Le Bazhaar

At the spa

I visited a couple of times the Clearessence Hotel Spa, I was quite impressed by the service quality and the overall experience. Especially in a busy city like Lagos, sometimes you just need a little escape. Inspired by the Californian lifestyle, the boutique hotel is a peaceful place where you can eat healthy dishes, drink fresh fruit juices and pamper yourself. The spa which is nested in a beautiful garden, offers a large range of luxurious treatments: from different sorts of massages, facials*, body treatments to mani pedi you can be sure you will feel relaxed and refreshed after a little visit!

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To experience or for more information about the Clearessence please visit

clearessencecaliforniaspa.com

*The Clearessence uses its own line of products for facials (adapted for each skin type)

Spring Summer 2015 Fashion Week Recap

This fashion week season was full of exciting things as usual, I thought it will be fun to relate what I liked and disliked about it!

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All this 70’s and rock festival frenesia on the catwalk, spotted at Tommy Hilfiger, Anna Sui, Tom Ford, Pucci…

Tom Ford SS15
Tom Ford SS15
Anna Sui SS15
Anna Sui SS15
Tommy Hilfiger SS15
Tommy Hilfiger SS15
Pucci SS15
Pucci SS15

Angel face model Binx Walton who walked shows in NY, London Paris and Milan. She was The Girl of this fashion week

Binx Walton at Tom Ford, Chanel, Celine and Chloe
Binx Walton at Tom Ford, Chanel, Celine and Chloe

Watch out Pat Mc Grath, there is a new make up artist in town! Nigerian Bimpe Onakoya, first African woman, representing (more…)

Spring 15 Paris: One designer one look

Here is my recap for Paris Collections, there is so much to say but I just selected the most striking moments for me. First, Givenchy was my favourite show. I’m crazy about tight over the knee boots so when combined to leather laced up the result is just spectacular, plus the pairing with the warrior princess dresses and sexy black jumpsuits is to die for! I’m really starting to be into the Hedi Slimane revamping of the Saint Laurent house. In this particular collection there was a certain nostalgia of 70’s rock glam groupies hanging out on L.A’s Sunset strip, oh and don’t get me started on those hats and platform shoes… Dries Van Noten collection made me think of fabrics brought back from a trip to India but chosen with a lot of delicacy. The silhouette was flowy, with a rich palette of organza, brocades, satin colours and patterns. I felt at peace when looking at those feather weight silk chiffon tanks, dresses and silk pyjamas pants, pure happiness. The new Paris sensation, Jacquemus, is most definitely one to watch. I believe it’s only his second or third season showing but we already get a good sense of who the Jacquemus girl is. She ‘s a “Femme enfant”, who is not conscious of her sensuality  and the power she has on others. The looks I like the most were the big stripes structured biais skirts worn with bikini tops over men’s white shirts. One of the other highlight of Paris week was Jean Paul Gaultier presenting his last ready to wear collection, the show was full of references: Miss France committee former chairman, Genevieve De Fontenay, soccer players wives, mexican wrestlers, famous fashion editors, elderly women turned beauty pageant queens, like we say in French it was a grand “n’importe quoi” (meaning a big mess) and that’s probably where reside his genius. When you are Jean Paul Gaultier, one of the most influential and avant garde designer of his generation, and it’s your last collection I guess you can afford to do whatever the hell you want!

Givenchy SS15
Givenchy SS15

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SPRING 15 MILAN: ONE LOOK ONE DESIGNER

Milan fashion week was quite exciting this year, it’s also one of the most expected with it’s talented roster of designers. Dolce and Gabbana continues to surf on the baroque, embellishment trend. This time the Italian sexy “mama” goes to Spain, the collection was dense, beautiful with pop of red, black, gold and ton of precious accessories. Gucci’s Creative Director Frida Giannini is known for digging in the house 60’s, 70’s archives looks to reinterpret them for the modern woman so we could be a little bit over it, but she succeeds to present a  fresh, modern and yet very Charlie’s Angels collection, with tons of denim! Moschino paid tribute to the world favourite doll, Barbie,  showing how fashion should be fun and not too serious, Dsquared2 also offered a joyful collection, one of the most interesting one in my opinion…

Dolce and Gabbana SS15
Dolce and Gabbana SS15
Roberto Cavalli SS15
Roberto Cavalli SS15
Bottega Veneta SS15
Bottega Veneta SS15
Salvatore Ferragamo SS15
Salvatore Ferragamo SS15
Prada SS15
Prada SS15
Fausto Puglisi SS15
Fausto Puglisi SS15
Marni SS15
Marni SS15
Fendi SS15
Fendi SS15
Jil Sander SS15
Jil Sander SS15
Gucci SS15
Gucci SS15
Giorgio Armani SS15
Giorgio Armani SS15
Max Mara SS15
Max Mara SS15
Missoni SS15
Missoni SS15
Versace SS15
Versace SS15
Pucci SS15
Pucci SS15
Moschino SS15
Moschino SS15
Dsquared2 SS15
Dsquared2 SS15

All images are from style.com

Spring 15 London: One designer one look

The big winner of London fashion week has to be Burberry. I loved how the collection was so casual (compare to what we are used to) but still detail oriented with those delicate sheer tulle skirts and dresses for example, worn with  denim shearling jackets (Hello the 90’s) and sneakers. Yet the Burberry DNA was still very present so bravo! As for Tom Ford, I’m thorned. I liked the collection because it was rock glam, I loved the Bowie and Debbie Harry vibe, but also Joan Jett in the look. What threw me a bit off was that most of the silhouettes reminded me of Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane for some reason. Tom ford is one of my favourite but I wasn’t dazzled this time…

Burberry SS15
Burberry Prorsum SS15
Jonathan Saunders SS15
Jonathan Saunders SS15
Jonathan Saunders SS15
Christopher Kane SS15
Erdem SS15
Erdem SS15
Mario Schwab SS15
Mario Schwab SS15
Mary Katrantzou SS15
Mary Katrantzou SS15
Tom Ford SS15
Tom Ford SS15

All images are from style.com

Spring 15 New York: One designer One look

Here is a selection of my favourite designers showing during NY fashion week. I have selected for each collection one look that I liked but the choice was tough as for most of them, I just loved the entire collection! So just consider this as a tiny sample of my best looks. The 70’s are back (again) everything gypsy, hippie and tribute to rock stars, I just can’t resist! It already started in New York with Tommy Hilfiger, Anna Sui and their Woodstock girl, or Honor who offered a romantic version of the era, think Virgin Suicides… The phenomenon is  spreading in London and Milan in the streets but also on the runway, stay tuned!

Alexander Wang SS15
Alexander Wang SS15
Altuzarra SS15
Altuzarra SS15
Michael Kors SS15
Michael Kors SS15
Derek Lam 10 Crosby SS15
Derek Lam 10 Crosby SS15
Oscar De La Renta SS15
Oscar De La Renta SS15
Honor SS15
Honor SS15
Suno SS15
Suno SS15
Ralph Lauren SS15
Ralph Lauren SS15
Marc Jacobs SS15
Marc Jacobs SS15
Rodarte SS15
Rodarte SS15
Calvin Klein SS15
Calvin Klein SS15
Del Poso SS15
Del Pozo SS15
Prabal Gurung SS15
Prabal Gurung SS15
Tome SS15
Tome SS15
Proenza Schouler SS15
Proenza Schouler SS15
Versus Versace SS15
Versus Versace SS15
Victoria Beckham SS15
Victoria Beckham SS15
Tommy Hilfiger SS15 (image from vogue.uk.co)
Tommy Hilfiger SS15 (image from vogue.uk.co)
Anna Sui SS15
Anna Sui SS15

All images are from style.com (except Tommy Hilfiger)

 

The Wives

Welcome to a brand new category called “Where I live”. I had the chance to live in different countries, and it might continues in the next couple of years so why not make the other benefits from my experience?! I am now between Lagos in Nigeria and Paris, two opposite worlds but with common factors such as a tremendous cultural, artistic environment and buzzing life. I would like to share with you my favourite spots and anything interesting happening in both cities. Talking of interesting, I went to see a play called, The Wives, starring Evaezi Ogoro, Odenike, Kaylah Oniwo, Olawumi Heavens, Patrick Diabuah and David Azeez. It’s about the drama, rivalry and dirty secrets between the wives and the sister of a powerful man who just died. It’s funny, sarcastic, clever with an unexpected twist at the end. They only had one day of representation at Terra Kulture (future post coming up on this venue!), but check out the production company Paw Studios website  for upcoming plays…

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Back to school!

Can you believe we are in September? Kids are back to school, fashion week season is starting in New York, and editors, models plus all the fashion crowd is back to work. Street style has never looked so fun, young, preppy and school inspired! Stay tuned for the best looks of NY shows…

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 All images above from The Cut (photography by Youngjun Koo/I’m Koo)

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 All images above from Style.com (photography by Tommy Ton)

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Harper’s Bazaar US September issue celebrates fashion iconic women from Cindy Crawford, Joan Smalls, to Lady Gaga or Laetitia Casta, just to name a few. The very stylish story featuring the best looks of the season is styled by Carine Roitfeld and photographed by Sebastian Faena, nothing better to start the Fall!

Joan Smalls
Joan Smalls
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga
Lara Stone
Lara Stone
Eva Herzigova
Eva Herzigova
Laetitia Casta
Laetitia Casta
Cindy Crawford
Cindy Crawford
Doutzen Kroes
Carolyn Murphy
Isabelli Fontana
Isabeli Fontana
Monica Bellucci
Monica Bellucci

All images are courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar US (photography by Sebastian Faena)

In the mood for…

Taylor swift

A silk faille full skirt or dress just like Taylor Swift above, who looked fabulous in her red and blush colour block Monique Lhuillier gown. A classic pointy satin or velvet (no leather please!) pumps will give an elegant final touch to the look, keep the accessories to minimum, with red lips, flawless skin tone and perfect hair. For a modern twist wear it with a coloured cropped top!

tibi skirt

Taffeta full skirt, Tibi 525 $

tibi top 345 jacquard cropped top

Jacquard cropped top, Tibi 345 $

satin pump

Navy blue pointed high heels, Asos 65$

Summer hair: the pixie

The short hair are having a moment, many celebrities took the plunge and went pixie. The right inspiration for 2014 being Kate Moss, Revenge  TV series actress Karine Vanasse or Mia Farrow’s cuts. Among my today’s favourite are Charlize Theron who is even sexier than before, Miley Cyrus for the girly punk attitude and the way she plays with her hair, and Lupita Nyong’o who breaks the routine by embellishing her style with strass headbands and other jewels. Even if we suspect a photoshop trick Brazilian top model Gisele Bundchen, famous for her beach blond look, went shorty for the last Balenciaga ad campaign. If you have always wanted to adopt short hair, now seems like the right time!

Kate Moss (photography by Corinne Day 2001)
Kate Moss (photography by Corinne Day 2001)
Actress Karine Vanasse
Actress Karine Vanasse
Mia Farrow
Mia Farrow
Lupita N'Yongo
Lupita Nyong’o
Lupita Nyongo
Lupita Nyong’o
Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron
Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus
Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway
Gisele Bundchen for Balenciaga ad campaign (photography courtesy of Balenciaga)
Gisele Bundchen for Balenciaga ad campaign
(photography courtesy of Balenciaga)

Men’s magnet

The gorgeous actress and mother of two, Jessica Alba shows off her amazing body for men’s publications, GQ UK August and Maxim September issues. Something tells us the readership of those two well known magazines will go to the roof this Summer!

Jessica Alba for Maxim September 2014 issue
Jessica Alba for Maxim September 2014 issue
Jessica Alba for GQ UK August 2014 issue
Jessica Alba for GQ UK August 2014 issue
Jessica Alba for GQ UK August 2014 issue
Jessica Alba for GQ UK August 2014 issue
Jessica Alba for GQ UK August 2014 issue
Jessica Alba for GQ UK August 2014 issue

In the heat

There is a 1000 ways to dress on the beach or by the swimming pool, I even want to say all is permit! Almost. City dressing mixed with swimwear, lingerie or the cult cut out jeans, the rules are blurred for our greatest pleasure, being on vacation has never been sexier! Follow the naiads below for a modern Summer look…

Rihanna for Lui Magazine
Rihanna for Lui Magazine
ELLE France May 14
ELLE France May 14
Vogue Spain July 13
Vogue Spain July 13
Vogue Spain July 2013
Vogue Spain July 2013
Ashley Greene for British UK
Ashley Greene for GQ UK
Vogue Paris June July 11
Vogue Paris June July 11
ELLE UK June 14 issue
ELLE UK June 14 issue
ELLE UK June 14 issue
ELLE UK June 14 issue
Vogue UK June 14 issue
Vogue UK June 14 issue
Vogue Paris June July 14 issue
Vogue Paris June July 14 issue
Vogue Spain June 14 issue
Vogue Spain June 14 issue
Vogue Spain June 14 issue
Vogue Spain June 14 issue
Vogue Spain June 14 issue
Vogue Spain June 14 issue
Marie Claire US June 14 issue
Marie Claire US June 14 issue
Marie Claire US June 14 issue
Marie Claire US June 14 issue

Boho c’est chic !

Right now all I want is to adopt the boho attitude: long hippie dresses, caftans, accumulation of gypsy and ethnic jewellery or accessories, henne tattoos, over the top puffy curly hair, big lashes, baby doll make up (think character Megan Draper in season 7 of Mad Men) etc.. My all time favourites are the sophisticated Marisa Berenson, 60’s model Veruschka for her savage rebel beauty, or the crazy beautiful Donyale Luna. Each of them, in their own way embody the boho chic style…

Marisa Berenson
Model and actress Marisa Berenson circa 1969
Marisa Berenson
Marisa Berenson

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Marisa Berenson (photography by Henry Clark)
Marisa Berenson (photography by Henry Clarke)
Marisa Berenson (photography by Henry Clark)
Marisa Berenson (photography by Henry Clarke)
Model Veruschka circa 1968 (photography courtesy of Conde Nast)
Model Veruschka circa 1968
(photography courtesy of Conde Nast)
Model Veruschka
Model Veruschka
Donyale Luna and photograph Simon Mc Cabe 1967
Model Donyale Luna and photographer David Mc Cabe 1967
Donyale Luna circa 1970
Donyale Luna circa 1970
Donyale Luna
Donyale Luna

Summer hair: Make some Waves

During the Summer we can finally let go of the high maintenance hair, beach waves stay the easiest style to adopt: if your hair don’t get wavy when being wet you can braid them before getting into the water, then let them off to have the messy natural effect. At night for a dressy cocktail, you just can’t go wrong with old school waves a la Veronica Lake by using big rolls and a good flat brush, follow the inspiration below!

Actress Blake Lively
Actress Blake Lively
Beyonce
Beyonce
Model Freja Beha
Model Freja Beha
Rihanna
Rihanna
Elle France May 14 issue (photography Hans Feurer)
Elle France May 14 issue (photography Hans Feurer)
Actress Emily Blunt
Actress Emily Blunt
Daria Werbowy for Mango ad campaign
Daria Werbowy for Mango ad campaign

To watch: Chantelle Brown

ANTM cycle 21 contestant Chantelle Brown
ANTM cycle 21 contestant Chantelle Brown

Chantelle Brown will be one of the contestant in the next American Next Top Model  this Summer hosted by Tyra Banks. Her particularity? She has a skin pigmentation condition called Vitiligo all over her body. When this situation could be a real handicap in everyday’s life especially in the beauty world, Chantelle is a serious competitor and already creating the buzz before the season even started. We can’t wait to see how she will shine in the show, even if she doesn’t make it until the end, Chantelle already won by proving that difference is beautiful…

Tyra Banks and Chantelle Brown
Tyra Banks and Chantelle Brown

Happy Birthday Naomi

To continue the models celebration, the legendary Naomi Campbell turned 44  this month (yes, yes!) and despite the little faux pas of those last couple of years her empowering beauty and allure makes her, still,  one of the favourite model of designers. She was lately on many covers of magazines (Interview, W magazine, V magazine, ELLE…), runways and as brand ambassador of power fashion houses (Roberto Cavalli, Versace…). Here a selection of some of her best recent editorials…

V magazine, photography by Mario Testino
W magazine
W magazine
Interview Magazine
Interview Magazine
Vogue Australia May 2014
Vogue Australia May 2014, photography by Emma Summerton
Vogue Australia, photography by Emma Summerton
Vogue Australia, photography by Emma Summerton
Vogue Brazil May 2013
Vogue Brazil May 2013
Vogue Brazil May 2013
Vogue Brazil May 2013
Elle Magazine, photography by Thomas Whiteside
Elle Magazine, photography by Thomas Whiteside
Net a Porter, photography by Nico
Net a Porter, photography by Nico
Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss, Interview Magazine
Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss, Interview Magazine

 

My mum is a supermodel

Yesterday was Mother’s Day in France, to celebrate this special event here are some of the most famous supermodels mums. Of course the list is long but  I wanted to highlight the ones below, and let’s not forget all our mums are supermodels in our eyes right? Enjoy!

Stephanie Seymour for Flaunt Magazine
Stephanie Seymour for Flaunt Magazine
Amber Valletta for V Magazine
Amber Valletta for V Magazine
Angela Lindvall
Angela Lindvall
Kate Moss for Playboy
Kate Moss for Playboy
Karolina Kurkova for Vogue China
Karolina Kurkova for Vogue China
Christy Turlington for Harper's Bazaar
Christy Turlington for Harper’s Bazaar
Grace Jones
Grace Jones
Arizona Muse for Vogue UK
Arizona Muse for Vogue UK
Alessandra Ambrosio for Vogue Brasil
Alessandra Ambrosio for Vogue Brasil
Miranda Kerr
Miranda Kerr
Gisele Bundchen for I-D Magazine
Gisele Bundchen for I-D Magazine
Jourdan Dunn for Russh Magazine
Jourdan Dunn for Russh Magazine
Doutzen Kroes for Vogue Spain
Doutzen Kroes for Vogue Spain
Laetitia Casta for Vogue Paris
Laetitia Casta for Vogue Paris
Audrey Marnay for Vogue Italia
Audrey Marnay for Vogue Italia