The grand finale of the Elite Model Look took place at the Federal Palace Hotel. Earlier this week, BN brought you the Red Carpet Fab and also pictures of the winners. Salewa Akin-Taylor, a fashion writer and a BN reader was at the event and she gives us a run down of what went down. Enjoy!
On Saturday evening, my sister and I dressed up and got ready for the 5th Edition of the Elite Model Look Competition. The show, which was scheduled to start for 7pm, did not really kick off until about 9p.m, However, we were sitting comfortably as more guests arrived. Champagne, cupcakes and candy was served to guests. Of course, the red carpet was bubbly as guests had their pictures taken.
There was a black & white dress code and while many people brought their A-game some just didn’t bother to try and just made a mess of it. Some didn’t not bother adhering to the dress code, donning bright colors and all. Frank Edoho welcomed everyone to the event and even tried to crack us up with his jokes (didn’t realise stand-up comedy is part of his thing) need less to say, he did quite a good job.
The panelists were introduced – Ezinne Chinkata, Agbani Darego (Former Miss world), Kelechi Amadi Obi (Photographer) and Elite Model representative from Paris, Stefan. ( I didn’t quite catch his last name.)
The models (male and female) were introduced and boy did they give the runway a run for its money with their fierce walk. The first act of the night was G-lory our very own Lady Gaga as Frank rightly pointed out. Next, was a presentation by the female models in Mimi Lee London and Re Bahia designs. I particularly liked the white red and black prints and silhouettes in the Re Bahia presentation.
The guys came out next in Grey casual wear; bright colors (check) prints (check) shorts (check) . The girls came back in black and white swimwear and awesome statement necklaces.
The guys came out next in their swim wear which was basically black cycling shorts!
There was a Mango presentation by the girls featuring white dresses, black dresses, jeans, leather pants, python print shorts, a jumpsuit. Next, was an Odio Mimonet pesentation by the girls. Long and flowing dresses with lots of lace, taffeta, silk, sequins as embellishments.
We were supposed to watch a video on past Elite winners in Nigeria but that didn’t go too well due to technical difficulties.
The guys were next with a “Cool Village” presentation. The models were narrowed down to 5 girls and 5 boys A performance by Nedu and Lynxx got the crowd excited with hit tune “fine lady” so good even he delectable Miss Tiwa Savage did the azonto!
The girls came out for the last time in Tiffany Amber Announcement started with the boys – 2nd runner up Steven Nkang, 1st runner up Kimmie Adams and the winner was 18 year old Alvin Dayaffin, it was indeed a precious moment when his mother joined him on the stage to celebrate with him.
For the girls the 2nd runner up was Joy Adoki, 1st runner up Cynthia Bassey and the Winner was 17 year old Moyin Arowosola.
Both winners went home with the Samsung S3 and a year’s supply of calling credit along wit their modelling contracts.
All in all it was a delightful evening out and I wish the winners a fantastic modelling career ahead.
Shalewa Akin-Taylor is a lawyer and a fashion enthusiast. She and her sister, Segi, talk about all things fashion and style at www.forstylesake.blogspot.com