London’s Diverse Creative Landscape To Be Celebrated In New Exhibition In Greenwich Peninsula


NOW Gallery announces that it will celebrate London’s diverse creative landscape in a new cross-cultural installation, Home Affairs, running 20th August – 4 September 2015.

The exhibition is a collaboration between furniture designer Yinka Ilori, fashion designer Christine Mhando of London-based CHiCHiA and creative consultant Arieta Mujay. Together they will create four theatrical, visually compelling conceptual spaces, brought to life with curated film, archival footage and performance. Framed by the language of traditional Nigerian & Swahili parables, the spaces will be filled with thought-provoking furniture, indigenous plants, designed objects, garments and wallpapers inspired by bespoke Khanga textiles, with visitors encouraged to navigate and explore.

The installation will be further enlivened with illustrations by Lulu Kitololo and spoken word performances by Project Tribe’s Bazaar •{Bohemian}•

More On The Creatives…

Yinka Ilori is a London based designer. He specialises in up-cycling vintage furniture, inspired by the traditional Nigerian parables and African fabrics that surrounded him as child. He has exhibited internationally in solo shows: This Is Where It Started, The Whitespace Gallery, Lagos, October, 2014; Yinka Ilori, Just Africa, Stockholm March 2014 and It Started With a Parable, Jaguar Shoes, London in collaboration with London Design Week, December, 2013. And group exhibitions: Making Africa, Vitra Design Museum, Basel, March, 2015 touring to Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Autumn 2015; Africa Calling, Africa Utopia, Southbank Centre, September 2014; Creative Britain feature stand, British European Design Group, International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), New York May 2012. Yinka Ilori’s pieces are available for purchase here, at lifestyle stores in London and at Temple Muse, Nigeria and can be viewed by appointment at his East London studio.

Yinka Ilori2
Yinka Ilori


Yinka Ilori
Yinka Ilori

Christine Mhando is a Tanzanian-born, London-based designer. Mhando launched the label that bears her childhood nickname, CHiCHiA, in 2007, an amalgamation of both continents and cultures from which the designer was born and raised. The label’s signature transpires from the artful application of the ‘Khanga’, a traditional East African cotton-printed fabric used by local women as wraps. With Beyonce as a fan, Chichia goes from strength to strength as an international African brand that modernises and transforms traditional East African textiles into stylish, contemporary and considered fashionable attire.

Christine Mhando
Christine Mhando

Arieta Mujay is a fashion creative who has been working in fashion at various capacities for 15 years across the UK and Africa. Arieta has styled and worked a host of celebrities including Rihanna, Kelis, Amber Le Bon, Kelly Rowland, Alesha Dixon, Pixie Lott and Lily Allen. Mujay is a reviewer and contributor for Cosmopolitan Magazine’s online platform, a mentor to young businesses and an avid supporter of female empowerment.

Arieta Mujay
Arieta Mujay
Arieta Mujay
Arieta Mujay

Bazaar •{Bohemian}• (Vanessa Coore) is originally from California and is currently based out of Atlanta. Coore, one half of Afropolitan blog duo Project Tribe, uses her social media platforms to provide creative nourishment, spread #PositiveLoveEnergy, and highlight new and developed brands from all over the world. Through her social media platforms she’s been able to offer distinct and creative visuals that tell stories through a bohemian inspired lifestyle. Her goal when featuring brands is to highlight them in a unique, and aspirational way.


Bazaar •{Bohemian}• Vanessa Coore
Bazaar •{Bohemian}• Vanessa Coore
Bazaar •{Bohemian}• Vanessa Coore
Bazaar •{Bohemian}• Vanessa Coore

NOW Gallery, conceived as part of the on-going regeneration of Greenwich Peninsula, sits within a hub designed by architects Marks Barfield moments from the O2 and North Greenwich station. The hub, formed of two curved glass pavilions linked by a patinated brass-edged canopy – longer than the wing span of an Airbus A380 – contains NOW Gallery, a cafe, restaurant, sky bar and charcuterie. As visitors emerge from North Greenwich tube station and look to the right they will see the pavilions, the art installations within and also through them to the Emirates cable car along a line of latitude.

BUMP ALERT! Kelly Rowland Launches New Wrist Wear With TW STEEL

Looking stunning in a grey cashmere calf length frock with a matching grey cardy, 33 year old Kelly Rowland showed off her blossoming baby bump when she hit the red carpet in LA at the launch of her new watch line which she partnered with luxury lifestyle brand TW STEEL to create.

The limited edition wrist wear also spotted on the divas wrist is called The Kelly Rowland Canteen Bracelet Special Edition. Time is definitely something we think the diva can’t wait to fly as she is expecting a baby boy this autumn with husband Time Witherspoon whom she got hitched to this May.

Speaking to FOX411 in July, the gorgeous diva inadvertently revealed her baby’s sex when she let slip by saying during her interview : ‘We’re very excited,’ she said. ‘So far, everything has been good. I just feel like the baby is already [spoiled] rotten–like literally, my Caress family has gotten him all of his little bathing stuff, his toys. It’s just so cool.’

Check out the pictures of Mrs Witherspoon, doesn’t she just make you feel broody? #DivaLoves

Kelly Rowland Scorches At Houghton’s Runway Show – NY Fashion Week

Oh my giddy aunt! Kelendria takes the plunge as the temperature plunges! Almost tempted to hand over a hot flannel for her to place on her oh so frozen chest, a momentary pause is required as this diva looked scorching hot already. Daring to bare – I would if they [two breast friends] weren’t already warming my knees.

Kelly Rowland gave things some serious swag in a shimmery tailored jacket and the widest palazzo pants in same fabric that just went with the wind! Talk about wide, statement and some. Teaming this with a plunging silk shirt, girlfriend sure knew her A-Game was on as she attended Houghton’s runway show for NY Fashion week.

To complement her look, she teamed her ensemble with gold accessories, an edgy churned bold gold necklace with gold tassels, rocking web-mesh gold earrings and hold it….those gold stilettoes. Someone fan her down she is too hot!

The four time Grammy winner turns 33 next week and we can’t wait to see what look this purrrfect cat knocks out for us.

By: @LovingMedia

Image Credits: Sam Deitch [REX], Mireya Acterto [GETTY]

Beauty From The Inside Out!

A happy New Year from us all here at DivaScribe. After the over indulgence of the Christmas period, detox your body and get ready for the year ahead. There are so many ways we can maximise our health and beauty regimes, so start the New Year afresh and enjoy my top 5 tips to a better you.

1. Smoothies- You Are What You Eat

Heath enthusiasts everywhere have been raving about the benefits of smoothies, and if you haven’t tried them yourself, start now! Packed full of vitamins and minerals, smoothies are an easy way of boasting your immunity and leaving you with radiant skin from the inside out. Try the recipe below for a refreshing start to your day.

1 head of organic romaine lettuce(chopped)
1/2 bunch of organic spinach
3-4 stalks of celery
1 organic apple(cored and chopped)
1 organic pear
1/3 bunch coriander
a juice of 1/2 lemon
1 1/2 cup cold water


Exercise, and exercise more. This gets your cells going this year. The benefits of exercise are endless, and your body will look better for it. If you can’t get to the gym there are a number of DVD’s available to help you along the way. Stay focused on your fitness and you won’t regret it. Try Kelly Rowland’s sexy abs DVD and make fitness fun!

3.Dry Brushing

Stimulate your circulation and lymph system by dry body brushing. It’s a simple way of giving yourself an inexpensive treatment from the comfort of your own home.  Always use natural bristles, and brush towards your heart in circular motions all over your body. Perfect just before your step into the shower.

4.Facials and Massages.

Facials and massages are not just for those special occasions.  Make it a must to unblock your pores, create some me time, and invest  in healthy skin this year! Charlotte Vøhtz, Founder of Green People gives us an amazing massage technique you can try at home.

Use gentle upward strokes with your hands around the collar bone, jawline to the top of the cheeks and out towards the ears.  Use your thumb and forefinger to gently pinch off the ears, and then with the pads of your fingers gently tap your eyebrows and on the bone underneath the eye and then on the forehead, and finish by gently but firmly pressing the temples”.

5. Stay Hydrated

It’s been said time and time again, but drinking water is the perfect solution to clearer skin. Flushing out toxins, from your body and keeping hydrated. If you can’t stomach plain water, there are a host of wonderful herbal teas out there. So replace your cup of coffee for something caffeine free and see the difference.

By Teiko Dornor-Tagoe