“Black Panther” Premiere Looks From “Vibranium Strong” to “Wakanda Fashion is This?”

November 7, 2022

After storming Los Angeles and London over the last few weeks, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has finally held its African premiere in Lagos, Nigeria. And the film’s stars, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright and Tenoch Huerta, pulled up to the premiere looking like this: 

Nigerians decided to do the usual and create a theme to match the red carpet — Afro-Futuristic *sigh*. These are some of the looks that stood out for me.

18. Hermes

Chadwick Boseman didn’t kill his role as T’challa to be disrespected like this. The theme didn’t even ask for outfits to honour the late actor, so Hermes did too much and still missed the point. No one saw this in his dressing room and thought, “Hmm, something is off”?

Chadwick, who? 

17. Erica Nweledim

Where is the effort? The theme for the premiere is “Afrofuturistic”, but this dress is giving Aso Ebi Bella, and I’m stressed. It’s one thing to try and fail, but not trying at all? Yeah, I love Erica, but it’s a big no. 

16. Kunle Remi 

This is another case of missing the memo completely. Where is the “Afro” or “Futurism” here? This man is dressed like he’s going out to drink beer. No wonder his wife poured all his juju away in Anikulapo.

15. Bella

Girl, not this Danshiki fabric. I love Bella’s Krispy Kreme donut hair, and who knows, I might’ve even liked the dress, but you see this fabric? God forbid. Why would anyone make an outfit using the same fabric white tourists buy at the reception of Eko Hotels? 

14. Sheggz

I have to laugh. You know what, Segun. I get it. Maybe it’s still Halloween in the UK. 

13. Bovi

Like Shuri said to T’challa in the first Black Panther

Bovi’s jacket is fire, but his shoes don’t work for this outfit at all. Take them off, bro. 

12. Liquorose 

It’s okay to be inspired by an outfit, but I draw the line at “copy and paste”.

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11. Idia Aisien 

All this attention to the design of this dress, but the front stitching still looks like it was done by someone in Home Economics class. I see the vision, but the execution is not hitting at all. 

10. Prince Enwerem

Someone needs to tell Prince to take off at least one article of clothing. Sir, are you not hot? This man looks like the wildlings from Game of Thrones

9. Ini Edo 

I can’t decide whether I like her outfit or not. I’ve stared at it for hours, and I still can’t come to a decision. I just wished they’d ironed her satin skirt sha.

8. Enioluwa 

Since he popped up on our radar over a year ago, Enioluwa has risen to become one of the most consistently well-dressed men on the red carpet. However, I can’t really say I like this look, especially with the butterfly-looking jacket. The picture on the right slaps, though, so E for effort. 

7. Priscy Ojo

I’m not supposed to like Priscy’s look because I hate the Kim Kardashian Balenciaga trend of wearing an outfit that covers your hands and legs, but for some reason this outfit works. The chalk thing might be a bit much, but I love the hair and silver dress. 

6. Omowunmi Dada 

Omowunmi Dada has been on fire lately, and I’m quickly becoming a fan. I love the black leather bodice and frills. I just wish she’d worn a different pair of shoes, like strappy sandals or something. 

5. Allysyn

I know I’ve complained about the Halloween looks, but it’s different with Allysyn. Unlike Sheggz and Prince, she pulls off this Dora Milaje look with so much confidence, it looks like something she’s worn all her life. 

She wears the look; it doesn’t wear her. 

4. Toyin “Tiannah Styling” 

I was waiting for Toyin’s look, and I wasn’t disappointed. Toyin dresses like this on her way to Shoprite, so I’m happy she got a valid reason to unleash her outrageous style. 

3. Elozonam 

Is it me or does Elozonam look like an anime character? Hmmmmm. 

2. Adunni Ade

Okay, Portifar’s wife. I love how simple and well-tailored this dress looks. The Egyptian-inspired hat also reminds me of Queen Ramonda’s looks. 10s across the board, sis. 

1. Adebayo Oke Lawal 

Bayo is a fashion fave, and this right here is a look. I love the leather gloves, gold detailing on his suit and gold make up — even his hair is dyed gold. This is how you execute an Afrofuturistic look without it looking like a Halloween costume. 

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