Joining the ranks of womenswear labels in Nigeria today is none other Woman by Aisha. The burgeoning collection was Inspired by the evolving life of different generations of women and by different fashion eras to tell its very cohesive and idealistic story.
" I drew my inspiration from the lives of women, the beauty, the imperfection, the desire to grow, the strength through struggles, how time helps us evolve through our experiences and how these experiences gradually lights the pathway to finding ourselves" says Aisha.
The collection is elegant, feminine and relatable to the everyday woman. The juxtaposing of bold colours on black to create remarkable statement pieces is very clever and also a very smart way of creating a somewhat niche style that will resonate with the designer for a long time.
For buying and any other enquiries, you can reach out to the brand on the gram @womanbyaisha...
Designer: Aisha Abioye
Stylist: The Style Infidel
Photography: Mr Laah
Hair: Hair by Sleame
Model: Uju Nwobodoh
Makeup: Beauty by Bellamere
'Kambi' by Azif
With a name derived from the Hausas for crown, The Kambi hats are a masterpiece from the upcoming AZIF brand.
Handcrafted using unorthodox hat making materials, these hats introduce a modern aesthetics to the classic traditional hats worn predominantly in northern Nigeria- the Kambi hats share ancestry with some well-known west African hats like the Kufi hats.
With their circular shape, lack of brim and adjustable straps, these hats (ranging from small to large) are made to fit all. Coming in the dark blue denim and suede, grey suede and tan suede.
The official release of the Kambi collection via www.shopazif.com is rumoured to be around the end of August 2016. Till then, you can feast your eyes on the lookbook and follow them on the Gram and twitter; @azif.shop.
Shades of Love
Shades of Love.
An ode to Valentine by Davesucre.
Photography by Ademola Odusami
Styling, grooming and creative direction by Davesucre
Words by Sulemana Adam
It's is a heat A song of a heart beat A fever A running river A wind whirling, curling tossing Cursing and mind blowing A thunder clapping, lighting roof ripping A feeling, laughing and crying, a gut thwarting Sweating, throbbing mood toiling A lion roaring devouring, keeps boiling
What is that? So charming Teeth gnawing and stomach churning Desert sand, a leg in mud sinking A puzzle can't stop thinking Music, a samba so blur the rhythm A poem so nice the rhyming It's taking yea giving blind confusion It just understands … a plain confession
Sunshine Moon light It's a spot, it feels so right An angel wings in snow A heart pudding, face it slow A candle night of glow A teacher, it makes you grow Patience Conscience So gentle kind humble it twinkles A blessing it sprinkles It is sharing and caring Healing and curing A tip A pit Fallen in it youngsters merry And adults marry An old king and his sages Council from the rages It makes elderly behaves chill The sane cries silly Even the beast feast fully
It is a window A shadow She's so touched, tip toed and peeping Mix feeling, deep in the soul he's weeping What is it? It's a cloud, shades of love O bee maker! Take me to the flower and grain For love lets together sing "Let it rain"
A sneak peek into one of the Fashion editorial for the next issue of Bold Magazine (www.bmafrica.com). Inspired by sexual desire and the art of foreplay, Date/Fight night is a lingerie editorial shot at the Stonebridge boxing gym featuring Middle weight boxer Micheal Ace and Afrobeats dancer Nqobile.
A sneak peek into one of the Fashion editorial for the next issue of Bold Magazine (www.bmafrica.com). Inspired by sexual desire and the art of foreplay, Date/Fight night is a lingerie editorial shot at the Stonebridge boxing gym featuring Middle weight boxer Micheal Ace and popular Afrobeats Dancer Nqobile.
Mrs Balogunby Lubabetu(Lubee) Abubakar. She is a 22 year old female Nigerian and a Lawyer/Photographer. Her interests includes conceptual, fashion and street photography.
Mrs Balogun is a photo project that tells the story of a married woman struggling with her independence and the possible loss of her self in the marriage.
It has been argued that in certain cultures within Nigeria it is common for women to be seen as accessories to a marriage as opposed to being acknowledged as one half of the marriage. This photo story explores that argument and captures the inner struggles of a married Nigerian woman in patriarchal society. Marriage as an institution is notorious in certain parts of Nigeria for crippling women with its societal expectations as opposed to empowering them, so much so that the never-ending pursuit of individuality becomes far-fetched.
A moment with Eku
Actress, Presenter and entrepreneur Eku Edewor sat down with our team for a quick chat and a portrait session. She speaks candidly about her move back to Lagos, what style is to her, being one of the foremost fashion icons and muse to many designers in Nigeria/Africa and her thoughts on being an African youth in this generation.
Photography by Ademola Odusami
Make up by Rasheeda Adeosun for OTS Beauty
Hair by Ayoola Bakare for Rarelook UK
Creative direction and Styling by Bella Adeleke
Video editing by Micheal Ladi
A moment with Eku...
Actress, Presenter and entrepreneur Eku Edewor sat down with our team for a quick chat and a portrait session. She speaks candidly about her move back to lagos, being one of the foremost fashion icons and muse in Nigerian and her thoughts on being an African youth in this generation.
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Brides/Maids; Bridal editorial Creatively directed and photographed by Bella Adeleke and Ademola Odusami for Bold in Guildford London.
An editorial story featuring wedding gowns from fast rising bridal designer Gbemi Okunola. Brides/maids explores the playful, fun yet strong connection between a bride and her bridesmaid. Make up by Bunmi Ogedengbe for Neon Velvet and Hair by Deborah Lola.
Spring Clean by Dami Khadijah
Spring Clean; Creatively directed and shot by London based Photographer; Damil-loa Khadijah
" Laundrettes are like places that are deemed neglected. Get in and sort of get out kind of vibe. That weekend chore that you just want out of the way. However, it resembles something more and it embodies character with great craftsmanship. A vintage space whereby reflection takes place, sometimes a moment of solitude" Dami-lola Khadijah
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Shoreditch Musing; Photowalk featuring Toyin Jolapamo and Onos in Orange Culture, H&M Studio and Givenchy. Photography and art direction by Ademola Odusami and Bella Adeleke
Àródan; 2015Pre-Hamattan collection by Maxivive. Photography by Kadara Enyeasi.
I, I want it all
my heart reeks of desires
I have it all, I climbed you all
I wear it all
I love it all
I dream of glory
Would the end justify my means?
Do I care? No, I doubt.
You, you want it all
Your heart reeks of desires
You have it all, you climbed them all.
you wear it all
You love it all
You dream of glory
Would your end justify your means?
Do you care? No, you doubt.
We, we want it all
Our hearts reeks of desires
We have it all, we climbed us all
We wear it all
We love it all
We dream of glory
Would our end justify our means?
Do we care? No, we doubt.
Àródan; Distraction in Yoruba-land (the western part of Nigeria), Arodan is a decoy used to distract someone from the initial happening to a less important subject. On a daily basis, people use Àródan as an act of escapism from their daily lives - to hide their emotions, personalities and even weapons. This collection is an opening to the main Harmattan collection which would show in full, the elements of some personality traits.
Maxivive is a Nigeria-based menswear label that focuses on a brave new world of independent, quietly discerning men who appreciates and enjoys finely crafted clothing. Since its establishment in 2007, the brand is fast transforming to be a household name, offering a variety of choices when it comes to clothing’s that are wearable and stylish at the same time. Maxivive is recognized for its innovative pieces and the fusion of different fabrics and patterns in a well thought out manner by exploiting the potential of materials and techniques with a purist ethos to birth futuristic easily worn clothing for men. Maxivive provides more subdued modern aspect while giving a nod to the comfort of traditional wears. In the fast- paced world of fashion, we are committed to continue our winning streak in setting the standard in authentic African style.
Adorn; Beauty Editorial featuring accessories by Jolita jewellery. Styling and creative direction; Bella Adeleke, Photography; Ademola Odusami and words by A.Keketso
[they] call me the dark skinned spiral hair beauty a polished gleaming brown gold that can never be sold my story began before my survival it's the existence of my true being my existence dictates the narration of my true life story I am the 'history' the past the now the future the time the space God's face the true reflection of humanity
I am the hero of my own life the architecture of my origin no man alive can stand the struggles of a black child and I'm not the lust and never will be the last
[they] label me a kaffir a philosopher of facts and the origin of truism a black seed of the drunkard a mere creation of the prostitute manufactured in the black society and sold to the streets of poverty society of the wise husslers where a slice of bread is to be 'shared'
[they] label (US) the true humanity the true origin of Love here [they] come calling me an allien in the country of my origin when oral stories around fires declared [them] the landless [they] counter-act with 'cow- mirror' stories and civilization to brain-wash the brain of a black child and dillute oral stories to make our heroes useless
[they] call me the negative dark force not realising their soul is dark their white skin is flowing with a scourge of allien diseases and my skin is brown the incubation of love where respect is embalbed to be served in a warm dish of unity they shun the philosophies of Frantz Fanon propounded by Dr Kaunda and Sékou Tourré and feed a black child Greek philosophers defile his logic with Greek mythology.
O' they label me an African the Son of Moshoeshoe the child of the Khoi San the daughter of Seretse Khama the product of Biko 'black is beauty' 'black is unity' black-love black-unity black-humanity black-white I am the spirit the oxygen the soul the life and death just like you! ! !
ME by Jimi Agboola
ME: A portraiture of David by Jimi Agboola and words by Nnamdi Ohachenu
As i trudge through the streets of dilemma, my mind seeks to learn the truth about me. Since life is more dichotomous, either black or white, i wonder where my path lies. Beyond every doubt i do not wish to be on the fence. I need to make up my mind
Thing is, the truth always stared me in the face. My inner man screams out time after time. I recognize that voice because it feels right. It feels like me
In order to meet up with expectations, i seek other definitions to label on me. what they think just close my judgments. “ stand up straight “, “ walk this way”, "wear your hair like this”. thats all they say.
I’ve been here before and not once did it tickle my fancy. So I’m gonna stand like me, walk like me... I’m gonna be me.