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Nollywood on Route to taking over from Hollywood...

A good friend of mine was kind enough to send me an article that appeared in the London Evening Standard Newspaper recently and it reported that officially Nollywood (the Nigerian film industry) is considered to be the second largest movie industry in the world.

Nollywood films are popular around the world, some for the right reasons but many times for the wrong reasons. They have been renowned for poor acting, badly written scripts, very long never ending scenes and more movie bloopers than has ever been seen in the history of film making (ok a slight exaggeration on my part) but I think for those of you that have watched Nigerian movies, you know what I am talking about.

However just as we have done with the music industry and are starting to do with the fashion industry (and as a fashion show producer I believe I am also contributing to the improvement of standards in the fashion industry), the movie industry has and is making some fantastic strides in producing better quality movies and the stereotypes of Nollywood movies being bad is well on its way to disappearing forever.

I attended the screening of the latest movie The Figurine – Araromire, produced and directed by Kunle Afolayan, a person who I was fortunate enough to meet when I spoke at the Flair Talent Seminar, in Lagos Nigeria. He is a very unassuming and down to earth actor/director and it is hard to believe that he is such a superstar.

Normally I would talk about all of the London celebrities that graced the red carpet but not today as the attention this time must not be taken away from the fantastic movie I watched.

As part of the Nigeria 50th Anniversary celebrations Lagos State Government and First Bank Nigeria sponsored the premiere movie screening of The Figurine – Araromire at the Greenwich Odeon cinema in London.



This is a movie that has a fantastic well written script and screenplay, the cinematography was like I have never seen before for a Nigerian movie and the acting by its four principles actors Kunle Afolayan, Ramsey Nouah, Funlola Awofiyebi-Raimi, Omoni Oboli was worthy of Golden Globe or OSCAR nominations.

I have no intention of giving you the synopsis of the film as I know if I do I won’t stop and would end up giving the whole story line away. But I would say this it was imaginative, creative and well acted. For the first time ever I am so proud to say that this is not about watching a Nollywood movie but about watching a great movie.

PS: There is also another great Nollywood movie that I highly recommend that you watch. It is called “IJE” that stars Nollywood heavyweights Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and Genevieve Nnaji as well as Nollywood star Clem Ohameze alongside international actors such as Odalys Garcia, Jeff Swarthout and Ulrich Que, this movie was Produced and directed by Nigerian international filmmaker, Chineze Anyaene.

Trust me people alongside The Figurine - Araromire, this is another great Nollywood movie.

All I can say is watch out Hollywood as Nollywood is about to take over!


News In Brief:

Merit Award for Excellence...

I am pleased to say for the second year running I have been nominated for a merit Award for Excellence in the category of Most Outstanding Film/TV Director/producer. The awards ceremony takes places on Saturday 9th October at HMS president www.ogeyinka.com

Top Model of Colour Finalist...

Male TMC UK Finalist
The heats are over and all of the finalist have been chosen and their will be 30 female and 9 male models competing to be come the Top Model of Colour UK for 2010.

Top Model of Colour Holland Winner on the Road to Greatness...

Adut Mawien TMC Holland 2010 (her own bag)
Adut Mawien Top Model of Colour Holland 2010 is well on her way to becoming a supermodel since winning TMC Holland - she now has her own bag with her picture on it - CHECK HER OUT

Elisha Francis Jewellery

I discovered my love for jewellery as a child playing in my mother’s jewellery box, a love which I still harbour many years later; and never feel completely dressed for a night on the town unless I am appropriately adorned.

Whether the pieces are cheap and cheerful or one of a kind, vintage trinkets; the correct jewellery has the ability to make the wearer feel sophisticated, glamorous and of course Fabulous.

South London based Jewellery designer Elisha Francis definitely understands this concept.

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Inspired by her “love of all things beautiful” Elisha Francis has created a handcrafted collection of exquisite and imaginative Necklaces, earrings, headdresses and bracelets using a impressive variety of semi precious stones, pearls and crystals, which have deservedly earned her an Award for Innovation in the Creative Sector from GLE One London in March 2010.

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Describing her personal style as quirky, feminine with a touch of glamour Elisha identifies her favourite piece from her collections as being the Midnight Fall Necklace, which is a Black Agate Centrepiece, surrounded by an array of Swarovski Crystals and glass beads from the shimmering Waterfall collection and was inspired by the Dunns River Falls in Jamaica.

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Elisha Francis Jewellery can be purchased from elishafrancis.com Or a number of Stores around London.

Custom pieces for special occasions such as weddings can be commissioned upon request.

Images courtesy of Elisha Francis Jewellery

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WRITTEN BY LEE-ANNE WEISE

“feMALE” Fashion

Over the past couple years we’re used to seeing catwalk reports and latest celebrity trends of a “Boyfriend’s” jackets, jeans, etc; and even “boxers” are happen to look incredibly “hot” on many of us. And I would say we’re going “in hand” with the time as the female society is progressing and is predominant at this stage, when women’s independence could have its own statue similar to the one of Liberty in the US, with our high flying careers and “bread-winning” roles. However the latest catwalk reports from Berlin Fashion Week, especially designer Patrick Morh with his indirect “message”-projection of the future direction of the feMALE society appeared to me rather shocking.

Many of us are no longer being asked the question of: Who wears the “Pants” in personal or profession relationships? ; Since the answer to that is pretty obvious by now. But is this the vision or a goal that our female ancestors were trying to achieve with the Feminist Movement of the 19th century, when demanded to switch Victorian dresses for more practical wear that would allow women to engage in the activities that now we became very successful in, rather than domestic ones in most cases.

While majority of us cannot “Bend it like Beckham”, but would still like to maintain the “Devil wears Prada” professional image, the question that rises is: How do we maintain the “Status Quo” while still looking feminine in the current feMALE fashion trends.

The answer to that question has leaded me to the place where once upon a time Ms. Gabriel Coco Chanel dared to wear man’s hat creating a new era of “Classic”; that’s right, the inspirational research of this topic has brought me to the root of the industry or better to say the catwalk of fashion capital of the world.

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One of our favourites John Galliano created yet another compromising semi-feminine look for those who favours feMALE trend on Christian Dior catwalk And even though from the Image Consultant’s point of view the cropped pants are not one the must have wardrobe pieces, the F/W’10 jackets combination does seem to work together.

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Who could possibly pull it off better than Damir Doma, not a stranger to the menswear; he sure did prove the fashion world that his signature of contemporary masculinity could be well turned into something rather feminine.

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There is no technique other than draping in feMALE fashion trends that could actually highlight the femininity of otherwise strong and in some way aggressive image of Haider Ackermann’s latest creations.

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Sharp shoulders of the jackets from Nicolas Andreas’s collection do demonstrate some degree of feMALE fragility, along with the wide belts that once again highlights that “wait is a must” even this season overall portraying the picture of a mystical but in the same time strong and independent women warrior.

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One of Russia’s favourites Valentin Yudashkin, does show strong characters of the women-inspiration of the country he’s originally from. Even though keeping his classic style, his slightly flared trousers in combination with the lace blouses doesn’t make any less of the feMALE statement.

BY KATRINA YAKUSHEVA

A little glamour to make you sparkle

Isn’t it amazing how a little bit of bling can not only transform your outfit but your whole demur??

Opulent, eye-catching and fabulous Oversized Cocktail rings have appeared all over the catwalks and are are being flaunted on the fingers of your favourite celebrities, everywhere from film premieres to private parties
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While the trend in earlier rings was to use precious stones, particularly diamonds (For those that could afford it), there is no shame in sporting the cocktail rings with faux or semi precious stones which cost significantly less money, are less likely to be stolen, and If lost, it can be replaced without causing significant harm to one’s purse.

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Worn on any but the ring finger of the left hand, which represents that one is married or engaged; the general rule is that the bigger the stone, the better!

The whole point of Cocktail rings is to catch and dazzle the eye.

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If decide to Opt an Oversized Cocktail ring on your next night out on the town or to add a bit of sparkle to your everyday attire remember that’s is probably best to limit yourself to wearing one statement piece of jewellery at a time and if you do opt to wear more than one oversized piece, be careful not to drown yourself in accessories as you will risk ok quite tacky.
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Add some major sparkle to your outfit with one of these statement cocktail rings from blossom-uk.com

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Remember ladies, think glamour, think gorgeous and have fun!
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Fishing for a pedi?

BY DANNIKE WALTERS | 4 AUGUST 2010

Fishing for a pedi?

As our beauty manic society becomes more and more obsessed with finding new ways to enhance the physical appearance, one often wonders what the next latest invention may be and how we can use it to make ourselves 'beautiful'. From Minx Nails, worn by celebrities including Rihanna and Beyonce Knowles, to nail wrapping, which can also be applied to natural nails, the choices are endless.

Just as we thought things couldn't get weirder and more wonderful as this, a form of pedicure involving aspects of mother nature is introduced. Garra Rufa, a specie of the Doctor fish also referred to as nibble fish have swum their way into some of London's beauty salons.

Although the idea of having around 200 exotic pedicurist fish swimming around in a foot basin nibbling the dead skin from your feet may seem daunting, it is scientifically healthy and causes no harm. The little fish have no teeth and in return only eat the affected areas of dead skin leaving the healthy skin untouched.

The practice of Gara Rufa originally occurred in river basins of the northern and central east parts of Turkey and Iran and is often used to treat skin disorders such as psoriasis. But sooner or later this type of pedicure will be the trending topic of our fashionable city with Gara Rufa seen in a few beauty salons around town.

For all of you health and beauty fanatics fishing for a pedi, Aqua Sheko may be the right place for an amazing experience.

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As the first fish therapy spa in London; Aqua Sheko offer their clients a chance to feel relaxed in their environment of dark d├ęcor softly lit by ambient lighting, whilst enjoying either 45 minutes of a deluxe treatment (£45) or 25 minutes of the Express at £30 in black oversized leather seating.

For the chance to enjoy a pedi of a lifetime visit Aqua Sheko and be fished away.

Haute Dubai Summer

BY KATRINA YAKUSHEVA | 6 AUGUST 2010

Haute Dubai Summer

Yet another fashion- fabulous weekend has passed at the luxurious desert “Oasis” Dubai, proving once again that Dubai can get really Haute in the summer.

Dubai Fashion Fiesta 2010 was held from 22nd to 24th July, bringing out the best of the region’s fashion creations to a catwalk, and I couldn’t help but share some of those stunning incredibly feminine designs with you.

Amato Couture

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The never- ending catwalk drama of Amato Couture by Furne One, the brand that has dressed the finalist of Heidi Klum ‘s “Top Model of Germany” for the second time this summer and not only that; Amato Couture is considered to be the “Dubai’s Hottest & Most Luxurious” label to date. The designer’s “fairytale” creative style can never be compared to any other and that could be the main reason behind the “Excellency” of his work that brought him well deserved clientele of local and international “High Profile Society” as well as couple of “Royal Houses”.

Amato Couture is far from being an easy affordable fashion, but if you do get a chance to get your hands on it, I would suggest not to let go, as the only “tag” that could go well with this brand is “Priceless”.

Amber Feroz

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Not one of the local media favorites, but definitely one of the region’s female society; Amber Feroz has marked the Opening of his new boutique in Dubai on DFF ’10 catwalk, proving the critics that his “art” could be well wearable. Beginning his career with internship at Armani Prive, through the years we’ve been watching him creating amusing pieces with the simple cuts and seamless stitching, but this time the designer’s vision has changed and finally those pieces could be worn by any woman irrespective of the age and size.

The best part of Amber’s new Couture collection is that, the garments are simply gorgeous and do not only highlight the best features of one’s body, but also effortlessly camouflage the flows of any figure, making the one who wears it feel like a goddess. And that is not all, each of the garments could be worn in several different ways that makes the size of our wardrobe smaller, but increases the number of special occasion outfits.

Archana Kochhar

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Fast fame- raising Indian designer Archana Kochhar, is the one to watch in this region. Having several Bollywood Celebrities’ that comes to mind along with the Brand’s name, such as Celina Jaitley (Miss India 2001 & Infamous Bollywood Actress).

Archana’s work is concentrated on purity and femininity, wearing those haute couture garments does make you feel like a princess; taking you back in time of the far Centuries where the men remained Gentlemen and women had never had to open the door on their own.

I believe her dresses have been specially designed to bring out the emotional side of “Cinderella” in each one of us, and give the feeling of the magic childhood stories with only difference that now you can dress and really feel like one in one those gowns.

Art Fashion

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Aldwin Ornopia Guardiana is the designer behind the brand whose name does speak for itself. Aldwin is one of the up-and-coming or I would rather say “Rising” stars of the “Desert”. His design inspiration comes from the life events and environment the combination of which transforms his imagination on the catwalk. However in my opinion Aldwin’s creations are not only catwalk but more of a “Walk of Fame” material that takes my imagination straight to the Hollywood Red Carpet.

Incredible Haute Couture designs with a touch of Avant-garde and “hand-made” work of so not “echo friendly” details, and combination of Crystals, feather, lace and silk makes the garments a breath taking and phenomenal to look at, never mind wearing one. So the next time you’re wondering “Who” to wear for a Red Carpet Gala or how to make an “Entrance”, wonder no more as the only thing you have to do is to put on one of the gowns and the Art Fashion will do the rest.
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Naomi the Diamond Queen..



Naomi the Diamond Queen... 

The former president of Liberia Charles Taylor has been on trial at the Hague since 2007 and I bet most of you didn’t even know that or you had thought it was all over years ago and he was currently rotting in jail, but I guess after being inundated today with news of the appearance of the glamorous Naomi Campbell at the Hague to give evidence for the prosecution, you suddenly realise the case is not over.

A few points to note here, firstly she was not a willing witness as she was ordered to give evidence after Mia Farrow alleged that representatives of Taylor gave the supermodel a diamond in the dead of night in 1997, after they'd all been guests of Nelson Mandela at a charity dinner in South Africa. Secondly there is her appearance as a hostile witness and the testimony she gave if you can call it that. Just in case you have no idea about what she said I will paraphrase, she alleges that she had a knock on her door late at night and two men whom she did not know just gave her some "dirty looking pebbles", which were allegedly diamonds but Ms Campbell was not aware of their value or what they were.

Now I am not that bothered that a trial that has been going on for 3 years received hardly any media attention until Ms Campbell showed up, cos that is the media for you and lets be fair she is a celebrity in her own right so she will attract a lot of media attention. But please are we really to believe that when she was given the diamonds she had no idea of what they were, if that was the case why did she not just throw the pebbles away. What I want to know is what happened to them and if it was all just as innocent as she has made the world to believe why was she so reluctant to give evidence. These for me are questions that need to be answered as no matter what you may believe Naomi Campbell does not fall into the “dumb blonde” category of a model. I guess we will never know the truth and I assume only Mr Taylor & Ms Campbell know what really happened.

It’s a Secret...

I am sitting at home doing some work on the computer and I have the TV on at no particular channel but I do think it was “E” (the old entertainment tonight channel) and they are showing one of the reality TV programmes that they regularly show, it’s not that I watch them but being in the fashion and entertainment business I have to know what is going on so that in case I am asked something about them I can comment – that’s my version any way. Back to the issue at hand, so I am watching the programme and then I hear a woman say I need to tell you something but you must not let anyway know as it is a secret and nobody must know about it. She then proceeds to say that she may have a problem of a sexual nature, which is top secret.

I know that I am not the brightest spark in the universe, but hello are there not millions of people watching the programme, so how the hell is it a secret that she wants no one to know about, I know and now all of you know as well.


Facebook Advertising Skin lightening... 

I have always thought that I am quite innovative and creative when it comes to trying to market my events and things that I am involved in, but recently I was contacted by a reporter  from the Eastern Eye Newspaper and she was doing a story looking into whether there is a lack of dark-skinned models from ethnic minority groups in the fashion industry, but with particular reference to the recent Vaseline campaign for skin lightening creams fronted by Shahid Kapoor.

In brief Shahid Kapoor is a celebrity Bollywood actor.

Now what made this story interesting was not the lack of dark skinned models but the fact that they were using Facebook to actively advertise the product and secondly it was primarily aimed at men.

It is a pity that we still feel we have to be light skinned to make it in the world, but I do think doing an advertising campaign for this type of product on Facebook was ingenious and following on from some more research that I have done it has been a very successful campaign.

HEALTH WARNING: Skin lightening creams can serious damage your health.

News In Brief:

Abuja Fashion Week 30 September to 2 October email for more information on how exhibit, sponsor, show your designs of generally just get involved.

Mahogany Bridal Show Nigeria 19 to 20 February 2011 email for more information on how exhibit, sponsor, show your designs of generally just get involved.

Top Model of Colour final 2 heats are on the 7 & 21 August (which includes the male heat) - Purchase Tickets or call 07971 388687 tickets can be purchased on the door.

MOAN OF THE DAY..

To Bra or Not To Bra...

When out and about I see young men walking down the street and their trousers are around their ankles and I see the disdainful look given to them by some women and some men and I am never sure if it is because they don’t like the style or it is because the underwear or boxer shorts the men are wearing are not fashionable or because there are skid marks showing. But whatever it is, it is about fashion. I guess fashion is a bit like beauty, it is in the eye of the beholder. The trousers around the ankles is not personally my style, as I think it is hard to walk with your trousers around your ankles and not fall down and also it sometimes attracts the wrong type of attention, including attention from some men but everyman to his own.

For a while I thought that it was just men that were developing this very bad fashion sense, but recently more and more I have noticed that women have developed their own fashion disaster. A while back it was the thong showing over the jeans or trousers but now it is the bra showing. I accept that you may consider me old fashion but my point is this, in the good old days bras were hidden underneath clothing and occasionally we got the brief flash of the front part of a woman bra but now women show off their bra all the time regardless of what they are wearing. Besides it not looking that great as a fashion statement, the worst things is that some of the bras being worn are extremely ugly, some are well worn (out) and in some cases you can see that they have not been washed in a while.

So ladies just like the men if you are going to go down the line of showing your bra, please make sure it is fashionable and clean and guys make sure your skid marks are not showing and your boxers are on point.

DONT’ BE A FASHION DISASTER!!!!!

Be good and take care – tomorrows another day

Iscapade A Chilling Affair

I am not someone that is easily impressed especially bearing in mind the high number of events that I attend and the high number of events that are absolutely rubbish but Iscapade was an event with a difference and one that was definitely worthy of a lot of praise.

It is was an all white affair, which being honest did cause me a lot of problems as it has been many years since I owned or even wore a white pair of trousers but after visiting many shops (and I hate shopping), I finally found a pair of white trousers, the worst thing ever is to show up being the odd one out.

It was held at the opulent Bloomsbury Rooms, London and the N4Life (Naija4Life) team really outdid themselves. On arrival everyone received a complimentary glass of champagne and it was not the cheap stuff it was Moet (I know, I don’t drink but I can recognise the brand names), there were live statuettes, well dressed hostesses, the venue was decorated to a “T” (and I will be speaking to Ace about why he stole all of my ideas) and the best DJ’s London has to offer including of course celebrity DJ Abass.

It was nice of N4Life to recognise one of the UK’s and Nigeria’s foremost female presenters, Princess Deun Adedoyin-Solarin who has presented on the likes of NTA News and Ben TV to name a limited few. She was recognised and presented with an award for her contribution to the UK and Nigerian entertainment industry. It was of course presented to her by no other than Adebayo Jones one of Nigeria’s foremost designers, who himself was a recipient last year.

The who’s who of the UK fashion and entertainment scene were there including Kunniks, Ellen Thomas from Eastenders, Biodun from Radiant Glow, filming was done by Laja Than Life and hosted by the beautiful actress Yetunde Oduwole. I could go on and on but just take it from me it seemed like everyone was there.

This is one of those rare times when I can say that if you were not there YOU MISSED.

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