Some wedding favors are just simply too much, I believe they add a touch to your wedding day and are a classy way to say thanks to your invitees! Here is one:




"The Cosmopolitan" Monogrammed Jewelry Pouch




and another!




"Something Blue" Gift Box Candle in Pearlized Box with Satin Printed Ribbon

(Reminiscent of Tiffany's)



What are your thoughts, did you use wedding favors at your wedding? Tell me your story if you did, I would love to hear!

TO DIE FOR WEDDING FAVORS

pix by www.ebolly.com

Bollywood celebrity designers Manish Malhotra, Vikram Phadnis showcased their stylish designs at South African fashion week. We all know thanks to the bollywood movies that Africa has had a love for stylish sarees. Here are some of their designs.




What do you think?

Bollywood Fashion designers in Africa


Nigerian based in the UK Kosibah is definitely top talent in the UK for bridal wear. I have actually seen his work live at a friend's wedding in 2006 and all I can say is, she looked stunning! Here are pictures from his line:





Hi readers stopping by, I would love your ocmments! What are you thoughts on his bridal style? For more pictures and styles be sure to visit :Kosibah's site


On an another note also if you are feeling the slipper below like I am let me know either by email or by posting a comment as well.

KOSIBAH'S BRIDAL WEAR NEVER CEASES TO AMAZE MY SENSES!



"Radio Africa" in 1986 the video listed above said "I am hearing only bad news from radio Africa." I remember as a child thinking what the hell is he talking about? Listening to this now. It makes sense, however we need to celebrate the success stories from Africa. I hope this blog will highlight good things.

For instance, I came across a site yesterday kiva.org (still wondering how it works) but I have to say, this organization is doing a good deed. Lending money to those in need and getting paid back. This is not a handout; this is what the people who cannot afford need. They do not need nor want anyone giving them rice, instead they would prefer to have the tools to create the rice they want.

Yvonne Chaka Chaka's song "my mamaland"(the video listed yesterday) evokes emotions in me; I love my mamaland; the red sand, the love of family, hardly would you find someone homeless. Do not discount what $300 can do in the life of an entrepreneur. As a kid when i received money as an allowance of sorts, I would save my money till I had enough to buy food items; I would then pester my mother to take me to the market and subsequently take me to the "motherless babies home" (orphanage). I would spend the day there with so much joy.

What have you done in the life of someone today? This goes to you reading this.



Now take a look below and see how African entrepreneurship is thriving!




now what are your thoughts?

THOUGHTS ABOUT AFRICA MY MAMALAND! BE INSPIRED

angelica "MY NAIJA GUY!"



LOVE IT.

FLASHBACK TIME YVONNE CHAKA CHAKA! MY MAMALAND.

ITS FRIDAY DANCE TIME VIDEOS

Check out the event where by vmobile and Frank Oshodi painted Lagos red with style!





What do you think of the pictures? I say they are hot hot hot! ALSO CHECK OUT A COOL VIDEO FROM SOUTH AFRICAN FASHION WEEK; I SEE STYLISTA DEOLA!

RED, BOLD AND JAZZY. LAGOS PAINTED RED!




Are you a budding designer? Well here is my practical advice on areas yet uncharted.




Find a niche! Wedding, Maternity and of course the most overlooked fashion enthusiasts plus size!




Guess what entrepreneur magazine says about the plus size market?




"The numbers don't lie. The average American woman is a size 12 to 16, and 30 percent of all U.S. adults are obese. Meanwhile, London-based researcher Mintel International Group Ltd. reports the plus-size clothing market reached nearly $32 billion in 2005. It's no wonder plus sizes are making waves" African sisters too.




Now given a choice to start my own line; I would say my niche would be plus and maternity. It is a huge and dare I say overlooked market. Any questions?




If you are a budding designer, here is my advice.




1. Think globally. Design your style and then send it off via base camp to your manufacturer in china etc.




2. Get people to talk about it. Get on a blog like naijagal. Next thing you know you are well on your way.




3. Partner up! Do you know someone selling plus size robes. You sell plus size lingerie for example.




Any other ideas? Good news readers, I have something cooking which I am pretty excited about.








BACK TO THE BASICS OF TRUE FASHION DESIGN





Jasna Hadzimehmedovic Bekric from Bosnia showed her line at the kenyan fashion week. I like the uniqueness and cultural style. Thoughts?


MORE FROM THE FASHION WEEK IN KENYA

picture above by Kevin O'Rourke

I know I am considering going into that arena. There is so much moneyto be made considering the amount you place into it.


Well here goes fashionistas! Your wedding guide in NAIJA

First stop wedding makeup:

House of Tara’s fees range from N15,000 to N70,000

Next stop wedding Cakes!

Wedding cakes range from N50,000 to N500,000 depending on layers etc


Wedding Gowns? You can rent from Chioma Dibor’s Brides & Bells.


"Dibor believes couples do not have to run into debts buying their wedding clothing needs when they can rent them, without mortgaging quality, at what she calls “affordable prices”. So Dibor rents out “classy” wedding gown and accessories to “help wedding couples cut cost.” Her rates hover between N20,000 and N25,000 for bridal dress and accessories, and N15,000 and N20,000 for complete groom suit. " according to the news!

But since you insist on buying! It will set you back between N100000-500000.


Geles? No problem call KAREEM, she pockets up to N3,000 to tie that GELE STYLE you crave!


Cost of the hall? "At Liberty, a 1500-capacity hall on Lekki-Epe expressway, the charge is N393,750 per event"


Food? No problem! Item 7 does not come cheap check out the nifty profit:


" The profit on an event ranges from N50,000 to N200,000, depending on the calibre of the client or the number of invitees."


Okay did I miss anything oh yes! do not forget the wedding favors! http://dcsoiree.com
and the wedding invitations more on that soon!


BIG FASHIONISTA BUSINESS IN NAIJA? THE WEDDING BUSINESS!


It is so refreshing to find a designer that is so inherently proud of his culture. While you hear designers today saying oh " I do not want to be know as Nigerian or African designer" This guy by the name of Ibrahima Doukoure who founded his company www.bebenoir.com a couple of years back is proud to be African! Check out his style below?



What do you say yay or nay?

BEBENOIR FASHION DESIGNER BORN AND PROUD TO BE AFRICAN!



Okay I have this to say today my dear fashionistas reading this; What is up with designers not keeping up their websites? Once you start a business, you must, I repeat you must keep it up at least for the first year!

If you need website design and hosting send NAIJAGAL an email and I will personally get someone to get you one for a year at a good price! I hope Modivah reads this. Deola Sagoe, is there a link to your website?

Okay now back to my regular report. Oluchi looking glam in Sun GODDESS designs!



What are your thoughts? What makes a designer unique? Why would you call Zac Posen a designer as opposed to Yemi fashion house ?

Is Modivah the next best thing?

NAIJA BINI CHIC HANGING OUT WITH THE PRINCE AT A PARTY! Who exactly is she?? I checked out her website which made me decipher that she is a MODEL or something like that.

Here is a link to her site so you tell me! Blessing's spot on the web




Well all I can say is this; this true fashionista is definitely close enough to have another African prince for his royal highness!

OK just found out she is a stunning singer check her out!



Thoughts anyone?

COULD BLESSING ODIASE BE THE NEXT LADY IN THE ARM OF THE PRINCE OF MONACO?



Hope you are having a swell Monday! I know I am, one of the things that irks me though is how people especially Naija and Africa call FASHION DESIGNERS seamstress!!! I was at an event and a dress designed by a fashion designer trained in one of the elite schools in the United States was referred to as a SEAMSTRESS!

Why do folks not get it; Would you call RALPH LAUREN or VERA WANG a SEAMSTRESS? I think not! ugh! Oh and here is another interesting fact!

Did you know jet blue reservation agents work 100% from home! (how does this have to do with fashion?). Well if you are an aspiring designer you can work from home to pay the bills and then design your clothes!

Oh did anyone sign up for www.yourunway.com last week how was the process? I have been asked by the beta site's developers:) GOT A LOT COMING UP LATER TODAY. WATCH THIS BLOGSPACE.

SEAMSTRESS IS DIFFERENT FROM FASHION DESIGNERS PEOPLE!!


http://www.yourunway.com

Check it out sign up and from what i gather, you take a picture of yourself and and create your own blog about your fashion style and meet friends! call it myspace meets youtube. Well maybe just for pictures. This is one site to watch. I will be watching too. Designers seeking exposure you have no excuse this time around.
Thoughts anyone?

YOURUNWAY! THERE IS NEW SITE OUT THERE THE YOUTUBE OF THE FASHION WORLD IN BETA TESTING



Today take a look at other designs by JJSHOEMAN, the South African top designer who designed the dress worn by Temptation Nigeria's stylista KEMI.










What are you thoughts? I like his style reminds me of PETERSOM's clean classy lines. Do you think he is hot?

JJSHOEMAN CLEAN CLASSY FASHION LINE! HOT!


Congrats to Funke Bucknor wedding consultant for winning the future awards entrepreneur of the year!
Zapphires Events
Planning, consultation, co-ordination.
Address
281,Herbert Macaulay Street,Yaba,Lagos


Beauty and style awards went to the dynamic fashionista duo! Bola Balogun and Omoyemi Akerele of Exclusive Styling and Imaging Consultants
profiled by Bellanaija
Kudos to the winners and the fashionistas nominated especially our own stylista msminx who looked fabulous at the event and stylista Toni Payne!

Winner future awards entrepreneur

Temptation Nigeria superstar Kemi looking hot next to wildchild wearing designs by Nigerian Designers

First stop Kemi dressed by designer MYA




Next stop Kemi dressed by JEWEL BY LISA




Kemi dressed by one of my favorites LANRE DA SILVA



Kemi dressed by designer fashion designer TIFFANY AMBER




Finally Kemi dressed by SA JJSCHOEMAN whom I will be profiling tommorow





What do you think? I am loving it all! Naija designers doing their thing! Can someone offer naijagal one? I will pay! Which one is your favorite dress?

Ok here goes! Temptation Nigeria superstar KEMI in designs by Nigerian Designers




Carla Caballero is a name to reckon with in the fashion industry. Born 26 years ago to an Chilean/Italian father and a South African mother, she recieved her diploma from Haute Couture school of fashion design, Cape town. I consider her style tres chic. What do you say?

Carla Caballero New African Fashion Designer in town.


pix by etomi

I just wanted to say now this is what a wedding should look like fashionistas! Classy, definitely love the color combination.


A cool pal of mine is putting together a nice site for fashionista jewels! Check out a sample below!



And finally here is the DURO OLUWU dress that was such a hit. What do you think? Hit or Miss in your closet?



Naija weddings, style fashionistas and jewelry too

Thanks to MNET IDOLS COMES TO WEST AFRICA!
"Four auditions will be held for IDOLS WEST AFRICA and West African entrants should note that these auditions will be held at the following venues – on January 6 in Lagos (The Ibru Victoria Gardens), on January 15 in Abuja (Sheraton Hotel), on January 20 in Accra (venue to be confirmed) and on January 26 in Calabar (Cultural Centre). These are audition registration days and entrants may be asked to return for an audition in the days that follow. However failure to register for auditions on the given dates means no later entry will be allowed."


Here are some pictures ! I must say the ladies are true fashionistas looking stylish! Just hope they have the voice to match the looks!






The guys are doing their thing too. So how has your weekend being so far?




What are your thoughts?

IDOLS WEST AFRICA!! (WEST AFRICAN VERSION OF POP AND AMERICAN IDOL)

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