It was a show of class, wealth and status as all routes that led to Victoria Island stood still for many hours on Saturday, 27th July when 2 prominent families threw a showstopping wedding for their children in Lagos. Many celebrity men and women trooped out and stormed the party to honour the Aboderins and the Iwuajokus. The bride of the day is the daughter of Dolapo Aboderin, one of the nephews of the late founder of Punch newspapers. The bride’s mother is a diamond merchant, Mrs Ololade Aboderin. The dashing groom is the son of foremost billionaire businessman, Sam Iwuajoku. His mum is also a diamond merchant, Yeye Omobolanle Folakemi Oduntan. You can only imagine what caliber of guests will attend such a wedding when the couple’s parents are prominent people. The couple’s mothers, Mrs. Lolade Aboderin and Yeye Bolanle Oduntan are both grounded in the social scene and no wonder they both pulled a large crowd of celebrity women to the party.
If you are a regular Owanbe person, you will have noticed the new crave of a certain lace which is worn by a certain set of celebrities at parties. It is known as HOH Lace and it is quite expensive. It is not a lace you see everywhere, it is mostly worn by celebrity women who know its worth and value. It is very durable and can last a long time. It is an Austrian lace, premium and expensive. It is usually between the ranges of 350k and above if you want to get the good ones. One particular trend at parties now is that some set of the clique of friends always storm parties in this lace, in fact apart from Aso Ebi which are picked for parties, the celebrant always has some set of friends who she will wear the lace with, as a change of clothes. It has now become a sort of competition between women to outdo themselves at parties. The lace comes in different colors and embroideries depending on the type.
This lace made a big statement at the Aboderin and Iwuajokus wedding as most women of class who attended the wedding showed up in their various HOH laces. It was a heavily attended personality wedding where many of the couple’s mothers friends and couples father’s family members numbered up to 500 stormed and glowed at the party in the sequined Aqua colour HOH lace. Though there was no Aso Ebi for the wedding except for the uniform gele Aso oke for the party which was supplied by celebrity Aso Oke designer, Bimmms24 but we saw some set of women especially close friends of the couple’s mothers who wore the same laces. Almost all the guests tied the gele and matched the outfit up with different HOH laces.
First on this list were the couple’s mothers. The groom’s mother, Yeye Omobolanle Oduntan who glowed in a charitily HOH lace. We scooped it was a special order supplied by Lagos Fabric merchant, Mrs Uthman who owns Oyeog Fabrics and it’s running up to a million naira. She paired her outfit with a lovely emerald diamond jewelry alongside a matching green shoe and bag.
The bride’s mother, Ololade Aboderin also scored first in the style sector. She decided to shy away from the HOH lace but shone like a star in a velvet lace. Original velvet lace is very expensive and it is only for stylish women. It’s a bit hard to rock but she rocked the coffee-brown colour so beautifully well. Her combination of brown velvet and cream Lacey material designs on her outfit was a high point.
Her choice of expensive gold+coral jewelry upped her fashion game. HOH lace stands you out wherever you are and you become easily noticeable because of its richness and glamour and this was what was out on display at this superlative wedding whose colour code was Aquamarine colour.
Some of the stylish and lovely looking society women who wore the luxury laces were popular society woman, Vicky Haastrup who is an oil and gas top shot. She was the coordinator of the cutting of the wedding cake and she supervised it very well. She paired her lace with a golden pearl diamond alongside her signature eyeglass. What of the French lace loving woman, Chief Mrs Nike Akande, hardly will you see her wearing any fabric because of her love for expensive French laces which are premium brands.
She paired her French lace with a lovely 18k gold and coral jewelry. She is also one of the Aboderin Families. The publisher of guardian newspaper, Lady Maiden Ibru was also at the party. She also looked good in her sequined HOH lace paired with a coral necklace. One of the stylish wives of Late MKO Abiola, Bisi Abiola glowed in her beautiful HOH lace from Elsie Fabrics.
What about the Kuku Sisters? Lape Adebayo and Titi Ogunbanjo, they dazzled us in their lovely HOH laces. Luxury Furniture boss, Munirat Shonibare was also not left out. She was at the party sitting with her close friends. Moji Dokpesi, the pretty wife of Daar Communication boss, Aleogho Dokpesi was at the party with her brother. She looked regal in her Aqua colour lace.
The newly promoted Nigeria Port Authority General Manager, Nana Yakubu was also at the party. She rocked a beautiful skirt and blouse style for the party with her unique gele. Queen of style, Nkiru Anumudu is known as no Aso Ebi person, you can rarely find her wearing Aso Ebi but she storms party in her own luxury outfits. She was seen wearing an off white lace with a yellow headgear. She was there to support the groom’s father with her husband.
Lagos society woman, Wanda Ibru who is the pretty wife to the heir of the Ibru dynasty, Oskar Ibru was at the party with her husband and she looked good. Celeb woman, Nike Adewunmi also stormed the party. The pretty daughter of the richest man in Africa, Aliko Dangote, Halima was also at the party looking simple but very expensive in a subtle grey-green outfit and grey headwrap. Then she paired it up with an expensive diamond earring. Bola Awolowo was also there, she is the pretty wife of Segun Awolowo. She sat with her friend, Yemisi Adedoyin Ogunde, one of the daughters of Doyin group chairman, Samuel Adedoyin. Thisday style editor, Ruth Osime was also there to support the groom’s father. Terra Kulture boss, Bolanle Austen Peters never looked any close to 50 talk less of being in her 50s.
She wore a beautiful halter-neck organza lace outfit which does justice to her ageless look. Many family members of the Aboderin were numerous in numbers and they all glowed in the aqua colour lace, some even wore the same Aso Ebi. Sighted were Lady Gbemi Smith, Ololade Abimbola Aboderin, Foluke Aboderin, Lola Ibi Aboderin, Mrs Olukemi Aboderin and co. Some other society women who also dazzled in the aqua green colour were Adenike Korede, Bukky Osinowo, Yemisi Awe, the wedding planner and decorator, Uche Majekodunmi, Folashade Akinremi, Sola Coker, Mrs Adegbenro, Mrs Ladejobi, Bolanle Misi, Seyi of Rouths clothing, Stylish designer, Funke Adepoju, Adenrele Sarumi Sotunde, Faderera and Ajilola Mrs, Caroline Adeneye, Ekua Abudu, Kehinde Afe, Mrs Regina, Arinola Kola Daisi, Lara Soetan and many others.
–TAYO FAJORIN OYEDIJI