When Creativity Meets Design

I recently watched Moschino’s cheap and chic ready to wear spring summer 2012 Milan show on FTV and I was fascinated by the market place, fruits theme and designs. The creative way in which the designer depicted fruits and vegetables in the clothes were what appealed to me. These are some of my favourites culled from nowfashion.com

The grean, black and white apple print halter maxi

 

 

 

 

 

 

All the designs appeal to me. I can picture them on women of different body types.  Slender, Curvaceous, and big women can all rock this looks.

My term to best describe  Moschino’s look is ‘Juicy and refreshing’, just right for Spring and Summer.

 

Urban Clothing In Lagos. Live Mechanics is One going on Ten

The urban/street clothing style was my style growing up as a teenager, because I was a big fan of the group TLC. I loved Queen Latifah, Aaliyah and Da brat. Then there was Missy Elliot with her different rhythm and dance steps. Those were the ladies. The men were Snoop Dooggy, Mc Hammer, Kid n Play, the group,  Arrested Development, Naughty by Nature. These artist had urban style; how can I forget the days of the bandana head bands, the  oversized clothing, the timberland boots etc, The fashion was and still is infused in Hip Hop and Rap music. If you love Hip Hop and Rap, you’ll will appreciate street fashion and vise versa.

Fast forward to the future, Live Mechanics is a clothing brand based in The United States owned by a Nigerian. Their designs are urban, creative versatile and trendy. It pitches its tent in the street style of fashion. They opened their flagship store at the Adeniran Ogunsanya Shopping Mall in Surulere, Lagos Nigeria about a year ago, and now it seems like they have been around for years . Its urban flavor opened a different scene in Lagos fashion and music, so it is no surprise that you will find Nigerian hip hop and rap artist and their fans wearing a Live Mechanics design.

Live Mech T-shirt

LM Denim Pants

LM Polo

LM Shorts

LM Jacket

I love the fact that the brand reminds us of the marriage of urban clothing with hip hop and rap. When I see celebrities and people in Nigeria wearing a Live Mechanics jacket, I am proud, because I know the music and fashion industry in Nigeria is growing.

As Live Mechanics celebrates its one year anniversary next week with a blow out sale event and a meet and greet with artists, I wish the team many more years of clothing success.

xoxo,

Rodeo.

Ten Tips I learnt from my Grandmother on being a woman

1. A woman should never deprive herself of sleep. Your body needs it more than you know

 

2.  Always pray in the mornings when you wake up and at night when you go to sleep. It keeps your mind at rest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Be sure to always have a jar of shea butter and coconut oil at home, your skin and hair needs it to be youthful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. (Grandma had a garden of fresh vegetables and fruits at the backyard, she frowns at all processed foods)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Love water. Take it and give it freely

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. A woman shouldn’t frown at chores or walking long distance. It helps to toughen your bones and make u strong

 

 

7. Clothes and jewelries adorns a woman, wear it with grace and compliment it with a smile

8. Fall in love. Your soul will rejoice at the memory

9. Embrace ageing with grace and acceptance, you will find serenity in the process

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Have a source of income. Its boost your confidence when you see yourself achieving something

 

 

 

 

 

I shared these tips on my blog, because I always want to remember them. She has so much grace in her that if she was educated, given the opportunity, she would have become an icon of beauty and style in her generation.

Ankara ‘s Permanent Residence Status in Europe and America.

Ankara fabric has come a long way. It use to be that piece of three yards material that my mum gave to us as cover clothes growing up. It was what wives and mothers wore at home to do chores and what eastern Nigerian mothers called wrappers; worn with a lace blouse. Then the Yorubas wore it as a collective material for group of friends, or family members of the celebrant to a party.

Stake of Ankara Fabric in the market

It wasn’t until the new millenium did the true beauty of ankara began to take preeminence in dressing up among the youths. Before now, We would prefer to wear foreign designs to events rather than Ankara. If you are not buying the ‘Aso-ebi’ for the events, then you shouldnt be wearing one.

All that is history now. The rise of the fashion industry has seen to the identification of Ankara as a continental image of beauty, pride and creativity.  Many Nigerian designers fuse  ankara with satin, chiffon, taffeta, lace, and even go as far as bejewelling it. Thanks to designers like Jewel by Lisa, Ituen Basi, owning an ankara design became chic, stylish and original. Say good buy to plain old drappy ankara made for mummy and her friends,

How our mothers wear Ankara

scream ‘Its a lie’ to the mega revamped vavavoom ankara of the twenty first century. Ready to take on the world.

Vlisco designs. Ankara on a journey

 

It became fashionable to wear ankara to parties, and even more so, ladies began to recreate western designs with the ankara fabric, and bang, the rave was on from Lagos to Monrovia, Tunis to Capetown. With its steady climb in the continent, it was only a matter of time before the world came calling. Then came the designs of L.A.M.B, Box Kitten, and latest of them all, Burberry.

Ankara on the L.A.M.B runway in New York

L.A.M.B

L.A.M.B

Boxing Kitten

Boxing Kitten

Boxing Kitten

L.A.M.B displayed ankara designs in its spring 2011 collections. Boxing Kitten is an American self thought designer who has being able to fuse the Ankara with the African-American historical identity. Her designs tell a story; this I love. She is behind the Ankara designs worn by Beyonce, Solange, Alicia  and  Fergie.

Beyonce in ankara design

 

Solange rocking ankara

 

Fergie looking hot in Ankara

Gwen Stefani in L.A.M.B

The Brits also welcomed Ankara into their fashion scene. Burberry recently featured ankara fabric in its Prorsum Spring/Summer 2012 Pre Colletion.

Ankara in Burberry’s Prorsum spring/summer 2012 pre collection

 

Burberry Ankara shirt

 

ankara hat

 

Bangles made from ankara

Ankara purse

Ankara is now used to create fashion pieces and accessories. It seems this pretty fabric is hear to stay for a very long time not just as a trend, but as precious pieces that speaks personalty and style for whomever is bold enough to take it on.