The Met Ball

I love any excuse to dress up, self expression via fashion is my favourite kind. I’d much rather dress the way I feel than talk about it because then, I’m not obliged to admit to anything; it remains open for interpretation with a hint of mystery…. mystery is good, no?

Forget the Oscars, the Met Gala is officially my favourite fashion red carpet! I love how seriously everyone takes the theme and let’s not forget that the proceeds of the fund raising are put towards the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute (I love art).

This year’s Met Gala’s theme was “Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology”. Now I had to do some googling to fully understand what “Manus x Machina” meant so give me a minute while I relish in my new found knowledge.

The Manus x Machina theme explores how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear. The exhibition addressed the founding of haute couture in the 19th century, when the sewing machine was invented, and the emergence of a distinction between the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) at the onset of mass production. It will explore this ongoing dichotomy, in which hand and machine are presented as discordant tools in the creative process, and question the relationship and distinction between haute couture and ready-to-wear.

Okay, so I just lifted that from the Met website *shrugs*. Moving on swiftly, these are my favourite looks from the 2016 Met Ball. What look was your fave?

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US$2000 manicure… YAS!!! Tommy Hilfiger dress… fantastic!

Kylie Jenner at Met Gala 2016

Balmain!

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Claire Danes at Met Gala 2016

I particularly liked  Claire Danes outfit because not only was it by Zac Posen, but it was an illuminating dress!

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Ps: Still stuck on that US$2000 manicure….

Pps: I have a very busy weekend ahead of me. I’m exhausted just thinking about it.

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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.

Afternoon Tea anyone?

I’ve got work to do. A lot of work. It’s got to be done this evening and yet, here I am sitting at my desk at 6:50pm thinking about what I like to call “Afternoon Tea”.

Anya Hindmarch recently designed a whole line of delicious clutches, hold-alls and Ebury bags. She’s included Bourbon, Custard Cream and even crisps, you know…. just a few divine pastries you’d find stacked on your Afternoon Tea cake stand.

Now I know there are no scones or gateauxs featured in the collection, but you have to admit, the craftmanship of these bags are pretty sweet (okay, okay, I’ll stop with the food references, it’s getting cheesy… Lol)!

What are your thoughts on Anya’s Autumn/Winter 2014 collection? Does it go down quite the treat or is it not your cup of tea? (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself!)

Crisp Packet clutch, main

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She’s also got a refreshing line of breakfast cereals including Cornflakes, Frosties and Coco-pops so really this blog post could have gone either way…. “Breakfast is served” or “Afternoon Tea Anyone?”

Anya Hindmarch Imperial Coco Pops Snakeskin Clutch

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Frosties Maxi Featherweight Ebury

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Ps: I think I had too much fun with the food references in my description.

PPs: Happy Democracy Day to all my Nigerian Followers…. Let’s hope this Change will be for the better.

Viktor & Rolf: BonBon

BonBon! I could say it all day…. “BonBon”.

BonBon is French for “Candy” (I never knew until I googled it on Sunday and Wura gave me the – You’re an idiot but I’ll let you off seeing as you’re supposed to be my older sister-look). Thanks to a very kind Mister, Viktor & Rolf’s BonBon has been my scent for the past couple of months and I am crazy, stupid in love with the sweet fragrance. Let me explain why…..

BonBon is the right amount of sweet with a very subtle sexy undertone. She glides with a feminine flair subconsciously flirting with passers by. BonBon is rich yet subtle; juvenile but still sophisticated. She’s my perfection if ever perfection was confined to a single fragrance.

The BonBon bottle is an orchid coloured sweet wrapper (I didn’t realise this until my googling exercise on Sunday, I thought it was a bow!) and mine came in the most exquisitely wrapped sweet package.

BonBon is my scent of the season (I lie, it’s my scent till it’s finished) it might be a while till I find a fragrance to top this one!

Have you tried BonBon? What are your thoughts?

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Ps: My next review should be on Prada Candy. I’ve noticed that people often compare Viktor & Rolf’s BonBon with Prada’s Candy. Well, they definitely have more than the name in common so I just might be headed there next.

Afrochristic

A couple of Fridays ago, I stopped by at Taiwo’s office after work and to no surprise, I found her office relatively empty. I know about 90% of the staff at her office so was a little surprised to come across an unfamiliar face. Okey had just joined that week and I could tell from the look on his face that he was just as surprised to meet a “Taiwo look-alike” as I was  to see a new face on the team.

In line with your typical Friday “dress down” Okey had on no tie, but a white shirt,  smart blazer and one of my favourite men’s accessories, a pocket square. Naturally, it instantly caught my attention and rude as it may be, I had him take it out for my close inspection.

The fabric was tightly woven in a torquoise blue and complementary gold weft stitch accompanied by a black undertone. It was effortlessly folded in a loose pyramid and stuck out with all the flair of a pretentious aristocrat, I loved it! It reminded me a lot of a contemporary take on the “aso-oke” often worn at Yoruba traditional weddings.

After my close (and somewhat rude) inspection, I quickly got to know that Okey’s pocket square was actually made by his own brand (side hustle as we like to call in in Nigeria), Afrochristic. It turns out Afrochristic is not just a one-trick pony, they do a few male and female accessories. Can’t wait to find out what else they have in store.

Below are pictures of Okey’s Afrochristic pocket square, isn’t it just handsome!

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For orders/enquiries, contact Okey: BAOkere[at]gmail.com

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Ps: Please forgive the picture quality, I don’t exactly carry an SLR to work lol.

PPs: I love how I’m getting into men’s fashion, was never really my thing.

“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???

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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.

Plum and Sapphire

Carina: The Lady Biba ‘Carina’ is one of my favourite dresses in my wardrobe. I bought it in an instagram sale couple of months back, but struggled a little (more like a LOT) with the fit mainly because my lower half and upper half vary drastically! Naturally, I had to have alterations done (thanks to Alterations on Awolowo Road) now my dress is a perfect fit… a second skin if you like.

Initially, I was very skeptical about the Carina. The picture I’d seen on the website featured a poorly finished hemline and although I LOVED the dress, I wasn’t about to throw my money into the pocket of any designer that didn’t pay attention to a clean finish. But then as I went through the Lady Biba instagram account, I noticed that unlike the pictures on the website, the dress actually looked well made.  As you all know, I’m a fan of Nigerian Belle and even she vouched for Lady Biba, so I took the plunge and bought the dress. Needless to say, I think this dress is amazing and Lady Biba will definitely be hearing from me again soon.

Vintage: Sumbo’s dress on the other hand is a vintage extraordinaire! This blue number was spotted in her Aunt’s closet and needless to say, it’s Sumbo’s now. A truly timeless piece the colour pops just as much as it did back in the day, but the material has a fragile stretch to it, demanding care when washing.

Say hello to our Sunday OOTD! Plum and Vintage Sapphire…….

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Ps: Forgive the quality of the pictures. They were taken with my phone.

Pps: Do you see my sexy eyes in picture number 2? LOL The sun was glaring, I couldn’t help myself.