Komole Kandids Series 2

*WARNING: This post is highly opinionated. In the event that your view differs from mine, feel free to express yourself in the comments section*

House of Deola is in a class of its own. Yes, I said it and I refuse to take it back! I’m yet to master the art of making culture contemporary, so when I see a designer that fuses the two so effortlessly, elegantly, beautifully, naturally…. I go GaGa! I actually lose it. Staring uncontrollably, drooling helplessly, wide eyed in amusement. It’s a mix between a kid in a candy store and a man that has found that woman that holds his “mumu” button, lol.

Let’s dig into the detail shall we??

One word: Intricacy.

There’s a resonating theme with each piece in the Komole Kandids Series 2. You know the link that new designers fail to grasp…. The underlying theme that undoubtedly links one piece to the next in a beautiful harmony… yeah, that’s the one! There’s beading, there are cut-outs, beautiful prints, appliques… gosh, it’s got the works!

Some background: Research.

Does anyone bother studying anymore? I don’t just mean reading. Studying, absorbing, understanding. House of Deola clearly put in the hours. I understand that over 12 years of research went into the development of the lace and now they weave the fabric themselves. Fantastic!

The Experience: Royalty.

You know when you look so good you’re gliding on air. When the world gazes at you in awe because you’re mingling with the gods. When your smile radiates from the inside at the slightest twitch of your lips. Yeah… that’s what I imagine the Komole Kandids Series 2 feels like. Can’t believe the target audience is wedding guests.

The Styling: Minimal.

When your clothes do all the talking, it’s best to keep the styling simple. Sleek low buns and perfectly pleated geles for the win.

Do I need really need to explicitly state that I love this collection? Or did my write up justify this already? LOL

Imani - One shoulder celadon floor length dress with attached ruched ‘ipele’. Dress patterned with Komole Kandids Forest motif.

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SOPHIA Alice blue Aso-oke, A-line dress patterned with Komole Kandids Nectar motif.

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LEILA Apricot and gold gilded Aso-oke dress patterned with Komole Kandids Forest motif.

FARI X YASMIN Dark raspberry liquid metal corset. Floral A-line skirt.

TALLULAH. Aquamarine Aso-oke top and skirt patterned with Komole Kandids Fractal motif.

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Ps: I need a holiday.

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“Florals… For Spring..? Groundbreaking”

I first set my eyes on Carolina Herrera’s SS15 look on Instagram and I sincerely thought it was breathtaking.

I’ve watched The Devil Wears Prada too many times to know that florals for spring is so cliché! I mean, it requires little to no mental activity and so it’s generally a trend that should be avoided (in my opinion). But in her SS15 collection, Carolina Herrera has successfully juxtaposed a supposedly trite floral print on a futuristic and fresh canvas.

The collection seems to be a modern day musing of the renowned Georgia O’keeffe depicting feminism in all her glory as the crisp look remains somewhat bridal.

I know there’s a lot more to see from this years New York Fashion Week but I can’t help but get ahead of myself and deem CH’s collection my favourite look of the season.

Hope you like as much as I do……

Isn’t this mosaic look just divine???

Source: NY Times

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Source: Yahoo Lifestyle

Source: Yahoo Lifestyle

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Ps: I love the Devil wears Prada, so had to use the line from the movie…  “Florals… for Spring…? Groundbreaking” LOL

PPs: It’s not hard to make out my style… Classic. Elegant. Clean. Simple.

Michael Kors “Miranda”

If ever there was one thing I disliked about the Michael Kors brand, it would have to be the bags! I could never relate to how bland and (in my humble opinion,) tacky his designs were. The “MK” embossed/printed on the mediocre shaped bags did not (by a long shot) tickle my fancy and like the Louis’ and Gucci’s of this world, I swore I’d never own a Michael Kors bag. All of this of course, was well before the conception of Miranda.

Now Miranda is quite the sight for sore eyes. Her poise, her elegance, her structure….. wonderfully stunning. She’s brings a clean, refreshing sense of class to the MK bag collection without rubbing it right in your face. Perhaps she could even be mistaken for a Celine but who cares? You could be robed in rags from head to toe but with the clutch of the Miranda, all will be forgiven in the judgmental world of Fashion!

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Ps. Happy Easter Bonitas!!!!!

Passion for Posen

It’s Valentine’s day and I haven’t even wished my readers a Happy New Year. It wasn’t until the day before yesterday when Taiwo whatsapped me saying (and I quote) “You haven’t blogged since xmas day. Shame on you!” that it dawned on me…. Not only have I begun my 2013 right in the heart of indolence, but I have also dived right into the pit of underperformance. On that note, Happy New Year ever-faithful readers!!!! And a Happy Valentine’s day too! May this year eradicate sloth and banish underperformance. On the contrary, may it be filled with rainbows, butterflies and the optimism they pose.

Now kick-starting 2013…..

It’s Valentine’s day and for the first time in about 3/4years I am single. That’s okay though because this year, I’m lusting over something magical; right out of this world (in my humble opinion anyway). It’s Zac Posen’s pre-fall 2013 collection. I discovered an item from the collection on instagram (you can follow me/Taiwo if you want @Tadera) and I have fallen head over heels; heart over head (I just made that up! lol). Consequently, I have decided to share my love of the moment with you. Hope you appreciate the structured art and dramatic elegance accompanied in each piece….

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Photo credit: various google sources

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Ps: There have been Fashion Nights Out for so many weeks now! My weekends are officially dedicated to Whitespace. Hope to see you there every weekend till it’s over!

Toshade Christmas…

Christmas is my favourite time of the year. Personally, it beats Easter, the Summer and yes, it even beats Birthdays! Unfortunately, this Christmas will differ from the norm as my family won’t be together (*wails*) nevertheless, we’ll celebrate Jesus and the joy of Christmas shan’t be lost.

As Christmas shopping should be in full swing, it dawned on me that there couldn’t be a better time to market TOSHADE jewellery. Therefore, as you can see below, I have uploaded pictures of some of my favourite pieces from TOSHADE…. Beaded creativity for the simple yet stylish!

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For further enquiries, please email me: KehindeFanimokun@yahoo.com

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Ps: I’ve started exfoliating my lips… save that for the next post maybe?

MTN Lagos Fashion and Design Week IV

Saturday Night sealed the deal. It was the cherry on top. The icing on the cake. Call it what you will, it was fabulous! Lanre Da Silva Ajayi (LDA) was the final Nigerian female designer on the runway and her show was spectacular. In her true fashion, her collection was wonderfully detailed and very well constructed. Her combination of local and foreign fabrics is always a winner in my humble opinion, and to top it all off, her Nigerian playlist enhanced the ambiance, with the entire audience either on their feet or bopping heads to the beat. Below are a few pictures from her collection as well as that of Emmy Collins, I hope you like….

 

LDA and IMai Atafo and I

Taiwo Kamson (aka Tkamz) and I.

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Ps: I’m super excited because I might be seeing a really good friend of mine next week!!! Just thought I’d get it out there!!! 😀

MTN Lagos Fashion Design Week III

Last year, Bridget Awosika’s pristine collection was my favourite of the night and this year was no different. It’s official, she and Jewel By Lisa are my favourite Nigerian high end designers and for this reason, I have combined both their collections in this blog post.

Bridget Awosika’s collection enveloped the stereotypical woman: Graceful with a hint of drama; Angelic with a slight complication; Beautiful nevertheless feisty! Her colour palette remained basic, allowing you to focus entirely on the architectural extravagance of each piece, it was breathtaking.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures of JBL on the runway, nevertheless, we got a few shots of the stunning pieces backstage. Feast your eyes the below pieces……

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Ps: Jewel By Lisa’s collection ended with Rihanna’s diamonds.. ‘appropriate’ I hear you say considering the highly blinged collection.

Pps: Did I just use the word ‘blinged’? I cringe!!! Lol.