Oh, is it summer yet? If so, the perpetual hunt for the perfect accessories can officially start. I’m sure you’re all searching for the things you will recklessly spend your cash on, but who are we to judge. Forget about bags this time, because I know you have plenty of them, and get ready to splurge on some hot pieces of accessories. Here are some of the lust-worthy items for the upcoming season, and trust me, you will end up craving for more.
The bigger the hoop, the bigger the... Oh no, we won't say that out loud. They were once considered trashy and unattractive to be seen on a woman, but look how times have changed since then. Golden or silver, large or small, matte or glossy, these ear candies should never leave once they enter your jewellery box. Whatever colour you choose, they go perfectly with any hairstyle, especially with a tousled ponytail and loose waves. These circular stunners are easy to pair with any outfit as well, and you can also wear them with your favourite bathing suit. Beach goddess alert! Whether you match them with sneakers or a fancy dress, you can’t go wrong. If you haven't got a pair of them yet, it's time for a mini addition.
Skinny Frames Are The New Stunna Shades!
The 90's are back, people, and the teeny-tiny frames are taking center stage! From street style fashionistas to runway models, these retro pieces made a huge comeback. It seems like Kourtney Kardashian, Bella Hadid and Rihanna can literally put their trademark on them, since they barely take them off. After all, It's not about protecting your eyes from the sun, but it's all for the aesthetics. Although these types of sunnies don't flatter everybody's face shape, you can always choose sunglasses you won't get mocked for, such as round or square-shaped ones. But if you are determined and don’t care about what everybody else think, then there is no shape you can't pull off. Besides, everything is ugly until Rihanna decides it's not!
Less Is More, Always
Statement necklaces will get you noticed, but subtle necklaces even more. There's something about these accessories that will effortlessly complete your whole look. For ladies who adore the minimalistic charm, golden chain necklaces and subtle, layered chokers are the way to go. Perfect for any occasion, these discreet pieces bring out your feminine and classy side.
Straw Hats Are Amazingly Stylish
Straw hats with a contrasting ribbon never went out of style. You can wear them during the day, but most importantly, they keep your head safe at the beach. If you are one of those girls who aren't ashamed to speak their minds but you'd rather have your hat speak instead, then embroidered slogan hats should be your staple head accessories for this season. Oversized hats are trending too, and they are all over Instagram.
Diamonds are a girl's best friend? I'd rather say it's a nice watch. These are the most common and the most wearable hand accessories ever, and if you don't own at least one, then we're calling the fashion cops. It's 2018, which means you can wear the same watch with a baggy tracksuit and a glamorous dress. Stylish Daniel Wellington watches made their way into fashion, and Instagram influencers went crazy over them. Who wouldn't? Cuff and anchor bracelets are a perfect addition to this watch and trust me, no one really cares whether they are gold or silver because rules don't apply anymore.
Bandana Oh Na Na
Bandanas are the easiest hair accessories ever and they look super cute too. You can wear them with different hairstyles, such as voluminous ponytails and messy buns. Since it's summer and our wardrobes are getting more colorful, opt for the floral, red, yellow or white ones. For the beauties who’d like to bring the 60's back, these are super cheap and light-weight too. So make your hair big, and show the world your inner Brigitte Bardot.
So, ready for a little shopping spree therapy? If the answer is yes, look through this list again and spoil yourself with some new fashion updates.
Written by guest blogger Scarlet Gratton
Colleen Morris was born in London, England to Jamaican Parents. She is very proud of heritage and of being a Londoner.
She always wanted to be a Designer. She learnt the basics of dressmaking from her mother from whom she learnt to love fashion and costumes. She then went on to Central St Martin’s where she received a master’s degree in Fashion Design. She then did an apprenticeship on Savile Row to learn the art of tailoring.
After leaving St Martin’s she travelled to New York and fell in love with the city, where she was lucky enough to work as a stylist at MTV in the early 90’s. It led her to style and design for many celebrities including Donna Summer and Vanessa Williams while working freelance at MTV, including styling music videos.
She then worked on Broadway, on the hit musical of the 90’s Rent. She worked with the production for a number of years travelling internationally ending in London as the Assistant Costume Designer for that production.
Colleen then worked in Television and film over the years in numerous productions as a tailor and dressmaker. Working on projects as Law and Order Criminal Intent, Inside Man, PS I love You, Sopranos, Sex and The City and Gossip Girl.
She now also costume designs, she designed her first feature period film called Bolden! coming out in the Autumn.
Ultimately costume design has brought her back to her first love, Fashion Design, where she has always designed and built one off pieces for award ceremonies and special events for actors and actresses she worked with.
Colleen Morris debut her first collection A/W’18. at Prince’s Trust event in 2018.
Colleen Morris designs are for women who are very secure and confident in who they are. Her designs are sensual, grown up classics with a bold twist.
She will continue to work both in New York and London and be influenced by both great cities.
After a successful launch in Nigeria, Fashions Finest is set for its 16th season during London Fashion Week.
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.
The Mena Odi Collections is a womenswear brand established by London born designer, Jessica Odoi, in 2016.
Jessica studied in Kent Institute of Art and Design (K.I.A.D) and Creapole school of design in Paris. She successfully graduated from K.I.A.D and although Jessica specialised in womenswear, she produced a Mr Men inspired menswear final collection which featured in London's Graduate Fashion Week. Continuing from that success, Jessica showcased further menswear collections. Twice at London's Alternative Fashion week and the BME's Fashion show, an innovative fashion event held at Edgware Road's Cockpit Theatre, where her Baroque inspired collection received high commendation.
In 2016, Jessica reverted to her specialism in women's clothing and decided to launch 'The Mena Odoi Collections.' Her new label believes in providing a ‘feel good, look good’ style to all women comprises of classic, stylish, sophisticated and sensual designs. The choice of colour and love of unique textured fabric determines and dictates the direction of this brand. Jessica believes it is a significant part to the design process and contributes to her inspiration. Both recent collections explore the use of colour and texture but maintains its signature look, the classic silhouette.
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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Ziaz is a Pune based fashion label by the popular designer Zia Yusuf with focus on elegance and simplicity.
As a designer, Zia creates modest clothing with an edge and aims at creating bespoke & on trend statement pieces with each collection. She merges the runway fashion to chic and wearable clothing to create modish one-offs. Each piece created by the label is unique and carefully handcrafted to perfection.
She has a beautiful studio in Pune where she creates her designs and gives her personal touch to every single piece. With each piece she aims to bring out the best in her clients and make them a better version of themselves. Her exhibitions in Mumbai & Dubai, enjoys a large following.
Fashion comes naturally to Zia. She is not formally trained but it’s a part of her very being, like she says, “It’s all in her head.”
Running her own fashion business for the last 25 years has honed her skills and her work is now an effortless extension of her personality. She is passionate about making modest clothing a force to reckon with in the fashion world. Fashion is simply what she does best, and her work speaks for itself.
Streetwear has been a massive trend for a few years and some of the styles can become similar and repetitive.
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.
ModaLisboa No.50 (Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)
The biggest event in Portuguese fashion, Moda Lisboa, took place from 8 - 12 March 2017 at the newly renovated Pavilhão Carlos Lopes. This year, the fashion week celebrated its 50th edition and it won't be an exaggeration to say that it was better than ever before.
From all-black looks at Aleksandar Protic to futuristic plastic details at David Ferreira and Imauve, Autumn/Winter 2018-19 season will be highly inspiring, bold, and creative. Let's have a look at some of the most memorable fashion trends presented at the event!
1. New Romantic
Duarte, David Ferreira, Filipe Faísca © ModaLisboa | Photo: Ugo Camera
Pastels (often combined with darker colours), soft lines, white blouses, slip dresses, plush velvet, satin, lace up, puff sleeves, ruffles, and moody florals – that's New Romantics trend in a nutshell.
According to Fashion Snoops, "the New Romantic woman believes in leveraging the past to bring us closer to the future". Key accessories include pearl earrings, fishnet stockings, statement ring set, embellished mini bag, optical cat eye, and updated Mary Janes.
This fashion trend (shown mainly through clothes, not accessories) was present in many collections for Autumn/Winter 2018-19 including Duarte, Filipe Faísca, Carolina Machado, and Ricardo Preto.
2. Plastic Dreams
David Ferreira (L,R), Imauve © ModaLisboa | Photo: Ugo Camera
"The most out-there trend of 2018 is transparency, or plastic to be particular", says The Guardian and we couldn't agree more.
From transparent boots at Imauve to ultra-bold tops at Luís Carvalho and see-through coats at David Ferreira, this futuristic trend seemed to be quite popular with Portuguese designers.
3. Statement (faux) Fur
David Ferreira (L,R), Imauve © ModaLisboa | Photo: Ugo Camera)
From fur trims, sleeves, collars, tippets, scarves and stoles, to statement jackets and coats – all (faux) fur lovers will be able to choose something for themselves next season.
Our favourite looks included elegant black fur details at David Ferreira, stylish white stoles at Imauve, and feminine coats at Luís Carvalho.
4. Black Is The New Black
Ricardo Preto, Dino Alves (R) © ModaLisboa | Photo: Ugo Camera
Classic black was seen in many Autumn/Winter 2018-19 collections including Aleksandar Protic who presented all-black looks, Federico Cina (black mixed with bright red), Isidro Paiva (black combined with white or brown), Carolina Machado (thigh high boots and black accessories), and David Ferreira (black fishnets and voluminous sleeves).
Eye-catching colour combinations such as black with golden beige and apricot orange could be seen at Dino Alves show. The versatile Autumn/Winter collection featured a lot of hats and colourful sunglasses as well.
5. Kaleidoscope Of Colours
Gonçalo Peixoto, Awaytomars, Imauve © ModaLisboa | Photo: Ugo Camera
Some designers went in a totally opposite direction and presented bold colourful looks featuring colours traditionally associated with spring such as pink, bright red or yellow.
While in many of those collections colour was taking centre stage, some of them were also enriched with the use of unique prints and patterns (Awaytomars, Kolovrat).
If you are not sure how to wear this trend, there is only one rule that applies: use your imagination and mix various colours and patterns together. The brighter, the better!