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#AlaraLagos x #Vliscoandco: A Cultural Evening!

Hey guys, 

How is this season treating you? I have been way too busy but here’s something from #lastfridaynight!

In one sentence, I can say that Nigerians are “woke” people. This is my first luxury event in Lagos. I have been quite a few places but a luxury event is way too different. In a luxury event, attendees are only “creme-de-la-creme, then you have a reserved spot selected media company. 

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Last Friday night, I had the opportunity of going to the most talked about luxury stores in Lagos-Alara Lagos. At a point, it was one of my “must-go” places in Lagos but didn’t have the pocket to go (if you know what I mean) and now, I had a free ticket to go do some content.

So, Vlisco organised an cultural event with AWCA (A White Space Creative Agency) at Alara Lagos to show a presentation by a team of Nigerian talents/creatives to give their own idea of creativity using Vlisco prints. It’s a search for what the future of fashion holds for Vlisco wax Company by Nigerian creatives. Actually, this means a lot!

The creative team- Tokyo James as a menswear fashion designer, Daniel Obasi as art direction, photography & styling, Karo Akpokiere as the illustrator, Abiola Oulusola as womenswear fashion designer and others.

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From Tokyo James’s Collection

The team came up with something super creative and I couldn’t be happier about the collection. I loved the details about the Tokyo James collection because it had ant and flamingo appliques on the fabrics. It showed the bold, daring man and a risk taker in terms of style!

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The ant applique/detail from Tokyo James Collection

The Alara store has interesting details and would make your mouth water at each luxury item. From the store, there were body grooming products such as skincare line-Epara, there were other luxury Italian perfumes as well. 

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Epara Skincare preoducts

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I thought the only places I could find mules and luxury clutch bags were online stores like Asos, Zara, and the likes but Alara stores featured each of these expensive items. I loved the artistic display of cultural items like cultural/ print-inspired chairs, there were beaded crowns, bracelets, all the things you would admire in a cultural setting. The architectural structure of the building played a huge role in the comfortability and coziness of the store. It’s a space well managed and well thought out. Just like a rich home, you find staircases leading you to the direction of the items you want to purchase.

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Round Strap bags at Alara Lagos!

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What would I do in a luxury store than to take good pictures of the items and remembering a quote one of my American friends taught me..“the best luxury is looking at things”- from Erin. I looked, gazed, stared until I felt awkward but I wished there was more than enough to pick one or two things.Someday I would!

I couldn’t go to the famous restaurant to eat because it was dark and of course one drink wouldn’t cause so much harm, would it? (Let me know if you have been there)!

See more photos:

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If you have been to Alara Store or the restaurant in Lagos, please feel free to comment! What’s the least expensive item in the store or the restaurant? Don’t forget to like, share this article and follow my IG page : thevickieo/@thelazyoutfitter

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I Chose A Pyjamas Top & Styled It At The GTB Fashion Weekend!

This post is long overdue but it has to be written!

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The Guaranty Trust Bank is one of the five-star commercial banks in Nigeria. They are known for their CSR and recently, their contribution to building Small & Medium Enterprise in the Food industry and the fashion industry.

Just in its second year of carrying out this project, this year turned out to be so much fun and aesthetically pleasing! Unlike the previous GTBank Fashion Weekend last year, there were props, clean mobile toilets and a spacious event centre. There was the Pop Up Sales stores by different Nigerian brands in the building and outside and the prices were relatively affordable.

I wanted the Masterclasses but managed to attend one-The Vanessa Kingori Class. She’s the New British Vogue Publisher. There was a lot to learn from her. 

I couldn’t have gone alone duh..I went with my partner-in-crime (@wanshygirl) and we had as much fun as possible. If I could I would drop all the pictures here! Also, I met a friend I hadn’t seen for 15 years! 

See details below!

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It was a FRUGA-WANDER-kinda journey, we hopped from a BRT bus, Keke Napep to trekking! What a life!

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Met my childhood friend I hadn’t seen for 15 solid years. She’s now a vlogger (@nubiaqween). How time flies!

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I decided to rock the pyjamas trend just because it was a big trend earlier this year and haven’t even tried it. Pjs can be in floral prints, cotton or silk but best worn or styled in silk. I paired it up with a slim-fit denim with some Parisian vibe! I also loved the Graphic tee and culottes Ebun styled herself in!

Outfit details:

Top: PJs top 

Pants: Denim

Shoes: White Mountain shoes