About fashion designer Dauvia Nijenhuis
I met Dauvia in a fashion show in 2013. I was enchanted with the collection she displayed at that show. Based on blazers “Power shoulders” and fabulous dresses which accentuated the body perfectly, managed to charm the whole room and to get the attention of anyone with an interest in fashion. Since then, I started to follow her development as a designer with a lot of admiration. But my admiration for Dauvia goes beyond her qualities as a fashion designer. She, like me, immigrated a few years ago from Angola to the Netherlands. As an immigrant, I understand the difficulties of pursuing a dream and make it come true in a foreign country. It’s not easy. It requires quite a positive mindset, belief, determination, and perseverance. Dauvia has been designing for some years now and she is doing it very well. She did a course in fashion design where she learned the basic things and ever since she has been working hard, improving and perfecting her work.
She is a designer who works a lot with African fabrics and often mixes with international fabrics. But her creations are far from the traditional African garments which we often see. With African fabrics, she creates modern clothes that can be worn by anyone, following the worldwide fashion trends. But it all without losing the characteristics of a true Dauvia’s design, which distinguishes from other designers.
Obviously, the recognition for Dauvia’s work does not only come from me. For those who are active on social media, you have probably witnessed her successive conquests in the fashion world especially here in the Netherlands. This year, Dauvia was one of the designers who had the privilege to work with the Vlisco for the commemoration of the 170 years of its existence. For those who love African fabric, I believe are familiar with Vlisco. But for those who aren’t, Vlisco is considered the biggest and the best manufacturer of African fabrics. Having different factories in different countries and is the largest supplier of African fabrics. It’s a Dutch company and is located in the south of the Netherlands in a small town called Helmond. So it’s a great achievement for Dauvia to have worked and designed clothes for Vlisco. For me, as Angolan woman and immigrant, it makes me very proud to see her achieve her goals and make her dreams come true. My congratulations Dauvia, “well-done girl.”
I suppose I don’t need to be delirious about how delighted I was when I opened the box and saw this magnificent dress. It is truly gorgeous and it has everything to do with me. Starting from the print to the design. It is a super versatile dress with which could create looks for different occasions. But I decided to wear it as it is without thinking about any particular occasion. It’s up to you to decide for which occasion is it appropriated and how to style it (lol).
The dress is super feminine, emphasizes my generous curves. The splits (omg, that splits hahaha). But anyway, as I was saying, the split made the dress classy and sexy at the same time. There is nothing ordinary about this look. It made me feel elegant, fancy and sexy, every time I took a step it made feel like a true AngoDiva (lol).
As I said earlier, Dauvia always knows how to add that touch to every piece of clothing that she makes and this dress is not an exception. Note the sleeves of this dress. The ruffle on the sleeves gave definitely a unique touch to the dress. But what captured my little heart, is the combination of all the details that Dauvia used and very well. Despite the split which is bold, I have to admit, and the dress is tight to the body, it has no neckline at all, it has long sleeves and it has been cut to an elegant knee-length. Therefore, all these details do make the dress very chic.
The shoes and briefcase were to match the print of the dress and the belt was only to stress a little more my curves. Well, I could not pass up the opportunity to add my favorite overcoat, not only to protect me from the cold but also to add that glamor to the look.
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