Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Kombe Collection ; The One Shoulder Dress and How to Wear it.

The one shoulder dress, great for both day and and night is the perfect way to show some skin without looking too provocative (remember classy and chic always wins ladies).

Here are a few shots of me in a Kombe Collection one shoulder dress, that I recently wore.
And a few tips on how to wear your one shoulder dress;

Pictures by N. Tembo Photography (IG @iputthebiebsonmyback )

Flatter your body
A one shoulder dress is a great way to show off some skin without being provocative. Make sure the dress flatters your body shape, particularly if you have a big bust, you will want to pick a style that ensures your boobs are tucked in properly without spillage on the side. This is totally different from the 'side boob' effect as such dresses  intentionally expose the sides of your boobs, not 'spill' them.
Wear the right bra, go for a strapless or convertible bra with detachable strap to create a one shoulder bra. This will also provide more support than the strapless bra. 

Don't cover up!
The beauty of a one shoulder dress is how it shows off some skin and your shoulders. Do not cover it up by wearing jackets, scarves or cardigans over it! This is why these type of dresses are best worn in warmer weathers, which eliminates the need to cover up.

-Avoid the flashy stuff and wear modest jewelry if at all you do. When in doubt, go for a print one shoulder dress as jewelry is hardly necessary on prints. I wore a simple nude and gold choker with subtle button earrings, 
-Belt it up. Go for the skinny belts if you wish to have a belt over your dress. Keep it tasteful, anything over-sized will be the complete opposite of tasteful!
-Clutch it up. Throw all your must haves in a clutch for the night, or a small wrist-let bag by day, that does not distract the dress. A long strap  is sure to distract the beauty of a one shoulder silhouette.
-Think nude barely-there sandals, court heels,wedges or flats. I paired mine with some gold court heels.

The Kombe Collection one shoulder dress is available and can be ordered here.

Before I go, here are a few pictures of some famous faces in beautiful statement one shoulder dresses and gowns that I absolutely love, which of these is your favourite? 

The royal look: Lovely Princess Di
source; glamour.com

Maternity glow: Beyonce
source; becomegorgeous.com

Grunge glam : Rihanna
source; stylebistro.com

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, 11 February 2016

The Lupita Look ! Christian Dior X Kombe Collection Replication

Following the success of my first gown replication, I am currently obsessed with replications, particularly, gowns.
This time, I took on a Christian Dior dress worn by Lupita Nyong'o at the 2014 BAFTA awards.

Pictures by Unikue Moda and Nyemba Tembo Photography
Makeup by Ms-Dixon

The inspiration : An emerald green Dior dress worn by Lupita Nyong'o at the 2014 BAFTA awards

The dress had quite a heavily gathered train, which can make walking quite a task.

I must say that Satin is not an easy fabric to deal with. The amount of patience and precision required in cutting and attaching the pieces took several man hours, over about 4 days.
Here is what I managed to put together with the help of my team;

We opted not to style our version with a belt.

We cut back on the gathers and added more inner fabrics to give the dress the same body/volume, for easier movement in the dress.

Sweet and subtle makeup by Ms-Dixon!

I loved how simple but effective this makeup look was, It went well with the dress without doing too much. You've got to love Ms- Dixon
instagram; @miss_dixon_

Did I nail it?

Pictures by Unikue Moda and Nyemba Tembo Photography
Makeup by Ms-Dixon
Working with this team was loads of fun. Thanks for the lovely pictures and makeup ladies!! 

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