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Fashion: It’s Not Only About The Clothes

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Screen Shot 2018 03 27 at 12.40.40 PMFashion is cyclical and trends repeat each new season. However, a stylish look isn’t only about clothes, it is also about the hairstyle, body modification, but what’s more important, it is about self-confidence. Tattoo lovers and tattoo addicts want to keep abreast of new trends. Thus, if you belong to this caste, keep reading. Top Tattoo Trends In 2018 Tattoo fashion is spread all over the world and it is one of the sought-after ways to express the attitude towards life, values, and memorize certain events in life. Here are five tattoo trends that are on the rise in 2018.  

  • New School Tattoos
  Screen Shot 2018 03 27 at 12.43.46 PMThis tattoo style became popular in the 1970s and this year, many tattoo lovers come back to this great style. The major feature of a new school tattoo style is that traditional pictures get a new, modern, and sometimes surreal look. These tattoos are usually colorful and the colors are versatile. Also, these tattoos are known for the large strokes and graffiti-like shading. The most popular symbols are cartoon heroes, fantastic creatures, famous people, and zombies. These tattoos are bold, eye-catching and due to a combination of elements, they can render different meanings. Many celebrities such as Ruby Rose, Alexia Rodriguez, Amber Rose, Megan Massacre choose new school tattoos as the body adornment.  
  • Neo-Traditional Tattoos
  Screen Shot 2018 03 27 at 12.43.51 PMIf you like an old school tattoo style but want to have something different and exceptional, then consider a neo-traditional style. Neo-traditional is a reinterpretation of old school (traditional) with brighter colors, more 3D shading and the natural evolving implied by more modern equipments. In fact, the old school style is merged with new and appealing elements. If you want to get a retro look with some bold details, then consider anchors, people, animals, roses, hearts, mermaids, sugar skulls, tigers, and sailors inked on your skin. Also, Aztec tattoo designs refer to ancient and traditional tattoo art. You can have a black and white Aztec tattoo and add some brighter colors to it. Ruby Rose, Carah Faye Charnow, Amber Rose, Megan Massacre are the fans of this tattoo style.  
  • Geometric Tattoos
  Screen Shot 2018 03 27 at 12.43.55 PMAlongside these bright and bold looks of New School tattoos and Neo-Traditional tattoos we have got a completely different tattoo trend that has nothing to do with colors and bold styles. This tattoo style is about clear lines and the absence of the abundance of unnecessary details. In fact, each geometric tattoo can become unique because the combination of lines and figures in your tattoo may stand for a balance, perfection, and harmony. Some people can claim that geometric shapes don’t carry any symbolism but that’s not true. There are symbolic meanings behind plain geometric shapes. They are:
  • A circle doesn’t have either the beginning or the end, thus, it means unity and infinity. Also, it symbolizes protection from evil and envy.
  • An Ouroboros also has a circular shape and it signifies eternity, regeneration. It is depicted as a creature feeding its tail, so it can signify a union of opposites.
  • Spirals are one of the oldest geometric shapes. They indicate rebirth, growth, consciousness, and enlightenment.
  • Triangles mean unity, balance, and harmony. In terms of Christianity, this figure represents a trinity – Father, Son and Holy Ghost united in a single Godhead. Also, the orientation of the triangle is important. Thus, a point-up triangle is associated with fire and male energy, whereas a point-down triangle represents water and female energy.
  • The square is used as the symbol of a material world. It may embody four seasons, physical elements.
  • A pentagram has been used by many cultures as a symbol of universal balance.
Such celebrities as Rumer Willis, Jessica Szohr, Julia Michaels, Paris Jackson, Ellie Goulding choose geometric tattoos.  
  • Lettering Tattoos
  Screen Shot 2018 03 27 at 12.43.59 PMLettering tattoos may be permanent or temporal but they are always a classy piece of tattoo that speaks about your personality. At first sight, this tattoo style seems plain and dull but in fact, it can be very symbolic. You can merge this tattoo with any design that suits your taste and place it on any part of the body. This is a personalized tattoo that may serve as a memorial tattoo, the tattoo, which aims to display your favorite sayings, highlight important names and dates and honor important celebrations and personal anniversaries. Truly, the possibilities are endless when it comes to a lettering tattoo. You may choose funky fonts for a single word or go for cursive lettering for a sleek and stylish look. Besides, you can combine the tattoo with a plethora of additional details such as vine, flames, stars, hearts, flowers, barbed wire. On top of that, lettering tattoos on the neck are also on the rise. Sofia Richie has the word “clarify” printed on her neck. What is more, Emma Watson Debuted a “Time’s Up” tattoo at the Oscars Afterparty. She showed off a “Time’s Up” tattoo to support the Time’s Up movement. This movement was created to stand against sexual harassment and abuse in Hollywood and other industries. And stars use the platform on the red carpet to stand in solidarity. This lettering tattoo does not only perform an aesthetic function but also it has a deep meaning.  
  • Jewel Tattoos
  Screen Shot 2018 03 27 at 12.44.02 PMFrom diamonds to emeralds, there are all types of jewel tattoos for women and men to adore. Usually, these tattoos are colorful and they produce a 3D effect. Besides, they can look very real which enhances the effect they produce. There are different gemstones that are used for gemstone tattoos:
  • A diamond indicates beauty, power, everlasting love.
  • A ruby means passion, pleasure, and a desire to live a beautiful life.
  • Pearls are associated with the moon, water, and female energy. This gem is associated with nobility, purity, brightness, light, and richness.
  • A topaz gets its name from the Greek word topazion, which may originate from the Sanskrit tapas, meaning, “fire.” Thus, this tattoo is connected with energy, strength, loyalty, leadership, and love.
  • An emerald symbolizes compassion, mercy, and universal love.
Maria Brink, Rumer Willis, Vanessa Ferlito, and Lil Debbie have jewel tattoos. Thus, fashion isn’t only about clothes. It is about being unique, confident, and comfortable with who you are.]]>

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Charity Meets Fashion for Ghana’s Health – UKGCC Raises Funds For UGMC With 1st Royal Ascot Ladies Day Commemoration In Ghana

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The UK-Ghana Chamber of Commerce (UKGCC), a member- based trade association that promotes bilateral trade between the UK and Ghana, has raised funds to support the establishment of a clinical trials unit at the University of Ghana Medical Centre. The UKGCC raised the funds while commemorating the first Royal Ascot Ladies Day Event in Ghana at the Polo Court Gardens, Accra.

Ascot, one of Britain’s most well-known racecourses, holds a special week of races in June each year called the Royal Ascot, attended by Her Majesty the Queen. This week has become Britain’s most popular race meeting, welcoming over 300,000 visitors all dressed in their finest attire.IMG 20220622 WA0015

The UKGCC’s version of the Ladies Day , co-hosted by Ace presenter and radio and Television personality, Nathaniel Attoh, and Ghanaian actress, Sika Osei, paid homage to this iconic British tradition.

As a charity fundraiser, all proceeds from ticket and raffle sales will be donated to the UNIVERSITY OF GHANA MEDICAL CENTRE (UGMC) MEDICAL AND SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH CENTRE (MSRC) FUND RAISING COMMITTEE.

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Executive Director of the UKGCC, Adjoba Kyiamah, remarked that “The UGMC MSRC was chosen because given the backdrop of the recent global pandemic, now more than ever, we need more clinical trials in our country to help identify the best treatment for diseases in our environment. The UGMC’s work, in undertaking research, will discover new treatments, methods and procedures to improve the health status of Ghanaians, Africans and the world and so we must support their efforts.”IMG 20220622 WA0014

Dr. Chris Owoo, Clinical Lead, Ghana Infectious Disease Centre, Ga East and member of the UGMC MSRC Board, expressed gratitude to the UKGCC for organising the charity fundraiser and added that as the first purpose built clinical trials centre in Ghana, the unit will research both foreign and locally manufactured (including plant-based) drugs.

“The opportunity to invest in the health of our present and our future population is now and what we do at the moment will determine where we will be when we have another pandemic or other disease conditions that continue to plague us”.IMG 20220622 WA0010

He appealed to other organisations and individuals to support the establishment of the centre, slated to be completed by the end of this year, and drive the change the country needs.

The 1st Royal Ascot Ladies Day Experience in Ghana concluded on a high note with memorable highlights that included

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Chalé Socks ‘Athletics Collection’ Designed for People with Active Lifestyle

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The new Chalé Socks Athletics Collection is an active wear range carefully designed for people with active lifestyles.

 

The pieces seek to capture the competitive spirit of Africa into an active wear piece and provides an alternative to already established and well-known brands.

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Chalé Athletics is made up of three pieces, the MaskMan X, Chalé WVS and Chalé WVS ankle socks and with plans to introduce new designs seasonally. MaskMan X comes in yellow and black while the Chalé WVS waves comes in black and off-white. The ankle comes in off-white, beige, black colours.

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With seamless and quality ribbed knit design, the Athletics collection promises to provide and make all who wear it enjoy comfort, unmatched style, and optimum all-round performance.

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Kurtis Kudjo, Designer and Co-founder at Chalé Socks shared that “it is our intention to compete in the global market of athletic socks and we are making a bold statement with the launch of our Athletics Collection.”

Every piece in the Chalé Athletics Collection is composed of 75% cotton, 20% polyester, 5% spandex and features Signature WVS insignia print to the side/Signature MASKMAN™ X insignia embroidery, CHALÉ logo print to the side.IMG 7807

Chalé Socks is a Ghanaian brand offering culturally inspired socks while telling stories of strong African heritage. The brand is inspired by the creative exploits of the people of Agotime-Kpetoe, a weaving community in the Volta region of Ghana. Chalé Socks are made for people who not only choose to walk or run their own path but are also willing to ensure others have the opportunity to do the same.IMG 7788

Every purchase of a Chalé Socks goes to support the brand’s “OneChalé Project “ which gives back to children in creative but underprivileged communities.

Products of Chalé Socks can be purchased via website www.chalesocks.com and also stocked in Ghana at LokkoHouse, Wild Gecko, Naya by Africa and The Lotte. In South Africa at AfricaRise, in Germany: Akuas Family, AfroSchick, USA: Adorn Me Africa, IndigoStyle Barbados: Afro.disiak.

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Hamamat Montia is pregnant with baby number 3

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Former Beauty Queen and entrepreneur, Hamamat Montia has shared news of her pregnancy. (more…)

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Nana Kofi Asihene Is Hitting His Stride

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It would be impossible to tell the story of Nana Kofi Asihene’s career without moving across multiple mediums. As a designer, filmmaker, and creative director Asihene’s influence on the creative industry is impressively multi-faceted. But to hear him tell it, the journey has only just began and the only way is up.

Nana Kofi Asihene’s love for fashion and the creative field started very early when he would either go to the library in Accra Central and read old fashion and style magazines or buy them from the back stalls of the Odorna Station in Circle. Perusing those pages gave him an eye for the arts. His foray into creating was nurtured while studying Visual Arts in Accra Academy and the creative process crystallised while getting a Diploma in Fine Art from the Ultimate School of Art.

The arts gets a bad rap in Ghana, however, coming from a family of creatives like Theodosia Okoh and T-Michael, Nana Asihene always knew what was possible with art.

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He spent the following years getting a degree in Textiles from KNUST and setting himself up for a career as a fashion designer. He won the British Council International Young Fashion Entrepreneur and was a finalist at the Redds Fashion Design Awards. He apprenticed for Jimi Delaja Couture and started his own fashion line. His young fashion line would set him in the path of the late Kofi Ansah who became a mentor.

Then came the pivot into the visual medium. As a student in KNUST, he had dabbled in making music videos. Therefore, it became easy to direct music videos for musicians who needed them. He helped shape the music video industry in Ghana.

In the last decade, he formed NKACC, a brands and communication company, where he is the Creative Director and Lead Consultant. He has worked with brands such as Tullow Oil, Old Mutual, Dalex Swift, Vodafone Ghana, KFC Ghana among others.

To talk to Asihene is to have a conversation about film, photography, business strategy, and fashion. The depth of his knowledge and experience is an unending well. He has helped shape a lot of businesses’ brand identity, creative culture, advertising campaigns and brand communication goals. Gaining an MBA adds another layer to the knowledge he dispenses.

Exploring where he wanted to go, he created the Nana Asihene Design Studio. This is the product design studio, that focuses on user centric design, African craftsmanship and aesthetics. The ethos is rooted in the essential characteristic of African art being both aesthetic and functional

Having 20 years experience in any industry is not a cake walk. However, for Asihene this is the time to build and harness all those years of experience to position him as a creative consultant who helps brands and organisations build strong emotional connections with their audience through strategic creative communication.

This is a full circle moment for Asihene as he gets ready to launch his new collection. It is only right for him to enter into his new era paying homage to his first love, fashion. His attention to detail is evident in this collection. The clothes by their very nature are not at all timid; they are simple in cut but not in impact.

“When you’re a perfectionist like I am, no matter what you do, you never really feel satisfied or that it was perfect enough,” he says. “That’s one of the things that drives me, I always feel there is something more to do”

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Larry Jay makes debut international catwalk showcase in Switzerland

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With a few new pieces added to the recently launched ‘Soyayya – “Love” – Collection’, master craftsman, Jafaru Mohammed of Larry Jay, made a strong showing at the Fashion Trunk Show during the African Fashion Night event held at the Kunsthaus Zürich, an art museum in Zürich, Switzerland a couple of weeks ago.

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Presented in bold orange and blues, Larry Jay’s unisex outfits, mostly created using Northern fugu fabric, elicited much applause from the eclectic audience during the catwalk show.

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Digital creator, Racheal Abbey introduces new women’s fashion line, Rae’s Collection

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Young up-and-coming Ghanaian-born digital creator, Racheal Abbey is flexing her entrepreneurial muscles into the world of fashion. Her Rae’s Collection is all about women’s fashion and redefining the fashion space in the US. (more…)

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