One massive catch up!

by Zainab Ashadu


Blogging is real life; sometimes you go AWOL for months at a time and then you return with a sheepish smile. Here's a concentrated version of what has been going on with Zainab Ashadu from February till July. Catch me if you can! Love, Z x

April 2014, Lower East Side, New York. This was my first visit to New York City. I envisioned myself a Nigerian Carrie Bradshaw in the spring time. I packed appropriately. Unfortunately for my life, winter greeted me upon my arrival, snow storms and all, I almost died. So I decided to shopping for an all black wardrobe to express the mourning of my crushed dreams. 

April 2014, Lower East Side, New York. This was my first visit to New York City. I envisioned myself a Nigerian Carrie Bradshaw in the spring time. I packed appropriately. Unfortunately for my life, winter greeted me upon my arrival, snow storms and all, I almost died. So I decided to shopping for an all black wardrobe to express the mourning of my crushed dreams. 

Next stop London, my lovely sister, Karimah Ashadu happened to be passing through London after one of her Artist residencies. We spent some quality time with our niece and nephew, the most beautiful little people on earth. 

Next stop London, my lovely sister, Karimah Ashadu happened to be passing through London after one of her Artist residencies. We spent some quality time with our niece and nephew, the most beautiful little people on earth. 

It wasn't all play in London though, I worked with the talented Trine Stephensen photographing our AWI4 collection in an experimental manner.

It wasn't all play in London though, I worked with the talented Trine Stephensen photographing our AWI4 collection in an experimental manner.

The results. Image by Trine Stephenson

The results. Image by Trine Stephenson

June 18th, Next stop New York. I attended the Handbag awards, at which we were finalists for the Most Sociably Responsible Handbag. So much fun. Dress by St John, shoes Badgley Mischa, clutch Zashadu.

June 18th, Next stop New York. I attended the Handbag awards, at which we were finalists for the Most Sociably Responsible Handbag. So much fun. Dress by St John, shoes Badgley Mischa, clutch Zashadu.

This cutie and media mogul, Aisha Augie Kuta, made it all the way to NYC to take a bathroom selfie with me :)

This cutie and media mogul, Aisha Augie Kuta, made it all the way to NYC to take a bathroom selfie with me :)

The very regal Justice on display at the SVA theatre, NYC

The very regal Justice on display at the SVA theatre, NYC

Hanging out with the Noor Images crew also in NYC

Hanging out with the Noor Images crew also in NYC

With Thelma Golden, Director of  The Studio Museum, Harlem

With Thelma Golden, Director of  The Studio Museum, Harlem

Carrie Mae Weems, Art Photography, at the Studio Musuem

Carrie Mae Weems, Art Photography, at the Studio Musuem

Off the beaten track, a spot of shopping in the Lower East Side. They've since moved to another location. Email them for amazing shoes.

Off the beaten track, a spot of shopping in the Lower East Side. They've since moved to another location. Email them for amazing shoes.

A night out on the town, Buddhakan, NY

A night out on the town, Buddhakan, NY

Later on that night... ahem!

Later on that night... ahem!

June 27th, At Duro Olowu's More Material exhibition opening. Meeting the incredibly stylish Iris Apfel 

June 27th, At Duro Olowu's More Material exhibition opening. Meeting the incredibly stylish Iris Apfel 

My favourite work at the show, Jane Bustin

My favourite work at the show, Jane Bustin

Outside the exhibition captured by Aisha Augie Kuta, dress is vintage, shoes Badgley Mischa, Clutch Zashadu

Outside the exhibition captured by Aisha Augie Kuta, dress is vintage, shoes Badgley Mischa, Clutch Zashadu

July 2014, Back in London, Wolf and Bagder Trunk Show at the Notting Hill branch

July 2014, Back in London, Wolf and Bagder Trunk Show at the Notting Hill branch

London, July I've started a new thing. Painting with Artist  Max Prus at the Royal Academy of Art. Check out his work, he's hilarious!

London, July I've started a new thing. Painting with Artist  Max Prus at the Royal Academy of Art. Check out his work, he's hilarious!

London, on set shooting the AW14 campaign shots with Mulan Itoje, the beautiful British Nigerian model

London, on set shooting the AW14 campaign shots with Mulan Itoje, the beautiful British Nigerian model