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Hushpuppi Shares Pic Of Himself Watching TV On Plane; Blast Haters

Dubai Based Nigerian Big Boy Hushpuppi is fed up of people continuous hate on him, The Gucci Master shared a Photo of himself watching a movie on the plane and captioned:

”You hate Hushpuppi but work hard to buy fake Gucci and just to look like a shoprite version of hushpuppi ��� clap for yourself

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3 New Athleisure Lines So Good You’ll Want To Work Out In Them

“The Retreat” is a week-long fitness, health, and wellness extravaganza held in Miami that shines spotlights on the top fitness instructors and influencers around the world all the while promoting a healthy lifestyle. And of course, there’s a heavy dose of fashion and beauty shown, too.

How could there not be? Some of our favorite brands are athletic or altheisure brands. No longer do you need to be a gym rat to rock the just-back-from-the-gym look, right?

We headed to Miami and got a sneak peek at new collections and collaborations this season that we are positive will fly off the shelves faster than you can ride that Peleton bike. Heroine Sport showcased there in collaboration with the Tracy Anderson Method, just think Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical” music video. While Nux Active and Chill by Will showed us their new seamless collection and rocked the metallic trend. It is time to shop our favorite athleisure lines.

1. Chill By Will

Brand Name: Chill by Whill

Who: Co-owned and designed by fitness pro Christina Powter and fashion expert Tiffany Noelani

What: Chill by Will brought our favorite deep metallics and ombre to their fall collection, while also introducing a sweatsuit silhouette in forest green that we can’t wait to buy and fun bodysuits and unitards that will be your favorite new workout companion.

Where: chillbywill.com

Cost: Collection ranges from $48-$147

<p>Heroine Sport by Tracy Anderson</p>

2. Heroine Sport by Tracy Anderson

Brand Name: Heroine Sport by Tracy Anderson

Who: Designer of Heroine Sport, Nima Taherzadeh and Tracy Anderson, creator of the Tracy Anderson method.

What: Heroine Sport has created a collection with Tracy Anderson featuring our favorite Heroine Sport silhouettes with the Tracy Anderson flare. With bright colors, splatter prints, and color blocking, this collection is everything we want to rock in our next Tracy Anderson class. Plus every piece in the collection is swimmable!

Where: heroinesport.com

Cost: Collection ranges from $75-$255

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3. Nux Active

Brand Name: Nux Active

Who: Designer of Nux Active, Andrea Nettle

What: Nux Active is our new go-to seamless brand, with Body Engineered seamless knitting technology, these pieces will shape to your body in all the right ways. With muted tones and chic prints, Nux Active is a brand you will want in your activewear wardrobe.

Where: nuxactive.com

Cost: Collection ranges from $55-$124

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Nigeria fashion finds a market at home and abroad

Young clothing designers are taking the West African nation by storm as clients near and far seek out their styles.

Lagos, Nigeria – The roads are empty, the only signs of life are birds chirping and foremen working the courtyards.

It is early morning in Lagos’ affluent Lekki area, and a makeup artist is rushing to get Sandra Tubobereni ready for a busy day ahead.

Tubo, as she and her clothing line are popularly known, is an up-and-coming designer in Nigeria and her clothes and fashion services are in high demand.

The phone rings constantly in the all-white reception room, and clients sit patiently under its sparkling chandelier, waiting to see the 26-year-old.

Tubo specialises in wedding dresses that can cost as much as $3,000 [Hamza Mohamed/Al Jazeera]

Tubo specialises in wedding dresses with a traditional African twist.

“Demand, as you can see, is extremely high. The industry is growing, and at the moment the world can’t have enough of our designs,” she said, smiling under the bright lights of her office.

And that is not an overstatement. Former US first lady Michelle Obama, Oscar-winner Lupita Nyongo, and pop stars Beyonce and Lady Gaga are just a few of the names who have recently worn clothes by Nigerian designers.

“Before, Nigerians wanted to be seen wearing clothes by foreign designers. That was the trend. But now they see famous people wearing our clothes. So now they say ‘if it is good enough for Michelle Obama and Beyonce, it is good enough for me too,'” Tubo said as Vibrate – a song by Nigerian artist Timaya – played in the background.

Tubo recently finished designing a wedding dress for a client in The Gambia [Hamza Mohamed/Al Jazeera]

Tubo employs 15 staff, including 10 tailors, to keep up with the growing demand. Her work is not just limited to Africa’s most populous country. She has travelled to London, Amsterdam, Accra, Houston and Banjul in the last year to attend to her clients.

“Social media helps our work a lot. People see our designs online and reach to us. On an average day, we get a minimum of 10 requests. Our dresses range from $1,000 to $3,000,” Tubo, who trained as an economist before embarking on her lifelong ambition to be a designer, said.

The trend now in Nigeria, the continent’s biggest economy, is for the well-to-do to have their own personal fashion guru. Ade Bakare is one of the most sought-after designers in Lagos. He is the personal clothing creator for the country’s former first lady, Stella Obasanjo.

“There are many people here in Nigeria that have a large disposable income. Before, they used to travel abroad to shop, which was not very convenient,” Bakare said as interns stood nearby hanging on his every word.

“Nigerians are fashion obsessed. They just don’t follow trends. They set the trend,” he added.

First fashion academy

Bakare – who relocated from London, where he still owns a clothing shop, more than seven years ago – has also noticed another huge gap in the market.

“When I first came back I noticed there was a lack of experience. Those involved in the industry had little or no training. It was limiting their potential. So I started the first fashion academy in the country,” he said.

And his students are not just from Nigeria. Beverly Chipchirchir Langat, 23, is from Kenya and is about to graduate from the academy.

“Nigerians are bold compared to us Kenyans. They appreciate fashion more than East Africans. They celebrate their fashion. In Kenya, we are still evolving. We will get there,” she said with a smile.

Soares Anthony used to be a model before trying his hand at designing clothes [Hamza Mohamed/Al Jazeera]

No one knows how much Nigeria’s fashion industry is worth, but some of the old challenges remain.

The country’s textile industry has all but collapsed. Cheap imports from abroad still compete with locally made clothes. Electricity at best remains erratic. But these obstacles have not deterred many Nigerians from embracing their own.

In Lagos’ Iponri area, business is brisk as customers haggle with their clothing makers.

“I like my designer,” said Paul Akinbuja, an interior designer, pointing towards a man in a tight-fitting T-shirt with a gold necklace a few metres away.

“He is very precise. He makes clothes just the way I want them. Since he started making my clothes I hardly buy any clothes made abroad,” Akinbuja said.

‘Taste of Africa’

Soares Anthony, his fashion designer, is a former model who currently employs five staff at his business.

“I’m 35-years old. You cannot be a model forever,” he said with a burst of hearty laughter.

“I saw how much our people like clothes and fashion. I focus on the middle market. My clothes are between $50 to $200. They are affordable,” he added.

With the country recently overtaking South Africa as the biggest economy on the continent, designers in Lagos see no limit to what they can achieve.

“I don’t make clothes for just Nigerians. I’m making a wedding dress for a white English woman marrying a Gambian man. We are here for anyone who wants good quality fashion and a taste of Africa,” Tobu, the young wedding dress designer, said as another eager client walked into her studio.

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Best-Selling Fashion Brands & Pieces Of 2018

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The most compelling news is that Gucci, which was the brand of 2017 according to Lyst’s Year In Fashion 2017 report, has been kept in second place by the Demna Gvasalia-led Balenciaga for a third consecutive quarter. Gucci, under the creative directorship of maximalist Alessandro Michele, may be parent company Kering’s multibillion-dollar baby, but these statistics prove that the industry-wide impact of Balenciaga’s streetwear aesthetic is only growing.

This could also signal a waning in popularity of Gucci’s vintage-inspired prints-and-all look. You know the one. While the brand held four of the top five products sold last year, this has now dropped to just two of 10: its consistently searched-for Pursuit Striped Rubber Slides and GG Logo Belt.

A nice addition to the top product list is a Topshop staple that we’re pretty sure every woman has owned at one time or another. The brand’s high-waisted super skinny Joni Jeans may come in 18 colours now, but it’s the classic black pair that ranks number nine in Lyst’s top 10. Now, just to save up for some sock boots.

Here are the products and brands that Lyst found most popular in Q1 of 2018:

Top Products
1. Louis Vuitton Pre-Owned Neverfull Bag
2. Golden Goose Deluxe Brand Superstar Metallic Sneaker
3. Gucci Pursuit Striped Rubber Slides
4. Acne Pale Pink Clea Bomber
5. Gucci GG Logo Belt
6. Maison Margiela Paillettes Ankle Boots
7. Balenciaga Speed Trainer
8. Off-White Black Brushed Diagonal Hoodie
9. Topshop Black Joni Jeans
10. Loewe Leather Trimmed Woven Rafia Tote

Top Brands
1. Balenciaga
2. Gucci
3. Vetements
4. Off-White
5. Stone Island
6. Givenchy
7. Moncler
8. Dolce & Gabbana
9. Yeezy
10. Valentino