Aso-Oke (pronounced ah-SHOW-kay) is short for Aso Ilu Oke which means clothes from the up-country for the top drawer. It is a hand woven cloth made mostly by the Yoruba tribe of south west Nigeria. The woven strips are sewn together to make clothing.
This has become one of my favorite fabrics to work with. The history, the colors and texture that it is woven into, are quite unique. The intentional use of this fabric is to celebrate the history and culture of my country. It is also an opportunity to showcase the skill and craftmanship of the locals who diligently hand loom these beautiful fabrics.
Aso-oke is usually worn on special occasions like coronations, festivals, weddings, funerals, engagement parties, naming ceremonies and other important events. It serves traditionally as formal wear. Aso-Oke is often also worn as Aso-Ebi (ebi meaning friends, and/or family) where similar colors are worn by all to a particular event to symbolize unity.
Our collection reinvents the traditional way of wearing aso-oke to a contemporary, chic and edgy designs to depict well sought after high fashion.
The signature “eye” design is symbolic of the name of the brand. “ANYA” in the Nigerian Ibo language means eye/vision. It is about how the founder of the brand Vivien Anyaduba Agbakoba sees beauty – “Beautiful in every form”
Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love and it is an opportunity for us to truly reconnect with the real meaning of this day. It is about LOVE, sharing and giving.
Love is the most amazing thing in our lives. It is what makes us human, what makes life worth living. Nothing else truly matters. The size of our homes, bank balances, the beauty of our partner, the speed of our car – all those things pale into insignificance when we face the splendour of what it is that makes us!
The most important is to find reasons to love yourself 1st, before anyone can love you! Care for yourself and treat yourself well because you are worth it. Happy Valentine’s day!!
As stated by one of our favorite bloggers on advicefromatwentysomething.com :
“Fall is a confusing season. You’re pumped to start pulling out your cozy sweaters and corduroy skinny jeans, but it’s still not quite cold enough to bundle up in all of your winter goodies. Take advantage of this transition by mixing your summer staples in with your winter pieces. Pair your mini skirt with a big chunky sweater, or your lace dress with a heavy button down and booties OR pumps and accessories.”
Mixing and blending the seasons in your daily outfit reminds you that the gnashing cold is not that bad after all….
Thanks to the fabulous website “WhoWhatWear” and the author @BobbySchuessler, we bring you this edited version of “Dos and Donts for the Fall”
On those randomly warmer days (thanks to global warming), sneak in something unexpectedly shorter and breezier than expected. It makes you stand out to anyone bumping into you that day.
You can never go wrong with jeans or your classic denim jacket, but one way to look 100% more fashionable this season is to test out denim in unexpected places like in a coat iteration or even on an accessory.
If you haven’t tried it before, let’s get bold this fall. Time to look relaxed yet turn heads with this combination of sleeveless or sleeved dress jackets and light coats. Whether you rock it with jeans, jumpsuits or capri pants, chin up and let ’em keep looking…because they will!
Rachel Wang, a New York city stylist that travels half the year, shares essential fall style must-haves for the “active” working woman. From the extremely comfortable men’s inspired jacket to the sexy weekday cylindrical heel sandal, she explains how to mix and match these items for hard working days that must stay stylish. Enjoy the rest of
The shoulder-baring look has officially crossed the clavicle to go from trend of the moment to wardrobe mainstay. Here’s everything you need to know to master this must-have (composed by the great editors of Bloomingdales).
Ah, strapless bras—both an off-the-shoulder essential and a self-inflicted torture device. Find a more flattering, comfortable and stay-put fit with our intimates intel:
Go a band size down—and a cup up—than your normal bra size to get the most support from the band, your sole source of reinforcement.
The bigger your cup size, the heftier the band should be. Translation? Small cup sizes (A-B) can try backless adhesive types or thin band widths, while fuller cups (C and up) do best with wider and longline styles.
Inner silicone strips help keep bras in place with extra grip for the girls.
THE BEAUTY ROUTINE:
Freeing those shoulders means introducing a
Be it chic, casual or on-the-go, let’s appreciate the different ways to style the cocktail dress outside a wedding reception. (Photos courtesy of pinterest, elle, tumblr)
Join numerous socialites and philanthropists of Washington D.C. on the evening of Thursday May 18th benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma society’s Man of the Year award.
There are numerous ways to wear a maxi dress instead of the “same-old” flip flops routine. Enjoy these medleys and try some for the spring season or when you travel.