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This jewelry collection is inspired by the familiar nuances in everyday Lagos living â€“ from the lifestyle of the lady hawker to the â€œOwambeâ€ 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.
ItÂ 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-veeâ€™s Home Makeup Studio and the models, Amilia and Awele.
OSHUKA: It is a common sight to see hawkers or labourersâ€™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 â€œOshuka â€ This yellow turban is an allusion to the famous â€œOSHUKA.â€
ASHAKE ONIDIRI: Ashake is a Lagos hairdresser who thinks she is the best model of her own craft.YARINYA EKO: â€œYarinyaâ€ means girl in Hausa language. â€œYarinya Ekoâ€ is an Hausa girl resident in Lagos who is in tune with the urban elegance of modern life but hasnâ€™t lost touch with her roots, hence the reason she sports â€œLialiâ€ (henna tattoo) as part of her everyday look.
OYINLOLA: Sheâ€™s your typical Lagos party rocker who just wants to have as much fun as she can at weddings every weekend.ADESUA: 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 â€œOkukuâ€ crown common to brides and Queens from her tribe. She is a Queen herself. A Benin Queen in Lagos.
Jewelry/Styling: Gbenga Art-Smith | @gbengaartsmith
Photography: Trans4maz Studios | @trans4mazfotography
Makeup: Da-veeâ€™s Home Makeup Studio | @da_veeshome
Aso oke: House of Aso Oke | @houseofasooke
Culled fromÂ https://www.bellanaija.com/2016/02/eko-akete-lagos-living-inspired-jewelry-shoot-by-gbenga-art-smith/