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It’s in human nature to tell stories and always be interested in other people’s stories. The story might be boring, interesting, eye catching, colorful; the list is endless but let me ask you a question; do you think the world can know your story without you uttering a single word? You might say through character but remember that character might be misjudged. So you owe it to yourself to create a style that represents your characters perfectly to avoid misinterpretations.
#Fashion in all its aspects starting from style of dressing, accessories, hair styles, body art and manners of behavior tell your story whether intentional or not. So this is where the big question comes in:
DOES YOUR STYLE TELL YOUR STORY?
For example if you take a look at clowns, even before they start their act, you can know their story, see the fun in them just because of their sense of style.
A checkered shirt around the waist tells a story of freedom, self-love, and youthfulness as opposed to one worn properly.
Always try to dress the way you feel comfortable and if people don’t get your style, that’s their problem. You will find that you are happier and more productive, lovable and interesting because your #fashion story resonates with you not someone else’s story.
LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO WEAR BORING CLOTHES…
Have fun with your style as you tell your fashion story.
Every man needs at least one necklace in his fashion accessory collection. Wearing men’s necklace is a fantastic way to customize your look and is a booming trend that has taken off in 2014. Having them on a casual shirt with simple jean makes your style so edgy and classy, therefore you have to try them on to compliment your confidence.
The trendy chains are those with the simplest designs on them, they should not have a complicated design and it’s these simple designs that differentiate them from the women’s chains. The necklaces should be bold and simple, not multi- coloured, clumsy or overweight. As for length and number to be worn, all I can say is, less is more. Two is about the most I recommend. For length, at least six to eight inches above your navel is a good standard, a little tip on how to wear your metal chain: keep it nicely tucked in your shirt. Leaving it hanging outside your shirt is simply tacky and looks unstylish unless it’s a wooden necklace.
Gold, silver and platinum chains display a classier and more powerful image than beaded or string necklaces. The chain should be medium-sized because if it’s too thin and flimsy, it defies the whole purpose of trying to look stylish. On the other hand, if it’s a very thick chain, it could make you look like a racketeer. There’s no right or wrong answer when choosing your precious metal, so long as the metal is pure. Impure accessories are prone to turning the skin green, and can trigger allergic reactions in men and you try to avoid fakes because they are pretty obvious and no one likes jewellery with too much lustre.
Stick with the key players of platinum, gold, silver, or bronze for a timeless appeal. However, rose gold is so trendy this year and it offers a unique look that will make you stand out from the crowd!
While choosing silver, always keep it simple when in doubt, they create a feeling of curiosity and can thus be a great conversation starter. You will definitely look stylish while wearing a simple necklace on your neck as long as you don’t exaggerate your neck with a dozen chains.
You can instead, opt for a trendy necklace made up of wooden or plain metal beads. The beads should be plain-coloured wood or different shades of natural wood. You can place this necklace on top of your neck-buttoned shirt. It goes without saying that these necklaces can add a little touch of uniqueness to your personal style when worn with the proper attire As a general rule, try to limit yourself to neutral colours that match most of your shirt; that way you’ll be able to wear your necklace everyday with any piece of clothing you have available…. and it might also look effeminate
As every season has it… 2014 has also brought us new fashion trends. I have to be honest with you… long time ago I hated moccasins. I thought of them as the ugliest shoes ever, which made my legs seem skinnier and made me look more shapeless. Truth is they’re a bit tricky and one can easily fall into the granny look with them. I guess the key is to find a balance: if you’re rocking an edgy or umber sophisticated look OPT for moccasins as they will tone it down. Or keep it simple but add those details that make all the difference. Here is why you should get yourself moccasins.
The best ones are those made of cushioned material and even if you plan to spend all day wearing them your feet will not get tired or ache. They simply don’t feel like normal shoes at all. Trendy: They’re eye catching! Many of the styles have layers but the trendy moccasins are those you can also find that are versatile enough to go with everything.
Inexpensive: Almost all these moccasins come in at around 50.000Ushs – 80.000Ushs in shops in downtown. So if you order a pair you’ll still have some money to invest in the perfect pair of jeans to tuck into them.
You can always find various ways on how to rock moccasins and look trendy. Keep it simple. Most of the moccasins with double layers make your legs look like wiggly human dusters which drag down a short body frame, making you look smaller.
Basically, if you’re short you should choose a pair that is sleeker to avoid overpowering your short stature or leather moccasins would work for you very well.
Simple moccasins can be worn with prints, various colour combinations and some trendy garments. This versatility enables you to wear them with the rest of your wardrobe, so if you want to balance out your outfit and look super-trendy with moccasins, then opt for simple moccasins.
If you want to look your best, avoid wearing them with a contrasting coloured bottom – especially if the shoes hit your ankle. This will only highlight your full legs and visually shorten them. The best way to style them is to blend the bottom with the colour of the moccasins.
For example dark brown with black or dark blue. Tan with bare legs. If this is not an option opt for high shafted Moccasins that skim past your mid-calf, or simply wear something on top that will draw attention away from your legs.
Suzan Mutesi has won the best Fashion designer award of the year in 2011 and 2012 respectively, and Iconic fashion designer of the year in Australia recently this year. She has worked with high profile people like Rihanna, Kelly Rowland, Miss world 2011 and 2013, famous actors like Tammin Pamela Sursok who is known for her roles on Home and Away, on The Young and the Restless and Pretty Liars. She has also designed dresses that were worn by Miss World contestant Sheron Sultan 2011, Miss World Fiji contestant Juneth Ndele 2013 and Miss Philippines. X-Factor participant Bella, guest-star Sophia of the group Three Wishes and Miss Globe 2012 winner Karen Gee and actresses.
I have always had the passion for fashion since I was a little girl and I desired to start my own label because to me it’s not just business- it’s a DREAM, and this dream is coming alive
The fashion industry is exploding and there are so many upcoming designers.
To get ahead in the business and sit with the ranks of Ralph Lauren and Christian Dior, you as an aspiring passionate designer. You should have some of the same qualities as the world’s top designers.
Qualities of a Successful Fashion Designer
Here are some of the qualities that have made Suzan Mutesi. Borrow a leaf or a whole tree if you are an ambitious fashion designer.
Strong Business Sense
I have excellent business skills. I understand budgets, marketing, and sales concepts that are vital to getting designs produced and sold around Australia
A number of people are involved in the creation of a garment, and as designer, I have been able to effectively communicate to everyone involved and what he or she expects.
I have a great sense of style and I am always constantly coming up with new ideas for fashion and style for my customers.
Strong Drawing Skills
I have Excellent drawing skills. I can easily sketch new ideas onto paper to start the production process.
Good Eye for Materials
I have an eye for the materials of a garment, as well as the elements that make it unique, such as colour and fabric.
Strong Sewing Skills
I am able to construct the garments I design. I understand what materials work best in the designs I am developing.
Knowledgeable of Current Fashion Trends
I follow trends and I have a good eye for anticipating what my audience will respond to next.
Susan Mutesi has also been nominated for the Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards. To vote her as the Best Fashion Contributor in the diaspora, type ASFA N1 and send to 8888
I don’t usually get excited about a trend alert, but this suede backpack trend has me quite giddy! This is a two strapped arm bag with a high-school look that is held from the back.
Pack it with books, your laptop or tubes of lipstick, Whether on one shoulder or two, the backpack is well… back! Back packs with tall trappings of grown-up add-ons make them stylish and sassy. I can’t deny the hands – free freedom that they provide, especially when you’ re out on a walk. It just makes things a lot easier!
Best of all, the trendy ones come in an assortment of textures and prints from leather to floral to bold patterns–so you ‘ve got a lot of options to choose from . Backpacks are totally in.
Don’t only take our word, but also try them.
If we talk about one of the best African print dress designs 2014 for the African people then we would say that since the last few years they are making the choice of garments that are brightly colored and delicately designed cotton print fabric. Cotton has always been known as one of the most wanted fabric for the print dress designs in the African garments.
Best African Print Dress Designs 2014
Why Cotton Stuff Is So Famous
Cotton has been known as one of the fantastic fabric that is all unveiled out to be 100% pure and superior ones. It is said to be durable and even last longer for many years a swell. Cotton is all said to be favorable for the tropical climate areas. It has the specialty to stay cool in the hot weather and appear as warm in the cooler weather conditions. This is the main reason that why best quality African prints are made solely of cotton.
Best Traditional African Print Methods
1. Natural Dyes:
There are many types of Ancient textile that make the best use of method that is added with the natural dyes made from the exceptional use of mineral peats and soils dug from deep within the ground. They are even added with the deep pepper reds, brilliant indigo and amazingly vibrant saffron as well.
2. Stones and Shells:
Some of the textile industries even make the use of stones and shells that are tied inside the clothing. This is one of the most magnificent methods that is used today.
3. Hand Printing:
In addition some of the textile industries even make the use of hand carved wooden blocks of intricate designs that give away the image of natural environment adding with fish, birds, trees, flowers that are added as the hand print onto the cotton. Its different combinations of the colors make it extra eye catching such as black, white and hot pink, blue, yellow and orange, black, grey and red/brown and so many others.
In modern times there are many brides as well that make the choice of the cotton fabric all along with the heavy velvets and brocades and cotton prints as part of her dowry. There are many textiles that have introduced the modern methods as well such as computers are used for the print designing. The designs are all finished with the images of famous faces, names and dates printed in three or four different color versions.
We hope that through this article all the readers must have learnt a lot about the African print dress designs concepts. In addition we have even explained the different methods through which the method of print designing has bring about great revolutions and enhancement in the textile industries.
Established and emerging African designers are showcasing their work at this year’s Africa Fashion Week London. But in an era where vloggers are increasingly setting fashion trends, BBC Africa’s Alexis Akwagyiram considers whether the fashion focus has moved from the catwalk to cyberspace.
The fashion world is, stereotypically, summed up by the image of beautiful models gliding up and down a catwalk, adorned in flamboyant clothes.
Such scenes are a staple of Africa Fashion Week, an annual London event – now in its fourth year.
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Many fashionable designs worn in Africa are actually created in Holland
She cites Dutch firm Vlisco, which has come to dominate parts of the continent’s fashion market, as an example of this trend.
“We should be producing good quality textiles ourselves. I want Africans to be stakeholders in their own image,” she says.
But an increasingly vocal school of thoughts suggests the biggest influencers are a new breed of tech-savvy fashion evangelists who share their knowledge of the latest trends in African-inspired clothing and accessories on social media platforms such as YouTube, Instagram and Twitter, as well blogs.
In doing so, they connect Africans and the diaspora.
Connecting with the young
Shirley B Eniang is a video blogger – or vlogger – with Ghanaian and Nigerian roots who lives in London and shares fashion tips with nearly half a million people who subscribe to her YouTube channel is perhaps the best known examples. Her videos, have been viewed well over 10 million times.
An older clientele prefers the personal touch, argues Liza Goje
Oghosa Ovienrioba, a 22-year-old British-born woman of Nigerian origin, has been vlogging for four years to her 10,000 subscribers.
“Social media has propelled African culture into people’s lives. Images of Nigerian clothes, for example, are being shared in ways that they never used to be,” says Miss Ovienrioba, who cites actress Lupita Nyong’o as one of her main inspirations.
Analysis: Hannah Pool, British-Eritrean journalist and curator
Social media – particularly in the form of vlogs – has been a game changer. It has brought about the democratisation of the fashion industry.
African designs and prints were previously deemed to be niche by the fashion mainstream. Now, through social media, anyone with an interest in African designs can find out more in a way that wasn’t possible before.
In the future, the key will be for designers to create their own vlogs and blogs in order to engage with customers. There is still a place for Africa Fashion Week. It is still relevant because fashion shows of its kind give designers an opportunity to showcase their work, displaying their designs on models so that the clothes are seen in the way they were intended to be worn.
But there will come a time when there are too many African fashion shows. They also take place in Berlin and New York, as well as across the continent. Over time this may dilute the capacity of designers to get their work in front of key industry figures – which is still important.
“Young people can relate to fashion bloggers and vloggers. They’re regular people and it’s easy to find out what they’re wearing. They’ll tell you or it’s on Instagram, whereas celebrities like Beyonce aren’t accessible.”
Miss Ovienrioba, who recently completed a law degree but now intends to pursue a career in marketing, says she is motivated to updated her vlog every week because she feels part of a worldwide community that transcends geography.
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Vloggers are now able to negotiate contracts with big companies and advertisers.
Despite the enthusiasm felt inside – and beyond – this vlogging community, many designers are quick to point out that they are keen for their designs to speak for themselves.
“I don’t follow any bloggers. In the past I’ve been contacted by a company who offered me the opportunity to give my material to bloggers. I would have to pay for them to wear my clothes and then talk about them,” says Liza Goje, 33, a London-based Nigerian designer who set up her fashion boutique – Vou Brown – two years ago.
“I politely declined the offer,” she says.
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She works with around 20 designers from more than eight African countries – including Sierra Leone, Ghana, Ivory Coast and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Their clothes, accessories and home wares – such as an armchair upholstered with Kente cloth – are distributed across the continent and sold from her shop in Kilburn, north London.
Mrs Goje says she does not follow any vloggers and feels that the work, and that of designers with whom she works, appeals to a different audience.
“My clientele aren’t moved by trends in the way that people who follow vloggers might be. If I had a younger clientele I would be trying harder to find out what was on trend.”
However, Mrs Goje – who has three children aged under the age of eight – concedes that the African images of beauty and style her children grow up with will largely be dictated by the technology they consume.
Oscar-winning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o has put African beauty centre stage
“Everything is visual now. Videos are making a huge impact and that will only increase going forward,” she says.
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The relationship between African and its diaspora is changing in a positive way”
Liza GojeNigerian London-based designer
It seems that vloggers, designers and journalists are in general agreement that ties between Africans around the world lies at the heart of conversations related to style and fashion.
In the UK, for example, African communities are growing.
Comparison between the UK census in 2001 and 2011 reveal that the country’s black African population more than doubled from 484,783 to 989,628. Africans also overtook Caribbeans to become the the majority group in the country’s black community during that period.
“The relationship between African and its diaspora is changing in a positive way. More people in the diaspora are looking to home now. People are embracing their culture more,” Mrs Goje says.
This, of course, begs the question of why such an event would be held in London, rather than an African city.
Africa Fashion Week co-founder Ms Matomby is quick to provide an answer.
“What happens in London, Paris, Milan and New York influences fashion worldwide,” she argues.
“Africa and its diaspora need to have an impact on London to exert influence in the rest of the world.”
Do you have any advice for aspiring make-up artists?
Doing make-up for film and television can be exciting, challenging and rewarding. There are, however, many points to consider if you want to pursue a career in this part of the industry. Let’s look at the pros and cons, starting with the cons.
1. There are More Make-up Artists Than There are Jobs.
It’s a simple matter of supply and demand. The film and television make-up fields in the United States, England and Canada are so crowded that if no new artists came along in the next 10 years, it would still be possible to make the same number of movies, TV shows and commercials using just the make-up artists we have now. To succeed, you have to think like a professional athlete: If you are going to train and compete, your goal is to beat your competitor. Unfortunately, when you make the team, someone else may get cut.
2. Work Can Be Sporadic
Most make-up artists do not have as much work as they would like. You might be off for weeks or months.
3. The Hours Are Long
When you are working, plan on 12- to 16-hour shifts five to six days a week. And these might not happen during the day—they might be at night, or during both day and night. Working in film can be like joining the army. Production owns you until they are through with you. You don’t know when you can go home until it’s time to go, which is also when you find out your call time for the next day. You cannot plan for anything in your personal life during the week. If you work episodic television, you will work about 70 hours a week. Many nights you will just get your turn-around, which is a union term for the minimum time between your wrap and your next call time. This usually equates to nine hours for crew. That means you have nine hours to drive home, sleep, shower and drive back ready for work.
4. Locations Can Be Remote
You may have to live in a hotel away from family and friends for up to six months to a year. This may sound exciting at first, but after a month or so, your opinion may change—ask any traveling salesperson.
If these industry realities are not what you had in mind, there still many jobs for make-up artists outside the entertainment industry, including print and photography, salons, retail and manufacturing, just to name a few. Another option is volunteer work, which can give you artistic fulfillment without all the hassles of professional work. Theaters, churches and student films need make-up artists all the time. However, if you still want to make your living doing make-up in film and television, even after hearing all this, I encourage you to do the following:
1. Be an excellent make-up artist.
We don’t need anymore mediocre ones.
2. Make sure you get good training.
Make-up schools are only as good as their teachers. Check out our school directory page for a list of schools worldwide, and our article on how to choose the best make-up school for you.
3. Be informed.
Get how-to and reference books and DVDs from the Make-Up Artist Shop, along with a subscription to Make-Up Artist magazine. It’s the voice of the make-up industry, with great interviews, news and techniques from working professionals. Our websites, makeupmag.com and makeup411.com, are great places to read the latest industry news, expert advice and more. Social networking is also a great way to learn from other artists. Being part of our online community will help you learn, network and share questions and information with other people who are passionate about make-up artistry. You will find us on Facebook (Make-Up Artistand Makeup411.com) and Twitter.
4. Attend the International Make-Up Artist Trade Show
Six times per year, in six cities worldwide, we offer the International Make-Up Artist Trade Show, which features keynote presentations, classes, demos and more from the best artists in the business. You can get more education in one IMATS weekend than you can during a month anywhere else. IMATS is also a great place to network, which makes a major difference in your career
Skin is the largest and arguably the most beautiful organ of your body. It reflects your health with astounding accuracy, so treat it right by pampering, cleaning, and feeding it safe and healthy nutrients. You don’t need to go out searching cosmetic counters or order expensive creams, lotions, and exfoliates when you have a wealth of do-it-yourself treatments and tricks that can take care of your skin at home.
Most can pinpoint the culprits of their dull or oily skin from certain unhealthy habits. Whether it’s a lack of broad-spectrum SPF 30 protection or sleeping with your makeup on, it causes harm to your body.
The top layer of the skin is dead, so blockages, such as old makeup, dirt, and sweat can accumulate and make it harder for the lower layers to flourish with the necessary oxygen and nutrients, although most derive from what the body digests. That’s why what you eat and drink is just as important as what you’re putting on your face.
By combining protection practices with nutrition and hygiene routines, your skin will feel cleaner and healthier as time goes by. Start taking care of yourself and applying and ingesting natural products and foods to your body. It takes 26 seconds for the chemicals in your personal care products to enter your bloodstream. Read these 16 natural beauty hacks for the everyday person:
1. At-Home Burn Accidents
Burn yourself with your hair iron, saucepan, or tea kettle? Instead of applying ice to minor burns, reach for some raw honey and slather on a thick layer. It will immediately cut the sting of the burn but also provide antibacterial protection while keeping skin hydrated.
2. Feet in Need of TLC
If you have rough, dry, or cracked feet, you need a tougher exfoliator than your face does. Mix 2 tablespoons of brown sugar to half a cup of coconut oil and apply the blend to your feet in a circular motion. Then wash off with a warm washcloth. It will help to get of a lot of the dead skin off in a gentle but effective manner.
3. Hair Removal Without the Razor
Shaving legs, underarms, and backs can hurt the skin if done too often without the proper moisturizer or shaving gel. Instead, mix together 1 tablespoon of iodine two percent with 1 cup of baby oil and rub it into the desired removal area. Let it set for only five minutes without water flow. Then, gently wipe away with a damp cloth, and with the mixture will come the hair without the pain or possible injury.
4. All-Natural Self-Tanner Remover
Skin cancer is far too prevalent, with one in five Americans developing skin cancer over the course of their lifetime. Avoid getting too much sun exposure by staying out of the sun and trying a self-tanner instead. Removal can be tricky, so try an all-natural approach by mixing water with lemon juice and baking soda. Then, use a toothbrush to gently help exfoliate away any dark spots left over.
5. Fix Morning Eyes
Waking up with puffy eyes doesn’t help anyone look like a morning person. Place a spoon in the freezer the night before and in the morning hold under or on top of the eyelids to decrease puffiness and inflammation. Cool cucumbers or teabags work as well. The caffeine constricts blood vessels and, when applied to the under-eye area, decreases puffiness.
6. Cure-All Herbal Treatment
Witch hazel is an herbal remedy that also helps with under-eye bags, but it’s also a cure-all astringent that works as a toner, serves as an excellent spot treatment, and a natural deodorant.
7. Summer Salt Scrub
Exfoliate summer skin with Epsom salt, which is the go-to bath ingredient for post-gym workouts to soothe sore muscles. Add half a teaspoon into your favorite cleansing cream or lotion and gently massage the face in small circles once or twice a week. The mineral’s compound of sulphate and magnesium helps flush toxins and calm inflammation.
8. Skin-Soothing Aloe for Acne
Acne is aggravating. The leaves of aloe vera plants are known to reduce facial acne flare ups thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. It can also help heal existing acne, prevent future breakouts, and soothe sunburns. Simply break open an aloe leaf and apply directly to the problem areas for a natural acne fix, or squeeze into ice cube trays, let freeze, and rub cubes onto skin for an easy, clean application.
9. Bug-Bite Baths
For bubble bath lovers, add half a cup of baking soda Arm & Hammer to hot water for a soothing soak. It will neutralize acids and skin irritants such as sunburn and bug bites.
Feed Your Skin’s Needs:
10. For Dark Under-Eye Circles
Vitamin K found in pears, avocados, plums, and kiwi fruit help to heal the damaged capillaries and arteries in the thin skin layer around the eyes.
11. For Uneven Pigmentation
Vitamin B found in fish and garlic will help to combat redness by boosting circulation in the body, leaving behind a radiant complexion.
12. For Wrinkles
Vitamin A found in dark leafy greens and cantaloupe is the key to rejuvenating your skin and smoothing out fine lines and uneven skin tone, making it particularly helpful for those who have acne.
13. For Dull Skin
Vitamin A from carrots will keep your skin healthy and vibrant from their high beta carotene levels, which is an antioxidant that is converted to vitamin A inside the body. It helps repair skin tissue and protects against the sun’s harsh rays. Cooked carrots deliver even more skin–friendly beta carotene than raw ones.
14. For Dry Skin
Vitamin E found in mangos, almonds, broccoli, and spinach help to balance the skin’s moisture levels and work as an effective antioxidant to help fight free radicals in the body. Vitamins A, C, and E encourage cell and tissue growth to help the body repair itself throughout its constant shedding and growing cycles.
15. For Sun-Damaged Skin
Vitamin C found in oranges, strawberries, and kiwi can help reverse some sun damage and prevent wrinkles and sagging, as well as brighten the overall skin tone due to the fact that it stimulates collagen production.
16. To Protect Against Future Sun Damage
Omega–3 fats found in fish such as salmon, herring, mackerel, sardines, anchovies, and rainbow trout help fortify skin cell membranes, protect against sun damage, and may also reduce the risk of certain forms of skin cancer. The fats allow water and nutrients into the skin while keeping toxins out, and can also help fight inflammation.