CYNOSURE: Anniversary Edition Finale… ADEBAYO OKE-LAWAL!!
The first time I got in touch with him saying I wanted to do an interview, he immediately asked me to let him know when I wanted to get started. I was surprised at how easy he was to talk to even though he dint know me. Although I can’t say I know him well enough but ‘down-to-earth’ is a phrase anyone would use while describing Adebayo Oke-lawal, CEO of the quirky menswear brand, ORANGE CULTURE– fearless, fun and fashion forward.
CYNOSURE: Anniversary Edition Day 2… Emeka Nwune. It’s HYPNOTIC BABY!!!
CYNOSURE: Anniversary Edition Day 2.. Getting to know Tolu Adeosun!!
Adeosun Toluwalase, is the co-owner of TAPdesigns. She’s a young lady who loves to design clothes and is gradually trying to influence the fashion industry positively with the brand TAPdesigns.
TAPdesigns is a fashion brand,that brings you fashion with a contemporary twist. Co-owning it with partners,Thorpe Weyinmi and Patrick ifie and together, they make pieces that are very stylish and affordable.
Telling us about the first signs of her gift for fashion, Tolu says, “let’s just say growing up as a kid, I loved to sketch dresses, and as I grew older I got better with sketching up designs. And the passion for everything fashion was just a push to better myself”
Toluwalase is a twin, the last born of the family. She attended GRACE schools for my primary and high school and is currently in her final year at Houdegbe North American University, Benin Republic, where she’s studying law”
Now widely known nationally and internationally, the purpose driven young designer says that getting to this point in her career haven’t been a walk in the park. “To be honest, nothing good comes easy”, she says. “There has to be hard work and dedication and I believe that having partners has helped a lot. So no it hasn’t been easy but I believe it will all be worth it”
When asked about the main challenges herself and the team have faced, she said that the main challenge is actually getting support. “Some Nigerians still don’t patronize products made here in Nigeria, which shouldn’t be so. The fashion industry is competitive but I feel fresh young designers should be given a chance to grow. People shouldn’t feel like its the same old people they see all the time. It makes it difficult to gain support”
TAPdesigns recently featured in the Miami Fashion Week and about the experience Tolu says, “My experience at the miami fashion Week was a wonderful one. It was a good platform for networking also. There was a lot of interest in the African showcase, as it was the first time there was an African segment. There was so much appreciation of the African local print fabric (Ankara and adire) which we used in our collection. I was able to meet various designers and learn one or two things about the fashion industry. All in all it was a very productive journey and I thank God for making it possible”
“My work philosophy would have to be staying focused, getting things done on time no matter the circumstances. I try to learn from mistakes, and expect to improve next time”
“When it comes to music, I just love to listen; r’n’b, rap and a lot of nigerian music”. “With fashion, I don’t believe you have to wear the most expensive clothes to look stylish. I believe fashion should be things we love and feel confident in/about. Style is the way we put those things together to make it our own. Everyone should have their own style,its a way you express yourself”
“ My style is simple, I don’t like the dramatic look. I don’t show too much skin either. I think covering up is the new sexy. I love prints and I’m a big fan of our local made fabrics,adore.(tie-dye)”
“ I really don’t have a favorite piece in my wardrobe, but let’s say I love wearing things I am comfortable in”
“Designers that wow me? The list is endless. I love Chanel, Marc Jacobs and Micheal Kors though, to name a few”
“When it comes to fashion trends, I feel like I really don’t follow trends. To be honest, I wear what I like and what feels good to me. When I do follow trends however, I add a little twist to it. I am a kind of person that can decide to wear a sweat shirt and heels….Just ‘cause”
“I cant decide if my fashion obsession is with shoes or clothes, but like most fashionistas, getting a new fashion piece just puts a smile on my face.”
“The plan is to keep growing and to take TAPdesigns international while making sure clothes are affordable, wearable and readily available . I believe in the brand and with hard work, dedication and God, we will achieve it”
More photos from the Miami Fashion Show at http://fabmagazineonline.com/fab-runway-tapdesigns-at-miami-fashion-week-africa-designers-showcase/
CYNOSURE: Anniversary Edition Day 1.. with the lovely twins; Doreen and Doris!!
Twins Doris(Adaora) and Doreen(Adanma) are both 500 level students at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos. While Doreen is studying to be a pharmmacist, her sister Doris is on her way to becoming a physiotherapist. Before the move to Lagos, they had spent their childhood in Delta state where they completed their primary and secondary schooling.
Easy going with a love of music ranging from rock to jazz and r’n’b, Doreen enjoys shopping, dressing up and watching movies. Doris meanwhile describes herself as “generous, playful and spirited”. When she’s not studying, she enjoys shopping, eating for fun and the company of her friends.
The sisters agree that looking good and feeling good go hand in hand. “I think everyone’s fashion and style is an insight of who they really are”, says Doris. “Personally, I wear anything that makes me feel good; I won’t be caught dead wearing anything uncomfortable.” There is one exception though: shoes. “As the shoe saying goes, ‘the more it hurts, the prettier.’” Her favourite piece is “my ankara plaited beads. I absolutely love them.”
For Doreen, “as a lady, being sexy is about how you carry yourself. I wear whatever suits the occasion but most importantly, I have to be comfortable,” she says to FLIRTwithFASHION. Dresses, bags and rings are personal favorites. “I personally don’t think fashioncan be defined by anyone; you just create your own style and rock it!”
On the designers they like: Doreen absolutely loves the Kardashians’ clothing line; “they have an awesome sense of style”, she says. With shoes, she loves Giussepe Zanotti. I love me a truckload of designers, just can’t list everything.”
Doris, in no particular order loves “Christian Audigier, Thierry Mugler, Deola Sagoe, Yves Saint Lauren and so many others.”
Doris’ take on trends: “At some point, we all follow the trend but I really love the comeback of vintage clothes and fashion… there’s this sense of confidence about them.”
Doreen says: “I’m into trends, although like I said, I’d only wear what I’m comfortable in. I like the uproar of vintage and prints and the way they come with so many different approaches is very thrilling and refreshing. Personally, I love prints; they just seem so sexy. I will wear them anytime.”
Doreen confesses to a weakness for perfumes, bags, rings and footwear. Doris has an obsession with shoes, wristwatches and perfumes.
This pair of twins effortlessly stand out in any crowd and are fashionistas to watch!
Anniversary Blog sale: SHOE ADDICTION!!
Hello fashion flirts….!!
And welcome to the blog sale for the Anniversary Edition. The Title of this blog sale is ‘Shoe Addiction!’ and we are going to bring to you shoes for both sexes. This sale is going to contain items from Femme Ver and Leather ‘n’ Soul.
Here’s how this works;
1. Look through the photos.
2. Find something you wanna purchase?
3. Send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating:
- The item number
-The product owner
-Your shoe size
-Your phone number
A reply would be sent to you shortly letting you know the day your item will be supplied and details on getting your purchase.
Please Note: Delivery is within Lagos.
Delivery costs an additional N1000 charge.
Item 1: Size 38. N3500
Item 2: Size 41. N3700
Item 3: Size 39. N5500
Item 4: Silver Stunneres Size 39, 40. N5500
Item 5: Size 10. N8000
Item 6: Size 39. N 5500
Item 7: Size39. N6500
Item 8: Sizes 38,39. N6500
Item 9: Size 39. N5500
Item 10: Sizes 9&10. N4000
Item 11: Size 38&39. N 7500
Item 12: Size 39. N 5,500
Item 13: size39. N6800
Item 14: ) Size 10. N7000
LEATHER N SOUL!!!
Item 1: N13,000
Item 2: N4000
Item 3: N4000
Item 4: N13000
Item 5: N4000
Item 6: N15000
Item 7: N15000
Item 8: N15000
This anniversary edition of Cynosure is going to have a blog shoe sale in it with products from ‘Leather n Soul’ and Femme Vertueuse!!! Shoes for all tastes and fashion senses… Look in! You just might find something you like!!! :****
Letting You Know…
All my love and so much more… iAmStillGeorgia! :* :D