Le Bazhaar

My life in black

Gabrielle Union for ELLE US February 15 issue (photography by Nagi Sakai, courtesy of ELLE US)
Gabrielle Union for ELLE US February 15 issue
(photo by Nagi Sakai, courtesy of ELLE US)

Lately I’ve been trying to avoid buying too much black and overall the black total look, but I’m just loving a couple of black outfits that I find so inspiring. The monochrome colour can be reinterpreted in so many ways without being too conventional, sad or (more…)

Imagine…

carré-noir

There is no word or image to describe the tragedy. Over the last two days I felt chocked, angry, sad, scared, terrified in front of such intolerance and barbary, this is the world we live in, but too much is too much. Some words from John Lennon’s song “Imagine” to meditate.

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today…

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

Je suis Charlie.

 

 

Happy 2015!

Holiday Inn movie 1942
Holiday Inn movie 1942

And here we are in 2015, new year, new beginnings, new resolutions… Hoping this year will be full of success, great surprises, peace, interesting challenges and joy like in the picture above. This is one of the movies I would have loved to watch during the holidays with a hot chocolate and Christmas cookies and maybe be transported (again) in the magic of this particular moment of the year. Funny how the good vibes of this image are drastically different from the dark place the world was then, a good example of hope for a better tomorrow when everything seems falling apart…

Lagos Fashion & Design Week 2014

Tiffany Amber collection (image from Bella Naija.com)
Tiffany Amber Collection (image courtesy
of Kola Oshalusi Insigna Media)

For the first time I attended the Lagos Fashion & Design week, sponsored by GT Bank, Fayrouz and Maybelline who also handled the make up and hair backstage. The designers  I knew already did not deceived, and proved they were on their way to conquer the world like Tiffany Amber, Maki Oh, Lisa Folawiyo (previously known as Jewel by Lisa) or Lanre Da Silva. This group of (more…)

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)