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Ban Ki-moon covers Vogue

Posted in Cool stuff, Covers by Nneoma Ulu on May 15, 2012

Yes, you read right. Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the UN, is gracing the cover of  L’Uomo Vogue‘s May issue. The issue is dedicated to “Re-branding Africa” and editor Franca Sozzani believes that cover star Ban Ki-moon is the ideal person to get the fashion world to take notice of the continent’s promising future. She is no stranger to a bit of thought-provoking controversy in the fashion world following her all black issue of Vogue Italia in July 2008 issue.

Franca Sozzani is giving the world a different view of Africa. This is not about starving children and poverty-stricken families – this is about prosperity and hope. As Ban Ki-moon puts it, “Africa does not need charity. Africa needs investment and partnership. Joining forces with civil society and private sector, including non-traditional players, like the fashion industry, has become indispensable.” So Franca is using her recent appointment as the first Goodwill ambassador for Fashion 4 Development, an NGO supported by UNESCO, aiming to create sustainable fashion businesses in countries like Bangladesh and Nigeria to start a conversation. A conversation that is not rooted in the negative connotations that come so easily when thinking about Africa but one that showcases the creativity and originality coming out of Africa. Sure, there will be backlash saying that using local African personalities – actors, musicians, actors, stylists, writers – undermines the issues that the continent faces but maybe fashion can succeed where music has tried and failed? Whatever the outcome, at least the fashion world is taking note of the opportunity that Africa presents.

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Company Magazine: A blogger love-in?

Posted in Cool stuff by Nneoma Ulu on January 14, 2012

Alexa Chung covers the ‘new look’ February 2012 issue of Company magazine and whilst she looks as great as ever, it is the new layout of the magazine itself that caught my eye.

I picked up a handbag-sized copy and devoured it pretty quickly on my train ride home, with it’s great layout and it’s personal feel. The pages are packed with fashion picks from Company’s fashion team but also the magazine’s readers, which gives it a really personal feel. It features bloggers throughout with a couple of blogger specific features (including the one below) but interestingly, it almost feels like a blog. It’s full of street style inspiration and high street suggestions for updating your wardrobe.

Company’s love for bloggers doesn’t end with the mag but also extends online, with their upcoming Style Blogger Awards proving that the mag loves bloggers just as much as bloggers love the mag.

Company mag has always been one of the magazines that I pick up occasionally but the new layout and blogger friendly content has me hooked. I’m definitely a Company girl!

Get your Christmas party frock with 15% off at MotelRocks

Posted in Cool stuff by Nneoma Ulu on December 5, 2011

This week, I have the first of two work Christmas parties and this year, like every other the main question is what to wear. Luckily (or unluckily) this week’s party is fancy dress so no party numbers required but I’ve been scouring the MotelRocks website for their affordable party frocks. The lovely people at MotelRocks are offering twentyteneightyfour readers an exclusive 15% discount to use on anything on the website. Just enter the code SEQUIN15 on any items purchased until 11th December. Here are my Christmas party picks… absolutely loving the sequinned dress. Happy shopping!

Motel Gabby Sequin Dress £49.30  (with the discount)

Motel Jet Plunge Neck Playsuit  only £40.80 (with the discount)

1st December

Posted in Cool stuff by Nneoma Ulu on December 1, 2011

It’s the 1st of the month and quite frankly this is only of importance because we’re counting down to Christmas. So imagine my glee when I received a link to the LOVE magazine advent calendar, with Lindsey Wixson singing Jingle Bells for the 1st December. The perfect antidote to the absence of a Cadbury’s chocolate. Let the countdown to Christmas begin…

 

Awesome people hanging out together

Posted in Cool stuff by Nneoma Ulu on November 2, 2011

So yet again I’ve been MIA. Real life has sadly completely overshadowed blog life, although that will be changing shortly. I’m currently in New York City hanging out with some of my most favourite people. A bit like this really…

Madonna, Sting and 2Pac hanging out together via Awesome People Hanging out Together

I will be back in London and posting regularly before the end of the week.

Luke Embden: An Introspective

Posted in Cool stuff by Nneoma Ulu on July 25, 2011

I studied Art A Level. Well, I tried to. I made it to AS Level and although I was okay (literally just okay) I didn’t have the discipline to succeed but I know what it takes. And my mate, Luke Embden, has got it.

His work draws from his passion for graffiti, Pop Art and freeform typography. Each work is a spontaneous yet intricate expression of multiple lines and layers, where cryptic words, sentences and phrases are subtly woven.

Embden’s pop sensibility sees his animal pattern takes on a viral-like quality, devouring desirable consumer objects, such as Nike trainers and Munny figurines.   It also spreads across a variety of surfaces and materials, from canvas to paper, textile to furniture as well as interiors and found objects.  Under this seemingly all-embracing consumerist semblance, conceals his cryptic messages and thoughts.

Luke is a rare talent and he’ll be showcasing his work for the next month. So if you fancy taking in some culture of the artistic variety, get involved.  To see more from Luke in the run up to the show, check out his blog here.

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Kipling x Silver Spoon Attire

Posted in Cool stuff by Nneoma Ulu on July 23, 2011

Today I headed down to Selfridges to meet with the lovely people from Kipling and stylists to the stars, Silver Spoon Attire to take a look at their Back to College range. Think rucksacks and holdalls in block coloured red and black lacquer fabric complete with the obligatory Kipling monkey, and he’s furry! I picked out a screaming red holdall and chose a selection of tassels, pom poms and Americana style letters (my initials) and handed it over to the more than capable Silver Spoon Attire team to work their magic. Designers by trade, the team are used to working with celebrities such as Rihanna, Daisy Lowe, Eliza Dolittle and Tinie Tempah. Aside from that, I knew I was in good hands when I spotted one of the team in a Christopher Kane t-shirt.

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The (not so) bad news: Due to the popularity of Silver Spoon Attire’s customizing skills, I wasn’t able to take my bag home today as they didn’t have enough time to finish it. They’d been working for six hours straight hand stitching pom poms, tassels and the like onto the bags. However, it should be delivered to me soon and I will share it with you in all its customised glory.

The good news: Kipling and the Silver Spoon Attire team will be in Manchester, Birmingham (Selfridges) and back in London (John Lewis) over the next few weeks so that anyone who purchases an item from their Back to College range will have option to visit their customisation bar and put their own personal stamp on it.

One for the boys: Mr. Porter

Posted in Cool stuff, Menswear by Nneoma Ulu on February 23, 2011

Today saw the men strutting their stuff at London Fashion Week for menswear day, the perfect backdrop for the launch of Mr.Porter – the new online menswear shopping destination from the Queen of online shopping, Natalie Massanet, creator of Net-a-Porter.com. Aside from the great selection of brands on the site, they have some impressive features definitely worth a look in, including The Essentials, 32 classic items every man should have in their Spring/Summer wardrobe. A blue suit is number one… based on that my boyfriend has some way to go before before he has the perfect wardrobe but at least now he has the perfect tool to help him – welcome Mr.Porter.

 

The search for a bike

Posted in Cool stuff by Nneoma Ulu on February 9, 2011

As you may know I’m currently working in Amsterdam for a couple of months. Work have posted me out here to help get a better understanding of our Dutch colleagues and for them to get a better understanding of the work we do in London. So far I’ve spent most of my time avoiding being run over by traffic, mostly bikes, going on the opposite side of the road to what I’m used to. Whilst I’m here, I want to fully embrace Amsterdam life and that means I have to get a bike. Everyone rides here so I’m feeling a bit like the odd one out. Coming from London it’ll be such a luxury to ride in a city that is designed to accommodate bikes rather fearing for me life with every turn, so this week my challenge is to find myself a reasonably priced bike. Updates to follow. 

In the mean time, I’ve been swooning over images from this amazing blog, Downtown from Behind. It’s a project by photographer, Bridget Fleming, who has set out to highlight the unique and eclectic personalities that make Downtown Manhattan what it is. Her subjects range from  local architects and designers to stylists, decorators, musicians, artists, hoteliers, chefs—anyone who has an impact on their specific downtown neighborhood, be it through their profession or just by living in the area. The catch? All images are shot from behind whilst the subjects are riding their bikes.

I love that the images capture what makes the individuals unique or the thing they do that makes them stand out and all with their bike. A bit like their bike personality. I’m not sure what my bike personality is yet. Do you know yours?

Cover Love: Dansk SS11

Posted in Cool stuff, Covers by Nneoma Ulu on January 24, 2011

Cover teaser of the next edition of Dansk magazine. Ashley Smith wears Prada.

Desperate for a bright lipstick!

via Love Magazine

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