Monday, 22 December 2014

Celebrity Fashion Check: Don’t Get Arrested


We make good choices and bad choices, and sometimes suffer the consequence as a result.  That includes the world of fashion!  You can pick the right outfit and look amazing or you can make a bad choice in wearing the wrong colour, length or size. You can only be one thing when this happen, a fashion disaster! 
Most women love fashion and shopping, including me!  I love coordinating outfits and choosing matching accessories and shoes. Let’s not forget ladies, hairstyle is also a part of style and this should be considered when styling. It doesn’t get much better than that. I have always been a “girlie girl”, not a tomboy. I blame my mother.  When I was younger, my mother will dress me in cute outfits.  I had no choice in what I wanted to wear as the kids of today do. My mother made me wear dresses to school every day or wear dress pants, or back in my day, they were called dress slacks.  I was only allowed to wear jeans on gym days.  My mother was still making me wear dresses on the first day of school when I was in the 6th grade. At the time, I hated wearing dresses but the damage had already been done by the time I reached high school I was hooked on fashion, making sure everything matched or I had the most unique outfit.  I wanted my outfits to be different from anyone else’s.  I am still like that today!  I am a fashion junkie and shopaholic!  And don’t get me started on shoes!   
People judge you by your appearance. We all do it….we sit with friends looking through magazines, online journals and even TV as we praise or critique celebrities on their fashion choices. True fashions divas do that. We just can’t help it!  But it’s a useful exercise to help fashion losers back on track. Why else would we do it?  Even the wealthiest of the stars who can afford to buy from the top designers, make terrible fashion choices. When that happens, they definitely need to be arrested by Fashion Police. I am here to help make that call.  Officer Cynthia is here to police celebrity fashion so sit back and enjoy the ride in the fashion patrol car! 
Let me start by saying Happy Holidays and Jingle Bells.  Speaking of Jingle, let’s start cruisin’ the fashion streets at the 2014 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball on December 12, 2014.
 
Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift was definitely rockin’ that plaid!  Now if you were raised in the 1960’s or 1970’s and your mother always made you wear plaid, like mine did, you may be allergic to this outfit but Taylor looks cute!
Iggy Azalea
 


Iggy Azalea, cute boots!  That’s all I can say!  O.K., let me go a step further the belt was cool!  That is all!  She needs a fashion ticket for that fish net of a mess! 
 
 
Charli XCX
 
We drive by singer-songwriter, Charli XCX on the red carpet!  Is this a Fredrick’s of Hollywood outfit?  I’m not going to lie, I would wear this, but in the boudoir!  I’m not sure if the public should have seen her puffs!  I give Charli a Fashion Warning!  You may proceed with caution.
Pharell Williams
 
Pharell- What can I say?  He beats to his own drum and I respect that. Just not with this outfit!  I know men think it is okay to wear pink, but someone has lied to you. It’s not okay. Sorry Pharell, you are under fashion arrest for this mess!  I’m not even going to discuss those ripped jeans, hope you just ripped up some old jeans and didn’t spend money on those!  But I do like your hat though!
Nick Jonas
Nick Jonas, what a cutie pie!  He looks adorable!  Simple colours and a classic look!  Love the blazer and over the white shirt, casually dropped on his denim. Finally someone with some fashion sense! 
Hope you enjoyed the short patrol drive by the Jingle Ball! Let me know your thoughts via the comment box. Thank you....
 
 

Author: Cynthia Rogers
Image credit: Getty Images for iHeartRadioMedia
 

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Submit a Guest Post

Eighteen Forever (EF) welcomes posts from experienced writers of Beauty, Business and Fashion. This is a great opportunity to gain new followers, and for EF readers to learn from you. Ideally, your post must not have been previously published. There is a guideline with more detail about the process. 

If you're interested, please email eighteenf@gmail.com for a Guest Blogger Guideline.




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Tuesday, 2 December 2014

British Fashion Awards 2014

The British Fashion Awards 2014 took place yesterday at the London Coliseum. The event saw top fashion names in attendance including CFA Fashion Icon 2014 Rihanna Fendi. The best dressed was Emma Watson. She has managed to successfully reinvent herself over the past year. She was due to receive an award at the event, this outfit just confirms why she deserves to be recognised for her new found style identity. Well done Ems
 
Emma Watson in a white jumpsuit with an oversized black jac


 

Joan Small, Rihanna, Naomi Campbell and guest
    

Anna Wintour OBE
 
Here are your winners at BFA 2014
 
Model of the Year- Cara Delevingne
Brand of the Year - Victoria Beckham
British Style Award- Emma Watson
 
International Designer - Nicolas Ghesquière
Womenswear Designer of the Year- Erdem
Menswear Designer of the Year- J.W. Anderson
 
Emerging Womenswear Designer- Marques'Almeida
Emerging Menswear Designer- Craig Green
Emerging Accessory Designer- Prism
 
Red Carpet Designer- Alexander McQueen
New Establishment- Simone Rocha
Establishment- Preen
 
Accessory Designer of the Year- Anya Hindmarch
Special Recognition- Chris Moore
Special Recognition Award- Anna Wintour OBE
 
Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator- Edward Enninful

BFA After-party

Rihanna doing one of many things she does best- party!


Joan, Kendall, Cara and Jourdan

Anna and the girls.....

Somebody needs a cab.....
 
Image credit: Dave Benett & Daily Mail

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Social Enterprise Awards 2014

One event in the year that all social entrepreneurs' look forward to is the 'Social Enterprise Awards' organised by UK's social enterprise governing body Social Enterprise UK. The event was held yesterday in London with lots of budding organisations in the social sector in attendance. The awards was judged by leaders across the sector including Founder of social enterprise GiveMeTap, Melanie Mills, Chief Executive, Social Enterprise West Midlands, Andrew Croft, Chief Executive of CAN and Edwin Brownin-Mensa. Sue Perkins hosted the event at London Symphony Orchestra St Luke's and, presenter winner's with their awards.


Social Enterprise Winners 2014

Belu - Consumer Facing Social Enterprise
Belu is the UK’s most ethical bottled water and donates 100% of its profits to WaterAid. 
Read more here> www.belu.org


City of London Corporation (CoL) - Buy Social Market Builder
The City of London Corporation (CoL) has contributed significantly to building the market for buying social both through influencing the City’s business community and through changing its own procurement practices.
Read more here> www.cityoflondon.gov.uk


Divine Chocolate - Overall Social Enterprise of the Year
Divine is a Fair-trade chocolate company part-owned by its cocoa farmers (Kuapa coco), who get a slice of the profits to invest in their communities.
Read more here> http://www.divinechocolate.com/uk/

Ethex & PEC Renewables – Investment Deal of the Year
In just 7 weeks, Ethex and PEC Renewables rallied investors and local authorities to raise £600,000 in social investment, funding solar panel installations to tackle fuel poverty in the local area. Supported by Plymouth County Council, the deal demonstrates how a national platform, a community-owned organization and local authority can work together to help harness a movement of socially-motivated investors to create real change on the ground.
Read more here> www.ethex.org.uk & www.plymouthenergycommunity.com
 
Firstport & Icecream Architecture - Inspiring Youth Enterprise Award
Firstport supports start-up social entrepreneurs in Scotland. Icecream Architecture CIC is a team of community-led facilitators, environmental artists, designers and illustrators who aim to boost regeneration, enterprise, youth engagement and civic pride. Together, the two organisations have created Beyond the Finish Line, a unique campaign getting young people in Glasgow to regenerate local high streets using social enterprise.
Read more here> www.firstport.org.uk & www.icecreamarchitecture.com

 
Furnishing Lives (FRC Group) – Social Impact Award (Sponsored by PWC)
FRC Group started out by redistributing unwanted, good quality furniture to those in need. It is now a leading UK enterprise, running commercial businesses that give people in poverty and unemployment the opportunity to change their lives. It has been recognised for driving forward good practice in the sector, with what is believed to be the first truly integrated financial and social value report.
http://www.frcgroup.co.uk

Monwel Ltd - One to Watch (Sponsored by the British Council)
Monwel produces signs and provides real employment to people with disabilities and those furthest from the work force.
Read more here> http://www.monwel.com/

June O’Sullivan MBE, London Early Years Foundation – Social Enterprise Women’s Champion
Under June O’Sullivan’s leadership, London Early Years Foundation has become the UK’s largest social sector childcare provider, operating 26 nurseries and providing high quality childcare to 3,000 children. June is a leader in her field: influencing government Early Years policy, cited by UNICEF as an international exemplar, and driving campaigns for change in early years provision.
Read more here> www.leyf.org.uk

Kilsyth Community Market Garden t/a Kelvin Valley Honey - Environmental Social Enterprise
Kelvin Valley Honey (KVH) aims to reverse the decline in Scotland’s honey bee population while improving the lives of people who may be isolated in their communities. Its work has helped increase Scotland’s honey bee population by almost 30 million, as well as provide 100 marginalised people with an income, training and employment.
Read more here> www.kelvinvalleyhoney.org.uk

PM Training- Education, Training & Jobs Social Enterprise
PM Training is a social enterprise that provides new work opportunities to 16-18 year olds through range of training and support services. It is currently the largest provider of apprenticeships for 16-18 year olds in the country, with 75% of those who compl
ete training securing jobs afterwards.
Read more here> www.pmtraining.org.uk


Social adVentures- Health & Social Care Social Enterprise
Social adVentures are a Salford-based wellbeing is a social enterprise helping people to lead healthier and happier lives. Through delivering public health and social care contracts and developing a number of subsidiary businesses, its turnover has grown by 300% in recent years, helping it support more than 3000 of the local community’s most vulnerable people.
Read more here> www.socialadventures.org.uk
 
 Image credit: Social Enterprise UK
Content: Eighteen Forever & Social Enterprise UK (2014)

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Fashion Weekend Gambia

"Fashion Weekend Gambia is a platform which aspires to bring designers and creative artists together to showcase creativity with all ambitions to introduce a more vibrant and promising fashion industry. This two day event is geared towards introducing not only Gambia`s young and talented fashion designers and artists, but also to promote all natural skin and hair products. This event does not only offer a potential point for existing designers but also an opportune moment for upcoming aspiring designers to be introduced to various people from various regions. Expect fashionably action packed with the best fashion trends and also a showcase of a few selected natural skin product lines. With an eclectic mix of Fashion, Health/Beauty and Arts the GFW (Gambia) will be a event to remember".





If you're interested in showcasing at this event, please contact the Event Organiser at>  gambianfashion@gmail.com

Image credit: Fashion Weekend Gambia 

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Social Enterprise- the WHAT, WHY, WHO and HOW

Social enterprise WHAT?

Is social enterprise a charity? Social enterprises are businesses that aim to tackle social or environmental problems, improve communities or people’s livelihood. They trade like commercial businesses however their surplus is reinvested into the business for community benefit. Social enterprises are set-up to create positive change in the community they operate in. Charities are non-profit businesses who aim to ‘aid’ communities and not ‘trade’.
Social enterprise is not a new paradigm, in fact, it has existed for many years. The pioneers of social enterprise can be traced to Rochdale in the 1840s where a worker’s co-operative was established to provide high quality and affordable food in response to factory conditions that were considered to be exploitative (Social Enterprise UK, 2014). The evolution began in the 90s when different interest groups like enterprising charities, co-operatives, community enterprises and social businesses united in the hope of doing business for social change.
Social enterprise WHY?
Why should anyone set-up a business for the purpose of not making profit? Let’s just say someone or group of individuals have to take the lead to tackle problems many communities face as the austerity measures tightens. Although social enterprises are not immune to the economic downturn, research has shown that they are largely concentrated in the most deprived communities. Social Enterprise UK report (2013) revealed that, 38% of all social enterprises work in the most deprived 20% of the communities in the UK, 58% reported growth in 2011 and 57% predicted growth in 2013. The more deprived the community, the more likely a social enterprise will be established there. Evidently social enterprises are on the rise, there is an estimated 70,000 operating across different sectors and regions in the UK (Social Enterprise UK, 2013). The rise offers an opportunity to strengthen communities by improving standard of living, creating employment opportunities, supporting vulnerable people (including children and young people), improve health and wellbeing, protecting the environment, promoting education and literacy and addressing social exclusion.

Social enterprises have also helped to break down barriers in many areas of employment. For instance, 38% of social enterprise leaders are women and only 9% of social enterprises have male only leadership teams. 15% of social enterprises are from Black, Asia, Minority Ethnic communities (BAME) and 28% of the leadership teams have BAME directors. Equally important, social enterprises employ people who are at a disadvantaged- ex-offenders, disabled people or long-term unemployed (Social Enterprise UK report, 2013).
Social enterprise WHO?

Who can set-up a social enterprise? Anyone with a clear social and/or environmental mission can set up a social enterprise. However, the mission must be clearly defined on how the business will operate to meet its aims- through trading, community inclusion and reinvesting profits back into the business.

There are a number of social enterprises who have made significant changes through their services over the years- The Eden Project, The Big Issue, Jamie Oliver's restaurant Fifteen, Divine Chocolate, a fair trade chocolate company co-owned by the cocoa farmers’ cooperative KuapaKokoo in Ghana and Timewise, which connects professionals with flexible employment opportunities. Other emerging social enterprises are Eighteen Forever, a fashion design company set-up to create employment opportunities and promote diversity in fashion and Jekkah Clothing a social enterprise fashion brand from The Gambia.
Social enterprise HOW?
How can I set-up a social enterprise? First, you need to do some research about your mission and funding available specifically to social enterprises. You can contact Social Enterprise UK for advice or read through their FAQs for useful information. There are a number of School for Social Enterprises across the UK that would be of use to you, I advise you to contact them and seek guidance.

Conclusion
Social enterprises tackle community problems through social and/or environmental objectives. They are on the rise but not immune to the economic headwinds. Unlike commercial enterprises, they are managed and led by people as diverse as the communities they serve.
 
 
References
Social Enterprise UK (2013) The People's Business [online] http://www.socialenterprise.org.uk/


Author: Sally Kah
Email> eighteen@gmail.com

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Solange Knowles Weds Alan Ferguson

Yes! It's the wedding of the year thanks to Solange and Alan. There was so much speculation about this wedding after they were both spotted in whites at several red carpet events earlier this year. Today, the 'cool couple' tied the knot in New Orleans ditching all things traditional for something more personal. Solange wore a dress by Humberto Leon for Kenzo. Rog Walker was the commissioned photographer for unique protraits featuring sister Beyoncé, Janelle Monae and mother Tina Knowles.

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Ferguson! Wishing you all the best in your married life. Blessings xo

Lowdown in pictures....





 
 
Photo credit: Vogue.com
 
Keywords: #SolangeKnowles #AlanFerguson #Beyoncé #TinaKnowles #DanielJulez #JanelleMonae #Wedding #Family #NewOrleans #USA #Jay-Z #PowerWomen #Love #ItsAllAboutTheFerguson's 



Monday, 3 November 2014

House of Holland

If you didn't get a chance to see House of Holland SS15 Collection at Mercedez Benz Fashion Week, then you missed out big time. But not to worry, got the best 3 pictures from the event. The floral LS shirt is a delight but teamed with the metallic skater skirt is methodic. The orange lace is a fusion of urban chic and dynamite- a complete eccentric to the closet. And there was the over-powering collage of floral grace....pure admiration. Oh...and how startling are those sunglasses. Our verdict? Exquisite!

What they say about House of Holland

Known for his energetic sense of youthfulness and wit, London fashion star Henry Holland launched his label in 2006 with a range of quirky slogan T-shirts. Since then, the designer’s acid bright, contrasting colours, optical and graphic prints and irreverent take on style have garnered a following among international style tribes.


Photo credit: House of Holland/Eighteen Forever

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Global Entrepreneurship Week

As you know global entrepreneurship week is couple of days away. What better way to spend the week than networking and surfing new ideas to develop your business. Here is one date for your diary. Looking forward to seeing you there!


 
Photo credit: InspireUrBiz 

#Enterprise #Business #GlobalEntreprenuership #InspireUrBiz #beInspired #SocialMedia

Saturday, 25 October 2014

AFWL Concession Store Opens in London

On the 1st November 2014 AFWL opens it's African inspired designer clothing concession in the Red Dress store in the iconic Plaza on Oxford Street. With 15 designers and over 200 designs of limited quantity this is one store opening not to be missed!

The AFWL concession will be a London-based fashion and lifestyle concession that stocks clothing, fashion accessories using vibrant African prints and tribal prints to bringing wonderful colour into people's wardrobes.

 
 
Content credit: Ladycpr.com 
 

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Metquarter Liverpool presents Objects of Desire

It is that time of year again when we wear glittery dresses, eat lots of chocolate and dine with people we can't stand. Oh well, I guess I was talking about Christmas. Don't we just love it! It starts early for us as we attend Christmas related events from next week. First up is the Objects of Desire by Carousel and Metquarter Liverpool. We are delighted to receive this invitation and we look forward to Liverpool's finest.


 
Photo credit: Carousel 

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Partnership: Artsy & 1:54 Contemporary Art African Art Fair

Artsy and 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair to partner, encouraging the growth of contemporary African art in a global market place.
 
Partnership launches with panel discussion on the contemporary African art market on 9 September in New York City
Online fair preview opens 8 October 2014 on Artsy.net
 
● Panel discussion at Artsy’s headquarters on September 9, 2014 at 6pm. RSVP to rsvp@artsy.met
 
● Press Preview: October 15, 2014, 8:30 noon at Somerset House, London. RSVP to george.eddy@kallaway.com
Artsy and 1:54, the Contemporary African Art Fair, are pleased to announce their partnership in bringing the fair—Europe’s leading international fair dedicated to contemporary African art, now in its second year in London—online to a global audience. Artsy, the premier online resource for browsing the world’s most influential art fairs offers collectors and art enthusiasts the opportunity to explore the fair, collect works from existing galleries, and access exclusive editorial content including 'Insider Picks' on Artsy.net or the Artsy app for iPhone.

This year, 1:54 has doubled in size, taking over both the East and West Wings of Somerset House in
London. It will once again provide an unparalleled showcase of the world’s finest Contemporary African Art from 16 to 19 October 2014. The fair is accompanied by a critical conversations series comprising of lectures, artist talks, film screenings and panel discussions presented by international curators, artists and leading experts in the field.
 
Ahead of the opening, 1:54 and Artsy will launch their partnership with a panel discussion on 9 September 2014 at Artsy’s headquarters in New York City. Panelists will include Touria El Glaoui, director of 1:54, Christa Clarke, curator of Arts of Africa at The Newark Museum, and Taymour Grahne, gallerist and exhibitor, among others. Melanie Edmunds, Content Partner Manager at Artsy, will moderate the conversation.

The collaboration, which follows on the heels of 1:54’s highly successful inaugural event last autumn, marks a global expansion of the fair and signals a growing market for contemporary African art.
 

Maimouna Guerresi
Surprise, 2010
M.I.A Gallery
 
 About Artsy
Artsy is the leading resource for art collecting and education. Artsy provides free access via its website (Artsy.net) and iPhone app to international exhibitions, museum collections, gallery listings, art fairs, curated sales, and benefit auctions. It currently features over 175,000 images of art and architecture by 5,000 artists from 2,000 leading galleries and 300 museums and institutional partners, including the world’s largest online database of contemporary art. Artsy's encyclopedic collection spans historical works, such as the Rosetta Stone and the Colosseum, to modern and contemporary works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Willem de Kooning, Richard Serra, Lucien Smith, Sarah Lucas, and Cindy Sherman. Powered by The Art Genome Project, a classification system that maps the connections between artists and artworks, Artsy fosters new generations of art lovers, museumgoers, patrons and collectors.
 
Peju Alatise
ipele iii, 2012
Art Twenty One
 
 
About 1:54 Contemporary (African Art Fair 2014)
1:54 showcases the highest quality African art, bringing together galleries, curators, artists, art centres and museums both from Africa and working with Africa related projects to promote art by established and emerging talent to an international audience. The second edition of 1:54 will be held at Somerset House, London, from 15 (preview day) to 19 October 2014. Taking place during Frieze London Week, the fair builds on the burgeoning popularity of contemporary African art and presents a rare opportunity to explore the rapidly emerging African art market and acquire works in an environment supported by some of the most influential people and organisations in the art world. From painting to sculpture and photography the fair presents visual African art in its many forms giving collectors, art enthusiasts and culture seekers the chance to be the first to experience and engage with African art on this level. Through an extensive programme of conversations, talks, panels and keynote speeches with some of the art world’s key thinkers 1:54 also promotes discussions and understanding of contemporary African art focussing on topics including markets & economies, collections, artistic practice, criticism and Africa as an inspirational ground.
 
Omar Victor Diop
Albert Badin, 2014
Magnin A
 
 
1:54 Exhibitors:
A Palazzo Gallery, Brescia
Afronova, Johannesburg
Art Twenty One, Lagos
ARTLab Africa, Nairobi
ARTCO Gallery, Aachen
CCA/Center for Contemporary Art, Lagos
Carpe Diem, Ségou
Doual’art, Douala
First Floor Gallery Harare, Harare
Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan
Galerie Imane Farès, Paris
Galerie Mikael Andersen, Berlin
In Situ Fabienne
Leclerc, Paris
Jack Bell Gallery, London
Knight Webb Gallery, London
M.I.A Gallery, Seattle
MagninA,
Paris
October Gallery, London
Primo Marella Gallery, Milan
Purdy Hicks Gallery, London
Selma Feriani Gallery, London
(S)itor Senghor, Paris
SMAC Art Gallery, Cape Town
Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York
VOICE Gallery, Marrakech
WHATIFTHEWORLD / GALLERY, Cape Town


 
 
Photo taken: Artsy.net


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Denim on Denim

Who said people who wear denim on denim cannot be trusted? I say, people who wear denim on denim and get it right are trend-setters. To get a maximum effect from your 'denim on denim' trend, add an edgy accessory to the piece for a timeless look.

Where I got the pieces from....
Long sleeve shirt from H&M
Denim skirt from Levi
White heel shoe from Matalan and
Sunglasses from an Independent Store in London






Photo credit: Eighteen Forever 

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

StyleItApp.com

 The best way to improve your personal style is to create as many styles as you can. Before you could only do this using a board and cut-out pieces from magazines or newspaper. Now, you can do that using your mobile device, anywhere at your convenience. I must warn you though, they can be addictive. I was contacted by #StyleIt team to try their new app. I was sceptical because I had tried a number of apps and they all look the same, plus they take a while as you copy and paste images. But I decided to try StyleIt anyways and see what happens. To my surprise, it takes less than a minute to create a look. All you need to do is upload a look, or select a look from a website (web and camera options available). Once this is done, you select an item category and click 'styleit'. Ten different style options are presented and you can choose whichever you like. As simple as A..B..C
 
 

 
Isabel Marant Nuk Pants Black- www.shopmrsh.com
Haider Ackermann Top- www.yoox.com
Alexander McQueen Black & White- www.montaignemarket.com
Zara Embroidered Bomber Jacket- www.zara.com
Alexander Wang Diego Bucket Bag- www.forwardforward.com
 

Finders Keepers Thunderball $86
A.L.C. Sachi Sweater $175
3.1 Philip Lim Crozz Front Biker Vest $1095
Isabel Marant Milwauke Studded $1350
Givenchy Medium 'antigona' Bag $1967
AEO Vintage 1.7 OZ. Fragrance $39.95

More info about this style on StyleIt.com/SallyK


Crippen Navy Gabardine Bianca $400
Gray Fashion Shoulder Bag With $53
Helmut Lang Asymmetric $230
Zara Leather Sling Back Ankle Boot $100
Campbell Long V $145
Campbell Dries Ring $475

 
Stylist credit: Eighteen Forever 

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Kigali Fashion Week 2014

Delighted to receive Press Release for Kigali Fashion Week 2014 from John Bunyeshuli. I met John in 2012 on The Sporah Show. We exchanged contacts and here we are supporting Kigali Fashion Week. This is what doing business looks like over here. Working together and creating sustainable projects with positive impacts.

Kigali Fashion Week November 2013
Photo credit: The Guardian
LDJ Productions is partnering with House of Fashion Rwanda the organizers of the annual Kigali Fashion Week event www.kigalifashionweek.com.  This collaboration will all be under the watchful eye and the auspice of the commonwealth fashion council
 
The Mille de Collins Hotel in Kigali will play host to Kigali Fashion Week 2014.   The event is slated for 3rd to8th November 2014 and will showcase 3 international and12 Rwandan designers.  The event is braced to attract a global audience after the appointment of Kigali fashion week as a permanent board member of the commonwealth fashion council in Londonwww.commonwealthfashioncouncil.org early this year.
 
Kigali Fashion Week 2014 theme is “Disability is Not Inability” making awareness of mental disability in our society.
 
The House of Fashion-Rwanda`s mission is to establish an arts-academy which will promote Rwandan culture and creativity through design &fashion. The academy will be providing an environment for fostering, learning and creativity with young talent in Rwanda. Through its mission, which is steeped in education, the academy will promote designers, models and students alike in knowledge and skills, that will instill in them the commitment necessary to attain access and success in the fields of arts and fashion. 
 
A special program dedicated to entrepreneurship will assist designers and models who are interested in building their own brands by providing business, marketing and sales skills plus customer service for Rwanda and to its dedication to the mission and its vision.
 
Designers and model at Kigali Fashion Week November 2013
Photo credit: Rwanda Fashion
John Bunyeshuli is the  co-founder House of Fashion Rwanda and CEO of Kigali Fashion Week together with Patrick Muhire  and ColombeItuzeboth fashion designers, co company founders  and directors  pioneering to make this year`s event a success.

LDJ Productions www.ldjproduction.com, based in New York City.

The companyresponsible for the day-to-day management and operations of Fashion Week in New York and has consulted on Fashion Weeks in Mumbai, Toronto, Los Angeles and Miami.

LDJ produces large-scale events globally and their roster of clients includes L’Oreal, Yahoo, Twitter, Victoria’s Secret, Viacom and many more.

As the economy rebounds in Rwanda, fashion has become a relevant business and expected to create hundreds of local jobs and boost the economy.   Deemed as the fastest growing economy in Africa, Rwanda is committed to independent financial status by the year 2020. Kigali Fashion Week and House of Fashion vision is dedicated to assisting in the development and boost the local fashion economy with skills and resources needed to start sustainable businesses.

For more information or to get involve please contact House of Fashion Rwanda
Tel: +250 789660 230
Email: kigalifashionweek@gmail.com OR info@kigalifashionweek.com 
Website: www.kigalifashionweek.com

 
Press Release: House of Fashion

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

How To Wear A Skater Skirt

Skater skirt is one of this seasons top fashion piece. If you haven't got one in your wardrobe, then something is seriously wrong.

Styled pieces:
Collection Plaza Skirt in Laser Cut Leather £595
Rose Print Blouse £632
Olivia Leather Belt £50
Vicky Tote Bag £945
White Gold Diamond Necklace £345
Jetri Nero Sandals £145


Curated by: Eighteen Forever

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Festival Fashion

Festivals are the only reason I look forward to summer. A great chance to explore with fashion, eat more, spend quality time with fam & friends but most importantly watch live music for FREE :) Here I am in my fabulous fired-up skirt, biker jacket from H&M, hat from H&M and boot from Milano.

I attended Liverpool International Music Festival at Sefton Park. Follow the team on twitter and hastag #LIMF

Special thanks to Marsha Ambrosius and Neon Jungle for retweeting.


Photo credit: Eighteen Forever

Sunday, 14 September 2014

#Event- Bring Your Own Cup (BYOC)

BYOC Networking is an award recognised green and sustainable networking group for all businesses from all sectors, who want to meet other likeminded businesses, showcase their greener credentials and learn how they can enhance their businesses by being greener. 

BYOC Networking is a relaxed networking event once a quarter and you have to bring your own cup!  This creates a fun and creative atmosphere and the cups and mugs begin interesting conversations.  If your cup is interesting enough it has a chance to become our 'Mug of the Month' and will be featured in our monthly newsletter which is sent out internationally.

BYOC Networking is introducing showcase spaces at this event which will offer the chance for greener, more ethical businesses and organisations to showcase their greener credentials, projects, goods and services to the right interested audience.  If you would like to hire one of our showcase spaces, please get in touch with Green Events Presents... Ltd on 0330 0080 360 or email info@gepevents.co.uk for more details.

BYOC Networking now has two options, pay as you go which will be £7.50 each event or you can become a member.  Becoming a member of our BYOC Networking groups, will be an opportunity to pay for a total of three events and get the 4th one free.  There will also be a 20% discount off showcase stands.  For more information on becoming a member, call 0330 0080 360 or email info@gepevents.co.uk
BYOC Networking was originally just going to be a one off but the first event was so popular, it had a great demand for future events.  Now our events have up to 90 businesses booked on and each event gets bigger and bigger!

Please click HERE for tickets.  

Event and Information by: BYOC

 

Thursday, 11 September 2014

#Event- InterNations

I'm part of this social group called InterNations. We meet once a month for drinks and food. Join us to celebrate another great evening in Liverpool and InterNations 7th "birthday"! We will also welcome our new Ambassador Valentin Eden into our Liverpool community! So come numerous

Date: 25th September 2014
Time: 19.00-23.00
Location: Miller & Carter Albert Dock
Atlantic Pavillion and Anchor Hall, Atlantic Dock, L3 4AF

Event organised by: InterNations

Living the InterNations spirit - Nobody stands alone!
InterNations is constantly growing and for many guests, this will be their first InterNations Event. Please be welcoming and introduce them to your friends. Live the spirit of connecting global minds to ensure that every member has a lovely time. Thanks!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Summer Style

I love this spaghetti strap coral top from New Look because its easy to wear and just perfect for this season. I teamed this with a stretchy blue denim from H&M and black sandal by Red-herring for Debenhams. My bracelets were made in The Gambia.


Photo credit: Eighteen Forever

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Liverpool Business Exhibition

The Liverpool Business Exhibition is scheduled for Tuesday 9th September at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Liverpool.

What to expect?
100s of Business People. 3 Great FREE Seminars and a whole lotta networking!

Seminars and Speed Networking Schedule

Success is on the Far Side of Failure by John Hayes
10.30-11.15

Speed Networking
11.30-12.15

You Can't Do It All Yourself, Learn the Art of Delegation by Karen Bellion
12.30-13.15

How to do Marketing on a Shoestring by Ronnie Doctor
14.30-15.15

For tickets as a delegate or exhibit, please send an email to: team@thebizexpos.com

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Graduate, Female, Unhappily Single and Twenty something

At 17 yrs old, I had my life planned out just before leaving school. I was going to University to study Commerce (now referred to as Marketing) and perhaps do my Masters after completing my Bachelors degree. I would meet the love of my life at University and by 25 we would be married. By 27, we would have a baby and then take a year out to explore the world. Who would look after the baby? Well, that’s what grandparents are there for. My mother or mother-in law can look after our beautiful baby whilst me and my hand-some, successful husband go travelling the world. After a year of global exploration, we return home to work hard and save as much as we can so we can afford a dream home in sunny somewhere.

I finished school but poorly passed core subjects in my GSCEs so I had to retake them. Another year added to my plan but who cares. I was determine things would work out anyways. I suddenly took ill which lead to a year off education. After recovering, I decided to enrol at College where I spent 3 years studying Business, which meant starting University at 22. Bloody ridiculous I thought! Still determined to meet Mr Right and get married by 25 though.

Fast forward twelve years…one part of the plan came through. I went to University and gained two first class degrees- BA Business and Marketing and MSc Marketing Management. The rest? Well still working on that. I am now a graduate, unhappily single, female in my last 20s and still wishing for that hand-some single man to sweep me off my feet or maybe just put a ring on it.  

So what I’m I doing about been single? Nothing really, I guess that’s why I’m still single. I’ve been reflecting on my life lately and thought I’m actually not making an effort to meet the right person for me. I spend most of my time blogging, working on fashion projects, sleeping and just surfing social media. If you're a graduate, unhappily single, female, twenty something with no active plans to change your current 'single' status to 'in a relationship', it’s time to make a change for a change to happen. You don’t want to be unhappily single, female and thirty something. Do you?