Lets Talk Fashion with British Bridal Designer – Kosibah’s Yemi Osunkoya

Even though it was almost 8 years ago, I remember vividly the excitement I felt when I decided to look for my dream wedding dress. The plan was to buy something off the rack, an elegant statement piece, one that people would ooh and aah and one that would take my groom’s breath away upon first sight. However, my dress was designed and made just for me, my first haute couture experience.

Shall we fast-forward 8 years as I walk into Kosibah to meet with the owner Yemi Osunkoya. Yemi is an impressive man, tall and charming yet eloquent in his approach. As he guides me through his journey, his labor of love shines through when he describes to me his journey of how he came to be one of the foremost British black haute couture bridal designers, still standing for 23 years. I ask if there is any significance with the name Kosibah. It turns out to be a derivation of his mother’s name. She was born on a Sunday and named Cosiba; he changed the spelling to make it a little more user friendly yet different and Kosibah was born.


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I wanted to know more about this important designer, so I delved into his background and how he came to be a designer. He explains that the compromise he made with his parents when he told them he wanted to be a designer it would be for that reason he would go to university. “If I could have gone to university to study fashion design in Nigeria, I would have done so, but there wasn’t any university offering fashion design courses at that time. So I decided to study textile design because I thought fashion and textiles go hand in hand and it could always come in useful afterwards. So when I came to England, I didn’t want to go through another 4 years of fashion school; I just wanted to learn how to sew, how to draft a pattern, how to cut fabric and other practical skills relevant to creating clothes because I could already design and was pretty good at sketching out my design ideas.” In London he attended a private fashion school called the Paris Academy School of Fashion. It’s closed now, but there he was taught old-school couture: “where you take 26 very precise body measurements from your client, you then develop a body block, from the body block you make a pattern draft and then you do a fitting on your client with a mockup/prototype of the garment you are making in toile; there’s usually some slight fitting issues that are flagged up at this stage because everyone’s body is different so I don’t deal in dress sizes, I deal in body measurements for each individual.”


Image courtesy of Kosibah

After starting his business in casual wear, he very quickly realized his methods of production were not viable and would be both too expensive and labor intensive. His business organically evolved into bridal and special occasion wear because of the way he wanted to make his dresses. “I can create whatever my client wants. The unifying factor in all my dresses is the figure enhancing aspect of them, so regardless of whether I’m using kente, or I’m using ankara or I’m using lace, or I’m using duchess satin, it’s the same couture process I use but it’s all client led.”

Kosibah Real Bride Hadiza
Image courtesy of  Kosibah

Ladies, finally a designer that cares about women with curves! Yemi goes on to explain, “they obviously come to me because they’ve seen something I’ve done. I sit down with them, I look at them physically to see what would fit because that’s my basic ethos. I ask myself what can I do for this person in front of me to flatter them and make them look their best? Sometimes we minimize certain body areas and sometimes we enhance other body parts.” As a woman with curves, I begin to smile and Yemi smiles back in acknowledgment that I like his style!

Kente-Oke BridesmaidMother of the Bride Lady Boateng and Yemi
Images courtesy of Kosibah

Dressing his bride is a service he offers because after working for months on a dress, he wants to see the dress in the right setting and wants to ensure it looks exactly the way he designed the piece. A client who he met through Instagram flew him to Abuja to the wedding to dress her. Ladies, you can bring the designer to you! Yemi is not only a 21st century designer but he is engaged with social media and recognizes how powerful a marketing tool it is for his product. He understands the power of Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook, “learning the etiquette of the social platforms he uses” he now has clients he would not have met under normal circumstances.

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Images courtesy of Kosibah

I asked Yemi whom would he consider as his ideal client. He explains, “she is a full-figured woman because anybody that is a size 14 or under, people might just assume she’s got great body.” A full-figured woman that wears one of his dresses should expect a significant amount of body sculpting in order to make more of an impact. If you’re not sample sized, it might be more difficult to just get something off the peg which is where getting something bespoke might be your priority. Because of “the quality of the fabric, embellishments that I use in my dresses and the line and the silhouette of the finished gown, I want it to always scream class and grace.” I ask him if he could dress any bride, or create a bespoke dress, who or what would that be? Yemi immediately responds, “if Oprah ever decides that she wants to marry Stedman, she should come and knock on my door, and I will create the most amazing dress for her because she has the perfect figure I’d like to get my hands … ’cause she has an hourglass figure.” I smile and tell him we’ll have to get that message across the pond to Oprah.

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Michelle Lowe is the travel editor for World Bride Magazine and is based in London, UK.

Agadir Argan Oil Loves your Hair!

AGADIR ARGAN OIL is all the rage these days, with celebs and acclaimed hairstylists proclaiming it a miracle treatment. At first glance it would appear to be yet just another hair care product adding Argan oil, however, the difference can be felt immediately! These alcohol and cruelty free products enrich hair by protecting it from environmental and heat damage! That’s just what you brides and brides-to-be need to prepare your hair for your Big Day or perhaps protect it from the sun during your honeymoon island escape.


Agadir’s products are infused with 100% certified Argan oil that comes from the Argan tree, which is native to Morocco and is rich in Vitamin E, Omega-9, Omega-6, Linoleic Acid, Oleic Acid and other essential fatty acids said to be excellent for hydrating, repairing, conditioning hair and scalp. It is also more resistant to oxidation than other types of oil (meaning it won’t lose its nutrients as quickly once exposed). Argan oil also has a low molecular weight allowing it to instantly penetrate into the hair shaft without weighing hair down.


Agadir makes shampoos, conditioners, heat protectants, treatments and styling aids.

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Upon using these products, I noticed that the hair felt moisturized as the products were being applied, during styling and after. They definitely nourish the hair and give it an overall healthy, noticeable shine. I really love the that these products are suitable for all hair types and styling methods.

Here a few facts on my favs:


  • Humidity resistant
  • Protective sunscreen
  • Enriched with antioxidants
  • Dry, non-greasy, lightweight formula
  • 24-hour lasting shine
  • Good for use on wet or dry hair
  • Pleasant, fresh smell


  • Formulated with antioxidants & anti-frizz agents
  • Blocks humidity
  • Crunch free curls
  • Weightless curl control
  • Moisturizing


  • Deep conditioning treatment
  • Sulfate free
  • Keratin protein & Vitamin E infused
  • Decreases frizz


Agadir Argan Oil Products are available at selected salons nationwide and at http://www.agadirint.com


Sonia Castleberry: Beauty Editor | Hairstylist

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Top TSA-Friendly Hair Products that will help you arrive to your honeymoon destination tress free

No matter where your honeymoon or summer plans may take you, travel can wreak havoc on your regular hair regimen. My mother always said big things come in small packages. That would definitely apply to all the portable mini hair products brands are offering to all you travel beauties out there. Even with the current carry on restrictions, you can stock up on the latest and greatest without hindering your hair routine or adding extra weight to your luggage. Check out some of my favorite travel-friendly buys below.

 COAST TO COAST CURLS Don’t worry about your luscious locks going lifeless while on vacation! Ouidad’s Love Your Curls Kit provides everything you need with the Clear & Gentle Shampoo, Balancing Rinse Conditioner, Climate Control Gel, Botanical Boost Spray Conditioner, and Deep Treatment Conditioner. they are perfect for carry  on luggage and weekend rendezvous. $37 ouidad.com



BLOW DRY ON THE GO This kit makes packing easier than ever before, with 100% air compliant, space- savers. Whether your look is beach waves or city straight, the blowpro JetBlow KitTM has you covered with Beach Blow Texturizing Mist, Blow Up Thickening Mist, and Heat Is On Protective Daily Primer. Glam on-the-go has never been easier. $18; at blowpro.com

JetBlow Mini Kit

BIG HAIR EVERYWHERE Unbelievable volume, firm holding, fast drying and ultra shining. The Big Sexy Hair Spray and Play Volumizing Hairspray will keep you looking cool, even at your hottest. $6 ulta.com Big_SprayPlay_MINI

NO WATER NECESSARY Ditch the water and say goodbye to oil and buildup with blowpro Faux Dry. This residue free transclucent dry shampoo lifts hair, gives a just washed look, and provides manageability to re-style. $20; at blowpro.com

Faux Dry

DON’T FADE AWAY Protect and clean all at once while traveling in style with Oribe’s Beautiful Color Travel Set. Made specifically for color-treated hair. This kit includes 6 elegant shampoo and conditioner packets and 1 shampoo and masque for a little extra love and care. $19.50 oribe.com and Bergdorf Goodman beautiful-color-travel-set-box-large


Beauty Contributor and Expert: Sonia Castleberry

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5 Products To Help You Achieve Flawless Foundation

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5 Products To Help You Achieve Flawless Foundation
by Victor Amos

As a professional makeup artist, the number one question I get asked by models and clients is, “How do I achieve flawless-looking foundation?” Many of them are surprised to find out that achieving flawless foundation relies heavily on the way you prepare the skin for the foundation, and less about the foundation itself. Just like a house, makeup must set atop a base if it is to last and sit properly. Let’s look at some products that will help you achieve that flawless look!




I always start my makeup applications by wetting and cleansing the skin. It is important that you always start off your makeup routine with clean skin. Not only does cleansing the skin remove dirt and excess oils, it also moistens the skin, which helps it better absorb the products that will be applied next.

MY RECOMMENDATION: Bioderma Crealine ($23.00 USD / 250 ml)

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Almost nothing is more important than your moisturizer! It is essential to making sure that your skin stays nourished, hydrated and supple throughout the day. Dry skin can lead to flaking, “cakey” foundation, and even worse… premature aging! You don’t have to spend a ton of money, but make sure that your moisturizer meets your skin needs. If you are oily, pick a moisturizer that is oil-free. If you are dry, pick a moisturizer that is thick and creamy. And no matter which skin-type you have, make sure your moisturizer contains SPF!

MY RECOMMENDATION: Olay Regenerist UV Defense ($28.00 USD / 50 ml)

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A lot of women forget this step, but eye cream is very important! How many of you have problems with concealer getting “cakey” and seeping into the fine lines under your eyes? That problem occurs because the under-eye is dehydrated. The skin under your eye is very thin and dehydrates easily. If you want smooth, crease-free concealer, then you need to make sure that your under eye is properly moisturized, otherwise the moisture in your concealer will absorb, leaving behind a cakey, flakey mess.

MY RECOMMENDATION: Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream ($49.00 USD / 15 ml)

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Primer is another step that is grossly underestimated. If you live in a humid climate or have oily skin, a good primer will help with the longevity of your makeup application. I recommend a silicone-based primer, as it will blur fine lines, and fill-in large pores that are common around the nose and on the cheeks. So not only will you have long-lasting makeup, you will also have buttery-smooth skin.

MY RECOMMENDATION: Whip Hand Cosmetics Set The Stage Primer ($39.00 USD / 1 oz)

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Now, this is a finishing step. Once you have finished your makeup application, you want take take off that “dusty” look that happens after you have applied your setting powder. A good way to bring the natural radiance and glow back to the skin is with a fixing spray. There are many formulas available on the market that will do different things. I tend to gravitate to the fixing sprays that re-hydrate the face with water and minerals. You can use this mist to freshen-up your makeup throughout the day as well.

MY RECOMMENDATION: Caudalie Beauty Elixir ($18.00 USD / 1 oz.)

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Queen of the Palace – A real fairy tale come true at The Palazzo Manganani Feroni


Feeling like a queen will be second nature when you stay at the Palazzo Maganani Feroni Hotel in Florence.

This former palace, owned by two families and most recently the Giannotti family for over 250 years, is an authentic Renaissance Palace from the 1500’s, which was completely restored in 2002.

As you enter the magnificent lobby, you are greeted by the sound of delectable jazz music and you can feel that love is in the air. This luxury property offers 24-hour service and all amenities and services that the luxury traveler of today requires.

The Palazzo Maganani Feroni is located in the heart of historic Florence and all major attractions, restaurants and shops are in close proximity.

What makes Palazzo Magnani Feroni special, apart from being the Condé Nast Johansens Award Winner 2013 and the Condé Nast Johansens Award Finalist 2014, are the 12 stunning suites on 3 floors of which some of them face onto a common gallery. The architecture is superb; original frescoes, cross-vaulted ceilings, a beautiful inside courtyard and a rooftop terrace, which overlooks the beautiful city of Florence and the nearby hills. Each suite has its own personalised name and you can even choose your preferred soap for the duration of your stay. The rooms all carry Bulgari amenities – what’s not to love!

On the second floor left wing where the majestic Salon sits, you can enjoy a white glove service romantic candle lit breakfast and even a mimosa or bucks fizz along side your macchiato, cappuccino or coffee/tea of choice. Close by is a billiard room – if that is your choice of relaxation. Situated on the ground floor is the hotel bar that opens at 6pm every evening and in the summer time it moves to the rooftop terrace which is especially breathtaking at dusk.

This exceptional hotel will sweep you away with their discreet and professional staff along with their attention to detail. Create your own fairy tale at this romantic venue – it’s not to be missed! To schedule an appointment to plan your wedding, or book a room for your stay at this great location, contact Antonella Fabiano, sales@florencepalace.it and use the code WorldBrideML to get the best rate.

To-Dye-For Locks

Whether you’re an edgy platinum blonde, a rich shade of chocolate brown, or a fiery redhead proper color and maintenance is a must leading up to your wedding day!

As a professional hairstylist with vast coloring experience I always recommend getting your hair color or any chemical process done by a professional. You should go pay your colorist a visit one to two weeks before your wedding day for application. If you’re a single-process brunette or a redhead, you should have it done the same week. The fresher the color, the better it will photograph. If you have highlights or low lights it should be done up to two weeks prior. You want to give the highlights time to settle and soften. To ensure that you maintain that just from the salon richness make sure you indulge in at-home color care! You should use a professional color safe shampoo and conditioner.

I recommend these Kérastase products (kerastase-usa.com):

Kérastase Reflection Bain Chroma Riche shampoo and Bain Chroma Riche System Aqua- Ionic Masque for Brunettes and Redheads


Kérastase Bain Force Architecte shampoo and Ciment Anti-User conditioner for Blondes


Here are two Pro tips to help with maintenance:

1.  Avoid excessive heat styling and an extended amount of sun exposure. 

This is very important because both sun and heat can be damaging to your hair and contribute to early fading.

2. Wash hair less frequently.

Refresh on your off days by flipping hair over and spraying dry shampoo at the roots to soak up oil.

Follow these tips to keep your hair lustrous and full of life!



Sonia Castleberry-www.soniacastleberry.com, http://www.bridesbysoniacastleberry.com

Nail Art- Modernizing Your Wedding Details

Your wedding look no longer has to be bland.  You can incorporate some of your creative expressions in a small but effective way, your nail art.

The idea of nail art can be viewed as gaudy or juvenile.  The trend has become enormously popular among women of all ages and can be a great way to express your personality.  Whether you wear your nails neatly manicured wear tip extensions or UV gel there is a design every woman can enjoy.

All forms of nail art doesn’t  have to be elaborate . Below you will find nail collage.  You can show a picture to your to nail tech or piggy back from one of these ideas.  Feel free to to be inspired by one of these great works of art.

After all it’s the little things that count.

For great popping colors we recommend some of our go to brands: Chanel, Dior, YSL, Tom Ford and Nars.

For great nudes can’t go wrong with: Essie, Spa Ritual, OPI, Orly, and Revlon.

For art tricks and tools: Color Club, Kiss Products are the way to go.


Bridal Hair Trends for Spring 2014

Undoubtedly, the top Spring hair trends for 2014 has to be wearing romantic flowers and undone hairstyles giving you a Boho look. As seen on the catwalk, Dolce and Gabbana Zac Posen, and Anna Sui all used romantic blossoms to decorate their models on the runway. This look is also gorgeous for real brides. Try incorporating small flower heads by pinning them all over the hairstyle. One single bloom can be worn on the side of the head if trying to achieve a more conservative look.

Boho is also a hot look that’s in full effect! Rachel Zoe graced us with Old World-style braids for this years look. Braids, twists and beach wave texture are very trendy right now for brides. This style is great because it’s not overdone, and is still sexy.  If you are going with this look for your wedding, aim for natural looking curls for your tresses with earthy details like knots twists, and braids. You can also add flowers to this style or opt for gold hair accessories for a more glamorous look.

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Beauty Contributor and Expert: Sonia Castleberry http://www.bridesbysoniacastleberry.com | http://www.soniacastleberry.com


Doing your hair for your wedding can be complicated. You never want your hairstyle to upstage your jewelry, dress or makeup. All of these features should compliment each other. From long luscious locks to a naturalista your do is like the cherry on the top of the sundae. So you must get it right. You can wear hair accessories, a veal or just a plain up do. What ever you do own it!

A head band or a simple flower is great way to express yourself, especially if your dress is simple.

Just because you are wearing a veil does not mean you cant accessorize. Just keep it simple.

The locks just gave this head piece a new look.

For my twist out ladies!

For my ladies with long natural curls it is really easy to just throw some shiny accessories or flowers in there.

You can never go wrong with a classic up do.

Braids are in this season. Be a fashionista for your wedding day!

Some of WBM’s favorite accessory companies:



6 Tips For The Natural Hair Bride

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Curly, Coiled, & Confused?:
6 tips for the Natural Hair Bride

by Sonia Castleberry

Listen up Curly Brides! If you want your hair to look amazing on your wedding day, maintenance and preparation is key!  Here are 6 vital steps that you should follow to make sure your hair is looking it’s absolute best for your Big Day!

1. Have a bridal hair consultation at least 3 months in advance with your chosen hair stylist. During this time try out several different styles and choose the one that best fits you and your personality. Take into consideration, your style of dress, facial structure, and climate.

2. Schedule a hair trim appointment 3 weeks prior to the date. This will help to minimize breakage by ensuring that your hair is free of split ends.

3. Limit your heat usage! Excessive heat use can lead to heat damage over time, which can permanently damage your natural curl pattern. If you must use heat always make sure you are applying a heat protectant first.  TRESemme’ Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray guards against heat and friction to keep your hair shiny and incredibly soft.

4. Began a deep conditioning treatment regimen ASAP! Once a week you should apply an all natural conditioner to your hair and allow it sit for 15 min. This process helps to rejuvenate your hair from the weather elements and manipulation.  TRESemme’ Naturals Nourishing Conditioner is lightweight silicone free, and uses natural ingredients to hydrate your hair.

5. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water and using water based products! This will keep your hair well hydrated and moisturized.

6. Protect your curls at night by wearing a silk or satin bonnet. If you aren’t the bonnet type opt out and purchase a silk or satin pillowcase.

Source: Hair: Adunni Easton  Photography: Michael Clark


Beauty Contributor & Expert: Sonia Castleberry http://www.bridesbysoniacastleberry.com | http://www.soniacastleberry.com