In terms of dressing for the winter season, I am completely sold on what I call Oversized fashion. I keep coming across gorgeous images of sumptuous knits, large camel coats, blanket scarves and the like. They look so cosy and comfortable and cool!
I think the beauty of this look is in layering. You can add and subtract pieces until you achieve your desired look. The key is in keeping the rest of the elements of your outfit relatively standard in size in order to get a nice contrast to the look. For example, a large scarf and a big cardigan could be combined with a crisp tailored shirt and fitted jeans.
Check out some styling ideas from the cool looks and pieces below.
Stylish and comfortable, what’s not to love about this look? Are you a fan of Oversized fashion?
- Oversized Coat- www.mydubio.com/outfit-denim-denim
- Oversized Coat by Stella McCartney- www.barneys.com/stella-mccartney-knit-blanket-sweater-coat
- Oversized Chunky Knit Scarf by Urbanknit- www.urbanknit.com/shop/grey-mix-chunky-knit-scarf/
- Oversized Sweater- www.figtny.com/2014/05/outfit-42/
- Oversized Sweater by Iris Von Arnim via- www.majawyh.com/canal-street-iris-von-arnim/
- Large Check Blanket Scarf by MOLLY & PEARL- www.notonthehighstreet.com/mollyandpearl/product/large-check-blanket-scarf
It is hard to imagine that any girl child that grew up in West Africa in the 70’s and 80’s does not recognise these dolls. I found them fascinating then and even more so now. Made purely out of plastic, the dolls though detailed with facial expressions, hair, clothing and so on were made in one single piece. This of course means that no part of the doll moved; not the hair, not the arms nor the legs!
I think it required an even greater sense of imagination to play with these dolls. No clothes to change, no hair to brush…. Nevertheless, they were extremely popular to my recollection and I was thrilled to come across the instagram feed for the Clonette Dolls.
The Iconic Clonette ‘’Baby & Auntie DeiDei Dolls originated in Ghana during the colonial era and were the first industrially produced doll in Africa. Inspired by traditional woven dolls usually made from wood, grass and fabric these bright dolls are still being made in Ghana today from recycled plastic. They come in a range of sizes and colours. There are even some limited edition stripey ones and some decorative porcelain ones! Visit their online store www.clonettedolls.com
I am absolutely going to get one…. or two. Love them!
Beautiful sculptural jewellery by Su Beningfield.
Although Su discovered her first affinity for working with precious metals during her studies in the 90’s, it was as an architect in LA that she was exposed to the new technologies of manufacture offered by computer modeling and 3D printing.
The pieces are first modeled on the computer and then 3D printed in wax, before being cast into precious metals. They are finally painstakingly assembled and finished by hand. Each piece therefore combines the latest technologies with age-old manufacturing techniques.
Have a look at more of these on her website. www.subeningfield.com
As the festive season is upon us, here are some gift ideas for the glam chic in your life. With Christmas and end of year parties coming up we’ve come up with an outfit that would work for some of those nights out.
1. Purple Jasper Bracelet– Cool Jewelery Design
2. Green Tartan Geometric Dress– Clover Canyon on Liberty London
3. Orange Aso-oke Minisnap Clutch– Urbanknit
4. Green Resin Drop Earrings– Marni available on Liberty London
5. Black Cape– Marcella Moda
6. Navy Court Shoes– Won Hundred Sascha available on Urban Outfitters
Who doesn’t appreciate the sight of a smartly dressed man? It is always lovely to see well dressed men who enjoy and take care with their appearance. Everyone has their own style and one that I greatly admire is that of the Dapper Dude. A mix of wool, leather, smart cuts and bold colours cuts a great image. Here are some finds I particularly like that could be appropriated for such a look.
1. Leather Derby Shoes by Maison Martin Margiela available on Oki-ni.com- £400
2. Grey Wool Coat by Acne Studios available at Liberty London- £510
3. Mr Darcy Vintage Watch Mechanism Cufflinks by Rodology available on TheLostLanes.com- £36
4. Leather Satchel by Orange Street 78- $59
5. Blue Green Chunky Knit Scarf by Urbanknit- £60
I come across so many fabulous designers and makers and in particular African designers and so I decided to start a collection of some of my favourite finds. Kicking off this series of gift ideas is a collection of Afrocentric Accessories which would make great gifts of you are struggling with ideas.
1. Kanga Print Reversible Snood by Kokoberi. Available on Sapelle.com – £15
2. Necklace by Anita Quansah- POR
3. Emem Bangles by Ituen Basi. Available on MyAshoMarket.com- £11.99 each
4. Kita African Fabric Flower Hair Clip & Brooch by Mawusi – £16
5. Farida Patchwork and Leather Clutch by Gidan Nodza. Available on MyAsho.com- £90
6. Tamale Print Umbrella by Babatunde- €16
Always a great color combination for the autumn without resorting to boring dark colours. Your colours don’t have to get dull just because it is Autumn/Fall. Brighten up the grey! At home or on the move add colour to your day.
To have a closer look at the handmade pieces in the collection have a look on Etsy
The Cameroonian designer Serge Mouangue has collaborated with a kimono designer, Kururi to put together a collection of limited edition traditional kimonos made in traditional African wax print fabrics from Nigeria and Senegal. The collection is the first in the ‘Wafrica‘ series. Serge is a concept car designer for Nissan based in Tokyo and joined forces with Kururi a Tokyo based kimono maker to create 18 pieces.
The idea behind the collaboration was to explore the parallels that exist between the African and Japanese cultures.
“I pursue and observe the complexity of different values and cultural identities in search of threads to weave a fabric which is a blending of these differences.”
The resulting images are absolutely stunning and we can’t wait to see further exploration as intimated by the designer.
Following 2012’s sensational first edition, Africa Utopia is back for 2014 to once again look at what can be learnt and celebrated from Africa and the African diaspora.
At the Southbank in London, there will be a look at how African art and ideas can change the world for the better: how Africa can lead the way in thinking about culture, community, technology, fashion, sustainability and ethical wealth creation.
Some of the continent’s most iconic musicians and artists appear at the festival but also take part in the debates alongside experts, entrepreneurs and activists. Join in the celebration of arts and culture one of the world’s most dynamic and fast-changing continents.
WHERE: Southbank London
WHEN: Thursday 11 – Sunday 14, September 2014