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Collection Conversations with Eki and Richard: They call him ‘Shiny Suit Man’



BellaNaija Style presents Collection Conversations, a weekly round up of all the collections and look books from African designers featured on BN Style from the previous week. Collection Conversations features Eki Ogunbor & Richard Akuson sharing their individual thoughts on featured collections from the previous week.

So let’s get into it!


Eki: Marte Egele. I’d definitely rock some of these pieces. Love that yellow purseLook Book Pic 5Richard: I love the scarves and bags too. I just want more and all, more of everything. But I wish they had man bags too, plus they look really well made. Do you have a favorite?

Eki: Ah true, man bags for you. Yes they do look well made but I’d want to see the bags in person first sha
I like the yellow purse and all the scarves lol. What’s yours?

Richard: Yes oo. I like the idea behind the cross-body bag, but I’m not sure if I have what it takes to pull that offLook Book Pic 3

Eki: You don’t hv to wear it double na lol

Richard: Really? Let me take a closer look at it. No, I think it’s joint oo. Or what do u think?

Eki: I thought they just wore two for lookbook purposes, styling.
So Totally Ethnik next

Richard: Oh yes. That’s a really large collection by the way

Eki: Oliver Twist wants less now

Richard: Hahahah. But this is a really good collection

Eki: But honestly I love most things here and they look well made which is always important. I love that there’s everything here

Richard: Exactly!!! I do too. They had a story and it was cohesive. There’s tool with shearling hems, patterned numbers, capes, dresses etc Just a complete wardrobe set

Eki: Yup. I just want to see it on racks somewhere with affordable price tags lol

Richard: Hahaha, that last bit is essential Which are you most probably going to buy?

Eki: I like the dress on the right in the first photo. The red skirt & the crop top it was paired with and the red dress on the left in this picture as well. So hard to pick though…totally ethnik bellanaija may2016 image-14 totally ethnik bellanaija may2016 image-22 totally ethnik bellanaija may2016 image-27

Richard: I see them, interesting choices. God, have you seen that all white pair? With the fringed capetotally ethnik bellanaija may2016 image-30

Eki: Yes, that all white one is great too

Richard: Seyi Shay would kill in this dresstotally ethnik bellanaija may2016

Eki: Yea Rihanna wore a dress like that once as well. I’ll find the picture, loved it

Richard: Yea. That’s quite a lovely dress

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Singer Rihanna arrives at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 10: Singer Rihanna arrives at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Eki: Vanskere next. Love the concept of one trouser two tops with one person in two looks

Richard: Exactly, I absolutely love the idea too. You see how I was on about reinvention etc, this here is a reinvention

Eki: Yup. It’s hard for me to pic a fave. I don’t mind seeing my boyfriend in all but one design here and that’s the one with stripes. But everything else, I like.Kalu 1

Richard: Right?? I like everything that Kalu Ikeagwu is wearing, very colorful and brightKalu 2

Eki: So Sammies Couture?

Richard: Oh yes! I like all the pieces on Ric Hassani (the fair guy with beards). But that black shine-shine suit just puts me offIMG_0650

Eki: Me too! And it’s annoying Cuz I like Vector. Kmt

Richard: Hahaha, I know! Exactly! I don’t understand how you’ll have great pieces in your collection and then decide to soil everything up with one bad looking piece.

Eki: Well the collection isn’t bad. I like the mix suits and trad, it’s just that one Suit I do not like ?


Richard: Hahaha! Me too I agree with you

Eki: On to Quophi Akotuah GH

Richard: Urhmm, really I just like the tailoring

Eki: They needed a steamer at the studio that day, Adwoa forgot the steamer at home. Other than that the tailoring is good like you pointed out cuz we have seen other people butcher this fabric

Richard: Lol! But what could have the steamer possibly done really?

Eki: It would have removed wrinkles na, can’t you see some clothes aren’t smooth?
That tulle skirt as a cape, I don’t know about thatquophi akotuah bellanaija may2016_IMG_7750 quophi akotuah bellanaija may2016_IMG_7751

Richard: Yes, I can see. But I mean the collection is already a bad one

Eki: Ah! Lmao! Look at me talking about creases here ? I don’t think everything is bad o but I understand

Richard: Yea Lol Anyway, I wish them all the best but they’d need to push harder if they intend to keep at being designers

Eki: Sir Akuson has spoken.

Richard: Hahahahaha Lol

Eki: Next! DOS ClothingFave is the red and teal fit & flare dressdos clothing 3

Richard: Lol I don’t like any of it. I am definitely not the target market

Eki: That dress is my own target sha.
Ok, so Osuare next

Richard: Urhmm… Clean, simple and yet complex, my thoughts on Osuareosuare bellanaija may2016 image-63osuare bellanaija may2016_IMG_7758

Eki: I really like the white dresses, all of them. Everything white with the colourful beading I love, even the swirly monochrome print skirt is one of my favourites. But the blue top it was paired with for the lookbook could’ve been made better, in my opinion. Aside from that I liked this collection a lotosuare bellanaija may 2016 image-73

Richard: Very true, I totally agree with you. In a way the blue kind of took away from the collection. But besides which this was a near perfect collection

Eki: Yes I totally agree.


The title “They call him ‘Shiny Suit Man'” is referring to the shiny suit rapper Vector has on in the Sammies Couture lookbook. ‘Shiny Suit Man’ is something rapper Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs called himself in a skit of an album he released in 2001 called ‘The Saga Continues…’. Two rappers and one shiny suit!
For better understanding watch this video from 2:33-3:20 and you’ll get it.

Eki is the Editor for BellaNaija Style and Lifestyle Editor for She has a Vogue Fashion Certificate from Conde Nast College of Fashion & Design and also attended Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion and the University of Kent. Eki headed the Design Operations at a top Nigerian womenswear fashion brand before finding love at BellaNaija Style. Eki loves all things creative. Follow her on Instagram @ekiogunbor BellaNaija Style: [email protected] | @bellanaijastyle BellaNaija Beauty: @bellanaijabeauty BellaNaija Living: [email protected] | @bellanaijaliving

1 Comment

  1. Tosin

    May 17, 2016 at 8:26 am

    y’all the future
    y’all the bizniss

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