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19-year-old Nigerian shines at New York Fashion week

By Entertainment Desk,

Taofeek Abijako, a 19-year-old Nigerian designer, has become the youngest ever designer to present a full collection at the New York Fashion Week.

Abijako made history at the 2018 international fashion runway event tagged ‘New York Fashion Week: Men’s this year’, which ran a few days ago.

According to the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), his label “pays homage to his past by celebrating his West African culture through a contemporary perspective.

He described his collection ‘Genesis’ as a ‘minimalist street wear approach with social and political commentary.’

In Abijako’s words, the CFDA wrote, “My dad was a trained fashion designer while living in Nigeria and dealt mostly with local traditional garments.

“Growing up in an environment like that sparked my curiosity in design,” he said.

When asked about his inspiration for his collection, he stated that it will portray “the vibrancy of West African youth culture in the ‘70s and Fela Kuti.

“The new collection is guaranteed to be groundbreaking in design and social impact,” he said.

Abijako who started working from his bedroom, started the brand just two years ago with the intent to generate impactful statements through his work.

His previous collections entitled, “Cruel Hands” and “Hooligans,” consisted of apparel with these thought-provoking statements: “Disorder: In Mutiny We Trust” and “Palaver Child.”

How to arrange your wardrobe

By Abimbola Adebayo

The wardrobe is where we keep things like clothes, shoes, bags, towels and our accessories.

But surprising most people keep their closet unkempt, thereby making it unappealing to the eyes.

After a long day work most people just want to have a good sleep and so they dump everything where ever they could find space in their wardrobe or on the floor. Which makes  the wardrobe and room unkempt and disorganised.

When a wardrobe is not well arranged, it takes longer to find things thereby making us loose precious time that should have been spent doing other things.

Small, but important things are hidden under bigger things making them difficult to find.

A well arranged closet will help you spend less time looking for things. It also saves you the stress of having to be arranging and rearranging things.

Tips on how to arrange thing in your wardrobe in orderly manners

Keep your clothes of the same colour arranged on the same line.

If you must hang them . Hang the same colour together.

If you have many shoes, arrange them on the flat surface of your wardrobe according to their importance and probably according to colour.

Keep your towel on the same role. Put dirty in laundry basket immediately after use and hang wet ones to dry.

Bags should be arranged in roles on flat surface in your wardrobe.

Get a small basket to keep little thing such as cufflink, earrings, necklaces, bangles in your closet.

Throw away useful things  and if they are still good but taking up space in your wardrobe give them out.

Must have for women…..

By Abimbola Adebayo

A woman’s style can determine what fashion means to her and what she has in her wardrobe. But whatever a woman’s fashion taste might be. There are some important fashion items she needs to have in her wardrobe.

Must have in a woman’s wardrobe….

 

Black shoes

Black shoes are the best to have especially for a woman with little cash to spend on other colours of shoes. Whether with heels or without heels a pair or two black shoes are important in a woman’s wardrobe. And moreso black can be worn with other colours without clashing.

 

Black bags

Though, a woman can have as many bags in all colours as she wished but a black bag is very important. A black bag just like a pair of black shoes are timeless.

 

 

Shirts

Shirts are very important to have in a woman’s wardrobe especially for young women. One can never tell when the need might arise. It could come handy for a job interview.

 

Pant trouser

Trouser are a must have in a woman’s wardrobe. Trouser pants are good for official events.

 

 

 

Sandals and tennis

Sandals and tennis are very fashion items and are a must have. Especially for those who have to be on their feet all day. Sandals or a pair tennis is more suitable and comfortable than shoes for a long walk.

 

 

Earrings

Earrings are very important fashion items for women. You would be surprise that not all earrings work well with all outfits so a woman should have different designs and in different colours.

 

 

Purses

This is a fashion accessory that is a must have, especially for social events. Don’t go to social events carrying an oversize bag. Avoid carrying an office bag. A pair or two in gold and silver are ideal.

 

 

Native attires

It’s good to be looked at than be the looker at social functions. Some good pair of well sewn native attires are important outfits for a woman to have in her wardrobe.

 

 

 

Skirts

Skirts are a must have for all women. Their importance cannot be over emphasis.

 

 

Jeans

Jeans are just a must have. Apart from the fact that that they comfortable, jeans are good outfit to be worn on weekends after a week of having to put on suit and shirt for the office. It is an ideal outfit for picnics, a stroll in the park or a visit to the cinema. It also work well for a semi-corporate environment.

 

 

Polo and t-shirt

Polo and t-shirt are must have for every woman. Polo just like jeans are good for a day out in the sun. An outdoor outfit for picnic, cinema and social gathering.

 

Sunshades

Good for a sunny day and also an accessory for your outfits.

 

 

Hats, caps, face-cap

Apart from being a fashion accessory to enhance your look. It can also come as a handy for a bad hair day.

Must have for men…

By Abimbola Adebayo

Just like women, men also need a complete up-to-date wardrobe, because looking good commands respect and since that remain a selling point, there is need to look good especially in an environment that expect people look their best always.

There is no need for men to break bank to achieve this look all they need is a taste for fine things.

Fashion items for men wardrobe….

A pair of black shoes and belt

There may be question on need for black shoes and belt. Yes, black is timeless and it is a colour that works well with other colours.

Though, brown is an alternate to black, sometime can be wrong with some colours because it comes in different shades.

A fashion no no is matching a black shoe with a brown belt and vice versa.

Sandals and tennis

Sandals and tennis are good for men if they are going to be on your feet all day. They are a good fashion accessories for the outdoor walk.

Cufflink

Cufflinks are nice for a corporate look. They beautify your shirt.

Native attires
It wouldn’t be bad to have a few pair of native attires to your wardrobe. Let your friends and associate see you in a different way than the usual shirt and trouser especially at social events. You can even go a notch higher by adding a pair or two agbada to your wardrobe because it’s the latest trend at social events now.

Jeans are timeless. An important outfit for the wardrobe. It’s for the outdoor and for those who work in a semi-corporate workplace. An outfit for a more relaxed look like a walk in the park, a date, or a visit to the cinema.

Polo and t-shirt
A polo and t-shirt would come handy anytime. Just like jeans it is for a more relaxed and comfortable look.

Sunshades
Sunshades can come handy on a very sunny day and as a fashion accessory to team up with your outfit.

Face cap, hats and cap.

Men cannot precisely say when they might need face cap, hat or cap and any of the listed could become useful especially on a bad hair day.

Tips on how to arrange clothes in wardrobe

Wardrobe as a unit is one of the most important items in your life as it carries your clothing which is your second skin. It is essential to keep your wardrobe refined as it mirrors your self esteem and your sense of worth.

Organizing clothes

What do you have as a wardrobe? Is it just a space between two walls, a shelf above the door, a couple of boxes, or a full room walk-in closet?

Regardless of what your wardrobe looks like, easy access to your things make it a place you can visit with serene and not with combat.

Every wardrobe normally has things that are in vogue, things that are going, things that that need to go and things that have gone. Here are a few tips on how to have that wardrobe that reveals the real you.

  • Empty your entire closet. Throw out clothes and related accessories that haven’t seen the light of day since you were eight years old. Is there stuff that you haven’t touched in years? That ’80s style tie-dye shirt which you hope would be back in style? An old pair of corduroy pants that you expect to fit into, once you lose those 20 kilograms. Avoid holding on to old clothes with the hope that they will come back in style.

 

  • To organise your wardrobe, invest in closet organizers such as pullout shelves with dividers, plastic boxes and drawers. Besides being space savers, closet organisers cut search time for a particular piece of clothing, as every thing is neatly filed and readily accessible.

  • Another important must-have item to organize your wardrobe is the hanger. Metal hangers are a popular but not trendy. To make metal hangers more appreciable, cello-tape the tips of the hangers and paint them in a uniform colour. Never keep rusty or broken hangers.

 

  • You can also double your closet space by adding a second clothes rail, if you have the space.

  • When organising your closet, store the same kind of clothes together. If possible, sort by colour and occassion for easier colour coordination. For example, avoid mixing working shirts with weekend tops. This will save you shifting through various types of clothes on days when you are rushing for time.

 

 

  • Keep frequently used items within reach, in order to facilitate easy access.

* Lastly hang some scent or freshener in your closet to lightly scent your clothes and to make you feel good when you open it.

 

 

 

 

 

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.