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!

1.Dresses

Prabal Gurung dress

Zoe Saldana in Prabal Gurung bow dress

Asos bow dress
asos bow dress

Ciara in bow dress
Azzaro spring 2011 bow dress
big pink bow on back of dress

 2. Bags & Purses

pink velvet bow bag
Valentini bow pleated handbag
Salvatore Ferragamo bow patent mini bag
Swarovski bow straw bag

 

bow duplex messenger bag

purple patent bow clutch
red patent bow bag

3. Tops

 

pink top with sequins
Leona Lewis in bright bow top
Leona
Solange in bow top
Kim K

4.Coats & Jackets

white bow coat

 

coat
Ann Taylor wool bow neck long coat
white jacket with cute bows
Betsey Johnson bow coat
Blake Lively in stunning white bow jacket

 5. Flats, Heels and Wedges

Christian Louboutin bow heels. WOW!
How cute are these bow shoes?
Valentino nude bow heels
Alexander McQueen pink peep toe bow wedge
Stunning bow shoes

 

These bow wedges are simply to die for.
Louboutin bow heels

 

 

red bow ribbon heels. am drooling

Rihanna in Christian Louboutin nude bow heels
green peep toe bow shoes
Kurt Geiger shoes
Chanel bow flats
pink cutesy bow flats
Christian Louboutin
gorgeous

 

Louis Vuitton flats
stunning back bow wedges
polka dot bow heels

 

6. Wedding Frocks

2011 fall pink bow wedding dress by Oscar de la Renta
satin sexy v-neck with mermaid skirt and elegant back bow design
Organza rouched bodice with ball gown skirt decorated with elegant bow
bow decoration in chapel train
Amsale fall 2011 bow bridal dress
bow wedding dress

 

satin bow bridesmaid dress
satin sexy one-shoulder bow bridesmaid dress
Kris Kardashian attend her daughter's wedding in white bow dress

 7. Skirts, Trousers & Undies.

high waist bow skirt
blue bow skirt

trousers
bow bra
huge bow bra
Thong with a bow
bow bandeau bikini top

8. Hair & Accessories

huge bow headband
Rihanna's bow hairpiece
Ariana Grande in pink hair bow
cute knit headband
Genevieve Nnaji

Ariana Grande

bow hair style
lovely bow hairstyle
Gaga bow hair style
bow glasses.

ring
ring
beautiful bow ring

bow nail art
bow manicure
four bow bangle
bow belt
belt
bow belt

9. Ankara

bow ankara bracelet
hair accessory
earrings

 

10. Edibles

wedding cake

designer pasta

Farfalle pasta
farfalle pasta plate
box of designer pasta

And there you have it. All things bow and beautiful (that I could find). Such a long post I must admit.

Which are your favourite bow items?

Thanks for indulging.

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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 Africa All 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.

No one blocks it like Eku Edewor.
Eku in black sexy number.
This nude top goes well with her complexion.
Nobody does Afro-chic like Eku.
Eku rocks bright green on a shopping night out in MANGO
The detail on this dress is to die for.
I want that bag, honey.
She looks stunning in this ankara design.
It's all about the jewellery. I love those earrings.
Ankara again. I love!
Just wow.

Rocking the runway.

Eku Edewor in Kinabuti
reminds me of a mermaid somehow.
lovely print
This for me is my best Eku Look
This ankara design is just stunning. Nailed it.
Necklace please!

Eku on the Wow Magazine cover

I'm crazy about this outfit as well.

Eku and guests on Studio 53

Lipsy!

Best look nominee.

Another of my favourite dresses. Love me some yellow.

Tell me your favourite Eku Look.

Thanks for indulging.

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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.

Zoe Saldana look great in grey all the way.

Grey tones look great against olive skin.

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.

Kate Moss

Ciara and Rihanna go for laid back rocker chick grey.

Ciara

Tyra Banks looks great in her skin tight grey dress and grey pumps.

Tyra

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.

Rihanna plays with grey tones in this ensemble
This amazing Stretta bodycon dress is a perfect grey mix.

Another Stretta tank dress. Wow.

3. Grey Colour Blocking.

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.

Tika Sumpter
Elizabeth Mathis
DKNY dress, £ 296
Schuh colour block wedge
Jordin Sparks
Nina Dobrev

Random Greys.

Colour block grey and yellow heels
Rene Caovilla strapped studded sandal, £373
Grey colour block cross body bag
Cafe’Noir platform sandals, £79
Grey Louboutins

Louboutin
grey pencil skirt, £28

Grey tight dress, ASAOS, £40
ASOS dress, £35

Grey Capri Clutch

buckle strap platform sandals, ASOS, £50

Good luck making your greys come together and stand out and share your success stories.

Thanks for indulging.

Holla 🙂

 FabAfriq is 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:  Saturday 08 October 2011

Where It’s Going Down: The Drum, 144 Potters Lane, Aston , Birmingham, B6 4UU

Time: 6pm

Red Carpet & Pictures: 6:30 pm -7:30

Tickets: £25 or get VIP tickets at just £40. Click here to purchase.

What You Are Paying For:  An exciting  fashion packed event including a Red Carpet Reception, Art Exhibition, Fashion Show, Silent                                                                Auction, Live Music, Champagne and Canapes.

You do not want to miss out on this opportunity to socialize and network with people from diverse backgrounds and fields. Come and discover Africa and get discovered!

Remember to bring your glam to the red carpet. Here are a few highlights of what you’ll be reading about from the fabulous FabAfriq Magazine.

Exposing African Talent

Amazing painting by a young Cameroonian

Appreciating Beauty in Africa

Joyce Mandi, Cameroonian model and face of FabAfriq
Fashion content

Vlisco, proudly African.

Celebrating Love

Sidonie Nupa and Tafor Niba. Catch a glimpse into their wedding.
Sidonie and Tafor
Cameroonian sisterhood showing some love while they strut their stuff.

Showcasing African Cuisine

Canapes
Fried Rice
Dodo and Beans

Achu

Are you sure you want to miss ALL of this? I don’t think so. Get planning, get buying and get ready to launch this magazine!

For tickets, promotional hotel reservation, advertising and other information, please contact:

Email: hello@fabafriq.com
Tel: 00447950194420
Tel:00447863465431
Tel:00447985630495

See you there!

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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.

Beyonce Knowles and Solange Knowles at the Lincoln Centre, Day 6
Beyonce goes for gold with this winning look.

Love this natural glow.
Solange

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.

Backstage at Lincoln Centre

Kim Kardashian front row at the Vera Wang Show
I'm in love with this shot. (Kim K at the Vera Wang Runway Show).

 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 🙂

Angela Simmons
Angela Simmons at the Nanette Lepore front row Spring 2012 collection

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.

Nicki Minaj at Oscar De La Renta Front Row Spring 2012 collection

 

Nicki at Carolina Herrera Spring 2012 collection

Nicki Minaj and Anna Wintour front row at the Carolina Herrera spring 2012 collection
Nicki Minaj at Betsey Johnson spring collection backstage.

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.

Beyonce and Solange backstage at Vera Wang.

Beyonce and Solange front row at Rodarte Spring 2012 collection
Looking lovely, ain't they?
My only question is, how is she coping in those killer heels in her condition?

Jessica White, Katie Cassidy, Taraji P Henson, Ashlee Simpson Wentz and Jessica Szohr amongst others were front row at the Herve Leger 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.

Model Lisalla Montenegro backstage at Herve Leger by Max Azria
Lisalla Montenegro
Aisha Tyler, Taraji P. Henson, Jessica Szohr, Ashlee Simpson Wentz and Katie Cassidy front row at Herve Leger

Janina Gavankar, LeAnn Rimes, Michael Michelle, Byrdie Bell and Jessica White front row at Herve Leger

Model Jessica White
Jessica White
Selita Ebanks at Herve Leger
Jessica Szohr, Ashlee Simpson Wentz and Katie Cassidy

 Zoe Saldana continues to proof she is much of a fashionista as she is an actress as she glowed at fashion week.

Zoe Saldana at Michael Kors backstage.

Perfect.
Zoe Saldana and Michael Kors
Zoe Saldana at Michael Kors front row.

Who is your best and worst dressed?

Express your opinion in the comment bar.

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Lady Gaga buys a hot dog.

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.

the Mother Monster out in NYC

Lady Gaga in red stilts

Rihanna leaving a restaurant

 

 

Rihanna was also spotted leaving an office building downtown in New York City wearing a sweater and some black suede platform boat shoes.

Rihanna in boat platform shoes.
Love this makeup!

Zahia Dehar at LAX

 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.

Zahia

Nicki Minaj

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