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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.

Risque! Rihanna In That Alexandre Vauthier At Pre-Grammy Gala

Rihanna barely escaped a near wardrobe malfunction at a Pre-Grammy Gala party hosted by Clive Davis at the Beverly Hills Hilton yesterday night. The Barbadian beauty wore a risqué Alexandre Vauthier Spring/Summer 2014 navel plunging yellow number that accentuated her toned curves and strappy gold Christian Louboutin shoes.

Desperately clinging on to her daring neckline, she also had to deal with ensuring that her lady garden was not exposed to all and sundry. The thigh high split [more crotch high split], ensured that male party-goer’s had their tongues wagging with thoughts of unmentionables raging through their minds.

The gorgeous singer was recognised at the event with a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance with Mikky Ekko for her song ‘Stay’ and her album ‘Unapologetic.’ RiRi can’t seem to do no wrong of late – daring wardrobe choices aside [she looked gorge], we can’t wait to see this young diva transcend even higher.

See also Jennifer Hudson rocking her curves in a Christopher Kane dress,Christian Louboutin shoes, a Rodo clutch, and Jack Vartanian jewelry.

Battle of the Blondes!! Rihanna vs Rita Ora

Flicking through the music channels these days and everything seems generic, not only the music but the style. Most female artists have adopted the eccentric stylistic qualities from Lady Gaga and Rihanna. Artists whom have recently emerged from the woodworks Nicki Minaj, Jessie J are the few artists who dare to do; in saying this they bear very slight similarities.

So who will be my victim? I think I want to pick on Rita Ora and compare her to my idol Rihanna. I’ll try my very best not to be biased *sigh* here goes.

Rita Ora appeared on our screens quite recently, with her music video R.I.P featuring London’s sensational Tinie Tempah. In this video I noticed that Rita’s styling looked uncannily like RiRi’s.

This clip was taken from the R.I.P video and Rita bears a striking resemblance to Rihanna with the deep red lipstick, over excessive jewellery and tinted eyebrows. This may come across as petty or observant, but I think Jay Z is trying to manufacture Rita in the same way as he did Rihanna, or do they use the same stylist? On the latter point – the budget was probably tight, so they shared the same stylist? Just saying J

During Rihanna’s Coachella experience, she was seen sporting a platinum blonde hairdo, excessive jewellery and rouge lipstick! Does this ring any bells? yes it does in my head, Rita Ora is trying to emulate Rihanna in her style which is a good thing, however Rihanna’s style is very unique therefore to avoid a clash; Rihanna went “back to black” after the release of R.I.P.




Rita Ora’s style I would describe as ghetto/ vintage chic. It has no direct direction even though it bares similarities to Rihanna’s. Rihanna’s style is forever changing and as Rita has only just popped up onto the music scene, I will sit on the fence before I start judging her!!

Rita is seen here wearing a denim ensemble teamed with Christian Louboutin leopard pumps statement red lipstick and dark shades. Again she emulates Rihanna to an extent; however, she has placed her own vintage stamp on it.  Here Rita combines her luscious rouge lips and nails with gold and silver jewellery, which evidentially brings to prominence her dark eyebrows and eyes. Perhaps she channelling Marilyn Monroe but has put a darker edgier stamp on it.

I had the opportunity of attending Rihanna’s “Loud” tour and got up close and personal hehe… The difference is clear in this picture as Rihanna comes across raunchier, and dares to bare all, something I doubt Rita will do so early into her career. Rihanna’s make up is not dark and edgy like that of Rita here, but more subtle, she wears denim high-waisted hot pants and a glitzy bikini top teamed with nude lippy, and dark eyes.

Five months later for the Battleship premier in Japan Rihanna is seen here rocking a dazzling ensemble which Ora I doubt could pull off. Her black hair brings to prominence the sky blue piece and places a hint of glamour onto the red carpet.

All in all these two artists may be signed to the same record label, however their styles and personalities have striking differences and similarities. To categorise Rita as a clone of Rihanna is slightly outrageous, as we don’t know what her style still has to offer. Now I think I may have confused rather than enlightened, do share your thoughts x.


Louboutin Special – DIVA Talks Heels!!

Welcome my lovelies it’s a sunny day here in Lagos when is it never but I just had an epiphany about shoes…Louboutins to be precise! They are such a beautiful creation Christian Louboutin is indeed a very talented individual.

In celebration of the phenomenal fashion key statement, in London there is a Louboutin exhibition which started from May 1st and ends July 9th 2012. This event will showcase the luxurious shoes which have been captivating wardrobes for 20 years of varied shoe designs. Christian Louboutin apparently created the famous red bottom by painting the bottom of a stiletto with red nail varnish. I must admit I’ve tried this once myself with my Aldo pumps and failed miserably!!

In the last 2 years Louboutins are becoming a fast tracked trend with each fashionable woman buying into it. The beautifully crafted shoe celebrated 20 years last year, Louboutin apparently created these luxurious beauties by painting the bottom of a stiletto with red nail varnish! Shocker I must admit I tried this technique with my Aldo pumps and failed miserably.. Let’s take a look at that magnificent red sole.

This classic Louboutin pump is absolutely to die for..its 5 inch heel and luscious red sole can be teamed with work wear and glamorised, for a night on the town with the girlies.

The “Louboutin plague” is a trend we can thank the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian whom all effortlessly team these beauties with their outstanding outfits.

Sarah Jessica Parker wore an beautiful red dress (Alexander McQueen) and teamed it with a mustard paw like shoe with a bejazzled back and of course the red bottom heel!! This shoe is for those daring to do.

Rihanna has enjoyed her fair share of Louboutins by wearing it to various awards, night’s outs and photo shoots!

Rihanna poses here in a playful manner the term “girl next door” springs to mind even though Rihanna is the obvious opposite to this perception. The Louboutins are a dusty colour which compliments the outfit and the red sole even though, hidden in this picture from the side view is obvious.

Recently for the Grammys pre- lunch my idol wore her own customised Louboutin how adorable does she look?? Rihanna has chosen a very sophisticated look and teamed it with the classic pump with Rihanna being a certified fashionista many women want to own a pair like myself..! *sighhh*

Kim Kardashian has an undeniably large collection of these beautiful shoes! She tweeted this envious picture recently which sent Tweeters into frenzy around the world!

This envious picture of her colourful Loubs makes my eyes and mouth water..hehe I’m sooo jealous! In all my jealousy I will continue to praise Kim for her dazzling shoe collection.. Look at those fabulous red bottoms stocked up neatly in her wardrobe! #Dribblealert shoes are my addiction and by the looks of things I’m not alone in that!!

Below is a personal favourite picture of Kim on the Grammys red carpet last year, funnily enough it’s not as outlandish as some of her shoes but I just love it for its simplicity.

These glamorous pair of Loubs compliment the outfit Kim embraces the silver trend perfectly by blending this different shade of silver with the gown. The futuristic look was nailed perfectly here by Kim! Kimmie we salute you and your Louboutin collection.

We may not be able to afford these beautiful creations, however high street stores such as Topshop and Zara, have shoes designed to distinctly resemble the luxurious shoes however for a reasonable price.

Take a look at these Topshop beauties compared to those highly desirable Loubs…

The only difference visible here is the luxurious red sole but everything else from cut and shape is completely the same.

So dolls do not fear the Louboutin plague is available in high street stores get shopping!!

Jessie J – Is she or isn’t she?

Pop star Jessie J who is also a judge on BBC the Voice has come out and defended her corner from rumours suggesting she is Gay and quickly put the story straight buy confirming she is Bisexual to her fans on twitter.  I guess some could say she “says it like a dude” when it comes down to her sexual preferences and continues to remain upfront about it.

Jessie labelled the stories boring and untrue and blasted various other rumours about her dating other celebrities that she hasn’t even met. Jessie J has recently gone on record and admitted that she has a soft spot for Rihanna and whilst making a special appearance at the BBC to cover RiRi’s we found love,  Jessie J replicated the Bajans artist’s favourite designer.

As far as the Domino singer is concerned she likes boys and girls but doesn’t see what all the big deal is.   Taken from an unauthorised biography Jessie J Who’s laughing now published in the Sun April 19th Cloe Govan makes claim that the Laser light singer was instructed to withhold the fact that she was lesbian by record label big wigs.

However Jessie J unfazed by all rumours seems to dust herself off as she gets back down to business as usual.

Afro Hair & Beauty Live 2012 !!!

Fresher’s week – Breaking news –

Hot off the press – Brand spanking new

Who and what is making a debut at

Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE 2012

Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE loves to introduce revolutionary style ideas and this year we’ve scouted out the freshest and most talked about movers and shakers in hair and beauty industry to make the show’s line-up more exciting than ever! We are happy to announce that two new areas called the Natural Zone and Afro Nail & Beauty Bar have been added to the crowd-pleasing exhibitor list, which is set to make every visitors experience to Afro more unique, informative and utterly indulgent.

Calling all Naturalistas

There has been a seismic shift in women choosing to wear their natural hair texture and with this fast-growing sector causing a storm on the internet, we have recruited a host of top brands such as Beautiful Roots, Mixed Chicks, Simply Organics, Joseph Alex Botanical to showcase their latest and most innovative products.

Those who have decided or are dabbling with the idea of transitioning from chemicals to natural may be confronted with the following concerns: Do you know how to look after your texture? Do you understand your curl pattern? Can you find the right hairstyle? All these questions can be answered at one of our exclusive seminars headed by a leading industry expert, who will be ready and waiting to impart their knowledge and unlock the secret to beautiful hair.


Popular hair care range, Root2Tip, has easy-to-follow advice for mothers who need guidance on how to look after their little ones’ hair. Xina Boderick from Nature’s Parlour will be conducting an essential seminar on natural skin care.

Natural Hair Ambassador from USA, Taliah Waajid, will demonstrate how to wear on-trend natural styles that are protective and suitable for any curl type.

Afro tip

To get the most out of these one-of-a-kind seminars, we suggest that you write down every question you have about natural hair and bring them along on the day. You can even bring photos of hairstyles you are interesting in wearing and have an expert help you choose what will work best for you!

 Get a Glamover

Budding Fashionistas and beauty enthusiasts who like to be seen rocking fashion-forward trends can treat themselves to a much sought-after 3D and free-hand nail art design. Spotted on the talons of Rihanna and Beyonce, trained technicians who will be at the show on both days, have a bevy of tailor-made styles that will transform nails pronto. Alternatively, why not take advantage of a free matching foundation consultation and colour analysis from the make-up pros will be on hand to give tips and tricks on how to revamp and upgrade make-up looks.

The Afro Nail & Beauty Bar offers a tranquil oasis that allows visitors to rest and relax while having a beauty treatment. There are a number of spa-like fixes to choose from such as Indian head massages, manicures, eyebrow and chin threading, waxing and eyelash extensions all starting from an affordable £5.

For further information please contact:

Cafui d’Almeida on 020 7498 1795 or email admin@afrohairshow.com


Women’s History Month Spotlight: 5001 Flavors CEO, Shay S. Wood

Women’s History Month Spotlight:

5001 Flavors CEO, Shay S. Wood

(March 14, 2012 New York, NY)- Throughout Women’s History Month we honor and pay tribute to the “shero’s” of the past that have paved the way for women and whose strides became milestones in history. We also recognize the innovative leaders of today attributing to the future. One such woman is Shay S. Wood, CEO of 5001 FLAVORS custom clothing company. Exemplifying what is means to be “every woman” Shay is a CEO, entrepreneur, philanthropist, mother, wife and inspiration to a new generation of business driven and fashion forward young women.

Along with her business partner, NYC Harlem born designer Guy Wood, 5001 FLAVORS has satisfied the fashion needs of high-profile clients such as Will Smith, Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Lopez, Jamie Foxx, Lebron James, Queen Latifah, Jay Z and Shaquille O’Neal. 5001 FLAVORS understands that fashion has always had a large degree of relevance in the entertainment industry, and that has sustained their success for almost 2 decades.

Co-designers of a new technology called the Moskeeto Hood-e created as part of a global campaign to prevent Malaria in Africa, 5001 Flavors were featured designers in the CODE PURPLE fashion show during NYC Mercedes Benz Fashion Week aboard the Intrepid Museum.

With a philanthropic spirit, Shay recently became the newest member on the Steering Committee of The Food Bank For New York City. For the past 29 years, The Food Bank For New York City has served as the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs. On April 17, 2012, the committee is helping to raise funds for The Food Bank For New York City at Cipriani Wall Street, 55 Wall Street for their annual Can-Do Awards, a star-studded tribute to raise funds to end hunger in the NYC area.

5001 FLAVORS will also be opening up a Harlem Haberdashery this spring in the heart of NYC Harlem.  This upscale boutique will embody the very essence of Harlem and cater to every fashion need from apparel to eye wear.

What is a Woman On The Move?

“A woman with goals who knows what it will take to achieve them. She is strong, educated, confident, and will let nothing get in the way of her dreams. She is a go-getter, motivator, and an inspiration to others. Her grind never stops!” Shay S. Wood, CEO of 5001 FLAVORS is a woman on the move, being celebrated for Women’s History Month!





Summer Summer summer time!! *sings*  Summer draws closer well at least we hope it does… every fashionista notices a change in the colour schemes and trends..online spying helps me keep up to date with all the latest trends!

Leather has always been a daring addition to an outfit taking it from “Girl next Door” to edgy fashionista… Leather can be varied into different styles such as the pleated leather skirt to the faux leather leggings. Leather is not just your typical black colour but a blend of tanned leather and royal blue

This black Leather skirt is from H&M and is priced at £19.99

This leather skirt is priced at 14.99 and can be teamed with a sheer chiffon blouse possibly a bold colour

This blouse is from Rare London for £35.00 and can be tucked into the leather skirt preferably the first skater- girl type as it adds edgy flair to a girly next door blouse! Make sure you add minimal jewellery here such as bangles and statement earrings.

As we look forward to what may arrive in A/W 12 I am confident that leather will still be very much in trend, and will add that edgy touch to the high street.

Spikes in comparison to Leather have been used lately as an easy way to spice up a denim or leather jacket or has even been an addition to bags. The new craze is to have spike-like nails with the inspiration of some of the biggest celebrity names such as Rita Ora, Jessie J Rihanna and Beyonce.

This is Rihanna’s lovely hand and this trend is called the “Stiletto nail” the spikes resemble the heel of a Stiletto..

This is Jessie J’s steam punk inspired nails used in her video for her 2nd single “Nobody’s Perfect.” These beauties are a bit out there but what I love about these nails is that they are brilliantly crafted and bring to prominence Jessie’s wild personality!

The Minx nail is also a big hit on the beauty market this season with lovely bold, colour blocking colours to spice up any outfit!!!


The big trend of spike like nails has been consistent for most of the year and for those of us that don’t usually opt for the acrylic nails this is also achievable through a simple nail file on either side of your nails at a 45 degree angle… or pop to your local Superdrug and apply stick ons hehe!! This will defiantly glam up your day or night look!

Another trend upon the fashionable horizon is the new panoramic look that’s inspired by postcard pictures, has proved a hit on the runway and in stores as the look is achievable at such reasonable prices. These 50’s inspired prints give a nice summer outfit a boost and should be worn with pastels. The mixing of pastels and prints keeps up the trend but it’s advisable that minimal accessories are worn, as the print should be the prominent piece within the outfit.



With different styles such as the bodycon handle holding Motel dress that retails at an amazing price of £28

Another dress from Motel Rocks for £35 with Fuji print is a fantastic hit and can be teamed with a nude pair of heels!!!

For petit ladies the lovely Bandeau Asos Swimming costume that has a lovely way of showing off those gorgeous shoulders and adding to your Instagram or twit pic collections for a whopping £25…mmm tempting much??


Get stocked up this summer on your postcard prints; this trend is set to be a hit this summer with every fashionable character, wearing a print from a postcard on their beautiful garments! Who would have thought wearing a palm tree on your dress would be so fashionable?? Don’t forget ladies to try those stiletto-nails and minx spoil your selves this summer!! Get your heels and Havianas maybe your Hunters with that unpredictable British weather plus those all amazing leather skirts to remain on trend throughout this season!!