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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Alpha Blondie Comes to Town

Alpha Blondie. He's not the youngest guy in the world, but his youthful spirit shines through in his colourful choice of knitwear.
It was a garden party on a coldish day so I wore this peplum lace dress with a pink blazer.
Rolled out with my usual crew - Sauti Sol & Marek.

Alpha with KikoRomeo designer Ann McCreath

Clearly something very hilarious happened; with my sister Janet.
Marek wears a print shirt by Ankara Vintage.
And we posed it up with the legend Alpha Blondie!

Cololy's designer Hamed Coulibaly with KikoRomeo's Ann McCreath.

Sauti Sol

In deep discussions about future collaborations and loud style.

Our hostess-with-the-mostest Madame Valerie Coulibaly, Honourable Consul of Cote d'Ivoire.
Those glasses. Alpha Blondie has such a magnanimous spirit; made me proud to be an '80s child from Cote'Ivoire.

I'm not exactly a reggae fan, nor was I impressed by the artist's no-show last Friday night as we all waited in a field for a concert that never was. In spite of all the drama, Alpha Blondie is a music legend, hailing from the country I was born in (Cote d'Ivoire), and with a warm face and even warmer heart. We loved meeting him.

All images courtesy of Willis John, and a million thanks to the Cote d'Ivoire in Kenya Association for having us!

Yes, Solange Is Still Fly

Solange Knowles performs at the Northside Festival in Brooklyn...

...and at Bonnaroo in Tennessee.

Images courtesy of The Black Young & Fabulous.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Hell's Gate

The Hells Gate National Park serves as stunning backdrop for Marek and I when we visited there on Saturday for Party in the Park. We got there just at sunset in time to catch the light over the rocks.

Friday, June 7, 2013

"The Great Gatsby" Was.... Everything!

This premiere is the kind of thing I live for, naturally. Period film and themed parties and two of my faves combined! I wore a wine-coloured vintage dress I've had in my closet forever, along with a sparkly headband and a lot of string pearls. So committed was I to the theme that I even dug out and put on some very girly, very matchy-matchy vintage-look earrings (I never wear earrings). My now curly hair went up and up!

And we had to give Mashariki Mix Presenter Nic Wangundu a 1920s do-over as well...

The critics have been unforgiving, but I for one loved The Great Gatsby. The Art Direction and Costume Design were sublime - a riot of colour and vintage styling with a modern edge. I am forever a fan of Director Baz Luhrmann serving up classic stories and making them relevant to contemporary culture.

Either way, super evening! Many thanks to Destination Magazine and SHK Consulting for the pleasure.

This movie is a styling gem - classic all-American menswear & ladies dressed to the nines to sit at home.

Emma Cavendish of Adelle Dejak (left), Aprelle Duany, CEO KikoRomeo (right)

Shreya Karia, Director SHK Consulting, Brennen Matthew, Chief Editor Destination Magazine
Bree Wanjiru, SHK Consulting, Chimano of Sauti Sol, model Rashid Robert
Actor Gerald Langiri & Musician/Actress Patricia Kihoro
Miriam & Robert Crippa of Oltre Fashions, with Bree of SHK Consulting
Fashion blogger Ess with Diana Opoti of Designing Africa
Nic Wangundu, Presenter Mashariki Mix
New friends: Aprelle Duany of KikoRomeo and me.

The Great Gatsby opens in Kenyan theatres on June 7th. That's today.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Behind-the-Scenes at "Mashariki Mix"

Mashariki Mix Entertainment News presenter Amina Abdi in a  metallic bubble dress.

In her next change, Amina wears a Chinese-collar top from Jorge's Wardrobe.

Meanwhile earlier in the day...

Swahili presenter Sarah Hassan wears a peach cowl-neck dress from VIVO.

Shot at The Boma in Nairobi.

Find VIVO here, and watch Mashariki Mix weeknights at 19.30 on AfricaMagic (MNET).