Ebony Life TV launch which took place at Eko Hotel on Sunday 30 June 2013 brought out glitz, glam and a rainbow of colours on the the gold red carpet as the Nigerian entertainment, fashion and business world came out in celebration of Mo Abudu’s TV station.
Steve Forbes, Governor Liyel Imoke and his wife Obioma, Donald and Onarie Duke, Sue Fox and Olusegun Aganga were special guests at the event while leading names of the Nigerian glitterati rocked the gold carpet.
While black seemed to be the popular colour of choice for many ladies, we couldn’t help but spot the rich jewel coloured dresses and all the hues of the rainbow too.
Let’s have a look at the looks that caught our eye.
Seeing that the colour theme for Ebony Life TV is black and gold, let’s kick off with some of the outstanding gold and black looks.
The gold carpet host Toke Makinwa rocked both gold and black, first with pink and gold lace dress by Shakara Couture followed by a Gothic lace number by Tiannahstyling.
Which look did she rock better?
Tracy Nwapa also rocked the colour of the evening in an embellished gold dress.
Ndidi Obiora’s choice was gold and sequins.
Zainab Balogun also wore a Shakara Couture dress with a touch of gold and looked positively princess-like.
Nikki Laoye’s embellished gold and black dress was one of the best looks of the night.
And Titi Oyinsan wore a touch of gold on her black dress, too.
Folake Folarin-Coker looked super chic in her laser-cut gold dress.
And Toolz, photographed with significant other Tunde Demuren brought the sun out in bright yellow.
Florence Ita Giwa was another named who looked gold in a bright yellow dress accessorised with a gold clutch.
Women in Black
Muna Abii in Elegante by Tiannahstyling and Makida Mokain IamSIGO were two ladies who stood out in black giving Angelina Jolie’s now famous right leg a run for its money with left leg baring thigh high splits. Forget the little black dress, grab a long one now!
Another star who looked fab in black was Beverly Naya in a sequin April by Kunbi dress with sheer side panels. The updo looked very glam too.
Stephanie Coker looked gorgeous in black in an Andre Iyamah dress with an embellished and leather bodice as well as a long skirt with a side slit. Her Giuseppe Zanotti “Firewings” sandals proved a glam touch too.
Starlet Monalisa Omorodion showed off killer curves in a figure-hugging lace detail Elegante by Tiannahstyling gown.
Eunice Efole looked absolutely stunning in an off shoulder, long sleeve black dress with a long train. We love the silver butterfly brooch worn on her waist as an accessory and her silver clutch too.
Proving a little black dress can bring as much va va voom on to the gold carpet as a long one, celebrity stylist Veronica Ebie-Odeka who styled Genevieve Nnaji, Toke Makinwa, Misi Molu, Dolapo Oni and Zainab Balogun for the event, opted for a black mini dress.
Isio Wanogho looked stunning in a black peplum top with a plunging neckline and matching black pencil skirt while Misi Molu’s dress sported a sequined bodice and chiffon skirt. Onyinye Onwugbenu opted for a long sleeve black dress with accessorised with a chunk neck piece, silver heels and black box clutch.
Silver sandals and a yellow clutch were the accessories Tiwa Sagoe used to brighten up this black dress with fringe detail at the hem.
One of the undisputed star of the gold carpet was Rita Dominic who nailed the monochrome look in a one shoulder white top paired with a black mini skirt with a black belt, silver drop earrings, a silver bracelet, a sparkly clutch and black sandals.
Nkiru Anumudu, photographed here with her daughter Zina (in a cut-out black dress) served the other successful monochrome look of the night in a piece from Marc Jacobs Spring /Summer 2013 collection accessorised with a white-and-black clutch, a gold wrist watch and white heels.
Silver, Gray, Ivory and White
Tosyn Bucknor and Ifeyinwa Ighodalo were the two names who opted for chic black and silver ensembles, Tosyn opting for a one-shoulder Grecian gown and Ifeyinwa in a black dress with silver embellishments.
MNet’s Abiola Alabi and model turned designer Isi Atagamen were two names who opted for silver.
Eku Edewor looked her usual stunning self in this gray Clan mini dress while Kemi Ogunleye opted for a one shoulder grey jumpsuit from Mi-Le’s Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 collection.
Opting for nude were photographer Yetunde Babaeko in a blush dress with silver embellishments and Zaina looked stunning in an ivory fishtail Iconic Invanity dress.
Tiwa Savage looked gorgeous in a sexy cut-out Bridget Awosika dress while the designer herself opted for a more sporty look in similar shades with a pink blazer and a pink long shirt.
All white on the night were celebrity stylist Lilian Unachukwu who paired her white blouse with a blazer and a asymmetric cut skirt and TV personality Adaure Achumba in a crisp Calvin Klein dress to which she added some pizzazz with a red neck piece, red tote, red shoes and red lippy.
Ladies in Red
Speaking of red, there was no shortage on this fierce colour at the Ebony Life launch. One our firm favourites in red was former Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria Anita Uwagbale-Iseghohi who looked absolutely fab in a red Notte by Marchesa with bow detail.
Ezinne Chinkata matched her sleek red dress with red lips and red clutch and heels to match.
Ibiere Agwu, like Anita Uwagbale-Iseghohi, accessorised her red dress with gold accessories.
Managing Director of Estee Lauder Cosmetics South Africa Sue Fox also opted for a red dress with bow detail.
Pearls paired with white clutch and white sparkling heels were the accessories of choice for Tope Oshin Ogun.
Lamide Akintobi took red a few shades further in this burgundy dress by Meena.
Olajumoke Adenowo opted for a red and orange dress which she accessorised with a red clutch and bronze heels while Tara Durotoye wore an orange chiffon Virgos Lounge dress which she accessorised with silver hoop earrings, a silver wrist watch, a gold clutch and pink heels.
One of this summer’s hottest colours, blue proved another hit colour on the night with a range of ladies sporting all shades of blue.
Najite Dede opted for this satin House of Nwocha piece with a plunging neckline paired with a print clutch.
Oreka Goddis looked a vision in turquoise in a dress by Beatrice Black.
Genevieve Nnaji took to the gold carpet in a bespoke Deola Sagoe lace dress, sheer below the knees and featuring a long train.
Host Dolapo Oni’s gold carpet choice was a neon green Mi Le number but she was not the only one who opted for green.
The grand dame of Nollywood looked uber chic in this pink and gold print dress.
Kemi Akindoju rocked this striped number an embellished neckline and belt from Ejori Amos Tafiri.
Nancy Nwadire repped her label Iconic Invanity with an embellished peplum top and skirt accessorised with a gold clutch and a gold bracelet.
Queen Ahneva, Toyin Olakanpo and Udo Okonjo also opted for prints.
While the host Darey looked dapper as ever OC Ukeje, Audu Maikori and D’banj brought some monochrome goodness to menswear.
Ikay Ogbonna, Lynxx, Alexx Ekubo and Chin Okeke all looked suave suited and booted.
While Bryan Okwara got adventurous in a burnt orange suit Alexander Amosu and Dr. Sid (in Mai Atafo Inspired) opted for this season’s ultimate trend for men – blue suits.
While Uche Nnaji, Noble Igwe and Tonye Cole clashed their blazers and trousers, both Kunle Afolayan in orange trousers and Ifeanyi Michael in pastel tones flirted with a spot of colour blocking.
Our very own Mr. Fab, pictured here with Alexander Amosu, looked suave as ever.
The gent that trumped all looks was Tunde Kelani in blue and red trad while Bobo Omotayo also opted to go ‘native’.