Rihanna To Launch A Fashion Label With LVMH

Conquering the music world is not just enough, Rihanna whose beauty brand, Fenty, was hailed as one of the most innovative brands in recent times is set to launch a fashion line.

Rihanna already has a lingerie line Savage x Fenty and a collaborative effort with Puma under her belt. This would be a walk in the park for the girl who seems to turn everything she touches gold.

LVMH, which is owned by the fashion titan Bernard Arnault, said they could not comment. With her huge fan base and tens of millions of social media followers, Rihanna is one of the most powerful style influencers on the planet. A regular on the front row of fashion shows, and particularly at Dior in Paris, the singer has also proved herself to be a canny creator. As well as her Fenty line she upped sales at Puma when she became its creative director, and has also dipped her toe into lingerie. Her Fenty Beauty operation — which involved a hook-up with LVMH — racked up sales of more than $100 dollars (88 million euros) within weeks of its 2016 launch. WWD said that her planned luxury brand, which will take in ready-to-wear as well as leather goods and accessories, could be launched alongside her ninth album later this year. A new large-scale luxury label — especially one led by a black woman — would be huge development in the fashion world.

The Fashion Rules You Should Never Follow

Rules are made to be broken, and none more so than those that dictate what we can and cannot wear. It’s 2019 and even though there are times and places that do dictate modesty and formality, our wardrobes are less restricted than ever before. Fashion trends are fun to follow and invite us to take part in the creative vision of fashion designers who continue to challenge, question and reshape the societal aesthetic, but what we wear is all our own. That’s why we are calling time on these instructions that are totally out of date and most definitely out of style.

You cannot wear navy and black together

I’m sorry, what?! Side with the likes of Phoebe Philo and the Olsen twins and trash this outdated ideal pronto. Navy and black is quite simply the chicest colour pairing that can possibly combine. A navy cashmere sweater, smart skinny jeans and black leather loafers makes for an outfit combination packed with ease and elegance that proves the notion of not mixing these shades entirely redundant.

Your bags and shoes must always match

Are you The Queen? No (If you are a very warm welcome to Miss Vogue, Your Majesty.) Bags and shoes no longer need to be matching. It’s not the ’50s, when women invested in a matching set that would be procured to last for all seasons, all occasions and invitations. Now, it’s more realistic and fun to pair chunky trainers with a ladylike clutch, high-heel stilettos with a nylon bumbag. But don’t disregard the allure of a matching set. There is something magic about purposefully pairing a colour-bright shoe with an identical bag – just make it a styling choice and not an everyday rule to dress by.

You should never mix metals

Are you gold or silver? Who cares. Out with the old adage that one must only wear a single metal and in with the new of mixing and matching, piling and layering. Do this and you’ll find the combination of the metals actually complements each piece and will only add magpie appeal to your jewellery favourites.

Source: https://www.vogue.co.uk/article/worst-fashion-advice

2019 Golden Globes Winners: Complete List

Leading the way at the 76th annual Golden Globes ceremony on Sunday was Universal’s Green Book, which claimed three wins, in the best comedy, best supporting actor and best screenplay categories.

Netflix’s Roma, meanwhile, took home two wins, in the foreign-language and director categories. As did Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody, which won in the best drama and best actor categories.

On the TV side, FX’s The Americans nabbed a best drama series win and Netflix’s The Kominsky Method won in the best comedy series category.

Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse claimed the best animated feature win. And FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story won in the limited TV series category.

Warner Bros.’ A Star Is Born won for best original song for “Shallow,” while Universal’s First Man claimed the best original score win. The full winners list is below.

Best Motion Picture – Drama

Bohemian Rhapsody (WINNER)

BlacKkKlansman

Black Panther

If Beale Street Could Talk

A Star Is Born

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Glenn Close, The Wife (WINNER)

Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born

Nicole Kidman, Destroyer

Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Rosamund Pike, A Private War

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali, Green Book (WINNER)

Timothee Chalamet, Beautiful Boy

Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman

Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Sam Rockwell, Vice

Source and to see more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/2019-golden-globes-winners-list-1172257/item/best-performance-by-an-actor-a-supporting-role-any-motion-picture-1165146

Style By Zenith Exhibitions

Some exhibitors at the maiden edition of the ongoing Lagos “Style by Zenith” Fair say they have recorded high-powered sales pitch at the market, which has attracted over 200 exhibitors.
Excited about the huge sales, the exhibitors commended the organisers of the fair, Zenith Bank and Fashion One, for the well organised business environment.
The exhibitors told the News Agency of Nigeria in separate interviews on Sunday that they had been able to create enough awareness for their products.
To them, the fair has created a veritable platform to showcase their products without financial commitments.
In addition, Point of Sales machines were also given to each of the exhibitors to ensure seamless business transactions, which will be returned at the end of the fair.
NAN reports that the “Style by Zenith” Fair is designed to showcase products of fashion, media, automobile, food, accessories, music and art industry.
An exhibitor, Aisha Adoga, producer of “Hands Hair”, who came from Benin, lauded the bank’s initiative, which she noted had created some business connections for her within Lagos and beyond.
“I am giving it to the organisers of this fair, it is the first one and I pray they are able to continue in subsequent years because this will revive most businesses in Nigeria,” she said.
Another exhibitor, Mosunmola Oladunni, Managing Director, Sweet Look World Concept, offered 20 per cent discount on her products — wigs, hair extensions and makeup products.
Oladunni said: “We are grateful to Zenith Bank for this because we were not charged a dime for exhibiting our products here.
“They prepared the ground and tents ready for us to display our products and sell, it is a rare opportunity and we cannot thank them enough.”
Oladunni, who noted that the fair was well organised, urged the organisers to focus more on advertising the fair in subsequent editions.
She said adequate publicity in both print and television media would attract more visitors to the fair.
She said: “We really thank Zenith Bank and Fashion One for this but I feel they have not created enough publicity due to the turnout; the turnout would have been more than this.”
Also, Seyi Martins, Activation Supervisor with Dangote Group of Companies, expressed excitement over huge sales made since the commencement of the fair.
Martins expressed optimism to make more sales before the end of the fair and appreciated the organiser for such a fantastic opportunity to sell her products.
She said: “I am happy we are able to achieve good sales, we hope to be here again next year.”
Oyindamola Kuye said the organisers of the fair had gone extra mile to give back to the society and their customers by staging the fair.
For June Levi-Oguike, the Managing Director, A’ku Wellness and Beauty Ng, the fair had impacted her business positively as customers now have absolute confidence in associating with such reputable organisations.
Levi-Oguike said: “We are grateful for this because due to the exhibitors’ relationship with the organisers, our customers have built a huge confidence in us.
“Being an exhibitor in this fair has increased my Instagram followers tremendously; this is due to the credibility of the bank.”
NAN reports that the Fair, which commenced on December 29, will end with a musical concert late on December 30.
The musical concert will feature Mayorkun, Wande Coal and others.
The fair has so far attracted biggest players from the food, fashion, media, automobile, accessories, music and arts industries.
NAN.

Source: https://theeagleonline.com.ng/huge-sales-at-maiden-lagos-style-by-zenith-fair-excite-exhibitors/

Obama’s Annual Favorite Things List Might Interest You

Barack Obama—recently dubbed America’s most admired man, courtesy of an annual Gallup poll—has once again cemented his reputation as our most culturally astute (and certainly most culturally aware) president, sharing his annual list of his favorite literary, cinematic, and musical output from the year, and as we’ve come to expect from the former President, his taste is both wide-ranging and deep, au courant and classic in scope, with books and films that focus on the world’s increasingly divisive sociopolitical issues (Educated, The Broken Ladder, How Democracies Die, Why Liberalism Failed, Leave No Trace, Shoplifters, Burning, An American Marriage, The New Geography of Jobs) and the latest tomes from a rising class of literary lions (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Lisa Halliday, Zadie Smith, Tommy Orange, Lauren Groff) as well as some offerings from recently departed purveyors of classics (Denis Johnson, V.S. Naipaul).

Movies like BlacKKKlansman and Black Panther, If Beale Street Could Talk, and Eighth Grade all make appearances, as does Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, Chloe Zhao’s The Rider, and the beloved Mr. Rogers documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor. His musical tastes swing from Beyoncé and Jay-Z to Brandi Carlile and Bad Bunny. (If the former president becomes bored with writing his forthcoming book, grassroots organizing and his visits to sick children in local hospitals, we would welcome his contribution to the Vogue culture section, where we’re happy to report our tastes really quite neatly align.)

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Recap: Miss Nigeria 2018

Chidinma Aaron on Sunday defeated 12 other finalists to win the 2018 Miss Nigeria beauty pageant crown.

Chidinma Aaron, Winner Miss Nigeria 2018

The contestants were Ntan Nton, Egede Lagele, Thomas Mseve, Ameh Munirah, Otunba Ifunaya, and Shitta Remilekun. Others are Tizhe Usa Miriam, Okudili Odinaka Doris, Agida Stephanie, Ugwu Ijeoma, Aaron Chidinma Leilani, and Dunu Chisom Olivia.

Ebuka Obi-Uchendu

The final five were Dunu Chisom, Ntan Sharon Nton, Ameh Munirah, Agida Stephanie and Aaron Chidinma Leilani. Dunu Chioma became the first runner-up, while Ameh became the second runner-up.

Ezinne Akudo

Chidinma Aaron who winner of the pageant will take home N3 million, a luxury apartment and an automobile. She takes over the crown from Mildred Ehiguese who won the 2017 edition.

Rita Dominic

 

Image Credits: Bella Naija

David Lanre Mesan’s Masterclass: Business Strategy Through Partnership

David Messan, a business strategist, and investor held a masterclass in the 360 Creative Hub as part of our Fashion Business Series. The masterclass was an intimate, roundtable of 15 young entrepreneurs.

The topic centered around growing a successful business through partnerships.

He started by talking about the importance of vision and how important it is to have clarity in your business. And in addition to financial capital, the strength of people capital. For one to be able to get the right profit they need the right people.

To sell anything, talk about the benefits of your product. Copy a popular style and when you get customers slowly migrate into your personal style.

For a strategy to manifest, you need to know how to strike: never stop talking about your business, don’t be too humble to be stupid, learn to talk.

When things aren’t going well, learn to take a break and re-strategize but not quit. The customer should influence your strategies and your business model.

Part of a brand strategy is keeping imagery in mind. The brand logo should be simple, relative and memorable.

Recap: GTBank Fashion Weekend

GTBank Fashion Weekend kicked off on Saturday with a slew of Masterclasses from top industry experts including Project Runway’s Mr. Jay and famed designer Dapper Dan.

Designers, both domestic and foreign all showcased in the runway with clothes ranging from edgy to soft to culturally relevant.

Designers included LaQuan Smith, David Tlale, Ituen Basi, Lanre Da Silva Ajayi.

Some pictures from the runway.

Adama Paris
Adama Paris
Gozel Green
Ituen Basi
Ituen Basi
Sukeina
Sukeina

Fashion Week Marathon: What To Wear When You Have Nothing To Wear

Lagos Fashion Week is gone. The first of many that follow. The planning of fashion week goes through everything from weird skincare regime – vampire face mask, anyone? – to obnoxious fashion.

After Lagos Fashion Week, having ideas for what to wear might be a struggle. Especially, for the majority of people who do not have the cash flows of billionaires or the privilege of celebrities.

To help you get through the fashion week, a list has been compiled not to tell you what to wear exactly but to open your creative juices.

Ankara outfit and heel-less animal print shoe
Baggy ankara trouser, whtie sneakers and brown jacket with faux fur lining
Dapper looking men
Isiagu short A-line gown
white crop op, long jacket and blue skirt
white crop op, long jacket and blue skirt
Man in denim pants, over sized black hoodie and a parachute jacket
polka dots white button-up shirt, brown jacket, and black trouser

Writing A Business Plan For Your Fashion Start-up.

business plan

Running a clothing store presents you with many elements to consider, such as where to get your clothes, whether to maintain a store front and/or online sales, how much to mark up clothing items, and how to market your store and protect yourself from liability. Making decisions on these matters requires careful planning in the form of a business plan. A well thought-out business plan will give your business a greater chance at success and help you avoid common pitfalls, such as unrealistic predictions of expenses and revenue.

Executive Summary

The executive summary is the first and most important section of your business plan, as it gives potential investors and decision-makers a snapshot of the types of clothes you offer, identifies the potential market for your products, lists your mission statement, your qualifications to run your retail business and details how your expertise will be an advantage in your competitive industry. The executive summary should be between one and four pages and should be written in plain language, or without too much clothing industry jargon, so that anyone can understand it.

Company Description

Whereas your executive summary describes the mission and vision of your company, your company description, which is the next section of your plan, expands on the competitive edge of your business. List any unique processes you use in obtaining, storing or shipping your clothes, explain the history of your company, what inspired its formation and expand on the specific market needs it will fulfill. If you serve a niche, such as certain shapes and sizes of people, or if each outfit is tailored to the individual, this is the place to list it.

Organization Structure and Management Team

Inform readers of your business structure, such as sole proprietorship, corporation or partnership, and explain who does what in the organization. Provide a professional profile of key managers and owners by listing related education, accomplishments and expertise details that will help your clothing store succeed. Previous retail management experience, fashion or design industry work and business management training are examples of applicable experience.

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Products and Services

Elaborate on your clothing lines and any other products/services you’ll sell. Explain the benefits customers will experience by buying from you. Use this section to assure your business plan’s readers that there are people currently interested in buying your product and that future sales will only increase. Provide information on your clothing designers and/or suppliers, the costs of your clothes, and any copyrights/patents your company holds that give you an advantage.

Market Analysis

Analyze the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for your business, a process often called SWOT analysis. Give detailed information on the retail clothing industry in your area, stores you are in competition with, your target market, how you will market to your customers, your sales distribution channels, such as in-store and/or online purchases, and the sustainability of your competitive edge.

Marketing Plan

Describe how you plan to advertise to consumers shopping for the types of clothes you sell. Show how your plan will appeal to people in targeted ways; your shopper’s demographics, including age, education, interests and location, should direct your marketing efforts. For example, if your average consumer will be 30 and under, consider investing in a heavy online presence.

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Financial Planning and Funding

Develop estimates of your store’s profit potential; this will require some market research. Specifically forecast your expenses and revenues in the form of income statements, cash flow statements and balance sheets for five years. Provide an estimate of your break-even point, or when your clothing costs and other expenses equal your revenue, which will let investors know how much product you need to sell in order to make money. The funding section is also the place to ask potential investors for capital and show them how it will be used.

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Growth and Expansion

It is important for you and your investors to know the ways in which you plan to grow the business in the future. Predict the type of growth your store will experience and set goal markers to achieve it. For example, if you want to expand your store to two locations within the first five years or expand your selection of clothing or accessories, include these plans in this section.

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