KONNICHIWA,HAVE YOU BEEN TO MINISO ?

 

These bags would be perfect for carrying make-up.

Konnichiwa (hello or good day in Japanese said with a deep bow from the waist)

Last year on May 16,2017 Kenya and Japan signed a cooperation agreement that would see Miniso a fashion brand from Japan make forays into the Kenyan market.Seven months later on December 22nd , Miniso would open its first retail store at the upmarket Village Market shopping  complex  and barely a month later they would open their second store at the Thika Road Mall .

The two  Kenyan  Miniso stores all located in Nairobi city  join a growing list of the over 2,600 outlets it has globally with its presence in Africa being in South Africa,Morocco,Nigeria,Egypt and Madagascar.Kenyans love the brand already as the few times I have been there the aisles have been busy and the staff are always very courteous and helpful.

Whenever I think of Japan it is the  vivid memories of cherry tree blossom season, the geta(the very fashionable wooden sandals) and kimonos that come to mind and sushi,how could i forget how the Japanese gave us Sushi!

Japanese culture intrigues me ,it is so prim and proper ,steeped in tradition yet  as a country is so technologically advanced it is mind boggling.  Tradition and technological advancement  can co- exist we just have to find the balance and African countries are coming into themselves and we have  seen an ever increasing appreciation of African culture globally over the last decade.

Miniso brand specializes in lifestyle products and the range of items in their stores range from play dough , nail polish to kitchen saucepan and mobile phone accessories .I found their products favorably priced and I would dare say they will disrupt the lifestyle retail sector with their high quality but well priced items.

 

As a brand Miniso gives the best of what we appreciate about the Japanese culture,their precision to detail,courtesy(we had an attendant follow us and bring a shopping cart) and a whole new way of doing business .

Konnichiwa(deep bow)

FASHION IN 2018:WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT ?

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“Fashion tells a story about us and the world around us and what is happening to us,do not ignore it.

Santina Nyagah-Chief Editor  at Maridadi Living

The Big 4 fashion capitals  of the Fashion world are London,Milan,New York and Paris.

Why I watch the trends coming off the runway from the Fashion weeks set in these fashion  capitals is because the designers at these events have their fingers on  the pulse of what is  driving  the world around us.

Having watched what is coming off the runway in the past few months,you quickly realize that the world is becoming a much more integrated place and fashion is reflecting this by fusing different cultural elements together.

African print is making its presence felt on the runway felt,the vibrant colors that are a hall mark of the continent are increasingly finding  their way on the runways in these fashion capitals.

Stella McCartney a British fashion designer last year used Ankara fabric in her Spring/Summer 2018 collection ,Ankara  is a wax print whose origins can be traced to West Africa in her collection  and is  a fabric very popular across the continent.It can make everything from clothes for every day wear to show stoppers for formal functions.

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Louis Vuitton in their Spring/Summer 2012 men’s wear collection  featured hats,shirts and scarves made from fabric very similar to the Maasai shuka- a traditional chequered blanket available in a variety of colors popular among the Maasai communities of Kenya and Tanzania.

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Last year designer Andrew GN in his 2017 Fall collection had the models on his show have their hair braided in a manner that mimics   the way African women wear their hair.A closer look at the colors and prints through out his collection, with its animal print,earthy colors and chunky accessories was a celebration of the fusion of cultures and a celebration of globalization.

Check out the rest of Andrew GN Fall collection.

Andrew GN RTW Fall 2017

That we can have the fashion industry celebrating cultures from all the 4 corners of the world,where designers are influenced by cultures not their own , is indeed a testament to how far we have come and to how far we still have to go.We still need more African models on the runways sporting African designs and we need more designers from Africa celebrating the continents diverse cultures and talents.

2018 will be an interesting year in the fashion industry,watching 2017 shows,we are seeing a modesty and simplicity slipping through to the runway,a love for pastels and influence from different cultures is clearly being recognized and celebrated.Models are also becoming more diverse and there are more African ,Asian faces than before ,and more cities are getting noticed as they seek to join the Big 4 of the fashion industry. We have  Dubai  becoming  a place to watch as it hosts the Arab Fashion Week in late April ,with its ready to wear apparel heavily influenced by Arab culture it has quickly become a favorite among fashion houses that are looking further than Europe,Asia and America for business.

If you want to keep abreast with what is coming off the runway you may want to see the dates of the fashion weeks in the Big 4 capitals of fashion London,Milan,New York and Paris ,use this calendar. 

A good reason to watch what happens in fashion is because we do not just wear clothes,our clothes express who we are,our aspirations,values and by watching what comes off the runway you will have a pretty good idea about the things that are driving the world around us.Through the clothes you see on the runway,those are stories being told,by designers,about us and the world around us.

Happy New Year and have  a truly inspiring 2018!

 

 

 

HOW TO BE EFFORTLESSLY STYLISH

Simplicity

Like  all most girls i love being stylishly dressed when i can.

I have mentioned before my continued interest in Pinterest and fashion blogs  .

And i do spend  a considerable amount of time looking for ways to appear stylish without it being too obvious.

Here is to being stylishly chic in 3 easy steps.

1.Wear clothes that fit

We cannot emphasize too much about wearing clothes that fit,not too tight or hanging to loose.They need to skim your body.

Get  clothes that don’t fit  tailored by a qualified seamstress to create a fitting outfit.

2.Don’t be too obvious with your love for luxury brands.The most stylish people i know do not wear the most expensive clothes or luxury brands.

Invest in classic pieces and learn how to pair them for a timeless ,effortless look .

3.Don’t over accessorize.One statement piece of jewellery is enough.

This goes for your hairstyle and make up to,keep it simple and not overly done.

How else do you think we can be stylish without being slaves to fashion,share your advice with us in the comments section.

XO,

Ina