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)

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INTRODUCING H BY HAKAAN YILDRIM

(LONDON FASHION WEEK SS15)

What’s yellow, boxy, sporty and futuristic?

No, not sponge bob.

I’m talking H by Hakaan Yildrim.

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This spongebob analogy is by no means the reflection of my appreciation for Hakaan’s SS15 collection. Certainly spongebob possesses none of the finesse of handmade beading, signature hexagon detailing or cut-outs of any kind. I won’t drag this out, lest spongebob receives prominence in this review when really, all I want to do is invite you to ravish in Hakaan’s Spring/Summer 15 collection which showcased at the just ended London Fashion Week.

It was the last show of the week and when models came trotting in structured pieces with mighty cut-outs, it was apparent something was taking place – the bright colors, the boxy, sporty appeal and how it easily translates to sexy is quite an art and an extraordinary thing.

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If a closer peek is what it takes to stir your senses and stimulate appreciation for this work of art, then scroll on. You’ll find that even the zippers weren’t left out in the execution of the bee-themed collection.

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One of the gifts of fashion week, is the opportunity to acquaint yourself with something new, to spot trends that you can swear would blossom and have moments like this where all of the bits of crazy you periodically imagine; flying saucers for hats, meshed glasses and screw type bolts for stitches come together in a wearable way.

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Throw practical out of the window. I think the Turkish designer (who debuted as Yildrim in 2011) is ridiculous and exciting! Just like the buzzing bees he mirrored this collection after.

image credit: moduspiblicity, tumblr, wwd 

DIY: USE YOUR MASCARA AS EYELINER

I didn’t realize I hadn’t picked up my eye liner till the very last minute when we had to step out.

I barely use makeup lately (more out of neglect than conscious choice or aversion) so mascara and eyeliner are my life saver and I won’t go out without a little definition to my eyes!

So there, in front of the mirror, I stood wondering what to do…

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I figured if I only I had some sort of thin object to swipe some of the black sticky liquid off my mascara unto my eyelids…I searched and the only object I had, was a hair pin. Now this method is 100% unorthodox, requires skill and generally not very glamorous but works.

I grabbed my hair pin, got some liquid off the mascara with the very tip of the pin, which was actually balled up than flat. Then carefully, I got it unto my eyelids, repeating as often as I needed to. It was my best option at the time and it turned out quite nicely to be honest.

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So next time you run out or forget to pack like I did, instead of fussing and risking an incomplete look, you can try out this trick. My only advice? Use a different applicator – no hair pins – maybe a liner brush or an empty eyeliner tip. And if you must, be sure the hair pin has that ball-like covering over the rough metal edge.