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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The Midas Touch

The V Label Maida dress is one of my favourites. It’s ironic because when I first received it, I was mad with anger. Let me give you a bit of a background on our turbulent history…

It was about 10:00am on a Saturday morning when my dress first arrived. Beaming with excitement, I tore open the plastic bag wrapping and lo and behold:

Issue 1: I was blinded by the golden shimmer; and

Issue 2: I was appalled by the size. You see the dress fit like a 12 except I’d ordered a 6.

As I tipped over the edge about to explode in a hissy fit, my Mum offered her sewing machine to take in the gaping sides. More often that not, I’m melodramatic, but what do you expect when there’s a wedding in 2 hours and your only option is two times your size?

Fast forward to the following Summer and I’ve worn the V Label Maida three times and I’m still receiving compliments. Because of her golden shimmer and the endless compliments, I call her “The Maidas touch”. Below are the benefits of The Maidas Touch:

Benefit 1: I never need more than dainty earrings and an expensive bracelet to accessorize her, she does all the work.

Benefit 2: She’s so comfortable it’s surreal!

Benefit 3: The decent length is fit for a wedding with my Dad but mini lining is the ultimate flirt for a wedding with the MR.

Below are pictures of The Maidas Touch, what do you think?
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Photo Credit: Tadera Studios (aka Taiwo) LOL. The photo was taken at about 9pm though. I need to remember to take photos before the event rather than after *sigh*

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Ps: The Maidas touch also looks fantastic with coloured shoes.

PPs: My shoes are courtesy of my boo boo Ilobe 🙂

PPPs: I did my make-up myself (I’m improving… trust me), but Wura highlighted which was kinda cool. I might be highlighting some more going forward. LOL

 

She’s Back!

Hello Beautiful people!!!!

I know I’ve been MIA for a bit (a bit she says…) but I’m back  and you’ll love it, I promise!

In the mean time, I’ll leave you all with a picture of me in what Nigerian’s call a Keke Napep! Talk about arriving in grand style…. LOL

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Ps: It was my first time in a Keke Napep and I was too excited. I didn’t actually go for a ride, but the driver allowed me to pose in it… LOL

PPs: Forgive the picture quality…. I used my phone.

“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

Source: NY Times

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.

Best Foot Forward

As with every Saturday in Lagos there was a wedding to attend on Saturday August 9. This Saturday was special though, it was Solape and Dipo’s wedding. I’ve known Solape since JS1 (year 7) and it just so happens that we also work on the same team in the office, so it goes without saying that we spend a lot of time together .

For the longest time, I couldn’t figure out what to wear and I wasn’t about to spend any more money on wedding season (Aso Ebi is so expensive)! So I sifted through my wardrobe and was lucky enough to re-discover my ROF monochrome maxi from the 2012 “Re-Belle” Collection. I’d only worn it once and it was begging for another showcase.

Below are pictures of  Wura, Ilobe, Taiwo and I as we headed out to #SolaDipo2014, hope you like….

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I love the Palm trees at the top of this picture. It makes you feel like you’re in an exotic country with perfect weather and beautiful views.

 

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Wura in a Virgos Lounge skirt and locally made buba. I suspect she’s got MAC’s ‘Flat out Fabulous’ on. LOVE this pose!

DSC_0646Ilobe in a draped back maxi dress, Salvatore Ferragamo bag and brown loubs!!!!

DSC_0651Taiwo’s Iro and draped neck Buba material was sourced from one of my Mum’s trips to India! Her necklace was an Accessorize gift from one of my Besties, Bukky!

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Republic of Foreigner 2012 “Re-Belle” Collection. Blue KG shoes for a pop of colour and a complementary fishtail braid.

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Ps: I don’t have to explain the title “Best Foot Forward” do I? It’s kinda obvious….

Toshade: Garden Collection

March 22 marked the beautiful Traditional ceremony of my Sister Olaitan and her husband, Dipo. As expected, Toshade made pretty much all the jewellery and she did an amazing job!

1. Roses are Red: Using red corals of different sizes, shapes and textures, Toshade created a chunky and twisted ‘Mother of the Bride’ number finished with 24 carat gold  toppings and swarovski crystals strategically placed to catch the sunshine of the outdoor event.

2. Forget Me Not: Just like the flower, these chipped beads are blue and pink with dainty, bronze beads separating each chip. Each string swings nonchalantly with the movement of the wearer in a contagious yet classy manner.

3. Baby Blue Eyes: These textured, sugar beads are separated by a trio of gunmetal grey seed beads locked in at each edge with matching spacer bars. Simple, yet captivating the strings are finished with a turquoise and blue clasp.

4. Last and definitely not the least is my Pink Hibiscus: About 30 strands of seed beads strung in varying lengths and neatly twisted into a solid rope. Pink Hibiscus was finished with silver cones, large pink beads and my favourite finish… a hand made hook.

Below are pictures of the Garden inspired wedding collection. Just like the outdoor ceremony, it was quite the breath of fresh air. Hope you like….

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For further enquiries on Toshade beads, contact me on KehindeFanimokun[at]yahoo.com or contact my Mum on: AbiFanimokun[at]gmail.com.

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Ps: That day, I danced till I could not feel my legs!!! It took about 48 hours to get over the intense work out. Lol

PPs: My Mum also made Olaitan’s beads but I have no pictures!!! I should do a separate blog on it you know….