EKO AKETE“ Lagos Living Inspired Jewelry Shoot by Gbenga Art-Smith

This jewelry collection is inspired by the familiar nuances in everyday Lagos living – from the lifestyle of the lady hawker to the “Owambe” party rocker. Lagos is a potpourri of multiple cultural influences coming together to form the lifestyle of its inhabitants.

We see cosmopolitan vibes joined in fashion matrimony with tribal sensibilities and giving birth to a very versatile style. The collection which features cocktail rings, bangles, necklaces, and brooches.

It was made possible by the synergy between the stylist/Jewelry designer,Gbenga Ayo-Dada of Artsmith Collections, Seyi Akinbola of Trans4maz Studios,Vivian Christopher of Da-vee’s Home Makeup Studio and the models, Amilia and Awele.


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OSHUKA: It is a common sight to see hawkers or labourers’s heads doning a makeshift hat made from cement bags or a fabric deftly wrapped into a crown that serves as a cushion and they are popularly called “Oshuka ” This yellow turban is an allusion to the famous “OSHUKA.”Gbenga Art Smith Beads_Nigerian Weddings_Beauty_BellaNaija 2016_OSHUKA 3

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AUNTY ONI-BROOCH: This look was inspired by itinerant traders in Lagos who display their gold accessories on an apron worn over their body.Gbenga Art Smith Beads_Nigerian Weddings_Beauty_BellaNaija 2016_AUNTY ONI-BROOCH 2Gbenga Art Smith Beads_Nigerian Weddings_Beauty_BellaNaija 2016_AUNTY ONI-BROOCH

ASHAKE ONIDIRI: Ashake is a Lagos hairdresser who thinks she is the best model of her own craft.Gbenga Art Smith Beads_Nigerian Weddings_Beauty_BellaNaija 2016_ASHAKE ONIDIRI 3Gbenga Art Smith Beads_Nigerian Weddings_Beauty_BellaNaija 2016_ASHAKE ONIDIRIGbenga Art Smith Beads_Nigerian Weddings_Beauty_BellaNaija 2016_ASHAKE ONIDIRI 2YARINYA EKO: “Yarinya” means girl in Hausa language. “Yarinya Eko” is an Hausa girl resident in Lagos who is in tune with the urban elegance of modern life but hasn’t lost touch with her roots, hence the reason she sports “Liali” (henna tattoo) as part of her everyday look.Gbenga Art Smith Beads_Nigerian Weddings_Beauty_BellaNaija 2016_EKÓ YARINYA

OYINLOLA: She’s your typical Lagos party rocker who just wants to have as much fun as she can at weddings every weekend.Gbenga Art Smith Beads_Nigerian Weddings_Beauty_BellaNaija 2016_OYINLOLAGbenga Art Smith Beads_Nigerian Weddings_Beauty_BellaNaija 2016_OYINLOLA 3Gbenga Art Smith Beads_Nigerian Weddings_Beauty_BellaNaija 2016_OYINLOLA 2ADESUA: She is a Benin glamazon who is proud of her ethnic identity and still chic! She styles her hair to have a resemblance with the “Okuku” crown common to brides and Queens from her tribe. She is a Queen herself. A Benin Queen in Lagos.Gbenga Art Smith Beads_Nigerian Weddings_Beauty_BellaNaija 2016_ADESUAGbenga Art Smith Beads_Nigerian Weddings_Beauty_BellaNaija 2016_ADESUA 2

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Glam Team
Jewelry/Styling: Gbenga Art-Smith | @gbengaartsmith
Photography: Trans4maz Studios | @trans4mazfotography
Makeup: Da-vee’s Home Makeup Studio | @da_veeshome
Aso oke: House of Aso Oke | @houseofasooke
Models:@amiliafairlady@ifeomaawele

Culled from https://www.bellanaija.com/2016/02/eko-akete-lagos-living-inspired-jewelry-shoot-by-gbenga-art-smith/

 

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