Alex Ekubo rocks his own collection for Yomi Casual new edition

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It’s a well-known fact that nollywood actor cum model, Alex Ekubo, has a refined taste when it comes to fashion.

The actor who is known for wearing well sewn and designed outfits has been partnered by well-known Lagos fashion designer, Yomi Makun, but better known as Yomi Casual.

The actor who has a panache for comfort, simplicity, proved his prowess in designing with his partnership with Yomi Casual ready to wear brand and also models his designs for fashion loving men to see.

Ekubo, who is happy about the development took to his instagram page to announce the partnership ‘Growing up, I’ve always wondered what it will be like designing a collection for the public. What will be my key areas of focus? Well for me, comfort is key.

I always want to not just be seen as comfortable in whatever I’m wearing, but to actually be comfortable in it, also, less is more – so less dramatic designs and a more subtle statement piece that screams BOSS AND MATURITY. Hence the creation of the new ALEX EKUBO FOR YOMI CASUAL COLLECTION’ he said.

In Nigeria fashion industry today, the Yomi Casual brand has carve a niche for itself as a brand to be reckon with when it comes to good designs and neat finishing.

Ankara high waist skirt… 2017 style for women

By Abimbola Adebayo

That Ankara fabrics has become an important fashion item in Nigeria is undisputable. It is now the most used material for fashionable men and women.

Ankara has become undisposable more for women because of the many things that could be done with it.

In 2017 the true uniqueness of the Ankara fabric which was used for beautiful outfits by designers changed the fashion scene. The trendiest of it all is the high waist skirt. The brightness and patterns of Ankara fabrics has made using it for skirt more desirable for women.

The pleasure of mixing tradition with modern has made more women to go for the Ankara high-waist skirt in different style.

Moreso, the way the Ankara high-waist skirt makes every woman look proportionate no matter the woman’s size or height has made it more popular with women.

The high-waist skirt brings out the femininity in every woman with the way it accentuate their waist making it narrower than the natural size, whether it a maxi, pencil, mini, pleated, frock or knee length.

It is ideal style for women with boyish frame because it makes them look more ladylike. The skirt elongates the body of short women making her look taller and slimmer.

 

Women with full curvy body enjoy wearing the high-waist skirt because it makes their large waist looks narrower and hips slimmer. The multicolor and brightness help hide their large shape well.

styling the Ankara high waist skirt depends on the wearer. The skirt can be styled with frills on the side or bottom. slits can be added to show off the leg.

From crop tops, turtleneck, body suit, denims, longs-sleeves, short-sleeves, the list of tops to wear with the Ankara high-waist skirts are endless.

The Ankara high-waist skirt can be rock with different types of jewelry. From chunky to small jewelry depending on the taste of the woman.

It also works with all types of shoes from high-heels, wedges and sandals.

 

 

Six ways to style a T-shirt

By Abimbola Adebayo

source site One thing most people especially men don’t know is that, there are many ways to style a T-shirt than just slinging it over the head on a pair of jeans or chinos trouser.

T-shirt can be worn in so many ways by men to give that dashing and stunningly good look that will get a second admiring look.

This simple outfit are always found in almost every man’s wardrobe. Some men even have tonnes of them but don’t know how to style them with other outfits.  T-shirt can be blended with different types of outfit such as cardigans, blazers, ankara trouser and more.

Ways for men to wear a t-shirt…..

follow url T-shirt and cardigan

T-shirt can be worn under a cardigan to pull off a fashionable look on a cold day. A plain colour tee, such as white and blue with a dark cardigan or vice versa is a nice combination for a semi-corporate environment. For a casual look the colours can be brighter or darker according to the taste of the wearer. What to note is that the colour must be blended right. It can be worn with a pair of slim fitted jeans or chinos with a pair of sneakers.

V-neck T-shirt

This are for men with muscles and chest hair to show off especially tees with plunging neckline.  Nice for a day at the gym, with a nice workout trouser. The combination speaks sexy.

T-shirt and blazers

Though, blazers are originally formal outfits for the office. But the story has changed on the fashion scene. Blazers are now for both formal and casual look. There are even casual blazer for the casual look.  A tee and a blazer is always very nice choice anytime. All that is needed is the right combination. A tee either round neck or v-neck should be worn with a fitted blazer and fitted trouser. The colours should be kept at a minimal of two bold colours. Avoid a fashion blunder by wearing heavily branded tee with blazers. A plain colour tee is idle or a strap with a dark blazer and pants is okay. Loose fitting t-shirts, blazer and trouser is a fashion turn off. The shoes should also be kept simple. For a more casual look, a blazer and tee can be worn with tight fitting jeans.

Under A shirt

 

A tee can be worn under a shirt. A white tee is better with a white button down shirt and worn under plain colour shirts. Avoid wearing coloured or graphic t-shirt under a white shirt and even some colour shirts. You can only get away wearing coloured t-shirts under checked shirts.

T-shirt and jeans

Graphic, multicolor, plain t-shirt are absolutely wonderful with jeans. A round or a v-neck tee can be team with a nice pair of, black, white, blue or gray denim and a blazer. The important thing here is to get the colour right. Don’t go more than two bold colours.

 

T-shirt and chinos

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Though, chinos are like jeans but there is a world of difference between them when pairing them with t-shirts. It’s better and safer to pair light coloured t-shirts with dark colour chinos pants. A plain colour tee, like white, blue tee are better with tan, navy chinos. A navy colour tee will blend well with a tan chinos.

 

With Ankara trousers

This is to blend the African look with the western world. There is need to be careful when combining a tee with Ankara trouser. It would be too much colour to blend a multicoloured tee with Ankara because Ankara always come in multiples of colour. So the idle ways is to go plain on the t-shirt or with a subtle graphic t-shirt.

 

 

Dazzling Little Stones on Ankara trends

By Abimbola Adebayo

Adding dazzling little gem like stones on the Ankara fabrics as become the latest fashion statement for fashion loving ladies in Nigeria.

For these ladies, the Ankara fabrics embellishment with these little stones is a must have for their wardrobe fashion statement.

The placement of these little dazzling stones on the patterns of the Ankara fabrics otherwise known in the global fashion world as African print blinks and beautify the fabric especially under lightning.

It gives a nice finishing to what would have been an ordinarily looking material. Turning it into a work of art.

The dazzling effects of the stones works so well on any fashion outfit be it a shirt, gown, skirt, pants and for a fact it work well for every occasion making a must have for the fashion loving ladies.

GTBank fashion weekend kicks off

By Olukemi Adeboye

All road lead to Guaranty Trust Bank 2017 edition of fashion weekend event, slated 11 and 12 of November, which kicked off on Saturday, with free access for expected attendees.

However, the event which is holding on Victoria Island in Lagos, would be rounded off on Sunday, at completion of list of programs including runways, exhibitions, masterclasses, discussion sessions among others

The fashion weekend is meant for fashion designers and fashion lovers across the country. The event tend to tilt towards consumer focused fashion exhibition and capacity building in order to promote the fashion industry in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, the event 2nd edition of GTB’s fashion weekend and it has created a friendly environment for stakeholders in the fashion industry to meet and interact while showcasing and promoting latest fashion styles to the Nigeria community.

London to host 7th Africa Fashion Week

By Ada Dike

Organizer of Africa Fashion Week has hinted about London readiness to host over 100 African fashion designers and exhibitors who would be  featuring at 7th edition of the event slated between August 11 and 12, 2017 at Grand hall of Freemasons in the Queen city.

Founder, Africa Fashion Week Nigeria/London (AFWNL), Ronke Ademiluyi, said that the event would be an exhibition of the African fashion whose creations had become unique designs and brands.

Speaking yesterday in Lagos, Ademiluyi added that designers and exhibitors would be coming from Ghana, Togo, Kenya, South Africa, Congo, Tanzania, Mozambique, Senegal, Uganda and Cameroon.

“Some Nigerian designers that will also be participating include: Signature Secret, Neopele, Lady Biba, Step Up, Sheila Black Style, House of Bo and Joela Bags,” she said.

Ademiluyi also said that the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), would lead a delegation of Nigeria’s best emerging designers that would also be accompanied by the Council’s  catwalk show.

She further said that no fewer than 10,000 guests were expected to grace the two-day show at the Freemasons Hall in London and that they would be entertained by 60 catwalk shows with daily exhibitions.

“This year’s show will hold in two days; with five shows, that will have 60 designers on the catwalk, along 40 exhibitors,’’ she added.

“Africa Fashion Week London, a sister event to the just concluded Africa Fashion Week Nigeria, is a celebration of African designs, talents and diverse ethnic fashions in the United Kingdom (UK).

The 2017 Africa Fashion Week Nigeria, organised in conjunction with the Lagos State Government in April and June showcased the nation’s iconic pride with the theme: “ Celebrating the vibrant Pulse of Africa’’.

Ademiluyi said that the African show would be part of activities to promote African fashion before the international community.

“It is going to be a celebration of African designs, talents and the diverse ethnic influences that contribute to the development of fashion industry in the UK.

“Samson Soboye, an established London-based fashion stylist and a creative director behind the brand `Afro chic’ who has worked as a freelance stylist for publications will be our head stylist for AFWL 2017 ,” she said.

According to her, since the debut of the programme in 2011, it had been identifying and promoting new and emerging designers inspired by the rich culture of Africa and contemporary designs.

Ademiluyi hinted that AFWL had become Europe’s largest event for African and African inspired fashion, adding that the show was conceived at promoting new and emerging designers that were inspired by the rich African culture incorporated into contemporary designs.

She said that AFWL had become the platform through which designers boost their creativity in African fashion at international markets, as well as the nation’s tourism industry.

Founder of Africa Fashion Week London/Nigeria, urged Africans to appreciate what they had, and promote them to the rest of the world.

 

Bags, ladies’ indispensable companion

By Ada Dike

It is rare to see a lady outside her home without a bag. This is because a lady’s bag complements her dressing.

A lady’s bag portrays her dress sense and tells who she is.

Ladies’ bags

Many ladies revealed that they put mirror, cell-phone, cosmetics, money, diary, keys, comb or brush, tissue paper, powder, complementary cards, identification card and vehicle particulars, among others in their bags.

Too many items in the bag make it heavy, sag and wear it easily.

These days, ladies carry bags of many colours but the popular colours include black, brown, blue, pink, gold and so on, but the commonest of them is black because it is a universal colour. Some bags have fusion of attractive colours and unique designs which make them popular in the markets across the globe.

Mesmerizing beads, shells, sequins and coins further enhance their elegance to a large extent. Various forms of bags ladies like to carry comprise: party bags, ladies beaded bags, ladies fashion bags and ladies designer bags.

Recently, a luxury Hermes handbag produced in 2014 and has 18 karat gold buckles and strap loops encrusted with 205 diamonds was auctioned at $380,000 in Hong Kong. This shows that handbags have gone beyond mere tools for carrying valuables to being used as a store of value.

 

Miss Nigeria pageant organiser celebrates 60 years of national unity

By Ada Dike

The organiser of Miss Nigeria pageant has flagged-off preparations for the celebration of 60th anniversary of Miss Nigeria scheduled to hold in November aimed at show casing attributes of Nigerian women and fostering unity among Nigerians.

Speaking at a media briefing in Lagos, Tuesday, to intimate the media on the event, which started in January this year, the Executive Director of Miss Nigeria Organisation, Dr. May Ikeora, said that all arrangements have reached advanced stage to achieve a successful multi-faceted celebration. 

Miss Nigeria is 60 years today. Founded in 1957, when we were trying to secure Nigeria’s independence, it was a more symbolic pageant specifically formed to promote peace and unity in Nigeria, which it has continued to achieve,” she said.

 “Today, we celebrate Miss Nigeria at 60. We have come a long way. It is another chance to refresh and search for what we can do better for Nigeria. How do we change with Nigeria and how do we make contributions to make Nigeria better?” former Miss West Africa added.

In continuing, she however, emphasised that the only way the pageant can be improved upon was for them to achieve the goals they had set.

“We have been working so hard from last year, especially, trying to make sure that Miss Nigeria as an organisation is clear with its objectives,” she stressed.

She mentioned the key elements of Miss Nigeria pageant, which include; the pageant itself, the women empowerment element as its vision today is empowering women beyond beauty, sustainable and long term project such as Green-Girl project, which is reviewed every five years, and the culture and heritage.

“Every Miss Nigeria surpasses what her predecessor did. It brings value to our community and the sponsors. Every year from last year, Miss Nigeria takes a state or two and promotes their culture and heritage. Last year, the girls wore Benin attire on stage thereby promoting Benin culture.

 “We want a strong Miss Nigeria. We want to bring back pageantry better than what it used to be. It is unfortunate that we have too many pageants today that diluted pageantry, we don’t want that anymore”, she said.

She revealed that they would continue to use Miss Nigeria as a platform to showcase who a beauty queen should be. According to her, Miss Nigeria is not a perfect girl but the everyday girl that represents the entirety of Nigeria and implored Nigerians to support her.

“Miss Nigeria embodies an intelligent and beautiful woman that understands her identity as a Nigerian. It is not about beauty or whether a girl is from East, West North or South. Last year, we had more girls from the Northern part of Nigeria that contested for the pageant. We don’t want a girl from a particular ethnic group but, a Moslem or a Christian from any state that will represent who we are as human beings,” she explained.

Miss Nigeria 1957, Grace Atinuke Oyelude

She summed up her statement by saying that the 60th anniversary is an avenue for them to tell Nigerians and the world that the pageant is bigger, stronger and better.

“This is Miss Nigeria, well structured to promote peace, unity and our rich cultural heritage,” Ikeora added.

In the same vein, Special Project Expert, Edi Lawani, said that Miss Nigeria has a lot of history comprising visual and spectacle that goes through stages of selection, training, boot camp and the grand finale.

He maintained that the need to ensure that the event is recorded and stored for generations yet unborn to watch is by storing it in a recorded form.

“From the technical point of view, moving forward, we shouldn’t make a mistake like in the past. To capture it properly, that is where we come in to ensure the technical requirement is put together,” he said.

“This year, we will ensure Miss Nigeria is presented in a way it can be termed world class that will make it engaging for people to want to watch after that day,” he said

Also speaking, the 40th Miss Nigeria, Chioma Obiadi, the current queen, said she has used the platform to orientate girls and women through Green-Girl project she inherited from her successor.

“While growing up, I wanted to be Miss Nigeria because it is ambassadorial. I would like young people looking up to Miss Nigeria to know that it is not about beauty but, for projection of peace and unity in Nigeria,” she explained.

The 22-year-old 200 level student of Geography and Meteorology, Namdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, reiterated that the 60 years old pageant has a lot of weight on her shoulders.

“It has been amazing. I have built my intellectual strength from being the queen,” she revealed.

It would be recalled that the winner of the maiden edition of the Miss Nigeria, Mrs Grace Oyelude, clocked on December 19, 2016, the day the 40th Miss Nigeria, Chioma Obiadi, was crowned.

The organisers of Miss Nigeria, in one accord stated that they would do all they could to sustain the pageant and ensure it continues to serve its purpose of bringing peace, unity and progress to Nigeria.

They revealed that they had written letters to the American President, Donald Trump, individuals, organisations and some multinational companies, intimating them about the world class event that has interesting programmes that would thrilled Nigerians and the world.

Established in 1957, the pageant which holds every year aims to showcase the positive attributes of Nigerian women and also serves as a platform used in uniting Nigeria.

Stylish Ankara outfits for office

By Ada Dike

One of the most popular fabrics today in Nigeria is Ankara, that is why fashion-conscious young ladies and women troop to market to buy it.

The material which was once referred to as cheap item and was mostly worn at home is now worn for occasions in town.

Ankara material is made from pure cotton. It is cheap, affordable and comes in six yards per piece.

Ankara provides warmth, so, it is an ideal cloth for Nigerians even during rainy season. Ladies hardly complete their shopping spree without adding Ankara material.

Styles being created with Ankara by fashion designers are trendy, beautiful and attractive, that is fashion-conscious ladies match with skirts or trousers to office.

Nigerians mourn Nollywood actor,Moji Olaiya

By Newsdesk

Nollywood family who were terribly shock at the death of one of their rear gem, Moji Olaiya, have been expressing their heart felt grief over the death of the actor.

Olaiya, 42, died on Thursday in Canada of cardiac arrest. She was said to have given birth in Canada two months ago.

Those close to her said before her death, Olaiya made some comments on her Instagram wall.

Just two days ago, she wrote on her Instagram page: “Allhamdulilahi to you Allah. I give all the glory for all you have done. I will forever praise and worship you. It’s not by power but the Grace of Allah. Thank you for the gift of life. Thanks also to all my friends and family my fans for your supports and prayers. Love you all.”

In another post, she made after, she announced to her fans that OkikiApp is now available on all App Store, read watch she posts; “watch movies from me and other great actors for free.”

When her Instagram account page–@mojisolaabikeade, with 240,000 followers, was searched, the page turned out to be full of lamentations and condolences, from her fans

Veteran actor, Yinka Quadri, reeked that her death has robbed Nollywood family and the entire entertainment industry of a talented actor and expressed his condolences to the family of the deceased.

For Director of Public Relations and Media Affairs of the Theatre Arts and Motion Picture Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN), Yomi Fash-Lanso confirming the death of Olaiya in a statement said:

“It is with a heavy heart and sad disposition to hear about the sudden death of our colleague; friend and sister, Moji Olaiya, whose death occurred few hours ago in Canada, few days after giving birth. According to reports that we gathered, we learnt she had heart seizure and couldn’t make it,’’ he prayed.

“We pray, that her soul finds eternal rest with her creator and pray to Almighty Allah to comfort the family she left behind and give them the fortitude to bear this great irreparable loss’’.

He charged all members of TAMPAN and friends to be calm as the association awaits further reports.

President of Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Emeka Ibeh, was among the earlier mourners who expressed their condolences. Ibeh prayed God to grant the family that Moji Olaiya left behind and begged God to give them the fortitude to bear the loss.

Ibeh said that the artiste would continue to live in the memories of her fans because of her contributions to the development of Nollywood.

“In her little way, she contributed to the development of Nollywood and she will be greatly missed by her fans. I pray that God grants her family members the strength to bear this loss at a time like this,’’ he said.

Ibeh urged other actors in the country to continue to impact positively on the entertainment industry saying that their good works would definitely live-on after them.

Also, the founder, Different Aesthetics, Arts and Culture Management based at the National Theatre, Lagos State, Tope Babayemi condoled with the family of the deceased.

Babayemi said that the entertainment industry has lost another bright talent that had contributed greatly to the popularity of the local movies.

Actor Femi Branch said: “We were just mere colleagues until the day we had a certain discussion in Sagamu with Aunty `Fali Werepe` and you rose in my defence.

“I have recounted this tale to more people than I can recall and in every instance, the mention of your sincere intervention was the highlight of my tale. That day, I knew the good hearted Moji Olaiya and for as long as I have the gift of memory, Mojisola Olaiya will remain embedded in my heart,” he added.

“Sleep well `Mj’. May God erect a canopy of protection over your children and the family you left behind. Lord, please take away this hand of death moving over our industry and please open our eyes to know that life belongs to you and only you can give it in abundance”.

To Funke Adesiyan, it’s still a tale-tale story. Here her. “Days like today should not exist. I refuse to believe the news of your untimely demise. I still don’t get why good people don’t last. You were a true soul”, she lamented.

“Beautiful in and out with absolutely no space in your heart to hate or pretend to love. You were so genuine. May Allah rest your soul and give your family the fortitude to bear this loss. It’s a sad day,’’ she said.

Ask Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Okiki Films Sunday Esan, how he feels, he would tell you that he is in shock.

“I’m currently in a state of grief and shock. Is it true that Moji Olaiya is gone? My good friend is no more; I will miss her personality, talent and humility.’’

The late queen of the screen, Moji Olaiya was said to be the daughter of a popular highlife musician, Victor Olaiya.

Her journey to Nollywood began her with Wale Adenuga Production (WAP), starring in the popular family TV drama series of Super Story, where she played the role of Ireti in “No Pains, No Gains”.

She also featured in other movies such as: “Agunbaniro”, “Sade Blade”, “and Nkan Adun ’’and“Omo Iya meta leyi”.

Moji received awards for her diligence in Nigeria and abroad. She was nominated as the Best Supporting Actor of the Year 2003 for the Reel Award.

She also won the Best New Actress award and she said then that such awards were always motivating her to put in her best in any roles assigned her during movie productions.