Monday, 25 April 2011 13:05

Keep It Hot This Summer

By Yusuf Orekan

Summer is one of the nation's loved seasons and it's that time where once again it's on its way. On those occasions where the sun does actually grace us with beaming heat it's only natural that you too are also going to want to look and feel hot.

So ladies, with a few recommendations and suggestions your wardrobe shall be giving the sun some competition this summer as you're assured to be looking hot hot hot!

Not only is it stylish and sexy to show a little skin when out in the heat but it's also comfortable and good for the skin to an extent so some nice shorts will do you wonders in all those departments.

ASOS have a lovely range of shorts varying from leather and denim to jersey all at good price ranges.

The following really caught my eye:

ASOS Print Denim Frayed Hot Pants - £25.00
You can never go wrong with denim. It'll always be in fashion and as long as it isn't too cold outside you can wear these all year round.
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ASOS Bird Oriental Jersey Cullotes - £15.00
Pastel colours are great for summer and these shorts are perfect for any occasion, they can easily be worn casually but easily jazzed up for a night out with accompanying outfits and accessories.
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Pleat Jersey Short - £20.00 (in colours cabolt, bright orange and black)
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Now surely you're going to want to add some style up top to contribute to your already hot looking shorts right? Why not take a gander at the next list of suggestions for nice tops and vests as we head over to the New Look side of things.

New Look Fringe Vest - £6.99
Plain tops go with everything literally whether its denim or leggings so you can never go wrong with plain and simple tops. This New Look Fringe Vest is very stylish with a unique design.
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New Look Button Crop T Shirt - £5.99 (in colours bright pink and white)
Crop tops are a big hit this season. They don't all have to be worn without something underneath so if you're worrying about showing a bit of flesh remember you can always wear a plain top underneath.
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New Look Slubby Cut Out Top - £8.99 (in colours white, light brown, jade, airforce, bright pink, orange).
With the amount of colours available you can always find that perfect outfit. This New Look Slubby Cut top is ideal for hot weather as it's loose and comfortable and perfect for casual wear.
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Every girl knows that no outfit is complete without shoes so let's take a look at some nice summery vibed footwear once again courtesy of New Look.

New Look Floral Espadrille Shoes - £6.99 (in colours black and fuchsia)The flowers are blossoming and floral print is never outdated. Floral print looks best against plain clothing.
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New Look Knotted Strappy Sandals - £14.99 (in colours gold and tan)
Simple yet elegant. Many people will be wearing sandals during summer to keep their feet cool and breezy so try wearing a pair that stands out from the usual like these.
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New Look Leather Plaited Sandal - £14.99 (in colours oatmeal, coral and black)
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New Look Cut Out Flats - £17.99 (in colours petrol blue, coral and cream)
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New Look Flower Printed Ballet - £12.99 (in colours blue and coral)
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Well ladies we could stop right there but what about sunglasses? I mean it is summer. Let's quickly head back to ASOS and check out what stood out in their sunglasses range.

ASOS Mango Opaque Square Sunglasses - £23.00 (in colours black and nude)
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ASOS Leopard Print Retro Sunglasses - £12.00
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And that is your fashion tips and suggestions complete! No doubt with any of the items above you shall be looking like a stunner in the summer. All clothing complement each other and are also very complementary to other outfits, so if you happen to be on one of the high streets shopping or browsing online, keep any of the above in mind and be creative, mix and match, look at bright colours. For example, the ASOS Print Denim Frayed Hot with a nice purple top. Or the New Look Button Crop T Shirt with a light blue skirt maybe. The possibilities are endless and hopefully the above suggestions inspire them.
Remember, you look hot already, but these outfits shall add coal to the fire.

Yusuf Orekan
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Tuesday, 19 April 2011 21:02

Get Your Whites On

By Sokina Ali

The sky is blue, the sun is shining and the flowers are blossoming, finally spring is here. Although bright colours may be in why not try this season's trickiest trend- White. Yes ladies it's time to get your whites on and embrace the sunshine while it lasts. White clothes may seem daunting but they are easy to pull off and not forgetting they look gorgeous on everyone!

Here are a few essentials that range from casual to glam for your wardrobe this season!

1. Every girl needs a Maxi dress!

Embrace the beautiful weather and get yourself a beautiful maxi dress. Maxi dresses are made to make you feel elegant and the best thing about them is that you can wear them casually and gracefully. Whether you're going down to the beach, going for dinner or simply going shopping, a maxi dress is perfect for every occasion, not to mention comfortable as well! White and denim go perfectly so why not add a denim jacket or even a causal cardigan. Summery white dress with layered skirting along with elasticised boob tube top- TK Maxx- £19.99.

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2. Skinny jeans are perfect for everything!

Skinny jeans suit all shapes and sizes so why not be different and get yourself a pair of white skinny jeans. They go with everything from a casual t-shirt to a glamorous evening top! To achieve that summery look why not add a nude top and add a pair of sandals.Distressed Skinny Jeans- New Look- £21.99

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3. Gladiator sandals are perfect this spring!

Go chic with this fabulous pair of Lorrie Beaded Gladiator. Splendid in a multitude of fantastic detailing with lots of sexy strapping to play with – these gladiators are your perfect pair. Perfect for adding ethnic inspired touches to a Spring/Summer look or for vamping up a laidback look. Boohoo- £20.00

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4. Every girl may need a "little black dress" but every girl definitely needs a white one!

Stand out from the crowd in this stunning Paprika Floral Bow One Shoulder Dress. The one shoulder dress is elegant and perfect for evening wear. The bow adds a touch of class. Slap on a pair of heels and a clutch bag to make that outfit perfect. Paprika Floral Bow One Shoulder Dress- Asos- £26.00

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5. We all need a white top!

This lace flared sleeve tunic top is perfect for any occasion and can easily be worn with a pair of denim jeans. Add a pair of heels to achieve an evening look or why not add some flats to get that casual look. South Lace flared sleeve tunic top- Very- £32.00

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So there you have it, five white essentials for this spring. White will always be in fashion so you're guaranteed to wear it over and over again!
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Friday, 08 April 2011 17:09

Be Sun Safe!

The Sunshine has finally arrived and we are loving it, there's one thing to remember though, you must stay SUN SAFE!

Most skin cancers are caused by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or sunbeds. Don't let sunburn catch you out, so whether you're at home or abroad, use shade, clothing and at least SPF15 sunscreen to protect yourself and be Sun Safe.

Dig out the sun creams and lotions, and if you don't have any order some sun goodies on line NOW! at Space.nk, here are some of our suggestions...

KIEHL'S Ultra Facial Moisturiser SPF 15

Containing squalane, an emollient derived from olives, which closely resembles the skin's natural sebum, as well as additional skin-compatible oils derived from avocados, apricot kernels and sweet almonds, this formulation contains a broad-spectrum UV-ray sunscreen with an SPF 15 to help protect the skin from the sun's harmful rays. A light, easily absorbed lotion. Leaves no greasy or sticky residue. Fragrance-free.




NIA24 Sun Damage Repair for Decolletage and Hands

This nutrient-rich cream delivers intense moisture while it improves the appearance of phyto-damamge in the decolletage, shoulders and hands. Age spots and discolorations visibly diminish ith a proven brightening complex. Apply morning and evening. Smooth on or spot treat decolletage, shoulders and hands. May also be applied to other areas of the body showing signs of sun damage.




Reve de Miel - Lip Balm


An ultra concentrated natural formula for instant healing. Soothes, repairs, nourishes, softens and heals chapped lips whilst reducing fine lines of the lip contour area. Use as often as necessary. Perfect under lipstick. Ideal for all the family.


After Sun Repair An after-sun face cream


Ideal to comfort the skin after sun exposure and to extend a golden tan. Dextran sulfate soothes and calms reddened and irritated skin. Centenella asiatica firms the skin and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. Glycerin leaves skin feeling soft, supple and comfortable. Apply to the face and neckline.




SPF 55 SERUM


This mild, antioxidant-rich sunscreen is free of oils, parabens and alcohol. This formula was made with innovative technology which gives high-level protection against skin-burning UVB radiation and aging UVA rays. This serum is mild, quick-drying and non-whitening. Delicate oil-free formula absorbs into skin quickly without leaving skin feeling chalky, sticky or greasy. Ideal for daily use and for oily or problematic skin. Provides true-broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Helps prevent sunburn, protecting skin against premature aging and UVA/UVB damage. Very water-resistant. AM Apply daily to face, neck, and chest. Apply liberally 20 minutes before sun exposure and as needed. Reapply after swimming or exposure to water.

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Thursday, 07 April 2011 15:01

Inspiration from The Catwalk

Pakistani fashion week in Lahore has inspired many a look on the highstreet in the UK, here's one we love and think is the perfect fashion peice for spring summer 2011.
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Oriental Butterfly Puffball Dress in Beige, £24.99
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Monday, 04 April 2011 02:27

Neecie Gold interviews Sola Oyebade

I thought that instead of writing a blog it would be good for you to hear my lovely sexy voice as know of you view me as sexy as i might as well say it myself. Anyway enjoy the interview, comments welcomed as usual.
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Sunday, 03 April 2011 11:02

My Life In Fashion

I moved to Toronto in September 2010. Although the fashion industry here is not as big as in London, Paris or New York, somehow being here inspired me to stand on the other side of the lens and get involved in photography. I have been shooting for a while especially when I travelled to other countries, but my main goal was to get into fashion photography. Since I remember, I was always fascinated by images in Vogue magazine and the work of great photographers like Richard Avedon or Mario Testino... Having worked in the fashion industry for a while and having some modelling experience, it seemed like a step in the right direction. And yes, it has been a great adventure so far. I had an opportunity to collaborate with many talented models and make-up artists, learn about the studio lighting and practice my styling skills.
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My first photoshoot with a NY model & actress – Roxanne Wright Dress: a great purchase from a local market in Mui Ne (Vietnam)

My first opportunity to shoot catwalk was very interesting – LG Fashion Week – the biggest fashion event in Canada, showcasing top Canadian models and designers. The show takes place twice a year – in March and October. Somehow I managed to get to the photographers pit for some of the shows, so I could really practice my photography skills. I was surrounded by some of the best people in the industry who were shooting for magazines like Elle or Flare –"Canadian version of Vogue".

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LG Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011; Photo by Eva Fydrych Designer: Amanda Lew Kee

Although LG Fashion Week is a great event, Canadian fashion in general is quite conservative. People don't really like to be different and stand out from the crowd. They like to see simple designs on the catwalk, regular clothes that they can wear on the street. Many designers have similar attitude and they are not willing to experiment too much, but rather produce a collection that can easily sell here. I would say fashion here is not very artistic or creative; it is very practical and down to earth.

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Behind the scenes at Joy Couture Fashion Show in Toronto; Dress by Canadian designer Joy Couture

Shooting events and fashion shows is quite exciting as you never know what to expect and every time you learn something new. It is a great opportunity to meet people from the industry and see the latest beauty and fashion trends before anyone else. However, there is a lot of competition between photographers as everyone wants to get the best shots and you need to have a thick skin in order to survive...

Studio or location photoshoots require more preparation and a lot of work is done before the actual shoot takes place. Part of being a photographer is coming up with the concept/theme, organizing the wardrobe, casting a model, discussing your ideas with the make-up artist and the hairstylist, finding the right location. It is a very creative and rewarding work, where you can use your imagination and have full control over your project from the very beginning to the very end. The best photographers, in my opinion, are the ones who are innovative and think out of the box. It is important to be open-minded and ready to experiment. You never know which idea will work out best.

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Beauty Event organised by Chacha Cosmetics in Yorkville, Toronto; Photo by Eva Fydrych

It wasn't hard to start photography, but I guess I had a lot of luck in the beginning and met some amazing people who were willing to help me out and share their knowledge and experience. Without them everything would be much more difficult.

I still have a lot to learn, it is just the beginning of a journey, but as Paulo Coelho said: "Impossible is just an opinion".

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Studio 400 photoshoot; Photo & Styling by Eva Fydrych; Model: Kikunda
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Friday, 01 April 2011 20:31

Customise Your Clothing With Eleptheria

Greek West Midlands based designer, Reah Jervis-Xenos is a young fashion graduate from the University Of Derby and she has launcher her own business is fashion, Eleptheria womenswear couture clothing.
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How many times have you seen a dress that you love, but hate the fabric it's been made-up in?

How many times have you loved a fabric but hated the style of dress?

Would you hate to walk into a party and see someone else in the same dress as you?
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With Elephtheria's exclusive new womenswear collection, you can be sure to be wearing something totally unique and you are in total control of what you wear. The process is simple, choose your fabric and then choose the shape, whether it's lengthening the sleeves, shortening a hem. The service is a flexible, friendly service and your creation will be posted within one week of ordering.
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Eleptheria has also expanded into jewellery and accessories, which complement the beautiful dresses, skirts and tops. Al l the items such as necklaces, bracelets, earrings, hair-bobbles, headbands and brooches are made out of faux pearl and the signature fabric flowers, which is taken from the floral inspired print used in the garments.

With her increasing popularity, beautiful designs and unique customisation feature, this is one designer to really take note of.
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Thursday, 31 March 2011 16:37

7 Days Your Way!

We've all been there, waking up in the morning with what seems to be the greatest issue of all time wondering "What am I going to wear today?", staring at the closet filled in with countless number of items, we still turn around and stay "I have Nothing to Wear!"

More over there is always couple of items that we picked up on sale or just as a random buy and the items have been in our wardrobe ever since and still remain unworn simply because we don't know what to wear it with.

Well, here are few samples of what you can do with your wardrobe and the items that seems to be only working one way.

This time we're looking at a single item of your wardrobe that could be worn in several different ways, seven in this example, however don't limit yourself to this number, as you can be as creative as possible.

The "biggest challenge" here is to find the way that particular item could be worn. The following examples will show you how to combine what seem to be a simple casual dress into seven fabulous outfits for work and "play" time.

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Sunday, 27 March 2011 18:31

Top Trends For Spring/Summer 2011

1. BOLD COLOURS

Colour is the new black! The palette for this season is super intense with bright orange, red, turquoise, pink, and yellow. Loud and proud colour creates a dynamic, confident look.

The bright colour trend was seen at the Spring 2011 runways at Peter Som, Karen Walker, Christopher Kane, Rachel Roy, Jil Sander, Proenza Schouler, Prabal Gurung, and Z Spoke.

"The best colour in the whole world, is the one that looks good, on you!" - C.Chanel
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2. COLOUR BLOCKING

What is "colour blocking"? Basically, it's the concept of mixing and matching the bold colours. Bold single block colours are a key look for the Spring/Summer 2011. A lot of designs seen on the catwalk had a very clean cut and a super intense eye-popping colour palette: vermillion orange, fuschia pink, royal blue, daffodil yellow, purple and lime green. This season we are going to brighten up the look and wear two or more vivid colours together; mix colours from the same family or go one step further and use the contrasting ones.
This trend is a fresh breeze of inspiration and one of the loudest and boldest catwalk looks.

It's all about fun, imagination and creativity. Be brave and adventurous – forget the rules and experiment with your new look.
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TIPS:
  • Don't wear more then three neon colours together. The look you create should be eye catching and attention grabbing, but not too shocking.
  • Keep your accessories simple and in neutral colours. You don't want to overdue it with too much jewellery.
  • Don't be afraid to use colours that usually don't go together - like pink with red, purple with lime green or orange with yellow. Remember: "The brighter, the better".
Colour blocking trend was seen on the Spring 2011 runways at Marc Jacobs, Christian Dior, Sophia Kokosalaki, Lanvin, Dries Van Noten, Marni, Sinha-Stanic, Salvatore Ferragamo, Josh Goot, Richard Nicoll, Luella, John Galliano, Ossie Clark, and Gucci.

3. MINIMAL WHITE

Minimal white trend - made popular by Michael Kors - will be one of the top trends this season. Classic clean cuts are a wonderful alternative for those who are fans of a simpler and more versatile look. The classic lines and undeniable elegance of these items have
determined many famous designers to include variations of this trend in their collections in many different forms: from romantic outfits to clean geometric lines and futuristic or postmodern influences.
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Minimal white look is fresh, youthful and very stylish. It doesn't require many accessories as it's all about form and shape. Simple dresses, trousers, shirts - you can combine different pieces together as long as you stick to one rule: don't add another colour. Keep it all white
and simple.

This trend was seen on the Spring 2011 runways at Alexander Wang, VPL, Rag & Bone, Calvin Klein, D&G, Chloe, Celine, BCBG Max Azria, Versace, Sportmax, Stella McCartney and Michael Kors.

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" - Leonardo Da Vinci

4. ORIENT EXPRESS
A lot of designers got inspired by East this season and included many elements of traditional Asian (mainly Chinese and Japanese) wear in their Spring/Summer 2011 collections. Think:

sophistication, luxury and elegance. Very fine and luxurious materials like satin, silk, velvet. Sleek tailoring, delicate lace, hand-sewn embellishment, mandarin collars, high leg slits and kimono jackets. Traditional cheongsam shape and Art Deco influences.

Orient Express trend was seen on the Spring 2011 runways at Haider Ackermann, Sonia Rykiel, Alberta Ferretti, Marc Jacobs, Celine, Louis Vuitton, Carolina Herrera and Chanel.
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5. '70s GLAMOUR

When it comes to '70s, there are two main looks that can be distinguished in this trend: '70s bohemian and '70s sophisticated glamour. This season fashion is concentrating on the latter and brings back some key elements for this look like long dresses, huge round hats or highwaist pants with elegant blouses.

Sophisticated '70s look could be seen both on catwalk and in many Spring fashion editorials. It can bring that desired vintage look to our wardrobe. AN underlying confidence is the key to this look. There is boldness, independence and an air of sexuality (think: Bianca Jagger at
Studio 54 or Ali MacGraw). Exotic jewellery and super-high platforms are the must-have accessories for this look.
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Key elements of '70s Glamour look:

• fabrics like silk and satin (shimmering version with a metallic thread at night)
• high-waisted wide-leg trousers
• jumpsuits
• hot pants
• neat-bow blouses
• roll neck sweaters
• sexy classic halter tops
• vests
• long dresses
• platforms
• round hats
• beaded necklaces
• big, statement ;leather belts
• hairstyles: long flowing hair, a sleek longer bob or masses of bouncy curls

This trend was seen on the Spring 2011 runways at Marc Jacobs, Jason Wu, Thakoon, Rodante, Derek Lam, Tory Burch, Paul & Joe, Anna Sui, Andrew GN, Etro, Emilio Pucci, and Roberto Cavalli.

6. GOING LONG

Maxi skirts and dresses. Easy-flowing gowns. A refreshing change from the usual short minis. The new lean silhouette is sexy and elegant at the same time.
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This trend was seen on the Spring 2011 runways at Diane von Furstenberg, Jil Sander, DVF, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, DKNY, Givenchy, Dries van Noten, Proenza Schouler, Blumarine, Roberto Cavalli, Rag & Bone, Helmut Lang, Salvatore Ferragamo, Emilio Pucci, Victoria Beckham, Alberta Ferretti, Max Azria, Halston, Lanvin, and Nicole Miller.

7. BLUE JEANS

It seems that denim will never go out of style. It is just one of those fabrics that seems to constantly show up in different trends and fashion scenes. Denim fashion is timeless, partly because denim is extremely comfortable and durable, can be worn casually by everyone
regardless of age and can be bought on just about any budget. This is a trend that everyone can relate to.

Must-have buy for this season: denim shorts.

Blue jeans trend was seen on the Spring 2011 runways at Derek Lam, Celine, Thakoon, D&G, Celine, Iceberg, Stella McCartney, and Moschino.
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8. STRIPES

This Spring/Summer trend has a playful and fun feel to it and it's perfect for those who treat fashion less seriously and are open to experiment with different looks. Colourful stripes appeared on catwalk on everything from clothing to accessories. Sporty and nautical, skinny to bold and bright, black and white to technicolour, they were often seen mixed with a contrasting print.

This trend was seen on the Spring 2011 runways at Jason Wu, Jil Sander, Marc Jacobs, Sportmax, Prada, Versus, and Vivienne Westwood.
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9. ECLECTIC CHIC – EXOTIC PRINTS AND FLORAL PATTERNS

From tribal-inspired and animal prints to bold geometrics, vibrant abstract patterns and the sweet fruit prints at Suno and Prada. Think bigger, more playful and expressive than ever.

This season many designers expertly mix head-turning prints together. Adding just one printed piece to your Spring wardrobe works just as well. But make sure it's loud and bold!

Eclectic chic trend was seen on the Spring 2011 runways at Burberry Stella McCartney, Proenza Schouler, Prada, Givenchy, Diane von Furstenberg, Suno, and Z Spoke.
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10. PAJAMA DRESSING

The lounge wear-inspired trend with flowing long skirts, sheer loose-fitting tops and pajamastyle pants. Casual and fluid, sexy and very appealing, however not that easy to pull off as other trends for the season. Colours: white and pastel, a cool palette of icy and
monochromatic neutrals like sand, bone and nude. Think: loose and comfortable, yet still sexy and feminine.
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Key elements:

• nightgown-esque slip dresses
• drapey weekend trousers
• matching printed tops and bottoms

This trend was seen on the Spring 2011 runways at Karen Walker, Vena Cava, Thakoon, Ralph Lauren, BCBG Max Azria, Proenza Schouler, D&G, Donna Karan and Narciso Rodriguez.

Photos courtesy of: Elle, Fashion Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue.
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I am very unwell, for the first 3 weeks it started off with what I thought was flu but 3 weeks down the line I no longer have the cough but I still have serious aches and pains and all of my joints are paining me and I just cants get rid of it. It is that bad, that I had to go and register with a doctor – yes I know how can one not be registered with a doctor, I have not been registered with a doctor for over 6 years and before that I only registered cos I was forced too and even then I never used the doctors so in theory I have not been to a doctor for over 20 years.

I have no idea of why I am talking about my personal issues here, o yes now I remember, I went down to register with the doctor and it took 10 days to complete the registration and then I went back to fix an appointment and it took a further 8 days to give me a date that I could come back to see a doctor – seriously in that space of time I could of cured myself or died. Anyway as I write (I nearly wrote right) I am still in serious pain, but the show must go on.

Enough about me and lets get on to some more interesting things, its spring time and the weather flatters to deceive as the sun is shining and it seems quite warm and with spring time comes the event season in full force.

Mahogany Bridal Fashion Show...

On Sunday 20th March we had our Mahogany Bridal Fashion Show and even if I say so myself and also based on feedback that I have received from exhibitors and visitors alike, it was a fantastic show – CHECK OUT SOME OF THE PICTURES. It also saw the debut collection of Nana Afua the current Top Model of Colour winner showcasing her collection under the design lable Adopted Culture - we wish her all the best as she strives to be a top designer alongside being a top model.

On that note I should also say well done to Iju who was the runner up of Top Model of Colour UK she was one of the few Nigerian models that was chosen to catwalk alongside all of the international models such as Aminata Ayinde (winnner of ANTM) at Arise Magazine Fashion Week that is a fantastic achievement. Makida Moka who also took part in TMC UK also featured as a model at AMFW.

Essex Fashion Week...

I took a trip down to Essex Fashion Week as Sherece Rainford of Sassi Pr invited us down. I really can't keep up with the fact that everyone is doing a fashion week. This is its first year and as such there was not too much to shout about, except when I walked in there I thought that I had entered the Orange mobile tent as it was awash with the glow of orange from the number of girls that had fake sun tans. That aside it would be interesting to see how it develops.

Young Designers Awards...

Saturday is the Young Designers Awards which has been going for a while now and has a way of discovering new talent. So believe it or not this year is going to be the first time that I am attending the event, so I will give feedback in my next blog.

Upcoming Events In Brief...

FASHIONS FINEST RENAISSANCE – 17TH April - MORE INFORMATION HERE

TOP MODEL OF COLOUR - APPLY NOW

FASHIONS FINEST AWARDS – 22ND July – MORE INFORMATION & TICKETS

AFRICA FASHION WEEK LONDON – 5 & 6 AUGUST – places still available to showcase – no fee to pay as places are sponsored for UK based designers – deadline is 31st MARCH. Email for an information and application pack.

American Idol...

Most of you know that I am an American Idol fan and last night it was Motown night on American Idol and my boy Jacob Lusk (see me talking as if I know him or he knows me), sang like a Mother F**k*rrrrrrr. That boy can blow, sorry I don't have the video from yesterday night to show you, but to give you and idea of how great he is I have included below the video from his audition. Tell me he can't sing, I dare you!

NEWSFLASH: AMERICA YOU GOT IT WRONG - its 5.31am in the morning and i have just finished watching American Idol the results show and it was a shocker as one of the best singers Casey Abrams was voted as not only being in the bottom 3 but was also received the lowest votes cast and it seemed that he was on his way home.



He was asked to sing for his life but only seconds into the song he was stopped by the judges who unanimouslyvoted to use their one and only save to keep in the competition. lucky him he will also be going on the tour - well deserved.



Not sure what happened with the voting this time round but America you got it wrong.




News in Brief...

Libya...

I so want to talk about Libya – but I can't – it pains me that I can't, it so so pains me – can you feel my pain? My views on western hypocrisy may get me sent to Guantanamo Bay.

Rapist...

I am not even going to mention his name as he is not worthy to have his named spoken in public but someone that can rape and assault elderly women needs to rot in jail till he dies, in my opinion that is too nice a sentence.

Elizabeth Taylor...

A fantastic actress was buried today and may she rest in perfect peace.

Moan & Groan...

It's been a while since I did a proper moan and groan but following on from my Arise Magazine Fashion Week blog and my having a go at designers in my last blog. I now feel that I have to do an official moan and groan and unfortunately I have to once again have a go at designers.

I feel that it is only fair that if I have a go at models for being unprofessional, I should also have a go at (some) designers for committing the same sort of unprofessionalism. My point is this, if I offer you a COMPLIMENTARY (you saw that I put it in capitals so that I could emphasise the point that the designer is not paying), place at one of my shows and then you tell me at the last minute that you can't do the show or even worse you do not show up, trust me I am going to black list your A**E (sorry but you have to fill in the blanks) and never again would you ever get a complimentary place in one of my shows, no promotions, no referrals and you would always pay full price if you ever want to be in one of my shows again.

It costs us a lot of money to put on shows but overall as the designer you get the real benefit of doing the show as you get the business, the kudos etc and just cos you got it for free you feel that you can just cancel last minute. You better believe it, that if you do that to me I know where you live and I will come for you.

On a serious note designers, models, creatives if you commit to something you must be professional and deliver and stay committed no matter what crops up, cos I know that if you paid with your hard earned money you would not be cancelling and the truth of the matter is that you are spoiling it for others.
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