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The 90's Fashion

Sunday, 31 July 2011

So I was browsing randomly and I ended up on the http://www.the4acesdate.com/ blog. They had this post on pictures from runways in the 90's with a link to where they got the pictures from. I quickly clicked on the link and found myself in heaven(lol). Almost every picture was unique and amazing at the same time. The designers were really creative. Their creativity had no bounds. Everything inspired them. It seems like people used to put in a lot more effort to create pieces that reflected them and pieces that they could look back and still be proud of (not wonder, hmmm what was I thinking then).

 Anyhu..I am going to be posting something very soon about art in past and art in the present with relation to talent or the lack thereof, so watch out for it..For now though, I will put up pictures of some of the outfits that really moved me and some of the really creative ones. Most of the pictures are Haute Couture. Although the ready-to-wear (prêt-à-porter) has become more popular and kinda made Haute Couture irrelevant, I am still a big fan of it and hope it gets revived (at least for the creativity). Linda will be posting something about that soon. 

 P.S. Most of the models modelling the clothes were actually supermodels (how cool is that)?

I heart...
Kate Moss with an angora rabbit at Vivenne Westwood Fall 1995
(...I Heart Vivienne Westwood)

Carla Bruni, Christian Dior by Gianfranco Ferre F/W 1995 Haute Couture

Claudia Schiffer, Valentino F/W 1995 Haute Couture

Yasmeen Ghauri, Chanel Fall 1991 Haute Couture

Helena Christensen, Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 1991

Comme des Garcons Spring 1996

Kate Moss, Prada Spring 1996

Givenchy by Alexander McQueen S/S 1999 Haute Couture

Creativity At Its Best
Paco Rabanne Fall 1992 Haute Couture

Wild & Lethal Trash! by Walter van Beirendonck S/S 1998

Devon Aoki, Ocimar Versolato Fall 1999 Haute Couture

Olivier Theyskens Spring 1999

Maggie Rizer, Viktor & Rolf Fall 1999 Haute Couture


Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Ok! this is really random but I had to share- was in a Zara store today and heard this song that I fell in love with. Wasn't too sure about asking any sale assistant, so when we got home I went straight to Google and  typed out "A girl saying sensation-Song I heard from a store" Fortunately for me, some people were asking about the same song too, although they had heard it in an H&M store. Anyway to cut the long story short just listen to it below. Can't help sounding cheesy but the song is just "SENSATIONAL"

'Blind Faith'- Chase and Status Ft. Liam Bailey

Linda is excited...

Friday, 22 July 2011

I am excited again! And yes you guessed right, did not win the lottery but got a T-shirt and buttons from  Uncultured Persons.

Uncultured Persons is the brainchild of Aminchi Asake.They create quality T-shirts that are unique and influenced by African culture, lifestyle, art, and  music. I got the witch doctor tee yesterday in the mail and wore it today to the market at Kirkgate and I got some nice compliments.

To know more about Uncultured persons and buy one of their T's or accessories visit http://www.unculturedpersons.com/blog

Pictures of me below:


Thursday, 21 July 2011


Maali will be on the runway at:
Lagos Style Week  
Lagos style week is a fashion event aimed at providing a stage for new and independent designers in a real authentic African look.The show will be taking place at The Incubator Victoria island Oniru Estate, on the 26th and 27th of November and will display the works (10 design pieces) from 5 established and 20 emerging designers. The event will take place on Saturday 3 PM – 9 PM and Sunday 5 PM – 10:30 PM. The tickets cost N5,000 for regular (dinner ticket) and N10,000 (get to test drive a Porsche car for a day)  and each ticket entitles you to the pre-party, back stage, red carpet access and lots more. Dress code is for Saturday is Casual Wear/ Sleek Fashion Wear, while for Sunday, Evening Wear.

Maali/ Leeds Skyline
Maali in collaboration with Leeds Skyline presents Styling-'The Elements of Style' on the 27th of July 2011. At the Leeds Skyline Service, 4th floor Gallery House, 131 The Headrow.

The 45 minute session will discuss the elements of style and how you can dress for your body type, look the part in any event, mix and match African clothing with western style and much more... 

Leeds Skyline provides support services for anyone in Leeds living with or affected by HIV. They aim to help people living with HIV to take control of their lives with the knowledge and skills to make decisions that are appropriate and also live healthy and satisfying lives, free from stigma and discrimination.

Their prevention services work with individuals, community groups and organisations to raise awareness within African communities, challenge stigma and discrimination and increase access to services. To know more about Leeds Skyline or to access any of their services visit their website at

Fashions Finest : London Fashion Week
September 17 - 18, 2011 
For more details visit:

Bez 'Super Sun'

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Bez Idakula (November 10, 1983) is an alternative singer, songwriter and guitarist from Nassarawa State, Nigeria.
Bez has opened for international artistes, Asa, Angie Stone and Yolanda Brown. I first heard his song on the radio in Nigeria and was blown away. I am not really a big fan of the hip hop/rap scene in Nigeria (some exceptions to this rule) so when I heard his song 'Zuciya Daya', I thought it was a breath of fresh air and figured all hope was not lost in the home front for me.

It meant I could enjoy my kinda music too in Nigeria, granted Asa has been there for me, but it meant she was the only one until I discovered this new sound. Then his music video 'More you' came out -posted it on this blog a while back. Now I hear the album called 'Super Sun' which  features the songs  ‘Zuciya Daya’ – (which means One Heart in Hausa), ‘More You’ ‘Stop Pretending’ and the self titled ‘Super Sun' will be released on Sunday the 24th of July.

The video ‘More You’ was  recently nominated for the ‘Video of the Year’ awards at the forthcoming Nigerian Entertainment Awards New York. 

Expect more blog posts from me when the album comes out, excited and can't wait...
Listen to 'More You' and 'Super Sun' below

'More You' Bez

'Super Sun' Live Performance Bez

Legends of our time... Maali T-shirts... Fela

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

To finish off on our legend series, is our very own Fela Anikulapo Kuti and this quote by the herald sun encapsulates it all:

 "Imagine Che Guevara and Bob Marley rolled into one person and you get a sense of Nigerian musician and activist Fela Kuti." Herald Sun, February 2011

Fela Anikulapo Kuti (15 October 1938 — 2 August 1997), or simply Fela, was a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist musician and composer, pioneer of Afrobeat music, human rights activist, and political maverick.

Fela was born Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria into a middle-class family. His mother, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti was a feminist activist in the anti-colonial movement and his father, Reverend Israel Oludotun Ransome-Kuti, a Protestant minister and school principal, was the first president of the Nigerian Union of Teachers.His brothers, Beko Ransome-Kuti and Olikoye Ransome-Kuti, both medical doctors, are well known in Nigeria. Fela was a first cousin to the Nigerian writer and Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, the first African to win a Nobel Prize for Literature.
Fela was sent to London in 1958 to study medicine but decided to study music instead at the Trinity College of Music. While there, he formed the band Koola Lobitos, playing a fusion of jazz and highlife.
Fela also changed his middle name to Anikulapo (meaning "he who carries death in his pouch"), stating that his original middle name of Ransome was a slave name. Fela's music became very popular among the Nigerian public and Africans in general. He made the decision to sing in Pidgin English so that his music could be enjoyed by individuals all over Africa, where the local languages spoken are very diverse and numerous

The musical style performed by Fela Kuti is called Afrobeat, which is a complex fusion of Jazz, Funk, Ghanaian/Nigerian High-life, psychedelic rock, and traditional West African chants and rhythms. Kuti thought that the most important thing for Africans to fight is European cultural imperialism, Kuti being a supporter of traditional religions and lifestyles.The American Black Power movement influenced Fela's political views. He was also a supporter of Pan-Africanism and socialism, and called for a united, democratic African republic. He was a candid supporter of human rights, and many of his songs are direct attacks against dictatorships, specifically the militaristic governments of Nigeria in the 1970s and 1980s. He was also a social commentator, and he criticized his fellow Africans (especially the upper class) for betraying traditional African culture.

To know more about Fela's music go to http://www.fela.net/

Listen to one of Fela's songs below:
Fela Kuti 'Water No Get Enemy'

Maali T's will be available next week at our ecrater store at http://www.maali.ecrater.co.uk/  or shop 11b Row A Kirgate Market Leeds

Legends of our time... Maali T-shirts... Che Guevara

Monday, 18 July 2011

The third person on our legend series for the Maali T's is Che Guevera, a revolutionist.
Ernesto "CheGuevara (June 14, 1928 – October 9, 1967), commonly known as El Che or simply Che, was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, intellectual, guerrilla leader, diplomat and military theorist. A major figure of the Cuban Revolution, his stylized visage has become a ubiquitous counter cultural symbol of rebellion and global insignia within popular culture.
As a young medical student, Guevara traveled throughout Latin America and was radically transformed by the endemic poverty and alienation he witnessed. His experiences and observations during these trips led him to conclude that the region's ingrained economic inequalities were an intrinsic result of capitalism, monopolism, neocolonialism, and imperialism, with the only remedy being world revolution.
Guevara remains both a revered and reviled historical figure, polarized in a multitude of biographies, memoirs, essays, documentaries, songs, and films. As a result of his perceived martyrdom, poetic invocations for class struggle, and desire to create the consciousness of a "new man" driven by moral rather than material incentives; he has evolved into a quintessential icon of various leftist-inspired movements. Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century

Dorfman, Ariel (June 14, 1999). Time 100: Che GuevaraTime magazine.

Legends of our time... Maali T-shirts... Nina Simone

Saturday, 16 July 2011

So yesterday was Bob Marley and today is Jazz Singer Nina Simone...
Nina Simone

Eunice Kathleen Waymon (February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003), better known by her stage name Nina Simone, was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist widely associated with jazz music. 
Born the sixth child of a preacher's family in North Carolina, Nina's prodigious musical talent prompted her ambition to become the first black concert pianist, but the realities of poverty and racial prejudice forced her to redirect her ambitions. Her musical path changed direction after she was turned down for full scholarship at a prestigious music institute, the Curtis Institute of Philadelphia. She then began playing in a small club in Philadelphia to fund her continuing musical education to become a classical pianist and was required to sing as well.  

Her distinctive and original style arose from a fusion of gospel and pop songs with classical music, in particular with influences from her first inspiration, classical composer Bach, and accompanied with her expressive jazz-like singing in her characteristic low tenor. She injected as much of her classical background into her music as possible to give it more depth and quality, as she felt that pop music was inferior to it. 

After twenty years of performing, she became involved in the civil rights movement and the direction of her life shifted once again. Simone's music was highly influential in the fight for equal rights in the USA.

This is one of my favourite songs of all time and I've posted it on this blog before, but this is a song I can listen to everyday.
'Feeling Good' by Nina Simone

Legends of our time... Maali T-shirts coming soon...

Friday, 15 July 2011

So its been a long time coming for our Maali T's. We decided to pay homage to the legends of our time and while most of you know these people already, I want to write a little bit about them and post their music or anything relating to them; that will remind us of how they have impacted the world in one way or the other. So I will start with Bob Marley. Have a lovely Weekend...

P.S Our Maali T's are not the typical T-shirts you are used to, but are customised (with geometrical shapes) and specially designed with precision.

Bob Marley

Nesta Robert "BobMarley,  (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican singer-songwriter and musician. He was the rhythm guitarist and lead singer for the ska, rocksteady and reggae band Bob Marley & The Wailers. Marley remains the most widely known and revered performer of reggae music, and is credited with helping spread both Jamaican music and the Rastafari movement to a worldwide audience.
Marley's music was heavily influenced by the social issues of his homeland, and he is considered to have given voice to the specific political and cultural nexus of Jamaica. His best-known hits include "I Shot the Sheriff", "No Woman, No Cry", "Could You Be Loved", "Stir It Up", "Jamming", "Redemption Song", "One Love" and, together with The Wailers, "Three Little Birds", as well as the posthumous releases "Buffalo Soldier" and "Iron Lion Zion". The compilation album Legend (1984), released three years after his death, is reggae's best-selling album, going ten times Platinum(Diamond) in the U.S., and selling 25 million copies worldwide.
* "Bob Marley ranks among both the most popular and the most misunderstood figures in modern culture ..."

I know most people have their favourite Bob Marley Song, but here is mine below:
'Turn your lights down low' Bob Marley Feat Lauryn Hill

*Reggae and Caribbean Music, by Dave Thompson, Hal Leonard Corporation, 2002

Alheri Is Totally Loving Right Now...

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Hey Hey, been a while since I did this. So for those who don't know, I'm gonna be posting 5 things I'm totally feeling right now.... so without further ado, I give to you...

1.  Arsenal's Blue 2011/2012 Away Jersey...(*literally melting*). I heart Arsenal, and it gives  me so much joy to see that this jersey actually looks awesome. Love it! To buy it, follow the link below.

2.  Adele.. Might be a bit of a cliche because everyone seems to really like her now, but I honestly believe that I am her #1 fan (Ok maybe some where  in the top 10...). Her music is AMAZING. Not sure what else to say. It really moves me. Just in case you haven't bothered to listen to any of her songs, I'm gonna do you a favor and post two...(thank me later) and you should buy her album, 21...


Someone Like You

Set Fire to Rain

3.  Bright Colored Pleated Skirts..Sadly I don't have one yet, but I'm gonna be a proud owner of one very soon...(yeay me). These skirts are so lovely and every time I see it on someone or somewhere, I feel butterflies in my tummy. 

You can purchase both the yellow and the red skirt from River Island...

4. Alexander Wang...I believe Alexander Wang is one of the best designers in the world. His creativity is beyond this world. Every time I look at his collections, I am totally blown away. I like to think of him as one of those designers who were born as geniuses of fashion. Okay don't wanna talk too much so I'll just show you pictures from one of my favorite collections; the look book of Spring 2010 collection, which was inspired by sport..(yes its old but I'm still in love with it).

visit his website: http://www.alexanderwang.com/

5.  Super Sun Remix - Bez featuring Eldee, Ice Prince and Eva Alordiah.  Linda is like totally in love with Bez,  not me really...but I love this song ( been playing on repeat). Listen below. 

Linda is excited... and no I didn't win the lottery...

Monday, 11 July 2011

...I am excited about the kind of music (my kinda music) I am hearing these days and surprisingly I don't have to go digging, some are becoming mainstream. Once in a while I just want to turn on the radio or go into a store and not listen to Rubbish music. As we all know, music gets stuck in your head whether you like it or not.

Raphael Saadiq

So the other day I was in TK Maxx and I was surprised to hear Nneka and I got really excited. Then I turn on the TV and its Raphael Saadiq's Good Man... and good thing Adele is on the radio 24-7 around here so you hear cars blasting 'Rolling in the Deep' or 'Set Fire to Rain'  on their radios...then you get into a local pie shop and that is what you hear. And while Nigerian soul singer, Asa can be heard too internationally in retail stores across the UK, I am happy that music from alternative soul singer Bez is being played on the radio in Nigeria. The first time I heard his song was on the radio and I was like whoa!!! His album 'Super Sun' which have songs that I absolutely love comes out soon, and I will write about it here on this blog.

Aloe Blacc

I like old soul musicians like Otis Redding; my favourite old school artiste of all time. I still listen to his songs and get emotional and always wonder why music is not like that any more. Then I listen to Nina Simone's music and also wonder what happened to people making good music. But if you are like me, you will get excited once more because good music is back!! Songs like Aloe Blacc's 'You make me smile' and 'I need a dollar' are beginning to come into our lives and we don't have to go searching anymore...

Listen to Raphael Sadiq's 'Good Man' below

Alheri is Liking...SDC Video: 'Dreamer'

Friday, 8 July 2011

So I might be a little stale.. but I came across this video on Uncultured Persons blog and I fell in love with it. I couldn't really find any info about them so here is the little I know:
SDC Show Dem Camp is a group which comprises of the mega-versatile duo of Ghost and Tec. That is all I know for now..lol. Ok below is their video "Dreamer" by SDC featuring M.I and Abasa Asake. This track/video is taken off their forthcoming album "The Dreamer Project."

Our Debut Collection...

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

We have always been fascinated by the colourful dressing of the Fulani people. They set their own standards, they push boundaries.
Maali presents ‘The Beyond Fashion' Look book: a ready to wear mens and womens wear (Fulani inspired) collection.

We created what we want to wear, for people like us that are not afraid to take risks, or to mix our clothes (Maali) with vintage/second hand clothing, high street clothes or any other designer brands out there. 

The Men's wear can be worn as separates. The tops can be worn with jeans, while the bottoms can be worn with shirts ranging from t-shirts to a white crisp shirt.

The women's wear reflects the colours of the season and flowery prints which can be worn with or without tights and socks.

A particular theme that runs through the collection, is the broken glass which is synonymous with the Fulani's love for mirrors as well as the bright colourful accessories and make up they use to beautify themselves.

We care so much about seeing our designs on the streets. That is what we hope to achieve. 

We are a street brand for the youth, representing the quirky- eccentric boy or gal who is not afraid to think outside the box, who is not afraid to defy fashion like the Fulani people- because “the truly fashionable are beyond fashion” -Cecil Beaton.

Introducing 'The Beyond Fashion' Look Book

Inspiration: Fulani of Nigeria
Where: Umbrella Studios, Leeds
Make-Up- Ruth
Stylist- Linda

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