COOL, QUIRKY LAYERS

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Layering involves mastering the art of combining clothing so that if functions properly (protects you, allows you to move, and is comfortable) and is aesthetically pleasing to the human eye (artofmanliness.com).

When it comes to dressing up, I am a sucker for layering-so much that I feel underdressed with one layer of clothing except if I am donning statement pieces. The beauty of layering is that it lets you build up a  look which defines a  fashion savvy individual.

When I layer I make sure that each layer of clothing is something I could wear on its own, I never exceed two vivid colours and if I am wearing two prints (which is my limit), one should be more subdued, not forgetting that the two should compliment each other.

I keep getting more irreverent  when it comes to style because I am not one to conform. This look marries casual with formal in an unconventionally cool way. Usually, the crisp white dress shirt and waistcoat combo would call for a blazer but I went off course with a distressed denim jacket worn with a popped collar for a much needed renegade touch. Pin button badges are having a moment so I couldn’t think of a quirkier way to accessorize my denim jacket. To complete this look, I opted for yellow hued angular aviator sunglasses.

Take a look;

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If you had to layer a different casual piece over the shirt and waistcoat, what would it be? Sound off in the comment box below.

 

Wardrobe;

Shirt: H&M Easy Iron

Waistcoat: Thrifted

Denim jacket: ThisnThat256

Button pin ons: Polka Dots Store

Sunglasses: ThisnThat256

 

Photography: Drama Duncans

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Kredibility Styling; Bending Rules.

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What if tables were also made to be turned? What if style fluidity was not a outlandish as it is perceived?

I am on a quest to explore that notion when it comes to style; but obviously within reason. Initially I really had no idea in terms of concept but one thing is for sure, I wanted to conform yet stay defiant with the styling.

For the longest time, I had been toying with the idea of juxtaposing a skirt with traditional menswear. Forget the mainstream kilt, or think a much more minimalistic version.

The journey behind this look started with an all black unbuttoned suit which I deconstructed by replacing the pants with a black A-line skirt and monochrome ASOS tights to break the monotony of the black.  The metal embellished belt, wide brim hat and fringe loafers make for rustic charm.

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In a nutshell, the inspiration behind this shoot was to create an off -tangent yet visually stimulating result. Did I achieve that? Sound off in the comment section below.

Merci!

Model: MacDullah Hajj

Photography: Manzi Rolland

 

Boho. Because why not?

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Anyone that knows me knows I am a sucker for bohemian style. In modern usage, the term “Bohemian” is applied to people who live unconventional, usually artistic, lives (Wikipedia). Bohemian style therefore mirrors this personality.

Arguably the most expressive style, the boho dress sense expresses free spiritedness and non-conformity while heavily relying on relaxed and comfortable silhouettes. What’s not to love about that?

Since I wanted to pack light for my latest shoot, I had to think of an easy, fuss-free ensemble. The Aztec print throw on that I made from a shawl is a wardrobe favourite of mine and it pretty much was the focal point of the whole ensemble.

To compliment this quintessential bohemian piece, I went big on jewelry and do not regret it! It was quite refreshing going extra with the hoop earrings, stacked rings and an infinity pendant leather necklace that I was skittish about using at first.

Black faux leather pants and boots completed the look.

I had so much fun shooting this specific look, and that, I hope you can read in these shots.

Enjoy.

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Photography: @Etroca Photography

Post Production: Tazibone Solomon & Etroca Photography

Location: Jahazi Pier

 

Of Shores, Skin and Kanga

image1This happens to be a shoot I have always wanted to do. After constant procrastination I saved a few hours of my tight schedule and partnered with the talented Danny of Etroca Photography to get this project off the ground.

The weather did not cooperate; the sun kept eluding us so we had to make do with a few hours of grey skies.

For wardrobe, my favourite Kanga drawstring shorts and woven panama hat did the job.

Allow me share the fruits of our effort that day.

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image3image5image6image8Thoughts?

It’s always a pleasure having you swing by. Leave a comment and I shall surely revert!

xo

 

Location: Jahazi Pier

Photography: Etroca Photography

Post Production: Tazibone Solomon

Blankets & Wine 16

IMG_0887The 16th edition of the music fete came to pass on the 30th April and what a way to end the month given the following was labour day! With the biggest line up of performers including the Legendary Afrigo band, dancehall sensation Cindy, kenyan acts; Muthoni the drummer queen, Kagwe Mungai among other upcoming acts the event surely did not disappoint on entertainment.

From bold, afrocentric and vibrant ensembles, to modern and edgy looks, the fashion at the even was proof that kampala crowd is surely stepping up by leaps and bounds.

My outfit choice was a custom made tank with aztec beaded applique, turned-up leather pants and black boots. For accessories I went with leather and beaded bracelets, my favourite casio classic digital timepiece and aviator sunglasses.

I compiled a few pictures below and would appreciate your feedback.

Merci!

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Photography: Style terminal Africa, Roké Telkom

 

 

The Club Music Video Awards

EZYY8100After a hiatus, we are glad the Club Music Video Awards (CMVAs) finally came to Kampala again! With the first ever blue carpet, I was looking forward to some equally refreshing fashion on the red, sorry blue carpet . For an event of its magnitude, I was rather dispirited that, save from very few eye catching ensembles, the fashion was rather lukewarm.

For my outfit, I wanted something that would stand out yet not be contrived. I wanted an effortlessly polished look that would be memorable.

I opted for a black shirt and kept it monotone at the bottom with grey pants and oxfords. For much needed zing, I accessorized with a graphic “kilt” and a statement belt; my way of partaking of the ‘men in skirts’ trend without going the whole nine yards.

Here’s my look in pictures;

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posing alongside fashion writer, Gloria Haguma

 

Thoughts on my look for the night? Sound off in the comment box.

Outfit Details;

Shirt, shoes and belt: Thrifted

Pants: Mr Price

Photo cred: Manzi Rolland

                        Access Films

Recap: Fashion High Tea

Where: Kampala Serena Hotel

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Everybody loves a shindig, especially if it calls for dressing up, fabulous company,a swanky venue and even better if theres a worthy cause involved; which was the case  for the Fashion High Tea. The initiative which was a collaboration between Bold in Africa, Identity Co and the Kampala Serena Hotel to help raise funds to support the GirlUp charity surely lived up to the grandeur  that was anticipated.

The “Bold, Flawless & a Headwrap”  dresscode surely stirred up some interesting ensembles. Guests were treated to the soothing sounds of Qwela band over a sumptuous selection of teas and bites, a fashion show that had Kampala Serena Hotel model and a chance to snag some amazing pieces of fashion from the auction. There was alot to learn from  talk sessions with industry experts.

Here’s what transpired in pictures;

 

 

Photography: Jonathan Jab