Ujjwala Bhadu is an artist and fashion designer born and raised in Jodhpur, India. Her interest in design stems from her love for colour, textures and tactility. Her childhood was surrounded by the colorful local textiles of her hometown. Her constant muse, her mother, instilled in her a deep appreciation for the local crafts of her people. Her design principles value the craft of creating by hand and working with touch-encouraging materials. Her approach to design has also been shaped by her move to Parsons in New York City. Studying the principles of modernism and finding a connection between home and here through design has been a very enriching experience for her work.
As a recent graduate of Parsons the New School for Design, in the Fashion Design program, Ujjwala Bhadu has not only acquired the work ethos of New York City but more importantly the critical thinking skills that help her push her ideas across design disciplines. Her projects have always contained elements of her indian heritage, all of which led to her final collection that represented a balance between personal and acquired cultures. Internships at Theory, Oscar de la Renta and Bibhu Mohapatra consolidated her collaborative and teamwork skills. During her final year at Parsons, Ujjwala was nominated for multiple competitions like Hugo Boss Scholarship and CFDA Fashion Future Showcase.
Lupita Nyongo shared a cute bag on her social media page, during her recent trip to Lagos. Imagine seeing the name of your hometown proudly flagged on a bold and beautiful fashion piece, and adorned by one of the most profilic black actresses of this generation. I fell in love with Kiki Kamanu almost inmediately. And wait until you see their Wakanda bags!
Kiki Kamanu, named after its brand owner, is described as distinctive chic. The brand prides itself in well-crafted, exclusive creations. For more information, visit www.shop.kikikamanu.com.
There's so much to love about this brand. I've shared 3 of my favourite pieces below- check out their website and let me know your thoughts!
#Lagos Fave Things Leather Trim Tote (tan)
#Wakanda Fave Things Leather Trim Tote
Velvet Appliqué Luv Lagos Hoodied Hi-low
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Streetwear is a massive global trend that is only getting bigger, luxury brands have started showing their plans for the summer of and a lot of new and current trends are going to be seen this summer.
Nothing like having an organised holiday checklist for your wardrobe style! We all want to look good in our holiday snaps, but we don’t really want the fuss of spending hours each day thinking of how to slay in those holiday photos. I picked some of my favourite staple pieces for a good holiday: easy to style; and effortlessly snap-worthy. I am currently in love with items from Mango and have picked items from there. enjoy!
Now, if you want to get the most bang for your buck with your outfits, you should only purchase clothing items that will stand the test of time.
The fashion world is always ahead of us, and there is a good reason for it. The spring and summer collections have been showcased during September and early October, and we're thankful for the early notice. It gives us plenty of time to summarize our impressions, narrow down our choices, and it gives fast fashion retailers plenty of time to provide their own interpretations of the predicted and dictated trends so they're available to a broader audience just in time for them to rock them.
So, here it is, the list of the best and most wearable trends for you to pick and choose from and welcome spring the way it's supposed to be done.
50 Shades Of Purple
Millennial pink has in the past couple of years been one of the most dominant hues out there, present in both couture gowns as well as athleisure pieces. While the presence of the gender-neutral hue was still strong on the runways, it has been slightly overshadowed by the presence of a variety of purples. So, this spring, take a cue from Carolina Herrera, and rock the dark and powerful purple, Ultra Violet - the official color of the year 2018, as well as lighter pastel hues such as lilac. The romantic and subtle lilac will make you look like walking spring, and you can wear it deep into summer, even be the ultimate resort style goddess.
If You Like It, Flaunt It
If you were saddened by the death of the logo, feel free to rejoice, because logomania is definitely back. It seems as if the logo wasn't dead so much as it was taking a nap while designers were preparing to make it bigger and more conspicuous. Every fashion powerhouse, from Gucci, Fendi to Versace did not hold back on splashing the logo all over tops, bags, dresses, so all you have to do is find your favorite brand and surely find at least one item with your beloved logo on it. When worn in an ensemble that's overall understated and low-key, the logo can look incredibly cool, chic even.
A Little Asymmetrical Party
Spotted at Altuzarra, Isabel Marant and numerous other designers, the asymmetrical neckline is definitely the most captivating trend. The fabric seems to be everywhere - the neck, the collarbone, the shoulders, and yet still leaving plenty of skin exposed for an additional dose of sensuality. Both tops and dresses with this neckline are already available, and Aussie girls have already snagged their asymmetrical party dresses in Australia, and they're rocking them while it's still summer, but northern hemisphere, worry not, your time to shine is just arriving.
The Shifty Times
As much as we anticipate the arrival of spring, we must bear in mind that the season can play tricks on us and bring sudden chills leaving us in dire need of great outerwear. The piece to own this season is an oldie but goldie - the mighty trench coat. If you already own one in a neutral camel hue, make sure it's dry-cleaned and ready for those chilly spring days. Those of you whose wardrobe is short of this item, better hop to it, and while you're browsing, you might want to check the upgraded 2018 version which can be embroidered, or even deconstructed as seen on the models walking for Alexander McQueen.
Power up, suit up - the point is the same. We already know that the power suit of the fall and winter of 2017 was either red or plaid, as these were the dominant color and pattern of the season, respectively. The plaid and red will still be worn during spring, make no mistake about it, but if you wish to be the epitome of spring power, your choice of suit will be a poignant white, complete with a wide-shoulder blazer as done by Tom Ford, because nothing says 'powerful' like shoulders that just don't quit.
Written by Sophia Smith
Date night are special but when it comes to a Valentine's day date it just becomes extra special and dressing up for it becomes mayhem. Because, you do not want to spend too much money on buying a whole new outfit so, to take the stress out of choosing an outfit I have rounded up 10 of my favourite items that is worth the splurge and will go with anything else you might have in your closet.
1. Love these Mom jeans, from Miss Selfridge, with its frill detail in light denim, it is ideal for a low key, movie and a burger date.
Frill mum jeans @ £52.00 Miss Selfridge
2. Pair your Mum jeans with these cute Stripe Kitten Heel Slingbacks, from Miss Selfridge Updating it from casual to chic casual. Throw on a graphic logo t-shirt and a cropped leather jacket and you are set to go.
Black and white stripe kitten heels @ £49.00 Miss Selfridge
3. For that something sexy slip on this sexy number, the Pink Geometric Lace Bodysuit, from New Look, with its flattering V neckline, supporting cross strap front and all over lace. It will leave you looking and feeling sexy.
Pink lace body suit @ £19.99 New Look
4. Going on a date that requires you to dress a bit more smart, then throw on this Red tailored dress, from New Look, with its front cross over and tucked in detail. Drawing attention to your décolletage and slimming your waistline.
Tailored red dress @ New Look
5. Need a sassy pair of heels to complete your look then go with these black spotted suede ankle strap stilleto heels from Dune London.
Velvet ankle strap spotty stilleto's @ £135 Dune London
5. Something short and playful, the Petite Green Stripe Wrap Frill Hem Dress, from River Island, is just that short, playful and sexy.
Green stripe wrap dress with frill hem @ River Island
6. Pair this Dusty Pink frill top, from New Look, with a pair of skinny high waisted jeans, heel ankle boots dinner and drinks or a pair cute flats for a more casual look.
Dusty pink frill detail top @ New Look
7. You both really into fitness and are going all out on a sporty but fun date then the Green and Black Palm leaf print leggings and crop,from top will be a match made in heaven.
Palm leaf print leggings and crop top @ New Look
8. Staying in cuddling on the sofa then a fancy sleep set like the this slinky floral and lace sleepwear set from Ted Baker at Debehams will turn a night on the sofa into a romantic rendezvous.
Ted Baker - silk and lace sleepwear @ Debenhams
9. So, he is taking you to a music gig and you need someting to update your rock star look, then the sleek pair of Black faux leather tapered trousers, from River Island will be a winner.
Faux leather trousers @ £55.00 River Island
10.Planning a stay-in galentines night with your BFF's with some girly pampering, Prosecco and chocolate then the Heart Nightshirt, Heart Bralette and Frill shorts, from Primark will be the perfect ensemble for a night of girly love.
Heart night shirt £11 , Heart bralette £8 and frill shorts £9 @ Primark (penny's)
As we make our way through the start of a new year, it's time to step up on those new years' resolutions.
2018 promises to be a great fashion year. From Versace's show stopping styles, to Chanel's signature pieces. Highstreet names have done well to capture the trends of this season. So, what styles should every fashionista own in the new year? I'm sure the list would be diverse and unending. My top picks below and in no particular order...
1. Cropped, Multi-shade Jeans
It's a comfortable and versatile item - can throw on heels or cute flats to pair with these jeans.
Mid-Rise Contrasting Jeans by Zara
2. Over-knee High Heels
These 90s/early 00s boots are back! Whether yours is glammed up, with textile, or leather, the more extravagant the better.
Tartan High Boots by Off-White
3. Tailored Trouser Suit
Nothing says effortless style like the right matching item with a flattering sillouette.
Striped Trouser Suit from the Versace Resort 2018 Collection