Tuesday, 25 October 2011 21:09

All that Glitters!

Sparkle the night away in these statement starry courts from Dune great with LBDs for party nights.

So here's how the story goes...

I needed a pair of shoes to match my fabulous red dress and yes i know we are in a recession and the economy is in a bad way,  i too am feeling the pinch but hey! sometimes ladies we have to forget the bills and do something for ourselves.

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With their exposed high platform and (cough cough) at only £90.00 i flicked my hair and said 'i'm WORTH IT'! And didn't they go down well with the ladies in on the night, who referred to them as fabulous, fantastic, and likened to dolly mixtures Hmm!

I guess i bagged myself a good buy that i know are very comfortable and which i can wear over and over again.

Dune have a sale on now and you too can revel in shoe haven if you wish!

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Tuesday, 25 October 2011 01:05

"Michelle Obama" Gets Ghetto at the BEFTTA's...

Its Sunday night about 3am in the morning and I am absolutely shattered as it has been a very very long weekend. Having been filming more or less nonstop over the weekend for Uber Africa, by the way Africa's Top Designer is going to be a great TV show. Sorry back to the matter at hand, on the Saturday evening after rushing through filming, I and half the cast, desigMr Mahogany - Fashion Icon of the Yearners, models, producers etc rushed off down to South East London for what proved to be a very exciting event with just about everyone who was anyone attending the 3rd Annual Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts Award (BEFTTA).

Just in case you did not get my subtle hint if you were not there, the question must be asked are you somebody, joke - seriously on this one I am just joking.

Over a thousand people showed up for the BEFTTA's on Saturday night, I might be slightly exaggerating but that is only because I don't know the capacity of the Lighthouse where the event was staged but it was a full house.

Everyone was dressed to the hilt, forget recession lots of people raided their piggy banks or recycled old clothes by putting a new twist to them and people made sure that they were dressed to kill. Whilst talking about dressing, I know the invite said black tie and wear a black jacket or suit but hey my excuse on my purple jacket with purple shirt and no tie came about because I am colour blind and my tie got blown away in the recent hurricane that swept the UK.

The venue was great and had all the mod cons and the stars of the entertainment and fashion industry did the event justice. It was a great improvement over the last 2 years (well done Pauline Long – founder & CEO of the BEFTTAs), the event started on time but on that one I must say Thank God for that, with over 150 awards and 500 nominees we would have been there all night. But the BEFTTA team got through them all and numerous people that would not normally ever have been recognised had the opportunity to be recognised which for me is a great thing. So regardless of the fact that we all think there are too many categories and nominees, I appreciate what Pauline and the BEFTTA Academy are trying achieve and they should be applauded not criticised.

I don't want any of you to think that I am giving this glowing review just because I, Mahogany and Fashions Finest between us received 5 awards (Fashions Finest – Best Event Promoter, Mahogany Models – Best Modelling Agency, Nana Afua – Best Female Model, IDeLick Media (Fashions Finest Official Photographer – Photographer of the Year and Mr Mahogany received a special award for Fashion Icon of the Year – receiving this award and peoples comments following this particular award has truly humbled me.


It was also nice to see Mink Cosmetics get an award for Makeup artist of the Year (they have been the official make up sponsors for all of Mahogany's & Fashions Finest events for the past year and to my main man & good friend, who filmed with me during the day and rushed off to collect his lifetime achievement award, Mr Adebayo Jones – well deserved. However if I am ever to get one, can I please get one before I reach pensionable age and I am well on the way there now.

"Michelle Obama" Gets Ghetto at the BEFTTA's...

Ok give me a break I am getting there, I know you were reading the title and thinking what has the above got to do with the title of your blog – well I had to talk about the BEFTTAs first before I talk about what Michelle Obama (actually it's about Dionne Rose who is a Michelle Obama lookalike), did at the BEFFTA's.

Well this is what happened, after the BEFTTA awards a few selected VIP guests and the award winners were invited for a small intimate dinner. It was a nice intimate affair with a performance from a rising super star Angela Ricci (this girl can blow). Anyway there were some small issues over the serving of the food and drinks and there was a group of women on the table next to us and I have no idea who they were, where they were from or what they do but towards the end of the evening a couple of the women on that table decided that they wanted to pick a fight with everyone that looked at them, spoke to them or breathed the same air as them and unfortunately our table was marked as public enemy number one.

I tried to stop my table from responding to the verbal attacks we were receiving for no apparent reason (if we had done something I would be honest, I would tell you), I even used a great saying of mine which is that "it is not every time you have to respond to a mad person, when they talk to you, otherwise you may look like the mad person". This worked for a while but the women on the other table continued their affront and Dionne "Michelle Obama" could not contain herself any longer and went for this woman with a full on verbal attack which included such words as bleep, **@#, bleep, bleeeep, and more bleeps **@#,, followed by bleep, **@#, bleep, bleeeep, and more bleeps **@#, (you may insert profanities of your choice as they most likely would have been used). DIONNE's language was too colourful and she got down and dirty and stooped to the level of these bush women and sadly they were bush and extremely manner less in their behaviour.

It was not a good idea to sink to their level but it was good fun seeing her lose it and we all had a good laugh.

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This is not Africa feed yourself...

Over the past few months I have attended a number of award ceremonies, some bad and some good, which have included some of the most prestigious awards ceremonies in the UK including Fashions Finest, Screen Nation & the BEFTTA's. Each time I have left one of these awards I have left with the screeching of many people's voices furiously complaining about the lack of food at the awards.

I have to break it down for you and it goes like this, yes it is true that nobody forces the organisers to put on these events and some of you might think that they benefit from it – on this I must correct you as it tends to be the nominees and the winners that primarily benefit as the recognition helps with the progression of their careers and the guest enjoy it because they get a night out and in most cases managed to get in free (not everyone gets in free by the way). The organisers spend thousands putting an event together and then people come to the event 1) expecting to get in free and 2) expecting to be fed and fed very well for free.

Do you know that to feed a person at an award ceremony costs (in london) on average between £35 to £65 depending on the venue. If I charge you an average price of £100 to £120 per ticket would you pay? NO you would not because most people won't even pay £30 for a basic price ticket. Ok let's assume that you are one of those lovely people that do pay and can afford to pay such prices that still does not resolve the problem, as unfortunately all of the nominees expect to attend for free and bring a guest so on average if the organiser has a total of about 40 to 60 nominees, which is about the average amount (sorry BEFTTA's this is excluding you), along with partners, plus judges, presenters and special guests, that means the event organisers must out of their own pockets find approximately an extra £3000 to £5000 (excluding drinks costs), so the final bill could be more in the region of £5 to £10,000. Hello where are they expected to find the money just to feed some hungry and in some cases ungrateful people. As after you feed them they would still complain that the food was not good.

So the moral of the story is before you complain about not being fed or there being no food at an event, if you did not buy a ticket don't complain and think about the poor organiser who is putting on the event and whom 9 times out of 10 makes a very big lost. Eat before you arrive or after you leave and be a bit more understanding. That way with your support we will keep improving, will do better events with your support and one day we will be able to give you a 3 course meal and not charge anyone to attend the awards ceremony. YEAH RIGHT.

I have to end by saying BEFTTA's did a 100% invite only awards ceremony, which was free to attend to everyone that had an invite and I still heard people complain that they had no food – ARE YOU SERIOUS!!!
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Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:34

Are Black Women ‘In Vogue’?

By Pheobe Park

Controversial pop star Rihanna makes her British Vogue cover debut in November’s Issue. Rihanna is not new to the life of a cover girl; she featured in April with striking red hair and a lace gown. With women of colour always underrepresented in the media, does Rihanna cover make a refreshing change?

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Rihanna wears Armani Prive couture, a short Marylin Monroe-esque wig and was shot by the legendary Mario Testino.

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Rihanna’s cover was surrounded by controversy, including rumours that her skin had been lightened, to fit in with typical Vogue cover girls, the controversy was addressed by UK Vogue Editor Alexandra Shulman:

"The reality is that the pictures that were published came in exactly how they have been published - with absolutely no skin lightening," Shulman said. "If her skin does look pale it is probably because of the very strong sunlight in LA that day. We worked with her chosen hair and make-up team to present her in the way she was most comfortable with."

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Despite the controversy, Rihanna looks stunning on the cover, and so do these legendary cover girls of colour:

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Michelle Obama

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Michelle Obama features on the Vogue cover in March 2009 magenta silk sheath dress by Jason Wu who also designed her inaugural gown.

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Beyonce features in April 2009, in the controversial ‘Shape’ Issue

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Tuesday, 18 October 2011 23:30

the ponytail is here to stay

Judging by these backstage snaps from the SS shows the ponytail trend is here to stay.

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Monday, 17 October 2011 21:55

On Trend: Tartan

By Pheobe Park

Months after the Royal Wedding, we have more than a few mementos of the great occasion, one of which is the trend for tartan on the catwalk. Tartan, hound's tooth and Prince of Wales checks were spotted all over the A/W catwalks, and this trend is so easy to replicate in your wardrobe.

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Burberry Prorsum

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Moschino Cheap and Chic


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Emma Watson

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Kim Kardashian goes for the hound’s tooth look in Salvatore Ferragamo's flirty suit set, as worn by Lady Gaga and looks like a real businesswoman.

Get The Look

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ANGLOMANIA, Tartan jacket: £410.00

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Tartan Tights from promod.com at £12

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MCQ Puffball tartan dress: £465.00

 



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Thursday, 29 September 2011 17:17

Every day Can Be A LFW Day!

London Fashion Week saw many new trends being set by the fashionistas in attendance. One of the big trends was for personalised jewellery.

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JewelleryPersonalised.co.uk are the one-stop website to create your very own piece of fashion. Their service uniquely allows you to create your own name necklace, initialled bracelet or logo'd charm bracelet and view it online, before you place the order.

Check out our necklace designed especially as a LFW special!

Jewellery is available in many different styles and metals and prices start from £28.00 for a name plate in sterling silver.

www.jewellerypersonalised.co.uk

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Saturday, 20 August 2011 12:53

STYLISH DESTINATIONS: Vancouver

„Gorgeous and sophisticated... Vancouver is Manhattan with mountains. It’s a liquid city, a tomorrow city,equal parts India, China, England, France and the Pacific Northwest. It’s the cool North American sibling." – The New York Times

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Photo by Eva Fydrych

Vancouver is a coastal harbour city in British Columbia. It is the third largest city in Canada and it routinely tops the lists of the world's greatest places to live. With beautiful landscape and natural environment, interesting architecture, great restaurants, museums and galleries – it is definitely a destination worth visiting. Major film studios in Vancouver have turned the city into the third-largest film production centre in North America after Los Angeles and New York City, earning its film industry the nickname Hollywood North. Fashion scene in Vancouver has grown rapidly in the last couples of years, showing some fresh talent and innovative ideas. Local designers like Jason Malto, Malene Grotrian, Catherine Regehr or Obakki by Treana Peake are becoming more and more popular and recognized in the international markets.

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Jason Malto Spring/Summer 2011 campaign

FASHION

Robson Street – the main shopping street in the city – carries both designer brands and high street clothing chains. It is in fact one of the hippest shopping spots in Canada, where you can find everything from top-end vintage to fresh-off-the-runway. Robson street starts at BC Place and runs over 1.5 miles to Stanley Park. This unique street was named after John Robson, British Columbia provincial premier from 1889 to 1892, and it is considered one of the most expensive and trendy retail areas of Canada (next to Bloor Street in Toronto and Ste-Catherine Street in Montreal). With the eclectic mix of shops and restaurants, it is probably one of the biggest Vancouver attractions and a must-visit place for anyone interested in fashion.

Popular shopping malls in the surrounding area include: Pacific Centre Mall, Sinclair Centre, The Bay and Sears department stores, and exclusive Holt Renfrew.

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Window displays at Sinclair Centre & Holt Renfrew in Vancouver, August 2011; Photos by Eva Fydrych

Yaletown – a trendy downtown  neighbourhood. Many of Yaletown's former industrial brick warehouses have been converted into super-hip clothing stores, designer furniture outlets and showrooms. This is one of the best downtown spots for locating the latest fashion: clothes, shoes and accessories.

Don't miss Atomic Model Boutique (1036 Mainland Street) – that offers young contemporary designers such as Alice & Olivia, Blur, Harkham, La Rok, Sass & Bide, and collections from all main fashion capitals. It is a one-stop shopping destination for trendy haute couture. Eden (#104-1042 Hamilton Street) – a high-end boutique with a vintage Victorian feel – has a great selection of fashion from the US, UK and Europe.

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John Fluevog store in Gastown; Photo by Eva Fyrdych

Gastown – the City's oldest neighbourhood – has changed enormously over the last ten years and is experiencing a true renaissance of style and design. This historic district is now home to independent art galleries, restaurants, nightclubs, souvenir shops, and stylish fashion stores with very unique interior design. Popular annual events that take place on the cobblestone streets of Gastown include the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and the Tour de Gastown international bicycle race.

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John Fluevog store in Gastown; Photos by Eva Fyrdych

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

Chinatown – in the heritage area around Main Street and Keefer, you will find everything from fine embroidered linens to silk robes, exotic fresh products and delicious Asian cuisine. The summer weekend night markets are always popular and attract both locals and tourists looking for the freshly prepared Asian delicacies.

Chinatown in Vancouver is Canada's largest Chinatown. The “China Gate” on Pender Street was donated to Vancouver by the Government of the People's Republic of China following the Expo 86 world's fair, where it was on display. In addition to Han Chinese from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and
Mainland China, Chinese Latin Americans have also settled in this area.

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Chinatown gate on Pender Street; Photo by Eva Fydrych

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Chinatown; Photos by Eva Fydrych

ART

Vancouver is not only a stylish cosmopolitan city, but also a perfect place for all art lovers. The city offers a great selection of museums and art galleries with permanent and visiting exhibitions. There are many interesting sculptures located in the streets, and some great examples of modern architecture and interior design.

You can find many galleries specializing in Native Art, and offering some of the largest collections in Canada. Masks, clothing, prints, and carvings – the rich tapestry of cultures belonging to the Indigenous Peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast.

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“The surrealist revolution in art” exhibition; Photo by Eva Fydrych

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Street sculpture: Photo by Eva Fydrych

GETTING AROUND

When it comes to local transport, there are many great ways to explore Vancouver. One of them is taking a funky tourist bus, painted in pink or red, that can take you to all main city attractions. Have fun!

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Pink sightseeing bus; Photo by Eva Fydrych

Find out more about Vancouver.
www.vancouver.ca/visitors.htm
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The Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton, has been photographed several times over the past couple of weeks wearing her favourite piece of jewellery: a personalised, gorgeous chunky, gold charm bracelet with a disc featuring her initial and the royal coat of arms.

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Jewellerypersonalised.co.uk have this exact version of the bracelet online, in silver and gold, which of course can be personalised with your very own coat of arms (or any another meaningful symbol) and initial. Using advanced technology, the website will uniquely allow you to see your finished design before you buy.
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Because Jewellery Personalised.co.uk make all of their pieces in house, in their London studios, you can purchase yours from just £36.95.
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Wednesday, 29 June 2011 21:38

Hoodies

Sun worshippers show off your summer body in Paolita's new swimwear range.
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If your one of the many women who have been working out over the winter months In order to get your body right for your summer vacation then showcase it in one of Paolita sexy and flirty designs, and if you're not treat yourself any way.
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From All in one open back playsuits that flatter the female shape to funky lace hoodie cover ups is a must have weather your lounging by a pool in an all-inclusive resort or keeping it cool in the city.
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Wednesday, 22 June 2011 18:35

For The Festival Junkie In You!

Cowshed have brought a toiletry kit just for you festival junkies, so you stay clean and smell fresh all weekend.

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The kit contains:

Travel wash bag
Wild Cow Knickers
Wild Cow Invigorating Bath & Shower Gel
Horny Cow Seductive Body Lotion
Lavender Gentle Cleanser
Quinoa Hydrating Daily Moisturiser
Lippy Cow Lip Balm
Cowshed Nail File

Price £30 Available from Cowshed
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