December 31, 2010

HAPPY NEW YEAR from ESTELLA COUTURE

It is that time of the year again. And this time, we are entering a very unique year - 01.01.11.

Happy New Year to you and yours and we at Estella Couture wish you all the best and pray your dreams come true in 2011.

Thanks for all your support and we look forward to a more creative and successful year ahead.

Shalom.



image courtesy holidayspot

December 4, 2010

About Estella Couture

Design philosophy
Mass, generic dressing isn't very interesting and every woman really should be wearing dresses that flatter and complement their pluses and those that also help them hide their minuses.
Estella couture designs are rooted in timelessness, originality, not trend, and they exist in a world of their own, her designs and use of materials are things that have not been done before.
Estella couture uses fabrics that have not made it into the international fashion scene in forms that can be worn by all, irrespective of race or nationality and she is working tirelessly to get the world to see more of the exotic, ethnic and traditional fabrics that are locally made in developing countries.
The original vision for her clothing line was to create garments that combined great personal style with long lasting utility. Clean, modern shapes, a nod to the classics, and an element of surprise that most of the time nodded towards showing off the sensual curve of the feminine form, and these are the fundamental principles Estella Ogbonna's design philosophy. Major design considerations remain elegance, uniqueness, originality and enduring quality. And this same philosophy is being applied to the new lines Ms. Estella is launching: the jeans (Jeankara), the bridal/red carpet collection (Estella Alfá), and beauty products.

Inspiration
Mostly inspired by exotic, ethnic, cultural, native fabrics and accessories from all over the world. Especially the ones that are hand-woven and created by artisans or local people. Maintaining and sustaining local artistic and creative skills of weaving, painting and dyeing inspires Ms. Estella to create designs that would flatter a woman no matter the part of the world she lives in.
  
Locations
Worldwide

Websites/Contact
Main website: www.estellacouture.com  
E-Store site: www.myestellacouture.com (online boutique for everything made by Estella couture)
Sewing Club website: www.sososewing.com
Personal website: www.estellaogbonna.com


Models in the Washington DC Metro area

by Estella Ogbonna (Article written for a newspaper)

When you think of the word 'model', what comes to the mind of so many people is stick thin girls running or rather, shall I say, strutting down the runway in dresses that rarely fit them. And even if the dresses do fit them, one wonders how many people in the audience are actually those models' sizes.
Dress size 0. How about that? How many people in the population, with high spending power are that dress size?

This is a major concern that the Council of Fashion Designers in America (CFDA) is presently addressing - the issue of models' sizes. And this is a welcome development. Models are being advised to eat healthy and stay healthy and these days, designers are gearing towards employing models that are not thin, almost to the tone of anorexic.

And who is to be blamed for this must-be-thin habit in models? The media some say. The overload of the thin images in the media affects the average woman. The idea of the media's (and consequently, everybody else's) "ideal" woman often makes "normal" woman self-conscious -- even if they have nothing to be self-conscious about. The use of PhotoShop to tweak images into almost like a 'Barbie-doll' state also does not help matters.

Also, the definite impact Hollywood role models have on younger viewers. For most teenagers, the ideal person they want to be usually is a famous model or actress - with emphasis on external appearance. Perhaps this is part of the reason that so many teenagers today are unhappy with their appearances, and going as far as starving themselves almost to death.

These are major concerns that everyone in the fashion industry should go out of their ways to address. And more reason seminars and workshops should be organized for models and aspiring models.

Designers should also be applauded and encouraged to hire models who are not thin, as that would make more room for others in the not-so-thin ranges to develop more confidence in themselves.

These trend is already tickling into the Washington DC metro areas. As we see more of curvy models on runways now and we hope this continues. These fusion of the thin, not so thin, curvy and very curvy models - on the runway. After all, the shops sell dresses and garments of diverse sizes, so, the runways should reflect that too.

September 27, 2010

ESTELLA Couture: Nollywood Costumier/Actress

I have always loved the Television industry. And worked there for over 5 years as a TV Presenter and Producer. (someday, I will post past pics from my old shows as far back as 1996-2000) lol ...I looked very cute then, the camera loves me. lol)

An opportunity came....a friend of mine Sam Onwuka (Movie Producer) called me to do the Costume of a new movie by Nigerian Movie veteran producer - Chief Andy Best. And I found out that the movie was going to be directed by well known Simi Opeoluwa...

Oh well, the rest is now history. The movie has been done....(now in post-production).... 
Movie title : 'Yori Yori babes',......about Lesbianism .....(I won't give the story away, wait for the movie ;-)

Yes, i played a role in the movie too....(a short one though ;-), BUT definitely NOT a waka passs!!...as Stella Dimoko-Korkus {Queen of Nigerian tabloid - Encomium magazine) wrote on her blog: http://dimokokorkusstella.blogspot.com/2010/09/estellacourturefashion-designer-turned.html  lol.

Nico Colombant (Voice of America writer) was on set, and i just got the link to the article on VOA website: http://community.myvoa.com/_Nollywood-Comes-to-America/VIDEO/1359658/45137.html?widgetId=338282&widgetID=1001


  
  
  
  


What can I say? I simply thank God for all the talents HE has blessed me with, and I pray for talents daily to use all to make a change around me, anyway I can. 

Moving on to the new movie Production: 'Crazy in love'.....and i am very excited about this.
And i definitely will remain first and foremost - A Fashion Designer, Stella, I promise you that. Hugggsss

One love.
Xoxo


August 10, 2010

My Inner most thoughts: Uncensored! Arrrgh!!!

Ok, they say blogs are where people say all their innermost thoughts, right? But, not really, and not these days. Because twitter and facebook has taught us to compress all our thoughts into 140 characters and we are doing pretty well.
But then, there are still a lot of things you want to write out in full,  or expatiate on or vent on etc, 140 words DON'T cut it!

For example. I was soooooooo angry today I could have bursted a vein! You know one of those days when things just happen to go all wrong!! And to make matters worse, my left eye was bugging me very much, and I went for my post-op follow up, and some idiot with a stethoscope around his neck and a 'Dr.' title on his badge thought, no rather had the audacity to assume he could tell me bullshit! Darn it!  Even a little kid of 5 knows the difference between a tissue membrane and a mucous membrane! Fool let himself be fooled by my Nigerian accent! Which comes of really thick when I am angry or in pains! Damn! I don't even try to mask it or talk 'American'! Shoot! If I can get away with the communication gap, I would speak pidgin English or hausa language (with lots of expletives) to a white hazel-eyed doctor! he should go find a dictionary!

The Chinese one was even more tolerable! Hiiiisssssssssss But she was still very annoying! And when she put the bandage over my eye again and I told her I needed it off as I had to go take pictures for my US passport, then her attitude changed! Wow! She started sounding more polite! Geez! She had bought into my thick naija accent and judged liek some do, she must be a Republican! I can bet! Hmph! Mugu! Liek her! I have equal rights with her in this US of A, and a yankee citizen! mtew!
Its amazing how pains and no make-up and no airs about one can make a diva look like a village belle and thus a target of shallow-minded people!

Anyhoo, I drove around and then got stuck in I-495 slow traffic, and that was soooooo not anymore funny!!!

I decided to divert to church for the midweek service and just to lay at the altar and say some prayers and just relax, but my dang Sprint GPS did that 'checking for traffic' announcement and told me straight up that 'congestion in 4.2 miles, press 0 to avoid" Ok, I pressed zero and it goes "no faster route found"! And that was it, I did a u-turn and came back home!
it is Monday, and .........heck, it is Tuesday! Shoot. NOT good.

Now, I lie me down in bed and less angry now, because I remember what happened at exactly 9:00am today. While I was stuck in the I-395 exit traffic on I-95, going into Downtown Baltimore. I was furiously angry then that I was running late for my doctor's appointment inspite of the fact that I gave myself extra 30minutes driving time to beat the morning traffic (that morning traffic was one of the major reason I opted for self-employment! The days I used to be stuck in McLean - Germantown traffic for 2+hours just to go home drove me nuts! I can handle any stress, but, PLEASE DO NOT keep me in a slow traffic! I do not do well in them! sorry, I digress)
As I was saying, at 9am, while I was about to curse out and roll open my roof and just vent off a shout, my BB alert went off! I looked at it, and it was the 9am prayer points I'd set for myself. My mum begged me to make sure I prayed some prayers daily and being the crackberry, oops, I mean Blackberry addict that i am, I set the Prayer Alert on my phone, and the alert just started beeping when I was at the most angry point of my day!

lol. I started praying and I was angry and I was like  'God, allow me finish with the anger first! hah! how can I pray when I am angry!!???" lol......need I say, I continued mumbling the prayer and the anger went down....and then I saw my fuel gauge slide down really low to 'E'! Ok, I meant to stop for gas, but figured diverting off my route would waste my time, and i figured a quarter tank would take me from potomac to Baltimore (and it would have, with no traffic!), after which I would fill my tank. yeah right! I forgot my anger and started praying for the gas to get me to the hospital first! Prayer Alert, totally forgotten! I used my GPS to search for closest gas stations, nope! All out of my way and you know baltimore downtown and 'one-way' roads! No way was I going off my route! And oh, yeah, my blackberry started blinking low battery (I forgot to charge it, and have not gotten around to changing my car charger into my BB 8530 pin, I still have the old BB 8330 car charger! What a day!

Finally I saw a BP gas station at the turn to the hospital. And Oil spill or no oil spill, BP saved my butt this morning!
Anyhoo, I made it to the clinic and then, that silly doctor added the final icing to my day! Arrrrghhhh!!!!

Ok, my phone is on silent, I don't even want any call to annoy me more now, i am gonna click 'submit' on this blog post before I change my mind! After all, this seems like TMI. its not that I care what anyone thinks about what I write, because I have more haters than REAL friends anyway and I can live with that! :-)

My haters would be glad to know too, that my fashion business 'Estella Couture' is going on hiatus for health reasons. I am taking a break, and will get back on it again when I've taken real good care of myself. True 'real' friends and my parents tell me to rest a bit, I've done my little bit, and its best to work stronger than to work tired, so, REJOICE HATERS (briefly), ESTELLA COUTURE takes a bow. for a little moment. Like my fashion mentor Coco Chanel, I leave the fashion scene, but when I come back, I shall return with a bang!

What I am going to be doing?....hmmmmmm....still figuring that out, maybe, now I get to use my IT degrees and all the other degrees I have in my academic basket ;-)

Phew! I sure can type long posts!!!! lolololol.....good night.

. : : Estella : : .: Giving..........DO you?

As 2010 THANKSGIVING DAY APPROACHES, DO GIVE TO OTHERS PLEASE!
This blog post is 3 years old, but the thoughts are still the same, GIVE!! Put a smile on the face of someone else on Thanksgiving Day!
Count your blessings, You WILL be SHOCKED!

Shalom!


. : : Estella : : .: Giving..........DO you?: "I remember as a kid my mum going through my closet and packing my clothes, as much as a full suitcase almost every other 3 months just to gi..."

June 29, 2010

ESTELLA's Audtion on OPRAH's OWN TV - Vote for ME!

Y'all know I'm never one to give up even to d last second! lol. 


So, I found out OPRAH NETWORK auditions had a FASHION category, & I used to be a TV presenter/producer so, last minute, we recorded a clip and I submitted exactly @ the 11:59pm deadline, and it was accepted! :-) 


Now, I NEED your VOTES! VOTE for me! For FASHION RENDEZVOUS! Link here: http://bit.ly/9d0zP1 


http://myown.oprah.com/audition/index.html?request=video_details&response_id=22781&promo_id=1


Thankies. Xoxo

May 8, 2010

FASHION FOR JOS 2010

Please Support FASHION FOR JOS.




Fashion For Jos; a fundraising event organized by concerned Nigerians (and Friends of Nigeria) led by Estella Ogbonna, CEO of Estella Couture Fashions to be held at The Palace, 1015 Brightseat Road, Landover, Maryland on May 22, 2010 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. is one poised to turn a listening ear to the cry of innocent victims of violence in Jos, Nigeria suffering from a tragedy which resulted in loss of many lives and property, All proceed goes to: Nylah Group, Justice Development and Peace / Caritas (JDPC) Jos and the Nigerian Red Cross Society

Please support Victims of the Massacre in JOS by donating $2 (Two Dollars) or more. Please visit www.fashionforthenations.org


March 9, 2010

JEANkara by Estella Couture

At last! JEANKara is here for you!


just my twist on ethnic fabrics and denim, orders being taken now for suppliers.....
some images of the jean.






January 17, 2010

. : : Estella : : .: Our Prayers to Haitians!

. : : Estella : : .: Our Prayers to Haitians!

Our Prayers to Haitians!

It is indeed a very sad period.

We are praying for the Haitians and for God's strength and love as they go through this dark period,

Sadly, this can happen to anyone, any nation. So, we should lend a helping hand to them in anyway we can.

Donate money, donate your time and also, donate your talents.

I am starting this group, for everyone and anyone who can sew. Please sign up, let us come together and be a blessing to Haiti at a time they need everyone of us! Wherever you are, distance should not be a hindrance!




Join the SEW FOR HAITI Project!http://sewforhaiti.eventbrite.com/
All we need from you is that:
  • You make something with your hands and leave  note of encouragement or prayer on it. 
  • Could be: pillow,  wrap skirt, a T-shirt,  tote bag, scarves etc....just easy crafts and projects.






 

NOW YOU CAN DO SOMETHING!!!

SIGN UP HERE! To use your talent to bless others!

http://sewforhaiti.eventbrite.com/

One life you touch is a big blessing, looking from God's eyes.

Glam..

Glam..
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Fashion Teen Idol Show in DC



EC Fashion shows...

EC Fashion shows...
Estella backstage with models @ Couture Fashion Week NY.....

Models @ Zanzibar

Models @ Zanzibar
Backstage getting ready for the runway.......... photo by John Harman

Tradishionale... (Ms. Estella) in Aso-oke and raw silk dress..........

photo by John Harman

Estella & Madarocka in EC Designs...

EC Red Carpet Wear (African Damask, Silk and Lycra Mix)

photo by Andrew Bronfein

2009 Ad Campaign

2009 Ad Campaign

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Models....

Models....
Back stage just before the runway strutting!... photo by Reward