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Abstracts and Blocks

Modeled by Toluwalope Awosika, this collection is colorful, structured and on par with modern fashion trends.

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Coming from the house of women’s wear fashion brand Cece, the collection called Kadinsky is the brand’s interpretation of structure with inspiration from Wassily Wassilyevich Kadinsky, Russian artist and theorist.

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With delicately structured geometric cutouts and colorful layering, this collection is really nice and trendy, and it’s a big hit for summer.

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Sheer, frills, layers and cutouts details are added to the collection’s coats, crop tops, gowns and skirts for a flattering look and equally stylish handbags complete the mix.

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Kadinsky is ultra feminine and designed for the new generation style connoisseur.

Photo source: Bella naija

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Style Revolution

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Ever thought of adding wax to your hair? I haven’t.

Style revolutionaries make the inconceivable possible 🙆; Di’ja makes Ankara wax hair extensions possible.

 

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Not what some of us would ordinarily wear but this awesome hairstyle is for that ‘free’ moment when we want to cut loose and go wild.

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Di’ja, Nigerian song writer and music artist, one of MAVIN Records boss lady has us braid lovers rethinking colorful braid hair extensions and she is ROCKing the look!

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Wonderland Magazine’s 2017 Summer Issue

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What influences fashion? An idea, art, religion, history, personalities, trends and so many more.

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For Jeremy Scott, Moschino creative designer’s summer ’17 collection its religion, pop culture and combat.

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With singer Madison Beer as Jeremy’s muse, the collection is given life with a series of bold, defiant poses by the singer.

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The fashion shoot is for Wonderland Magazine’s 2017 Summer Issue which is already out  in newsstands. Wearing leather armour and matching ankle length leather lacy combat boots in one shoot, an army colored ball gown with sweetheart neckline, an Elvis inspired outfit in another and a beautiful knee length dress bearing an image of Jesus Christ in one of the many shots, Madison Beer was an outstanding muse for the collection with her Diva-like model poses and pout.

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Even more interesting about the head to toe all Moschino outfits is the striking accessories worn by Madison: the religious inspired and flamboyant headpieces, heavy metallic necklaces and waist jewelry.  The entire collection is eye catching and quite trendy…

 

 

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Berta’s Spring/Summer ’18 Wedding Collection

Looking forward!

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While other brands are presenting their 2017 spring/summer collection, Berta is a step ahead with the release of its spring summer ’18 collection.

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Presenting a deeply intimate collection, with plunging v- necklines and figure accentuating gowns, Berta’s wedding collection ensures your groom never gets his eyes off you.

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Very far from the demure bridal look, this spring summer piece put a lot of work into details to create something new and exciting for brides.

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Billowing trains made from chiffon, scalloped necklines made using lace applique and other embellishments, deep strapped backs, peplum, collared halter, sweet necklines, pockets offer an endless variety to choose from and with varying lenghts, you can wear it from the church to your reception.

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Berta’s collection says ‘own your wedding, own your body with exquisite style’.

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Photo of the week

Sweetheart neckline, off shoulder blouses with flared and puffy long sleeves make up this stunning photo of the week from @lagos_streetstyle on Instagram. Colorful tassels and peplum are added to create edgy and chic looks on the outfits worn by two stunning ladies.  img_20170605_135859_707.jpg

Accessorized with a bold red floral headpiece, yellow beaded necklace and gold metallic choker, each look is ‘all the way up’!

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Where fashion meets culture: OBIRIN

  ADM Project’s Autumn/Winter 17 collection “represents all African women who through their hands, create Art”. 

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Using hand-dyed fabrics by West African artists, each piece of the Obirin collection is a beautiful blend of culture and fashion with each piece named after and representing female qualities.

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With vibrant colors created from barks, roots, flowers and leaves, the collection features sheer jackets and gowns worn over one piece swimsuits with colourful patterns, while others feature Adire print in beautiful styles. With beautiful names such as Olori, Ife, Lewa, Oniwa and Alagbara, ADM Project’s newest collection is representing.

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The designs are feminine, fun and cool. Very beautiful work.

 

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Love white?

 

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A fresh and bold look, Kemi Adelaja’s new Spring/Summer 2017 collection is a variety of all white ensembles in beautiful styles.

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Called “Faith Avenue”, each piece is lively albeit coming in white. With bold bell sleeves at the sleeves and mid calf, the flamboyant designs come with streamlined silhouette gowns and skirts and tight pants.

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Worn by model, Faith Johnson, Kemi Adelaja added more details to the gorgeous ensembles with plunging neckline, an elegant poncho with a neck bow, crochet skirt, silver embellishments and belts.

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Grey’s 2017 Resort Collection

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From Oseyi Etomi of Grey Projects Fashion label, comes this awesome summer designs in colorful unique fabrics.

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The first reaction I got from seeing this collection was excitement; each piece is everything I want to wear and the colors are so awesome and gay, it’s refreshing.

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Modeled by Ifeoma Nwobu, Etomi’s designs are flirty and yet classy and are detailed for every part of the feminine body.

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Using chiffon and jacquard satin, the soft yet bold colors in orange, pink, purple and green shades combined with fashion’s favorite design details, ruffled sleeves, slits, peplums and layers puts Grey Projects on the list of summer’s most have.

 

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‘If it’s in a magazine, it’s probably too late.’ – Rihanna

  Rihanna was recently awarded for her philanthropic work and fashion influence at the Parsons School of Design Benefit on Monday.

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And Rihanna who credits her fashion and style to underground designers from different backgrounds, was photographed in New York city on Tuesday wearing a huge oversized denim jacket over an equally oversized floor length denim skirt.

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The queen of style who has on many occasions been awarded for her fashion influence, the CFDA, among many looked stunning in the unusual ensemble.

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The Wearing her hair in a short bob with loose curls, the ‘Diamond’ singer’s denim jacket was unbuttoned and allowed to drop down her elbows, and was held together by a big plastic belt. The jacket featured extensive side slits and breastpockets. The fashion entrepreneur and designer paired it with a similar skirt, ostensibly from the same designer. She completed her look with red lipstick, tan heels, gold necklace, silver ring and a monochrome satchel.

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Chika Ike

Chika Ike is going higher every time and so is her style and fashion attitude.

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With the coming release of season 3 of her reality TV show, African Diva, Chika’ad campaign for the TV show, shows a confident woman who has grown into herself and found her niche.

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The actress and entrepreneur stunned in a gold sequined one shoulder gown, that perfectly fit her model figure like a glove.

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Photographed by one of Nigeria’s most astounding photographers, TY Bello, Chika Ike is lovely with a messy afro hair styled into a cute bun; wearing glam, well defined makeup, the actress made do without accessorizing.

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Shine bright in Silver

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A sparkly silver gown with matching necklace and earrings was Kendal Jenner’s look look for the evening at Port Pierre Canto, the venue for the space-themed Chopard Bash organised by Caroline Sheufele, Chopard President and Rihanna.

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Her multi-million dollar model figure stood out in the structured silver dress which featured a corset bodice, off shoulder neckline and sheer panelled details at the sides.

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  The floor length gown by Ralph & Russo was stunning and elegant and made even more so by the Kendal’s model physique.

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The eldest Jenner daughter went for minimal makeup, glaming up with an elegant shoulder length bob parted at the center. She completed her look with matching silver heels.

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Celebrating 5

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South African knitwear brand, Maxhosa by Luduma is 5 this year and in celebration of this landmark event, the brand showcased some of its major designs from its SS 2016 collection and AW 2017 collection.

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With beautiful photo shoots from the streets of South Africa, the fashion brand featured some of South Africa’s biggest personality as its models, Karabo the Curator, Kefilwe Mabote, Kwena Baloyi and Shelley Mokoena.

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With the Xhosa Kings and Queens as the brand’s inspiration, these pieces from Maxhosa are filled with them.

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Long coats, cardigans, shorts, pencil skirts, wide legged pants with Xhosa geometric patterns are accessorized with colorful woolen socks, hats and sunglasses.

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Èthèrè Collection by Zariza

 

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Sometimes it’s not just the designs but the colors and patterns on a fabric that makes a piece of clothing unique.

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This is Zariza’s Èthèrè Collection and it’s got the colors, look and vibrancy you need to slay summer.

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With deep v collars, ruffled details, neatly tailored lines, the women’s wear brand goes straight to the point at achieving stunning curvy and flattering looks in flared jumpsuits, streamlined gowns, and blouses.

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The simple yet colorfully ensembles from the collection is what makes Zariza’s Èthèrè Collection, a ‘what to wear’.

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Louis Vuitton Japan Inspired Fashion Show

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Inspired by Japanese art and culture, Louis Vuitton fashion designer, Nicolas Ghesquière staged what has been said to be one of fashion’s most spectacular shows.

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Set in Japan of course, at The Miho Museum in Korea, south-east of Japan, the elite fashion brand had models wearing anime inspired designs, dragon emblazoned jackets, embellished jackets, leather boots and kimono-esque belts.

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Pieces at the show were colorful, stunning, trendy and mostly wearable. It is easy to relate to the lace up boots, graphic printed cardigans, oversized jackets, simple yet stylishly tied belts on a daily basis. The models wore colorful Japanese inspired face paintings with free tumbling uncombed hair and accessorized with leather gloves, fancy colorful scarfs, and the latest bags from the brand.

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However, as important as the brand’s latest is, great detail and attention was given to the location of the show, a suspension bridge emerging from a mountain range at the museum.

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Power Chic: Structure meets Sensual

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We wouldn’t be expecting any words less than fashionable and classy from Victoria Beckham’s style and on Thursday, wearing matching navy blue wool cardigan with a breezy skirt, Mrs. Beckham stayed true to her unique fashion and style.

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With the ensemble coming from her own fashion line, there was no better model for the eponymous brand than Victoria Beckham herself, strutting her stuff to a business meeting.

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Channeling the modern day power boss, Victoria ensured that sexy and feminine sensuality wasn’t over ridden by cleverly pairing the sheer floaty skirt with the navy wool cardigan pulled to the elbows and worn over a well tailored crisp white shirt.

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The former Spice Girls singer, accessorized with dark sunshades, a  boxy leather satchel bag and black knee high leather boots; and finished off her glam look with silver studded rings.

 To channel Victoria Beckham’s office power look, you can ditch the wool cardigan for a wool scarf; if opting for an elongated silhouette, you can pair a crisp white cotton oversized men’s shirt with a penciled pinstripe skirt and Chelsea boots. It’s a must try. 

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http://www.glamorous.com/white-pinstripe-pencil-skirt.html

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http://www.drmartens.com/us/c/womens-chelsea-boots

Have a lovely fashion slay day.

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Style Icon Watch 32: Jennifer Lawrence

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Jennifer Lawrence’s name was cinched as a style icon from the very first time her character’s gown in Hunger Games caught fire 🔥. Since then, Jennifer Lawrence style has moved from her iconic Hunger Games to flattering, feminine, classy yet simple styles that are more her own.

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J. Law’ s style and fashion simply represents her. Her standout statement look, was first, a sharp and professionally done pixie hair cut that fast became a hairstyle trend. And when it came to clothing, Jennifer went for comfort and personal style as against glamour and trend; this doesn’t mean she can’t bring it on when she wants to (her much talked about white strapless ball gown to the Oscar was a winner and still is).

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Jennifer Shrader Lawrence is an American actress born August 15, 1990. According to Wikipedia, Lawrence has been the highest-paid actress in the world since 2015, and her films have grossed over $5.5 billion worldwide. She appeared in Time ‘s 100 most influential people in the world in 2013 and Forbes Celebrity 100 the following year and in 2016.

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Lawrence’s fame grew with her starring role as Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games film series, which established her as the highest-grossing action heroine of all time. She went on to earn various accolades from her collaborations with director David O. Russell. Her performance as a depressed widow in the romance film Silver Linings Playbook (2012) received an Academy Award for Best Actress, making her the second youngest Best Actress Oscar winner . Lawrence subsequently won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for playing a troubled wife in the black comedy American Hustle (2013). She also received Golden Globe Awards for her roles in both of these films and for playing the eponymous inventor in the biopic Joy (2015).

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Lawrence is known in the media for being a vocal advocate of feminism and gender equality, and is the founder of the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation through which she supports various charitable organizations. She is the face of fashion brand, Dior and has starred in many of their campaigns, also wearing the brand’s signature pieces on the red carpet. 

 

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Glam Africa Magazine’s Travel Issue

You won’t see road trips and safari or exquisite foods and luxury locale on the cover of Glam Africa Magazine’s Travel Issue but three of the leading ladies in Africa’s film and movie industry.

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Nigeria’s Rita Dominic, South Africa’s Boity Thulo and Ghana’Yvonne Okoro in stunning ensembles, flawless makeup and hairdo and a powerful stance cover the magazine’s travel issue.

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Boity Thulo is feminine and sexy in an all white ensemble featuring a halter neck crop top showing off her toned midriff and paired with a layered tulle skirt, while Yvonne Okoro exudes power in a green long-sleeved top with cutouts which she pairs with a sequined pencil skirt and black belt, Rita Dominic is a picture of elegance and classy in a sheated dress with mid-calf length and floral patterns.

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With colorful hair in different styles, the ladies are pictured wearing statement jewelry and elegant veiled hat.

 

 

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Never a dull moment with your Aso Ebi

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For Nigerians, life is ‘jollyment’ and with it comes plenty opportunities to dress up and look nice; that is why Aso Ebi is the ultimate female go-to for events because with your personalized unique styling or the latest Aso Ebi fashion trend, you are sure to turn heads.

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With this in mind, Ruvero Designs 2017 bridal lookbook brings fresh, unique and a modern twist to our favorite fashion signature.

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With statement and drop earrings, colorful and matching turbans, pointed heels, Ruvero Designs uses embroidered silk and George for each piece, giving the bride and bridesmaids a soft, feminine and demure look. Also, a well-thought out use of halter necklines and cutouts brings to each piece from the collection, a little of modern edge and sexy.

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For me, the only thing missing in Ruvero’s bridal collection is Nigeria’s favorite piece of accessory, the flamboyant and fashionable Gele(see Our Gele or Ichafu). All in all, Ruvero Designs delivers!

Photo Credit: BellaNaija

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First Time

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For it’s debut, emerging Nigerian brand, Madam Naffy, ingeniously combines fashions trendiest: A lines, wrap dresses, trumpet skirts, straight, offshoulder, asymmetric and buttonhole necklines and jumpsuits in colorful and in feminine designs.

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For a first timer, Madam Naffy does not disappoint, putting in the best effort to deliver professional and beautiful pieces.

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Modeled by @ejikevanessa and @thorp_3, the colorful pieces feature statement floral designs, a possible signature mark of the brand.

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Set in a beautiful floral themed background, the stunning photography by @dejareonikosi adds spice to the collection,bringing out in detail all the reasons why each piece is made for you.

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Stunning bridal wear from Saiid Kobeisy’s 2018 Bridal Collection

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A household name for bridal wears in Africa and beyond, Saiid Kobeisy, Senegalese fashion designer, gives his unique touch to bridal wears in this 2018 collection.

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With floor sweeping ball gowns and body defining jumpsuits and dresses, care and precision is given to each piece to achieve elegance and style. Saiid Kobeisy infused floral patterns, sheer and lace and to cater for the bride, Saiid wows with the necklines: sweetheart, strapless, offshoulder, straight and illusion.

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There’s really everything here for the everyday bride and in white, off-white and cream colors.

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Ankara is Bae with Tiskies ‘Chic’ Lookbook

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Chic is Tiskies newest brainchild, a stunning assemblage of female ready to wear collection.

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Tiskies is a Nigerian fabric manufacturing and fashion brand and this latest collection is touching my fashion soul💖.

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The designs are creative in bright colors and everything seamlessly blends together. Each piece has you popping, conveniently slaying from the office to the club in fun, sexy and fashion forward styles.

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There’s everything for a woman’s day, from fun and stylishly casual bomber jacket with floral details paired with Ankara shots and stunning heels, to a lovely deep plunging black dress that accentuates every curve and can take you to the workplace with a sunny yellow collared shirt or to a romantic evening out without the shirt but paired with an envelope purse and heels.

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Attention is given to each piece to satisfy the target market; flowing skirts, ruffled sleeves, flirty slits, deep necklines, layers, boyfriend jackets, palazzo jumpers, and geometric cutouts.

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I will give a lot of credit to the models who brought each piece to life with their model flair, Nikki Anyansi and Alexandria Nwokedi.

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Chic is the way to look!

Photo Source: BellaNaija

 

 

 

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Olivia Munn shines on the cover of Cosmopolitan Mexico

Olivia Munn stars as the cover girl Cosmopolitan Mexico in celebration of the illustrious fashion magazine’s 100 years. 

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For the magazine, the stunning actress wore the season’s finest in pastel colors.

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Her red leather jacket and pink silk bomber jacket was as on trend and chic as her white floral stilettos.

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Olivia showed off her flawless skin, gorgeous body and on point makeup for the magazine whilst dishing out her personal lifestyle tips.

 

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Harper’s Bazaar’s New Cover Girl – Kendall Jenner

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Kendall Jenner is the new cover girl for Harper’s Bazaar and the supermodel gave exclusive, honest details about her career, family, relationships and everything.

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For Harper’s May issue, Kendall who has worked hard to get to the top of her career was ever the supermodel delivering stunning poses in elegant haute couture dresses.

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With a cute portrait, Kendall’s makeup was on point. Wearing deep red lipstick with defined eyebrows, the Jenner sister went all natural.

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I love the orange haute couture gown with twirl-like hip line Kendall was photographed in, it did a lot for her slender frame, adding height and curves.

 

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town: MaXhosa by Laduma

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Inspired by Xhosa beadwork, Laduma Ngxokolo of MaXhosa by Laduma’s Autumn/Winter collection at the just concluded 2017 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town is the sort of ready to wear piece that adds color to your wardrobe during the Autumn/Winter chill.

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The knitwear collection has all the right mixture of bright colors to bring back summer during the cold seasons, adding wonderful sunshine to your look. Paired with colorful stockings and mixed flamboyant yet comfortable footwear, the collection is about slaying in comfort.

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Using geometric patterns, Laduma’s work is both fashionable and stylish.

With elegantly tailored blazers, cardigans and ponchos, and wooly berets you will not look out of place pairing any one of these pieces with something entirely different in your wardrobe as it will go well with anything.

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MaXhosa by Laduma did not use the elaborate accessories employed by most designers at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, preferring to be minimalistic, however the use of bright colors made the entire collection pop.

 

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‘Blavk’: A fashion and Photography Collaboration

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These days, the color black is evolving and we are not afraid anymore to explore this color which was once perceived as dark and mysterious.

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With combined artistic input, Emmanuel Arewa of Spotlight Photos and Imagery, BellaNaija Style contributor, Kayito Nwokedi and British-Nigerian model, Joanna Omolara, captured and explored the mysteries of the color black using trendy and classic fashion pieces, and stunning photography.

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Wearing an all black ensemble of off shoulder gown, a bondage inspired thigh-high split gown, black striped skirt accessorized with a face mask, black facinator, an iron mesh hat, balloon hair band and elaborate jewelry, Joanna Omolara with her gothic makeup blended into her smokey all black background.

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The entire shoot was an eye catching blend of mystery and glamour.

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The Future is Female on Marie Claire’s 2017 May Issue

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To celebrate women of all spheres: politics, movie, music, fashion, education and more, Marie Claire for it’s May Issue focused on the lives and career of four stunning and powerful women, Alexandria Daddario, Aja Naomi King Zoey Dutch, Janelle Monae and Emily Ratajkowski. 

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The four women who were captioned ‘Fresh Faces 2017’ by the beauty, fashion and lifestyle magazine exuded their flawless individual style in stunning ensembles as they discussed what it is to be female in their careers, attitudes and experiences.

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From leather one shoulder black gown complete with puffy sleeve and sequined detailing to a lacy body suit, a pink slip, gold pajamas, metallic dress, florals with chiffon and fur, Emily Ratajkowski, Janelle Monae, Alexandria Daddario, Aja Naomi King and Zoey Dutch brought the magazine cover to life, distinctly and collectively bringing on ‘ultrafeminine style’.

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town: Trebene’s African Princess

A little from the left, a little from the right makes a perfect centre.

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Trebene’s collaboration with Nigerian fashion editor, Dimeji Alara is what makes this collection from the fashion label distinctively unique; a mix of the fashion know-how, personal style and creativity of the two sides.

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Featuring monochrome swimsuits matched with colorful African print beach dresses the Autumn/Winter collection which was presented at the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week had each look was paired with elaborate statement accessories and gladiator sandals.

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For me, standout pieces from the collection are the head ties and fancy hats that come with beautiful floral arrangements. The collection pays tribute to Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Altogether, Trebene’s collection

 

 

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town:Ituen Basi’s Slay Collection

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Nigeria’s Ituen Basi presented her Autumn/Winter collection at the Cape Town Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and she gave a whole lot of slay factor.

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With clean, professionally cut pieces, Ituen’s collection was progressive in that each piece was attentively put together to showcase African fashion in the now and in the future.

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The collection was an everyday women wear, but was not just for everyday but represented a classy, unique style, somewhat ‘a don’t forget me’ look in beautiful colorful fabrics.

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Ituen Basi did a really good job in the use of florals and tassels as a foundation and as accents; and of course an Ituen Basi collection would always have Ankara or African prints, her signature piece, and she beautifully blended it with chiffon and silk. I will not forget to mention the polos and blouses, how they stand out and accentuate the skirts or pants they were tucked into, they did it for me, sealing my love for the collection.

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The accessories were not too much, she preferred to let the pieces do the talking.

 

 

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town: Taibo Barca’s 2017 Autumn/Winter Collection

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It’s the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week holding in Cape Town, South Africa, with it comes the best of fashion designs from Africa by African designers.

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And with an elegant collection of fashionable pieces in stunning fabrics come an interplay of modern designs mixed with retro African shoulder strap sling purses, layered neck pieces and handcrafted bamboo umbrellas all from Mozambican designer, Taibo Barca.

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Taibo’collection brings to the fore designs we all like in simple, flattering and elegant pieces and in colors that are deep and eye catching.

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There’s just something about Barca’s collection that you can’t help falling in love with. I guess it’s how he paid attention to all the necessary details for a woman’s body and yet makes it so comfortable and easy: the tiny waist line cinched together by a trendy matching belt, flared skirts that give the hips more width, a flowing gown that gives the illusion of long legs and sexy, ruffles and layers, the stunning and finely cut jackets and then the little accessories that aren’t much and yet stand out, like the small shoulder strap sling purses.16_taibo-bacar-4_bellanaija.jpg01_taibo-bacar-1_bellanaija.jpg

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Taibo Barca’s collection says “do not stress yourself, you can go easy and chic on these finely crafted slippers”.

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Do you like balloons?

Then Studio 24’s latest creation is for the you.

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Unveiling another stunning and dramatic piece from its coffers, Studio 24 presents a clothing design made entirely from plastic and balloons!

Uncomfortable, yes! Are we loving it, erm yes.

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The design which features a plunging bikini styled neckline has a full ballooned waist line and skirt and was worn with a beautiful handcrafted headpiece. The model, who was styled by Stephanie Eleojo and photographed by StyleSquadNg completed her accessories with a matching plastic twine bracelet.

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Shimmer

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Khoudia Diop released new stunning photos to mark Senegal’s independence and the images are absolutely lovely. 

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Set in a dark background, Khoudia’s dark skin takes prominence in the shoot and the use of paints and colorful beads effectively puts the focus on her.

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Potraying African culture with the use of braids, paints, traditional beads and colorful African prints, the resulting photos show an exceptionally beautiful woman paying homage to her home.

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Wearing an African print headscarf tied into a gele, Khoudia Diop accessorizes with beads on her hair, statement bauble earrings, intricate gold layered chain, and some gold wrist bands.

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With her native African woman’s hairstyle beautifully designed, Diop showcases native makeup  using gold paint,  black and indigo makeup, the Igbos call ‘uli’. Khoudia Diop is a woman of great style!

 

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Jennifer Lawrence’s Dior Fall 2017 Campaign

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For Dior, Jennifer Lawrence is not new; for Dior’s 2017 Fall campaign, Jennifer Lawrence is the simple, youthful woman we can all relate to.

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Ditching elegantly pressed glamour and sophistication, the Fall campaign shot by Brigitte Lacombe and directed by Maria Grazia Chiuri brings it all down to what the everyday normal girl will wear: loose bun, simple makeup, big statement polos, layered choker with charm necklaces, distressed jeans, simple jackets, stilettos and shoulder strap bags. 

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However each piece in the campaign is from Dior’s new collection, the Lady Dior handbag, the C’est Dior crossbody strap, the carnage pattern features,  Dior Addict handbag, ‘We should all be feminists’ and ‘DiorAddict’ Dior logo and statement polos and pieces from Dior’s accessory collection.

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Jennifer Lawrence portrays 21st century simplicity, ease and comfort with a special blend of class for the everyday Dior woman.

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Glamour’s May Issue

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Kerry Washington is the cover star for US fashion and lifestyle magazine, Glamour.

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The actress who is best known for her portrayal of Olivia Pope in the award winning TV series, Scandal is all shades of awesomeness on the magazine.

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Photographed by Stephen Pan for the magazine’s 2017 May Issue, Kerry Washington’s beautiful curly afro locks takes the trophy in a fierce competition with major designer wears and accessories like her Proenza Shouler dress and earrings, Valentino dress, Oscar Tiye boots, Valentino Garavani earrings, Philip Lim bra and Dior choker among others.

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In the magazine, Kerry talks about her family, her acting career and her work as a civil rights advocate and lending her voice in the fight for violence against women.

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Turbans, Facinators @ Ijè Ngálá

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You know when you see something you really like in a magazine, movie or even online and you just imagine yourself all dressed up in them; a piece of  jewelry, high pumps, ankle length black leather boots, distressed jeans, a Balmain jacket, a lace dress by Ellie Saab, or a high end chiffon gown by Nigeria’s Tiffany Amber, that’s how I feel now looking at this pieces by Nigerian miliner and accessories designer, Ijeure Ezebuike Onadike of Urezkulture.

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A fairy princess 👸 
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This looks right for Queen Elsa 

 

Unique, whimsical and extraordinary, the headpieces are classic and beautiful.

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Titled Ijè Ngàlà Pepperdem Collection, the headpieces were designed for the jewel brand’s SS17/18 collection.

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Photographed by George Okoro and modeled by Dora Enwere, the signature pieces comprise of bejeweled turbans, elegant and dreamy facinators, detailed headpieces with matching necklaces, earrings and rings all in varied colors.

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Beautifully and perfectly balancing each accessory are the stunning makeup 💄 by Ronald the 7th and awesome styling by Ijè.

Definitely can’t do one without the other!

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Photo credit: BellaNaija

 

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Style Icon Watch 31: Agbani Darego

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Proven to be one of Africa’s most influential and favorite women, Agbani Darego is this week’s style icon to watch.

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Agbani Darego, a certified psychologist, style influencer, business woman, ex Miss World 2001 and 2001 Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria has an outstanding career in fashion and business.

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An African fashion favorite, Agbani’s fashion and style is unique and classy. Agbani is a fan of Nigerian women’s wear brands such as Lanre DaSilva Ajayi, Lisa Folariyo and Tiffany Amber.

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In 2001, Darego was crowned Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria. Later the same year, at the 51st edition of the Miss World in November, Agbani became the first native African to claim the Miss World title.

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With this came numerous modeling contracts and fashion shows; participation in Naomi Campbell’s ‘Frock ‘n’ Roll’ charity fashion show held in Barcelona, a modelling deal with Donald Trump ‘s management to establish links with modelling agencies in America. Agbani was represented by the London and Paris branches of Next Model Management and landed a three-year contract with L’Oréal, becoming only the second Black model to accomplish this feat after Vanessa Williams, and was photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue. Other brands she has modelled for include Avon, Christian Dior, Sephora, Target, and Macy’s. Darego has also appeared in Elle, Marie Claire, Allure, Trace, Stitch, Cosmopolitan, and and Essence magazines, working with numerous designers including Oscar de la Renta, Marc Bouwer, Tommy Hillfiger, Ralph Lauren, and Gianfranco Ferre.

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In Nigeria, Darego has appeared in advertising campaigns for hair care brand Gentle Touch with model Oluchi, and is the face of Arik Air. She has also graced the covers of Complete Fashion, Mania, ThisDay Style, Genevieve, True Love, and TW Magazine.

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Agbani Darego has judged numerous pageants, and fashion and modelling competitions including Miss World 2014, Miss England 2002, Mr. Scotland 2002, and Elite Model Look Nigeria 2012 and 2014.

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Ever fashion forward, Agbani Darego in 2010 launched a style and fashion reality show Stylogenic on Nigerian television and in 2013, also launched her denim range, AD by Agbani Darego, which includes jeans, dresses, sunglasses and bags.

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With her statement slicked back hair and nude but glam makeup, Agbani is simple and understated and her free, winning smile is the reason she remains Africa’s beloved Miss World.

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Unstoppable

At 46, Naomi Campbell is flawless. With a well toned body, fit and tight from a great diet and workout routine, Naomi’s body is lithe and graceful.

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The super supermodel is on the cover of Sorbet Magazine’s Spring issue and she exudes easy elegance and class on the Magazine’s pages.

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Photographed by acclaimed Spanish photographer Nico Bustos, Naomi is glam in Burberry jackets and sculptured black shoes.

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Inspired by 1970s rock legends, Naomi looks fierce with a colored bandana fashionably tied round her head. The beauty is pictured wearing statement pieces from the period; a black button-down poncho, jackets and embroidered dress.

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Not Functional but Innovative

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Although the comfort you will get from wearing this is clearly in doubt, however it is relatively new and innovative and a first look for many of us who haven’t seen such expansive use of texture in today’s fashion industry.

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This is a gorgeous piece made entirely from newspapers from the coffers of Studio 24, a professional photography and multimedia company in Lagos, Nigeria. There is no mention of the designer of this remarkable piece but kudos to him or her.

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Set in the beautiful streets of Lagos, Nigeria’s fashion capital, the newspaper inspired gown modeled by Isis Models Ibukun Sammy is not about functionality but about beauty and fun.

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Styled by Stephanie Daniels, the team behind this awesome layered dress sure knows how to read them and style them.

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Featuring intricate flower details on each shoulder, the dress which has a hint of chiffon material also features a sweetheart neckline with a snug bod and from there flows an endless layer of newspapers in a sweeping ruffle. The makeup which is exactly the choice of makeup for the bourgeois characters in the Hunger Games thriller, is beautiful and bold and contrasting, and gives the necessary attention such an ensemble will require.

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It’s totally great and I like the fact that it’s different and ambitious in a lovely way.

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Beautiful People

The words melanin popping has been trending in some social media sites and I thought it would be appropriate to borrow the words for this post.

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Meet Khoudia Diop, a US based Senegalese model who is making waves for her stunning skin.

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Covered in big petals, Khoudia’s African bantu knots and black skin sets off one of the photos. In one photo, the model is pictured wearing a rainbow colored two piece while in another her floral big palazzo pants is setting major fashion goals.

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The Senegalese model accessorized with statement earrings and a white flower, while her makeup consisted of bright colorful shades of eyeshadow and lipstick.

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Unlikely combo that works!

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From cool to crazy to unbelievable, the Kardashian/Jenner women give us every day style classics that are necessary for your wardrobe revamp.

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Who would believe that wearing pajamas with jeans will look so good, except for when Selena Gomez wore full pajamas and totally slayed the look.

Well, Kourtney Kardashian gave us a new take on wearing  pajamas. The Kardashian sister was spotted in Beverly Hills wearing a pajama top stylishly tucked into faded blue jeans.

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With her long hair let loose, Kourtney completed her look with big sunglasses, a black clutch purse and matching high heels.

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Pajama top and jeans or simply pajamas paired with a baseball cap, a black velvet choker and black high heels is exactly what I want to try.

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Macramè Tale Collection

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Photographed by Stephen Klein, LA Perla Lingerie’s ‘it girl’ stars supermodel Kendall Jenner.

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With intricate lacey bralettes, briefs, bikinis, lacey suspenders and corsets, the SS17 Macramè Tale Collection featuring Kendall Jenner is sexy and elegant and beautifully showcases all your feminine curves in detail.

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Showing off her slender model figure, Kendall’s ad campaign for LA Perla is one of her many works with the lingerie brand, one of which includes her much talked about catwalk for LA Perla in the 2017 NWFW wearing a stunning see through gown.

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Shop the look on LaPerla.com.

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Coming to America

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It’s not Selena’s first Vogue cover but it’s the singer’s first cover on Vogue America and its a huge one for the fashion forward celebrity.

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Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot for Vogue America’s 2017 April Issue,  Selena stuns in elegant designer wears from a Michael Kors bralette to a lovely pair of Jennifer Fisher hoop earrings and Alexander McQueen cuffs.

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In one shot for the high end fashion bible, the Texan born native is a beauty in an embellished red leather jacket with floral shots, and in another shot, the Gomez shows off a trimmed tanned body in a floral two piece with waist cutouts,  while for the cover proper, Selena dons a sweetheart neckline floral ensemble.

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Selena Gomez who talked life, career, fame on the magazine was all shades of gorgeous wearing perfectly applied makeup complete with her wet slicked back black hair.

 

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Sorry 🙏

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I realized too late yesterday that there was a little but significant technical glitch in my post yesterday, “Exquisitely Handcrafted”.
I’m so sorry for the inconvenience and discomfort it may have caused you, my readers, who clicked on the post to read it’s contents but met only space. I sincerely apologize.
It’s a wonderful post on beaded jewelries by Jessica Joseph Okoh and I hope that those of you who were unable to read it at the time would go back and read the post.
Thanks and keep on clicking.
Belinda.

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Kendall 👍👍👍👍

All eyes 👀 on me!

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For a lunch date with her mum on Wednesday, Kendall went all fifty shades of yellow in her outfit.
Wearing head to toe yellow and a matching yellow purse, the supermodel and reality TV star was stunning.

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The tall and slender Keeping Up With The Kardashians star who is also a Vogue cover star wore a yellow sexy negligee with lace trimmings at the neckline which she tucked into an even brighter yellow big flared pants with ruffles. The model completed her outfit with a yellow matching sandals featuring frills.

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She accessorized with bold hoop earrings, a necklace and black sunglasses. Kendall looked slick, confident and elegant, with her black hair neatly tied back behind her head.

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Exquisitely Handcrafted

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 Beautifully and patiently handcrafted, these pieces of jewelry designed and created by Jessica Joseph Okoh, is what you want to have around your neck.
The gifted jeweler and graduate of Economics is an on demand artist and her specialty? Beaded necklaces and bracelets.

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  Jessica who is also an avid photographer, restores jewelry  and designs according to each customers personal description and demand.

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Whether it’s a simple necklace or bracelet, or one fraught with complicated and unique designs, Jessica Joseph creates astonishingly, beautiful and customized designs.

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   Made from beads and metal, each detail is given a professional touch with the customer’s request specifically borne in mind to create stylish and unique jewelries.

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  To get aesthetically designed and personalized beaded jewelry in Nigeria, contact Jessica Joseph Okoh on Instagram @okohjessica and on Facebook, Jessica Okoh.

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  Keep looking beautiful!

 

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Bold for Change

The tailoring of this collection is detailed and neat. Each piece evokes ease, a very unrushed feeling as if the wearer has all the time and day to look beautiful, and indeed you are likely to feel that way either wearing the polka dot off-shoulder dress with ruffles below or the pink figure hugging one shoulder gown with a flirty neckline.

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The “Bold for Change” collection by women’s wear brand Woman by Aisha in celebration of women in all spheres of life, gives you elegance and ease in its bold yet soft, feminine designs.

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With an array of eye-catching colors, this stand out pieces with cutouts, slits, off shoulders, bareback and well thought out layers are edgy and elegant, giving us a cocktail mixture of the youthful girl feeling and the sexy daring woman.

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With minimal accessories, the collection resonates modern and 2017 with trendy, on demand plastic shoes.

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I am currently imagining myself in the pink dress with long black slicked back hair and bold hoop earrings. Awesome!

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The concept of first impressions

We often hear the words ‘Dont judge a book by its cover’. The question is how willing we are to open the book and read. Its quite easy to be judgmental. To place yourself at a distance and look at issues at our own point of view alone, not minding anyone else’s.
Probably because of our own failings and insecurities, we address others supposed faults and deliberately shut our eyes to the speck in ours.

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