If you have been worn out looking for lipsticks that will suit your darker skin complexion, take note of this new brand, MDMflow.
Florence Adepoju is the brains behind this new range of cosmetics. Starting out in her career as a scientist, her track changed following the problems she herself had encountered finding suitable shades to work with the pigment of her skin. This led to her becoming the founder of MDMflow make-up brand after she began making her own lipsticks.
We shall be hot footing it over to Topshop where Florence’s range is currently stocked. Bravo Florence, we wish you every success with the brand.
Clariscia was delighted to accept the post of head judge at the annual FDC Young Designer Awards and fashion collections showcase held at the Pullman London Hotel in St Pancras. The judges, took up the mantle to sift through the … Continue reading →
The Saatchi Gallery was home to one of the most popular London fashion exhibitions of recent times, the Mademoiselle Prive. Those who braved the enormously long queues were rewarded with a free compacted visual summary of the life and times … Continue reading →
The Kente Cloth is an ever popular pattern that has been admired by many people across the globe. When looking at Clariscia Gill’s modern adaptation of the cloth, it inspired me to research into it’s history.
It was first conceived in a village called Bonwire by the Ashanti people of Ghana, and has become a huge part of their history.
It is said that two farmers, who were brothers, from the village, came across a spider spinning a web and were completely fascinated by the beauty of the pattern. They then decided they would try to recreate what they had seen using black and white Raffia fibres (from a Raffia Tree).
The top of a staff held by the king’s advisor, Okyeame
Although they created the first Kente Cloth using this material, after they presented what they had made to their King (Nana Osei TuTu), the cloth started to be made using the costly fabric of imported silk, therefore becoming associated with Ashanti royalty. The cloth was then used in global trade for many things such as ivory, gold and even slaves.
It is also said that men became the sole manufacturers of the cloth as women’s menstrual cycles were thought to interfere with the production of the Kente Cloth …
As time went on, the materials of the cloth evolved and cotton and rayon became the more popular choice, making it more affordable for a wider range of people. To this day, the patterned cloth is just as popular as it was, if not more! Being styled by celebrities such as Solange Knowles, hip hop group Salt N’ Pepa and designer Clariscia Gill! Check out her online store where Kente Cloth Belts and other items using this fabric are available for purchase.
Clariscia takes work experience students team to graduate fashion week show; Camille, Shelby and Anthony. Photo – Trevor Fogah-Griffths
Great to read reports today that the UK leads the way globally in training for creative fashion students with my old halls of learning, The London College Of Fashion, making it into the top ten, hurrah, at number eight. But, amidst the jubilation, there is alas, much dissension among many of the students who are not happy that they do not get enough or in some cases, any support towards preparation for the ‘real world’ of fashion business when they depart.
It is something I can atest to having witnessed and heard, time and time again throughout my time taking on students for work experience at Clariscia Gill Couture. The students often report to me, shocking indifference from the schools: from oversubscribing, questionable favoritism, to lack of tutoring around the all essential, business of fashion.
I despair and am regularly shocked that little has changed since my time (around when Noah built the Ark!) where we only had a three hour business lesson, once a week. It would be great to have persons with actual live business acumen come in and impart the all important real experiences with the students.
I hope the reports findings will take on board the dissatisfaction from many of the students. Whilst not all may have what it takes to be destined for a future career in fashion, many do and it’s not fair for them to be left feeling they have wasted an important part of their lives and money preparing for a place in a trade that will never happen. Get with the programme fashion universities and forge links with the many talented experienced business professionals who are happy to assist.
Article link below on the topic from todays Independant Newspaper
The Lift Effects A Star Award presented to Clariscia for her work guiding many youngsters seeking to embark on a career in the fashion trade.
Youths’ Have Dreams Summit
A busy week in the Atelier was nicely interrupted with the delivery to CGHQ of this beautiful glass award. Clariscia was surprised and honoured to hear of her nomination but sadly, due to prior client commitments, she was unable to receive it in person at the Star Award ceremony held back in May.
”To be nominated and to receive an award for doing something I enjoy so much, sharing my experience with those coming into the trade behind me, makes it extra special. I am most grateful and send my thanks to those who kindly nominated me with a very special thank you to Medina Williamson.”…. says Clariscia.
We send a big warm thank you to Sandra Nelson, the founder of this inspirational Awards ceremony. You can read a full review of the ceremony on the below link.
Along with the lovely weather that the month of April bought to England, it also brought us a new addition at CG – Hélène Lennon, a delightful work experience student from France. Throughout the duration of her visit Hélène gained an insight into Clariscia’s style, knowledge and expertise; as well as gracefully modelling several of Clariscia’s designs. Upon Hélène’s return to France, she entered her handmade dress which she designed into the Kiwanis International contest in Romans Bourg de Péage . A big thank you to Hélène for her help and assistance whilst she was working with us, and a very well deserved Congratulations for winning her end of school fashion competition with her own handmade dress which she designed herself!