Tongues wagged when actress Nadia Buari showed up at the 19th annual PAN African Film Festival in Los Angeles California earlier this month and it was not because people were surprised to see her come all the way from Ghana to be in attendance. The actress showed up draped in a jaw-dropping form fitting beaded red and black gown, turning heads from the moment she stepped onto the red carpet, rubbing shoulders with and perhaps stealing the limelight from such Hollywood greats Nicole Ari Parker, Boris Kodjoe and even fellow African actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde. When asked about the designer of her gorgeous gown, Buari reportedly did not hesitate to credit Oscar de la Renta. A move that sent many-a-fashion-blogger into a frenzy as no one seemed to recall seeing this gown in any of the recent fashion week collections. A show-stopping gown like this would be vivid on the mind of fashion followers. Perhaps it was a vintage OdlR? One fashion blogger actually went as far as to call the company to inquire about the dress only to be told that the dress was not a part of any of the Oscar de la Renta collections after providing them with a link to view it.
Weeks passed on and while the actress had been called out on her little white lie by the media, fashion bloggers and inquiring minds still wanted to know who the “real” designer behind the seeming fashion forward gown was. Well, as prom season is in full swing, a young teen (who has requested to remain nameless) shopping for her prom gown tweeted us a link to view a fashion label named Alyce Designs which carries a couture line known as ‘Black Label’ which specializes in couture evening wear and prom gowns and lo! Behold! there the dress was sitting pretty and popular on their site. We fail to understand why Ms. Buari would feel the need to lie about her dress on the red carpet but her little stunt seems to be paying off for the company, her infamous frock is now their second bestseller.
Photo Credit: Alyce Design & Best Bridal