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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

THE RED CARPET AT THE 84TH EDITION OF THE OSCARS (ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS) 2012

This year's edition of the annual gathering has come and gone but the reverberations of the awards ceremony and the fashion and style showcase has not yet subsided. We were not around to showcase the red carpet of the show, so we have decided to showcase some of our best picks of the event. While some were looking fantastically gorgeous as usual, some were unbelievably drab as usual also and lacked colour. Anyhow it went, it’s those hits and misses that always gives colour to such gatherings. Enjoy the showcase, as led by the awesomely gorgeous Miss Piggy of the Muppet show and her darling of several years-the incomparable-Kermit the Frog.


MISS PIGGY & KERMIT IN ZAC POSEN

OSCAR WINNER-OCTAVIA SPENCER IN TADASHI SHOJI

OSCAR NOMINEE VIOLA DAVIS IN VERA WANG


SO ON POINT- BACK & FRONT

SHE SO TOO GOOD WE HAD TO SHOW HER MANY TIMES

WOW PIXS AT THE VANITY FAIR OSCAR'S AFTER PARTY


After the plenty noise of the Oscars, with all the fashionistas doing their utmost to out show each other, the next place to be seen which was another opportunity to show off was the Vanity Fair Post Oscars Party at the Sunset Towers Hotel in West Hollywood. And like the stars always love to do, they were again dressed to the nines. Here are a few of those at the fantastic event, looking like a million dollars.
ADEPERO ODUYE
VENUS & SERENA WILLIAMS

SERENA DOING SHOW ME YOUR BACK

FIERCE OMOTOLA COVERS STYLEMANIA MARCH 2012 EDITION


It's the magazine to beat and follow and the fantastic on-going project hits the 5th extra-ordinary edition. And with this edition- March 2012, something new and great is ready to POP!!!, everyone's new style delight goes MONTHLY! Yipeeeee!!!!! So the readers and loyal followers of the exemplary works of 2 of the best in the lifestyle industry- Top Stylist- Dimeji Alara (ex-Genevieve Magazine, Longevity Magazine SA, ELLE SA, Glamour SA & was a contributor at GQ SA) and Ace-photographer to the heavenly angels- the incomparably blessed artist, Lawyer and Photographer-Kelechi ' the GENIUS' Amadi-Obi would now be getting their style fixes or doses every month without fail. A very welcomed development, don't you all think? 
MR & MRS. JONES

FABULOUS PICTURE OF THE DAY- THE YOUNG AKANDE'S

We came across this family picture of the handsome Olumide Akande-heir-apparent to the Akande's billions, his wife the 'everly' gorgeous former actress Dakore 'Egbuson'-Akande and their adorable kid dynamite. And we thought to share it. Don't they all just look so beautiful together? We loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!

TREY SONGZ MAKES GQ FEATURE FOR MARCH 2012 EDITION

He is a hunk by many miles. They don't come this cute and dapper very much again, he is handsome, dresses very well (Though he loves to tear up those shirts, when he is singing) and yes he can sing! And he just made about 10 pages of a feature in the men's style bible-The GQ- that's Gentlemen's Quarterly of March 2012 and we believe he deserves to be there.
The feature was titled- The Most Important Items In Your Wardrobe. And it showed Trey Songz wearing some of the best jackets & blazers available for guys for the Spring 2012 season. The dapper dude is preparing for the release of his 2012 offering titled ''Chapter V''.
And he had some things to say in the edition. Quoting him verbatim
On Privacy-"What made Prince Prince is, you didn't know sh*t about him. As an artist, you [need] a persona, a mystique. When you step into Twitter, Facebook, alla that...you're giving a piece of it away."
On his music direction- "I could make a hundred 'Bottoms Up's, but they won't change nobody's life. Marvin Gaye sang love songs to a certain point, and then it was like, 'F*ck this, I'm not clean-cut no more. I'm putting this skully on, letting this beard grow out, and I'm doing whatever the fuck I wanna do."
Check out the dapper dude in pictures below. He R O C K S! Don't you all think?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

RIRI ROCKS @ THE BRIT AWARDS 2012



 WAOH!!!!!!!!!She's sexy and she knows it. The Bajan beauty rocked last night in her outfit at the Brit Awards 2012, where she even went home with an award- Best International Female Artist. The beaded sparkler from Givenchy Spring 2012 Couture was gorgeous. 

THE UBUNTU COLLECTION @ the LFW A/W2012-THE NIGERIAN FOCUS

The Ubuntu collection for 2012 at the London Fashion week A/W 2012 Vauxhall Fashion Scout show was not a strictly Southern African package. Unlike the inaugural edition of the show in 2011, this second edition saw a collaboration with Nigeria and was tagged-The Nigerian Focus. According to the organisers the platform is being enlarged to accommodate more. Africa is the main focus and the idea is to help project African talents properly and correctly to a wider audience.

 First to come out were the designs by Ayo Van Elmar, a young and very talented Vienna based designer, who we 1st encountered late last year. Ayo showcased outfits made from Aso Oke in different colours. The models came out looking like African princesses, wearing traditional Hausa hats that had lighted incense at the top, on their Aso Oke outfits and they had their feet decorated with laili.
AYO VAN ELMAR










Following closely after Ayo's showcase, was a relatively new Designer-Samantha Dollar, whose brand Zohi Taglit shown like a meteorite, her exquisitely sown designs made with a mix of Ankara and other fabrics was very well received. She was followed by Studio 24 whose street inspired outfits designed by Joan Okorodudu for the brand, was a breath of fresh air.

ZOHI TAGLIT

OLUBUNMI ADEMOKOYA

IMADE OGBEWI

OLUCHI
STUDIO 24
AISHA BELLO

AFRICA ROCKS! THE UBUNTU COLLECTION@THE LONDON FASHION WEEK A/W 2012:VAUXHALL FASHION SCOUT

PART 1.

Hellooooooooooo!, it was a beautiful day a few days ago at the Vauxhall Fashion Scout, Ubuntu Collection, which was part of the London Fashion Week A/W 2012. This is the 2nd showing of the Ubuntu project and this year instead of just the South African showcase, it included the Nigerian project. Nigeria was represented at the showcase by House of Jola-Joan Okorodudu, Studio 24, Ayo Van Elmar-a Vienna based Nigerian designer and Samantha Dollar of Zohi Taglit

And on the ramp representing Africa and Nigeria were the former best model of the world-Olubunmi Ademokoya, Aisha Bello-former winner of Nigeria's Next SuperModel, the current winner of Nigeria's Next SuperModel 2011/2012- Imade Ogbewi and the 2nd runner-up at the same model search-Ajoke Taiwo. Apart from this 4 from Isis Model, there were 2 other Nigerian models who also strutted gallantly on the catwalk, they were Oluchi and Seyi of Isis International.

The event venue was the Freemasons Hall, London. And we couldn't believe our eyes, when just 5 minutes to the start of the showcase, the hall was filled up to capacity, with many standing around to view a superb show. We saw blogger extraordinaire-One Nigerian Boy in the crowd, top UK based Nigerian designer Adebayo Jones, editor of FAB Magazine Sinem Onabanjo was at the Front row, so also was the editor of Arise Magazine Helen Jennings,top UK based Nigerian Designer Nkwo Onwuka, Waheed Olagunju of Bank of Industry,Ifeanyi Oputa of Studio 24, Ronke Ademiluyi of AFWL,Sammie & Tola Onigbanjo and several others. As to be expected the backstage was chaotic, everyone wanting to do a great job in a little space and in the short time allotted, hair and make-up artists, designers and their stylists all doing last minute fittings etc. At the end of the whole chaos backstage, which is hidden from the crowd outside, a world class show is delivered by the show producers, who were on the edge till the show was delivered. 

The Ubuntu showcase was opened by an extraordinarily creative Designer by the name- Clifton Lotter, with beautiful music from the homeland(Africa) in the background, the models seemingly floated on the catwalk wearing Clifton's outfit with much aplomb! In this showcase, are the designs by Clifton Lotter, Frankli Wild & Jose Hendo. Enjoy!

CLIFTON LOTTER'S COLLECTION



CISSY HOUSTON'S HEARTRENDING OPEN LETTER TO HER DAUGHTER- WHITNEY HOUSTON

Many have still not be being able to fully come to terms with the death of Whitney Houston. Her mom Cissy Houston recently made some revelations about things, she had kept to heart all this while. Hear how she was visited by her daughter-Whitney in the aftermath of her death-









NNEOMA AND OBINNA'S TRADITIONAL WEDDING CEREMONY

Finally after many weeks, we have the full pictorial of one of the weddings of the year. It was the joining together of the kids of 2 of the Eastern heavyweights- Governor of Abia- Dr. Theodore Orji's daughter Nneoma and top politician Senator Ifeanyi Araurume's son-Obinna.

We heard the stadium in the home state of the Governor was filled to capacity, as many came from far and near to witness the traditional ceremony of the Governor's beautiful daughter to her heartthrob. We have already given you all the info about the ceremony before now, so we just want to upload the pictures of the event, for your viewing pleasure.

WE THANK ONE OF THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHERS IN THE COUNTRY-Mr. Seyi Body-Lawson for allowing us to use pictures. Enjoy.

NNEOMA


OBINNA & NNEOMA ARAURUME

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

KEFEE'S NEW SMOKING HOT JOINT!

This is branking spanking new and from the little we have heard, it is set for the zenith of the chart. And that position at the top, is not new to the incredibly talented Kefee. This new joint is titled- Dan Maliyo.


Kefee – “Dan Maliyo”
When Kefee is mentioned, heads turn and attention is drawn because not only is she gorgeous but also a bundle of talent.
She has been quite busy over the past few months but being a diversified artiste; she was able to shoot the video of her latest single, Dan Maliyo. This joint is cracking and has got a lot of flavour.
Dan Maliyo has other featured guest appearance like Becca (a Ghanaian grand vocalist) and produced by Nodash of Something Unusual Studios.
Last week, she also dropped a single titled “Beautiful”.

BLOKE MAGAZINE'S VALENTINE EDITION 2012


It's the 2ND edition of the beautiful Lifestyle Magazine-aptly called-Bloke. And just like the inaugural edition, this sophomore edition is beautiful, colorful and very interesting. It's another masterpiece of a magazine delivered.



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Monday, February 20, 2012

77 DESIGNERS,6 CONTINENTS SETS FOR ARISE AFRICA FASHION WEEK 2012


Lagos, Nigeria would be the focus from all parts of the world in the next few weeks.  The country would play host to some of the very best talents from the country and many others from far and wide.  Last year's edition of the same show was outstanding in many ways, so everyone is already anticipating an extraordinary show in March of 2012. Already an unprecedented numbers of designers have already signalled their commitment to participate. The most anticipated week in Fashion in Nigeria is March 6 till 11, 2012.

Due to the phenomenal response to participate in the much anticipated, ARISE Magazine Fashion Week, which last year hosted 5,000 guests, 51 designers, 81 models, 5 musical acts over three days – ARISE organisers have announced that it will return to Lagos in March 2012, only this time it will feature 77 participants from 6 continents – including designers as far away as India, the Caribbean, USA, Europe and Africa.
The ARISE Magazine Fashion Week – Lagos 2012 fashion extravaganza will run for an extended period of SIX days from Tuesday 6th March to Sunday 11th March 2012 in THREE tents on the grounds of the luxurious 5-Star Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria.
The much-anticipated designers selected to participate include:
Adama-Paris (Senegal/France), Amine Bendriouich Couture and BS (Germany/Morocco), Amrapali (India), Angelo Van Mol (Belgium/Ghana), Be-Grey (Nigeria), Bestow Elan (UK/Ghana), Bridget Awosika (Nigeria), Buki Akib (UK/Nigeria), CHICHIA (UK/Tanzania), Christie Brown (Ghana), CLAN (Nigeria), David David London (UK), Davida (Nigeria), Duaba Serwa (Ghana), Ejiro Amos Tafiri (Nigeria), Eki Orleans (UK/Nigeria), Frank Osodi (Nigeria), Funlayo Déri (UK/Nigeria), Gavin Rajah (South Africa), Gloria Wavamuno (Uganda), HOUSE of DIVAS (Nigeria), House of Farrah (Nigeria), House of Nwocha (Nigeria), ICONIC INVANITY (Nigeria), Imane Ayissi (France/Cameroon), Jacob Kimmie (UK/South Africa), Jewel by Lisa (Nigeria), Kastle Designs & Treasure Chest (USA/Ghana), Kaveke (Kenya/UK), Kevan Hall (USA), Kezia Frederick (UK/St.Lucia), Kiki Clothing (Ghana), Kinabuti (Italy), Klûk-CGDT (South Africa), Koke (Botswana/India), Korto Momolu (USA/Liberia), Lanre Da Silva Ajayi (Nigeria), LaQuan Smith (USA), Laurenceairline (France/Ivory Coast), Loza Maléomsho (USA/Ivory Coast), Madam Wokie's Couture (Sierra Leone), Mai Atafo (Nigeria), Maki-Oh (Nigeria), Mataano (USA/Somalia), Meena (Nigeria), Mustafa Hassanali (Tanzania), NKWO (UK/Nigeria), Odio Mimonet (Nigeria), Okunoren Twins (Nigeria), Osman (UK), Paul Hervé ELISABETH (Martinique), Poisa (Kenya), Re Bahia (UK/Nigeria), Sandra Kennedy (Jamaica), Sandra Muendane (Mozambique/Portugal), Sunny Rose (Nigeria/UK), Taibo Bacar (Mozambique), the Vessel. By Lois (USA/Jamaica), Tiffany Amber (Nigeria), Timo Welland (USA/South Africa), Tsemaye Binitie (UK/Nigeria), U.Mi-1 (UK/Nigeria), Virgos Lounge (UK/Nigeria), Viv La Resistance (Nigeria), William Okpo (USA/Nigeria) and Zekaryas Solomon (Eritrea/UK).

Brand new from Bracket ft WizKid – Girl (Video)

The track “Girl” by Bracket Ft WizKid rocked the airwaves from the onset it was released. “Girl” had us all dancing to the beats as well as listen to the talented duo.

They are here with the classy and entertaining video which has got a lot of swag. This long awaited video features special appearance from the king of high life Flavour N’abania and exhibits a lot of dance steps.
“Girl” was Produced by Master Kraft and in South Africa by Godfather Productions.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

ADIEU! ADEOLA RANDOLPH. A PERFECT GENTLEMAN, a good guy gone home too soon.


We totally forgot to write about this. But it’s better late than never. Young, handsome and very industrious friend of many-Adeola Randolph gave up the ghost in Nigeria, sometime last-week. Cause of death? The most unlikely thing- Asthma attack!
Friends and family members of the suave, young guy have since not been able to come to terms with the sudden demise of such a fantastic friend of many, whose life was cut short in his prime-Age 31 going 32.

Monday, February 13, 2012

FOLORUNSHO ALAKIJA ON CNN AFRICAN VOICES- TALKS ABOUT HER NEW BOOK AND MORE

DE-CONSTRUCTING FOLORUNSHO ALAKIJA- THE LADY OF MANY PARTS:


Mrs. FOLORUNSHO ALAKIJA-MIDDLE




The delight-some lady behind such brands like Supreme Stitches, Rose of Sharon and Executive Director at FAMFA Oil, an indigenous Nigerian oil and gas exploration and production company, which is owned by her family was on CNN African Voices 2 days ago. She was interviewed by the crew of African Voices at her beautiful apartment located at Knightsbridge in the UK.



The eponymously named Knightsbridge is the district where some of the super-duper rich of London resides, it comprises of the south of Hyde Park, the east of South Kensington and West of Sloane Street. It is known to be an ultra-expensive residential area.