When it comes to clothes, we never ever seem to have enough, no matter how much we get. Once something new always catches the eye, the world doesn’t seem right until we add it to our collection. The sickness is universal; can we not just have it all?
With so many places to go in this Lagos, the temptation to get a new outfit everytime is never more than an instagram scroll away. So what do we do when enough is enough and your closet door is struggling to close shut, and the universe seems to be telling you it’s time to let go of the excess apparel? What do we give away and what do we keep? What are the essential pieces EVERY woman must have?
The working woman dress
It is the go-to look for a strong, powerful professional woman. This dress is the essential office look. Not only does it look sharp, it has the ability to make you feel confident and you look kick-ass while doing it. While working in these Lagos streets, it is so necessary for us to not only look, but also feel the part. With the strict work place dress codes in Nigeria, one can start getting lost in the corporate world sauce and be in danger of being just another office drone. We have to fight to keep our fabulous alive.
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The LBD The ‘little black dress’ is no urban legend ladies and gentlemen. It is the code by which we live by – every woman needs a little black dress. We don’t know who wrote the rules but we honour the code. There is something so special and comforting about knowing that if all else fails, we have our LBD to fall back on. It has a special place in our hearts and closets! I’m p
When you live in Lagos, as I do, you end up going out to a lot of events. Partly because, these events happen all the time and also because it is who we are as Lagosians – we just can’t help ourselves.
Like most people who have moved back to Lagos, I was caught up in the Lagos that the Internet had promised me through the blogs and social media posts. These media outlets had shown a new and transformed city, a fun place buzzing with so many ideas and possibilities. But after a few months of turning up at these gatherings, I’m so bloody bored at every Lagos event I attend– and I think if you’re reading this too, you’re probably tired of them as well.
So just to make sure I wasn’t just being a hater, I asked a group of logical friends how they felt about Lagos events. We thought about if for a moment and the answers started pouring in. I quickly realized that there was affinity in our experiences. The same cocktail companies, the same media walls and same media blogs; wow, maybe the events we had come to know and love had become a little too predictable.
But would happen if there were a sudden shift (a ban on generic events): What would happen if all the events as we know them suddenly stopped happening? What would we miss the most? What would be in the ‘break incase of emergency’ box for Nigerian events?
What would happen if all the events as we know them suddenly stopped happening?
There would be mass panic! How will we fill our weekends? After those long weekdays filled with office work and traffic – we need our escape.
Weddings will definitely be the new clubs; they would be our only source of entertainment, free food and free booze.
Lots of event planners would run out of business because let’s face it; there is such a huge market for them right now.
Forget hunger games – there will be aso ebi games. Who wore it best? It sounds super dramatic, but it is very possible and very Lagos.
What would we miss the most?
Most of us said we’d miss the small chops first and foremost, because we all agreed small chops deserves it’s own national holiday.
Secondly, we’d miss the chance to see what’s new on the fashion scene, because let’s face it, Lagosians know fashion, we live for it and we want everyone to know it too. We love any chance to channel our inner Serena van der Woodsen.
Lastly, we’d miss the free alcohol. Alcohol at every event is like the icing on the cake – we don’t fully enjoy it if it’s not there. I’ve been to several events where there was no water in sight but there was alcohol in abundance. True story. That’s just the way it is.
Lagos has something so vibrant and alluring about its culture and as Africa’s social prefect, we owe it to ourselves to bring on a little bit more chao and magic to shake up the status quo. There’s been a huge spike in the entrepreneurial spirit in the city and it is spreading like wild fire. Here is our opportunity to show the older generation how we can turn the scene around. No more tired red carpet launch parties. So how can we switch it up?
What would be in the ‘break incase of emergency’ box for Nigerian events?
What do we want? First off, we want events to start on time. Making an event start 2-3 hours behind schedule doesn’t make the event more captivating; it just makes us tired and over it.
How about some event dry runs before the actual event day? No more random black outs and technical difficulties. One or two of these are fine, but it happens way to often to be unavoidable.
What we want something new. If we can fork out money for Keri Hilson and Kim Kardashian to appear for a few minutes at our events, we can certainly fork out money for better performers. And by better performances, I mean not just another singer coming to do a cover of a chart topping song, actual entertainment. We want an experience for us to be engaged in. A very good magic show would not go amiss, maybe even some trapeze artists to ‘ooh and ah’ about. The theatrics of our city needs to be reflected at our events.
Lastly, we want edgier options; we are tired of the whole one-size fits all functions. So it’s either you are in or out. When we are in other countries, we have different events target at different circles but once we step off the plane and we’re home we are all just tossed into the same zoo pen. We want events for people who appreciate graffiti, black and white film festivals, photography, gardening, and wine tasting. We want real events, not just something to say we did, we want an experience.
We can keep the small chops; small chops are here to stay, it’s a movement.
It’s no secret the global fashion industry struggles with diversity – specifically when it comes to showcasing fuller body types and even models with darker skin tones. But somehow, everyone’s favourite controversial rapper turned fashion designer, Kanye West, has been able pull off what many others have failed to – but not without a little controversy – it is Kanye after all.
On September 7, 2016 Kanye premiered his ‘YEEZY SEASON 4’ line at Roosevelt Island. In true Yeezy fashion, the invitations were not sent out until the morning of the show, attendees were taken to the show on a chartered bus and were left waiting until the show started, which ran 90 minutes behind schedule. The NY summer sun dehydrated some of the models left standing in their attire, with some even collapsing from the heat. But while the show’s organisation might have been a bit of a fail, the actual clothing was not.
The fashion was everything we expected from Kanye and more; the clothing embodied everything Kanye had been teasing us with for the last few months, some pieces we had previously seen on his wife, Kim. The models were all in simplistic flesh toned outfits, as is the signature Yeezy look – a range of bodysuits, bombers, hoodies, camo flak jackets, tube dresses and new thigh high boots. More importantly, the models were all of different skin tones, body types and hair textures – proving that there is no excuse for fashion shows to not be more inclusive of all.
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Kanye recently named McDonalds as his favourite brand, not because of its menu options but its far reach across the globe. ‘ I just want to bring as much beauty to the world.’ Kanye said during the last Yeezy unveil.
The clothes are all simple everyday wardrobe options with a Kanye twist. The bodysuits seem to always be the collection favourite, everyone seems to love the form fitting, breathable material. The different earth tone colours they come in are simply the icing on the cake. The Yeezy bodysuits would definitely sell out in Nigeria, we are all for chic but we like practicality more, a Yeezy body suit and some nice ankara high waist shorts would be all the rage.
The new thigh high boots were a bit harder to fall in love with, we saw the clear, plastic boots for the first time on Kim a few days earlier but they also featured on the run way show with a lovely sheepskin sweater. The sweater was absolutely fabulous but the boots on the other hand, seemed almost impossible to walk in especially in the heat.
All in all the show did not disappoint, there was drama and suspense essential if you want to get those headlines in New York Fashion Week.