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SIFTING THROUGH MINIMALISM

In Art & Fashion :

When I see a minimal art, my first thoughts are: how simple, how beautiful, yet how rich in meaning. For me minimal art is a lot of feeling, emotion and expression, much like the one that I have featured in this post. It just makes so much sense to me. The idea of minimalism at some point to me felt more prominent and well expressed in art, but that wasn't until I saw the Jil Sander SS11, emphasizing shapes and colors. It was truly my first enjoyment of minimalism in fashion. Brands like Celine, Zero Maria Cornejos SS17 all white collection further cemented my love for the minimal idea all the more.










Living & Spaces :

Fast track to artistic studio spaces,  and exhibitions at MoMA and I see minimalism all the more in curated spaces (tbh  most art spaces have always had a very minimal and spatial vibe). Rele gallery in Lagos, Nigeria has a got good hold on that. Seen in their name fonts and mindful curation.  I began to see them more in well planned living s…

IN THE DAWN OF WASTAGE : HOW THRIFTING CAN BE THE BEST THING FOR SUSTAINABILITY

In 2010, Eileen Fisher declared fashion as being the 2nd largest world polluter. For some, this may seem absurd, almost inaccurate. How could a process so simple as making clothes be harmful. But let's think about it for a while. The bulk of what fashion doesn't use, the remnants of fabric in the production process, the un-bought clothing and accessory articles and of course the multitudes of samples made in the process of getting that one perfect prototype. Where does it all end up?
From the clothes we throw away,  to every new item bought also. It's so easy to get lost in the idea of satisfaction and retail therapy, afterall its just one new item after another (all over the world too).
Clothing play an integral part in our everyday day life, perhaps even helping us define who we want to be for the day,  who we choose to be, and sometimes can help us live up to ourselves. Simply put, they are and  have become tools for self and individual expressions and communication. N…

PEOPLE AREN'T BUYING : THE NEW PLIGHT IN NIGERIAN FASHION

It's not longer a myth, sitting at shows that were meant to foster sales, taking in the music, enjoying a drink, mixing with people. We were all meant to shop and make the seller or hosts happy(pocket wise) by supporting and buying, but this is not the case, in the recent climate of Nigerian fashion consumption. It is as thought the phrase less is more seems to be written in everyone's mind, contemplating each purchase while balancing a drink on one hand. It is exactly the same atmosphere, perhaps only this time more walking, a market sort of setting, vendors, music and more people. This is still another shopping spree-ish event,  souk, etc planned to foster sales for new sellers, makers and entrepreneurs, but people aren't buying. They peep from outside the set up stalls, make a few comment, come in, swipe through the merchandise and then leave.
Fashion hasn't been the only one suffering in this new trend, food, accessory, & other luxury items have also been a vi…

A HAIR STORY : A SERIES OF DRAWINGS EXAMINING A GLOBAL MOVEMENT

There's never been a better time to be African,  black and proud than now. We saw this coming though with the struggles of such activist as Martin Luther, Rosa parks, and a new crop of activist of the 21st century that we've have come to be blessed with. From young Emma gonzalez  to the feminist nudist artist. But that's just another discourse. 

We saw this coming, the blackness, the hair, the kinky, the curls, the proud which drew it's origin from deep within the confidence of a man or woman with curly, loose, bouncy, full, or wavy black hair that is devoid of any perming ingredients. 

Yes, I saw this coming. The Quan twins, bold and vibrant with full dreads, the various style stars that have graced our social media feeds. The naturalistas as fondly called. Thank you I say, thank you for the boldness, beauty and strength that you have made us all find from embracing the true nature of black hair. 

Once upon a time,  in Nigeria as far as I can tell, unpermed hair was …

THE FOREVER GENERATION : THE NEW FORM OF NEED AND UTILITY OF A CONSUMING GENERATION

Maki-Oh Fall 18
There is a new breed of fashion lovers, users, and consumers. They are savvy, shrewd, intellectual, vibrant, creative and understand the concept of durability and duality. These fashion enthusiasts, style dictators and trendsetters know how to trod the local market, source for fabric, happiest with tailors to get what they want, as well as scrutinize a designer product, measuring their need against the swipe of a card.
They are deeply etched in the millennial world, creating a new wave of ideas, and taking the world and all its resources by storm. Take the young entrepreneurs, stylist, designers, artist, food artist and many more for example. Luxury spending is still a matter of maintaining a credible persona,  but most importantly an anthem of cool. 
These millennial have come to appreciate currency, not because it is sometimes inavailable, but because the economy is in a continuous flux. 
Every item is bought with one single notion in mind. To last forever. Not to s…