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Alali Hart, Nimi Akinkugbe, MoCheddah, Olisa Adibua, Amaechi Okobi, Uti Nwachukwu, others at Montaigne Place Urban Art Series in Lagos

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On Thursday, May 31st May 2018, beauty and art lovers converged at Montaigne Place in the Palm Shopping Mall to experience the unveiling of the Montaigne Place Urban Art Series.

The art development project founded by the leading luxury fragrance, skincare, cosmetics and lifestyle company was created to provide a platform where the public can easily view and enjoy modern and contemporary works of Nigerian artists.

“Montaigne Place Urban Art Series was birthed out of my love for arts and desire to promote and commission works of art which the public can access and enjoy in a friendly atmosphere without having to pay for it; especially those who do not have the opportunity to visit galleries or buy artwork. – Alali Hart; CEO, Montaigne Place.

Renowned contemporary artist, Tolu Aliki kicked off the maiden edition of the series with an in-store showcase of his painting titled, ‘Forever Yours’An 8ft by 11ft oil painting was also installed on the side windows overlooking the parking lot for public viewing.

“I’m excited to create this beautiful painting; Forever Yours for the Montaigne Place Urban Art Series. This painting examines and celebrates the essence of our commitment and love for the people we care about… as well as those who care about us. It is about loving and giving back unconditionally. A part of this painting tells a story of a surprise party held to celebrate the Lady in the green dress, she is excited after receiving a gift of a black stallion…she has her gaze fixated on the musicians, with her head titled towards the music suggesting deep absorption in the moment and an engaged passion her pose exudes so much grace as well as a feeling of appreciation, as well as of companionship” – Tolu Aliki.

His works will be on display for a period of six months and Montaigne Place will continue to offer the platform to more talented artists by taking the Urban Art series beyond Lagos to other parts of the country where its outlets are located.

The event was proudly sponsored by Le Connaisseur, a premium wines and spirits luxury store that also appreciates Art & Beauty.

 

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Runway Dubai Returns: Abaya Lagos to Showcase Luxury Collection

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The city of Dubai is about to open its doors to fashion buyers, influencers, designers, retailers and the media as its highly anticipated fashion show, Runway Dubai kicks off with another edition from 8th – 10th November at the luxurious Marriott Al Jaddaf.

The annual fashion event created in 2013 as an initiative to enhance the fashion industry in the Middle East has quickly developed into the leading international fashion show platform in the region. It has also continued to earn international recognition following the inclusion of diversity and social awareness campaigns over the years.

Marking its 6th season, Runway Dubai 2018 will feature the ‘Autism Wins Campaign with Natalie Oden’. The model with autism whose story has inspired many will be opening the show this year.

Established designers across the globe will showcase various collections on the runway including creative director of Abaya Lagos, Salihat Rahaman.

Abaya Lagos will be unveiling its SEPIA GLAM collection for the first time in the Middle East at the upcoming event on 9th November 2018. The SEPIA GLAM collection is inspired by the vibrant confluence of modernity, accentuated with glitter and sequins in sepia tones.

The RTW luxury collection depicts a “structured flow” of lines and shapes, a bold but seamless mix of “cosmopolitan and classic”.

The modest wear fashion brand was conceived out of the need for unique pieces that could be worn in virtually any kind of social environment.

AbayaLagos is described as the foremost choice boutique for aspiring young ladies and women of class.

Follow @abaya_lagos for updates on the showcase.

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Nigeria Fashion Show is back

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Nigeria Fashion Show is back! Past winners and participants include Zizi Cardow, Deola Sagoe, Mudi Africa, Frank Oshodi, Modela Couture, Nobel Afrique, Kese Jabare and so on .Legendary Gold Limited is proud to announce that Nigeria’s premier fashion event – Nigeria Fashion Show is back, bigger and better as Africa’s first fashion reality Tv show. Since 1997, the Nigeria Fashion Show has been staged annually and contributed immensely in giving birth to today’s Nigerian fashion industry.

The Nigeria Fashion Show is the first and only national fashion event in Nigeria. It is a competition for young and upcoming fashion designers from across Nigeria. It has been the biggest designers contest in Nigeria. Past winners had shot up to the top of the Nigerian fashion industry after winning the NFS. Prizes had included all expense trips to participate in the international edition of the Nigeria Fashion Show in Paris, Milan, New York, London etc.

The Nigeria Fashion Show over 2 decades reoriented Nigerian designers to looking inward for inspiration by encouraging them to using local fabrics, accessories and designs. It also reoriented Nigerians to patronizing Nigerian designers by wearing locally made clothes hence the permanent theme ‘NFS says dress Nigerian’. To this end, dress code to attend Nigeria Fashion Show is strictly Nigerian outfits.

The Nigeria Fashion Show brought vibrancy and excellence to the Nigerian fashion industry. This event over the years has created exposure and marketing opportunities for Nigerian designers both locally and internationally. It has also brought about a huge patronage and appreciation for locally made clothes, fashion accessories and lifestyle products by Nigerians.

The Nigeria Fashion Show’s major goal is to re-orient Nigerian designers to look inward for inspiration. To this end, the event makes it compulsory for all participants to use only locally sourced fabrics and accessories for their production line. Through the NFS, Nigerian designers are encouraged to research into their various ethnic cultural backgrounds and come up with creative, original and innovative designs that have global appeal. As a result, the Nigeria Fashion Show is usually rich in content because participating designers draws inspiration from over 250 ethnic groups from across Nigeria
The zonal screening of Nigeria Fashion Show reality Tv series comes up 16th, 18th & 20th October in Abuja, Port Harcourt & Lagos respectively.

The 20 designers that will be selected from the 3 zonal screenings will be unveiled in an event at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja 25th November, 2018. After the unveiling event, the 20 designers will be put in an incubator workshop for a month from where 10 designers will be eliminated. The final 10 designers will be presented at the grand finale of the Nigeria Fashion Show which will take place in Lagos in June 2019. The best designer at the grand finale will be declared Nigeria’s best designer
According to Lexy Mojo-Eyes, CEO of Legendary Gold Limited, this is stepping up the game again for the Nigerian fashion industry. The goal is to discover and create new entrepreneurs in the Nigerian fashion industry.

Partners include Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Design Essentials, Ethiopian Airlines, German Embassy in Nigeria, Atunda Entertainmenet, Ebony Life Tv, Studio 24. The Abuja event is co-organized by Yankee Entertainment.

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Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty Makeup range makes list of 50 Most Genius Companies of 2018

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In only a year, Fenty Beauty has pulled off a makeover of the makeup industry. Founded by the singer, Rihanna with luxury goods giant LVMH’s Kendo division, Fenty introduced its first collection last fall—including a much-hyped foundation dubbed Pro Filt’r that comes in 40 diverse shades—with the aim of catering to all women, regardless of skin color.

Makeup enthusiasts rejoiced, not only over the products but also for how Fenty featured women of color in its advertising. Though some other brands, such as M.A.C and Make Up For Ever, already sold expansive shade ranges, Fenty’s unabashed celebration of inclusivity in their makeup campaigns put an unprecedented spotlight on the need for diverse beauty products.

Fenty’s success—the brand, which reportedly made $100 million in sales in its first 40 days on the market, is now available in 29 countries, including Bahrain and Malaysia—sent competitors rushing to expand their own product lines: several brands in the past year have widened their offerings, in what some have termed the “Fenty Effect.” Now Fenty has expanded into a full-fledged line, offering eyeshadows, liquid eyeliner, and lip color in addition to their original offerings.

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