Tuesday, October 23, 2007


Hey, it has been a while, didn't think it was going to take this long to post this particular article.This week was just crazy for me, it seemed as if all the forces of nature and technology where totally against me. Everything i touched seemed to turn to stone! seriously? seriously!
I was so down on luck, and was ready to give up, but i dunno why this sometimes happens, when you are ready to pack up your bags and get going, you hear a song and suddenly you just get all determined all over again! well...it happened to me, i was at the end of the tunnel, then Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's 'Ain't no mountain high enough' came on...and the rest they say is history!
I promised to lay emphasis on the top ten trends of this season.These trends where everywhere on the catwalks in New York, Paris,Milan and London during fashion week.They will take your fashion to the next level if properly adopted.And am here to make sure you get it right, when you step out in style!

Dresses - Every style imaginable from ultra short, mini, knee and maxi.

It is mostly about prints with maxi dresses, floral prints to be exact, that is why i love this trend so much because, the Ankara material can be used to design one!I often patronise our home-breed Nigerian tailors, as they are the un-sung hero’s that make Nigerians the fashionable people that we are! So in this blog I will encourage my readers to make use of their services. One can hardly find a maxi dress at our local markets and most affordable stores. So I employ my readers to ‘do it yourself’ as it is as easy as getting the style cut out from a mag or the Internet, buying the right material , in this case floral prints or Ankara,to suit the design and chattering a good tailor, which should be pretty easy as Nigeria is saturated with talent!

Futurist :Space Odyssey 60s retro futurist, fantasy armour, satins, patent, plastic, rubber and leather (not advisable for the Nigerian Climate)

Futuristic trends include heavy metal looks, storm trooper, chain mail, but the look fails to translate well to the high-street, however great for designer shows. The high street can't copy this retro futurism look easily - yet! The current alternative is to opt for plastic,or adopt silver and metallic looks. The more instant practical solution might be the golden leggings or retro-styled corsets.

Metallic - Sweet wrapper looks, gold, silver, shimmer, shine, gleam, lustre and sparkle.

Romantic Looks - Soft layers, floral looks, softer colours, bows, delicacy and lace.

Folkloric Styling - Folksy traditional and paisley border prints and peasant necklines. I can totally image this dress in adire material.

Slouch Looks - Easy jersey dressing, Brit boy (Hip length jackets and tuxedo jackets define this look) and soft casual over sizing.

Luxury Sport - Sophisticated sporty looks in luxury glamorous fabrics.

Bold Prints - Monochrome patterns in over sized abstract and organic imagery

Neon Brights - Dazzling Colour and clashing colour mixes

80's Body Conscious - Cling, fit and glamour

Colour Trend: Sky blue, electric blue, gold, yellow, sweet vapper metallic colours are some of the most important colours this season. So I guess we better start stocking our closets with clothes these colours to take our ‘fashion forward’ this season.

Gold, metallic, sequins are all hot trends people should rock to occasions this season. They where everywhere on the red carpet during the Emmy's and the VMA’S.

The Shoe trend: Colourful footwear is making its comeback -- but don't hold your breath waiting for candy-coloured shoes. This season, it's all about deep, rich shades like dark red, forest green, royal blue, fuchsia, and golden yellow. As far as neutrals go, greys are hot, as are chocolaty browns.
In evening shoes the hottest hues are black, red, purple and dark or natural metallics -- i.e. gold, silver, bronze and pewter.

I decided to post a game and a particular article, one of my colleges wrote. I just had to post the article, even though it has nothing to do with fashion, i found it interesting as it mirrored some aspects of our lives....and as for the game, it is fun..so try it out, plus very informative!


When shopping, you will rather
a) Save
b) Splurge
c) Get a bargain

You shop
a) Occasionally( when the money is available)
b) Frequently( every given opportunity)
c) Irregularly( now and then, when you feel like)

Which of these statements are you most likely to say?
a) ‘ I rarely buy designer labels, as far as it is stylish, I will buy’
b) ‘ I prefer designer labels, I buy them mostly’
c) ‘ I buy designers when I can afford them, don’t when I can’t’

You always tend to buy:
a) Fashion trends with a long life span
b) The latest trends ASAP
c) Trends that relate to your personal style

When buying a fashionable item, you take into consideration
a) The price
b) If it is on trend
c) If it is comfortable

When shopping for shoes, you go for:
a) The essential colours
b) A wide variety of colours
c) Colours that match clothes in your closet

What best describes how you accessorise?
a) A watch, that is about it
b) Whatever is hot in handbags and shoes
c) Pretty earrings with a matching necklace

If you could raid a celebrity’s closet, it would have to be:
a) Genevieve Nnaji
b) Nkiru Anumudu
c) Ifeoma Williams

Maria Odunsi
a) Who? O!!!
b) I totally adore her designs, and how she plays with patterns.
c) Her… yes! She is cool….

If someone peeked in your underwear drawer, they will find\/
a) Lots of sexy matching bra and panties
b) Expensive designer pants and lingerie
c) A mix and match, some designers, most not.

If you answers are mostly A's:

You are the Queen of Cheap, The fashion economist. You love to look good, but won’t do so at the expense of an empty bank account or days without three square meals. You believe that you don’t need to have a closet full of designers to be a fashionista, rather having knowledge of what is in, and finding it at an affordable rate is what concerns you. You are fully aware of the ever changing fashion market and are not ready to succumb to buying the latest fads, you rather spend your money on trends that will last you a few years rather than months. Bravo!!!!!

If your answers are mostly B's:
You love fashion and live to shop. Keeping up with the latest trends is what
You love best. You know what’s in, out, about to be in, and about to be out. You read fashion magazines, search the web for the latest trends, and you shop till you drop. You may not be the richest, but you ensure you wear designers, even if it means you have to save for months and cut down on expenses. You are a fashion diary in your own right; you know everything there is to know about the world of fashion.

If your answers are mostly C's:
You love fashion to a certain extent and love to shop but you do not make it a priority. Designer labels don't interest you as such, you are more concerned if a particular item plays well to emphasize your personal style, be it a designer label or not. Unlike 'cut-throat' fashionistas who stand by the logo' no pain , no gain', and are ready to sacrifice comfort for a pair of jimmy-choo shoes , you are more concerned about your comfort, which you will never give up to wear the latest trends in clothes and accessories.


Sometimes it’s good to let it all out. All ones frustration, worries, insecurities, anguish, hatred and passion. Sometimes it is advisable to act on our present emotions, ruling out all forms of restriction, boundaries and considerations. After all, we all have our little secrets we want to share with the world but we are frightened to say ‘shoop shoop’ because of the aftermath of the levity of our words, because of the enemies we may gather, because of people’s reactions to our decisions. So patiently and silently we all wait for the day when our most sincere thoughts will be heard loud and clear, when we can all exhale.
Our society implores individuals to take on responsibilities we aren’t prepared for. The unfortunate thing, is that we are aware but we completely block out the reality of our incompetence and live by the uncertainty that we can take on this challenge, though unprepared, successfully. But who can blame us, I certainly don’t want to be the one to tell my sister that I can’t afford to keep her children in my home, neither can I tell my brother that I no longer can afford to pay his child’s fees as it is weighing me down financially although, I happen to be the wealthiest amongst my siblings. So what else can I say except ‘yes’
We inhale so much that we find it hard to breathe but we endure, the pain, the suffering and the inconvenience because we are afraid to let anyone down, we try so hard to preserve our good and most precious images in the eyes of those we consider dear to us. We still want to be seen as the solid foundation but we fail to realise that we lose strength each time a brick is added, each time we ignore what’s in front of us and act on pride, each time we think we can manage, each time we say ‘yes’ when we are fully aware of our disabilities.
We are to be held responsible for this uncontrollable drive to assist although sometimes we ‘get by with a little help from our friends’ however, we allow this urge to dominate our lives totally, gently suffocating us and our bank accounts in ways we thought impossible. Your once before perfectly adequate salary suddenly becomes unexplainably too minute to cater to you and your numerous unnecessary baggages which, by the way, are expensive to hold on to.
One day you feel like letting it all out but unfortunately, it seems that you and your uncomfortable generosity have reached a point of no return, you are choking, unable to grasp your breath, unable to hear your heart beat, you feel your temperature rise, you feel your brain heat up, you want to explode, you want to scream, you want to say ‘no’ but do you?. At the end of the day, we find ourselves tired, drained and our situations unbearable but we can’t seem to figure out a way to escape from the mess we helped construct, without loosing friends or family, which in most cases is impossible. So we keep on praying that in a miraculous way they will be off our backs and if that fails to happen, we wait for that day when our cups will be overflowing, when we will lose control of our minds and bodies and when the lion inside us decides to roar, we all wait to exhale.

That is all folks. Hope you enjoyed the two articles and the game.Next up, 'The dress, The occassion'.Will give you a few pointers on what to wear on a date, a wedding, you name it!....it is going to be very interesting. And remember to always keep your freak on......

Yours' stylishly,


1 comment:

Nkechi said...

ohhh myyy goooosh! im the FIRST EVERRR! i loves it...so proud...
cant wait for more...baci