My top 10 fashion pieces.

With 3 more days to a brand new year, it’s appropriate I end this year showing you my favourite designs as seen from major fashion shows in Africa.

I culled these designs from Arise Fashion Week held in April in Lagos, Lagos Bridal Fashion Week held in May, Glitz Fashion Week held in Ghana in October, Lagos Fashion Design Week in Lagos in October,AFI Joburg show and the GTB Fashion Weekend in November

1)Toping the list is ‘Ilare’.

Its one amazing womenswear label in Nigeria run by 3 sisters.

They showcased their summer collection in April on the Arise Fashion Runway, and these two outfits are my faves.

2) House of Divas

A womenswear label in Nigeria got my heart fluttering with these 2 gorgeous Ankara delights.

3) Andrea Iyamah

I remember going through her website in September during the LFDW fashion focus talks held in Lagos where she was a speaker, and seeing these gorgeous pieces.

Little did I know they would end up chasing me up and down, displaying themselves as cute ads in every browsing tab I opened.

Thankfully I can finally rest as their stalking days are over and they are here as my third fashion favourite designs for 2018.

4) Ghanaian Designer Sama Fletcher has this beautiful piece she showcased in September at the Glitz Fashion Week in Ghana.

5) If pieces from House of Deola by Deola Sagoe aren’t included in my top fav, then I don’t know what kind of list I’m building.

Deola Sagoe, Nigeria’s foremost dressmaker showcased her collections this September at the Lagos Fashion Design Week in Lagos.

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Had to take a much needed break from that dose of hotness.

6) Frank Aghuno of Fruche is just one badass designer.

He quietly creates master pieces and lights up the runway with his urban and edgy designs.

I’m tired of typing.

Indulge your senses with these fiery looks from LFDW 2018.

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7) Nigerian designer Lisa Folawiyo got me to choose 3 instead of 2 fav pieces from her LFDW pieces.

Here they are.

8) Bridals By Ivy showcased some beautiful cocktail dresses at the first edition of Lagos Bridal Fashion Week. Here are some pieces I liked.

9. La Art Neviole Emporium is the brainchild of Neville Masondo, a South African.

4 pieces of his clothing showcased at AFI Johannesburg this October are my favourite.

10) There are so many good things about Ituen Basi’s Joburg collection(AFI).

I mean the rope cape jacket, skirts and statement sleeves.

I just had to indulge you by putting up 6……..

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Enjoy.

That’s all folks. Do have a splendid holiday.

Bye for now.

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Fashion trends for 2019

It’s Christmas already and I would like to wish you a very merry Christmas and a wonderful, joyous and prosperous 2019.

If you haven’t set your goals, now is the time to do so.

Among the things I intend to do apart from setting personal and business goals is to plan for new collections ahead of time.

It is said that most western designers plan 6 to 12 months ahead of fashion week. The last major fashion week for 2018 was in October (Paris Fashion Week) with New York bridals ending the 2018 fashion week last October.

Menswear designers should already have their fall/ summer 2020 collection ready as they will be starting 2019 fashion week on the 7th of January in London.

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Dressmakers plan months ahead because they need to get supplies, production, shipping and fittings ready.. Most mass produce their clothing in Asian countries and so they need to plan fabric purchase ahead even before production. There are world fashion and textile fairs like ‘Premiere Vision’ that holds its international shows twice a year (February and September), attracting sellers and buyers of fashion supplies.

Another thing designers use in preparing for a new collection are predicted fashion trends and we will talk a little bit about this.

Fashion Week timelines

Menswear week started with a bang in this January (1st week), next was Pitti, then Milan and Paris.

The major fashion week Paris Haute couture was from January 21 to 25.

Next up was fall /spring New York fashion week, then London, Milan and Paris fashion week all in Feburary.

Summer / Spring 2019 was in September all till October in this procession, New York, London, Milan and Paris.

Color trends observed

For 2019, ‘Pantone’, the colour specialist, predicted that the most visible colors on the numerous runways would be beautiful shades of blue, pink, red, brown,green and off white hues.

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Fiesta is a festive orange red colour that radiates energy and passion.

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Jester Red combines urbanity with elegance.

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Eclipse – I love this colour. It’s a deep blue hue of the midnight sky. It’s mysterious and serious at the same time.

Pantone 11 – 0106

Guess what this is called?

Nope, you guessed wrong.

It’s called sweet corn. How apt.

It has a soft buttery feeling.

Pantone 14 – 2828

This is called sweet lilac and it has a soft and cheerful nature. It’s a pink infused lavender hue.

Pantone 13 – 0919

Soybean: It does make me think of the muslin/toile fabric we use in fittings. Strong and reliable.

Pantone 13 – 0960 is called Mango Mojito.

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Doesn’t it make you think of having a mangoey drink.😁

Pantone 17 – 0542 is called Terrarium Moss and it makes me think of green trees and carpet grass.

Welcome to Aspen Gold, a bright hue leaving you feeling sunny and vibrant.

Pantone 13 – 0850 is my favourite colour after Eclipse (the midnight blue).

Pantone 19 – 4150

This is called princess blue. It’s royal and majestic. I would use glimmering fabrics with a dazzle of ivory to create a collection.

Pantone 18 – 2045 is Pink Peacock. It’s an absolutely delicious colour.

Pantone 17 0542 is called pepper stem and it gives out an earthy feeling.

The last but not the least is Pantone 16 1546.

Living coral: I might use a floral print with hues of coral, blues and Jester Red to create an edgy halter neck dress or jumpsuit like this one by Nigerian Designer ‘Washington Roberts.

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Style trends

Some style experts have predicted these trends would be popular and worn come 2019.

1) Tie and dye: Loads of designers introduced tie and dye in their collections this year and so a lot of people will rock similar styles in 2019.

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2) Clear jackets (PVC)

An absolute delight and very dressy.

Peep these delightful Fendi jackets and these edgy blue lined jacket by Nigerian Designer IDMA NOF.

South African designer Garvin Rajah didn’t come to play when he introduced these 2 edgy clear jackets on the Arise Fashion runway in April.

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3) Capes were in this season and I expect it to be contine as a astyle trend in the coming year.

This cape jumpsuit by Ziva Lagos gives me so much joy.

Ziva Lagos was founded December 2016 by Tania Omotayo.

4) Oversized sleeves.. Statement sleeves have been in vogue for a while. I’m in love with the sleeves on some Johanna Ortiz dresses.

Lisa Folawiyo

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Johanna Ortiz

5) Patch work: Talented Ghanaian designer ‘Selina Beb’ has this gorgeous patchwork cape. So stunning

6) Fierce red hot/pink pieces: Nigerian designers Sisiano, Ejiro Amos Tafiri and Hephizibah Couture teamed up to deliver some hot red, pink and blush spice to the Lagos Fashion Design Runway.

Prolific Editor of Geneieve Magazine, Mrs Betty Irabor showcased the ‘Dew collection’ with fierce red hot designs created by 10 designers namely; Mai Atafo, Toju Foyeh, House of Nwocha, Style Temple, Needlepoint, House of kaya, Ejiro Tafiri, Lady Beelionaire, Rherhe, DZYN.

The collection was to create awareness for mental health as she had struggled with it for 7 years.

Dew Collection: Mai Atafo

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7) Fancy flats: Johanna Ortiz had some gorgeous flats I have ever seen in her 2018 collections.

It’s a wrap guys.

Have a beautiful Christmas holiday.

Bye.😘😘

Redesign Africa 2019

My dream as a dressmaker is to tell authentic African stories that exports our local culture, tradition and more importantly, our clothing and fashion to the world.

A Nigerian couple wearing the traditional ‘Tiv’ fabric called ‘Ukara’

I desire to do this by having a bit of every African culture embeded in my products, be it my dresses, accessories, homeware, basically every fashion piece I create.

Africa has some of the most beautiful fabrics and unique materials found here exclusively, and I believe we can harness our uniqueness into exportable fashion products.

As a dressmaker and creative director of my womenswear label ‘Dresses By Aloli’, my 5 year plan for my Pret-a-Porter line is to have my custom clothing and accessories made in fabrics and materials sourced in different African cities. I desire to sell authentic Pan African fashion products simply because I truly desire to curate and export our beauty to the world.

I want people including Africans to see the beauty in our local fabrics, to appreciate what we have and use what we have in growing our continent.

Woven fabrics from Ghana

Adire’, A popular Nigerian dyed cotton fabric.

Ukara’ is a Nigerian woven fabric that has unique symbols drawn on them.

To understand my why is to look through straggering negative statistics of poverty among women, malnutrition, low education among the girl child and gender inequality.

A woman weaving ‘Akwete’ fabric

I do believe we can grow our nation by looking inwards to develop what comes naturally to us.

Most low income earning women make a living mostly in the creative industry as tailors, beader, traditional weavers, dyers etc and so I believe technology can be used to redefine and revolutionise our creative industries, build modern machinery to produce our fabrics and empower our women to create profitable and scalable businesses.

Great things happen when women are empowered financially, they can break the cycle of poverty and provide for their families.

The most important effect of employment on women is the education they provide for their children.

Just like Deola Sagoe, an internationally celebrated Nigerian dressmaker, who has taken a traditional Nigerian woven fabric called ‘Aso Oke’ and transformed it into a stunning and gorgeous premium fabric used majorly for wedding. As she famously said in an interview “My inspiration flows from the desire to get people to buy Nigerian all the way… The way to the better lives we seek is to give our economy the boost it needs by making buying and selling locally created products and services. I got tired of seemingly calling always, something from somewhere else; the highest quality. I could see local things here and there that to me were the highest quality,true some need refinement, but the best results often arise when you just polish and present that which you see naturally occuring around you”.

Deoala Sagoe’s ‘Komole Kandid’ collection.

Deola Sagoe redesigned using technology the popular ‘Aso Oke; fabric and has made it so silky in beautiful laser cut motifs that give each piece of clothing an intrinsic meaning.

My vision is a desire to enroll and start a diploma or a masters in womenswear design or Fashion design. I have 2 schooling options.

The first is a 10 months Masters Program in womenwear design from Instituto Moda Burgo in Milan while the second option is a 7 months certificate course in Fashion Design at New York school of design. I have done a few short courses in Flat pattern cutting and garment construction here in Nigeria but I want to have an intensive fashion education that would equip me with 4 important skill sets which are Textile design and technology, advance pattern cutting, garment construction and digital fashion illustration.

Completing these courses at these prestigious schools will not only equip me with high quality fashion education that will help me create a sustainable business but would also enable me equip more local craftsmen with quality skills that they can use to create a sustainable source of income for themselves and also build high quality products.

My fashion label currently offers Made To Measure clothing services to clients but my goal is to start a Ready To Wear line that I can eventually add more product lines like accessories and leatherwear using African sourced materials.

My desire is to create fashion forward workwear, casuals and cocktail outfits using locally produced fabrics sourced and created by our local craftsmen and weavers.

I intend to have an Atelier that houses all the craftsmen who create our fabrics which we eventually will use in producing our clothing and accessories. Eventually as we grow, we will introduce more product lines and expand to more countries replicating ateliers there and using local materials. My overall vision is to empower Africans through employment.

The Nigerian fashion industry is booming with loads of job opportunities, so creating a textile revolution will increase the job opportunities in the industry and solve the high unemployment rate which is presently at 18%.

The resources I need to enable me achieve my dreams are mentors in business and in the fashion industry.

I would love to also win the $10,000Β Toptal scholarship to enable my dreams come to pass.

Know your size range!! Part 1

Help!! I don’t know my dress size.

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It’s a known fact that size charts help women in choosing clothing and undergarments that would fit them well, but most African women usually have problems getting clothing that fits them properly.
This post will give you insights on howto use your personal measurements in selecting a size that would fit you well.
You may have noticed that you don’t fit the same size for different clothing brands, e.g if you are a US size 8 and your ‘Asos’ size 8 trousers doesn’t fit as much as your supposedly size 8 “Fashion Nova” trousers.
This is because there is no true standard size and each designer/ clothing label creates their different sizes to fit their target market. So a designer/ clothing label with a young market will have tight fitting clothing to cater to their young target market with small and slim bodies.
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1. Petite – You usually see this sizes come labelled this way.Β  2P – 14P

⦁ They are women with a small frame
⦁ Their bust and hip is smaller than the ‘Junior’ range.
⦁ They are well proportioned women with a height of 4′ 11″ to 5′ 4″
⦁ The women have shorter arms, legs and overall garment length.

A typical example is Emilia Clarke, an actress who plays the role of “Daenerys Targaryen” in Game of Thrones.

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2. Junior – Their sizes are odd numbers like Size 5, 7, 9, 11, 13,15,17.

⦁ Young women with high bust, small waist, narrow bottom and slender figures
⦁ Their height is from 5′ 2″ – 5′ 6

 
3. Misses – They are even numbered sizes from Size 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18

⦁ Misses is the average proportionate body type
⦁ Most designers make collections in this size
⦁ Height is 5′ 5″ to 5′ 8″

 
4. Misses Tall – This is a size guide for a taller misses size

⦁ Even numbered sizes 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18
⦁ Height is from 5′ 8″ to 6′ 1″

 
5. Women – They are women with a fuller tummy, lower bustlines

⦁ Size guide is from 16 W to 32 W
⦁ Women have extra weight in their upper arms and upper back
⦁ Height is from 5′ 5″ to 5′ 9″
⦁ 16W or 18W has a broader fit than Misses 16 or 18
⦁ Essentially, this is a mature woman’s size.

 
6. Half size – Any size with 1/2 is for older and shorter women with a heavier body type.

⦁ A half size is somewhat shorter, a bit fuller and rounder than the misses size
⦁ Height is under 5′ 5″

 
7. Plus size – This size range is for larger and full figured women. Plus size clothing is fuller through the waist, back, thighs and arms.

⦁ size guide is from 16 to 34
⦁ Height is from 5′ 5″ to 5′ 9″
A great example is actress Melissa McCarthy who has wowed us with her comedic gift in the movies ‘Spy’ and ‘The bridesmaid’.

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Next post would look at how you can use your own body measurements in determinining your sizes either using the Australian, Uk or Us charts.

Till then, stay fashionable and sociable.

See yah!

Pattern hacks

Welcome to FashionCity! Today, I would like to do a short pattern hack on how to create these skirts. Using flat patterns, you will need to have drafted a full skirt sloper( both front and back). The idea of the front design lies in the concept of asymmetry. If your skirt length is e.g 25 jnches, you might want to go up by 2 or 3 inches. You should note that the higher you go on the center front, the more exposed the skirt will be, so you might want to stick to 1.5 or 2. From the center front, take a curve to the hem.

Notice I joined the front side seam together with the back side seam, and then I continued drawing the styleline to the center back..

To finish the hems, I made facings so that I could do an invisible finishing. I will use hemming gum after sewing the facing to the hem to finish the hems

Flounces and all dresses flared.

Hello everyone. So I have eventually gotten on the flounce train. This style has been in vogue for a year now and ladies are still loving it. I have made 2 different outfits and incorporated different versions of this style. Its really easy to make and if you keep reading, you will see an easy way to make numerous flounce designs. So I had this green dress I hadn’t completed because the wrap in front was too open and I told myself I was going to add a flounce to cover it up, but I never got around to it until last week Friday. The dress looked absolutely beautiful after I was done with it.

For this particular design, these are the steps you should follow. Step 1 1) Measure the length of the flounce you want to create. Now, because there was a band in the dress, I measured from the waist or the ending of the band to the hem of the skirt . You can have it this way too. If you check the picture very well, you will notice the skirt is a wrap skirt with the slit beginning below my knees. So what you can do is to measure from the waist to the knee instead of going down to the hem. Let’s assume my length is 30 inches. 2) I double the amount to get 60 inches and then I measured the length on a fabric( I used satin because I love its silky feel. I’m doubling or multiplying by 2 simply because I would gather the strip to create the folds seen in the middle. 3) For the width, you can use any figure but I used 6 inches so that when I folded into 2, I got a 3 inches width which is just what i wanted.. 4) The final measurement should be 60 by 6 inches. If you fold it into 2 width wise, you will have 60 by 3 inches. The length remains the same because you are folding widthwise. 5) Now, stitch the ends ‘ A’ and B’ and leave C open. Then push A inside to turn the whole fabric in. This looks a lil weird but this is how it looks. The shinning part is the right side we want to pull out while the dull part is the wrong side we want to push inside. Once you get all the wrong sides inside, iron it properly and it would look like this below. Now just stitch close the open side and then run 2 or 3 straight lines of gathered thread in the middle of the fabric. To form the gathered effect, locate the thread endings and pull carefully on each side not together but differently. You will notice that the gathers form tightly, you can vary the tightness at both ends of the fabric if you like. 6) Place the already gathered flounce on your dress, skirt or blouse and sew on to the outfit the flounce ALONG THE ALREADY EXISTING LINE OF GATHERS. Once you are done, remove the gathered stitches carefully and trim off any straying thread. Viola! You are done… That’s me wearing my gorgeous dress to church. By the way, I offer extremely affordable One On One trainings on WhatsApp. It’s as affordable as 2000 for 2 days (5pm to 7pm). Click here https://chat.whatsapp.com/EwzOQMwxNH79oqzc7Uh3VM I will be teaching how to make 3 different turbans complete with embroidery. Have a great day.

First lady blues: Melanie Trump’s edgy style

Most people got introduced to the First Lady of the United States of America; Melania Trump when her husband, Donald Trump became president in 2016. But she has always been in the limelight as a former model with a unique style. She seemed to like low cut dresses with plunging necklines.

But her style slowly evolved into a more sofisticated one. Here, she is seen in a classy fur suit holding her son, Barron. Ever since she assumed the office of the first lady of America, she has dazzled us with her more classy, and stylish looks as her style is more polished and elegant. Here are a few of my favourite outfits worn by First Lady Melania Trump. She wore this powder blue gown by Ralph Lauren to the inauguration ceremony. This white Roksanda Ilincic sheath dress with puffy sleeves is a delightful sight to behold. Melania rocks this outfit like a diva. This is giving outfit is giving us major lemonade energy. I love this turquoise army inspired dress. If I wore something similar, i would wear strappy brown heels like this shoes below with these brown/ gold accessories. More pictures of the teal army dress i love. So when I saw Melania in this Givenchy cape coat, my heart almost dropped. One word! STUNNING!!!! Funny enough, she just wore this 3 days ago to a tree planting ceremony held at the white house. A different way with Peplums. She seems to love uncommon peplum dresses. ‘uncommon’ in the sense that the peplum does not come round and symetrical like most we are used to, but with varying lengths in different places.

‘Coats and ‘Aahhhs’

Melania Trump sure loves to wear gorgeous coats but these are spectacular. This yellow coat is beautiful. I love the way she drapped the coat around her She wore this deep burgundy coat in South Korea last November. This multicoloured embellished Fendi coat is all shades of ‘Amaze balls’ and ‘ Gor geous’! She wore this while visting Japan.

In other news, the print skirt the Japanese first lady is sporting is beautiful. Dressed to perfection

Melania seems to wear very classy dresses. A Roland Mouret piece. 😘 This beautiful piece with yellow and nude godets is 😍. This looks a little simple, ‘sound of music’ ish or ‘ love finds you in charm’, but its a lovely look. I know this is the dress section and she is wearing a jumpsuit but I couldn’t help but stare at the Canadian first lady’s gorgeous dress. So I say its right where it should be. 😎 Red valentino for China πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ Skirt rules! So we have come to the end of this article. Until, next time, lemme leave you with this amazing photo ops. 🎢🎢🎢🎢🎀🎀🎀Isn’t she lovely? By the way, this Dolce and Gabbana coat is $51,000 , can you believe it?