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.
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 was humbled and honoured to be one of the specially invited guests On 3rd of December for the Crème de la Femme Luncheon held at the five star Athenaeum Hotel in Mayfair. Crème de la Femme is a fine dining experience where women of influence can network and socialise in a luxury environment.
The event, hosted and founded by Screen Nation in 2014 is to celebrate the variety of achievements by women of African and Caribbean descent who are based in the UK. It also gives an opportunity for the hosts to raise funds for their three chosen charities, Sponsor A Girl, Womankind Worldwide and Housing For Women.
The guests were treated to amongst many things, a Pop Up Shop, and a wonderful spoken word performance by the excellent Nairobi Thompson.
On Saturday 15th November Clariscia Gill attended the Gèlè Tea Couture Fashion Show held at the Grange Tower Hotel. The afternoon tea was in aid of raising awareness of dementia and had been running for 3 years now. At the tea there was a wonderful array of beautiful Gèlè headwear that were displayed with CG Couture dresses and complimented by stunning jewellery.
CG Couture’s Gelemanji citrus burst with fuchsia accents dress was a huge success. The dress has since been featured on the cover of a Christmas Special Edition in The Voice Newspaper.