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Imaginativa Artistica

I used to think every “underbridge” is a home for the idle until I came across this area under a bridge in Maryland, Lagos where beauty was created live in my eyes. The sight of allure left me in great surprise. I could smell hardwork and zeal from the young.

I also noticed how skilled and excellent the adults were in their works. They were looking like they’ve had over twenty years of experience in Cane and Basket weaving. I got thinking even after the Danfo bus I was in had left the spot we were on before the traffic had cleared. I thought to myself “I’ve never seen such creativity, I must come back here” I nurtured this thought and immediately started plans on how a photoshoot in the Basket market, Maryland would work. It was almost impossible but thank God for God.

Imaginativa Artistica is a Spanish phrase that simply means “creative”. It is an exclusionary fashion editorial that puts to details the importance of creativity in style today. More people are concerned about how creative you can be with your style. Who doesn’t want to be entertained?

In a previous editorial I did earlier this year ” Dara’s divisional approach to general fashion”, I emphasized the power of personal style in fashion as it supersedes every other genre. Gone are the days where there’s a fashion trend that lasts for too long. Fashion influencers are actually gaining more grounds because of how well they’ve incorporated creativity and artistry into how they look at every time.

For fashion enthusiasts that haven’t identified ways they can put more spice into their fashion game to attain their desired style level, I’d put you through.

Firstly, I tell fashion enthusiasts that they have to identify whether they have creativity traits so as to know how well they can catch up and stay relevant in the fashion sphere.

If you pass this test, goodluck to you. You can now proceed to the next stage which is being able to figure out how bold you can be. A major reason fashion enthusiasts remain as fashion enthusiasts is because of this factor. Many of them are scared of being laughed at. Some don’t have the courage to be in the spotlight. They’re timid and don’t have guts. For you to attain a particular creativity level, you have to be ready for all these. You should be bold enough to try many things an average dresser can never try. Except you want to remain as an average dresser.

Also, you have to spot your source of inspiration. Do you get inspired by music, the government, education, serenity, old life, art(like me), the community or even anything else? It’s okay to have a number of inspirations but it’s much better if they’re streamlined down so creating a niche would be easier.

When I came across the beautiful basket market, I could be apprised of an epitome of art. I needed a very artistic outfit to match the basket colours, weaving patterns and the aura as a whole in order to make sense out of all. I got a double breasted trench coat with it’s matching trousers pair in a suitable colour.

I made a weaved hat to match the weaving pattern of the baskets and other items.

I also got a pair of shoes with such pattern. After putting all together, it came out looking really good to be called creative.

Y’all shouldn’t also forget not plan and work beyond your budgets like I always advice.

Thanks to my team. They were really exceptional and instrumental in making Imaginativa Artistica a favourable outcome.

Outfit – Double breasted trench coat by Medicoloran x Weaved cap by Darafashionthreads x Shoes by Gianvito Rossi.

Photograghy by Ayodeji Oke.

Body art by House of Mojoke.

Project contributors – Tobi Kareem, Odukoya Tolani .

Location – Basket Market, Maryland, Ikeja. Lagos.

Sick and Tired?

Everyone has always had a way to combat boredom at every phase of their lives. While I was growing, being the only child of my parents, it was pretty tasking for me to kill every bad vibes that came from boredom. You can imagine living a major chunk of your first fifteen years of your life with two grown ups (my parents) who thought the key to keeping me lively was hanging out with me right in our home and giving me every chore to do😭. Deep down I knew I was always waiting for the slightest opportunity to go see my best kids in the neighborhood so I maximized any time I was sent on errands outside the home. Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeee😂

Things changed as I grew older. I had learnt how to play the drums at 10 and the keyboard at 14. So at this stage, I had other things that kept me from boredom. I would literally spend every free time playing the keyboard in my room and the drums if I feel the need to leave home to church to rehearse at very free hours. At least I was already old enough to leave home without permission.😊

I grew older and I had new interests again. I started learning how to play video games. I never won a game though and this boy right here was always a champion.

Now at this present stage of my life can y’all guess what I do when boredom comes?🤔. Okay! I CREATE LOOKS IN MY HEAD. strange right?😁.

Like I usually say, consistency is important and it’s a major reason creatives are never short of ideas in fashion and style. Few individuals that are authorities in the fashion industry today have a long time ago gone past just dressing and looking good. They frequently created ideas and various looks from imagination. That’s why they’re rather referred to as creatives and not fashionistas. They are the major trend setters in the sphere. Creatives like Steven Onoja ,Thestyleinfidel and few others have paved the way for younger creatives to be more dauntless in their looks.

I had actualized this look in my head during one of my bored times before putting it into reality. Taking into account the boldness and confidence factor, I fused three different genres to create this look. Take a look at my waist down to my feet, there’s a tone of comportment and classy, my trunk look preaches some sorta playful, daring and berserk. I mean who wears such accessories with a denim jacket. My Kurt Cobain glasses pair gives a wavy feel. What a strange look to pull up in your brain.😣

So in the past one year, this has been my perfect way to kill boredom and it has really been working for me.

 How do you kill boredom?🤔 Scroll down to drop your method in the comment box and let’s have some fun.🤗

I drowned!😪

I called for help but nobody could reach me. After about seven seconds, people had gathered and before they could do anything, I was already submerged, I was gone. So sad😪

It all started from one random Monday evening shortly after choir rehearsals. My happy self was strolling out of the chapel before three ladies approached me (they know themselves🙄) and were trying to sweet talk me into joining one random committee like that and I’m like”🙅” They didn’t give up and still went ahead to be precise. They told me that they’d like me to work in the children’s department of a Rural outreach with them. First of all when you talk about rural outreaches, I’m usually not interested for no reason😠. For the children’s department talk, I’ve never even had such experience, I mean… all I know is fashion and style😂. Well, in a long run, with the convincing powers of the female gender, I eventually agreed to be on their committee and at once I commenced planning. Anticipation gradually built to the maximum that I already planned a photoshoot there, a place I had no idea of how it looked (your McE is so weird😪) I anticipated to the extent that I didn’t sleep a night before 12th of May (the outreach day). I had already gotten my outfit ready and when morning came, I was the second to get into the bus that would convey us. Thank God I got my favourite seat. As at exactly 7:38am, the bus moved. I had relaxed thinking it was going to be a long journey but contrary to my expectation in less than two hours , we had gotten to our destination. It looked like twenty minutes in my eyes.

Thanks to Oreoluwa who was my seat and gist partner all through the trip. That girl is not boring, she has gists😉😉.

The first thing that amazed me when we alighted was something I had not seen in a while. A lagoon.

It looked like it didn’t have an end. Me being too used to Ikeja was so dumbfounded at the new sight. I was so scared to even go near until a group of “Egbons” that were really smoking hard got irritated by my girly attitude😫. They started to mock. One said and I quote ” Shey Obirin ni e ni, Okunri to ti dagba bayi. Ashey o tie le” I was already boiling. I just got motivated and out of shame and anger mixed together😂, I went closer until I was a few inches close to the water, fear gripped me, various thoughts came in. At some point I was like “what if the spiritual forces in the water drag me in” After a while I was helped into the water by some fishermen I had some good time with.

 I went around the village and I found really beautiful scenes, so many artistically looking mud houses. Some were supported with irregularly cut wood logs. Almost all their roofs were made with dried palm leaves.

 

 

I spoke to the kids of Ikosi about “Dressing well and good hygiene ”

 I really had to be simple enough with my vocabulary and at a point I had to force out my Yoruba accent. Pheeeew.. (Y’all don’t want to hear how it sounded). We played a lot of games together and thank God, the children liked it.

Generally the people of ikosi were really hospitable and accommodating.

Outfit details-

Directed and photographed by- Abiodun Odu (@oduologyworks)

THE GHETTO PROJECT

A ghetto is an area of a city lived in by a minority group, especially a run down and densely populated area lived in by a group that experiences some kind of social or economic restrictions, pressure and hardship. Ghetto was originally used in Venice to describe the part of the city to which Jews were hampered and ghettoized. But the term has since been applied. In the world today, almost every developed country still has at least one ghetto. That’s not much of a surprise though.

Well, before I continue, let me describe the concept of this editorial. The ghetto project is an initiative I developed with the team in celebration of my birthday that’s around the corner. That’s good news right?. This project was carried out to give a synopsis of lifestyle in a ghetto. Its like a form of appreciation and commendation for the struggle of every individual that dwells in a ghetto. This is not a regular fashion editorial, its more of a lifestyle thing.

Carefully considering a ghetto, you will agree with me that life is not easy here. There are obvious features of a ghetto lifestyle, many of which are not palatable at all. I can categorically call it a naturally occuring vintage and outmoded life existing in a new age that we are in now. Look at the quality of the buildings. The old and archaic structures found in here. The ill hygiene is alarming.

A ghetto inhabitant never allows all those determine his joy instead he keeps pushing and struggling for something more deserving.

A ghetto boy puts up little or no smile because of the kind of life he is subjected to live. All he is interested in is an improved life.

At a point of his life, he is made to enjoy life the way it appears to him (still clamouring for a better life beneath). He is now left in the impasse of choosing whether to stay with his present situation or pursue that comfortable life that he wished he had. He is left in between two thoughts

Grown ups here compulsorily (in any way) have to fend for a very large family of theirs . It’s really hard to believe that some families of maybe seven kids live on only one aged and anemic bike. It’s really that bad.

Shoutout goes to every young boy in the hood that have been left alone at an early age to nurture their dreams without assistance and encouragement from anywhere. Just keep your dreams and ambition alive and nurtured in any way it can. It will pay off one day.

Today in the world, there are so many styles, from fashion to art, culture, literature etc. that have now naturally identified with the ghetto life. An example is the ripped jeans trend. Asides being popular in the late 1980s during the hard rock/ heavy metal era, ripped jeans have had a root from some very old ghettos. They were actually distressed jeans and were not intentionally ripped unlike the trendy ones we have today.

Personally, I think the ghetto lifestyle has gradually grown into a brand of its own and will always be appreciated by an average country man. What do you all think guys. Kindly drop your feedbacks in the comment box below.

Outfit – T-shirt by Super gold polo x Distressed jeans by Lee x Moccasins by Dockside Sebago x timepiece by Chanel.

Photographer – Replicas Concept

Director – Osunsanmi Olugbemi

Stylist and writer – Babalola Jesudara

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

VINTAGE – from retrospective to retroactive 

And then there was this day. I was at the counter in a mall. A Lebanese rushed to me and she was like “oh yeah, I like your retro so much”. I was already thinking? what does she mean, which of the retros is she saying o. Before I knew it she had already introduced herself as Mrs Ajam who’s husband was on a contract in Nigeria. She seemed frustrated as she was unable to buy in Nigeria those retro clothes she wore back then in Lebanon. Well that’s by the way?. Have you wondered why vintage is often referred to as “retro”. Is it because they are retrospective or retroactive. You wouldn’t know tho. But trust me they are actually retrospective and retroactive at the same time . Confused right??. 

If you often see vintage as a style that contemplates the past,hmmn then you might be referring to the “retrospectivity” of it (if there’s a word like that). But you might see it as a style that has extended in scope, application and influence from its years of production till date then your own “retro” is retroactive. Personally, I see vintage style as one of those styles that have moved from retrospective to retroactive because they are still very much in vogue and season. I mean for a style that was established years back still holding its influence today in the fashion industry and  society at large, its a?from me

Guys at this point. Let’s be always careful of never confusing antique clothing with vintage clothing. Antique clothes were produced and worn before the 1920s and then vintage clothes were produced after the 1920s and were worn from that time till about 20years back from now. Isn’t that quite interesting. You may now ask “Dara does that mean antique clothes and vintage clothes are both retros”?. Without hesitating  I would say yes. But then retro is actually used more for vintage clothes because the vintage style has both the retrospective and retroactive qualities whereas the antique clothing has just the retrospective qualities because it is not in season as much as the vintage style is. I hope I made a point right there. Vintage is now gradually becoming classic and based on logistics might eventually become the new classic (just saying tho). A classic style is/was never out of style. Vintage is coming to stay irrespective of whether it was once out of style. But trust me vintage may never go into extinction for the second time. It is now worn comfortably with different other items that are typical of other styles entirely different from pure vintage style.

It also dances well to the tune of trends(like the dab trend)? kidding. Thanks to fashion urbanization and regeneration.

Costume- vintage shirt by tia x moccasin shoes by sebago x watch by Chanel x aviators by Dior x fedora hat by borsalino