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  • Engineering and fashion make waves at MBFW

    Engineering and fashion make waves at MBFW

    Nigerian creative, Mutkar Onifade is forging a link between engineering and fashion design at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

    Onifade, who works as an engineer and a fashion creator, said,“I believe in diversification of skill sets. I don’t want to be known as an engineer. I don’t want to be known as a fashion designer.”

    The VIZUVLGVDS founder stated, “I think growing up I was very exposed to extremely hardworking parents. Very successful but also instilled the value of where they came from and where they got everything that they had."

    "My first paycheck I got a sewing machine. 2014 so, after I work every day I just go home… GM is based in Detroit, I didn’t have any friends there so I’d just go back home and started learning how to sew. So I’ve been sewing for the past three years. So everything you see from my first collection is all handmade.”

    He says his day job as a calibration specialist at General Motors, offers him a distinct advantage.

    Onifade explained, “being an engineer, they teach you how to develop ideas. Your job as an engineer is to develop ideas, visualise ideas, conceptualise it, analyse it, solve it, change the world, innovate. So I think for me, being an engineer made me fearless in the fact that if I can apply this to engineering problems, I can apply the same concept to anything in the world.”

    He’s dressed celebrities from across the continent and the US. The 26-year-old held his first runway showcase at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

    He's also made it onto Forbes Africa's 30 under 30 list.

    While he's tight-lipped on his future plans, it seems the sky is the limit.

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  • Stay Calm in the Club

    DJ Ruckus on Using Meditation to Stay Calm in the Club

    How I start my day: I try to be up by 9:40, 10 a.m. at the latest. I have breakfast first and then I head directly to the gym so I can get that out of the way. I try to consume as much music as possible, so I’m listening to music first thing in the morning, and while I work out.

    I try to stay away from meat for the first meal of the day because breakfast is the easiest meal to make veggie. There’s this place that I love to go to called Cafe Gravite. They have this dish called the Paleo Hash with kale, sweet potato, a hard-boiled egg, and that’s usually my breakfast.

    Why I meditate: I like to meditate in the morning for 5, 10, or 30 minutes. It sets your mind at ease. When you’re DJing, there may be some technical issues, or some bottle-buyer in the club who spent $100,000 on Champagne and wants you to play something that’s completely left of what you’re playing and it changes your whole trajectory. It’s important to stay calm and comfortable, and that comes from meditation.

    My approach to nutrition: I’m not a vegetarian, but I’m always looking for the healthier version of foods. In general, I try to cut out meat as much as possible. When my body isn’t digesting heavy food, I feel lighter, stronger, and healthier overall. I used to drink fresh juice all the time, but that’s basically a bucket of sugar. I especially love fish and sushi. I watch mercury levels as much as I can, or I try to pick up smaller fish. I have a fast metabolism so I can eat what I want without veering too far from my mark of where I want to be fitness-wise. I drink a lot of plant-based protein shakes as well. The less chemicals and science involved, the better.

    How I like to sweat: I probably have a gym membership in every country. In L.A. I go to Unbreakable, which is probably the most sought-after and premier gym in the area. They train everyone from ball players to MMA fighters. They’re also health conscious, where they have vitamin IVs and laser-surgery stuff. They have this thing called Normatec that we use to work with circulation after a tough workout.

    But basically I go to boxing gyms everywhere — New York, Miami, places that I travel to for work. I always like to keep up [with] who the best trainers are and which are the best gyms in each city. I also love muay thai. I like a lot of agility stuff, like jumping around, using the kettlebells, core workouts. When I’m with my fiancée I do SoulCycle or yoga — I love yoga, even though I don’t go a whole lot. I’m probably the most calm and collected when I’m there, though I try to go before flights so I won’t be antsy or anxious on the plane. But mostly I’m a workout guy and like to lift heavy stuff.

    What wellness means to me: It can be as simple as drinking enough water every day. It can also mean how you carry yourself, how you engage with other people. I’m a Libra and am lucky to be able to not hold grudges, and to not try to control things I can’t control. Being a happy person is just as important as keeping your body healthy and working out. It’s the overall homeostasis of the body and mind.

    How wellness has changed for me: Nutrition has changed for me. As I’ve grown older and learn more, I know to avoid sugar, processed foods, and to be aware of where my water is coming from. It’s my awareness that has really changed.

    My wellness struggle is: I drink a lot of alcohol because I’m in the nightlife business. I’m sure I’m also suffering from hearing loss, so I wear earplugs whenever I can. I know that if I want to stay in this game for a long time, I need to protect my hearing.

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  • How Liza Soberano, Sarah Lahbati

    How Liza Soberano, Sarah Lahbati, and Emma Watson Are Sporting Menswear

    There’s something about putting on a coat and some trousers that makes you feel quite in control. The coordination of both pieces in color or print always make a statement. Shopping or taking some ideas from the menswear department always makes for great outfits. It’s both classic and trendy. It’s also a solution to go for when you can’t be bothered to compose an outfit on your own, next to a dress and a jacket, it’s an easy way out of laundry day.

    A few of our favorite celebrities know what we’re talking about and this is how they used their matching suits.

    Martine Cajucom

    The oversized coat, trousers, plus the white slides gets our vote for Martine nailing the “I’m not a tourist” look. She’s blending in like a regular business girl in busy Shibuya.

    Gigi Hadid

    Is it a pajama ensemble or a quirky take on the suit? Trust Gigi to blur those lines and look good.

    Sarah Lahbati

    Ooh, looks like Sarah is looking for wedding dress options. A white suit by Boom Sason? I think this gets a green light from us.

    Joey Mead-King

    Ah, yes. A suit in millennial pink. How can we not have one in this list? Ever the cool girl, Joey is making this outfit work even in a rugged setting.

    Liza Soberano

    Veering away from the usual is Liza Soberano. She keeps this look young and casual with the shorts and vest option while still maintaining that menswear feel.

    Emma Watson

    Emma Watson’s suit looks comfortable, doing away with the usual structured feel. Yet the navy blue color and the big gold button detail gives it that no-nonsense look.

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