Category: African

FASHION, ART and CULTURE.

Hello people! what’s popping? Hope y’all doing fine today? So.. I decided to prepare this editorial at this period because of how much fashion, art and culture are so intertwined today. Honestly, if I had a chance to write this article all over, I would probably call it “THE TRINITY”🤔.

You surprised? Owk let’s see why as we get down to business.

Fashion defines your style and is generally defined as ones personal appearance. I would also simply define Art as pure beauty. Culture is a way of life. It is arts collectively (art, music, literature and related intellectual activities considered collectively). Culture is related to arts in the sense that it is the knowledge, and sophistication acquired through education and exposure to the arts. You should be gradually getting the twist right now.

Fashion is so much allied with the two subjects of art and culture because they are influences to fashion and style to a very large extent. My love for the culture of a particular tribe or group of people may prompt me to wear a particular print. Nowadays, asides solely representing a tribe or culture one belongs to, fashion lovers now wear prints that represents other tribes and ethnicity.

They even go as far back as about 3000BC to wear prints from cultural clans that existed at those times. For this editorial, I carefully selected a vintage shirt with prints from the very popular and powerful Ancient Egyptian kingdom.

I matched it with a constrasting purple Ankara trouser. Ankara clothes are one of the very trendy items when we talk of cultural representation in fashion nowadays. They have become very adaptable so suddenly and already creating a niche for dominance. Gone are the days where an Ankara trouser could only be worn together with an Ankara top of the same print. Ankara trousers and shorts are now worn with shirts of any type. They could even replace your suit pants and replace them perfectly.

Well, like I say, fashion and art are love birds. You hardly find where these two are separated. The prints on our clothes is art, the beautiful things we wear is art, the colourful places we take photos is enough art itself. Even the manner of combining and putting together of various items to give one outfit is art too. So tell me how fashion and art are not connected.

The location of this shoot series says it all. I would just say Art is the new monarch of the Fashion Empire today. He cannot be overthrown until further notice.😁

Our everyday activities have a way to naturally make us appreciate how well fashion, art and culture work hand in hand. From the demonstration of a very busy city, to the love of “urban fashion” and style to the adoration for art. This just reminds me of one of my previous editorials – The average man, his fashion, and his environment.

Apart from the art of combining colours and items, One can go as bold as wearing an outfit that has all of a vintage touch, an African print and a sporty look in one. Though it may appear so strewn, but then its not. Its just a typical symbol of urban fashion and style which gives you the ability to showcase your creative powers.

I hope everyone can now perfectly juxtapose between these three weighty words and now know why Fashion, Art and Culture can be called a TRINITY. Bye people🤗

Outfit- Ankara trousers x Vintage shirt (by Tomobird) x Adidas superstar shoes x Leather watch (by Chanel) x Beads (by Judith Iloba)

Styled and directed by Babalola Jesudara

Photography by Replicas Concept

Going beyond the beauty of african prints

Hello everyone. I don’t know if you know this but African prints are actually not African prints. They are European made textiles that Africans have adopted as their property😁. Ridiculous right?. African prints are so appreciated in Nigeria and beyond. It is said all over the world that “African fabrics” are a specie of the best striving fabrics in societies today. African prints are beautifully coloured 100% cotton textiles printed by machines using wax resins and dyes. In the splendour of this beauty, we should not forget those things that allow the beauty appreciated. How well do you parade this beauty, when you wear these African textiles,  when you take pictures and all. Did you try an extra pinch of charisma and magnetism the last time you wore these fabrics. These attributes simply converts the simple you to a sophisticated brand. Never underestimate the power of your charisma 

Have you ever thought of the best backgrounds to take a picture for a regular African detailed outfit. When you get dressed for an occasion or just an outing. You’ll obviously want to take a “lit” picture. 2 things practically do justice to your picture. The background and your pose. A warm background that praises your print will make wave. When I see African prints, I perceive home, originality and ingenuity. My brick background will proly compliment this style. Just saying tho. I mean it is a  brick walls(natural) not a painted wall. You get? Work with structured and patterned backgrounds too

I say this a lot too . Run away from all them boring poses , try a rare pose like this very one below😜. Gone are those days where only a penny loafers or a driving loafers were the best shoes for a trad attire. I think personal style + trends approves that you wear your African prints together with  pants and laced shoes. Remember, you can break rulesOutfit- Long Ankara shirt x Kenneth Cole pants x Fabi wingtip shoes x Tom Ford aviators

Stylist- Babalola Jesudara

Photography- Replicas Concept