New Lipstick launches for darker skins

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Florence pictured on left with her Vamp Lipstick.

http://www.standard.co.uk/beauty/makeup/changing-the-face-of-beauty-meet-the-lady-behind-mdmflow-a-new-lipstick-brand-designed-for-black-a3180726.html

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.

FDC Young Designer Awards – 31st Oct 2015

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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 

FW Haute Coiffure – Hats meet hair

Charli's giant 'afro' head-piece

Charli’s giant ‘afro’ head-piece

If a hat and a wig had a love child, this would be the result. CharliAt 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;
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Haute-Coiffure-Charlie-Mindu/dp/1909399647Beehive lips

Clariscia Gill Accessories – Kente Cloth Origins

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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.

CG Couture Muse wearing Clariscia Gill Kente Cloth belt accessory.

CG Couture Muse, Thuto Mali, wearing Clariscia Gill Kente Cloth belt accessory.

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

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 …

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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.

 

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Kente Cloth Belt by CG Accessories

 

 

BY Kessie White

Clariscia Gill Accessories – The ‘Manbag’

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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’.

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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

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 …;-)  a45cdf5c6b64c307d7ea5c1075c09099

BY Kessie White

UK dominates list of top universities in the world for fashion

Clariscia takes team to graduate fashion week show; Camille, Shelby and Anthony. Photo - Trevor Fogah-Griffths

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.

Clariscia Gill

Article link  below on the topic from todays Independant Newspaper

http://www.independent.co.uk/student/news/uk-dominates-the-list-of-best-universities-in-the-world-for-studying-fashion-10469682.html?icn=puff-15

Gèlè Tea Couture Fashion Show 2014

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.

Author: Imani Cozier

Gelemanji dress

GT CG & house muse Thuto

GT Gele gorgeous selfie time!

GT Line up of models for the show

GT The Gelemanji dress with elaborate Gele tied by Mrs

GT young guest Tinuke wearing a Sholly Jay designed outfit