Saturday, 24 November 2012

Fashion in Aid of Cancer Research UK

The fashion show and a gig in aid of Cancer Research UK took place on 4th October 2012 in one of the most famous clubs in London “Jalouse” and was organised and produced by Edyta Grace who put together a show including people from different cultures.  The audience saw incredible collections by the following designers: Rabbaney Skakeel, Angel Sadel, Mz fashion, JB Afrique, Be You T which were worn with grace and style by professional models including Gabriella Gatehouse the current Miss teen England Royal Galaxy and the Miss Teenager England 2012, male winner of Top Model of Colour 2011 Raphael Olaiya. 

The audience was entertained by an international artist Randolph Matthews, Antarma  and J-Sol who performed his debut single “Alien”.

Nana Afua Antwi – Top Model, designer , founder of Akosua Odei Foundation was co-hosting the event with Lewis-Duncan Weedon, Ohema and Jordine Bartlett making sure that the event went smoothly and that the auction is going to be successful.  

Stuart Phillips, a hairdresser to the stars, three times official BAFTA hairdresser and world's most expensive stylist offered a cut & blow-dry in his swanky Covent Garden Salon, cut & styled by the man himself to a person who gives the best offer during the auction and we had the winner who paid £150 for the voucher raising money for the charity.

The event was attended by people from fashion industry– Gerald McCann –, Danish Wakeel, Angela Plummer – 13 times award winning hairstylist, Janita Francis, Lisette Mibo and many fashion designers.

The event was also supported by press who sponsored the images:   iDeLick Media & Creative Photography (Voted Best Photographer of the Year at BEFFTA AWARDS), See Li, Daylight-News UK, Embrace Magazine with the representative Mo Abdulkadir ,  Mariousz Czajkowski, Femi Best Touch , Shoggy Tosh and Neto FlashstudioTV.

Credit: All listed photographers 
           Anglo Nubia 

Saturday, 17 November 2012

The Philosophy of Fashion: Femme De Rose

A captivating dress with a Grecian style. It's a red carpet affair, fit for many occasions. Perfect for Fashion4Africa event on the 22nd December. 
Fashion philosophy, history and curating are widely ignored in today's contemporary focused fashion industry, but not for Femme De Rose. With a startling impressive educational background and fashion style, it is not surprising the founder "Aloye Adede" has created timeless pieces for today's neoteric women. 

"The emphasis is on bespoke clothing that is beautifully hand crafted, one of a kind, personal to the wearer with a sense of old fashioned luxury" Aloye Adede

Born and raised in London and the English countryside Aloye Adede was educated at St Mary's School          
Shaftesbury in Dorset, also attended by Camilla Duchess of Cornwall's daughter Laura Rose Lopes. After Aloye's  BScHons degree in Business Management in Surrey, she moved to Italy to study Fashion Communication and  Styling at the prestigious design school Istituto Europeo di Design and graduated with a Masters degree in 2007. On her return to London in 2008 she set up her eponymous womenswear label Eyola which specializes in rich, intricate, exquisite and timeless Victorian inspired jackets and dresses that epitomize iconic British tailoring.

The lining of each blazer jacket is decorated with pink velvet ribbon, symbolizing timelessness and personality. The colour also represents the rose flower, which forms an integral part of Femme De Rose’s heritage and guarantees the high quality fabrics and tailoring. Each blazer is packaged in environmentally friendly acid-free tissue paper, a rose-print reusable 'Furoshiki' gift wrap and an eco-polythene mailing bag. From the infinitely  desirable and timeless blazer jacket to the nature friendly packaging, Eyola's Femme De Rose aims at an experience that will remain close to each woman's heart.

A glance beeps Japan.....not quite Harajuku. But eccentric and very rock chic. 

Italian, stylish and unapologetic!!!! I salute you....Aloye Adede

Have you contacted Vogue? Cos this is super up that street. Sleek black and fuchsia is  pretty girls fashion


In 2011 Eyola's sister label Femme De Rose was launched, a luxury online custom-made service giving women the ability to design and purchase a personalized jacket tailored to their exact size and taste. With over 12 million design options to choose from the choice for a one of a kind blazer is endless. Currently women's sizes are based on standards created in the 1940s but a lot has changed and women come in a variety of shapes. Traditionally men buy personalized tailored jackets, in contrast women buy suits and jackets off the rack in dress sizes which rarely offer tailoring. The result is poorly fitted clothing. Jackets ride up, do not provide enough support and become shapeless and flat. In contrast a tailored Femme De Rose blazer can  enhance each woman’s best features, flattering all body types from making a boyish shape look more  feminine to a curvy shape more hourglass. The concept behind Eyola's Femme De Rose was developed during one of Aloye's countryside walks where she took inspiration from the breathtaking views and flower rich grasslands that surrounded her. Eyola's bespoke online service was influenced by Jean-Baptist Guillot and his discovery of 'La France' the first hybrid tea rose that transformed the floral industry not just during the Victorian era but to this very day. Inspired by Guillot's rose cross-breading technique, Aloye created a concept of her own crossbreeding two hallmarks of the Eyola brand: timelessness and tailoring. 

Angelic beauty, styled to stare, forget nature, she's here to bite- It's in the EYES!!!!
With strong British roots and heritage, taking inspiration from the Victorian era and British tailoring, Eyola's 
Femme De Rose endeavours to source all materials (including a selection of sustainable nature-friendly wool), fabrics and accessories from the UK. Aspiring to follow in the tradition of bespoke British tailoring Eyola's Femme De Rose takes inspiration and follows in the footsteps of London Savile Row's craftsmanship. In an attempt to change the way women shop for clothes, Eyola's Femme De Rose encourages and supports women's freedom of expression by involving women in the design process - satisfying their style needs and ensuring the perfect fit by requesting their bust, waist and hip measurements.

If you like this pieces as much as I do, you can contact Femme De Rose PR:
Rebecca Maher
+44 (0)  7857 170 245

Credit: Femme De Rose 

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Editor's Pick: The Kardashian Kollection

The long awaited collection from The Kardashian's has finally hit Dorothy Perkins. The girls have now officially shared their talked about "fashion style" with everyone. The Kollection is a mixture of this season sequin trends, animal print and body con dresses. The Kollection is not at all fashion forward but it's simplicity and selection of colour is perfect for everyday women. There is something for everyone. Whatever the occasion, you are sure to find something to suit your body and wallet.

The editor picks are recreated below: L-R Kardashian Leopard Dress £50, Kardashian Red Dress £40, Kardashian Gold Sequin £45.

Bags: Bag gold bag £30 and gold sequin clutch £30.

 Animal print fashion is nothing new, however the styles created with the prints over the years are very creative and feminine. This collection has one attention "fit perfect". Above, is the LS shirt for work or out for lunch with the girls. Below left is the shoulder pad blouse for that perfect date you've been waiting for. Keep stylish and warm on a night out with a slick blazer on the right. The print Kollection is perfect for work as well.

Photo credit:
Recreated by: Eighteen Forever

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Sir Trevor McDonald, Fabrice Muamba, Eddie Kadi & More

On the 27th of October, I attended the BEFFTA Awards an event only by invitation. This was my second  experience and I have been looking forward to it since the launch party at Mayfair. Before the event, a congratulations message was posted on Eighteen Forever Facebook page for newlywed Fabrice Muamba. It was a surprise meeting him. The event was as always spectacular with lots of entertainments and surprises. I can tell you Fabrice is one of the nicest, gentleman I have ever met. When asked for a picture, he looked unexpectedly surprised and of course willing. I thought that was really humble of him. He presented an award and thanked everyone for their support throughout his ordeal. Sir Trevor McDonald was present to receive  a lifetime achievement award. His speech was inspiring yet full of humour. He joked about aiming for "Best Male Model" but missed out. Really?  Moving on....a surprise performance from Star Boy Nathan and his mother Gil who was super entertaining and a little bit manic. But it was great!! Other top personalities were present- Lamar, May7even, Adebayo Jones, presenters, designers, models and more.......

Sir Trevor McDonald inspired me with his speech during his award for Lifetime Achievement in Television *special moments*

The funniest guy ever- Eddie Kadi host the show with founder of BEFFTA Awards Pauline Long. Eddie Kadi is a record breaker- He happens to be the first African Comedian to sell out tickets for his comedy show at the O2 Arena. Edz-dazzling!!!!

With my friend Nancy- who came to support me on the night. Thanks girl!!
I opted for a Black PU and lace panel bustier peplum dress from River Island. I heart the straps- they are detailed in gold florals. 

The guy in the middle is a photographer who decided to take a picture with someone else's award. What a grim!!

With May7even- If you don't know who she is then Google it. She is an Afrobeat/RnB singer based in London. Her first single was in the top 40 UK hits chart 2011. She won best female artist at this year's BEFFTA- well done!!

One of the guest at the award ceremony and finalist at Top Model of Colour UK 2012. This dress is slim fit to her figure but the hair and accessories should have been given extra attention. 

Photo Credit: Eighteen Forever (a special thanks to Nancy for taking the pictures)