Naa Ashokor’s Wedding Gown,Miss Malaika and Her Fashion Inspirations.

Exclusive Interview with Naa Ashorkor

“Know first who you are and then adorn yourself accordingly”. TV/Radio Host and actress, Naa Ashorkor seems to live by this quote.The tale-teller and radio’s golden girl has seen praise and acclamation from all who have seen on TV or the red-carpet. It’s no surprise her wedding received so much attention and views last year. We speak to her in an exclusive interview about fashion,her wedding gown and her lifestyle. Enjoy the read and the photos too.

NAA ASHORKOR: Good Afternoon, welcome to Star Fm.
Thank-You. We are Nathan, Nii and Mel. From Perucci. A fashion ,art and lifestyle blog.
NAA ASHORKOR: Well, you are welcome but why are you talking to me? (laughs) I am not a fashion icon.
Our bad but you are Google’s most searched Ghanaian celebrity (actor) for 2014, apparently because of your wedding dress last year so that puts you under our fashion radar. That makes you a very fashionable person and we felt we owe it to our audience and followers to ask you some questions on your views on fashion and lifestyle.
NAA ASHORKOR: (laughs) Well, I’m flattered.Naa-Ashorkor-wedding111
Can you tell us what went into the making of the gown, how it was created and why you chose Pistis amongst all the fashion designers,labels and fashion houses across Ghana and the worldwide??
NAA ASHORKOR: Well, to answer what went into the making of the gown, it’s simple, I wanted to look royal. I’ve had a picture of my wedding in my mind since I was like 12, I had an idea of how I wanted everything from my wedding gown right down to the little bride’s gown to look like. I remember seeing Kate Middleton’s wedding gown and it kind of looked like what I had been imagining for myself. I don’t know if I should say it was Kate Middleton inspired, I don’t think so, but then that was the dress I had always dreamed of. So that’s pretty much all the thinking that went into my look that day. I wanted to look like a princess, like royalty.
Wow, so then, why Pistis?
NAA ASHORKOR: I have been working with Pistis for about seven years, ever since they started operating in Ghana in 2007/2008. I had just started working with Charter House and they wanted me to style Miss Malaika delegates. I decided to see new designers, so I talked to Pistis, I hadn’t heard about them back then, I also talked to Bridget Merky and then African by Nana. Pistis in particular had very beautiful finishing. When you pick a dress made by Pistis the insides look like that of a dress sold on the streets of London. The insides are beautifully lined. If you want to alter a Pistis-made dress, your tailor would have to remove layers of linen from the insides. They really tailor beautifully and I have worn their clothing ever since. I just knew they would be the ones to make my wedding dress, and back then they weren’t even doing bridal. At the beginning, I wanted something big, with a belt at the waist and sleeves, Sumaya took my idea and modified it, and I liked the way it turned out. She actually made the dress three times, the first two prototypes in fabric, so I could try it on and she would make alterations over and over. This way the wedding gown comes out perfect, ready to be worn. It was a lot of work for her, especially because she was nine months pregnant at the time. But I knew she would pull it off and she did.n2

You’re spotted in very stylish outfits on and off screen. You must be very passionate about fashion.
NAA ASHORKOR: I’m actually not. I just wear what I’m comfortable in. I don’t go out of my way to go with what’s in vogue. I have a style and I stick to it. I don’t wear loud clothing. I think there is a lot of beauty in simplicity, you know, less is more, the less you try the more glamorous you look.
Describe your personal style in three words.
NAA ASHORKOR: I like simple. I like classy and more often than not I like to look decent.
Do you have a stylist?
NAA ASHORKOR: No, I don’t. I style myself, but Pistis makes most of my clothes and because she knows me personally she knows what I like. Like the dress she made me for last year’s music awards. The red dress beaded at the neck and waist. So many people went to her that year and she made them something nice, and when I saw my dress, I was like this dress is so me. It’s exactly what I would buy if I walked into any shop and saw it. She really knows me. It’s good when you work with a stylist who gets you and not someone who is trying to put their style on you.

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You are seen rocking African prints on and off screen. What is your view on African prints? Do you think it’s overrated?
NAA ASHORKOR: I like African fabrics. Almost all the clothes I have are prints. They are beautiful; I actually don’t like the new in-vogue prints; the really loud ones. I prefer the subtle ones, the new ones that look old. I think the more we wear African prints, the more we will appreciate it. And right now, it’s appreciated a lot ever in the history of Ghana. I think the trend started when ex-president Kufuor introduced the traditional Friday wear .And that’s a good thing because our designers are making money now. Back then we just go to them for church clothes. Now banks have African prints, everyone has African prints, people wear them to weddings these days, back then people wear already-made clothes to weddings, and people are even using African prints in their wedding gowns, even shoes, bags and chairs. And we are exporting more, which is very good. I think African prints should be encouraged.
Talking of encouragement, you do a lot of it when you talk about your designers on your show. Will you say you gave name and rise to these designers?
NAA ASHORKOR: I don’t think I can say that. They play their part too. If they did a bad job I wouldn’t go and sit down and talk about them, so it’s their good work that really speaks for them. I love when people comment on my Instagram that “Naa, I love Tales From The Powder Room, but I watch to see what you’re wearing so I can make one”. Comments like that make me happy because there is nothing better that promoting your own. And I’m happy to wear a Pistis dress and promote it on TV, social media and even on radio. I don’t know what a fashion icon is, but then I know that I appreciate good designers like Madeleine Moude, Pistis, and African by Nana. It’s like this, I know that you’re working hard for me and more often paying for it, so what more can I do than let everyone know that you did this and more people hear about you and come to you to make their clothes. It’s a hand-go-hand-come situation.IMG_9631

If we raided your closet right now, what are we likely to find most?
NAA ASHORKOR: (sarcastically) Clothes! (laughs) Well, I guess you’ll see lot of African prints, you’ll see more dresses than tops and trousers.
What about shoes, flats and heels?
NAA ASHORKOR: I wear a lot of sandals. I wear heels when I have to. (laughs) But I really like to go with what’s simple, you know. I wear a lot of flats, even to events, like A Night of A 1000 Laughs. I wear heels when I have to glam up. So I have a lot of shoes but I hardly wear them. I get used to wearing one and I keep wearing it. I know it’s not a good thing but I guess that’s just the way I am.
You seem to have a very perfect face, what do you do to look this good.
NAA ASHORKOR: (laughs) I don’t have a perfect face! But then I can make it look perfect. I really don’t do anything. When I have something coming up, like a film, stage play, Music Awards or hosting Miss Malaika Grand Finale, then I get facials, I scrub my face, I scrub my lips with Vaseline And Sugar, I literally sleep at the spa(laughs). I have my own spa care kit at home, by Kanshi. But on a regular day I don’t do anything special.
And your hair?
NAA ASHORKOR: My hair? It depends. I wear fake hair (laughs). I get hair usually from Amber Hair. I used to get hair from Royal Court Hair. But I get great hair from Amber Hair. It’s by a Nigerian , Cynthia and she has a Ghanaian business partner, Gifty, so they supply me with hair. It’s been great, their hair is good and when I wear their hair nothing goes wrong.
What are your favorite trends this season? What is your must-have for this season and what won’t you be caught dead wearing ever?
NAA ASHORKOR: Well I most certainly will wear pencil dresses. I think it is a trend now because most women are now wearing pencil dresses. Back then it was pleated and gathers. I still like pleated, you know, my mum used to make me pleated clothes growing up. Sometimes I just like to look like a little girl again. Also, I must have side pockets in my dress, I like to put my hands in my pockets, sometimes it makes the posing easier, you know. I really don’t enjoy carrying handbags around. Even my wedding dress had side pockets. I particularly like Pistis because they always give me my pockets. I can get very moody when you make me my dress without side pockets. Because sometimes I don’t like to carry handbags on the red carpet because they make your photos cluttered and steal attention from the dress you’re trying to promote. Also, I guess I will not be caught dead wearing a blonde afro wig.IMG_9662

What fashion item can’t you leave your house without??
NAA ASHORKOR: Well, I guess, my make up?
Never ever?
NAA ASHORKOR: Actually sometimes I go out with no makeup on, but if I leave the house to come to work, for example, I cannot leave without my foundation.
Where do you shop?
NAA ASHORKOR: I buy most of my clothes from Pistis. They make some stuff that are not African prints, like tops, jackets, skirts and dresses that are not African prints. So aside the things I use on TV, I buy from them. Aside that I buy from Spentlove in East Legon, and the rest of my clothes, I get them overseas.
Paris, Milan, London. Which of these three is your favorite destination to shop?
NAA ASHORKOR: Of the three, I’ve only been to London but I would love to shop in Paris. They have such a high sense of fashion. I don’t think there is anything in the shops of Paris which is not fashionable. When someone shops from Paris, you can see it on them. Like some of my friends who shop from Paris. When you see them you just go like wow, that’s cool stuff. So I guess I’d like to shop from Paris.

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 If you ever get invited to meet President Obama in ten minutes. How would you look?
NAA ASHORKOR: Well, I guess I’ll hold my hair up in a bun; I’d wear a block colored dress; pencil dress of course, a three-quartered sleeve and a cock heel.
Naa,Who are the three stylish women you take fashion inspiration from??
NAA ASHORKOR: Michelle Obama. She’s my top-most inspiration. Locally, I’d say Omotola, the actress. The third is not a real person, she’s a character. I don’t know how Kerry Washington dresses in real life, but I love the way Olivia Pope from “Scandal” dresses. I like her fashion sense.
Who will be in your top three most stylish men?
NAA ASHORKOR: Well, once again I’d go with another fictional character. Harvey Specter from “Suits”. His real name is Gabriel Macht. Secondly, I’d say Mai Atafo Inspired. He’s so stylish. Third, will be K.O.D. I think he’s very stylish.
Okay, let’s talk about Miss Malaika, how do you pick the clothes for the girls?
NAA ASHORKOR: Each girl is different you know. It’s quite the challenge. For those who know the kind of dress they want, it’s pretty easy. For those who do not, you look at their body type, kind of clothes that will look nice on her. Sometimes I just leave it to the designer. I just tell them to make something casual, not too short, and should be colorful and it always turns out great.Miss-Malaika-2014-winner-7

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Okay. Let’s play our two word game. You are allowed to choose one amongst the two. Perfumes or body splashes?
NAA ASHORKOR: Perfume
Short hair or long hair.
NAA ASHORKOR: I like long hair but I don’t like to leave it long. I prefer to hold it up.
Bags or purses?
NAA ASHORKOR: Bags
Shoes or bags?
NAA ASHORKOR: Shoes!!
Heels or pumps?
NAA ASHORKOR: I’d probably buy heels, but will I wear them? I’d wear them on T.V. Will I go out with them? Probably not?
Sunglasses or watches?
NAA ASHORKOR: Definitely watches.
Thank you, Naa, for giving us your time to chit-chat about your fashion outlooks and style,your inspirations and especially the wedding gown! We really do appreciate you giving us this wonderful opportunity.
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NAA ASHORKOR: It was a pleasure.

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Kola Couture (African Men’s Fashion)

Hello everybody! It’s great to be back again to muse about fashion and lifestyle. This week I want to talk about a Nigerian designer Joey and I bumped into a month ago on our Instagram as we campaigned vigorously for another designer friend of ours to make it into the final six of the MusicMeetsRunway grand finale.As fate would have it she didn’t make the cut but we found another authentic and creative menswear brand that fuses art and tradition into fashion. They go by the name KOLA KUDDUS COUTURE.

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KUDDUS the creative director of the brand is known in fashion circles as one who has an eye for quality and colours. No wonder his brand captures these brilliant qualities. Over the years the brand had carved a niche for itself as the no.1 designer for bespoke and prêt-a-porter clothes for men of all ages,backgrounds,class shapes and sizes amongst others.

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His collection as seen from the many fashion shows he’s showcased present a touch of urban attitude to indigenous and authentic male wear. They’re very functional even though most fall in the couture range. Our favourite items from his collections would include his tunics, the bespoke slip-on shoes, well-cut blazers and his very colourful prints and top from their International Africa Collection, Tunic Series as well as their Spring/Summer 13 collections respectively

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KOLA KUDDUS COUTURE is keen on branding and passionate about what they do. This explains why they’re loved by many and acclaimed by even pundits from the industry. They make bold eccentric statements with men’s clothing for either Western Or African styles and they’re gonna be around for a very very long time.

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KOLA KUDDUS COUTURE has a flagship store at Adesanya Ogunsanya Shopping Mall, Shop D22B Surulere, Lagos and is opened to all customers or visit jumia.com to order your bespoke menswear garments online.

Artistic Perspectives

Last December Joey dragged us to the NUBUKE foundation which is situated around East Legon,a few metres from the University of Ghana. He had seen their flyers in front of the porters lodge and he being such an art fanatic and enthusiast convinced me to go with him to see the art and the paintings on display. To be honest I didn’t expect anything exceptional or über cool but I was blown away with what I saw and I finally fell in love with art just as joey was. As for him all he did was to grin from ear to ear as we listened to the curator lecture us on the making of the various asafo flags and
ekuaba dolls.
Right from the Murals,to the graffiti on the walls,to the compelling history of the asafo flags,the beads and wooden statues ,the building itself and the beautiful curators everything spoke of indigenous art,African creativity and culture. They were nice enough to allow us take some selfie and some good photos as well.. So we decided to share them with you too. Enjoy!!
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Joey’s Outfit: Joe goes for a blue flannel shirt with red and white strips. A deep shade of green pants from H&M and sneakers from All Stars. He tops the street wear look with a SnapBack from his collection of baseball hats.
My Outfit:I picked these cream hand-woven batakari and match them with black shorts from puma and slip-on’s from a local designer.

THINK by VLISCO

I love Vlisco.I love their prints,their graceful models,the men and women who wear their fabrics and their huge billboards.Trust me,I do. Growing up with my mum and granny I’ve seen the love and tact used in taking care of the dutch wax print.Vlisco  signifies luxury,femininity,style and African fashion. Ironically,the prints are not made anywhere near africa but who cares?? It is what we’ve grown to know and love. We are still in the new year and Vlisco has also released a new collection.The collection goes by the name THINK. VL063301.06_realsize_productdetail_1Think because every fabric made is to fire up your senses.The collection was designed to give your mind the freedom to dream up endless fashion statements. Vlisco  has carved a niche for itself over the years with designs of bold motifs, tribal-like patterns and use of african symbols and beliefs and the think collection is another giant leap for the wax-fabric makers.VL060418.04_extra_ext300_3VL061708.06_extra_ext300_2Thought, perception, emotion, memory and imagination lay at the heart of our new season’s collection says Vlisco and I couldn’t agree less.I personally love the colour palettes and bold motifs in the fabric.I can see a lot of our women wearing this exciting collection in the weeks and months to come because it is not only for the young and beautiful but old and classy as well. You can preview and pre-shop the fabrics on here>vlis.co/think < or visit any of their shops across the country to grab one for yourself or a very loved one. I am going to get 6 yards of some exciting fabric for mummy this weekend and I know it will get her thinking. LOL!!!VL060214.06_extra_ext300_2VL060214.06_extra_ext300_3VL060417.06_extra_ext300_2 (1) n VL060417.06_extra_ext300_3 uuu

High Fashion In an African City

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3,2,1 Camera,Lights and Action !!! It’s high fashion,Sex and a lot more high fashion in web series,an African city. I was blessed to have spent Christmas at Nana Kwesi’s place and he showed me this amazing series which resembled the Sex and City movie staring Sarah Jessica Parker and her co-stars but this time it was about Africa and everything African. The writer,Nicole Amartefio who is a Returnee herself writes the story about five strong,beautiful,sassy and intelligent African woman who have returned home after a long while in abroad. Forget all the sex and all the issue of combating the stereotypes and let’s focus on the fashion in this issue. The wardrobe of the cast is done by no other than Vintage lover and musician Jojo Abbot, Daaaamn she has real taste for good stuff. There is so much glam about the girls that I’m not watching the series but what clothes they’re wearing next. The girls wear clothes from designers like Afro Mode Trends,Esosa E,Christie Brown,Ameyo,Aya Morrison and host of many other exciting and evolving avant-garde fashion designers from Ghana who at this point are telling the real African story through clothes and showing how modern we have become as a people. The fashion expressions in the series speaks volume and does a lot of promo for the African fashion brand.The natural hair of most of the characters are to die for and they show the African side of what beauty really is. Nicole calls these girls afropolitan and I couldn’t agree less because in spite of wearing all the big names in fashion whiles abroad they still love their African stuff and it reminds me of my cousin and her friends who even though have all the cash to buy the prada and miu miu will still opt for a classy dress for aya or christie brown due to the intricate,bold design,neat tailoring and production of the clothes. I want to give Nicole a huge thumbs for this series and can’t wait for more high fashion in season 2.

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New Year 🎈

Get your hopes up. Raise your expectations. Your best days are still in front of you.Happy new year guys. Thank you for being with us and reading what we have to share with the world. Cheers to all your dreams and aspirations in 2015.☕☕🎈.

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Photography

What is photography?? We Googled the word yesterday and the search engine gave us so many definitions,a lot of quotes and so many explanations but I fell in love with this quote by an anonymous person which says that
“Photography is an art of observation.It has little to do with the things you see and everything with the way you see them.” and Wikipedia’s definition of a photographer explains as follows “A photographer (the Greek φῶς (phos), meaning “light”, and γραφή (graphê), meaning “drawing, writing”, together meaning “drawing with light”)[1] is a person who takes photographs.” I’ve personally not been a fun of photos till I met Joseph and a couple of other photography enthusiasts. It’s been fun and a lot of stress getting creative and good photos for the blog.I’ve come to appreciate this profession so much and know what goes into making those awesome and breath-taking photos then again I’m not talking about the selfies you take with your iPhones and your android devices.Trust me it’s been so much hard-work picking our 15 favourite photographs amongst a 1000 and one photographers and photos.There were those who felt they were cheated by not being in the list and others who felt they shouldn’t have been in the list but hey it’s our perspectives and we owe it to ourselves to pick our favourites and thus we present to you moments,emotions and events captured in 2014 by these lensmen. Enjoy the creative expressions!!📷🎈

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Photo Credit: Mario Testino
Tope Horland
Ben Bond
Ofure Ighalo
Keith Major
Kwasi Darko
Amfo Connolly
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Afriyie
Paul Ukonu
Dext dee Livingstone
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Gilbert Asante
Mel Arthur.
Thank you guys for such splendid,awesome,impeccable,wonderful and natural moments. They are our 2014 favourites.

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