Tuesday, November 30, 2021

#Tuesday10: Wardrobes to Watch in 2015

While 2014 brought the best in star style, with Kim Kardashian reinventing herself under Kanye’s watchful gaze, and Queen Bey bringing her sexy back along with a feminist revolution after the birth of her baby Blue, there are certain stars in the style limelight that we will be keeping a closer eye on this year, like Kenyan-born Hollywood actress Lupita Nyong’o and Nigeria’s own icon in the making, Seyi Shay.

Whether they were spied at an event or out and about on the streets, these fashionable ladies, gents and their wardrobes gave us something to talk about last year, and we’re betting they’ll have us screaming about their style this year, too.

See below our pick of the 10 stars whose wardrobe you should watch in 2015;

1. Lupita Nyong’o

First on our list is Kenyan born actress, Lupita Nyong'o who with all ours and your permission we say had a huge yearhuge year), and just when we thought it couldn't get any better, she's topped herself with People's title of most beautiful person. The cover, it should come as no surprise, is exceptionally gorgeous, and we only see a snippet of her style (which includes a pink gown and diamond jewels). When this newly minted fashion icon gets the chance to wear full dresses and gowns on the red carpet, the result is all the more stunning. Read on to check out her amazing year in style and see what we mean!

Obviously, first on our list is Kenyan actress, Lupita Nyong’o who launched into the centre of the world’s attention following a leading role in 12 years a Slave and the star’s first bout of walks down award show red carpets.

Needless to say, Ms Nyong’o had a huge year in terms of her career, but with her wardrobe, she really came into her own, landing the title of People Magazine‘s Most Beautiful Person of the Year, as well as brand ambassadorship for both Lancome and Miu Miu – not to mention that coveted spot on Vogue’s infamous cover.

Her Academy Awards win was where Lupita was celebrated for bringing princess vibes back (and the headband look) as she was spotted in this custom-made, light blue Prada gown, which she accessorized with a cute diamond headband and earrings from Fred Leighton. Obviously, the world was at her feet and we at SPICE were deeply in love with her look.

At the 2014 MTV Movie Awards in an embellished print Chanel dress and Casadei pumps.
Lupita at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards in an embellished, printed Chanel dress and Casadei pumps

Out and heading to attend the Miu Miu Runway show during Paris Fashion Week, wearing Miu Miu of course!
Out and about, Lupita was seen heading to the Miu Miu runway show during Paris Fashion Week, reaping the brand head to toe

Did Lupita rock your world in 2014? She did ours and we can’t wait to see what she has in store for us in 2015.

2. Yemi Alade

Next on our list is a rising star who has taken the Nigerian entertainment scene  first with her hit song 'Johnny', her energetic stage performances and her rebranded wardrobe that features braided updo on Yemi is all the different ways she plays with it. Highlighted, coloured or with a ponytail the updo always looks great on he

Next on our list is a rising star who has taken the Nigerian entertainment scene by storm – not just with her hit song “Johnny,” but with her energetic stage performances and her re-branded wardrobe which features her now signature braided up ‘do – a trademark she styles in various ways and colours.

Yemi's hair is not only one of her favorite looks. She rebranded from a sassy-sexy-pinup-girl to an Afrocentric diva rocking ankara prints in modern styles, making it her own in whatever she does. (Above) on the set of Johnny Remix
Yemi on the set of “Johnny Remix”

Yemi’s hair is not the only focus of our favourite looks from her wardrobe though. The star has effortlessly rebranded herself from a sassy-sexy, pin-up  to an Afrocentric diva and is now regularly seen rocking ankara prints in modern ways, making prints her own and with a contagious touch to whatever it is she does.

Stepping away from her multiple hues and colorful prints, she rocked a Reni Smith ball gown for the 2014 AMVCA Red Carpet, but also kept that hairdo we will soon call 'The Yemi braids'.
Yemi wearing a Reni Smith ball gown at the 2014 AMVCAs

Stepping away from her multiple hues and fun, fashionable prints, Yemi has also proved she can do demure and still steal our hearts, and if she carries on this way into 2015, well, she can take our heart and run with it.

3. Toyin Jolapamo aka The SohoSister

Moving a little away from entertainment to lifestyle, next up is a style blogger who went from being a London Law and Anthropology graduate to a Lagos socialite and NdaniTV OAP, Toyin Jolapamo has graced red carpets in her distinct style and wearing African designer's easy-going pieces.

Moving a little away from entertainment to lifestyle, next up on our list of wardrobes to watch is a style blogger who went from being a London Law and Anthropology graduate to a Lagos socialite and NdaniTV presenter. Yes, Toyin Jolapamo has our full attention, having graced red carpets in her distinct style and wearing African designer’s easy-going pieces to perfection.

In IamISIGO at the 2014 GTBank Lagos Fashion and Design Week
In IamISIGO at the 2014 GTBank Lagos Fashion & Design Week

Her easy going style always fits perfectly with young designer, iamISIGO... As seen as the 2014 MMR Africa
The blogger seen looking youthful at the 2014 MMR event

Toyin’s laid-back style always fits perfectly with young designer, iamISIGO and she is regularly seen in the talent’s pieces.

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While she continues to wear such clothes so well and serving boho-chic alongside elegance, we’re sure she’ll keep plenty of heads turning throughout 2015 too.

4. North West

If you don't know our next rising star, then you have probably been living in the woods. North West not only takes the award for Youngest fashionista of the decade, but also the most talked about baby of 2014

If you don’t know the name of our next rising star, then you have probably been living in the woods. North West – daughter to mega stars Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West – not only takes the award for Youngest Fashionista of last year, but also the most talked about baby of 2014, with this little tycoon in the making even having the edge on Bey and Jay Z’s Blue Ivy (… just).

From having her own stylist to her matching ensemble The tot goes for an all-black ensemble—and long-sleeved Yeezus tee—while attending the Balenciaga show with her parents at Paris Fashion Week. (This photo was taken with parental consent and thus in accordance with E!'s No Kids Policy.
It’s been all black everything since baby North could walk

Off to Spa time with mummy...

From having her own stylist to rocking matching ensembles with her mum and dad, and attending the biggest fashion shows – North just hasn’t stopped since she was born. The stylish tike even made her modelling debut in Corine Roitfield’s CR Fashion Book and has been spied with her own miniature Chanel ensemble…

Needless to say, we want more in 2015!

5. Patoranking

Adire print and bandana. Who says we can’t rock the African print at a red carpet event? We beg to differ. We think it’s high time our youth started appreciating our culture just like Patoranking did. The ‘Girlie O’ singer, who was named the Next Rated act at the Headies 2014, walked the red carpet in style wearing a nice African print fabric called adire. However, the fast rising act nearly did justice to the attire but cluttered it with the bandana and dark shades he combined with the outfit. We think he should have just done away with, especially, the scarf. Are we right or wrong?

With his Adire print and bandana, 2014 Revelation star, Patoranking proved traditional print has a place on the red carpet, stepping out in the attire and a pair of dark shades for the 2014 Music Meets Runway in Lagos.

From his choice of shoes, to the usual styling of trousers and suits, Patoranking is definitely one of our top stars to watch in 2015 and followers of his wardrobe will know just why.

At the 2014 Headies... He is obvious a fan of traditional Nigerian outfits mixed with his dancehall style.
At the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards in New York

It’s obvious the star is a fan of traditional Nigerian ensembles, mixing the look with his dancehall style for a combination of cool we quite like.

For his stage performance at the 2014 Lagos Countdown, he spotted a school uniform accessorised with a nap-sack, socks and sandals. Here, performing alongside singer Seyi Shay.
Performing onstage with Seyi Shay 

For his stage performance at the 2014 Lagos Countdown, the raggae-dancehall singer was spotted in a school uniform, accessorised with a backpack, socks and trainers. Quirky, yes but we loved the risk and how the star manages to keep us on our toes.

What next will Patoranking wear next? We can’t wait to find out throughout 2015!

6. Seyi Shay

Next up is a star who we will say is a fashion discovery of 2014, Seyi Shay. Ms Irawo as she is called stepped up her style game in 2014, from racy outfits to stunning gowns, campaign deals and magazine covers. It was the year of Seyi and we can't wait for what 2015 will bring from her.

Next up is a star who is a bit of a fashion discovery of 2014: Seyi Shay. Ms Irawo ,as she is called, stepped up her style game last year, from rocking racy outfits to stunning gowns, landing herself campaign deals and magazine covers along the way.

In Elizabeth Wardolf for the 2014 AMVCAs
In Elizabeth Wardolf for the 2014 AMVCAs

As brand ambassador for the 2014 Genevieve Pinball, she stepped out in a pink Lanre Da Silva number

As brand ambassador for the 2014 Genevieve Pinball, the star stepped out in a pink Lanre Da Silva number which fit her all over, and showing true diversity with her look in 2014, it was clearly the year of Seyi – hence we can’t wait for what 2015 will bring from her wardrobe.

7. FKA Twigs

A rising star whose style became an instant heart-fulfilling, British musician FKA Twigs caught the attention of the fashion world with her bold fashion choices and her very first magazine shoot — the cover of i-D's pre-fall 2012 issue, which featured the word love spelled out across her forehead in baby hairs.

Another rising star whose style became an instant hit, British musician FKA Twigs caught the attention of the fashion world with her bold styling choices and her very first magazine shoot back in 2012 — the cover of i-D’s pre-fall issue, which featured the word “love” spelt out across her forehead in ‘baby hairs.’

Bringing on her Cleopatra-esque braids at the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize where she won Album of the Year'
Bringing on her Cleopatra-esque braids at the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, where she won ‘Album of the Year’

And we totally agree with the world, she's our very own modern-day Josephine Baker
And we totally agree with the world, she’s our very own modern-day Josephine Baker

The songstress is known for her ever-changing look, which always carries an urban feel with an unusual underlying attitude.

Key to FKA Twigs’ look? That it’ll keep you guessing. Enjoy that throughout 2015.

8. Nicki Minaj

Our next star is not a rising star but an established rapper who takes our award for Most Improved Fashionista of 2014.he epicness that is Nicki Minaj’s style evolution of course. 2014 was the year for Nicki with a noteworthy entree into acting in the hit movie The Other Woman, stellar editorials for the likes of L’ uomo Vogue, Complex, GQ, V Magazine and fronting the standout Spring/Summer 2015 ad campaign for the iconic Roberto Cavalli brand.questionable costumery ensembles at the curb and ramped up the glam honey! It was a welcomed surprise. Diva Minaj flaunted her enviable figure in modern curve accenting and leg baring wares that elicited the reaction, “Whoa!” Not that we’d want her to stop with her overall toned down visage.

Our next star is well-established rapper who takes our award for Most Improved Fashionista of 2014. Last year was truly Nicki’s year, with the star having had stellar editorials for the likes of L’ uomo Vogue, Complex, GQ and V Magazine, and having fronted the Spring/Summer’15 ad campaign for Roberto Cavalli.

Nicki left her questionable costume-like ensembles at the curb to seek out a more glamorous look that flatters her enviable figure.

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Even on stage, Nicki’s look became so much more chic, with the rapper opting for natural-hues for her hair and feminine silhouettes

Inglewood in a Saint Laurent couture metallic snakeskin mini dress and a pair of cream Saint Laurent ...
In a Saint Laurent couture metallic snakeskin mini dress, paired with a cream Saint Laurent pumps for the 2014 MTV VMAs

Will Nicki’s look continue to reign supremely beautiful? Or will the rapper surprise us again with crazy coloured wigs and anime-like makeup and a matching wardrobe? Let’s watch and see what happens…

9. Stephanie Coker

In 2011, Stephanie moved down to Nigeria “Her Country of Birth” from the United Kingdom to pursue a career in presenting. Known to be a very spontaneous and sometimes cheeky person, Stephanie grew rapidly in the industry from anchoring the popular Midday Oasis Show on Nigeria’s Cool FM to getting her big break in television as a presenter on two of MTV Base’s biggest youth orientated shows, ‘Street Request‘ and the ‘Big Friday Show’ hosted by top comedian Basket Mouth. Apart from her role as a presenter on MTV Base, she is also an actress featuring in the hit TV soap opera ‘Tinsel’ on Africa Magic.
In Neviole at the 2014 MMR

Barely two years ago, TV personality Stephanie Coker got her big break in television as a presenter on two of MTV Base’s biggest youth-orientated shows, Street Request and the Big Friday Show, hosted by top comedian Basket Mouth. But 2014 was the year Stephanie stepped up her style game and became a fashionista too, making it onto our best dressed list repeatedly.

Ms Coker’s style is witty and cheeky like her personality, but it’s also chic, making her a designer’s muse and the perfect candidate for their red carpet statement dresses.

In Iconic Invanity at the 2014 BET Awards
In Iconic Invanity at the 2014 BET Awards

And when stephanie is not rocking her sleek bobs, shes showing off her super-lover for long twisted braids, she styles perfectly. At the 2014 Headies
At the 2014 Headies

And when Stephanie is not rocking her sleek bob, she’s showing off her super-love for long, twisted braids, which she styles perfectly with every outfit, making her our hair muse too!

Will you be watching Stephanie’s look evolve in 2015? We’ve a feeling that you’ll be seeing her everywhere, so it won’t be hard to spot her style…

10. Eku Edewor

Last but not the least is a star who isn't new on the style scene but is on the rise to becoming a style icon in Nigeria. With her simple, chic and elegant sense of style and a style team that knows her personality, model, actress, media personality Eku Edewor is every designer's muse. So it was announced that she will be hosting the 2014 Channel O Music Video Awards, we knew she will bring it on.
At the David Tlale presentation at MBFW S/S’15, wearing Lisa Folawiyo

Last but not the least is a star who isn’t new on the style scene but is on the rise to becoming a real style icon in Nigeria.

With her simple, chic and elegant sense of style and a style team that knows her personality best, model, actress and media personality Eku Edewor is every designer’s dream.

Styled by Bubu Ogisi, she rocked five outfits by five various African designers (L-R) - Loza Maléombho, Taibo Bacar, Loza Maléombho, Clan and Lisa Folawiyo
As the host of the 2014 Channel O Music Video Awards, Eku was styled by Bubu Ogisi, she rocked five outfits by five various African designers, (L-R) – Loza Maléombho, Taibo Bacar, Loza Maléombho, Clan and Lisa Folawiyo

She's been featured in PAPER Magazine Online's - Beautiful People of Lagos. As well as Style.com's - Lagos Rising. What can we say, we want Eku's red carpet wardrobe and look forward to more fashion moments from the star

She’s been featured in PAPER Magazine‘s online editorial, “Beautiful People of Lagos,” as well as Style.com’s  “Lagos Rising,” so she’s surely not just on our radar. Make sure she’s on yours for 2015’s style-watching, too.

Image source: Popsugar.com, Bellanaija.com, SandraRose.com, InsignaMediaOnline.com, StyleVitae.com

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