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The Best Fashion Looks From The 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' Premiere

The Black Panther: Wakanda Forever worldwide premiere happened on Wednesday, October 26 in Los Angeles, California, and attracted a ton of top-tier fashion.

The official worldwide premiere of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever took place on Wednesday, October 26, 2022, at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. Hollywood's best and brightest attended the event, including all the main figures from the movie, from Lupita Nyong'o to Danai Gurira to Ryan Coogler. The premiere was bittersweet: with the cast honoring Chadwick Boseman, who died after a four-year battle with colon cancer in 2020.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled to be released in the United States on November 11, 2022. And it is already receiving rave reviews online so far.

The premiere also saw many fashion-forward actors and actresses grace the red carpet. Here are some of the best looks we saw.

Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett attends Marvel Studios' "Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever" Premiere

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Legendary actress Angela Basset, who plays the Queen of Wakanda, arrived on the red carpet in a high-sheen magenta dress designed by Moschino. She paired it with an equally eye-catching pair of pink platform heels by Le Silla and tied the look together with her signature full hair.

Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o attends Marvel Studios' "Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever" Premiere

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Always one to make a fashion-forward statement, Lupita Nyong'o, who plays Nakia in the film, arrived in an all-white ensemble by Balmain's 2023 spring collection. Her hairstyle was tied together by cowries and ropes, adding a dash of regal glamor to the overall look.

Rihanna

Rihanna attends Marvel Studios' "Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever" Premiere at Dolby Theatre on October 26, 2022

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Rihanna, who is a new mom, has two songs in the movie, including "Lift Me Up", which was written by Tems. She arrived at the premiere in an all-sequin gown paired with heeled slippers and gloves.

Marsai Martin

Marsai Martin attends Marvel Studios' "Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever" Premiere at Dolby Theatre on October 26, 2022

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Marsai Martin looked gorgeous at the premiere. The actress was all decked out in an all-black ensemble paired with black heels and a high-sheen ponytail.

Chloe x Halle

Chloe and Halle attend Marvel Studios' "Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever" Premiere at Dolby Theatre on October 26, 2022

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Chloe x Halle came out to LA to support the movie. Chloe Bailey has a new song coming out tomorrow.

Danai Gurira

Danai Gurira attends Marvel Studios' "Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever" Premiere at Dolby Theatre on October 26, 2022

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Danai Gurira, who plays Okoye in the film arrived on the red carpet in a ruched, silly, all-magenta look, paired with a pair of equally silky magenta shoes.

Michael B. Jordan

Michael B. Jordan attends Marvel Studios' "Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever" Premiere at Dolby Theatre on October 26, 2022

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Never one to be left out of the sartorial conversation, Michael B. Jordan, who plays Erik Killmonger in first Black Panther, arrived the scene with a bright yellow set.

Letitia Wright

Letitia Wright attends Marvel Studios' "Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever" Premiere at Dolby Theatre on October 26, 2022

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Letitia Wright, who play Shuri, opted for an androgynous style by wearing an all-black tailored suit set with finely- crafted jewels on the shoulders.

Michaela Coel

Michaela Coel attends Marvel Studios' "Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever" Premiere at Dolby Theatre on October 26, 2022

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Michaela Coel arrived in a long, shimmery dress complete with a silk balaclava, a pair of gloves, and a trendy black clutch.

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From Lagos to Accra: How Detty December Is Fueling the Rivalry Between Two Cities

The coronavirus pandemic hasn’t been the only issue, as far as Nigeria’s Detty December is concerned. Neighboring country Ghana is emerging as a player.

Although the December holidays are observed around the world, the season bears a cultural nuance for Nigerians. December features a frenzied, holiday-long lineup of fun activities that range from clubbing, concert-going, carnivals to sightseeing and camping. All these are entrenched in what locals in the country have christened as “Detty December.”

This is a different type of national consciousness, drawing from the go-for-broke impulse that many Nigerians have towards wanting to have a good time. Nobody knows the exact origins of Detty December. It may have originated from Calabar Carnival, with its sexual motifs and cues, featuring an international parade of delectable dancing women. It could also have come from the pulse of nightlife in Lagos, the city canonically relished as the foremost destination of Detty December endeavors.

Either way, it has ingrained itself in the lexicon of young people rather quickly. The concept is very much youth-led, working in tandem with thriving cultural industries like music, fashion and movies. But Detty December isn’t just a local affair. Nigerians in the diaspora have incredible stakes in these activities as well, coming in from different parts of the world either as first-time returnees or seasonal holidayers. More than that, foreigners from other countries sometimes choose this period to see Nigeria for the first time.

“Detty December is the biggest market for travel and tourism around the world and it’s no different in Nigeria,” Omolola Adele-Oso, CEO of LOS Lifestyle Co., a Nigerian brand curating the African experience through travel and culture, said. “Our customers mainly come from the US and UK and are members of the diaspora from those regions. Our company typically offers multi-day tour packages that include a mix of visits to historic sites, arts and culture activities, as well as tasting the best of Detty December events.”

But things haven’t been a smooth ride recently. The coronavirus pandemic disrupted the ecosystem of the travel business. And with increased vigilance over safety, international traveling for most people took a back seat.

“The pandemic was a blow to the industry and we all felt it,” Omolola said. “We all had losses. However, it has also been a time to understand the vulnerability and opportunity for the travel business. People are ready to travel again, we have to offer ways for them to do so smoothly. We launched Soft Landing as a way to help travelers navigate the frustrations of arriving into a city like Lagos. From airport protocol to home COVID testing to guides on what to do locally, we have to make it less stressful for our clients to travel in the midst of an evolving pandemic.”

The coronavirus pandemic hasn’t been the only issue, as far as Nigeria’s Detty December is concerned. Neighboring country Ghana is emerging as a player, enjoying just enough goodwill to keep itself motivated. While the West African country is blessed with its own grapevine of history and culture and has modestly attracted tourists over the years, it is currently taking extravagant leaps to wrestle influence from Nigeria. Ghana has become a rival, throwing a curveball with The Year of the Return initiative in 2019. It was a bold mandate, encouraging Black Americans and the Black diaspora to visit and invest in the country. The implications of that year-long program are still ongoing, from tourism boost to revenue uptick in local businesses to harnessing the momentum of creative artists towards annual events like Afrochella.

“During the Year of the Return, event companies in Ghana decided to do things that will make people come more,” a representative from CY Travels, Ghana-based travel consultancy company, said, “This has trickled into Ghana’s take on Detty December and our government is in support of it. That’s the difference between Ghana and Nigeria.”

“The Year of the Return was a big win for Ghana,” Lola said, “It was smart and with support from the federal level, the marketing and programming continues to tap into the growing Black travel market for people looking to reconnect and explore Africa.”

In 2020, Ovie Ofugara, Head of Content of Nigerian music blogging site NotJustOK, tweeted that Accra has toppled Lagos to become the official Detty December capital. While the statement is indeed hyperbolic it is also understandable. Alhaji Theozzy, a Ghanaian travel influencer and vlogger, sees Ghana overtaking Nigeria as the ideal destination for Detty December.

“Ordinarily, nightlife in Ghana is mad, especially with places like Osu, The Republic, Garage and Alley Bar and Bloom Bar. People secure their one month salary just for Friday nightlife in Accra," Theozzy said. "But there’s something for everything but overall Ghana’s nightlife has no bounds and this could be its greatest asset.”

The conversation on spending December in Ghana amidst the pandemic was even a Clubhouse topic recently, which shows the influence the country is wielding. Those on the continent are familiar with the longstanding rivalry between Ghana and Nigeria, seen across entertainment, food, football, and so on. Perhaps this is the only time the feud between both countries is approved, working on each other’s tourism potential as a tool for national branding.

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