Attempts to speak to the designer, Maryam Elisha, aka rikaotobyme and the stylist has proved abortive, as none of them is picking their calls or responding to messages sent.
Expectedly, social media enthusiasts have formed a parliament on the issue, flooding Aigbe’s Instagram page with mostly negative comments, just as others believe the actress is innocent of the accusation. Some have also advised the thespian to take off the posts on the red dress and apologise to its original owner.
Commenting on Instagram, preyeuboh@lettibeauty__ wrote: “These stars hardly pay for dresses. I suspect the designer loaned her or her stylist the dress expecting to get it back on time to send to the bride. And that didn’t work out. These cases come up quite frequently; sadly everything will die down after a while until the next victim speaks up. And the cycle will start all over again.”
Another Instagram user, Paulmohofficial, said: “It’s not her fault really? I’m sure she wouldn’t have bought it if the Tailor told her it’s for someone’s wedding. The tailor should be stripped and flogged with all kinds of cane/rod.”
Another Instagram user, queen_phay@esstillo_okenwa, wrote: “lol the tailor has damaged her rep. personally I’ll never patronize her again.”
In a chat with The Nation, the actress’ publicist, Mutiat Alli, stated that her client’s decision to keep mute over the issue is because she was unaware of the situation surrounding the provision of the dress made available for the photo shoot.
“She (Mercy) only called a stylist that she wanted three look for her photo shoot and he provided the dresses,” Alli said.
“So she was not in the know of who the dresses belonged to. I think the best person to speak to is the stylist. But the most annoying part is that the designer is not saying anything concerning the situation on ground.”