New York, London, Milan, Paris and now Lagos. Nigeria’s stylish metropolis has become home to a number of trendy events, cementing its status as the next great fashion capital. Lagos Fashion Week–one of the most high-profile–took place in October at the Federal Palace Hotel in Victoria Island. The series of runway shows, panel discussions and workshops featured standout designs that embody the excitement of the Nigerian capital, while showcasing why the city is a fashion force to be reckoned with.
If you want ideas for what to wear in the near future, there was plenty of outfit inspo. With 2019 quickly winding down, it’s time to revamp your look and start making note of the overarching themes for next season, including mixed prints, updated suiting and bold cutouts. Check out some of the standout looks that graced the runways, as photographed by Ofure Ighalo .
As creative director annd founder of Jermaine Bleu, Ghanaian designer Jason Asiedu made is LFW debut last year as a Fashion Focus finalist. For SS20, the brand present its ‘Asanteman’ collection, inspired by historical events positioned around the Asante Kingdom of Ghana. Exploring the region's rich cultures and beliefs, Jason employs vibrant colors, bold prints and sharp tailoring on the runway.
Tokyo James x TTYA London
Nigerian designer Tokyo James paired sexy silhouettes with street-style swag for his Spring/Summer 2020 collaboration with with TTYA London. The show was a standout thanks to its was its bold color palette, which included flame-like oranges and dreamy purple prints.
Based between Accra and New York, Abrima Eriwah and Rosario Dawson's Studio 189 showcased a print-filled gender-blurring extravaganza. The stunning collection showcased a range of prints colors that were true to the brand's DNA. Batik prints, bold stripes playful polka dots presented a contemporary twist.
Amaka Osakwe is is a mastermind in making bold prints and luxe fabrics feel casual casually chic. Amaka is known for fusing traditional West African design techniques with modern silhouettes for a head-turning look. We stanned at how she made Adire (the indigo-dyed cloth made by Yoruba women in Nigeria) look cool AF with lace, cutouts and sequins.
Wuman showcased a collection of mostly dresses accented with bold prints and sheer fabrics. The styles ranged from chic daywear to glam eveningwear. A bold colorblocked blazer with sleek separates was a standout.
The innovative brand delivered a surprising mix of traditional prints and suiting with modern unisex silhouettes.
The Malian designer's latest collection dazzled with gorgeous African eccentricity. Beyond her breathtaking looks, Meite delivered a heavy does of sustainable appeal with handmade, ethically sourced designs that present a promising vision for the future of fashion.
Known for his jaw dropping shows, Mai Atafo didn’t disappoint with his latest collection, bringing an extra touch of class and elegance to the runway. An acapella vocal performance and choreographed dance number added a healthy dose of theatrics to the breathtaking showcase. Atafo's classic silhouettes and reworked plaid prints present a whimsical, yet wearable take on tailoring.
Adebayo Oke Lawal, the creative director for Orange Culture, is known for his signature androgynous silhouettes and abstract prints that blur gender lines. His latest lineup featured vibrant shades of gold, red, blue and purple in printed separates. Netted pants, knee-length vests and oversize silk blouses were the hallmarks of this collection. There was also a nod to the popular cowboy trend with crystal-embellished hats.
Aisha Ayensu, brought class to the runway with her latest collection for Christie Brown, titled “She Is King.” The 11-year old brand never disappoints when it comes to its runway shows and the lineup of feminine looks delivered plenty of drama. Shop the brand's colorful separates layered to perfection for a welcome touch of glamour.