I will try FRINGE: A full fledged Kaba and Slit isn’t my style

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I’m never one to fuss over fringe. Where I come from, maximum value must be obtained from whatever you buy. I can see one of my auntie’s cringe at the thought of buying an expensive material and shredding it in the name of ‘fashion’.  A full fledged Kaba and Slit is maximum value and use of cloth.

I can’t help but notice the cocky elements of fringe as I swapthrough Vogue’s  issues (January – May 2015)  From fringe purses to skirts, sleeves etc Vogue has simply assailed me.  I must admit, it is tempting to think of owning something that dangles with every breeze as nothing in my personal style and choice of clothing ever favors loose, free, anything.

As thrilled as I am by the idea of trying something new, I see myself fussing and trying to prevent flying strands of cloth from brushing people’s faces if I stood too close, should I be wearing fringe. Perhaps fringe on the lower part of my body might suffice?  Wait, what if my heels get caught on them? The longer I think this out, the more irrational the fears are, that come to mind.

I have seen certain fringe outfits that seem to have a sort of structure and firmness. Those definitely have me considering a visit to my tailor.

Might you want to risk fringe, here are few inspiration I drew from African designer lookbooks. If you aren’t fringe shy, do tell how you rocked this trend.

THE FLORAL NIGHTMARE: (MEN) HOW TO WEAR PRINTS RIGHT

..the floral nightmare

Bobby Rogers Cover Illustration For: VMM

Bobby Rogers Cover Illustration For: VMM

Prints crawled up menswear seasons ago. With florals in the lead, there’s nary a pair of shorts that won’t come unadorned next season. Does this mean you’ll swap your formula for cool (denim-on-denim, cigarette pants, caramel shorts?) and drape your hungers with florals? No. Men don’t trip like that.

What’s the deal with prints then?

I’ll tell you what; designers have found a way to manipulate forage such that a single leaf floating across a shirt immediately starts a conversation. What better way to go through the day? But if you’d rather not deal with people, then let’s zoom out on self and consider this a gently prodding …you might find to your surprise you like how you look in them.

image: dolce and gabbana

image: dolce and gabbana

Start Small

The thing with change, irrespective of the scale, is small, continuous effort. You may consider swapping your plain blue/paisley ties, socks, sneakers, pair of shorts for a flora. Study how you feel in it and the reaction it elicits. If you’re on edge all day ‘cos you’re rocking a trend, take the heat off…focus on the task at hand or that co-workers eyebrows. In no time, with minimal effort you’ll become a trend harlot.

image: crispculture

image: crispculture

Style matters

Keep true to your style – whatever it is – find a floral that fits into your modus operandi.If it’s just not you, carry on mister. Trends offer a chance to discover things about yourself, flirt with fashion and indulge but they’re also commercially engineered so don’t ever feel pressured.

image credit: tumblr

image credit: tumblr

Clean and Crisp – Re Bahia’s S/S15 Lookbook

Re-Bahia-NG-Coup-dé·Tat-Collection-lorawords01 Think cupcakes – vanilla cupcake with a perfect twirl of whipped cream, sprinkles in the crane of each twirl or deliberately sitting on the naked pastry – as though painstakingly placed – sprinkle after sprinkle, smiling at you through the window of that bake shop. Why does that seem more attractive than your freshly baked batch sitting on your kitchen counter? Finishing is everything. I’m delighted to find Nigerian Label Re Bahia which I discovered last year is holding fast to the clean, simple silhouettes it’s noted for. This S/S ’15 collection Coup d’état magnifies white. While this doesn’t necessarily blow me away (my bathroom walls are white) I’m intrigued by the cuts, silhouettes and general minimalist feel of the lookbook even with the inclusion of prints. It seems effortless and I agree the designer, Orire Omatsola’s wish for “the innocence that has been lost in an era of freedom” is well manifested in this collection. While it isn’t fluffy and light as a cupcake (you wouldn’t want your clothes to be) it holds the promise of the ‘light-up’ quality of those vanilla flavored pastries. I look forward to more years of awesome wearable designs from this label. Here are my favorite looks… Re-Bahia-NG-Coup-dé·Tat-Collection-lorawordsRe-Bahia-NG-Coup-dé·Tat-Collection-lorawords-04Re-Bahia-NG-Coup-dé·Tat-Collection-lorawords-05 Re-Bahia-NG-Coup-dé·Tat-Collection-lorawords-02

Photo Credits
Photography: Lakin Ogunbanwo (Instagram: @LakinOgunwanwo)
Stylist: Bubu Ogisi (Instagram: @BubuOgisi)
Makeup Artist: Dodos Uvieghara (Instagram: @iamdodos)
Creative Director: Orire Omatsola (Instagram: @OrireO)