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Ocean’s 8 Lagos Premier Is A Reminder That Fashion Is Both Art And Culture

For many people, it started on Instagram. Fabulous pictures flooded the Nigerian Instagram cyberspace. And what was the reason? Nigerian socialite had come out to play in Lagos and, it’s the Ocean’s 8 film that had summoned them. The third instalment of the Ocean’s 11 movie franchise premiered in Lagos last weekend and the theme for the premier hosted by IMAX Cinema in Lekki was “Met Gala”.

The Mets, (as it’s fondly called) is an annual international Gala held at the Metropolitan Museum in New York usually has different themes carefully selected every year. Ona ly few months ago this year, the theme was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” and different celebrities and designers got busy, producing different interpretations of the theme. It is important just before we go further that we absorb the theme of choice for the movie premier (Met Gala) knowing that the movie itself is set around the Met Gala.

Now, the Mets has come to our doorsteps in Lagos and we are faced with the same task of producing remarkable pieces for its celebration; and even better, we have been given the room to pick any theme from any year as our inspiration. With flamboyant head pieces and a few slain birds (ask Osas Ighodaro-Ajibade), Nigerians did one of the things that we are great at- we owned the night and we did it our way.

Perhaps “Acculturation of the Met Gala” was the unsaid sub theme for the event as Nigerian designers and celebrities got busy. From actress Osas Ighodro-Ajibade’s peacock themed number, a collaborative work by designers- Africcana and Visual Effect Multi Media, to Shaffy Bello’s goddess like ensemble by Enthyst Fashion Klinik, it was obvious that we meant business but, the names of the designers should have spelt that out already.

Osas’ black dress for the premier is museum worthy. The breath taking fusion of peacock tail as cape and thigh high slit figure hugging mermaid dress screamed magic all night. Pearls details and plungee neckline, Osas owned the night.

Osas Ighodaro

Also stunning was media personality Toke Makinwa in a navy blue thigh high slit dress with a train by South African designer Orapeleng Module Style Avenue. The bestselling author looked like a character from Scott Fitz Gerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, set in 1920’s America. Of course, her hat by Urez Kulture made all the difference.

Actresses, Shaffy Bello and Kate Henshaw didn’t go too far down memory lane with their style inspiration, as they both obviously went for the Mets “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” theme for this year. With their iconic head pieces by Zubby Definition and both dresses by Enthyst Fashion Klinik and all round look that said heaven, they nailed the theme to a T. Bello in heavy Renaissance inspired cloth sawn into another thigh high skirt and, Henshaw in a more subtle but in no way simple outfit inspired by the birds both actresses had fair game.

Media personality Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi hit the harmer on the nail a bit harder at the event. Her all white outfit chosen for her by her designer best friend April of AprilbyKunbi was a stone that killed two birds, nailing both the “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” Met theme and the girl power theme of the movie. The dashing white pant suit by Clan on her told the tale of an African bond girl. A few people might just have mistaken her for a character from the movie.

The heavenly bodies theme with the fleets of head pieces many of which were made by Urez Kulture represents various interpretations of heavenly. The 2018 theme obviously stood out that night in Lagos and so did the infusion of some indigenous African fabrics in the dresses. In all, we were reminded that fashion is both art and culture.

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