Day 3 GTBank Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2014

Hi Guys,

So its Day 3 time already! How has your weekend been going? Mine has been proper busy as I am trying to get my next stock to Konga
I hope you have been shopping our stuff on their site. Click here to see our previous stuff on Konga, how I styled them and you know what to do do afterwards???? Buy em all up!

Lagos Fashion Design and Style week got all turned up this weekend (Friday and Saturday) so you should really enjoy this post.

I have pictures from Mai Atafo’s collection at Mercedes Benz Africa Fashion Week 2014 in Johannesburg but I really want to post them in the same post with Ituen Basi’s and I can’t seem to find pictures of her collection. I would give it a couple more days.

Here is Day 3 of LFDW..

Ella and Gabby

Ankara | Prints | Embellished

Kiki Kamanu’s First Kiss

Bring | Back | Our | Girls

Collection looked so fun! Great structure with the pieces and a greater message passed through fashion.

Republic of Foreigner’s Candy Plantation

Orange | Floral | Chiffon
The model on the bottom right section looks like Lupita Nyongo don’t you think so?.. Sweet..

Re Bahia’s Coup d’etat

 Crops | Artsy | Abstract


Top | Notch | Styling

Orange Culture’s H.E.R

Modern | Fresh | Freedom

Adebayo Oke Lawal:- “Orange Culture is not here to make you comfortable with the clothes we make, we are here to create clothes that tell interesting stories”..and YAS there’s some interesting details in this collection I would share on the Instagram page tomorrow.

Iconic Invanity’s Rhythm

Patterns | Capes | Stripes
So fit for a queen, I loved this collection.

Tsemanye Binitie

Fringe | Prints | Bridal

Lisa Folawiyo

Inserts | Mixed Prints | Layering

That’s it from Day 3 folks. Do have a wicked Sunday.
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‘Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.’ – Lauren Hutton

Day 2 GTBank Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2014

Hi Guys,

So its Day two and we have your meals ready to be served. Do get comfortable and grab a mug of tea.. How
was your day by the way? I hope very well. Nice one. So lets go..


Day 2


Jumpsuits | Co-ords | Shift


Flowing | Embellished | Floral

McMeka’s “The Classisist”

Suits | Prints | Studs

Kenneth Ize’s “Bio Phase IV”

According to #KennethIzedonmwen, the designer, this collection was inspired by the 60s, 70s and 80s #HighlifeSociety.

Washington Roberts

Really | Great | Finish


Colour | Cone Hats | Random

Sunny Rose

Sexy | Neutral | Bridal

Maki Oh

Amaka Osakwe said this collection is her most serious one and it focuses on feminism using her signature aesthetics to tell the tale of the woman who is free spirited to make her decisions.

That’s it from the designers of Day 2. Street Style time..

Street Style

So its Halloween today and I decided to make an effort..

Hope you got it.. We if you didn’t..

Do have a lovely weekend darlings and thanks so much for stopping by.. Do come back for the rest of the GTBank Lagos Fashion and Design Week pictures…


Karl Lagerfeld’s

“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”
“Don’t sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there’s nothing else you can give and nobody will care for you.”
“The only love that I really believe in is a mother’s love for her children.”
“Dieting is the only game where you win when you lose!”
“Never use the word “cheap”. Today everybody can look chic in inexpensive clothes (the rich buy them too). There is good clothing design on every level today. You can be the chicest thing in the world in a T-shirt and jeans — it’s up to you.”
“We live in a dark and romantic and quite tragic world.”
“One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress.”
 “A respectable appearance is sufficient to make people more interested in your soul”
“Don’t look to the approval of others for your mental stability”
“People who do a job that claims to be creative have to be alone to recharge their batteries. You can’t live 24 hours a day in the spotlight and remain creative. For people like me, solitude is a victory.”
“Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.”
“People who say that yesterday was better than today are ultimately devaluing their own existence.”
“The iPod completely changed the way people approach music.”
“Books are a hard-bound drug with no danger of an overdose. I am the happy victim of books.”
“I love classic beauty. It’s an idea of beauty with no standard.”
“I’m very much down to earth, just not this earth.”
“Fashion is a language that creates itself in clothes to interpret reality.”
“I am a fashion person, and fashion is not only about clothes — it’s about all kinds of change”
“Music gives color to the air of the moment.”
“When people talk about the good old days, I say to people, ‘It’s not the days that are old, it’s you that’s old.’ I hate the good old days. What is important is that today is good.”
“Forgiveness is too easy. I can forget by indifference, but not forgive. I prefer revenge.”
“Clear thinking at the wrong moment can stifle creativity.”
“The woman is the most perfect doll that i have dressed with delight and admiration.”
“I like to reinvent myself — it’s part of my job.”
“The secret to modeling is not being perfect. What one needs is a face that people can identify in a second. You have to be given what’s needed by nature, and what’s needed is to bring something new.”
“We need houses as we need clothes, architecture stimulates fashion. It’s like hunger and thirst — you need them both.”
 “Youthfulness is about how you live not when you were born.”
 “I want everyone to wear what they want and mix it in their own way. That, to me, is what is modern.”
 “Books are a hard-bound drug with no danger of an overdose. I am the happy victim of books.”
 “Absurdity and anti—absurdity are the two poles of creative energy.”

“Black, like white, is the best color!”

GTBank Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2014 Day 1

Hi guys,

Its that time of the Lagos style calendar we have been waiting for. The four-day period when we get served
by our Nigerian Designers, their new babies.

I would make this a daily post of the Designers who showcased on said day as well as Street Style looks I can get my hands on..

Here is the schedule: (29 October – 01 November)

Day 1

Teola 1926
Metallics | Sheer | Stripes

Otumemine Couture
Ruffles | HighLowBall | Sheer

Burgundy | Classic

Weiz Dhurm Franklyn
Structure | DeepPlunge | LWD
(LWD being Little White Dress)

April by Kunbi
Satin | Embellished | Sheer

Phunk Afrique
Peplum | Sheer | Prints

I loved the models. The black/gold embellished fabric on the pieces at the bottom.
The designer came out with a little girl (her daughter I’d assume) for the final walk. So adorable.

Orente Ayaba
Patterns | Lace | Prints

Amede – ‘The Lady’
Flowing | Ethnic | Free

If I was a fashion buyer!
The fabrics are so amazing, I’m getting animal, then sunset, modern, then fiery and of course so much comfort. #Loves

Jackets | Textures | Ethnic

That’s it guys. I couldn’t find pictures of Caven Etomi’s pieces sadly.

Street Styles from Day 1

Hope you enjoyed this post.
Do stay tuned and thanks so much for stopping by..

Have a lovely week guys..

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“I do not impose my will upon fashion. I am merely the first to perceive women’s secret desires and to fulfil them.” – Paul Poiret.

Nigeria’s Women of Vision 2014 – Tiffany Amber’s 15th

Hi guys,

I got to know about this campaign via Tiffany Amber’s instagram page and thought it was extraordinary. Did a bit of research and the best information I could get was from I most definitely knew I had to share this with you guys.

The Metrogypsie brand is all about acknowledging the style of ladies and gents on their grind so we couldn’t be any more drawn towards this campaign.

Tiffany Amber as a brand is 15 years and marked its anniversary by introducing 15 women who have made their mark in their various ways…(not just women folks, stylish women!) what could be better?

Mrs Folake Coker, the brand owner is a queen.

From the picture above, L-R;

Ife ‘Cuppy’ Otedola, Ifeyinwa Ighodalo, Funke Opeke, Ola Orekunrin, Eku Edewor, Peju Alatise, Uche Majekodunmi, Adesuwa Onyenokwe, Adenike Ogunlesi, Oluchi Onweagba Orlandi, Maryam Augie, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Omoyemi Akerele, Uche Pedro and Jumoke Oduwole.

Below, are pictures of each of these wonderful ladies, their take on the Woman of Vision campaign and their thoughts on the Tiffany Amber brand. All of this information below is from (excluding the first lady in red, that’s so original *wink*).

Stephanie Okafor (Mgt Consultant, Marketer & Style Blogger)
On the Woman of Vision campaign initiative
I was clearly not a part of this campaign and this is only a wish which would definitely come through some day. I hope by then females coming together to be empowered wouldn’t be as crucial as it is now but it wold still be a necessity as we all face similar challenges.
What Tiffany Amber Means to Her
Four words; Pioneer | Class | Freedom | Style.

Adenike Ogunlesi (Founder, Ruff & Tumble)
On the Woman of Vision campaign initiative
Young women always need role models and if we can in the context of our society find women who stand out, who have made a success of whatever it is that they are doing, then I think it is worth doing. It is about time, that Nigerian women are celebrated, are given a pat on the back for all their efforts and the things we are able to do.
What Tiffany Amber Means to Her
The Tiffany Amber brand captures the essence of the Nigerian woman, the Nigerian woman that is focused, the Nigerian woman that is dynamic, the Nigerian woman that wants success, the Nigerian woman that is not afraid to follow her dreams, whatever it is, at any given time and be the best she can be regardless of whether she is a woman. It is about her performance, what she is able to do, what she brings to the table. The brand captures the strength of the focused Nigerian woman.

Adesuwa Onyenokwe (Publisher, TW Lifestyle Magazine & Host, Seriously Speaking TV Show)
On the Woman of Vision campaign initiative
Tiffany Amber recognizing leading lights, people whose stories will inspire others, to be proud and be better at being women.
What Tiffany Amber Means to Her
It is feminine without being in your face, it is classic.

Cuppy Otedola (DJ by Night, Student by Day)
On the Woman of Vision campaign initiative
I think it is great because it gives women the opportunity to get their stories heard and also for women to come together to empower ourselves and continue to be inspirations to not only women, but also men.
What Tiffany Amber Means to Her
From a young age, Tiffany Amber has been a brand that has always had a lot of influence in the Nigerian Fashion Industry, even before I could pick my own clothes, I would see her designs, hear of her stores, and I remember going to her stores and being inspired by it. Seeing all these beautiful designs and overtime we have seen the brand grow and really cement itself in the industry and I definitely think a lot of fashion houses have taken that as a blueprint and Tiffany Amber always has and is at the forefront of the Nigerian Fashion Industry.

Eku Edewor (Actress & Media Personality)
On the Woman of Vision campaign initiative
It is very inspiring and educative. Being in the midst of these women, hearing their stories, has been an educative experience and I hope it would be for others.
What Tiffany Amber Means to Her
I have always seen the Tiffany Amber brand as pieces that are easy to wear, that are effortless and also very elegant. I have always been familiar with Tiffany Amber pieces because my mum has worn them, and subsequently, I have worn them and one thing I always notice about her work is that it is a classic, it is something that you do not have to think very hard about pulling off and it is very flattering for women regardless of shape. It is an every woman type of brand.

Funke Opeke (Founder & CEO of MainOne Cable Company)
On the Woman of Vision campaign initiative
 It is wonderful to have an initiative that promotes women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship which is very welcome in our society, which is particularly challenged with unemployment, showing women coming along that they can also make it happen.
What Tiffany Amber Means to Her
Glamour. But it also represents what a woman can do. There is a hardworking woman, whose vision is being realized and is putting her brand on the map, putting Nigeria on the map. It signifies accomplishment; it is a brand that I am proud to be affiliated with and proud to be part of their campaign.

Ifeyinwa Ighodalo (Founder & Chief Executive, DO.II Designs)
On the Woman of Vision campaign initiative
I have owned and run my business for as long as I can remember and I have mentored so many young women, who have gone on to start their own businesses, so I am happy about this initiative because it is encouraging young women and realizing the potential in women generally.
What Tiffany Amber Means to Her
Tiffany Amber is a long-standing lifestyle brand; with Tiffany Amber I can find clothes to work, to lounge in, to travel, it’s a one–stop-shop. It’s Creative Director, Folake Coker works tirelessly; she has managed to be creative, be an entrepreneur and to really create a strong brand.

Maryam Augie (Executive Director, AYAHAY Foundation)
On the Woman of Vision campaign initiative
I think it is a brilliant initiative and it is very inspirational.  All women chosen come from different backgrounds and through this process we have been able to learn something from one another, which makes it very inspiring. I am very inspired by all the women of vision; there is a lot to learn from them as businesswomen, as mothers, as entrepreneurs and as Nigerian women most especially.
What Tiffany Amber Means to Her
Definitely one of the top brands in Nigeria. I think a lot of women should champion what its Creative Director, Folake Coker is doing, because she is unique in her own sense, she is different from the rest and has her own niche which cuts across different ages and sizes. It does not matter where you are from, what you look like, you would surely look glamorous in Tiffany Amber. The brand champions the industry.

Ola Orekunrin (Medical Physician, Managing Director, Flying Doctors, Nigeria)
On the Woman of Vision campaign initiative
It is about empowering women and helping to build powerful, confident women. The brand Tiffany Amber is about powerful women, dressing women in a way that is glamorous, classic, and timeless but is also extremely powerful and beautiful. I think that when you are wearing nice clothing, it gives women a lot of confidence and I think that is one of the challenges that African women face, it is not a crisis of ability, as young girls perform just as well as young boys but when we get to the workplace, we start to suffer this crisis of confidence and I think that the things that we wear, the things that we associate with, the brands that we associate it, do a lot to build that confidence.
What Tiffany Amber Means to Her
Glamorous and Timeless.  Tiffany Amber pieces could have been worn five years ago and could be worn five year from now. The timeless style is something I really admire about the brand.

Olajumoke Oduwole (Lecturer in the Faculty of Law of University of Lagos, Nigeria)
On the Woman of Vision campaign initiative
I think it is extremely important to inspire Nigerian women; Nigerian women are fantastic but probably the only people that do not know how fantastic they are! I think Nigerian women are not celebrated enough, African women generally, and it is time to really blow us out of this world, and let us really realize in all facets of life just how important our role really is in society.
What Tiffany Amber Means to Her
Tiffany Amber signifies a new Nigeria; that a young girl can decide that this is what she wants to do and to build it all the way up to a world-renowned brand in 15 short years; it inspires me, it gives me hope, and it shows the power of vision, hard work and drive. Every time I see someone in Tiffany Amber or a Tiffany Amber show, I never get tired of it; every landmark occasion in my life has been in a Tiffany Amber outfit because I love what the brand signifies.

Oluchi Onweagba-Orlandi (International Fashion Model, Producer, Africa’s Next Top Model)
On the Woman of Vision campaign initiative 
I think it is a great initiative. Women should be supported and empowered.
What Tiffany Amber Means to Her
To Blossom. Tiffany Amber pieces make you feel like a woman, they make you come alive. Folake as the Creative Director thinks of the environment, of the women she is making her clothes for, which is great. Tiffany Amber pieces are easy to wear. I remember a few years ago, my husband who is a fashion designer in New York said to me if I had to invest in a brand I would invest in Tiffany Amber and when he said that, I was like he must understand something that I don’t because he is also a Fashion Designer.

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde (Actress & Producer)
On the Woman of Vision campaign initiative
It is an inspiring initiative. It shows the journey of Nigerian women is being followed and the struggles of Nigerian women and what Nigerian women are beginning to become in expressing their confidence, their style, their personality and their indigenous self, their career life, is being recognized. It is about celebrating the Nigerian woman through the Tiffany Amber brand and I think it is fabulous.
What Tiffany Amber Means to Her
I think the Tiffany Amber brand is strong, it is beautiful, it defines entertainment, and it defines progress. Tiffany Amber is known for style, if I am to sum up her brand into one word I would say elegance, it defines the African woman and what she should be, that’s what I admire about the brand and what it means to me.

Omoyemi Akerele (Creative Director & Founder, StyleHouse & Lagos Fashion & Design Week)
On the Woman of Vision campaign initiative
It is an amazing initiative. It gives women an opportunity to tell their stories. There are so many people doing extraordinary things in different spheres. It is exciting to be art of a project that is encouraging women to talk about what they do as part of a process in celebrating women.
What Tiffany Amber Means to Her
When I think Tiffany Amber, I think elegance, timelessness, demure and the woman behind the brand, who woke up one day and decided this is what I am going to do and I am going to do it my may. She has been able to persistently get people to understand that fashion is creative but without the commercial side of fashion, we are playing, for me, that is amazing. 
I use her as a point of reference constantly when working with designers and other people in the industry.  You have to figure out a way to turn that creativity into clothes that women can buy and that is what the Tiffany Amber brand has been able to do. For any woman to walk into Tiffany Amber and be able to walk out with a piece I call it magic, she calls it fashion!

 Peju Alatise (Mixed-media artist, Painter, Sculptor, and writer)
On the Woman of Vision campaign initiative
Nigeria is a third world country, where being a woman is the most difficult thing you can be. Existing as female is difficult. To find an initiative that actually encourages a woman as a fore-bearer of something productive is actually commendable.
What Tiffany Amber Means to Her
I love Tiffany Amber. The very first filming I had, I went to buy one of their red dresses, the one with the puffy sleeves, and I think I have worn it to every interview. At a point, people were like “Peju this dress is too famous, you have to change it” so I went to get the yellow one. Folake, as the Creative Director of Tiffany Amber, is an artist, because you cannot create what she is creating without having that characteristic that is most pronounced in an artist. She thinks I am intense, I think she is super, super intense and it shows in what she creates.

Uche Majekodunmi (Executive Director, Newton & David Limited)
On the Woman of Vision campaign initiative
I think it will inspire the large female population; it is a wonderful and original initiative.
What Tiffany Amber Means to Her
Tiffany Amber remains the only brand that I could walk into their store and pick up a dress without having a prior fitting; if my size is there I throw it on, pick up and go. Tiffany Amber does a whole collection, it is thought through, it is original, and there is creativity.  Tiffany Amber pieces are comfortable, easy to wear, you can dress them up, and you can dress them down.  I love the feel, the fabric and the texture, I feel stylish in Tiffany Amber clothes.

 Uche Pedro (Founder & CEO,
On the Woman of Vision campaign initiative
For me, women are the foundation of our society. Any initiative that decides to support women is taking a step in the right direction. If we look within our African history or within our families, we see that a lot of women have been the propelling forces within the home, they have been the one to pay the school fees, to ensure that the family is in the right place and simultaneously, a lot of these women have also maintained enterprises. So yes we do see a lot of the glamorous women at the top of the career chain, but there are a lot of women, from the women in the market, to even the women who are stay at home moms who make an impact and I commend Tiffany Amber and Diamond Woman for taking this step.
What Tiffany Amber Means to Her
I look at Tiffany Amber a little bit differently from other people. When I was still a teenager, I saw the pictures from the first Tiffany Amber Fashion show and I thought – wow! While in today’s world we see a lot of fashion designers, at that time, Folake really broke the mould; she was a very young woman, she was fearless, she embraced her dream despite opposition from all corners and she did it with style, so for me, whenever I think Tiffany Amber, I think of that fearlessness and I think of that style.
The Women of Vision Campaign is in partnership with Diamond Woman.

Content: Bella Naija 
Photography: Philip Trimnell Productions
Creative Director: Fauzi Fahm | Opinion Former
Make Up: Bimpe Onakoya for Maybelline NY
Hair: Dark and Lovely
Styling: Tiffany Amber Nigeria Team
Shoes by Florence H Boutique
Project Management: Ijeoma Ndekwu | RedrickPR

That’s all lovelies.. Do have a great res-of the-week and splendid weekend.
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“Women have always been the strong ones of the world. The men are always seeking from women a little pillow to put their heads down on. They are always longing for the mother who held them as infants.” – Coco Chanel

How To Work-Style With Lanre Aluko – Mens

Hi guys,

How has the weekend been? Mine has been regular with the most bi-polar of weathers. I have also been very engrossed in keeping up with Big Brother Africa.

Its really annoying how there’s barely been any improvements with that show. There is still no phone app, the videos online are very scanty, the site is worse to navigate through and no form of live streaming.

This week, our feature is someone I met while taking a street style photograph randomly of him and later got to know. I love his confidence, his style and his general mannerisms. He is also a hardworking gentleman who has showcased two collections in the past, recorded some music, runs his blog and also works tirelessly in Finance here in London.

Well off we go to spy a week and some more in his work life..

My regular day; 
I wake up, thank God for another day, prepare for work, I normally pray whilst I shower, I also think of what I’m wearing in the shower or after I come out and I also plan my day.

Balancing work and personal life;
I thrive on handwork so being the best in each field keeps me motivated.


Blazer – Zara
Sweater – Zara
Shirt – River Island
Trousers – Zara
Shoes – Vintage
Bag – Vintage
Blue Faux Fur Jumper – Zara
Tie – Topman
Watch – Michael KORS
Style: The Downtown Hero

My fav fragrances are Hermes – Terre d’Hermes, Thierry Mugler -A*Men and Issey Miyake – Intense


Jacket – Topman
Polka Dotted Shirt – River Island
Trousers – Zara
Bag – Emporio Armani
Shoes – Kurt Geiger
Style: The Sophisticate


Velvet Jacket – River Island
Shirt – Matalan
Trousers – Zara
Braces – Topman
Bag – Emporio Armani
Style: The New Nautical

I wish I could dance to choreography. Unfortunately I’m only good on the dance floor 🙁
I wish I could be one of Janet Jacksons back up dancer .. I mean isn’t Rhythm Nation the shit?
She’s the QUEEN!


Jacket – Thrift Shop
Shirt – Topman
Trousers – Zara
Bag – Emporio Armani
Shoes – Vintage
Watch – Michael KORS
Style: The Urban Vibe

Top 3 wardrobe essentials are;
1. SHOES – I need my daily ShoeGazms LOL

2. Blazers – A must
3. Underwear – Lol


Blazer – Topman
Camo Jumper – Zara
Trousers – LanreAluko
Man Bag – Vintage
Shoes – Christian Louboutin
Watch – Michael KORS
Style: The Ethnic Soul

Ideal Work Evening; 
I come home to my fave shows (currently watching Dexter) a nice meal, replying emails and an ice cold cider.

Ideal Weekend; 
When I am not working recording music in the studio or styling a photoshoot, I am usually partying with mates, going to the theatre, a concert, shopping or eating out.

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Blazer – Topman
Shirt – Boohoo
Trousers – River Island
Suede Shoes – Versace
Watch – Michael KORS
Style: The Constant Gardener

My personal style;
My confidence defines me. I am who I am nothing his hidden about me and it reflects in my style.

Fav places to shop;
Zara: I love their styles and that they only have a few things in any one style so every so often you come to a new design.
 Bernados– My favourite charity shop, I just always seem to get the best thing there
 Harrods – Very good for latest collections of designer pieces 
 Selfridges – The only place in London where the male Christian Louboutin shop is!
 Vintage Stores – I love wearing clothes with some sort of history

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