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 →
If a hat and a wig had a love child, this would be the result. At aged just 28 years old, Charli Le Mindu has worked with just about every top avant-garde performance artiste you could think of including, Lady Gaga, Cirque du Soleil performers to current stage sensation, FK Twigs. Charli maintains however, that his all time favourite clients are, the many little old ladies who trek to his Parisienne Atelier for the regular hats he designs and makes for them.
His story is charted in his newly released book; Haute Coffieur, charting his humble beginnings to his rapid status as re-known mix of, hairdresser, come milliner, come wig maker.
Great visuals in this book and we at CGHQ recommend it for budding fashion students;
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.
Men have finally caught up with women and realised that we have been right all along! Carrying your belongings in a bag is a lot easier then stuffing your pockets full, especially in this day and age. With our ever-growing reliance on technology, men now have a lot more things to haul around. iPhones, iPads, iPods and laptops have become a necessity in day to day life, which is probably the main reason why men have adopted our habits in carrying bags; for all of that ‘i-stuff’.
According to the market intelligence firm Euromonitor, bags intended for men make up nearly a fifth of the luxury handbag market, and are continuing to climb.
Of course style is an important factor when choosing your ‘man bag’, but let’s face it, not all men are brave enough to rock a leopard print Burberry Tote bag.
Laptop Bag by CG Bespoke Accessories
When talking to a client, Ken Musprat, who commissioned a bag from Clariscia Gill’s Couture Accessories service, we asked Ken what it was he was looking for alongside practicality and functionality. Here is what he told us:
1.What were your needs for the bag?
To keep all my i-stuff together as I constantly misplaced them.
2. Had you tried to find a bag to suit your needs?
Looked online and also on high streets to no availability.
3. Has the bag met the needs?
The bag is great, now I know where everything is and with their relevant cables and plugs.
4. Please add any other comments you may have
So much easier to work with you direct to explain how I wanted everything Laid out for ease of access.
As you can see in this picture, Ken is delighted to have all his ‘bits’ in one place …;-)
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
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.
On Sunday 25th October, the Mahogany Bridal Show took place. Mahogany Brides is the largest African Caribbean bridal show, and this is their 18th year of running. The bridal show explored many different wedding cultures and featured their performances. One … Continue reading →