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THROW BACK THURSDAY. 2017 FASHION TRENDS: ISSA WRAP!

Hello peaches! Welcome back to my blog. I had so much fun creating this blog post.2017 was an interesting year for fashion trends breakthrough as there were many experimental styles some of which were revamped 90s looks. However, with a new year welcomes new trends. Before we usher in the new fashion trends, let’s flash back some that made it to my favorite 2017 look book real quick shall we?

OUTFITS

Party / Dinner Dresses

The Fringe Dress

This Fringe dress is where the party is at! According to Elle Magazine, 2018 issue, swishy fringe will be here to stay in 2018. I guess I didn’t go into any loss. Sigh!

The Bandage Dress

Since we are on the blue series, how about this blue sexy party bandage dress! My aunt is better than yours. Zuri  rocked it and it hugged her body perfectly. She always keeps it sexy and has the body for it. Her body is goals.

The off-shoulder bandage dress

It was my fav hence I wore it on my birthday.

The Lace dress

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Kasturi always looking gorgeous. This Malaysian beauty also rocked her lace dress with so much elegance. Queening!

Off-shoulder Lace Dress

Peshy looked elegant in her offshoulder lace dress which makes it to my fav 2017 look. I met this beauty at Koroga Festival and her sense of style captivated my attention. She’s friendly and a sweetheart. Owner of Fashion Royals boutique; All things trendy! Explains her style.

Sequin Party Dress

Kasturi was at it again dazzling us with the sequin party dress. Sequins are my fav; they effortlessly give class. Moreover, Sequins are timeless and are here to stay, no?

FLORALS

Floral High Slit Maxi Dress

Miss gorgeous Michelle won with the floral maxi island girl summer dress look for 2017. I like the rich autumnal tones of the elusive rose prints which makes it a little unique from the usual overly cheerful-looking flower prints. The high 90s side slit gives it a sexy touch too. Pardon my manners, introductions first. She’s a sweetheart of a friend and an exquisite Food blogger

 

This two piece floral prints design by Peshy is also a fav look that is still currently trending.

The Fierce Turban Look

The turban-look trends in different styles each year and these two were my favorite of 2017.

Nafisa always looking fabulous in her sophisticated turban looks. The long sleeve lace top is well paired with the high low printed skirt and those heels complete the true meaning of class. Of lovely high school friends.

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Farhana Girl! that jawline though. Fierce all the way. I like her style, simple, unique and sophisticated. She’s one of those friends I clicked with instantly I mean, she’s super sweet. By profession, she’s a Famous award winning Kenyan Youtuber sprinkling happiness and positivity all over.

The Ripped Denim Dress

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My girl Some looked peng in her ripped denim dress. Everything ripped and cut trends every year. This was my favorite ripped denim look for 2017 other than the usual ripped denim jeans. It’s different, I like different.

The Bomber Jacket

Camo Bomber Jacket

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Camo Bomber jacket takes the cake for my 2017 jackets trends. Natasha looked bomb in her super sized classic quilted camo bomber jacket paired perfectly with the pink nude dress and scarf. For more pictures of this fabulous outfit, visit the talented Photographer’s blog ItsSabrina Category: Bombshell.

Black Bomber Jacket

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Koshi gave that tom boy swag a feminine touch making the look chic and stylish all the way from Malaysia.

Kimono

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This beautiful printed kimono has a lovely story behind it. Ibtisam made it trend tremendously by using inspo from the movie The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants to Sisterhood of the Traveling Kimono; Beautiful concept. She runs her modesty page Hijabeefied on instagram promoting modesty fashion and Tajified. Basically, she stylishly summarized the kimono and nude-dress trend for 2017.

The Kimono Abaya

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Abayas serve as a great cover up. I liked how Michelle creatively styled hers as a kimono. Zahara darling, (if you know you know) this Abaya kimono with the pretty sleeve details looked beautiful on you. One advantageous fact about the black abaya is that it can never go out of style.

The Dapper Look

Gucci Logomania

Gauthier looked dapper in his enchanting Gucci designer street wear perfect for the party look. He’s an event organizer at SleepWalkerz always rocking logos from head to toe. Gucci always trends all day all year. It took the industry by the storm in 2017 and doesn’t look like it’s slowing down anytime soon. Was it because of the Gucci Gang song? Must be!

Velvet

Velvet made a breakthrough in 2017 after years of oblivion. This rich and luxe nude velvet shirt worn by Kenny all the way from Malaysia made it to my favorite look. He’s always looking stylish and his Instagram feed gives me life.

The Classic Man 

I present to you, the millennial classic man 2017 fav looks.

The White TuxedoHeritierwho is the director and founder of the SleepWalkerz, looked fine in the white tuxedo. Sleek white power suits does it for the night-look effortlessly standing out in the night. A touch of the wine red pocket tissue gave it sartorial elegance.

The Black Suit

This black suit Akil wore presents class from head to toe. The whole suit and tie affair does it for me. Also, I like how he matched the colors; bold and subtle. Effortless elegance and refined style.

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The Suit and Sneakers Look

Habib Switched up the blue checked blue suit with the sneakers. Everything perfect and elegantly sartorial about this look. He’s a fashion designer hence successfully pulling off the bold look! It totally gave the work & play vibes.

The Sexy Wraparound cut skirt

This skirt worn by Mimi has such a fabulous cut. She’s a Tanzanian music artist who’s always looking glamorous. Furthermore, the trainers and skirt look will never go out of style because millennials are out here looking for comfort and not pain.

Tops

Off-Shoulder Denim Top & Fringe Jeans

Off-shoulder tops with the Peek-a-boo detail was my favorite trend of 2017. Buttoning the denim jacket to fit off my shoulders looked pretty cool just getting creative with outfits. Like, it’s never that serious. I mean, anything that looks deconstructed looks trendy. These fringe jeans were my fav too. Also, anything Denim is here to stay.

The Savvy One shoulder Ruffled Sleeve Top

Loved these 80s inspired puff sleeves top which trended immensely in 2017. Statement sleeves are a new way to give your outfit a chic and stylish look. I’m talking ruffles and riffles, bell tops and the likes.

The Oxford Shirt

The It Brit’s pinstriped stripes look trended giving quirky vibes. I liked this top because the stitched fishnet strap made it look a little unique. Paired with the beige vans which I’m taking with this 2018. (My current favorite).

 

PANTS

Shakilla looking jolly in one of my favorite high-waist pants style bringing in retro vibes. She has a twin by the way, scroll down and tell me if you can differentiate the two.

Palazzo Pants

These tropical floral printed palazzo pants I wore in Lamu were my favorite. They better not phase out.

Accessories

The Gucci Belt

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Sabrina is always slaying in her Instagram pictures. This gorgeous mama’s Gucci belt is my all time fav. It enchantingly complements the outfit in the chicest way.

CHOKERS

The Pearl Choker

Shameem  a dear friend and former Miss World Kenya 2012, rocked her pearl choker stunningly. Apparently, Pearls are going to be a big hit in 2018. Pearls, like diamonds are forever. ‘Millennials prefer simple, chic, classy looks’

The rhinestone Choker

I liked how eventful this choker is. It somehow boosts your look if you feel it’s too basic. Moreover, chokers aren’t going away in 2018. ~ Elle Magazine.

The Maasai Choker

These two beautiful twins Shakilla & Nabilla looked stunning in their Maasai choker. I like how this picture radiates good vibes.

Tassel Earrings

By far my favorite trendy earrings for 2017. It’ll be sad to see this trend go but I’ll definitely keep them because trends never really die.

Red Tassle Earrings

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This has to be my favorite red tassel earrings by this stunner babe Salma she’s always slaying them trends.

I loved the black tassel earrings so much that I wished I bought all colors. Shop: H&Mimg_4059-1

Also, loved how Lubna rocked her handmade yellow tassel earrings from KPG Statement Fashion

Ray Bans

This frame is still my current favorite. It gives a bold and fierce statement.

Love it even better in brown. Teizeen eyy Tumblr girl. Can I borrow these forever? *wink*

Rhinestone Sunnies

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Loved how Some and Karina rocked their rhinestone sunnies at the London Eye. What’s interesting about them is that this Texas sweetheart Karina made both of them from scratch (DIY). I wish we had more time to make mine too.

MAKE UP

The Famous Winged Eye-liner

I cannot go a day without ‘winging it’. The eyeliner is pretty addictive. This eyeliner perfection by Savannah is every girl’s goals. She’s a makeup artist based in Dubai and I have to admit, her make up art is very unique.

The sunset beach look by Savannah is also my favorite eyeshadow look. It’s very exquisite and alluring.

Fenty Beauty Red Matte Lippy

The long wear liquid lip paint trend’s getting to replace all others. Aliya wore this lippy: Stunna, perfectly and I can’t wait to get a hold of mine. She showcases her make up skills in her beauty Instagram page Imakeuplikethis. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna is the IT make up brand right now. Can someone please surprise me with all the products? I’ll be the happiest.

No-makeup-Makeup-look

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AmarahFashion slays her make up and has her own make up brand. This has got to be ‘my’ safest look of all time. This look is here to stay as it can never go wrong. I like to keep it simple as i’m not that experimental with makeup. Maybe this 2018.

The Highlighter

If you can’t spot it from a distance, did you even wear a highlighter?

Q: What was with the squiggly 2017 eyebrow trend though? Issa No from me!

I’d like to thank everyone who sent in their pictures for this post. You are all amazing.

What were some of your favorite 2017 trends and which looks do you think will die or trend in 2018? Comment down below.

“There’s definitely a long list of trends that’ll be out of the door in 2018 and at the top of that list are chokers, furry slides, patches, and just about anything with pompoms or tassels.” fromappletooorange Amanda Brooke.

Chunky accessories are on their way out.

“What I see going out of style is pain.” Joan Oloff, Podiatrist and Luxury foot designer.

With that said, you could check the links below for some of the top trends that should be on your radar this 2018.

Trends that will thrive in 2018

Trends that need to die in 2018

Fashion trends that’ll be big in 2018 by Elle Magazine.

2018 pinterest fashion lookbook by Irish Examiner

See you next time peaches. With Love, Byba.

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MY FIRST ART & FASHION EVENT EXPERIENCE (WESTGATE SHOPPING MALL)

Hello Peaches, welcome back to my blog. Let’s talk fashion today, shall we? Specifically, the Art & Fashion event that I came across on my Twitter timeline which was scheduled on Saturday, 9/12/17.  I’m that kind of person who’d go out of the house searching for inspiration as opposed to just laying back waiting for life to happen to me, rather, I go out and make life happen (dear future hubby reading this post, please bear with me 🙃). Also, a bit of fresh air is good for the mind, body and soul because my head is not safe, ganged up with all these crazy voices. Come to think of it, I’ve never physically attended any fashion shows (none that I can remember) in Nairobi or anywhere before. It’s safe to say that the Art & Fashion event I attended on Saturday at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi was my very first: exhibition of artists, fashion designers, and photography.

First of all, the entrance was free (I mean, it’s in a mall) so I don’t think I’m in a position to rant, however, it was scheduled at 1500 hours but it commenced at around 1700 hours; African timers! (I just had to). On the bright side though, Westgate is a huge mall so there are more things you could do, like shop around while admiring all the glamorous festive Christmas decors that beautified the mall or watch a movie while waiting. That’s the strategy I guess.

Marvelous visual art pieces exhibitions at the entrance walkway of the mall got me mesmerized. Actually, I do enjoy casual art viewing, appreciating people’s creativity efforts and handicraft. I perceive visual Art to be deeper than just a picture; a display of someone’s infinite imagination and emotions on canvas which in my opinion, make artists alchemists. ‘A picture is a poem without words,’ – Horace. Although I’m not an Art expert, I enjoy connecting with artists through gazing at their artworks using my ‘third eye’; it’s a magical feeling!

Live art was also happening as one of the artists present showcased his art by drawing live face portraits on paper in 15 minutes at a cost of kshs. 500. This cute Chinese lady was seated facing him as he scrutinized her facial features copying them with his hand and pencil on plain paper. He really tried as the lady looked well pleased, but in my opinion, it wouldn’t pass for her clone. However, that was a job well done.

Moreover, there was entertainment of acrobatics and African traditional drummers. The drums thudded louder in the mall at the rhythm of the beats created by the drummers who were in sync while singing at the top of their lungs in some vernacular language only they could understand. Kids were given the chance to play too which was cute to watch.

Entrance to the event on the same first floor, we were welcomed by a fun photo booth accessorized with masks, emojis, funky glasses, and funny word props. The lovely couple behind the Nairobiphotoboothco. was still testing the lights and all so I got a little time to converse with them. They are a new funky photo booth business owners in Nairobi up for hire in events at a cost of kshs. 45,000 @ 2hours. Oh and you can post your pictures directly to your social media platforms with an extra Kshs. 10,000. Pretty cool huh? I captured a few picture shots for the fun of it and joined the guests for the event which had an outstanding set up. From the Djs to the perfectly positioned runway stage.

Kids were the first to bless the runway modeling cute designers’ outfits. They were so adorable and brave strutting down the runway as boys walked with a bounce while the little girls did a cat walk swaying their tiny waists on stage.

This little boy stole the show with his somersaults tricks. Yes, literally, he was rolling on stage in somersaults which amused everyone in the audience. Well done boy!

Next performance was the fun display of acrobatics followed by yoga that was showcased by 3 flexible ladies in their yoga outfits, lying on their yoga mats stretching their bodies in specific postures which had specific health and fitness benefits. One of my favorite body workouts that I paid closer attention to was of the tummy, as I prefer mine flat and toned (wishful thinking 😫).

The MCs of the event: media fashion maven, former Miss India Kenya & radio host Pinky Ghelani and Aisha Wanjiku, entertained their audience making us more engaged. We were all requested to join the enthusiastic traditional drummers who had so much energy in teaching us drumming basics. I joined the fun too of course. The traditional drummers got into their positions and so did we, with drums and sticks following beginner-steps-instructions which made it look so easy but tiring doing it faster. At some point though, it almost felt like a juju magic ritual like those in Nigerian movies, however, it was an exuberant euphoric moment for everyone drumming and watching too. Most importantly, I’m glad that I did something new that Saturday as it was such an exciting & exhilarating experience.

There was a professional graffiti artist too, who did the graffiti paint live with his multi-colorful spray paints on canvas, unlike the murals painted illicitly on the wall streets of Nairobi. His dedication and focus inspired us since he started at 1600 hours nonstop for four good hours. It was remarkable to see how well he painted a hot woman’s face graffiti perfectly with just spray paint on a huge canvas (those luscious lips are goals!).

Later on, the adult models came on stage. Mr. Dj entertained us with some nice jams as they strutted down the runway. The diversity of the models was quite attractive. Also, seeing melanin Kenyan models modeling for Indian designers in Indian outfits was pretty interesting to watch. All the models (both male and female) were stunning, facing the audience in opposite sides while posing with so much elegance as they showcased different designers’ outfits: sport wear from Sports Planet, party & dinner dresses from, Couture, make up from Madora & Lintons Beauty, and casual outfits among others. Some of the gorgeous pieces modeled were showcasing African’s diverse culture’s creativity and heritage with their customized Lesos and Ankaras from Maisha Kenya, and local brands such as Sandstorm and Bata.

For the record, the MCs, Pinky Ghelani and Aisha Wanjiku were good at entertaining their audience, cheering us by selecting randomly a few ladies and gents from the audience to model on stage. Some of us shied away while a bold few took the dare. It was so hilarious, in a good way of course.

For refreshments, we had drinks and delicious snacks sponsored by Art caffe.

What I gathered from the Art & Fashion event is that all these stalls of designer clothes, bags, accessories and shoes are a product of hard work through years of tears and sweat, in that, it takes balls to decide venturing into any business as it requires a lot of upfront thinking, capital, consistency, and persistence because trends die so fast due to our fast fashion era. Supposedly, it takes hard work from design and development, to production, supply and logistics (which need a lot of quality control by the way), to Marketing & PR, and sales & distribution which you’d need some e-commerce & IT skills with a background research of the best brand outreach methods like choosing the right social media platforms to use. Simply because we – the tech-savvy millennials being the most influential consumer group in the fashion industry – have officially gone digital fully adapting to the online world. Also, it’s a challenging commitment and a full time job to sustain a fashion business as you would need to constantly keep your creativity ball rolling due to the fast fashion growth of millenials in the competitive fashion industry. Despite the Kenyan fashion industry seeming a little too saturated, the barriers of entry happen to be quite low because of the elusive trend-savvy millenials hence exposed to threat of new entrants – Michael Porter’s five forces – since all new fashionistas’ designers strive to be unique and innovative. However, that’s my observation as there was a point in my life just recently when I wanted to venture into the fashion business myself that I did a lot of extensive research but wasn’t ready for that kind of commitment (yet!).

Therefore, all the artists and designers in the Art & Fashion event and all out there who don’t get enough credit deserve several claps as recognition for their hard work in creating unique art & clothes pieces and in attracting loyal clients. As a result, it will inspire fashion enthusiasts and aspirants.

Last but not least, a standing ovation goes to all the hosts, MCs, designers, photographers, drummers, yoga performers, gorgeous models, choreographers, Djs, artists and all the sponsors of the event for making it entertaining. There was so much entertainment, striking displays of art, and flamboyant fashion designs which inspired me to activate my creative switch.

Scarf: Gifted

Lippie: Nouba

Top & sleeveless coat: LcWaikiki

Pants: Zara

Heels: Backyardshoez