My Style | Retro

Image by @Prabhy_b 

Image by @Prabhy_b 

Dress by way of vintage. I like styling vintage pieces and bringing them up to date with modern pieces. Here I'm wearing vintage dress with turtleneck and faux fur wrap. I like how the stripes of the top work with the colors in the dress and with the stripe of color in the faux fur. Retro doesn't need to be retro retro. Retro can be retro modern. 

Beauty Counter | Phillipa Craddock Candles

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Florists to Prince Harry and Meghan now create all natural candles made from Vegan soy and linseed wax. Taking cues from the British countryside, the all natural line sells nationally and internationally. Visit the site here. 

Editorial | Vogue Adesua Etomi-Wellington

Image by Vogue magazine 

Image by Vogue magazine 

Imagine my delight to see Nigerian actress of Nigeria's film industry, Nollywood, on the cover of Vogue. In an issue spanning talent across 14 countries, Nigeria's Adesua Etomi-Wellington is one of the talent profiled. What a wonderful achievement, what a whoop. 

In Detail | Chanel Autumn Winter 2019

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Images via @CHANEL 

Images via @CHANEL 

The detail on this dress is stunning. The flounced leather and feather piece is so exacting in detail only Karl could have designed it. The craftsmanship is wonderful.

Style Look | Tamu McPherson

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It is the denim boiler suit, it is the round Chanel bag,  it is the cobalt blue booties. Tamu has got it going on and dare I say in one of this season's trends, the boiler suit. All over the fashion weeks, the one piece has all eyes on it.  

Style Tip | Scarves

Image by Mikael Jansson via W Magazine 

Image by Mikael Jansson via W Magazine 

I have loved a good print scarf for a long time. I'm a headwrap kind of girl. So me and scarves go hand in hand. I love that scarves are having a moment. Wear them on your head under a hat, wrap your head with it alone, wear it around your neck or your wrist. However you wear it, wear a scarf today. It is having a moment. 

Object of Affection | Zara Box Bag

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Currently doing the granny chic look. Ya know, twinsets, pearls and heritage checks. The above box bag by Zara would fit in quite nicely into that look. Box bags are always a good thing. You can never have a box bag too many. 

Trend | Jewellery Trends 2019

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Jewellery is huge for spring summer 2019. It is the season of jewellery if there ever was a season.

Perhaps two of the biggest jewellery trends is the mismatched earring and in other cases the single earring. Ulla Johnson did the former with a shell earring in one ear and irregular gold hoop in the other. Marni did the single earring which seems to be championed by many a fashion house.

Over at Marni, Chloe and Alexa Chung to name a few, there were ankle bracelets. At the latter it was cleverly and very delicately worn over ankle socks.

Just as ankles were adorned so are arms. Armani and Balmain had cube like oversize bangles stacked for effect.

Elsewhere where there was a stacked effect was brands like Chloe and Chanel who stacked numerous necklaces. Pearls were stacked with logo bedecked pieces which were layered over precious stone necklaces.

Talking  necklaces, it was heavy chains at Marni and Hermes whilst tasselled at Miu Miu.

Kostadinov and Alexander Wang didn't leave the model's faces out the jewellery game. Jewelled face guards and masks seem to inspire Gucci autumn winter  2019 collection.

Body jewellery harking back to the early noughties was worn with revealing clothes at Donatella's Versace.

Fashion Houses like Prada and Miu Miu had bow designed jewellery which has trickled down to the high street with brands like H&M.

The feather trend for 2019 is not just reserved for garments but brands such as Longchamp and Loewe had feathered earrings which floated from models ears giving the range a global citizen feel.

Similar to the feather trend is the seashell trend which has trickled over from winter 2018 with necklines, ears and ankles being adorned with shells. Brands such as Sportmax and Etro were just two such brands that sported this trend.

Earrings hoop wise were not as we know them with them being nonchalant and colorful at Matty Bowan, leather and layered at Loewe and other fashion houses like Balenciaga played with the traditional hoop.

Everyday items such as clothing pegs, a fork and more were fashioned into jewellery on the Catwalk. Versace did the former and Coach the latter.

Over at Prabal Gurang and a host of other brands there were intricate ear cuffs lining ears whereas rings were in focus at Dries Van Noten and Marc Jacobs. The former colourist showed his knack for color and texture in the mismatched rings which seem to point us where fashion wants us to go this season; mismatched, irregular and stacked.

Style Look | Hannah Almassi

Image via Hannah Almassi

Image via Hannah Almassi

The double Uniqlo jumpers, the slip skirt, the bejeweled mules, the retro bag, the choppy bob. Hannah gets 20 out of 10 for this look. Follow her at @hannahalmassi . 

My Style | Patchwork

Asos top, zara pants and shoes. Secondhand jacket. Photo by @prabhy_b    

Asos top, zara pants and shoes. Secondhand jacket. Photo by @prabhy_b 

 

I love how my life is a patchwork of experiences. I love how these pants feel patchworked together. Love how the jacket has these fabrics that come together as one. Can't say the jumper is much different. I guess like life, I like garments that have many parts that come together to make a whole.

Beauty Trend | Polished Look

Image from Porter Magazine online. 

Image from Porter Magazine online. 

On quite a few of the Runways, models had velvety polished skin. This trended on catwalks such as Fendi where model Adesuwa looked luminous and dewy. According to makeup artist Lynsey Alexander on this look, the application of the base in a light and non flat look was key in achieving the velveteen finish. 

My Style | Luxury

Dress worn as skirt and T-shirt by Zara, vintage trench coat, thrifted faux fur stole.    Luxury is a state of mind. The gleam of sequins, the stack of varying  necklaces, the flounce of a great trench coat, the joy in a good t-shirt, the glimmer of a iridescent fabric. Luxury is a state of mind. Here it's in my hair, my skirt repurposed from a dress, in the color palette, here it's in my outfit. Image by @Prabhy_b on instagram. 

Dress worn as skirt and T-shirt by Zara, vintage trench coat, thrifted faux fur stole. 

 Luxury is a state of mind. The gleam of sequins, the stack of varying  necklaces, the flounce of a great trench coat, the joy in a good t-shirt, the glimmer of a iridescent fabric. Luxury is a state of mind. Here it's in my hair, my skirt repurposed from a dress, in the color palette, here it's in my outfit. Image by @Prabhy_b on instagram. 

Press | Medium

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It was an honor to share with Medium my piece of advice for women this International Women's Day 2019. Get a mentor, it makes all the difference. Read the full post here. 

My Style | Ornamental

Top and skirt by Zara, jumper by George at Asda, Anklets by Miss Selfridges, shoes by Miu Miu. 

Top and skirt by Zara, jumper by George at Asda, Anklets by Miss Selfridges, shoes by Miu Miu. 

Nothing like a bit of orange to brighten your day with granny chic. My ankles have found they quite like anklets and hope they stay. The ornamental print via Zara is wonderful. Matching two different ones, all the more so. The orange jumper slung round shoulders is for that granny chic in addition to the Miu Miu shoes. The worse the weather the brighter the outfit. Image by @Prabhy_b

Press | The National Student

Image via The National Student 

Image via The National Student 

Was honored to be interviewed for the The National Student on my career to date and tips on how to make it into the industry.  Visit the site here

My Style | Experience

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I carry my life experience in the way I wear my clothes, I carry where I've been in how I wrap my head. My life experience is worn in the layering of my garments. I carry my life with me, my journey thus far, my experience this far are worn in the way I strut my stuff, evidenced in the colors that I choose to wear, the places I've seen in the boldness of my lip. I carry where I've been with me. I'm on instagram and twitter as @marian_kwei .  

Trend | Small Handbags

Image via Vogue. 

Image via Vogue. 

The trend for micro bags on the Catwalk continues its domination from spring into autumn winter 2019. Over at Louis Vuitton this was seen with small clutches and handbags. Tis the season to travel light.