… As Mai Atafo, Kelechi Amadi, April By Kunbi, Rhema Akabuogu, Others Witness Enchanting Experience At Finale.
The beautiful hall of Oriental Hotel, Lagos on Saturday, July 25, 2015 witnessed an unusual convergence of the most fashionable personalities in Nigeria to experience the glitz and glamour of the Fayrouz L’Original Expression Show, season two finale.
The event, true to its reputation as first of its’ kind fashion and lifestyle competition, treated guests to exciting fashion displays from the finalists, teams Meddlelane and Hai. The teams, each comprising of a make up artiste, model, designer and photographer, took turns to showcase their pieces, dazzling judges, guests and fashion lovers with the exquisite pieces which represented the theme for the night... Enchanted.
Team Meddlelane later emerged winners of the competition and walked home with the grand prize of N4m while Team Hai received the sum of 1.5 million naira in second place. Both teams also went home with MacBook laptops as well as cameras for each photographer.
According to the jury, ace photographer, Kelechi Amadi-Obi, make up expert, Rhema Akabuogu from House of Tara and creative fashion designers, Mai Atafo and Kunbi Oyelese, the choice of Team Meddlelane as winner of the competition was in recognition of the team’s display of originality, creativity and confidence displaying the Enchanted theme, which was evident in their creation,
‘Success in the fashion world is based on how creative you can be and this is the yardstick with which we have been judging the competition from inception. Not just that, the confidence in which you defend your creativity also matter, we have found all of these in Team Meddlelane which is why they are winners of the competition’, Atafo explained.
Speaking shortly after the event, Nnenna Ifebigh-Hemeson, Senior Brand Manager, Fayrouz expressed her confidence in the judge’s decision and in the ability of the winning team to make positive impact in the fashion industry, ‘Tonight has turned out amazing not just for the participants but also for the Fayrouz brand because for the second year in a row, we are celebrating Originality, which is a key message of the Fayrouz brand. We are proud of the results tonight and we are sure Team Meddlelane will make great waves moving forward’ she said.
On ground to heighten the excitement of the competition was young singer, Kiss Daniel who thrilled guests with his Woju and Laye hit tracks. His performance was followed by a fantastic display of vocal dexterity and energetic dance steps from EME song bird, Niyola, singing some of her popular songs like Toh Bad.
Triple MG singer, Iyanya wrapped up the night taking guests way back with some of his old songs to which everyone sang and danced with excitement.
The red carpet was not spared of the glamour as the red carpet host for the night and celebrity mixologist, Zainab Balogun spoke to beautifully dressed guests who followed the theme of the night. Miss Balogun also doubled as the celebrity mixologist of the night and excited guests with skillful mixes of various Fayrouz cocktails including Fay Martini, Dirty Fayrouz, Omoge, Virgin Royalty, Ultimate Lady, Tattoo, Implication and Champaigne De Fayrouz.
Notable faces at the event include Marketing Director, Nigerian Breweries, Walter Drenth, Corporate Media and Brand PR Manager, Nigerian Breweries, Edem Vindah, Gbemi Olateru Olagbegi, Zaaki, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Toke Makinwa, Dotun, Adunni Ade, Gbenro Ajibade, Reekado banks, Dare Art Alade, , Ebuka Obi Uchendu, Lamide Akintobi, Omalicha, Moet Abebe, VJ Adams, Tunde Demuren, DJ Sose among many others.
Along with the grand cash prize, Team Meddlelane will also enjoy fashion opportunities including an automatic entry to showcase their designs at the International Lagos Design Fashion Week just like winners of the maiden edition, Team Elan who are currently doing exploits in their chosen careers.