Summer Candies

DOT is a quirky accessories brand relaying its love of fashion with a hint of African heritage. With a distinct aesthetic and unconventional use of materials, DOT is fearless and individualistic, expressing the art of craftsmanship in each bag she constructs.

Dorothy Ughenu is the mastermind behind DOT. Her vision was first brought to reality in 2010 however today, under the label are several sister labels including DOT PRIVÉ, DOT HERITAGE and DOT DOT.

DOT
Dot is the eponymous line of handmade leather accessories

DOT PRIVÉ
The high-end priced luxury line and features limited-edition and one-off accessories.

DOT HERITAGE is Afri-politan; African in origin and Cosmopolitan in perspective. Heritage is inspired by the tribes and people of Africa with distinctive DOT DNA that is fun, quirky and fearless. Dot Heritage re-imagines Africa in the new world.

DOT DOT
Dot Dot is the young and edgy diffusion line of Dot.

DOT debuted at the MTN Lagos Fashion and Design Week in October 2011 and has since become a cult favorite amongst fashionistas. This collection “Summer Candies” is an expansive continuation of the first collection “Geo”, inspired by geometric shapes and lines. The “summer candies” 2012 lookbook was inspired by Alice in Wonderland.

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Photo Credit
Creative Director, Dot – Dorothy Ughenu
Contact Details: dotfashions@gmail.com
07087721482/08182446507
Styling and style direction: Bidemi Zakariyau (Le Style Fusion)
Photography: Echi Illustrations
Dress: Meena
Model: Whitney Umeh
Make up: Chi Chi of Faceville
Location: The Clauds, Lekki
Follow Dot on twitter: @dotfashions
For sales or any other enquires please contact Dorothy on 07087721482/08182446507

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PS: I had unlimited tech issues uploading this blog…. So glad it’s finally up. I love DOT!!!!

‘Zibah Couture

It’s no surprise that I’m always on the hunt for new Nigerian labels. I just can’t understand why Nigerians find it so hard to support our economy and shop Nigerian. Having said that, with the excessive rent, demanding tailors and ridiculous expectations, Nigerian brands tend to be overpriced taking us back to square one, shopping abroad. At the end of the day let’s face it, if the H&M’s and Primarks of this world are cheaper and execute a cleaner finish, why would anyone shop Nigerian? Well, I guess we’ll have to weather the storm if ever we’re going to see the rainbow and for this reason, I will support Nigerian fashion as far as my wallet will stretch me.

My latest Nigerian discovery is called ‘Zibah Couture. ‘Zibah Couture is a friend of mine, Andie and her brother, Charles’, label and it’s the diffusion line from their Mum’s label, Hephzibah Couture. I was invited for their launch in May and got the chance to examine creativity from a fresh point of view. To sum it all up in a simple paragraph, I’d describe ‘Zibah Couture as a subtle twang on early Versace with an appreciation of African print.

Below are a few pictures I took at ‘Zibah Couture hope you like….

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Ps: I know, I know… I’m a slacker *sigh*

Maju

I’ve never had the largest collection of bags notwithstanding; I’ve always been the biggest fan. It could be leather or raffia; an envelope clutch or a chain-strapped satchel; and it could be handmade or machine manufactured. I really didn’t care, as long as it was a bag; there was a good chance that it would tickle my fancy.

Recently, I was invited to the launch of Maju bags at Chase Mall, VI and for a person as well disciplined as I am; it was a shock that resistance played no role in my subconscious. I attended the opening with Taiwo (now that is a shock in itself) and neither one of us left empty handed.

The store was ridiculously small but you know what they say, “Good things come in small packages” and this was no different. Every square inch of the tiny store was occupied with beautifully handcrafted bags and being the patriot I am, I was proud to find this in Nigeria.

Below are a few pictures of what they had in store.

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Ps: The next give away is ready, and I’m excited 🙂

Pps: Even the Sun sets in Paradise

**Anniversary GIVEAWAY**

They say idle hands are the Devil’s workshop and so a year ago, when I was through with exams and seeking a fulfilling way to occupy my new found freedom, I started a Fashion Blog. To celebrate my blogs first anniversary, I have decided to hold my first GIVEAWAY.

Up for grabs is one item that summarize my fashion and encapsulate my style:

HOUSE 38 blouse.

This seemingly simple blouse materializes my personality from the sequin embellished collar to the unsuspecting drop hemline. The chiffon feel is best suited for the easy, breezy, laid-back days, while the red buttons add an understated pop. Available only in a British size 8/10 (I’m not too sure, I got rid of the tag), all you need to do is post a comment along with your name and email address. Feel free to enter as many times as you want. The deadline for entries is the 6th of June 2012, after which I will no longer accept entries. Unfortunately, I’m only able to ship within Lagos and to the UK.

*Necklace not included*

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Ps: Don’t forget to leave your name and email address

PPs: The winner will be chosen using a random generator

PPPs: I slipped today at work and came crashing down flat on the tiled floors of the 17th floor. It was an ugly sight and hurt my tooshie 😦 Luckily, I had a ponytail to cushion my head 🙂

Funlayo Deri: Into The Contrast

Funlayo Deri’s ‘into the contrast’ is unquestionably one of my favourite collections this season. My preppy state of mind is very much aligned with her well constructed structures and the dream-like flows in a number of her modishly beautiful pieces hint at a level of grace I’ve only ever dreamed of. Each strip of material is delicately assembled in line with the art of architecture. Here’s the press release on the wisely themed ‘into the contrast’:

“Inspiration for the Funlayo Deri Spring/Summer 2012 collection comes from contemporary architectural structures. Elements of rigid, edgy structures were combined, then transformed to softer, fluid lines and placed in ways which complement the female form. The juxtaposition of different silhouettes, structures, fabrics and textures was used to enhance the clarity of each design.”

Here are my favourite pieces from the collection:

For more information see:

Website: www.Funlayoderi.com

Twitter: @FunlayoDeri

Email: Info@funlayoderi.com

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Ps: This was sent to me ages ago, however my lack of organisation has been an obstacle in my progress. I shall address that promply.

PRIM by House 38

***PRESS RELEASE***
PRIM by House 38 is the younger and more affordable range of clothing designed and produced by House 38. Our current collection is a celebration of the burst of colours that arrive with spring and intensify into summer. With full pleated skirts and shorts, this is a collection that is suited for the ease and breeze of the spring. With its affordability, the blouses of PRIM S/S ’12 should be a bright presence in the wardrobes of women hopping from work to play.

The latest prim by House 38 collection relays a sophisticated exuberance that the brand so cleverly executes. The rippled ruffles and knife pleats although flirty and playful adopt a balance of tailoring that ensures the wearer is still taken seriously. The block colours and jewelled buttons speak volumes of a fashion conscious urban lady. My favourites of the collection have got to be the lomy skirt and Molly blouse…. Gorgeous!

Items start at N5,000 and are capped at N12,500.

Stylist: Bidemi Zakariyau

Makeup: Tola Olurinde

Models: Dami Teidi, Whitney Umeh and Anie Inoyo.

Visit House 38 at: 289b Akin Olugbade, Off Adeola Odeku, VI, Lagos

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