Documenting the style-scape of Lagos, Nigeria

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19.7.16

YOMS COLLECTION. YUMMY COLLECTION.


Snooped online and found out these outfits were made by a Nigerian label called Yoms Collection. Find them on Instagram, and this is not a sponsored post. Just info.

Cheers ma dears.






 

UGANDAN FASHION.

Met this lovely Ugandan designer at AFWN.

She's Anita Beryl of "beryl quoture".

Find her at Tirupati Mall in Uganda.

Cheers. 




10.7.16

PARALLELISM.

The slogan beside him is completely independent.

"Naija born, World class cool" is used by the designers of KEEXS shoes but I dare say this Nigerian designer (@Fourteen07Styl) who I've had my good eye on for a while now, can run an easy parallel with the words.

He does justice to his brand.





EFFECTIVE MARKETING.

At the Mente de Moda event, I didn't intend to buy any nibbles or drinks. I had a robust plate of iyan and okra soup waiting for me at home really, so I'd pre-decided to keep the tummy empty.

That was until this lovely lady walked up to me and asked in the most endearing manner, if we would like to buy some drinks from her Tiki bar. She sweetly explained the ingredients used and how the drinks infuse into each other to create exotic tastes.

Now listen, I bought a drink. How could I not?
Her approach was refreshing and a far cry from the sometimes overly apathetic way vendors at these fairs tend to act toward potential customers. 

This lady knows a thing or two about effective marketing, because in the short time I was at her stall, she gave off the same vibe to others because they flocked. And  happily bought. And happily drank. Everybody wins.

I chose palm wine. Yup. It's been a while.

And while she served it, I took a photo. 

Pretty.


MENTE DE MODA.

Researched the literal translation of Mente de Moda, and I got nothing.

So I decided to break it down and in Spanish, Mente means mind and Moda means fashion. Therefore, mind of fashion?

Lately, the local and international press have caused my mind to be on anything BUT fashion. It appears to be a continuous loop of one depressing bit of breaking news after another.

I think it's okay to have one's mind on fashion, even if your heart is in weightier places.

Spent the evening at this month's Mente de Moda in Lekki. There was beauty everywhere.




4.7.16

THE EDGE.

The edge is geometric and boyish and it works well because it's not fussed nor is it pretentious.

We like it.





TRIBAL WEST.

Elegantly tribal with a hint of Chanel.

As seen at Africa Fashion Week.



AFRICAN PRINT.

Wear it on your neck line.

Wear it on your hand bag.

Or both.

Never too much.




EID MUBARAK.

Happy Eid to my Moslem friends and followers.

I hope the season brings you all things bright and beautiful you prayed for.

And let us continue in peace on earth and love to mankind ;)





Q & A.

Conversation goes thus:

"Hello Sir, are you a model?"

"Yes I am"

"Okay great, I'd like to take some photos of you please."

"Sure, can I keep my cup?"

...camera already clicking away.

Find him on Instagram as @tosan_dudun.

The End.





3.7.16

SQUAD.

They made an excellent group. Gutted I didn't get better quality photos.



MODEL OFF DUTY?

Easily...





SHOWMANSHIP.

At any Fashion Week, there are people who come to watch the machinery of showmanship.

And then there are others who come to OWN the concept of showmanship.

His category is apparent.

Cheers.





WHO YOU ARE.

There's this quote I see all over the interwebs that says:

"Style is saying who you are without having to speak."

I'd still be interested in hearing her speak...I mean the lady's got a mic for it too.

Beautiful ensemble.

Cheers.


2.7.16

AFRICAN. UN-APOLOGETICALLY.

I'm mostly for expressing your personal style as you please but oh mann! How you gon' show up to Africa Fashion Week and not champion the magic that is our print fabric?

I absolutely love this look. 

Let's hear it for the glamour and vibrancy of the African attire.

Cheers.







PERFECTION.

I will never regret the few extra minutes it may take for me to capture a person in their "realness". 

I understand that most people like to be photographed with the perfect pose, the perfect angle and with perfect lighting...but you and I know, perfection is probably unobtainable.

So let's just move in our complete silhouettes...exactly as we are...then the lights, camera and action will follow naturally.

Cheers. 





AFRICA FASHION WEEK LAGOS.

It's Day 2 of the Africa Fashion Week Lagos and after I managed to peel myself off my bed rest (because what a harsh week it was in the world of contract negotiation), I traipsed over to Eko Hotel with the big brother.

Because you have to see how people in Lagos are expressing themselves through personal style.

And you come here for it.

So here's my first subject. I posted her photo on Instagram and through "tagging", discovered she's a model.

Figures.

She was truly stunning.

Cheers.