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Oscars 2013 Ladies Fashion Round Up!

BEST DRESSED:

1. Amanda Seyfried. Absolutely LOVED her Alexander McQueen dress. The pale lavender and delicate beading go perfectly with her petite frame and big eyes. The high neckline and cutout in the front allows her to not be overwhelmed by the dress. Perfect choice. 

2. Jessica Chastain. Everybody’s saying it- Jessica Rabbit. Chastain brings the old Hollywood vampy glamour back to the red carpet tonight with her curls, red lips, and form fitting Armani Prive dress. The pale gold color and overlay tone down what could be an overpowering color on the redhead. 

3. Salma Hayek. Good lord, this woman is the definition of sexy. Alexander McQueen was definitely the winner of tonight’s red carpet in my opinion, and Hayek looks ½ Cleopatra and ½ Audrey Hepburn in this incredibly gown.

4. Jennifer Lawrence. I did not like this dress at first. I can’t warm to the mermaid dress, I really can’t, but the more I saw her in this Dior dress, the more I liked it. Her hair and make up is absolutely flawless, and the merengue bottom really brings something extra sweet to the nominees outfit. Not to mention, her backwards necklace is inspiring.

5. Sandra Bullock. Beading and sequins were definitely in this year. I was blown away by her delectable Elie Saab dress, reminiscent of the 1920s without a doubt. Something more formal with her hair would have really set off this look.

WORST DRESSED:

1. Melissa McCarthy. Seriously, there’s not much good to say about this David Meister dress at all. It doesn’t fit or flatter her, it’s a bad color, and her hair is just whacked out. The black fabric covering the slit looks like a garbage bag, it’s absolutely terrible.

2. Anne Hathaway. Annie, you’re so gorgeous and used to have such a rockin’ bod! This pale pink Prada disaster makes the usually stunning Anne look far too pale and frail. The necklace looks odd layered right above the neckline of the dress, and the back is a nightmare! Anne, get your amazing hips back and bring the dazzle we know you have!

3. Nicole Kidman. I said it earlier, and I’ll say it again- beads and sequins are in this year. However, this doesn’t mean they always work. This L’Wren Scott dress is the dark side of the coin that Sandra Bullock sits on.

4. I have nothing against Kristen Stewart. I think she’s usually absolutely gorgeous and hilarious, it’s just her acting that needs a little work. But this Reem Acra dress seems almost unfinished. It looks sloppy and messy on her, and her make up and hair make her look washed out and pale. Not her best look. 

5. Octavia Spencer. Last year’s Tadashi Shoji dress was absolutely flawless on her, but this year’s dress by the same designer is more prom night than anything. The over the shoulder sash looks too casual and her hair doesn’t show the glamour we know she’s capable of.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

1. Queen Latifah. After the onslaught of white dresses last year, I was bored with the pale dresses of this year. But Queen Latifah brought it in Badgley Mischka. It fits her perfectly, but I think a necklace and a more interesting clutch would have really set it off.

2. Catherine Zeta-Jones. I love gold and glitter and sexy women, so there’s a reason Catherine made this list. Wearing Zuhair Murad, she reminded us that the Oscars can be fun and flashy, however, the bottom of the dress is more ice dancer and less female warrior than the top.

3. Olivia Munn. While it is a bit costume-y, Olivia Munn in Marchesa looks stunning. The red and gold number is elegant and classic, but the bunching fabric at the waist and the train put me off what would have been better as a form fitting number. 

4. Jennifer Aniston. Red, red, red! Jennifer Aniston can do no wrong, brining her ever popular simple, laid back tousled look to the awards tonight. There’s nothing fussy about her Valentino look, which completely works for her, but also lacks something to make her stand out.

5. Naomi Watts. Another dress I wasn’t so sure about, but unlike Jennifer Lawrence’s dress, the jury’s still out for me when it comes to this Armani Prive look. It’s bold, it’s interesting, her hair and make up are flawless (but also a look I feel is dominating the red carpet tonight), but the dress might be a little too Grammy’s for the Oscars.

15 Quick Fashion Tips for Men

I’m sitting here enjoying a hot cup tea, trying to get the creative juices flowing for this next article. Since everyone loves top lists, I thought I’d give you guys something you probably don’t see too often, a quick list of some practical fashion tips.

Here are 15 Quick Fashion tips:

1. Fit is King – The most dramatic improvement you can make in your style is to make sure everything fits impeccably. Most guys wear clothes that are too large. Make sure everything you wear is almost hugging the shape of your body – without being tight. Bad fit is an epidemic, cure yourself.

2. Keep it simple – You want a wardrobe that looks great on you, but don’t overdo it. Don’t wear more than three pieces of jewelry or more than three colors. Don’t dress like a rock star unless you’re in a band. If you want to be flashy, a simpler but stylish look would be sporting a black striped dress shirt with a white blazer, a dark pair of jeans, a dressy belt, and your sharpest dress shoes. You could also add a flashy watch or a simple accessory like an interesting necklace, but nothing more.

3. Change the way you see casual – casual doesn’t have to be boring. Have fun with collared shirts, or take some inspiration from those who approach casual a bit differently.

4. Pay attention to your supporting pieces - Some sweaters are lean and others are big and chunky. The first rule of thumb is that your top and bottom halves need to match. If you’re wearing a big, chunky, rugged fisherman knit sweater, your bottom needs to be rugged, too. Don’t wear a fisherman’s sweater with a beautiful silk-and-wool suit pant. Instead, wear it with something as casual as cargos or jeans, or dress it up with a Harris tweed blazer.

5. Never go shopping alone – Most of the time, it’s tough to trust the sales people because they usually work for commission. Shop with a friend who will give you their honest opinion. Also, read about shopping on a budget.

6. Stay a notch above – Don’t overdo it to a fault, but dare to take some risks. It’s always better to be a little bit overdressed than underdressed in any setting. All you have to do is think about where and who you’re going to be with and just step it up one notch. But make sure you’re not better dressed than someone who is more important in a certain setting, like your boss.

7. Never underestimate the power of details – The last thing on is usually the first thing noticed. So mind the details instead of throwing together the main parts of your outfit. “Details” can include a scarf, a subtle pocket square, or the way you tie your tie knot.

8. Invest in a superb pair of shoes – If it’s one thing that women will notice, it’s your shoes. Especially how clean and sharp they look. It’s easy to wash and press the rest of your clothes to keep them looking new, but most guys disregard their shoes. Show that you’re a man of taste by getting a great pair of shoes and keeping them in pristine condition.

9. Fashion Tees with logos – When you’re going around with a big logo on your shirt, you risk looking like a walking billboard. Lose the lame Coca-Cola shirt and go for a classic v-neck tee or something artsy 

10. Disregard trends – Beware of buying something just because it’s “in” right now – stick to what you truly like. A lot of people rush to get in on the latest trend and end up with a bunch of clothes they don’t wear. It’s better to learn to build a versatile and timeless wardrobe first – then bring in your own twists with some of the new fashion. This one tip will save you so much money!

11. Don’t be a sucker for brand names – Don’t be a Patrick Bateman. Before you decide to purchase an item, ask yourself if you are buying it simply because of the brand name or because you love the quality and style. Ask yourself,  “Would I buy this if there was no logo on it?”

12. Continually cultivate your image – Invest more time and money into your image. Cultivate your fashion sense. Your style is a huge mode of communication, and is worth caring for as much as your education, career, and relationships. Oscar Schoffler, longtime fashion editor of Esquire once said, “Never underestimate the power of what you wear. After all, there’s just a small bit of yourself sticking out at the collar and cuff. The rest of the world sees what you drape on your frame.”

13. Ask for real feedback - Most of your friends and family aren’t going to go out of their way to tell you what looks bad. You have to ask for it. In fact, ask anyone and everyone you trust to tell you the truth. Ask your hairstylist, ask your best friend, ask your mother! If you think they might be too nice, send me an e-mail (naikunifrankie@gmail.com), I have no problem giving out real feedback.

14. Upgrade your shave - Even if your fashion is golden, an unkempt beard can be an attraction killer. Achieve a perfect shave by trying a shave brush & old-fashioned double-edged razor.

15. Experiment with style – The only way you’ll really learn, is if you go out there and try new things. I make an effort to try something completely out of my comfort zone whenever I’m at a store – many times you’ll end up loving something you never thought you would. If you make mistakes, life goes on. So many guys are afraid to express themselves through their style, don’t be one of them.

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Top Ten African Menswear Designers

As a men’s fashion blogger, one would think it’d be easy for me to compile a top 10 list of African menswear designers with Okayafrica. In putting this list together, we did not consider sales, profits, publicity, or how many celebrities are wearing a specific designer’s collection. Instead, we looked at the following criteria: 1) Is the designer or brand from Africa? 2) Are they producing clothes people would be interested in wearing? 3) Does their collection resemble their identity? Basically, if we answered ‘yes’ to all three of the above, we were happy to list them in the top 10.

Without further ado, here is our Top 10 African Menswear Brands List for 2012 in no particular order:


*Photos by SDR Photo

1. Stiaan Louw
Stiaan Louw is a Cape Town-based menswear brand by a fashion creative of the same name. He started out with womenswear and was soon drawn to menswear, which allowed subtle nuances and legroom for experimentation. Stiaan Louw is one of South Africa’s most progressive menswear designers with a portfolio of work that establishes his credibility, locally and internationally.


* Photos by Adriaan Kuiters

2. Adriaan Kuiters
Adriaan Kuiters is the sublime menswear brand by Cape Town-based designer, Keith Henning. The brand is inspired by Keith’s globetrotting grandfather, Adriaan Kuiters. The collections follow a global footprint from a uniquely African perspective. The brand produces clothing meant to fit into any lifestyle without compromising individuality in their designs. It has nostalgic influences from the 1950s and includes meticulous attention to detail. It’s about cut, fit, and understated elegance. Classically modern.


*Photos by Astrid Arndt

3. MaXhosa Knitwear
MaXhosa Knitwear is a South African knitwear label for men. In essence, it’s a brand designed to cater to the immediate fashion needs of men who have transitioned into manhood through traditional ceremony. Laduma Ngxokolo, the creative director behind the brand, sees MaXhosa as a lifestyle brand that will soon extend its reach into home design and décor desires throughout the globe.


*Photos by Buki Akib, Animation by Renaissance Men

4. Buki Akib
Buki Akib is a she. And she designs knitwear for men. Inspired by African rock-n-roll legend, Fela Kuti, she translates an indigenous sound into fabric into garment into fashion into style. Born in Nigeria, and a graduate of Central Saint Martin’s in London, Buki Akib is a fashion spear, piercing through language and culture barriers through her interpretation of her heritage in a modern day perspective. Her capsule graduate collection is by far some of the most exciting knitwear to come out of Africa.


*Photos by Ilaria Orsini

5. Laurenceairline
With a small Paris-based headquarters for the menswear label, one would be forgiven for not knowing that designer Laurence Chauvin Buthaud, hails from Ivory Coast. The name for the label, Laurenceairline, stems from his travels in early childhood, and how he always seemed to find himself in an aeroplane, flying from one location to another. The brand presents an African-inspired range of clothing that plays with African prints. The collections are sophisticated in a very casual, easy going manner.


*Photos by Ohema Ohene

6. Ohema Ohene
Queen and King: that’s what Ohema Ohene means in Twi. Abenaa Pokuaa took a simple relationship and translated it into a brand that represents both genders as a union and as individuals with specific tastes. The menswear line of the brand, Ohene, is subtle in its Afrocentricity. Introducing small doses of print to the boldly coloured pieces, Ohema Ohene gives the general man something casual, made of high-quality fabric, and that has also some character.


*Photos by Mina Evans

7. Mina Evans
Mina Evans is a womenswear label that produces amazing dress shirts for men. They make this list  because not only did they get a ‘yes’ for each of the criteria, they also happen to specialize in the next best thing to a suit- the dress shirt. Choosing bold colours, Mina Evans adds detailed notes in prints to create a signature look that is definitely unique from other brands or retailers. The look is trendy, casual, and easy to digest with some added fun.


*Photos by Orange Culture, Gif by Renaissance Men

8. Orange Culture
So there’s some bias when it comes to Adebayo Oke-Lawal’s clothing brand, Orange Culture. There’s just something incredible about this Nigerian clothing brand. Maybe it’s the culture of its heritage, the colours in the menswear collection, or the fact that the collection rocks. Bold colour choices coupled with symbolic print motifs, Orange Culture presents an offering for men who are cool beyond their generation and have no intention of backing down- classy and in-trend, all at the same time.


*Photos by MTK Brand Mark

9. MTK Brand Mark
Mateke (MTK) Brand Mark is a new label that has recently popped up in the fashion scene in Africa. Having recently showcased at both Colour In The Desert Fashion 2012 and Gaborone Fashion Weekend 2012, the young brand is clearly putting up a fight and people are noticing.Fatima Charmaine Mekgwe is the brainchild behind this new brand. Because fresh talent is hard to come by especially that focuses on menswear, they had to make the list.


*Photos by House of Tayo

10. House of Tayo
We like to think that you can’t really accessorize too much. With a blend of popular culture and heritage through fabrics, House of Tayo presents a collection of men’s accessories destined for longevity purely on quality and aesthetics. House of Tayo is the product of Rwandan creativeMatthew Rugamba. The collection of well designed and produced add-ons is a fantastic way of adding small doses of fab to spice up your wardrobe.

So that’s our list for 2012. Let’s work together to make sure next year’s list is difficult- not because there are no potential candidates, but because there are so many we have to whittle it down to the best of the best. Africa is a continent filled with opportunities, resources, imagination and life. Best we dress up for the occasion.

Designer: Rodney Emeka
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2013/14 Fall/Winter collection


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My fashion tips for men

1. Fit is King – The most dramatic improvement you can make in your style is to make sure everything fits impeccably. Most guys wear clothes that are too large. Make sure everything you wear is almost hugging the shape of your body – without being tight. Bad fit is an epidemic, cure yourself.

2. Keep it simple – You want a wardrobe that looks great on you, but don’t overdo it. Don’t wear more than three pieces of jewelry or more than three colors. Don’t dress like a rock star unless you’re in a band. If you want to be flashy, a simpler but stylish look would be sporting a black striped dress shirt with a white blazer, a dark pair of jeans, a dressy belt, and your sharpest dress shoes. You could also add a flashy watch or a simple accessory like an interesting necklace, but nothing more.

3. Change the way you see casual – casual doesn’t have to be boring. Have fun with collared shirts, or take some inspiration from those who approach casual a bit differently.

4. Pay attention to your supporting pieces - Some sweaters are lean and others are big and chunky. The first rule of thumb is that your top and bottom halves need to match. If you’re wearing a big, chunky, rugged fisherman knit sweater, your bottom needs to be rugged, too. Don’t wear a fisherman’s sweater with a beautiful silk-and-wool suit pant. Instead, wear it with something as casual as cargos or jeans, or dress it up with a Harris tweed blazer.

5. Never go shopping alone – Most of the time, it’s tough to trust the sales people because they usually work for commission. Shop with a friend who will give you their honest opinion. Also, read about shopping on a budget.

6. Stay a notch above – Don’t overdo it to a fault, but dare to take some risks. It’s always better to be a little bit overdressed than underdressed in any setting. All you have to do is think about where and who you’re going to be with and just step it up one notch. But make sure you’re not better dressed than someone who is more important in a certain setting, like your boss.

7. Never underestimate the power of details – The last thing on is usually the first thing noticed. So mind the details instead of throwing together the main parts of your outfit. “Details” can include a scarf, a subtle pocket square, or the way you tie your tie knot.

8. Invest in a superb pair of shoes – If it’s one thing that women will notice, it’s your shoes. Especially how clean and sharp they look. It’s easy to wash and press the rest of your clothes to keep them looking new, but most guys disregard their shoes. Show that you’re a man of taste by getting a great pair of shoes and keeping them in pristine condition.

9. Fashion Tees with logos – When you’re going around with a big logo on your shirt, you risk looking like a walking billboard. Lose the lame Coca-Cola shirt and go for a classic v-neck tee or something arty.

10. Disregard trends – Beware of buying something just because it’s “in” right now – stick to what you truly like. A lot of people rush to get in on the latest trend and end up with a bunch of clothes they don’t wear. It’s better to learn to build a versatile and timeless wardrobe first – then bring in your own twists with some of the new fashion. This one tip will save you so much money!

11. Don’t be a sucker for brand names – Don’t be a McQueen guy Before you decide to purchase an item, ask yourself if you are buying it simply because of the brand name or because you love the quality and style. Ask yourself,  “Would I buy this if there was no logo on it?”

12. Google for looks and how best to wear an item


13. Ask for real feedback - Most of your friends and family aren’t going to go out of their way to tell you what looks bad. You have to ask for it. In fact, ask anyone and everyone you trust to tell you the truth. Ask your hairstylist, ask your best friend, ask your mother! If you think they might be too nice, send me an e-mail (thekenyanstylista@gmail.com) I have no problem giving out real feedback.

14. Upgrade your shave - Even if your fashion is golden, an unkempt beard can be an attraction killer. Achieve a perfect shave by trying a shave brush & old-fashioned double-edged razor.

15. Experiment with style – The only way you’ll really learn, is if you go out there and try new things. I make an effort to try something completely out of my comfort zone whenever I’m at a store – many times you’ll end up loving something you never thought you would. If you make mistakes, life goes on. So many guys are afraid to express themselves through their style, don’t be one of them.

A collection of outfits to inspire your personal taste and make the most of your wardrobe!

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