Serena Williams stuns in Nigerian designed outfit

first_imgRelatedPosts Serena pulls out of Italian Open Serena heads to French Open with time running out for number 24 Serena dumped out of US Open Tennis star, Serena Williams, stunned fans with a black sleeveless Kimono jacket by a Nigerian designer, Jane Michael Ekanem The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the jacket was part of her fashion ensemble for the cover of Essence Magazine’s latest issue. 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 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 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.” NAN reports that the outfit is the latest design in the Jane Ekanem’s eponymous brand collection. Tags: Essence MagazineJane Michael EkanemKimonoLaolu SenbajoSerena WilliamsTiwa Savageyemi aladelast_img read more

Gareth Barry says Diego Costa did not bite him in FA Cup match

first_img2 Diego Costa and Gareth Barry tussled during an FA Cup clash at Goodison Park The Football Association is awaiting referee Michael Oliver’s report before making a judgement on the Spain international’s latest misdemeanour. 2 Everton midfielder Gareth Barry has confirmed he was not bitten by Diego Costa in an incident during his team’s FA Cup tie against Chelsea.Costa was dismissed for a second bookable offence six minutes from the end of his side’s 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Goodison Park after an ugly clash with Barry, during which he appeared to make a motion to bite the Toffees midfielder.Barry has taken to social media to dispel suggestions Costa bit him.last_img