HEINEKEN LAGOS FASHION WEEK Autumn/Winter 2023

 

All Image Credit LAGOS FASHION WEEK and LAGOS FASHION WEEK Instagram

 

A visual feast of epic proportions enfolded in the Nigerian capitol Lagos at the end of October 2022. This was the 11th epic edition of Heineken Lagos Fashion week and boy oh boy, does this event outdo its predecessor each year – if that’s even remotely possible! A week filled with the boldest of design, brightest of colour and quirkiest of pattern & print was hallmark of the fact that Nigeria has truly become one of the world’s most coveted hubs for innovative design and sustainable solutions for the planet’s fashion future.

Workshops, retail activations, runway shows and presentations happened all over the buzzing metropolis, with fashionistas dressed to the hilt (see our section on Streetstyle!) paying tribute to the hive of creative activities on offer. Designers used their cloth, their heritage, culture and extraordinary craftmanship and expertise to shape and tell their fashion stories. One could sense throughout all the varied collections, an ethos that upholds, supports, and delivers environmental, societal, and economic solutions through collaboration, co-creation, and community. It’s particularly this incredible sense of community, African spirit and pride that shone brightly through each and every collection.

Designers like Pepperrow, Rick Dusi , Zinkara, Geto and Lula Studios combined vintage styling, fearless Aesthetics and glitz & glamour to create silhouettes that are moder and contemporary whereas Tia Adeola, Munkus, Aora, MetaKay, Elie Kuame and Oshobor wowed with their inspired take on African design.

And it wasn’t the designers alone who made this event so epic – fashion media influencers, celebrities and fashionistas also flocked to the city to contribute to the festivities with cameo roles by Big Brother housemates, musicians, artists and TV media personalities.

Heineken Lagos Fashion Week has become one of the key highlights on Africa’s fashion calendar, this on a continent that’s already uber-famous for its exceptional take on fashion. Africa’s quintessential joyous and vibrant creations keeps inspiring the rest of the world, season after season, year after year as designers keep looking to the African continent for ingenuity and innovation.

Sit back and enjoy a tiny sample of the awe-inspiring fabulousness that is Lagos Fashion Week. Unfortunately one can only scratch the surface – there are too many wondrous creations to report on! Here’s a little taster of what we thought was exceptional.

 

MEET one of the many fabulous PHOTOGRAPHERS …

#LagosFW22 In Focus: Lyra Aoko (@lyraoko)
Lyra Aoko is a fashion photographer based in Nairobi, Kenya.

 

Be Inspired by the incredible STREETSTYLE …

BACKSTAGE, HAIR & BEAUTY … and a few FASHION MOMENTS

 

Meet the DESIGNERS …

PETTRE TAYLOR

@pettretaylor

Pettre Taylor‘s debut #LagosFW22 show as a #GreenAccess22 finalist featured a collection made from entirely fabric waste with a vibrant display of colours!

 

AWA MEITE

@awameitedesign

Malian brand Awa Meite uses locally-grown bio-cotton to create their wonderful indigo-dyed pieces whilst supporting cotton growers, millers, spinners, dyers, embroiderers, tailors, and merchants as part of her commitment to sustain and develop regional cotton production. We love their ethos and adore the products!

 

ELIE KUAME

@maison_elie_kuame

This collection showcased luxurious frills and tulle layering, celebrating royal sophistication. Dramatically divine!

 

BANKE KUKU

@bankekuku

Stunning floral motifs in a multicolour palette were featured in this #SS23 collection of loungewear. So luxurious, glamorous and elegant!

 

OLISA KENYA

@olisakenya

Olisa Kenya’s #LagosFW22 runway debut featured an intriguing use of crochet that emanated a feeling of immersion with its splash of colour and distinctive form-fitting shapes.

Image Credit Olisa Kenya on Instagram

 

LAGOS SPACE PROGRAMME’S 2023 COLLECTION

#LagosFW22: Lagos Space Programme’s #SS23 collection, ‘Project 7’ showed the connections between Western tailoring norms and the romance of traditional African indigenous aesthetics. The fabrics and patterns in this collection use hand-drawn dyeing processes to explore Eurocentric aesthetic conventions such as French lace, brocade, pinstripes, and floral patterns.

 

SELLY RABY KANE

@sellyrabykane

Selly Raby Kane is a prominent designer and artist in Africa’s rising art and design scene and member of Les Petits Pierres, a multidisciplinary organisation that promotes social innovation via exhibits in the city’s neighbourhoods. Petite Pierre (Small Stones) is an exciting Dakar-based artist collective of talent seekers, artists, designers, and promoters that’s shaping the city’s young creative scene.

 

METAKAY

@metakay

MetaKay’s #SS23 collection featured a blend of the brand’s distinctive Canadian Lattice Smoking and bold designs with a splash of vibrant colour on modern feminine silhouettes.

Image Credit Metakay on Instagram

 

TONGORO STUDIO

@tongorostudio

Senegalese brand Tongoro with its playful take on fashion was established in 2016 as a “100% Made in Africa” label. They use local artisans with generations of experience and source their textiles from the continent. All good credentials, and the clothes are dreamy!

 

SVL DESIGNS

@svl_designs

Repurposed jeans and headstock fabrics are used in this brand’s modern feminine forms, its dramatic accents and unexpected twists. Designing for a future of sustainability!

Image Credit SVL Designs on Instagram

 

BABAYO

@babayoofficial

Imad Eduso #SS23 collection ‘Sisi’ showcased cutouts, tweed, fluorescent fabrics and sequins with wool details on the hems of garments utilizing fabulous vibrant colours.

 

DUABA SERWA

@duabaserwa

This collection beautifully showcased tie-dyes, batik and expertly folded triangular origami pleats, as well as crisp tailoring and expert construction techniques. Very distinctive and desirable!

Image Credit Duaba Serwa on Instagram

 

LOZA MALEOMBHA

@loza_maleombho_shop

Loza Maléombho is a fashion brand from Côte d’Ivoire who creates a perfect fusion between conventional African aesthetics and modern style. They work with skilled craftspeople – often young women from challenged backgrounds – as well as shoemakers, weavers, and bronze workers to produce their sandals and jewellery.

Image Credit Loza Maleombha on Instagram

Image Credit Loza Maleombha on Instagram

 

SAHRZAD DESIGN

A contemporary spin on traditional Moroccan design, this super elegant collection included meticulously hand-stitched embroidery and embellishments.

 

AMI DOSHI SHAH

@amidoshishah

Ami Doshi Shah is a jeweller and applied artist based in Nairobi, Kenya. Her extraordinary organic creations speak for themselves – no words can do them justice!

Image Credit Ami Doshi Sha on Instagram

Image Credit Ami Doshi Sha on Instagram

 

MUNKUS

@munkus_

MUNKUS incorporated bold colour and striking prints into their designs while paying homage to the designer’s mother in a collection entitle “My Mother”.

ADAMA PARIS

@adamaparistudio

Senegalese brand’s creative director Adama is also the founder of Dakar Fashion Week which celebrates the cultural diversity of Africa in fashion. It’s a celebration of black beauty and freedom of black women. Adama launched the SAARGALE, a concept store, which debuted in 2019 beneath one of the vaults of the Viaduc des Arts, to showcase her designs, and the works of other African artisans and designers.

 

ODIO MIMONET

#LagosFW22: ‘One with Nature,’ Odio Mimonet’s #SS23 collection, symbolizes the brand’s usage of time-honoured processes that appreciate indigenous fabrics, local craftsmen, and the significant role they play in the fashion ecosystem. We saw glittering pieces, oversized sleeves, transparent details, and unique textile patterns that were totally awesome!

 

MAXHOSA

@maxhosa

MaXhosa, which means “the Xhosa people,” is profoundly steeped in founder Laduma Ngxokolo’s Xhosa culture. He designs modern Xhosa-inspired knitwear that are gracing the halls of the most prestigious department stores in the world. The amazing traditional Xhosa beading designs, meaning, and colours are be the ideal source of inspiration for knitwear, which Laduma subsequently transformed into modern knitwear.

 

GOZEL GREEN

@gozelgreen

Gozel Green’s SS23 collection with its contemporary silhouettes showcases the brand’s distinctive use of asymmetrical cuts, color blocking, and paneling.

 

STUDIO 189

@studiooneeightynine

Feast your eyes on the hand-crafted textiles form Ghana!

 

ABIOLA OLUSOLA

@abiolaolusolaofficial

Bold prints and striking colours created a strong feminine aesthetic juxtaposed against the loose flowy silhouettes of the pieces.

Image Credit Abiola Olusola on Instagram

 

CYNTHIA ABILE

@cynthia_abila

Nigerian brand Cynthia Abila is enthusiastic about African culture, powerful storytelling, and reinventing old favourites. The brand infuses the founder’s love of storytelling for a contemporary audience. The bright designs and textured fabrics of the skirts, suits and wide-legged pants are timeless and ageless and the fitted basics are adorned with subtle cultural images and exquisite coral embroidery. Must have! Must have!

 

ALGUEYE DAKAR

@algueye_dakar

Senegalese culture and heritage are proudly represented in Algueye Dakar’s collection of silk pieces in striking silhouettes with vibrant colors and intricate cuts.

 

DIMEJI ALARA

@dimejialara)

Dimeji Alara was born in Paris and is a Nigerian celebrity stylist, journalist, and fashion editor of Genevieve and Elle Magazine. In 2016, he joined the American and South African co-production team of the Blue Mauritius film, where he was tasked with bringing in African designers to give the film a more unique feel and to showcase iconic rising fashion stars.

 

SIMONE AND ELISE

Simone and Elise’s #LagosFW22 debut runway show was filled with a surreal array of flowing silhouettes in a beautiful combination of vivid floral and bold neon colours.

HERO SHEZI

Heru Shezi’s debut collection at #LagosFW22  featured up-cycled materials and dead stock fabrics together with gemstones and tie-dyed fabrics. Sustainability champs!

 

PEPPERROW

@pepperrow

Olisa Kenya’s #LagosFW22 runway debut featured an intriguing use of crochet, plenty vibrant colour and distinctive form-fitting shapes.

Image Credit Pepperrow on Instagram

 

OSHOBOR

@oshobor.ng

Oshobor’s #LagosFW22 debut, “Na man you be!” addressed the topic of toxic masculinity in Nigeria and praised men and women who serve as endearing father figures in society. The designs were created with the brand’s signature medium, waste wool, in an exquisite colour combination of white, red, and brown.

Image Credit Oshobor on Instagram. Model @black_esthetique Hair and styling by @dawnpierre_ Makeup @mehiwa_madePhotographed by @electronphotography

 

GOODBYE FROM HEINEKEN LAGOS FASHION WEEK, UNTIL NEXT TIME!

 

 

Melinda Krah

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