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For many fashion designers, it can seem like a long, hard road to discovery and acceptance into the fashion world. However, for one fashion designer it seems that she was truly compelled for great things. Bukola Are is one upcoming fashion designer who has made a great pace and  name for herself in the fashion industry.

When Bukola first started out as a designer, she found herself designing different styles with many ideas and inspirations behind it. Bukola realized early in the industry that many designers were followers rather than being innovators. That inspired Bukola to create House of Versatile Styles! “I am an innovator of my own fashion,” says Bukola.  “As a designer, I create and adapt to original designs of clothing and accessories for women, men and children. I call it a lifestyle.”

A picture of the designer, Bukola Are (HVS)

The  inspiration for HVS  comes from Bukola’s travels around the world. A lot of her pieces include fabrics from West Africa with American and European influence. She creates a lifestyle, a line were you can define your own style this includes couture, contemporary,urban /high street and much more.

No detail is overlooked in Bukola’s designs and you are guaranteed top quality and exceptional hand tailoring in each of her pieces. Daring hemlines, plunging necklines, and the use of sequences characterize her women’s wear. From concept to completion Bukola is involved in the whole process .

House of Versatile Styles (HVS) has been showcased in the United States as well as internationally; from Gala events to fundraisers for HIV/AIDS Awareness.  HVS Collections have graced the runways at events such as:

  • Seattle Fashion Week 2010
  • DC Fashion Week 2009
  • Against Illiteracy Poverty and AIDS (Fusion-Fashion Show)- Lagos, Nigeria;
  • Egyptian Queens and Rice University (Annual Fashion Show);

Bukola continues her growth with a quote in mind, “What’s beautiful can never be denied, I dream with my eyes open and I am what I dream. That’s my Versatile Style.”

Bukola would be showcasing at Atlanta International Fashion Week sometime this month.  Look forward to the images of her versatile designs here on, we know we are.

Something you may or may not know is that, Bukola styled and designed the clothes worn by Airis’ in the Without You video ( which was shot in Maimi via her other company “The Fashion & Style Company” as a fashion stylist.  On the project she worked with Celebrity Make Up Artist Olama Opara of (Bukola also worked with Olama in eLDee’s Bosi Gbangba video shoot) and Bernard Bonomo (Producer of Without You video) as well as Award winning director Adam Rush(Director of Without You video).

All in all Ms Bukola Are is a force to reckon with.


Seattle Fashion Week provides a live arena for buyers and boutique shops to seek out new designers and fashion-conscious consumers to get the early access and first look at emerging fashion trends. Attracting more than 1,000 attendees per year, the momentum and enthusiasm for Seattle Fashion Week has continued to grow and gained support from national brands, local businesses, independent designers, and industry leaders. This years theme is “Revolution”.

Featured Designers and Design Houses showcasing during Seattle Fashion Week include United Colors of Benetton, 7 For All Mankind Jeans, BeBe,Vera Wang, Catalin Botezatu,Project Runway’s Richard Blayne Walsh, B’ZMA and many more. Seattle Fashion Week recently announced Olympic Gold Medalist Apolo Ohno will be modeling at the Established and International Designers Showcase.


The HVS Collection -Inspired by various cities and the travels of Bukola Are.  These Pieces include fabrics from around the globe influenced by American, African and European culture. For the first time HVS introduces Fabulous Eclectic handcrafted neck pieces designed by Bukola.

“I started designing this collection October of 2009, I had no concept in the beginning but as time progressed i realized that the only word i could use to describe/define this collection was Timeless,” says Bukola.

The new collection from HVS promises to showcase effortless, versatile, modern couture pieces, with the finest workmanship and handcrafted detailing. HVS Collection includes Jumpsuits, Fitted couture Jackets, A variety of Cocktail Dresses, and much more. This collection also includes Bukola’s  favorite fabrics this season Satin Lame, Silk Chiffon and Lace.

HVS launched new Ad Campaigns for first quarter of her fashion calendar. The new Ads serve as a sneak pick into the new collection which will be launched during Seattle Fashion Week.

Here is a collection of HVS’ beautifully shot ads.

House of Versatile Styles has teamed up with Celebrity Jewelry Designer Sarah Radford of Chic Gems Jewelry to provide Stylish, Sophisticated, and Affordable Custom jewelery to complement the new collection from House of Versatile Styles. Chic Gem is quickly creating a following of fashionistas nationwide and was recently featured in People Magazine and

“We are really excited to be partnered with House of Versatile Styles” says Sarah Radford.  Below are some of the pictures from the Seattle Fashion Week.

The designer wearing one of her handcrafted neck pieces.
Here are some of the eclectic versatile rosettes that make up the neck pieces or can be used as brooches or hair ornaments.
The Runway at the Fashion Week

Below are the versatile collection for 2010

Runway Music for HVS showcase included a mix of Fresh Pop Tunes from HVS Celebrity Fans MOBO Nominated Artist eLDee, Celebrity Producer Mark Holiday and Fabulous Songtress Lami Phillips.

To see more of HVS visit You can follow her on twitter @versatilestyles or visit her facebook page too.

For more information on HVS Fashion please contact:
Carlton Lockett (HVS Publicist) for Fashion and Style Company E:



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