First of all, let me confess that I am not very big on Nollywood. I honestly cannot remember the last time I sat down to watch one Nollywood movie. However I hear the industry is actually making some good movies. I was therefore not very excited initially about doing this piece, because after trying to do a piece on the Headies and not finding even one manageable dress, I was going to give up. However AMVCA 2016 was quite a surprise for me and I would make some observations before going into the fashion;
- The organization of the event has significantly improved; from the sound, to the lighting, projector etc, they had all improved. It also looked as if the hosts had actually rehearsed. Thumbs up.
- The fashion had also improved. The stars are beginning to take their red carpet appearances serious and that is a very good thing. I also think it will help the fashion scene of Lagos.
- I am however confused as to who attended and why; is it not supposed to be an award ceremony for movie people only? Why am I seeing stylists, makeup artists, baby mamas and people who are famous for nothing really on the red carpet and being interviewed? In Hollywood, the lines are clear; film stars, movie stars, music stars and Broadway stars. If you don’t have a SAG card, you will not attend the Oscars or Golden Globes, unless you were invited to present. This is why you will probably not see Meryl Streep at the Grammys. Plus it keeps the Kardashians away (except for the Grammys where Kanye smuggles them in).
Anyway enough of my preaching and let us get into some fashion, shall we? The Hits, the ‘Erm Okay” and the WHAT WERE YOU THINKING. Feel free to give your feedback.
I love, love, love this look! She channeled old Hollywood glamour, but the sparkle on the dress gave it a modern twist. Everything was on point, from her hair (kind of Marilyn Monroe-ish) to her minimal accessories and her makeup. I don’t even know who this girl is, but she won my heart over with this look. The draping is my best part; it covers her but is still sheer. And her figure? Jeso Kreste! A (fashion) STAR IS BORN! (BEST DRESSED NOMINEE)
All hail the queen of couture!
Babe came to slay and she is not smiling! This woman knows how to dress, knows what works and what doesn’t. Simple! This look is PERFECTION!
Rita Dominic is not exactly a spring chicken. Rumor has it that she is closer to 50 than 40, but she has clearly found the fountain of life and she is drinking from it. What does she eat? What does she drink? Who is preeqing her? Rita is a goddess! (BEST DRESSED NOMINEE)
You see the difference between him and Uti? If he had worn the same color of pants, he would have ended in the same place with Uti. He nailed this look, and together with his beard – sorry, bride, they look stunning together
LOVE! LOVE!! LOVE!!!
I am obsessed with the detailing on this dress, and for me, this was a winner. I love the cutouts plus the shimmer and the butterfly appliqué! This girl gets it always, very refreshing. Notice how she pulled her hair back to show us the dress and her stunning diamonds? DIVA-esque!
This girl is a fashion star and a babe after my heart. She has been slaying red carpet after red carpet appearances with almost no misses. This time again, she nearly nailed it, if not for the tacky finishing of this dress (don’t argue; look at the bust area and the hemline). The truth is, most Nigerian tailors were carpenters in a previous life. Their finishing always lives a sour taste in the mouth. I put her among the hits by a hair’s breadth.
One word: PERFECTION! End of Story.
This look was very contentious; many liked it and many did not. I loved it; my only problem was the thigh high slit; she should have let that flower be the star of the outfit. The color suits her plus her minimal use of accessories is a winner! Overall good look.
IGBO KWENU! I LOVED THIS LOOK! He knew he was going to win and decided to make fashion history! We are going to talk about this look for a long time!
This dress is near perfection, but I’m not sure what is going on near the bust area that makes her tummy look big. It actually looked great in video, but it appears the dress doesn’t photograph well.
However someone should still call Ini Edo; this is how you wear white without going “I eloped from my wedding to be here” couture.
This babe is refreshing abeg! She is like a breath of fresh air. I love minimalism, and notice again how her hair is out of the way and allowing her dress to take the spotlight! Her skin is flawless, look at her shoulders! Damn! (BEST DRESSED NOMINEE)
Yes, she looks good and all, but WHY IS SHE HERE? Besides winning some beauty pageant and having a baby for Flavor, WHY IS SHE ATTENDING? Was she in any movies last year? Abeg make I see road! The dress try sha.
I liked that she did the whole masculine look but I sincerely don’t want to see this again. It wasn’t hideous, but it wasn’t exactly flattering to her frame! Plus her hair was just everywhere, I wished she had put it all up in a round bun so we can appreciate the suit she was wearing. She actually looks like a dominatrix, and I was half expecting her to whip out a dildo and handcuffs from her jacket!
The problem with Funke is that she doesn’t know how to dress for her age! This is a clear example of pretty girl (somewhat) + pretty dress who are not good together. See this dress and think Grace Egbagbe, Daisy Danjuma, Mo Abudu, and not a young girl in her thirties. The hair sef is not helping her case! Why can’t she learn from her age mates? Is it that hard?
This is a stunning dress but unfortunately it completely washed her out. If she were darker, it would have worked, but the dress is almost the same color as her skin. You literally cannot even see where it starts and where it ends. This, with all the billions she controls? Abeg #MoneyMissRoad
This one has crazy loyal fans like Beyoncé, so I have to be very careful here! But come on guys, this look is very underwhelming; not even the drama at the back could save it! This is a very BORING dress!
Genny is the queen of Nollywood (for her star quality please, not her acting skills… Yes, I said it) and this was supposed to be her night. And this is what she chose to wear? *inserts very long hiss* With Genevieve, it’s always hits and misses, more misses than hits, but this look was just there abeg!
Lilian is pregnant, so I will be nice. But she should hit up Chrissy Teigen for tips on how to dress while expecting. She looks like she is wearing yellow choir robes, I half expected her to break into a soprano!
I thought we left peplum behind in 2015.
I love everything except the velvet jacket; velvet is a very tough fabric to wear and unfortunately the jacket is wearing him. However this man is ageing like fine wine; if I could look like this while being a grandfather, then Osun has been good to me.
Now a lot of people did not like this dress and I somewhat see their reason. However, I did not like this dress myself for some other reasons; majorly the tailoring of the skirt. To be honest, I loved the under boobs; to me, it was a political statement of some sort. However the tailoring of the lower part of the garment leaves a lot to be desired and screams Obioma couture. Sad really.
This guy tries too hard; way too hard to be stylish! He actually looks like a giant yellow banana. Plus the rule of the thumb is that if we can see the creases of your suit, then it is too tight. Everything is supposed to be smooth.
Besides, was this event not held at night? In a hotel? What’s with the sunglasses? #AskingForAfriend
Surely you can afford an iron, no?
The suit is lovely, pastel looks good on him, but the tailoring is bad. Take a look at the shoulders and see the depression the lapel makes there. This is a big problem with shawl lapel, and it takes a good tailor to cut perfectly around there. Other than that, he looks okay.
Where do I start? I feel like I am Eniola Badmus’ plastic surgeon right now; where do I start cutting from?
I wanted to be nice to Ini, but where will that niceness come from. I said to myself, maybe if the dress was in another color, it would work. But then, I looked closely at it; the fabric is very tacky and cheap looking. The finishing is very poor, the fitting is not perfect, and her hair is off! I mean, what did she even get right? What? She looks like those brides who do mass weddings at Morning mass.
The truth is that the problem is Ini herself; nothing she wears has ever worked. She just doesn’t have that IT factor. The other time she wore the same dress that Lupita wore and looked like a Made-in-China Lupita. Ini has to take a break from red carpets and find her own style. (WORST DRESSED NOMINEE)
She looks like a present you will send to your husband’s baby mama on her birthday only because your husband insisted, so of course you will find the tackiest wrapping paper available. This dress is so hideous that it is sad to look at; I mean, just look at the hemline, and where it is joined at the knee! It is bad enough that the fabric looks cheap, the tailoring is even cheaper! Is her tailor visually impaired?
Money doesn’t buy style, my people. It doesn’t! (WORST DRESSED NOMINEE)
Yes, Eku is a fashion girl, but wtf is this please? How do you take a stunning dress like this and ruin it with that ridiculous hairdo? What did she tie on her arms? Was she bitten by a snake and had to tie an emergency tourniquet? The hair actually looks like she wants to balance a basket of tomatoes on her head. Mtchew!
Yemi is a young girl with a bubbly personality, so what was she wearing please? I see this dress and I think Angelique Kidjo, and not a young fun girl like Yemi. This look fell flat on her style face and I think she needs a new stylist. I know she was dressed by that boy who dresses Moet Abebe and makes her look like a pumpkin, so it’s not surprising. This however is a whole new level of bad!
I am his fan musically; well technically mostly because I love that Karishika song. But this look is a big NO-NO! I am not a fan of doing this mustard yellow head to toe, and as if that was not bad enough, the fit is horrible on top. The jacket looks stretched and the pants… Were they made by an obioma tailor? And Nigerian men… *sigh* We need to have a conversation about the appropriate length of your pants.
Sorry, kiddo, this is not werking for me.
Too many accessories in one outfit, I’m going to have a headache. Also ditch the pants, they are not werking. Less is more, darling. Less is more.
Well, she has never really been a fashion girl, so I will allow her this one. What was she aiming for, Deeper-life chic? How can you have such an amazing body and hide it under all this fabric?
Well he is a comedian who apparently takes his craft seriously, on camera and off. He looks like a spare parts dealer, the kind that will sell a fake part to you though.
I was going to shout “Slay!” Then I saw the original version of this dress and saw that hers actually looks tacky! It is my firm belief that on the last day, Nigerian tailors will have a special judgement session with God.
This is a disaster anyway you cut it.
Chai! Such a JUMBO SIZED MESS! NEEEEXXXXXXXT!
I can’t even deal right now! Like seriously, I can’t! She looks like a circus freak or one of those “show time at the Apollo” girls. I am really confused with this look. Who on earth told her this was a good idea? What do we even manage? The hair is not helping her case one bit! She needs a lesson in dressing her age; she cannot coman be dressing like a confused teenager. She actually looks like a peahen, stranded on the red carpet and confused! (WORST DRESSED NOMINEE)
Nne, this is what you wore to Africa’s biggest night in film? *inserts very long hiss*
And so, after careful considerations, here are my final results.
BEST DRESSED MALE: Blossom Chukwujekwu
BEST DRESSED FEMALE: Rita Dominic
WORST DRESSED MALE: Alex Ekubo
WORST DRESSED FEMALE: Ibinabo Fiberesima
Do you guys agree? Let us know in the comments.
Written by John Ocean