For some days now, there's been a drama on social media about an aggrieved bride who called out a Nigerian designer, Maryam Elisha of RikatoByMe, for giving out her wedding reception dress to actress Mercy Aigbe for her 40th birthday photoshoot.
Read her story below;
This was too bad. On the 29th of December 2017 which happens to be a day to my wedding, a greedy designer decided to ruin my big day. I cried all day no stop.
I bought this lovely fabric from @bshani_bridalfbrics and asked her to deliver to this designer @rikaotobyme after I had concluded the style and price with @rikaotobyme I made a 50% payment to her as soon the fabric got to her.
Told her its my wedding reception dress she assured me it will be ready on 26th. on that 26th i chatted her up to ask for my dress she replied saying it was ready as u can see on the chat above, she also said she will send a pics, eventually now sent a video d next day which was 27th u can also see that on the chat above.
I sent the balance 50% to her on 28th when I had seen the dress and was satisfied, she couldn't send that day cos all flights coming to Benin that day were cancelled. So we were now left with 29th a day to my wedding, I called her by 6am that morning and she told me d delivery Guy has gone to d park to send my dress that she will send the waybill details(sending details ) across shortly. I waited till 9am no words from her.
I started calling to ask for the waybill details she wasn't taking my calls, atimes she even cut the calls. I sent several messages no response at 1pm I started crying cos the situation got beyond my control.
My hubby,friends and family requested for the number and also started calling her but she obviously decided not to take any calls again. Until 4pm when I was drained in tears she then called and was apologising that she didn't know what to say to me that y she refuse taking calls, she continued saying the delivery guy she gave my dress to is no where to be found.
when she heard how I was crying she then suggested to give me one of her old dresses for me to use for the day, I had no choice cos I was desperate I then accepted it.i got d dress on my wedding morning.
Well, The designer who later spoke on the situation days later, blamed the supposed mistake on a dispatch error and apologized for the pain she caused the new bride.
Now although, Mercy has been silent about the whole issue, but now her personal stylist, "Style By Seun" has come forward to take responsibility.
In a post on Instagram today, the designer apologized and took the blame upon himself.
I would like to apologize to my Client regarding the ongoing " RED DRESS SAGA " involving my client "MERCY AIGBE" who contracted me to style her for her 40th birthday photoshoot .
I picked up (4) four dresses on behalf of my client (Mercy Aigbe) from the Fashion Designer " RIKAOTO BY ME" on 28th December,2017 for my client's photoshoot of which the "Red Dress" was one.
However, I was in no way informed it was a custom-made dress for RIKAOTO's BRIDE.
This has put a dent in my client's image for which I am truly sorry for as I handled the transaction on her behalf.
I would like to clearly state that my client Mercy Aigbe wasn't aware the dress was for anyone prior to when the news broke.
My heartfelt apologies to the affected bride as well; No bride should be without her dress on her big day. I wasn't aware the Red Dress was hers and I am truly sorry for the disappointment she exprerienced.