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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Image courtesy of Damien Lovegrove                            Image courtesy of Alakija Studios

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.”

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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.”

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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!

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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.

Check out Yemi at the following:

http://www.kosibah.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/YemiKosibah
http://www.twitter.com/yemikosibah
http://uk.linkedin.com/in/yemiosunkoya
http://www.yemikosibah.com

 

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

Blonde Bobshell: Eve’s Most Memorable Looks

evesoniabannerWho’s that girl? Eve’s that girl! She never fails us with her bold hairstyles. Whether she’s wearing long tresses with spicy highlights topped off with a blunt fringe or turning heads with her flamboyant blonde bob, Eve’s hairstyles are as versatile as her rhymes. Eve and her blonde bob looks are definitely a winner in my book! She wears this classic style so effortlessly always giving us sassy and chic. Let’s explore how to achieve her looks!

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STRAIGHT & SLEEK:

To create a super straight finish, use a hot flat-iron to touch up any sections that require a smoother texture. Finish with a light weight oil for the ultimate shine. Apply a dime size to the palms of your hands, emulsify and lightly brush across the surface of your hair. Always remember a little product goes a long way!

FHI Heat Platform Flat Iron

Sachajuan Intensive Hair Oil

Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil

Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Treatment Oil

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TOUSLED & FREE:

The tousled effect can be achieved by using a curling iron, 1’’ or higher, wrap 1-inch sections of hair from mid-shafts to ends only (leave the roots straight). Curl random sections of hair in different directions to create a more haphazard, rough texture. Gently touse your hair with your hands to break up the curls. Complete the look by misting a light finishing hair spray.

T3 Bodywaver

L’Oréal Elnett Hair Spray

Aveda Air Control Hairspray

Fekkai Sheer Hold Hair Spray

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BODY & VOLUME:

Body and volume can be achieved with product and heat. Separate your hair into 2″ sections and spray roots with a volumizer. Blow dry with a medium to large round brush starting near the back of the head using half-inch pieces and working around to the front on either side. To create extra volume, hold brush in the hair near the scalp until the hair cools (about five seconds), then move the brush down and through to the ends of the hair for a smooth finish.

Harry Josh Pro Dryer 2000

Ibiza B4 Round Brush

Aveda Volumizing Tonic

Ojon Volume Advance Thickening Spray

 

Sonia Castleberry: Beauty Editor | Hairstylist

http://www.soniacastleberry.com | http://www.bridesbysoniacastleberry.com

All About Eve: Makeup We Love

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While Eve has made sartorial waves for the paw prints adorning her décolletage, I think it would serve us well to look up a few inches and take note of her face! Over the years, I have noticed that Eve definitely has a “hallmark” makeup style: Bronzed & Luminous! Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can achieve Eve’s trademark look.

 

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Luminizer:

A great way to get that “inner glow” is to mix your foundation with a luminizer. The light-reflecting particles in the luminizer will give a soft iridescence to your face, and who doesn’t love a healthy glow? You can also dab it onto the high points of your face, after you have applied all of your makeup, to give an added shine.

[ ] Givenchy Mister Radiant

[ ] Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector

[ ] MAKE UP FOR EVER Uplight

[ ] NARS Illuminator

 

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Bronzer:

Bronzer is essential to any makeup application, but it is especially important when doing a “healthy” glow look. Bronzer will also give your face dimension and warmth, which help to sclupt and define your features. Make sure to use a dense, flat brush to apply  the bronzer. You should apply it to places where the sun would hit the face, naturally (forehead, cheeks, chin, bridge of nose).

[ ] Sephora Collection Sol de Rio Bronzing Powder

[ ] Diorskin Nude Tan Healthy Glow Enhancing Powder

[ ] NARS Casino Bronzer

 

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Cream Blush:

Cream blush makes a great finishing touch to a healthy glow makeup look. It not only adds a healthy flush on the cheeks, but it leaves behind a nice dewy shine. A great way to apply it is with your ring finger. Your ring finger is pretty weak, so it will be hard to over-apply the product. None of us wants to walk around looking like Mrs. Claus!

[ ] Tarte Cheek Stain

[ ] Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge

[ ] Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip & Cheek Creamy Oil

[ ] YSL Creme De Blush Soft Blush

 

Victor Amos
Makeup Artist & Beauty Editor
New York City
http://www.VictorAmos.com

BED OF NAILS

A breath of fresh air has swept through Harlem, New York. It came in the form of a nail salon and has been named Bed of Nails.   Bed of Nails is unconventional salon for men and women, with a mission statement that ensures quality.  The salon is dedicated to making their customers feel “unique and luxurious.

Bed of Nails offers a wide variety of services from manicures, pedicures and spa packages.  The salon also serves cocktails to add to their quality feel.  The salon also offers the latest trends in nail art.  It is difficult to find a salon so chic where the nail technicians are talented enough to produce fabulous nail art.   Each stroke of polish will be infused with only the best polish money can buy, from Essie, Tom Ford and RGB .  As a freelance manicurist the 25 year old owner  Candice Idehen really knows quality.  She has manicured some of the finest nails in your favorite magazines like Harpers Bazaar and Vogue Paris.

It is obvious Candice takes pride in her business because the décor is impeccable. The young CEO offers a private back room for waxing services, six mirrored manicure stations with six thrown like velvet pedicure stations.  As you walk in you are welcomed by exposed brick and modern chandeliers. What makes this salon unique from other salons?  Candice has travel extensively and has worked with some of the biggest trendsetters. Bed of Nails is the newest luxury to Harlem you don’t want to miss out on.  Visit www.bedofnails.com to make your appointment now. Owner : Candice Idehen

World Bride loves World Barbie: Vogue Italia

Just about every bride planned out her wedding with her favorite doll and now that favorite doll takes her place on the cover of Vogue, say hello to World Barbie…

 

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Editor-In-Chief Frank Sozzani says:

“Barbie has been an icon for whole generations which is why I really wanted to give a strong sign in step with the times, and dedicate the anniversary issue to Black Barbie.”


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