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Mayowa Nicholas and Davidson Obennebo fly the flag for Nigerian models at Moschino’s 2019 show

Mayowa Nicholas and Davidson Obennebo represent Nigerians are they are spotted backstage at the Moschino show in Rome and hit the runway in grand style.

Nigerian supermodels Mayowa Nicholas and Davidson Obennbo were spotted posing together backstage at the Moschino fall 19 menswear show in Rome. The models, who have gone from strength to strength in their respective careers served before preparing to hit the runway in Rome. 

Both models were discovered when they won the Elite Model Look Nigeria contest in 2014 and 2016 respectively and since then, have taken the modelling industry by storm with Mayowa walking in the Victoria Secret show and David modelling for D&G and Kenzo to name but a few.

The Moschino catwalk show centered around the theme “Moschino Roma” and was inspired by the characters of  Federico Fellini’s greatest films including Satyricon, Casanova, Roma, and La Dolce Vita. 

Models walked down the runway wearing heavily embellished clothing, tarnished metallic gold embroidery and dramatic wigs which fit perfectly with Fellini’s recognisable aesthetic.

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According to style bible Vogue who reviewed the show:

Jeremy Scott’s men’s Fall and women’s Pre-Fall collections for Moschino—strutted out this evening on a set at Rome’s Cinecittà Studios—were high camp and just as clever. “It’s Fellini,” said the designer backstage, regarding the late Italian filmmaker. “It’s all the things I love about him, come to light . . . . There are exaggerations, off-duty showgirls, Casanovas. It’s surreal, it’s otherworldly.” Scott has long been committed to pomp. But analyze his work a bit further, and it’s the circumstance that really rings. His Fellini-inspired Roman parade felt, somehow, apropos of the greater moment—of a world where fools hold power, and hyperbole and excess are the new normal.

Scott called out characters from SatyriconLa Dolce Vita (which was filmed at Cinecittà), Roma(1972), and more. They came to life as women in herringbone tweed topcoats with starkly contrasting satin bows, tailored coatdresses with ancient font embroideries, flou in force, and chandelier earrings the size of actual chandeliers. For men, eccentricity was also front and center: trompe l’oeil sequined officer coats, a finely beaded lattice embroidery on a suit under a technical parka, and a spin on white-tie dressing—replete with a leather jacket and a tutu—all included. Pointing to a rose-red evening dress, Scott said, “That’s my baby Anita Ekberg” (Ekberg was the actress who famously waded into Rome’s Trevi Fountain in La Dolce Vita). These nouveau Fellini sketches were embodied by everyone from Teddy Quinlivan to Denek Kania to Jon Kortajarena to Nadja Auermann.

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Not all of the fashion tonight was fresh-out-of-the-box original. But, when it comes to the intersection of style and pop cultures—be they fueled by the social media apps of now or the silver screens of Fellini’s era—few have as sound and confident a grasp in this business as Scott does. This show, with its high-piled wigs, little prince crowns, juxtaposed tones, and almost consciously falsified opulence further proved it through a chaotic, flighty sense of control. What he does is arch, but it’s both cinematically engaging and slyly smart (slash low-key biting). It does get you thinking . . . . What would Jeremy make if he went behind the camera?

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