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What Content Do You Want Featured In My Next Fashion TV Show?

Dearest Readers

The Nigerian TV network, Silverbird TV would like me to host and produce a 2nd Edition of my: Fashion Special With Biki John.  The plan is to film in September during London Fashion Week S/S 16.

This time around I want to involve you-my target audience- in the Development Stages to learn more about what kind of Fashion/Beauty TV you want to watch.  Ideally, what I would love to do is have a Focus Group meeting with an audience that consists of my Blog Followers and the rest of the people I am targeting for this show.  Alas, this is not possible. So instead, with this article I want to focus on a segment of my target audience- you guys!

In order for you to share with me what kind of content you’d like me to feature in the 2nd Edition of the show; it’s important you have some crucial background knowledge, as this will influence the filming ideas you give me.

Background Knowledge

1) For budget reasons, all footage has to be shot in one day, which means 10 hours of filming. So any ideas you give me has to be something that can be shot in one day. Also, all the filming has to take place in London.

2) For budget reasons, it will not be possible to film any live shows or go backstage.  However, should we focus on a designer we will be able to get clips from their fashion show/s.

3) My Target Audience is Early 20 Somethings to Late 30 Somethings.  People who are cosmopolitan, style-conscious and into the Arts. Ratio of Women to Men: 90:10.

4) As the TV show is being aired in Nigeria before being put on YouTube- the primary target audience are Nigerians.  However as London is the focus: the show’s contents will be from a strong international standpoint.

5)The show will be split into 2: Part 1 and 2 and will be 15-20 minutes each maximum.

Bearing those background facts in mind, I would be very grateful if you let me know:

1) What type of fashion content would not only interest you but compel you to Share the footage on your Social Media, with friends etc?

2) What aspect of beauty would you find entertaining and informative to watch. E.g.  a beauty tutorial focusing on which beauty trend or look? (This section will be shot in 3 hours max)

3) When it comes to featuring London’s Street Style- would this interest you? (This section will be shot in 2 hours max)

4) Regarding interviewing a designer or a brand: what kind of brands/designers would you want interviewed? How With this I don’t mean the name of the brand, but rather the market segment of the brand, i.e would you prefer an African brand, luxury brand, high street brand, e-commerce brand… (This section will be shot in 3 hours max)

5) Regarding doing a very short segment of myself- what topic/content would you like me to cover, that is somewhat linked to Fashion Week? (That section will be shot in 1 hour max)

6) Finally, what topic/segment would you like introduced to the show?

These are a lot of questions and I appreciate they do need some thought. Your feedback and comments are greatly valued and appreciated, so I hope you let me know your thoughts on the above. If you need to ask me any questions, please message me in this article’s Message Box.

PS if you haven’t seen the First Edition of my TV show you can watch it here.

Big Thanks In Advance!

Afropolitan

Nigerians Do Glamour: Aso-Ebi Series

My last Aso-Ebi post is still one of my highest read posts, so I’ll be doing a Short Series with the same running theme.  And without further-ado, let the Glamourzans pave the way:

Couture Naija

asoebi3Pretty In Pink

asoebi6Group Glamour

asoebi7

Safariontheblog.com

PYT (Pretty Young Thing)

asoebi8Red & Gold

Naijagists.com

Naijagists.com

Sweet Velvetine

asoebi14All White

asoebi21See how my ladies just dey shine shine, no be small ting O! Doing research on this series always makes me so happy, the Eye Candy whets my sartorial appetite to no end! I love the attention to detail these Glamourzans put into their ensembles: the shade of eyeshadow, co-ordinated accessories…actually lets pause on the Accessories: how inspired are you by what you see above? I know I am!

So who gets your vote?  It’s a tough one but I am going for Couture Naija: I adore the detailing, the fit, the sculpted top, the bejewelled collar top that trails down her bodice….Just Fab!

Anyhoo, that’s my favourite, how about you? Who is your Aso-Ebi Queen?

Afropolitan

Ask Biki: Which Online Stores Sell African-Inspired Menswear?

One of the reasons I set up my blog was to offer a consulting service to advise people who had both industry and fashion/style-related questions Consequently, I was mighty pleased when a friend from Berlin sent me a message on Facebook asking…

Question

Hello Biki

I’m having a Style Crisis, maybe you can help me? I´m looking for colourful African-inspired print trousers but I can’t find them anywhere in Berlin, not even on the internet.

Do have any idea where I could find African batik print trousers online?

Ps I love the below Prints!

gernot1Kisses from Berlin

Gideon

Answer

Hey Gideon

First of all thanks for reaching out to ask me this question, I had a lot of fun doing the research!

It turns out that a lot of the online African-inspired stores that deliver to Europe (Berlin) like Agnes & Lola, Myasho.com and Zuvaa.com target women with their products.  However, I did find one store in particular (with London Headquarters) that sells some great Menswear African-inspired prints: Ohema Ohene.

ohema2Set up in 2008, Ohema Ohene (meaning Queen and King in the Ghanaian language of Twi) was set up by London-based founder, Abeena Pokuaa.  The brand’s signature style is to fuse African batik prints with a British edge.

oheme5Having perused their online store, they have a good selection of menswear clothing, including accessories and footwear.  Prices range from about £20 (for accessories mainly) to £240 (for menswear clothing).

oheme4Ohema Ohene are currently having a sale which extends to their Menswear Trousers Section, so head to their e-store and get Clicking!

Biki xx

I really do enjoy using my years of working in the fashion industry and accumulating all sorts of fashion-related knowledge to help and advise people in this manner, so keep the questions coming!

Have a good week! Bisous

 

Afropolitan

He Got Style

Here’s the thing, I love menswear and style.  Back in the Blogging Day, I wrote far more about menswear, focusing on their personal style…

Yesterday I called the lady who does PR for the British Fashion Council, as I planned to ask if she could promote my fashion TV show (Ps the fashion exhibition my program was based on was co-organised by the BFC).  It was then that I learnt that London Fashion Week for Men otherwise known as- London Collections Men S/S 16- had begun, and was to last to Monday 15th June.

According to the BFC ‘all events on the schedule (for London Collections Men)are designed to showcase the breadth of British fashion talent, from the world’s most innovative emerging talents to global menswear brands and Saville Row tailors’.

As Men’s Design & Style is trending at the moment, I’ve decided to turn my eyes to a different city for inspiration-Nigeria- so as to give a nod to the men making me sartorially proud.

Smooth Velvet

Retailtherapyonline.com

Retailtherapyonline.com

Laidback Trad

Bellanaija.com

Bellanaija.com

Feeln’ The Ice Cool Blues

Aomosal.blogspot.co.uk

Aomosal.blogspot.co.uk

Boss Man

man5Ankara Fusion

360nobs.com

360nobs.com

Who is your favourite? For me its a tough one, my eyes keep getting drawn to ‘Feeln The Ice Cool Blues’ but then I do love ‘Smooth Velvet’…  What’s your take?

Afropolitan

Watch My Silverbird TV, 'Fashion Special With Biki John' On YouTube!

STV PROMO IMAGEDear Readers, without furtherado, here it is:

https://www.facebook.com/fashionspecialwithbikijohn/timeline

I’d be super grateful, if you could share this link on your social media platforms, I want to raise as much awareness as possible for ‘my baby’.

I’m currently fleshing out a 2nd Edition which will be filmed in London, I call this current edition the Pilot Episode: it was my first time producing and presenting and we had to get all the footage in one day (something I’ll NEVER try and do again).  I’m aiming for the next edition to be a lot more ‘Me’ and have more ‘Me’ in it.

Anyhoo, I’d love you to message me your comments, critique, feedback…tell me what you would have liked to see more or seen less of, if you want me to explore certain aspects/topics of Nigerian fashion or fashion in general…feel free to give me a piece of your creative mind!

Bisous

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