Sunday, January 19, 2014

Abuse of the Red Carpet!

This post is about our propensity as Nigerians to learn a trend and abuse it. Today, I write about the abuse of the ‘Red Carpet’. There were lots of events last year as with every other and as a matter of fact plans for 2014 Valentine concerts are underway.

In the recent past, the Hollywood phenomenon ‘The Red Carpet’ has been introduced to Nigerians, kicking-off events about one hour before the real show begins. What strikes me though is how we have copied this phenomenon but as usual, copied it wrongly.

We now have red carpets at Award ceremonies, corporate events and galas, and fashion shows. But there is a certain type of event that it seems inappropriate to have a red carpet by my judgment – CONCERTS.

I don’t know about you but I see lots of red carpet photos coming out of concerts these days and it beats my imagination! Some of the big events that come to mind are – the Chris Brown concert December 2012, Dare Art Alade’s valentine concert – Love: Like a Movie in which Kim K had an appearance in February 2013, and the Mary J Blige concert later in 2013.

Nigerian’s dress to the nines to attend concerts and I just don’t understand it. Some of the women wear flowing dresses befitting for a black tie event, while some just look like they are going for a cocktail party. There are lots of nice blazers for the guys but overall, it is inappropriate dressing.

I thought the whole idea behind concerts was to party. How then does one dance with a long dress?

Mary J for instance, was simply dressed in her denim shorts, crop-top and boots at her concert and she looked the part. We need to take a cue from the artistes.