I had the pleasure of being invited to view the work of African Luxury Jewellery designer Adele Dejak at the Sulger Buel Lovell Gallery. The gallery specialises in contemporary African art and has played host to a number of contemporary artists. Looking at Adele Dejak’s jewellery it wasn’t a surprise that she would choose a space such as this one to showcase her work.
Bold, beautiful, statement pieces, each design is like a sculpture in itself, a work of art not to be compared with another. African luxury at its best, this designer is a true artisan exploring the rich, elegant, bold heritage of Africa with no Ankara print in sight.
As a designer and lecturer myself, I had been growing tired of seeing the rise of African design and influence being reduced to just prints. Although prints specifically Ankara prints are a big part of our aesthetic it’s not the only thing that defines the continent, just ask Picasso, Matthew Williamson, Malene Birger and many contemporary artists and designers who continue to draw inspiration from the beautiful continent.
The Nigerian-born designer sources her materials from all over Africa, from brass to leather to Ankole cow horn. The Ankole cow is a by-product of the beef industry in Uganda. It is found exclusively in Uganda and its highly versatile and comes in a range of natural colours, varying from ivory to brown. The brand is at the forefront of ethical and sustainable design. The brand is built on Adele’s commitment to rebrand Africa as she continues to design beautiful, high-end jewellery and interior bespoke home products that define authentic luxury.
I have become a huge fan of her work and need some of her pieces in my wardrobe asap. It is a definite must buy for the Autumn/Winter season. Check out the shop on her website and get your fix. (Adele Dejak)
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What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of matching sets? Goody two shoes? Stepford wife? ‘Prim and proper’? Just a few of the names that I can come up with but I’m sure there are more lol.
Matching sets don’t always have that fashion edge that we tend to crave in each outfit..well not until now! Gone are the mumsy twin sets. In their place are cutting edge bold shapes which would make any hardcore fashionista very proud and any wannabe fashionista feel safe in these matching sets – but with an edge. I first saw the outfit that i’m wearing on fashion blogger Freddie Harrel and loved the shape and the colour. The sets come in bold prints showcasing the influence of West African ankara prints for those who are daring enough, or plain shapes with oversized sleeves in the style of peplum. Whatever your preference is, head over to Asos and get your fix at a discount price. Yes, their selected items are on sale at Asos.
In the meantime check out how I styled my ‘matching set’ and take a look at some of my other suggestions i’ve made.
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It’s London Fashion Week (A/W16) and this coat has been my ‘go to coat’ this season, its probably the ‘boldest’ print I’ve ever had in a coat. I have always been a fan of leopard print but I normally opt for it in accessorises, for example bags, shoes, purse but never in the form of a coat. I randomly came across a quote about leopard print that made me literally laugh out loud, it said ‘As far as I’m concern it’s neutral’ lol.
The fashion industry affectionately refers to it as a timeless classic, leopard print transcends trends and seasons, it adds an element of cool to every look.
Marks and Spencer range Per Una Speziale updated this look into a bold and fierce orange, it was love at first sight and at a reduced sale price, I couldn’t resist.
A great piece for when it’s not quite spring but the sun is out with a chill in the air, the perfect weather for coat and sunglasses.
The silhouette is structured and yet the wool fabric still gives it a cosy feel for those cold yet sunny days.
As someone who is sometimes prone to lazy dressing (skinny jeans and old jumpers) I know I will still feel fabulous whatever I’m wearing underneath..
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Coat - Marks and Spencer |
Tweed jacket and skirt - Vintage Portobello Market |
Blouse - Whistles |
Knee high socks - HandM |
Belt - Gap |
Shoes - Asos |
Hat - Found and Vision | Photos by Malachi Ajose