Wednesday, 26 December 2012
Mariam Afolabi is a law student at Warwick University and also the CEO/Creative Director of the renowned and upcoming fashion label, Mademoiselle Aglaia. Born in May 1993, she is a young career oriented lady. As you may wonder how she moved from law into fashion. Mariam fell in love with creating designs when she studied art in high school. There she learnt the concept of imaginative art and abstract art.
Mademoiselle Aglaia has showcased at various shows such as ; Echo and X&O’s for teenagers to African Fashion Week London where Toyin Lawani CEO of TiannahStyling and Creative Director of Elegante by TiannahStyling helped in creating and bringing her designs to life, an off-schedule show for London Fashion Week and even the last Sisi-Oge Beauty Pageant in Lagos. She has also showcased her designs at various universities like: UCL, Imperial, Southampton, Nottingham, Toronto and Warwick.
Her new collection is called Acanthus and Renaissance art. “My designs have been inspired by the ceiling of famous palaces like the palace de Versailles and paintings from artist like Leonardo da Vinci and others during the renaissance period. The Acanthus plant has also inspired the embroidery style in the dresses I have designed to give it that baroque element. Designers like Chanel, Givenchy and Balmain have also inspired the style and technique i have adopted in my collection. These designers use beads, embroidery and prints to express their style, most of the techniques and styles in my collection will portray this” She explains.
She welcomes us to her jungle on the 29th of December at the Oriental Hotel Lagos where she’ll be showcasing in Nigeria for the first time. There is no doubt that Mademoiselle Aglaia has the potential to become one of the top designers across the globe.
Artistes performing at the event are D’Prince, Wande Coal, Dammy Krane, @ADDICTIONDuo, 2Sec, ttwins & lax. This event is strictly by invitation.
The supermodel is lensed for this photo shoot by photography duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. Fashion editor Geraldine Saglio donned Christy in looks from Givenchy, Prada, Balmain and Giorgio Armani. Makeup by Aaron de Mey and hair by James Pecis.
The world's largest floating Christmas tree in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil stands at 280 feet and weighs 542 tons.
The annual "Santacon" is a Christmas parade that traditionally takes place in London every December, inviting hundreds of revellers dressed in Santa outfits to Trafalgar Square.
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Myanmar Christians attend a Christmas Mass at the Saint Mary Cathedral in Yangon.
The Crans-Montana Skiing Resort in Western Switzerland receives a lot of tourists during the holiday season.
Indonesia has increased security for Christmas and New Year holidays with hundreds attending prayers at the Cathedral Church in Makassar in the South Sulawesi province of the country.
Indian Christians, who form only a little more than two percent of the billion-plus population, gather at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in New Delhi.
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Christians also comprise around two percent of Pakistan's population, with many filling the pews of the Fatima Church in Islamabad for Christmas mass.
British tourists strip off and celebrate Christmas Day at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia.
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Russians gather outside Moscow's cathedral of the Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception to attend a carol service, despite freezing temperatures of -21C.
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree tradition in New York in 1931. The tree will be later turned into lumber for Habitat for Humanity, an US non-governmental organisation.
NATO soldiers stationed in Afghanisatan take their Christmas feast at a staff canteen in Kabul.
Traditional lanterns light up in front of a church near the city of Taiyuan in China's Shanxi province.
Iraqi Christians gather around a fire to celebrate Christmas in a church in Hamdaniya town in northwest Baghdad.
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Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem holds a representation of the Baby Jesus as he and clergy arrive to pray at the Grotto, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, at the Church of the Nativity, in the occupied West Bank town of Bethlehem.
Pope Benedict XVI leads the Christmas night mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.