18 February 2017 / Abraham Pipi Lamal
It's that time of the year, celebrating Liberia's arts and culture at the Liberian Entertainments Award, Liberia's biggest event in the world. Many have been planning for this event since last year, right after the Fillmore scene in Silver Spring, Maryland. Now, it’s going down in Washington DC, the time of year when DC cherry trees start to blossom in the Potomac River and over the city. Ladies, get ready to bloom and gentlemen prepare to impress as we celebrate at the annual Liberian Entertainment Awards.
Let's talk colors.
Just as New York Fashion Week came to its end, the Pantone Color Institute was at the ready to declare those top 10 spring 2017 colors that are to lead the pack throughout the whole spring/summer season. According to Pantone’s Spring 2017 Fashion Color Report, the upcoming spring is likely to see all the colors of nature actualized on garments, bringing a mixture of vitality, relaxation and the great outdoors starting from that avocado-reminiscent Greenery and its more muted counterpart Kale to energetic Primrose Yellow and blindingly bright Pink Yarrow and Flame. So, don't be surprise to see a lot of blue, yellow, green and pink on the red carpet this year, from both the ladies and the fellows.
Next stop, style.
There is a new attitude shift toward 'African attire' within the Liberian community. Expect to see a lot of African/European styles flooding the red carpet this year, from both the ladies and gentlemen. I do see the fellows wearing more bandanna than neck ties.
A save look for the fellows is the slim fitted suits. It has been proven over the years that well tailored and fitted suits are the recipe for a red carpet, whether it’s European, American or African, Slim fit, Suit fit or Classic fit, Single breasted or double breasted style, a Dashiki, Buba-Yoruba, Gele, Kaftans or the Ghanaians smock sewed and pattern shirt, gown or trousers, as long it is tailored well and fitted it can be a good watch outfit for a red carpet.
And for the ladies, 2017 is less of the royal dramatic trains from 2016 LEA and more of the semi cathedral train, between the chapel train and the cathedral. Basically, long dress with controllable trains. No need to be tripping over your dresses this year. As for the shoes, it's based off individual taste. Ladies most likely will be aiming for designs and height, fellows definitely staying with comfort.