ACCRA FASHION WEEK Chilly Rainy 2019 is finally here, the week long event will take place from 28th-31st March 2019 at the Luxurious ALISA Hotel also sponsored by the Coco Lounge (Ghana’s most exclusive club), FashionGHANA.com and Tree Of Life. Once again fashionistas from Ghana, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, USA, Togo, Italy, South Africa, Barbados & much more will congregate in Accra for Ghana’s official Fashion Week to witness Africa’s next fashion trends by our best fashion designers.
The event will host the 2nd edition of the FashionGHANA Honours & Awards 2019. Also for the 1st time we will execute AFWk’s 1st ever Student Designer Competition that will host students & graduates from various fashion schools).
Guest will be honored the opportunity to see the best in trendy clothes, accessories, swimwear & more from leading brands Ghanaian brands such as Akinko, Bri Wireduah, Afre Anko, Mish Mega, Abass, Iva Michaels, Smockyworld and more. And from abroad, expect to see Zamarjesty (Nigeria) Tobams Colors (UK), Nina Sharae (USA), Ebony by Bernice (Italy), Les Reines Des Perles (Togo/France) & more.
There will also be for the first time the ‘State Of African Fashion’ conference which will feature various celebrities in attendance that will be revealed soon. Exclusive invitations for buyers & boutiques owner across Africa & beyond. For more info on registration, press accreditation, and sponsorship contact +233233622008 or visit www.AccraFashionWeek.org.
Lagos Fashion Week Announces – Fashion Focus Africa 2018/2019 Finalists
Since Lagos Fashion Week’s inception in 2011, the platform has shown commitment to scouting talents and providing support for talents through the platform’s Fashion Focus programme (formerly known as Young Designer of The Year). As the talent-scouting arm of Lagos Fashion Week, Fashion Focus expanded its reach to designers beyond Nigeria as part of an ongoing vision to facilitate more opportunities for pan African collaboration to thrive within the ecosystem.
Following a successful call for application, a series of interviews with the applicants were conducted at Heineken Lagos Fashion Week 2018 by the Fashion Focus Africa 2018 Panel – Mazzi Odu (Fashion Editor and Writer), Liam Freeman (Conde Nast International), Nisha Kanabar (Industrie Africa), Rukky Ladoja (Grey Projects), and Londe Thompson (Fashion Focus). The top five finalists were selected based on an assessment criterion that focused on the applicants’ creative and commercial vision.
The 2019/20 Fashion Focus Africa finalists that were selected are:
Mohammed Jafaru Larry
The selected finalists will receive the following:
- Business development support
- Creative development support
- Opportunity to apply for Fashion Focus Fund 2020 in collaboration with FETS Wallet
- Showcasing opportunity at Heineken Lagos Fashion Week 2019 (Subject to approval by the Fashion Focus Committee)
- Opportunity to develop your samples and produce a capsule collection at the NEPC Human Capital Development Centre
These five finalists join past programme beneficiaries, Ejiro Amos Tafiri, Gozel Green, Iamisigo, Kenneth Ize, Maxivive, Meena, Orange Culture, Sisiano, Emmy Kasbit and more, as the 2018/2019 Fashion Focus Fund recipient.
Fashion Focus is a program that is dedicated to the growth and promotion of emerging talent in the fashion industry. Fashion Focus presents unique opportunities for emerging talents to harness their skills through business development workshops, creative workshops, and mentorships. This yearlong opportunity provides young designers with the tools they need to facilitate innovation, growth and commercial success.
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Emmy Kasbit Fashion Business Series continues to be the platform where industry leaders across the fashion value chain engage with the private and public sector and have high level discussions on how to drive the development of the fashion industry. This season was given a new twist with “The Gathering” an FBS Dinner, which saw members of Nigeria’s creative class gather to listen to an insightful conversation moderated by Style House Files/LagosFW Founder Omoyemi Akerele with Editor-in-chief of Grazia.it - Tamu Macpherson, Visual Artist- Trevor Stuurman and Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Fashion Council- Daniel Hatton. The discussion centered around “The Importance of Platforms in Fashion’s Ecosystem” with panelists emphasizing the need for Africa to drive its creative economy through telling its own stories, utilizing home grown organic platforms and voices.
Beyond the runway, it’s great to bring to fore how fashion can be a source of job and wealth creation. Designers Consociate in partnership with Lagos Fashion Week, commissioned 5 designers from Nigeria, (Tsemaye Binitie, Meena, Clan) Ghana (Christie Brown) and Senegal (Tongoro Studio) to design shirts, produced by beneficiaries of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council owned Human Capital Development Center (HCDC), an initiative managed by Style House Files as part of its commitment to the development of skills acquisition for the sector. The shirts were sold at #LagosFWRetail.
With the success of last years experience tent, #HLFWNG featured over 20 brands at #LagosFWRetail curated in partnership with #SheTrades and #FETSWallet. The Creators Lounge by The Assembly in collaboration with Newton and David as well as the TECNO and Mitsubishi experience booths were a highlight for all guests who attended.
The Heineken VIP tent at #HLFWNG was the perfect spot to unwind before and during shows, It also played host to Kelechi Amadi Obi’s portrait booth, which over the years has become a fashion week favourite.
Denola Gray Day two welcomed the beginning of the runway shows, style enthusiasts paraded the grounds, enjoying the outdoor display by Newton and David which was the backdrop for Vogue Street Style photos.
Betty Irabor’s “The Dew Collection” in collaboration with 12 designers including Toju Foyeh and Mai Atafo to create awareness on mental health was the first to hit the glossy black runway, followed by cutting edge designs from Lagos Space Programme, DNA by Iconic Invanity fun and fearless SS19, Ladunni Lambo’s strong cultural representations, and a flawless close by Kelechi Odu, a menswear favourite. Cynthia Abila Nack Kelechi Odu Day three kicked off with a striking collection by Fashion Focus finalist Demure by Denike, Mitsubishi Eclipse collection with Sisiano, Ugo Monye’s Clan of Men, DZYN and Style Temple followed by larger than life pieces from JZO, Rich Mnisi and the easy breezy pieces by Tongoro, which was love at first sight! Mitsubishi X Sisiano Tongoro Before the show’s began at the tents on day 4, the Adara foundation in collaboration with TAN by Tiffany Amber launched a collection designed, hand painted and printed by 24 low-income women who as a result of the collaboration are benefitting an improved income and hopefully broader markets for their skills.
The final day of the 2018 #HLFWNG opened with House of Deola’s Lagos Fashion Week debut which lived up to its expectations. The collection was a reminder of her impeccable attention to detail with every piece infused with unmissable couture techniques, joining the line-up was Fayrouz Presents: Green Access, an upcycled collection, produced following a training workshop in sustainable fashion, electrifying collections from Adama Paris, Eki Orleans, Elie Kuame, Maxhosa by Laduma hit the runway with Orange Culture, a finalist of Fashion Focus closing the show in grand style with “The Orange Moon” SS19 collection.
Fayrouz Presents: Green Access
Maxhosa by Laduma
Heineken Lagos Fashion Week was brought to you by Style House Files and Heineken in partnership with FETS Wallet, Fayrouz, NEPC, JC Decaux Gracelake and supported by TECNO, Mitsubishi Motors, Maybelline, Oando, and Garment Care.
Media Partners: BellaNaija, Business Day, Genevieve Magazine, George Britton, Guardian Life, Konbini, Pulse NG, Style Vitae, Ventures Africa and Zumi. Official Logistics Partner: Taxify.
For more information on LFW, kindly visit www.lagosfashionweek.ng or follow our Instagram page @lagosfashionweekofficial
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