Tennis star, Serena Williams stunned fans with a black sleeveless Kimono jacket by a Nigerian designer, Jane Michael Ekanem
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the jacket was part of her fashion ensemble for the cover of Essence Magazine’s latest issue.
The essence is a popular monthly magazine for African-American women. It was first published in 1970.
Ekanem is a popular Nigerian fashion designer who has styled Yemi Alade, Tiwa Savage and other celebrities.
Serena paired the Kimono with a floor-length skirt, white shirt, and strappy heels and has raved about how much she loves the design.
According to Ekanem, the Kimono represents light and energy which Serena is known for globally.
The kimono featured inked artwork on the lapels by Laolu Senbajo, another Nigerian designer, was also responsible for Serena’s face art on the magazine cover.
Laolu, who is a popular name in the international fashion scene, is also a renowned face artist.
He has worked with notable brands like Nike, Bvlgari, Beyoncé, and most recently a Grace Jones-inspired bodysuit for Hollywood actress, Taraji P. Henson.
In the cover feature interview, Serena spoke about her take on the fashion world following the launch of her own fashion line ‘Serena’ in 2018.
Reacting to the cover, an excited Jane Ekanem, on Instagram @janemichaelekanem appreciated Serena for rocking the designs.
She wrote, “About this same time 4 years ago, I posted a video of Serena Williams of how she said ‘I want other people to be like me’ when she was asked who she would like to be like.
“It’s not far fetched from mine as I always tell people I want to be a better version of myself.
“Today, at this same period, I have my piece was worn by @serenawilliams, one of the most powerful and most accomplished women in the world wear my Kimono piece.
“(The piece was) tailored and made here in Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria in a global magazine, @essence, in a global fashion edition.
“No matter who you are and where you are, when your time is here, your universe will come for you. Keep at what you are doing. Do good relentlessly.
“I am just that young black girl who is trying to keep the dreams alive. And as @lupitanyongo would say ‘your dreams are still valid’.
“I have never doubted my journey even though sometimes I got angry and impatient.
“My life is a work in progress and I will trust the process. A huge thanks to @laolunyc for being the bridge. The art you put on the lapel made it even more attractive.
“The kimono was inspired from the #EnergyGod kimono made by @janemichaelcollection for @do2dtun during his photoshoot. The Kimono symbolizes energy and light,” Ekanem said.
3 Major Native Styles: A must-have for Nigerian men in 2019
The fashion industry is one that keeps evolving as each day passes. Fashion is very important to humans because no one walks naked no matter how ‘convenient’ it seems and this is why designers create new styles, that break and change the norm.
Men’s clothing does much more than cover the body. It speaks luxury, confidence and class. Little wonder, designers and experts are always work tirelessly to give their clients the best.
Bringing it home to our native attires, you sure will agree that a cute guy in a well sewn native clothing is a ‘take home to mama’ kind of man.
So, Let’s quickly consider some of the unique Nigerian native wear designs for men
Agbada is an outfit of free cut in which you will look perfect and feel comfortable. It’s a great choice if you want to feel confident in any situation.
Any part of the male costume should always be convenient. Do not neglect convenience in the name of beauty: clothes look as they sit. A man looks the best when he does not have to worry about his Agbada – so it should sit “imperceptibly”.
It is necessary to remember that the clothing of a man is the first thing that tells the world around him about who he is. Well-chosen native styles always make excellent and long lasting impressions.
Fabrics of ready-made male suits are rarely dense and high-quality. The cheaper the costume, the cheaper and thinner the fabric is. Synthetic materials make the clothes shiny but by the end of the day, such attire will look crumpled.
If you want to sew traditional outfits we recommend Atiku fabric. When decorated with elegant patterns and embroidery, it creates an exquisite gentleman look, even in everyday life.
There is a great variety of Atiku native styles for male. Before ordering an attire from a tailor, think about the style and colour you want and the occassion you will be wearing this attire to.
The male half of the population throughout the world is taught from the early childhood that men’s clothing should be neutral, not too bright and frank. Nigerian men in many respects differ from other countries. They use Ankara fabric to emphasize their originality and non-standard perception of fashion. Bright colors perfectly complement the clothes.
Attires of saturated colours are popular among people of any age and in various regions. In particular, this applies to celebrities who often wear clothes of different colours and textures.
A male suit consisting of trousers and a jacket has long gone beyond the usual and rather boring frameworks. A wide range of colour solutions and decorative elements is available for Nigerian guys. This also applies to the fashion for accessories: men choose colorful socks, bright ties, hats, and scarves.
We can respect designers, stylists, and just fashion lovers for the fact that from season to season they introduce into our life new interesting and bold tendencies.
The designs of Nigerian native styles for men with frankly bright colours and cool prints remain on the catwalks as well as at the streets of Nigeria.
If you want to look bright but at the same time manly it is worth combining elements of vivid colours with clothes of darker neutral shades. For example, a dark-coloured jacket can be combined with a bright shirt. Also, you may put on jeans.
Particularly interesting are non-classical combinations of various color solutions. For example, a fashionable style slim fit which features a fitted silhouette. Clothing of this plan is recommended for men with a sporty physique.
Even if you are an adherent of a relaxed style and your work days pass out of the office, a classic Senator costume is essential for you. In the life of every man, there is a reason to wear it. Therefore, if your wardrobe still lacks such an important element, it’s time to think about buying it.
Senator suit is not only functional attire but a tribute to classical vogue. Some fashion fans postpone its acquisition because of stereotypes. It is believed that Senator style is boring and too formal.
It’s time to give up prejudice. For several seasons in a row, designers insist that the properly selected Senator suit is the №1 thing in the wardrobe.
Such attire makes a guy more attractive in the eyes because he looks manly and at the same time stylish.
As for the color of the costume, it’s worth to give preference to classical shades. Do not try to stand out from the crowd with the help of a Senator suit of some unimaginable colors. The above-described costumes made of Ankara fabric are much more suitable for this.
The best options for Senator suits are blue, black, burgundy, brown, beige, white, blue, and gray.
Nigerian native wear designs for men
We hope that it was interesting for you to find out about the latest native styles for guys. Choose the desins that you liked best to look fashionable and attractive in any situation.
AGBADA : A TRENDY WOMAN’S STYLE
“Adebayo came out of his car in a white embroidered agbada accompanied by his wife who also slayed in the same agbada attire having the same embroidery pattern with matching black heels and clutch. As they both held hands tightly and moved like fraternal twins towards the event place, Adebayo’s mum approached them and enquired why his wife was dressed like a man. Adebayo simply replied ” Maami, this is fashion.
This is what is in trend”.
No one wants to be left behind when it comes to fashion; everyone wants to flow with the trend and this is enough reason why agbada for women isn’t considered an eyesore especially in Yorubaland.
The Agbada outfit way back in time has been labelled a traditional attire associated majorly with the southwestern part of Nigeria. It was mostly worn by kings, rulers, elders and people that belonged to the noble class. In the olden days, the Agbada (made from a material called Aso-Oke) was worn majorly for special occasions and oftentimes showcased the status of an individual within the community. It was never a ‘woman wear’ as the women paraded themselves only in their wrapper and blouse popularly called ‘iro’ and ‘buba’ with matching head gears known as ‘gele’.
However, over the years, we have seen daring fashion trends that shook the fashion industry and also left a mark which will ever be noted in the fashion history. The entrance of agbada for women was a major fashion shocker which was introduced in 2017 and does not seem to be leaving anytime soon as fashion lovers not only in the southwestern part of Nigeria but all over the country and even in diaspora are rocking it.
Modern fashion designers make use of different fabrics to give their clients, top-notch designs for their agbada outfit. These include Lace, Ankara, atiku, batik amongst others. Between 2016 and 2017, when the new fashion trend for Agbada came, the male folks thought they could ‘impress’ and ‘oppress’ the women with the various modern Agbada styles but the women expressly lived out the saying that ‘what a man can do, a woman can do better’ as you will agree with me that although the Agbada is considered a man’s style, the women slay better in it.
Researchers have observed that some people still frown at this ubiquitous fashion as they are of the opinion that the western culture is gradually finding its way into our indigenous culture. This is however the opinion of a few individuals as against the general acceptance of the trend by various fashion lovers. The Nigerian female celebrities (both old and young) are not left out of this trend as they all rock their Agbada attire at the slightest opportunity
SIX BEST TIPS ON HOW TO ROCK YOUR AGBADA AS A WOMAN
• Choose a very light fabric: As a woman, consider the texture and weight of the fabric before choosing it for your agbada. This is to enhance carriage and reduce every form of weight or heaviness.
• Choose a cool colour: while going for a light material, also consider a cool colour. Oftentimes, people go for the neutral colours e.g black or white but if you want to be a bit daring, go for other colours that will stand you out from the crowd. Purple, maroon, pink, blue, green, red are great. And just in case you wish to blend the colours, ensure you blend the right colours.
• Make your inner wears fitted: The agbada attire consists of a pair of close-fitted trouser that oftentimes reaches the ankles (it is usually called ‘sokoto’) and a long sleeved or short-sleeved shirt and a wide flowing sleeveless gown worn over these. Your inner wears (I e. ‘Sokoto’ and ‘buba’ as generally called) should be fitted to enhance comfortability and also display your smashing figure.
• Western-Traditional Style: Experimentation is the key to developing great trends in fashion. Agbada is a traditional attire but adding a bit of western style to it can enhance the uniqueness in your style as a woman. Try out different cuts and necklines. Also, simple Agbada tops with shorts, leggings or jeans will look extremely dashing if worn with heels.
• Make use of accessories: The fact that you are putting on a man’s style does not stop you from using your accessories as a woman. You can slay your agbada on heels with matching clutches and jewelries. Some women even dare to put on men’s cap known as the ‘fila’. These give you a touch of class.
• Lastly, if you will be rocking that Agbada alongside your spouse, ensure it has the same embroidery pattern. This sends a message; ‘I am his’ and ‘she is mine’.
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