IDEAS THAT WILL COMPLIMENT YOUR TRIBAL PRINT CLOTHING

Tribal print has been a trend which simply refuses to go away. People fell in love with the fun prints that make part of a perfect outfit for every occasion. The eye catching bold colors and exotic flare they exude with a wide array of texture available; tribal prints are a must for any wardrobe.

In Southern and Eastern part of Africa the Dutch wax print is popular due to its bold color.It is popularly used to make Kitenge outfits for occasions. We have the Aloha print that is the Hawaiian Fashion and Batik print that is trendy in South East Asia.

Tribal print clothing comes in all types; dresses, trousers, leggings, tops, jackets, sweaters, shoes, caps… everything. So how does one accessorize the tribal print clothing?

Way 1

Choose one color from the prints and use it in choosing your accessories, usually the neutral color.  You can use this color for your earrings,belts, necklaces, bracelets or shoes. Avoid too much contrast, however, you can also choose vivid colors for a daring look.

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Way 2

When choosing earrings use dangling earrings for a more alluring look. You can also wear chunky earrings with the look.

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Way 3

When choosing bangles and bracelets, the chunkier the better. You can also opt for wooden bangles or beaded bracelets.

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Way 4

When choosing necklaces go for funky, bold necklaces. Remember the chunkier the better. You can also wear  beaded necklaces to spice your look.

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Way 5

You can also accessorize a tribal print look with a hat, over-sized clutch bags, trendy sunglasses and funky chunky rings.

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Remember with prints, less is more. So when accessorizing your look, do not overdo it, choose a maximum of 3 pieces to work with your look and don’t wear too much of one piece. One each is appropriate.

To buy any of these amazing  jewelry please log onto our online jewelry Store

http://www.etsy.com/shop/lukagwa

CLOTHES TREND FOR SPRING 2013 AND HOW TO ACCESSORiZE

Well, here at Lukagwa we continue to give you the down-low of what to expect this spring season. We document all things vogue so that when you step out of the house, you not only do so in confidence, but also exude glamour.

Today we focus on our every day essential, clothes! Yes we just can’t do without clothes and so it’s good to be in the know of what we will be seeing more of this season.

Men’s wear inspired and tailored

This fashion emerged last year where we saw a lot of ladies wearing men’s inspired outfit. The fad started with the boyfriend jackets, followed by boyfriend jeans but soon enough we had ladies approaching their tailors to make them men inspired suits. So this is definitely a style to look out for this coming year. This is a favorite for office wear.

The best way to accessorize this is by wearing cuffs and medium length earrings. You can also add a colored necklace or bracelet as this will bring out the femininity of the look.Image

Belted floral dresses

This was also a big hit last year and it’s a trend that you will definitely see more of in the coming days. This dresses are usually bold in color and full of little flower patterns and they are accessorized with a belt, the belt usually one color  These dresses are worn in the office or during cocktail events and sometimes even wedding.

The best way to accessorize this look is by just wearing beaded earrings and a bracelet to complete the look. The dress already has too much going on and over accessorizing might make you look like you are trying too much.

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Collarless blouses

A trend that is emerging this season is blouses that don’t have the usual collar. They can either be high neck or have a plunging neckline but they don’t have collars. This look can either be worn in the office or with jeans on a weekend.

You can accessorize the look by wearing long necklaces and stud earrings and a bracelet as the look is made to enhance your beautiful collar bones.

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To buy any of these looks click onto our online jewelry store-http://www.etsy.com/shop/lukagwa

LUKAGWA COLOUR TRENDS FOR SPRING 2013

It’s a new year, which means new things to look out for, new things to experiment with and here at Lukagwa we are especially excited this year to present you with the hottest colours of the season, colours that suit all shades of skin and all occasions.

Neon is definitely in this season, a trend that has crossed over from last year. Neon are those striking, to an extent shouting colours that we loved mixing and matching that brought on the colour blocking trend. Neon colours include electric blue.

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Pastels are also all the range this season, pastels give you a splash of colour while at the same time maintaining a natural, calm, earthy tone.

Classics colours such as black and white are of course timeless and they never run out of fashion. So you definitely can never go wrong with these colours.

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Other specific colors that are in and you can work depending on occasion or a look you are going for include:

Stand-out colours

Silver,

Grey,

Khaki,

 Ivory,

Subtle Pink

Striking/Make a statement

Steel Blue

Light Purple

Muted Grey

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Relaxed

Sea green

Light sky blue

Golden yellow

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Corporate look

Dark brown

Pink & Orange tones

Shimmering gold

Make them envy

Deep burgundy

Olive hues

Intense purple

Keeping it real

Fuchsia

Lime green

So choose your colours and stay fresh, cool and elegant this season.

Have a look at our online jewelry store http://www.etsy.com/shop/lukagwa

 

A RECAP OF 2012

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The year 2012 for me was filled with a lot of inspiration and invaluable lessons to learn in business and life. One great thing I hold dear to my heart is that anything done with passion will always reflect on the results.

The 1st jewelry collection

In this year for the first time Lukagwa came up with its first jewelry collection called Shela.The pieces of jewelry captured the colors of the sea and marine life. The inspiration was the beautiful island called Shela and the experience I had being there. Moreover I had the elegant recycled glass beads brought in from Ghana that truly made a difference on the beaded necklaces. As an artist sometimes you have creativity overload and you just want to create without taking in the market trends. On coming up with these pieces of African jewelry there are some designs that were very bold and a bit peculiar for this market. I believe sometimes you need to push your boundaries to explore how far you can push your creativity. I was compelled to go back and re-think designs I had done four years back and refine them. On top of that I had to come up with eye catching jewelry that people could talk about. This is no small challenge it took days of research, thinking and exchanging ideas to come up with attractive tribal inspired jewelry. It was important to me to craft jewelry that is contemporary and appeals globally yet still expresses the legacy of Africa.

Local Craft fairs

Over the years the number of craft fairs has relatively increased and some have been overtaken by the times. In the past these events were an opportunity to make money and create awareness of your product. They are a great forum to interact with clients and get insight on what they like.AS for Lukagwa they have a created a good base to advertise our online jewelry store.

Our online jewelry store

Currently a lot of designers are thinking of going online for their businesses because everyone is talking about it and it’s the next big thing! I concur with these sentiments. A friend of mine sold me this vision in 2010 September and she took time to take me through the steps of opening an online store on Etsy. I humbly accept that she was a step ahead and sadly I didn’t have that vision for my business. In 2012 I realized that is where I needed to be. It is a tough a journey and very involving.

Lukagwa had its own website but for a very longtime no one could buy from it because of a few issues which took very long to be sorted. The first thing Lukagwa had to invest in is beautiful and clear photos of the handmade jewelry. The pictures had to communicate to the client and convince one to buy the jewelry. The next step was to have a refreshing story about each piece of jewelry and why it is special. I had to communicate with a lot of zeal to sell Lukagwa.Initially I thought of getting someone to do it but it is always important to create a solid foundation first. Most importantly no one can write about your work with the same enthusiasm as you would.

There is a happy ending to this narration; I have learnt a lot and despite the challenges we managed to start up an online jewelry store www.etsy.com/shop/lukagwa. The response is great and am loving every moment.

This article would have an anti-climax if I don’t take time to appreciate the clients who made 2012 memorable. I hold them dear to my heart, thank you for your positive reception.

Luv Lucille