Last week, Lagos Fashion & Design Week offered some seriously inspiring sartorial moments. The elaborate four-day event brought out designers, bloggers and editors from around the world who indulged in various day-time fashion business conferences, and fashion shows in the evening. Over 50 designers’ collections appeared on the runway and even more stylish fans were on hand to witness it at the event’s new home, Eko Atlantic.
Nigerian talents were prominent throughout the week, with smaller appearances from designers around the continent, including some of South Africa’s best and brightest. The evening shows were the main event, and brought out the likes of singer Davido, who presented his exclusive Selfridge’s capsule collaboration with Nigerian brand Orange Culture. Singer Tiwa Savage’s performance at the event’s finale featured well-dressed models and perfectly displayed the spirit of Nigeria and the promise of their budding design scene.
We put together a list of LFDW’s most stylish collections from designers around the continent.
Days One and Two
Days one and two were dominated by an abundance of talented female designers. Sylvia Enekwe and Olivia Jude-Okoji, the twin-sisters behind Gozel Green, presented a color-blocked collection that revisited the brand’s popular style of deconstructed garments. Each look appeared as an abstract puzzle, in which separate pieces of fabric were loosely stitched in place revealing tasteful glimpses of skin and style.
Ivorian designer, Loza Maleombho, closed the evening with stunning two-piece gingham pants sets, ruffle-embellished pocket details, and signature gold broaches attached to the clasps of neatly designed shoes and belts. Maleombho’s asymmetrical layering technique was further complimented by her use of thick and sheer fabrics adding various dimensions to each look.
Day three brought out many of the country’s most celebrated and talented designers, and even featured an appearance by South Africa’s very own Rich Mnisi. Mnisi presented a collection of mens and women’s apparel in colorful, boxy silhouettes. Swimwear and apparel brand Andrea Iyamah made quite the statement as models trotted down the runway in oversized sun hats. The collection showed off the designer’s versatility and ability to cater to luxury customers’ overall lifestyles by featuring swimwear, daytime, cocktail and wedding garments. Lisa Folawiyo’s collection received a much-deserved standing ovation for the designer’s use of vibrantly printed fabrics that draped over one another with billowing ease.
Day four concluded with the ultimate bang. South African brands Gert Johan Coetzee and Maxhosa by Laduma represented for the South and stayed true to their classic design roots. Coetzee couture gowns came with high slits and fishtail bottoms, while Laduma reconstructed his classic knitted print designs in to turtleneck dresses and oversized scarves. Valentine’s Day came early for Bridget Awosika, whose collection featured variations of cutout hearts in hues of pink and red, complimented by miniskirts and dress trousers.
For the ultimate finale, Maki Oh laid out an impressive offering of ultra feminine designs that featured tulle-draped dresses, oversized jumpsuits and funky neck straps that crossed the body to rest on the arms.
Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2017 was a treat and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year! To see the best street style spotted outside the shows, head over here.