MARC JACOBS LEAVES LOUIS VUITTON

By Adaeze Ibechukwu
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Marc Jacobs is Louis Vuitton. Oh Gosh! This wasn’t what was expected at the Paris fashion week were Marc Jacobs bade his farewell to the Louis Vuitton brand using the Spring 2014 designs.
According to WWD Marc Jacobs is leaving Louis Vuitton to focus on growing the Marc Jacobs brand. The fashion funeral winessed at the Paris fashion week was indeed a compilation of Marc’s greatest hits as we predicted, but done all in black.

This season, America’s most powerful designer bid an emotional farewell to 16 years at the world’s most famous fashion brand, the note referring to his business partner Duffy and LVMH chief, Arnault. The darkly glamorous collection was staged against sets from several of his memorable shows: the carousel, the “Night Porter” elevators, the railway station clock, even a pair of escalators. All were now coated in black, the most chic colour since the Victorians.

Dedicated to the women who inspire him, including Jane Birkin, Anna Wintour, Lady Gaga, Édith Piaf, Vivienne Westwood, Miuccia Prada, Coco Chanel, Rei Kawakubo, Jacob’s Vuitton finale was “to the showgirl in all of us”.
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And the showgirl certainly came through. Models wore risqué sheer dresses and tops with stunning beaded embellishments and workmanship. There were elaborate feather headdresses (a toast to Paris showgirls) and touches of American sportswear, including a varsity jacket with Paris written on the back. But apart from the sequined Louis Vuitton graffiti logo tights, Jacobs remarkably managed to sway from too camp and towards a noirish 1930s drama. Wide-leg, blue utility jeans worn under these sexy tops were a curious and interesting touch.

It was all perfect for Jacobs’ poignant, resolute finale for a French company that has defined him as surely as he has defined it. Before he took the job, in 1997, with his business partner helping him, Louis Vuitton didn’t have fashion. It was an esteemed luggage maker. But Jacobs gradually gave it credibility through his sense of what was new and relevant. He also, in a corporate environment that might fill some with apprehension, became a more proficient designer.

I sincerely hope that, someone more talented quickly fills in the shoes of this gifted designer.

Au reviour Marc Jacobs!

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COMPLETE FASHION MAGAZINE IS OUT WITH A NEW EDITION

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This month our cover features are Big Brother Africa stars Beverly and Melvin. The duo thrilled Nigerians during the airing of the Big Brother show and has exclusively spilled to Complete Fashion magazine, details of their stay in the house.
The October issue of the Complete Fashion magazine is tagged, ‘The Revelation’
Bearing a quiet and rather reserved nature, the beautiful Beverly talks on her famous acts in the house and what she hopes to achieve in the nearest future.
Handsome and talented, Melvin speaks on his life in the BBA house, his plans in the entertainment industry and his life as a model.
Zaron has been Complete Fashion magazine’s official make-up and beauty brand for one year and this edition, CF showcases the beauty Zaron has to offer. The insert features the Zaron team and their fabulous make-over session with unsuspecting ladies. With fine strokes and pure definitive hues, the Zaron team gives us a step by step guide to creating the most flawless make-up.
This month, Complete Fashion intends to give back to its readers-See surprise package at the center spread of the magazine.
Complete Fashion magazine is out on newsstands now.
For updates on your favourite magazine, follow us on Twitter: @completefashion

CREDITS FOR BEVERLY’S SHOOT
Makeup by Onyinye for Zaron
Styled by Fierce and Modish
Hair by Jerry Plus Salon
Photography by Kola Oshalusi
CREDITS FOR MELVIN’S PHOTOSHOOT
Styled by Ayodeji Osinulu
Groomed by Jerry plus salon
Photography by Kola Oshalusi

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Styled by the Zaron Team
Make-up by Zaron
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SPRING 2014 BEAUTY TRENDS

By Adaeze Ibechukwu
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The year 2013 is almost at an end though not too close yet but the designers have found ways of dragging it closer to us by introducing future fashion. Now, it’s the beauty trends for Spring 2014. See some amazing looks for those beauty looks you crave…

Braid-a-Palooza

Braid-a-Palooza


Adding to this year’s milkmaid and punk-inspired styles, hair stylists continued the braid parade for 2014.
Orange lips

Orange lips


Do dare the orange lips….read more on how to wear it in the CF November edition.
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Gliteratti


Diane Kendal took the makeup to a glitzier level by applying Lancome bronze shadow to models’ lids and topping it with gold glitter

Have these in mind as you prepare for fashion in spring 2014!

RIHANNA’S LOOK FOR GLAMOUR’S NOVEMBER ISSUE

By Adaeze Ibechukwu

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The naughty Pour It Up singer returns to Barbados for the shoot and strips down to her skivvies, inspiring major thigh envy in a Marc Jacobs bra top and panties with a matching coat thrown over it..
Her body is OUT OF CONTROL!
RiRi also talks at length about her intense love for fashion. She said:
“My love for fashion—let me say, my admiration for fashion—started with my mom. I used to watch her get dressed. She was around my age right now, and she was so fly. So fly. I remember not even knowing how to do that because I was such a tomboy.”
Never one to miss an opportunity to self-promote, Rihanna made sure to plug her show Styled To Rock, telling the mag:
“I felt like there were all these talented people in New York who had a very keen eye for style and design, but I couldn’t find them [to work with]. I get excited by discovering new designers. I’m obsessed with being first with everything in fashion.”
As for the peeps on her best-dressed list, you might be surprised! The 25-year-old admitted:
“Nicole Richie. She just pisses me off, she’s so good. But you know who is the best who ever did it? Princess Diana. She was like—she killed it. Every look was right. She was gangsta with her clothes. She had these crazy hats. She got oversize jackets. I loved everything she wore.”
Culled from: http://perezhilton.com

Documentary ‘AFRICAN FASHION’S BIGGEST THREAT!’

By Adaeze Ibechukwu
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The effect of cheap clothing being dumped on African markets has been to devastate local clothing manufacture with thousands losing their jobs and plunged deeper into poverty.
African countries have also suffered cultural devastation. Instead of colourful traditional outfits, locals now wear T-shirts, football tops, and trainers.
However, the old clothes deposited in the clothing bank in the corner of the supermarket car park do not go straight to those in need.
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Each year charities sell thousands of tons of unwanted clothes to merchants. They relieve the charities of the logistics involved and, in return, provide a readily available source of income.
The merchants in turn ship them across the sea to be sold on to traders in sub-Saharan Africa for a profit.
The clothes costs pennies and can be marked up as much as 3,000 per cent by the time they hit the stalls and street corners, according to the International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers’ Federation.
Oxfam claims on its website they send about 2,000 tons of clothes to Africa every year and this makes up 15 per cent of its donated clothes.
In the UK, there are dozens of companies, members of the Textile Recycling Association, acting as wholesalers for charities such as Oxfam.
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In Ghana, the impact of the trade saw employment in the textile and clothing sector fall by 80 per cent between 1975 to 2000. Other countries like Nigeria and Kenya have seen theirs decimated.
Now tired of seeing the continent’s economy, culture and way of life suffer Ghanian-born Ben Boye has launched a campaign on Change.org to help curb the flow of unwanted clothes to Africa.
Mr Boye, 36, moved to Britain 18 years ago and during that time he has seen the devastation caused to his homeland by so-called charity. The clothes are sold in “the bend-down market”, named because customers have to sift through piles of clothes strewn across pavements.
He said: “What people here in the UK perceive as charitable donations is now big business in Africa.
“This has not only destroyed jobs in the local textile and clothing industry, but created a huge underground trade.
“It sucks money out of the local economy and undermines Ghana’s ability to produce its own clothes and grow its own industries to fight its way out of poverty.”
Ghana has no import restrictions on second-hand clothing volumes because the trade generates much-needed foreign revenue from import duties.
Mr Boye said: “Because of Africa’s all-year-round hot climate the continent is the least in need of the untold amount of unwanted clothes.
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“But now they’ve replaced our once-rich fabric culture, our custom of mending clothes and unique way of dressing with clothing depicting images and slogans, brand names and utterances alien to our environment, surroundings, culture and way of life.”
His campaign now has 1,300 supporters. One of the charities he is targeting, the African Development Trust, has invited him to visit its London office for talks.
He said: “Countries in Africa are more than capable of producing clothes perfectly suited to our climate, body types and way of life.
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“Instead of taking away from this ability the charities who have made it a business to help the poor should rather invest in the infrastructure which helps this ability.”
Andrew Horton, Oxfam trading director, said: “We believe that the trade in second-hand clothes can be beneficial to the recipient countries, providing affordable clothing, creating jobs, and offering people a way out of poverty.
“However, we also recognise that it can be detrimental with the potential to undermine local garment industries.
“Our ethical trading policy attempts to ensure that we only trade in countries where second- hand clothing is a recognised commodity and where the import of second-hand clothing from the UK will not upset the local market.”

Culled from: http://www.express.co.uk/