Style: Lessons From the Great Male Skirt Rebellion of 2017

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Dress codes have been much in the news recently, largely because of the way the burden of compliance seems to fall on women — whether it be requiring them to don heels instead of flats, not to wear leggings or simply to “dress like a woman” (remember that?). But last week, the tables were turned, and men suddenly found themselves in what they deemed a discriminatory situation.

Namely, they were being ordered to wear trousers, rather than shorts, in the midst of a heat wave. The resulting ad hoc protest united men across countries, age groups and employers. It took the form of … skirts. And therein lay some important lessons.

An early example came on June 19, when Joey Barge, who works at a call center in Buckinghamshire, in southern England, went to work in tailored navy shorts, despite their not being included in his office’s dress code. He documented the decision on Twitter:

If women can wear skirts/dresses at work can I wear smart shorts like so?

The answer was no, and he was sent home, whereupon he changed into a dress — a simple black and hot pink number — and returned to work.

The next day, bus drivers in the French city of Nantes who had been told that company policy did not allow shorts even though their vehicles were not air-conditioned and (as they pointed out) they were generally hidden from the waist down, showed up for work in skirts.

And at about the same time, a group of schoolboys in the English city of Exeter, for whom shorts were not a uniform option, started showing up for school in the plaid skirts that were part of the dress code for their female classmates.

The protests were widely applauded on social media. Mr. Barge’s initial post was liked, as of Monday morning, 6,600 times; a video interview with the French drivers on a local news site, Presse Océan, had been viewed more than 334,000 times.

And the protests did effect change: Mr. Barge’s employers relaxed their policy and allowed male employees to wear three-quarter-length shorts in black, navy and beige according to a note he posted on Twitter.

By Thursday, Semitan, the French bus company at the center of the Nantes protest, had told drivers that they could wear black or beige shorts as a temporary measure and that the official policy would be reviewed, according to The Local, an English-language news site. And The Guardian reported that the “box-pleat rebellion” — and the generally positive reaction to it — had prompted the school in Exeter to allow boys to wear shorts starting in the next school year.

All of this is worth considering, for a number of reasons. First, they demonstrate that implicit gender bias in dress codes works both ways, something we should not forget.

Second, they show the changing balance of power in the relationship between the individual and the institution, and that the individual increasingly seems to be gaining.

And third, they reveal our own strange prejudices against men in shorts, and our growing level of comfort with men in skirts. That’s a pretty notable development.

As for men in shorts, why it is such a problem is not entirely clear. Because shorts denote childhood and weekends? Because we are weirdly uncomfortable with the idea of an exposed male calf? You tell me.

When it comes to men in skirts, however, it has been a subject of conversation for a while now, thanks in part to fashion’s interest in acknowledging and respecting a discussion around gender fluidity and the challenging of stereotypes.

Jaden Smith appeared in Louis Vuitton ads in 2016 in a skirt from the label’s women’s collection, and on Sunday, Thom Browne (a major proponent of men in shorts, as it happens) showed an entire men’s collection of traditional suits — including some with skirts or shorts, rather than with trousers. Although designers have been floating the idea on the runway for a long time (Jean Paul Gaultier did it in 1984), I wonder if it may actually be reaching critical mass.

After all, though the shorts protesters were not suggesting that they wanted to wear skirts as a rule, the ease with which they adopted the garment, and the geniality of the reaction to their sartorial statement, certainly suggested a breaking down of traditional dress prejudice.

As Mr. Gaultier told The New York Times after his show in 1984: “Wearing a skirt doesn’t mean you’re not masculine. Masculinity doesn’t come from clothes. It comes from something inside you. Men and women can wear the same clothes and still be men and women. It’s fun.”

It may have taken more than 30 years, but his words are beginning to seem almost prophetic. Odds are, we are going to see more of it. Employers had better get ready.

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7 office outfit ideas to give you that special look at work

Saying goodbye to the weekend is pretty tough but figuring out work outfits for the new week can be even more daunting.

Many times, the outfits are hanging right there in our closets staring at us and wishing we’d pick them but we don’t, and this is mostly because the mere thought of another Monday can sap all of one’s energy.

Let’s be frank now! Do you not imagine you could show up at work on Monday in your pyjamas or something close to it? Well yeah, it’s not really your clothes you need to work, it’s your brain right? Except you work in marketing or client service then PJs are not a bad idea.

But we honestly want you to do better so we put together 10 work outfit inspirations from some of our favourite style bloggers. These looks will help you look like the work professional plus the chic boss plus the fashion pro all in one.

7 office outfit ideas to give you that special look at work this week

This monochromatic look is a winner for that Monday out-of-office meeting. The best part is pairing it with a leopard print belt and stilettos. Seal that deal!

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You can never go wrong in a white shirt but you’ll be the winner when you throw in a hot, red skirt with a daring front slit. This look can transition to an after-work look thanks to the silver open toe sandals.

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Another monochromatic look but this time with pants and a brown bag that speaks READY!

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This is how to show up if your intention is to disrupt the work flow. Hot, chic and flawless. A flowered blouse on pastel palazzos paired with heels they have to beg to see…

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When the week is almost over, you can play with a pinafore. Add a dash of colour with your pumps.

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Even the HR lady will be gushing over your look when you stand out from the office crowd in mix and match stripes. Douse the drama with black accessories

 

Five celebrities who are not afraid of the bald look in 2017… you should try it too

We have often been told that the hair is the crowning glory of any woman. In fact, the hair has caused factions among women folk for decades: natural, kinky, straight, dreads, relaxed, permed, texlaxed or chopped.

Well these stars either have had enough of all that or just are not bothered about all that. We are not sure what their motives were for going for the close shave, all we know is that we are totally feeling it and we are here to help them spread the gospel.

  • Cara Delevingne

Five celebrities who are not afraid of the bald look in 2017... you should try it too

Cara Delevingne

Five celebrities who are not afraid of the bald look in 2017... you should try it too

  • Toyin Aimakhu

Check out the Nollywood actress feeling funky as she poses in her bald look

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  • Kristen Stewart 

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  • Fathia Balogun

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POP singer Mo’cheddah floats clothing line

Nigerian Pop artist, Mo’Cheddah, has finally taken a fresh leap in the world of fashion with the launch of her much anticipated clothing line with a new ready to wear collection that emphasizes fun, edge and most importantly affordability.

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“I want everyone to be able to express themselves through fashion without having to break the bank.” says the super stylish songstress; “In creating my first collection, I put together fun and flirty pieces that I love and often look out for when shopping for myself.”

The pieces from the limited edition collection is named after her mom, Bolanle. This collection is inspired by the females in her family and can be purchased via Mo’s fashion hub – http://www.mocheddah.com

Fashionistas can shop these fabulous designs on her website from today
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SOURCE: The Bloomgist/Fashion Online

Militants, John Terry – Your morning briefing

Militants, John Terry - Your morning briefing

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Good day, Here are yesterday’s top stories, and a look ahead – Click on any title to read the complete story.


Niger Delta militants 5

Two soldiers were killed and three injured during a gunbattle with suspected sea pirates in Ijawkiri, the border town between Bayelsa and Rivers States, military authorities have confirmed.


Edward Enninful: the new Editor-in-Chief Of British Vogue

Newhouse called Enninful “an influential figure in the communities of fashion

Edward Enninful has been appointed editor-in-chief of British Vogue, succeeding Alexandra Shulman, who resigned in January after 25 years at the helm of the title.


Chelsea legend John Terry to leave Chelsea at the end of the season

ohn Terry Has Been The Mask Over Chelsea’s Superficial Recruitment

Chelsea Football Club has announced that its captain, John Terry, will depart Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

In a statement on its website Monday, the club expressed its enormous gratitude to Terry and wished him the very best of luck for the future.


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Edward Enninful: the new Editor-in-Chief Of British Vogue

Edward Enninful has been appointed editor-in-chief of British Vogue, succeeding Alexandra Shulman, who resigned in January after 25 years at the helm of the title.

Edward Enninful: the new Editor-in-Chief Of British Vogue

Newhouse called Enninful “an influential figure in the communities of fashion

Enninful, the former style director at W Magazine, will be the first male to edit British Vogue in its 100-year history, and will begin his new role in August.

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Edward Enninful, OBE, as Editor of British Vogue effective August 1, 2017,” said Jonathan Newhouse chairman and chief executive of Condé Nast International in a statement. “Edward is one of the most talented and accomplished fashion editors in the world.”

Newhouse called Enninful “an influential figure in the communities of fashion, Hollywood and music which shape the cultural zeitgeist” and said he was “supremely prepared to assume the responsibility of British Vogue.”

Enninful has a strong track record of breathing fresh life into the titles he works with. His appointment to W magazine in 2011 helped transform the title’s fortunes, boosting ad pages by 16 percent in 2012, the biggest year-over-year gain among fashion titles. Enninful also spearheaded Vogue Italia’s “Black Issue”, an issue so successful that Condé Nast was forced to print an extra 40,000 copies.

Indeed, Enninful understands the Vogue DNA. Until his appointment to W Magazine in 2011, he was a contributing editor at both American Vogue (from 2006) and Vogue Italia from 1998, working closely on the latter with the late Franca Sozzani and photographer Steven Meisel. “I always say that I was a London stylist but when I worked with Steven, I became a proper stylist,” he told Models.com in 2010.

Ghanaian-born and London-raised, Enninful’s entry into fashion was as a model aged 16, having been scouted on the Tube by legendary stylist Simon Foxton. His first shoot was with Nick Knight who introduced him to i-D magazine, and before long, he was assisting the title’s fashion director Beth Summers while simultaneously studying for his degree at Goldsmith’s. When Summers left the title, the then-18-year-old Enninful was appointed to her role making him the youngest-ever fashion director of an international fashion publication.

Inspired by London’s club scene in the ’80s, Enninful’s work during this period captured the frenetic energy and creative zeitgeist of the time. It was during this time that he befriended many of his future fashion collaborators, including David Sims, Pat McGrath, Craig McDean, Mario Sorrenti, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell .

His fashion stories, often infused with a provocative elegance and strong narrative, won him commercial and consulting work with an illustrious list of fashion brands including Calvin Klein, Comme des Garçons, Christian Dior, Dolce and Gabbana, Celine, Lanvin, Giorgio Armani, Valentino, Jil Sander, Fendi and Gucci.

Enninful was awarded the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator at the British Fashion Awards in 2014, followed by an OBE in 2016 for services to diversity in the fashion industry.

Also believed to be in the running for the editorship of British Vogue was Jo Ellison, fashion editor of the Financial Times, and Emily Sheffield, who is currently deputy editor at British Vogue.

Enninful’s appointment has been greeted with praise from the fashion community, in which he is well liked and widely respected.


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Gifty Powers, the amazing Reality Star stuns in new photos

The recently evicted Big brother Nigeria contestant, Gifty Powers has released new photos to spice up the public perception of her brand amidst rumors that she might have put pen to paper for an ambassadorial deal with Nigeria’s telecommunication giant MTN.

Gifty Powers, the amazing Reality Star stuns in new photos

In the pictures, Gifty shows off her chick style in more than 6 different looks


In this new release the reality star teams up with seasoned photographer Mathias Aragbada to deliver colorful and eye catching pictures. In the pictures, Gifty shows off her chick style in more than 6 different looks with a smoky makeup which lit her face like the stars.

Powers in all her mystery and majesty does have something to say to her fans;

“WATCH OUT FOR ME!”

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Gifty powers new photos


SOURCE: Fashion Online/Twitter

STYLE: Leroy Marc takes us to his world, his style and the future of African fashion

Welcome to the world of Leroy Marc, a prolific South African radio and TV presenter on BET Africa. Leroy is also an actor and model with endorsements from fashion labels like Wrangler Jeans and Diesel Jeans .

STYLE: Leroy Marc takes us to his world, his style and the future of African fashion

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In this interview we learn about him, his style, and how he sees the African fashion industry in years to come. He also talked about his style Icon and the challenges facing the African Fashion Industry.

*Ojes Daniel becomes O.D and Leroy Marc becomes L.M hereinafter

O.D: Tell us about yourself and your style journey
L.M: Hi, I’m Leroy Marc, a radio and television presenter on BET Africa, I fell in love with fashion when I was in university. I started collecting fashion magazines and following the journeys of notable local and international designers soon after. What intrigued me the most about fashion is the fact that it is literally the closest thing to your skin, the most direct representation of who you are.

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O.D: What do you think about the African fashion industry?
L.M: It is full of some of the best talent on this globe, the genesis of fashion is Africa, the fabrics, the prints, the sheer caricature of fashion all originates in Africa and the Orients. We have great talents like David Tlale, Thaibo Bakar, Anel Botha and tons others who continually shape the business and landscape of fashion work incredible finesse. What a brilliant time to be alive to witness the fashion.

O.D: Who is your celebrity style icon?
L.M: I have several, David Tlale, Patoranking, Sizwe Dhlomo and Tom Ford.

O.D: What are the five fashion items you can’t do without?
L:M: Good underwear, I believe underwear is as much fashion as outer wear.
A good leather jacket, a good solid watch, a navy blue blazer and a great pair of jeans.

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O.D: Who are some of your favorite designers, photographers etc?
L.M: David Tlale, Ntando Ngwenya, Viktor & Rolf; Naked Ape;
Photographers Steven Meisel, Mario Testino and Jerri Mokgofe,

O.D: How do you stay up to date regarding fashion?
L.M: Twitter and Instagram are great instant portals to fashion, I read tons of fashion magazines and luckily I have close friends in the fashion world and real fashion aficionados so I get a constant stream of fashion knowledge and conversation.

O.D: How would you describe your personal style?
L.M: Clean with a dash of daring.

O.D: What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the African fashion industry?
L.M: We don’t think our goods are good enough, we would rather spend hundreds of dollars on western designer labels and cannot spend half of that on designer goods from the continent that has just as good workmanship and often better heritage and pedigree. We are our own worst enemy.

He currently hosts the Saturday late evening talk and variety music show Man Talk with Leroy Marc on Trans Africa Radio broadcasting to Part Asia, Part Europe and Africa through the digital platforms of live streaming, DSTV audio Bouquet and Mobile Internet Site. He also produces the content, technical production and hosts the show with a comprehensive listenership of over 6 Million across Africa, Asia and Europe.

Leroy is simply an awesome individual.


SOURCE: The Bloomgist/Fashion Online

Style pick: Corporate dresses for Nigerian ladies

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