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Ever Changing Fashion Trends From the 1960’s

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Fashion trends have changed dramatically over the years. In the ’60s and ’70s, people experimented with styles such as bell-bottom pants, unbuttoned shirts, and flowing jumpsuits all of which were influenced by music and social movements in those decades.
By the ’80s and ’90s, people favored celebrity -inspired ensembles, especially those worn by style icons like Naomi Campbell and the late Princess Diana .
Throughout the 2000s, designers have borrowed heavily from clothing trends in past decades.
In 2019, for example, ’90s trends like slip dresses, animal print , and tiny handbags are popular again.
The very nature of fashion trends is to come and go.
Jumpsuits, for example, have gone in and out of style since the ’70s, and overalls have recently made a comeback since becoming popular in the ’90s. Despite this constant flux, there’s always at least one trend that takes over the fashion world every year.
From halter-neck swimsuits that were popular in the 1950s to the comeback of printed suits throughout the 2000s, keep reading to see the fashion trends that were all the rage .
1950s: Summer attire was extremely popular.
Women’s fashion in the 1950s was all about fitted waists, halter tops, and wearing summer attire all year long, according to Vintage Dancer, a style website and online store created by author Debbie Sessions , who researches the history of fashion.
People also favored rompers and high-waisted pants that were designed to complement swimwear.
1960-1961: Matching coats and dresses were all the rage.
In the early ’60s, many people still sported styles that were popular in the ’50s. During this time, women often layered loose-fittingcoats over matching dresses and completed their ensembles with coordinating hats, gloves, and short heels.
1962: During her time as First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis helped popularize pillbox hats.
Women wore tailored coats, elbow-length gloves, and strapless gowns all of which became huge fashion trends in the ’60s and ’70s .
1963: Bow collars came into style.
Bow collars were commonly worn by women entering male-dominated work fields in the early ’60s. The look was said to blend masculine and feminine styles.
The style is still worn frequently today sometimes even as a political fashion statement .
1964: In the mid-’60s, people wore fitted clothing in bold colors.
During this time, neutral colors were replaced by daring prints and fitted silhouettes gave way to more loose-fitting tailoring.
Sheer fabric was also used more commonly throughout the 1960s.
1965: The mod trend spread from the UK to the rest of the world.
Mod, short for modernism, was a subculture known for its focus on music and style . The mod movement is said to have originated from a small group of London-based young men who listened to modern jazz , according to the BBC.
Men who participated in the movement often dresses sharply, donning tailored suits and sophisticated ensembles inspired by British R&B and rock bands.
1966: Women’s fashion was also influenced by the mod movement.
Rather than wearing sleek suits, women donned polka-dot ensembles, black-and-white paneled dresses, and boots inspired by the streamlined designs of Andr Courrges , among others.
1967: Miniskirts were everywhere.
But the style was rarely worn over bare legs. Instead, women often styled short skirts with colorful tights , fishnets, and other hosiery.
1968: People loved wearing styles inspired by the film “Bonnie and Clyde.”
Though the film was released a year prior in 1967, fashion inspired by “Bonnie and Clyde” was still prominent throughout 1968 . In particular, men often wore pinstripe suits paired with hats in solid colors.
1969: Women began swapping colorful tights for knee-high boots.
Many shoes from this period featured short and chunky heels, were made of leather, and reached just above the knee .
1970: Hippie-inspired pants and mod-style shirts were popular at the start of the ’70s.
According to Vintage Dancer, fashion in this decade” couldnt decide what direction to take or what past decade to emulate. ” As a result, men wore a mix of everything, including turtlenecks, neck scarves, and wide-legged pants.
1971: The following year, halter necklines became trendy again
The neckline was seen as risqu at the time. However, it was still commonly found in a variety of ensembles, including jumpsuits, dresses, and swimsuits .
1972: Rather than following a single trend, people aimed to dress in a way that expressed their individuality.
Throughout 1972,  people blurred the lines between men’s and women’s fashion. They also merged styles from previous decades.
1973: Disco styles started to emerge from the fashion industry.
This year, men often wore bell-bottom pants and platform shoes .
1974: Both men and women donned suits.
Women’s suits featured a wide range of styles in 1974. Suit-style dresses became fashionable , as did suit jackets paired with skirts.
Most popular style for men at the time was “leisure suits.” The style was meant to look casual and be worn “ anywhere but in the office or on formal occasions .”
1975: Everyone wanted to wear a jumpsuit.
Since disco-inspired styles were still popular in 1975, many jumpsuits featured wide-legged pant legs and voluminous sleeves .
1976: Dresses that buttoned in the front became trendy.
The style was a nod to the ’20s, when buttons were sewn onto dresses to create a nautical aesthetic.
1977: Styles that left the skin exposed were popular.
In 1977, it was common practice for men to fasten only the bottom-most button of their suits and shirts.
Similarly, women gravitated toward bikinis with plunging necklines at the time.
1978: Clothes were designed for dancing.
Disco music continued to rise in popularity at the end of the ’70s, and the release of movies like “Saturday Night Fever” allowed the music-inspired fashion trend to stay strong.
1979: People in the punk subculture wore ripped jeans and leather.
Punk fashion originated in the UK around 1975 and continued to influence clothing trends toward the end of the decade and into the ’80s.
1980: Bold, bright colors were fashionable at the start of the ’80s.
Women also wore a mix of fitted and loose styles throughout 1980 , and paired their ensembles with chunky jewelry.
1981: Everyone wore clothes with voluminous shoulders.
Everything from dresses to blouses featured puffy shoulders in the early 1980s.
1982: The go-to color combination was black and white.
Culled from Insider . com.

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44 Years In Marriage: Couple Celebrate Love

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While some couples have had to quit their union in very short space of time for various reasons, for Mr and Mrs Akpan, the grace of God upon their marriage had been the spice that had kept the union going.
44 years now in marriage, the couple have gannered enough reasons to celebrate God’s goodness, faithfulness upon their lives. Sunday, September 19, 2021 remains remarkable in the history of their relationship as they appeared before a distinquished congregation at Charismatic Renewal Ministries, Woji, in Port Harcourt, to refresh a covenant they had 44 years ago when they first tied the nuptial knot.
Engr Anthony Akpan who doubles as a Pastor and Zonal Secretary, PFN, sees his wife, Mrs Akpan Emilia, as the greatest gift from God to his life, for which he declared that, “she is worth celebrating for her love, hard work and uncountable achievements these 44 years of marriage.”
In his words, “today is a joyous day and double celebration for us. We are 44 years in marriage and my wife is also marking her 69th birthday. God has been so faithful to our union”, he noted.
Commenting on the uniqueness of their relationship, the Rivers State commissioner for information, Pastor. Paulinus Nsirim discribed the couple as role models and inspiration to the old/younger generations.
Pst. Nsirim reiterated that the couple have been a great gift to the church and have mentored many lives/marriages both in the church and secular world, adding that “they are worth celebrating.
“The couple have been a blessing to the body of Christ and nation at large. Their marriage has been an inspiration to me and others. Their marriage would continue to enjoy God’s blessings”.
Meanwile, the Chairman of Pentecostal Followship of Nigeria (PFN), Rivers State, Rev. Dagogo Jack, has appreciated God for keeping them in harmonious marriage for 44 years.
PFN Chairman said the couple has worked so hard in the Lord’s vineyard, adding that their lives have been an example to believers.
Speaking during the thanks giving service, the celebrant, Engr Akpan appreciated God for the grace given to them that called for the double celebration.
On the secret of the successful marriage, he noted the need for couples to “have a good heart and relationship with God, work in forgiveness for one another, make excuses for each other and always striving to be the best husband/wife for one another”.
He reiterated the need for couples to work together and overcome pressure points in their marriages.
Speaking in an interview with The Tide shortly after the thanks giving service, Mrs Akpan recounted God’s grace and faithfulness in her marriage.
Mrs Akpan who noted that the marriage has been a source of joy due to the presence and grace of God, said the secret of her success in marriage is God’s word and command that, “the two should become one”.
For her, success in marriage starts with the choice of spouse. Thus she advised, “don’t choose a husband/wife based on wealth and look, but ensure that he/she is your soul mate”.
And to the younger women, she stressed the need for endurance and the ability to settle marriage challenges on one’s knees.
Their union is blessed with eight children and seven grand children. Mrs Akpan, is the proprietress of Showers Christian High School.

By: Lilian Peters

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Rotary Club To Empower Women On Renewable Energy

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As Rotary Club of Port Harcourt Eco District 9141 gets a new Charter President, there are indications that attention is gradually being shifted from fossil fuel to renewable energy. In her inaugural speech as the first president of the charter, Rotarian Emem Bridget Okon, said, “this club under my leadership will champion alternative source of energy, we are going to promote that in the communities.”
She announced the interest of the club in climate literacy, as she declared that the campaign is on a shift from fossil fuel to renewable energy as it would be good to also make contribution in that aspect.
For this reason, the president said, they would train local communities as well as empower youths and women on renewable energy such as solar, so it can help in the area of having energy stoves and solar power in communities, among others.
She called for support from individuals and organisations as well as donors to ensure that this project makes impact in the lives of community members.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after her installation, last Sunday in Port Harcourt, Rtn Okon explained that the state of mother earth has become a global challenge as such the Rotary Club is interested in finding solutions to some of these challenges as it affects all aspects of human life.
Speaking further, she explained that the club’s mandate is to promote environmental conservation, ecosystem restoration as well as climate change mitigation, adding that the club would also seek to contribute to addressing the challenges in the Niger Delta environment in line with Rotary international focus through the following intervention areas: disease prevention and treatment; mangrove restoration; basic education and climate literacy; peace building and conflict resolution; economic and community development and eco ambassador, among others.
She further explained that the environment area of focus in rotary club was adopted in 2020 during the presidential counsel meeting, adding that this is the first club that particularly focused on the environment in West Africa.
Rtn Okon stated that the core mandate has made it become the first in West Africa and first in Nigeria, noting that this same core mandate was first adopted in Kenya, thereby making the Port Harcourt Eco District 4191s core mandate, second in Africa.
She noted that high level of soot was one of their major reasons and concern to focus on the environment, adding that the club has just unveiled the campaign against soot.
The charter president revealed that the club has also started the ‘Safe The Mangrove Campaign,’ which they are targeting to plant 50,000 mangrove trees by June 2022 when this rotary year would end.
She further revealed more activities they intend to embark on to include carrying out tree planting saying: “All these are necessary because these trees are important in absorbing carbon dioxide from the air and also helps in the restoration of the eco-system.”
“You would agree with me that this year’s World Environment-Day has the theme: ‘Eco-System restoration’, while World Earth-Day has the theme: ‘Restore Our Earth,’ so if we look at keying into those United Nations themes, it is better to take actions that would contribute to restoration of the environment, that is why we have decided to do tree and mangrove planting,” she added.
She explained that there got to be awareness creation, which they can only achieve through conferences, policy dialogue and engagement with environmental justice groups, adding that all these would contribute to taking actions to restore the environment.
“Many of us in the club are people, who have been very passionate about the environment in the Niger Delta, a lot of us are environment justice campaigners even those that are government officials are people, who have held offices in the area of environment, so we are all committed to the process.
“We have already started schools campaign and the production of pamphlets on climate literacy, so between now and June 2022 this club is going to be all over the place, building partnership with government agencies, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) as well as with individuals interested in promoting environmental protection and conservation,”the charter president added.
On her part, the Assistant Governor, Zone 4 2021-2022, District 9141, Rtn Nkiru Enyia, stated that the Charter President, Rtn. Emem Bridget Okon, was fully prepared to lead the club towards achieving its call mandate.
Enyia congratulated her and prayed God to grant her the needed wisdom to do exploits in the task ahead of her.

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Int’l Day Of Peace: Banigo Calls For Peaceful Lifestyle

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The Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr Ipalibo Harry Banigo, has reiterated the need for all residents in the state to live peacefully with their neighbours in order to attract more developmental projects to all nooks and crannies of the state.
Banigo reiterated this in her goodwill message from the Government House in Port Harcourt, last Monday, to commemorate the year 2021 International Day of Peace.
According to the deputy governor, “Progress and development cannot thrive in an atmosphere of bitterness and rancour it, therefore, behoves on all residents to keep the peace at all times to fast track the development agenda of the Governor Wike-led administration.”
Banigo, who disclosed that since the advent of the Governor Nyesom Wike-led administration issues of communal clashes occasioned by land boundary disputes had reduced to the barest minimum, noting that the Rivers State Boundary Commission under her watch as chairman had received the necessary encouragement to adjudicate on land boundary disagreements which have engendered peace in communities.
While wishing the Rivers people a happy International Peace Day celebration, the deputy governor stressed that there was no substitute for peace.
It would be recalled that the 21st of September is celebrated worldwide as the International Day of Peace.
The theme for this year is, “Recovering Better for an Equitable and Sustainable World.”

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