Sunday, 28 June 2015

My Power Item...

There is something almost life changing about slipping on an item that makes you feel gives you a new found fierceness! For me its the leather jacket. I absolutely love a leather jacket. My favourite way to wear it is unexpectedly...with a beautiful dress.

Designers have made tweaks and updated the classic leather jacket throughout the years - Balmain gave it sharp shoulders and studs, Burberry cinched it with a belt - whichever cut you prefer, the leather jacket refuses to loose its edge...

Whether you wear the classic motorcycle cut or a more edgy and funky cut with studs and spikes or even a bright coloured or metallic one...wear it with confidence and feel instantly powerful...The leather jacket is a classic and powerful piece that can be worn with anything. Its a piece that will stand the test of time...a powerful investment.

(All images courtesy of Pinterest)

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Style Tip - Palm tree...

As the heat is turning up and we are getting ready for our summer holidays, day dreaming of white, sandy beaches, turquoise water and lush palm trees...why not bring your tropical dreams vividly to life by wearing the print of the summer - palm prints! This cheerful, summertime print goes perfectly with the rising temperatures!

Combined with beautiful jewel tones of aqua, emerald green, citrus yellow and orange and splashes of all beautifully comes together to take you fashionably on your summer holidays! Yes, its a little loud, but only a small variation from the garden prints already in your closet...injecting a little summertime fun into your everyday style!

Team it with classic tan accessories like wedges, sandals and a clutch bag. Keep your jewellery jewel toned inspired with lots of citrus, aqua and amethyst colours...wooden bangles and bright beaded necklaces. Slip dresses, shorts and jumpsuits are perfect with this print and one piece bathing suits are right on trend.

Bring the palm trees of Miami to life sans the plane ticket with beautifully inspired palm prints, whether you are going away for the summer or staying in your own back garden - make sure you do it fashionably palm printed...

(All images courtesy of Pinterest)

Sunday, 14 June 2015

How to look your best all the time...

  • Transform you handbag into a tool kit - its always good to be prepared for any or most situations. Carry some wet wipes, hand sanitiser, safety pins, gel feet cushions and hairbands with can even get stain remover pens for those really unfortunate situations, even carry an umbrella that folds up compact just in case...
  • Look on the bright side by adding some colour into your everyday life - even if you don't like wearing colour you can add a bright lipstick or nail polish and it will automatically brighten up your day. Add a bright bag, scarf or jewellery for an extra pop of colour.
  • Have some basic pieces in your wardrobe that you know works and that you can mix and match together without much hassle or thinking...classic pieces like a pencil skirt, a leather jacket, a pair of jeans, LBD, a white shirt and t-shirt, cashmere sweater a great bag, a pair of heels, some gorgeous flats and a great suit jacket. Pieces you know you love that can take prime retail space in your closet.
  • Choose the right underwear - like Christian Dior said "without foundation there can be no fashion" If you wear ill fitting underwear no one will look at your gorgeous outfit and it will be make sure you wear the right underwear that fit you well and suits the outfit. No visible panty lines or bra straps...
  • Make sure your clothes are ironed and crease free...nothing spoils a good outfit more than creases and sloppy un ironed clothes - not a good look at all!
  • If an item of clothing needs alteration like a hem or a missing button, please fix it...
  • Make sure your shoes are clean, the heels are maintained - no heels that have worn through and remove all price tags from the bottom of the shoes, always!
  • Remove your make up at night and use a good face cream, night cream and eye cream.
  • Take vitamins that will cleanse and glow from the inside.
  • Apply basic make up everyday like foundation, mascara and lipstick. Make sure your hair is clean and carry a small make up bag with eyeliner, lipstick, natural blush, nail file and a compact for touch ups during the day. Wear perfume. 
By following these easy steps daily you will look your best everyday!

(All images courtesy of Pinterest)

Monday, 8 June 2015

Moda Africa June Style Newsletter


Welcome to June...the start of summer here in the Middle East with temperatures reaching as high as 45 degrees! As we are looking forward to go on our summer holidays and escape the heat, Moda Africa is preparing to attend Mercedes Benz Cape Town Fashion Week (MBFWCT) in South Africa in July. We will be attending all the shows and will be on the lookout for new African designers to add to our already amazing portfolio...

MBFWCT 2015 will see the fashion industry gather to see the best of African fashion in the heart of the Mother City and the latest Spring/Summer 2016 collections. Designers will take to the ramp to showcase their design excellence plus gain global exposure and Moda Africa will be right there to capture it all!

This month we would like to introduce you to Eliana Murargy - Owner of Luxury clothing line Murade, launched in 2011. Born in Belgium and raised in Mozambique. A dreamer of everything fabulous and a believer of hard work in achieving your dreams…She is passionate about the expressive and abstract art within the fashion and design realm.

"At an early age I started painting on canvas and as I started getting older my interest with fashion grew bigger."

In 2008 Murargy started her studies at the reputable fashion design institute IESB (Instituto Europeo di Design) based in Brazil and Milan. As a student (young designer), she participated in various fashion contests, such as "Fashion Week" in Brasilia and won every single one since 2009. With this immense experience gained in the Brazilian market, Murargy was able to establish herself within that market. She completed her studies at IESB in 2010 and has since shown at numerous Fashion Weeks across the world and won a few awards. 

Moda Africa is excited to be representing Murade and will be presenting her S/S 2016 collection in the Middle East in October. She will also be participating in Runway Dubai 2015 in November. Make sure you do not miss this amazing designer!


We hope you have enjoyed our June issue...our next Style News will be out 15 July! Make sure not to miss it. Want more Moda Africa? Please like our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. For more information please visit our website. All the links are below.

(Images courtesy of Moda Africa, Murade and Pinterest)

Warm regards,
Antoinette and Sharon