The Elite Model Look Nigeria 2010 Finale was not only fabulous onstage but offstage too.
Yes, we are talking about the black carpet.
We spotted an array of looks as we have come to expect from our Lagos fashionistas and fashionistos. Some recent events had fallen into the ‘black trap’ but this one was different. With guests pushing the colour and style envelope a little bit more.
Without further ado, check out BN Red Carpet Fab – The Elite Model Look Nigeria 2010 Finale Edition
The Belle of the Ball – Elohor Aisien
We’ll start with the organizer of the event, Elohor Aisien. Everyone who attended commended the quality and ‘fun factor’ of the event so lots of kudos to Elohor! On the black carpet, Elohor looked lovely in her short black billowy long-sleeved shift dress. She paired the dress with popping red kitten heeled pumps and a Kristos necklace. She kept her hair and makeup simple and let her yummy-mummy-to-be glow shine through. Owen Aisien complemented his wife in a open white shirt paired with jeans.
Hostess with the Mostest – Georgina ‘Eku’ Edewor
Studio 53 Extra’s Eku Edewor hosted the EMLN 2010 Finale and for that she got to rock two beautiful looks by Jewel by Lisa.
She kicked things off in a red embellished ankara dress with a waistband paired with nude heels, upswept hair and chandelier earrings. Her second look was a graphic print dress with a beaded and embellished neckline paired with black sandals and a chunky gold bracelet. For this look, she let her locks cascade down and the final touch was red lippie. Love both looks.
We get so excited when we see our favourite stylistas wearing pieces from African designers. There was definitely lots of that on the EMLN 2010 finale black carpet. We are totally feeling Hauwa Mukan in her Ituen Basi ensemble, Lanre DaSilva-Ajayi in a dress from the LDA for Vlisco collection (we are also swooning at her tortoise sandals) and the duo of Adaure Achumba and Bridget Awosika in blue modern-inspired pieces from Bridget’s soon to be premiered new collection took our breath away.
Body Con dresses are for confident and vibrant women and we spotted quite a few on the EMLN 2010 Finale Black Carpet. These ladies showed that you don’t have to be on the runway to show off your rockin’ bod. We are loving Ono Bello in her black Herve Leger Bandage Dress paired with Christian Louboutin Annees Folles 140 pumps. We are really feeling how some guests experimented with bright colours and accessories as well. All the ladies look fab.
The earth toned palette continues to enjoy a strong showing on red carpets and on runways all over the world. Even at the ongoing New York Fashion Week, many of the spring/summer 2011-12 collections feature lots of nude shades and white.
On the Elite Nigeria black carpet, we spotted the full spectrum of earth tones. From brown to tan to white, many of the ladies made these colours work for them. There was so much to love – From Lisa Folawiyo‘s bedazzled tank and layered lace and ankara skirt, Uchenna Ezenna in an iridescent dress with her Bridget Bardot-esque hair and Nana Kay in a chic modern dress.
Purple really stood out at the Elite event with guests rocking this royal colour to good effect. Some guests including Izie Igodan went for a touch of purple while others such as Veronica Ebie-Odeka and Yvonne Nwosu rocked it all the way.
Oh the joy of tailoring, there is a certain style magic that appears when we see the clean lines of a suit, jacket or blazer. Omoyemi Akerele looked so stylish in her textured jacket paired with cigarette pants, black pumps and a python clutch. Fauzi Fahm looks suave in his double breasted jacket and Dimeji Alara makes it work in a metallic grey blazer paired with all black everything.
Accessories can totally define an outfit and some guests made such great use of accessories to create their party perfect looks. Blogger, FAB Junior Fashion Editor and BN Contributor Terence Sambo‘s accessories totally defined his look. The cap, the shoes and the murse – love it!
Gbemi Phillips added a retro touch with a multitude of cascading pearls, Sola Laditi‘s waist clinching belt made a statement and Lola Omotayo shut it down by rocking the shoes of the season – Christian Louboutin Clou Noeud 150 studded slingbacks. These peep-toe pumps with silver-tone stud embellishment and a leather bow are uber hot!
Black & White
The classic monochrome palette is classic and the works! Jasmine Murray-Bruce looks cute as a button in her black and white dress and we love Ademide Adefarasin‘s simple and chic style.
Denim – Always versatile and a trusted red carpet staple.
We spotted some cute couples in laid back black carpet looks.
We were glad to see some guests “repping” the continent in these Africa-inspired looks.
This might just be our favourite section! Sometimes the red carpets in Nigeria are so predictable – LBDs, Maxi Dresses, Jeans and Cocktail dresses.
We love how these guests expressed their individual style. Love!
Clean Slate – Grey to Black
As expected, there were lots of black looks on the EMLN 2010 finale black carpet. We love how the guests interjected grey and metallic tones alongside the blocks of black.
COLOUR! We love colour on BN, especially sweet sorbet shades such as these – Ene Maya Lawani in an ombre orange and blue dress by Tiffany Amber, Latasha Ngwube in vibrant turquoise (love the short hair and statement earrings too!), Ifeoma Williams in coral paired with nude shoes, Mobowale Biobaku in red and Moyo Fatade in golden yellow.
Photo Credit: Kola Oshalusi | BellaNaija.com