The Retro Fab Fashion Weekend is finally here from the 4th to the 6th of December. Activities for this year’s event include the Retro Fab Fashion Night (Fashion Show) at Lifestyle Gallery, Spintex Road on Friday 4th December, followed by an after-party at the BEDOUIN LOUNGE, Lizzy Sports Complex, East Legon.
Retro Fab Fashion Weekend is a 3-day fashion, beauty and lifestyle event. The first night is the fashion show 'Retro Fab Fashion Night' where we work with boutiques/brands and have STYLISTS style the pieces for the runway. So mainly 'pret-a-porter' pieces on the runway.
I am referring to the really exciting patterns which has about two or three contrasting colors. The ones I have seen aren’t that much to write about or even buy. They are boring due to the similar colors in use
Shoes are also by the brand and with that rosette perched daintily on the edge it was totally irresistible! Soon to launch her new collection, Annesi by Annette Obeng Nsiah is one of today's rising Ghanaian fashion brands determined to give every woman her own sense of style. Style they say is timeless. And I am all for timeless fashion!
One of the reasons I believe some women don't let their braids last (taking it out after two-three weeks is, boredom. They get bored and tired of having a braids bun all the time so the interest is lost soon.
But wait a minute! Hollop, Hollop! With a simple scarf did you know you could literally change your look whilst in braids? Like you didn't already know! Whether it's African Print or any other fabric, a head scarf will save you from a bad hair day and any other day when your braids or hair just refuses to listen to you.
The blue jeans shirt has come to stay. Whether long sleeves or three-quarters, this piece of clothing has pitched tent especially for African print lovers. Why? Because the shirt combines perfectly with any African print skirt any day, any time. Skirts ranging from pencil skirts, A-Line skirt, pleated skirts, long gypsy skirts etc all made using African print fabric look amazeballs when put together with a blue jeans shirt.
It not only looks great with African print but also a great fashion savings clothing. One shirt to go with different African print skirts.
FashionistaGh held its annual shopping festival once again and it was still an unmissable event. The three day shopping festival #fghshop2015 was all hustle and bustle in the bristling 33 degree heat. Despite numberous air-conditioning, the heat just refused to leave the white enclave drenching both vendors and buyers in uncompromising sweat! Nevertheless both participants had a grand time strolling through hundreds of stands and emptying their pockets for the latest African fashion and accessories.
Some say its not African print because it was the Dutch (Vlisco) who brought it to our shores. So what were we wearing before they did? I would have to find that out. But what I know is that most of these prints have a story behind the designs. There are some fabrics with designs dating way back in my great grandmother’s time and possibly before. A few of these can still be seen today.
Why is it that some patterns have tortoises on them and some parade large fans in bold and dazzling colors? Its easy to see fingers, lipstick, elephants, birds etc in the array of patterns on our African print. I was curious to find out what each meant, after all its what we wear and there has to be more to the story of the designs on our African print.
Ethical Fashion Initiative, a project sponsored by the Swiss Government and managed by ITC (International Trade Centre) organised a fashion pop-up shop featuring local Ghanaian fashion designers. The event held over a three day period put up on display intriguing ethnic and western fashion; the kind which makes a statement whilst walking down the streets of Osu or lounging by the poolside at Movenpick Hotel.
I passed by after work to engage with the designers to find out more on what they had to offer the fashion industry in Ghana and if there were any treasures to be found.
Designer labels such as Ameyo, MultiBella, Alinafe, Enaj Bijou, Nuna Couture, Sambalakewear were amongst the few I caught up with.
This year's event started out with a training day with industry leaders in fashion and finance in Ghana, talking about the gracious Nora Bannerman (Sleek Garment) , Mr Charles Mensah (Financial Consultant), Lawyer Nana Asante Bediatuo and Eugenia Tachie-Menson (Vlisco Ambassador 2014) to train fashion designers and entrepreneurs in how to build a sustainable fashion brand. Day 2 had a panel discussion with fashion bloggers, designers and fashion photographers such as Rodney Quarcoo. The music performance by Nana Yaa during the show was splendid and one which kept me from nodding off during the show. Excellent voice from Pat Thomas's daughter.
The Lincoln Center was flooded with fashion bloggers, freelance photographers, personal stylists and fashion peacocks all looking to photograph or to be photographed, to pin or be pinned. Its easy to focus one's lens on the women fashion and forget the men street style on display as well. And boy were they dressed to the fashion nines! The men had something important to say in all kinds of blazers, fedora hats, ankle pants (trousers), lapel pins and it went on and on! Their style ranged from laid-back casual to personal gothic. I got to speak to a few of the Gentry on their wear and naturally captured their looks as well. Enjoy the fashion eye candy.
Following fashion weeks whether its Paris Fashion Week or London Fashion Week has always been a passion for me. Most of often this has been online through my Flipboard magazines via Style, Glamour or Harper's Bazaar. But this year, I was determined to attend the New York Fashion Week and nothing was going to stop me! Nothing!
So here I am in New York and unbelievably standing amongst international fashion bloggers, global fashion TV networks and free-lance photographers snapping away at fashion peacocks at the Lincoln Centre during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Amazingness would never end!