The 8th edition of Heineken Lagos Fashion Week has come to a close. Serving as a hub to connect fashion stakeholders, the #LagosFW tent played host to over 50 designers, attracting thousands of fashion experts, enthusiasts, media across the continent and beyond.
#HLFWNG featured a series of activities including the Fashion Business Series Dinner, #LagosFWRetail in Partnership with #SheTrades and #FETSWallet, Visual Makers Fellowship with Canon, Green Access Showcase with Fayrouz and the Heineken Live Your Music After Party.
For the eighth year of #LagosFW, the platform expanded the reach of the Fashion Focus designer support initiative to other African countries. The 10 Semi-finalists for 2018 / 2019 season selected are truly reflective of its Pan-African focus: Larry Jay and Duaba Serwa (Ghana), Haute Baso and Moshions (Rwanda), Katungulu Mwendwa and Jasleen Matharu (Kenya), TAlakija, Rick Dusi and Ili (Lagos) and Naolila (Angola). They presented their work before a panel that included Rukky Ladoja (Grey Projects), Mazzi Odu (Editor Magnus Oculus), Nisha Nkanbar (Industrie Africa), Liam Freeman (Editor, Vogue International) and Londe Thompson (Project Manager Fahsion Focus). This year we had over 5 of our Fashion Focus 2017 / 2018 finalists showcase their Spring/Summer ‘19 collection including the winner of the first ever Fashion Focus X FETS Wallet Fund, Emmy Kasbit who worked with a mentor – Ijeoma Ogbechie of Avivere all season long on how to financially sustain and position a fashion business.
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.
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.
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
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
Afro UK Online To Host Runway Trybe, Fashion, In Accra.
AFRO UK ONLINE’S (RUNWAY TRYBE) on Fashion, Exhibition & Business Show, is a premier symposium on the latest in fashion trends, entertainment, and business.
The RUNWAY TRYBE is a high-level event which brings together fashion experts, business experts from around the world. Exhibitors will have a marvelous opportunity to showcase their products and interact with industry researchers,foremost experts and academic leaders in their community. Venue: La Palm Royal Beach Hotel, Accra, Ghana Afroukonline Ltd is a limited liability company registered in the UK. A non-political, non-religious commercial and entertainment platform.
We are in existence because we identified a gap in the market for the Afro-caribbean community. Our aim is to be the Number 1 online platform to meeting the commercial and social needs of this community in the UK and for all Africans in diaspora.
We are Afroukonline, a limited company primarily based in Uk, also a branch in Nigeria & now we are in Ghana. We would be having an event in Accra, Ghana.
Interested Fashion Hubs/Exhibitors should apply at: www.afroukonline.co.uk/runway-trybe or call 0272100012,0559950844 Admission is free to the public. For more information, here are our handles: Instagram: @afroukonline1 Twitter: @afroukonline Facebook: @afroukonline
Eastern Fashion Awards Announces Categories For The Maiden Edition Of The Event.
Dressmaking as a vocation has changed lives, empowered the less privileged and has positioned some great talents from Ghana on the global stage with their ubiquitous African styles. Collectively, fashion made in Ghana is wealthy to be celebrated.
Organizers of Eastern Fashion Awards has announced date and categories for the maiden edition of the notable fashion awards. This year's event is slated on the 7th December, 2019 in the Eastern Regional Capital, Koforidua with the theme “ Celebrating the Passion for Fashion”.
A breed from conglomerate of fashion made in Ghana hereby outdoors Eastern Fashion Awards to part on the back of the industry players in dressmaking within the boundaries of Eastern part of Ghana.
Below are the categories for nominations for the maiden edition
- Men's Designer of the Year
- Women's Designer of the Year
- African Wear Designer of the Year
- Best Suit Designer of the Year
- Best Wedding Dress Designer of the Year
- Fashion Accessory Designer of the Year
- Best Embroidery Designer of the Year
- Fashion School of the Year
- Leadership Award of the Year
- Long Service Award
- Young Fashion Designer of the Year
- Make-up Artiste of the Year
- Barber of the Year
- Emerging Fashion Designer of the Year
- Fashion Blogger of the Year
- Fashion Photographer of the Year
- Fabric Producer of the Year
- Best Unisex Fashion Designer of the Year
- Hair Stylish of the Year
- Physically Challenged Award.
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Victoria Michaels Shines At AFI Fashion Week In South Africa.
It is becoming obvious that no one can match top model, Victoria Michaels, when it also comes to runway mileage this season. She keeps doing amazingly well on major and international fashion platforms.
One of such shows is the just ended spring and summer season of African Fashion International (AFI) Fashion Week in South Africa. She was among top fashion models that brought life to the AFI Fashion Week.
She had the honor of showcasing designs by top designers including David Tlale, whose works for the night have been described as “meaningful”. The flamboyant designer paid homage to his biggest muse and late mother, Joyce Tlale, naming his SS20 collection “Joyce” Tlale’s.
His presentation began with fun and colourful pieces, drawing inspiration from his ‘Heritage Month’ collaboration with Tastic Rice, as well as the rich and vibrant cultures found in South Africa. Visuals and images of Victoria on the runway during David Tlale’s showcase have been generating a lot of attention on social media.
On Instagram she said, “It was an emotional night for models, guests and designers as @davidtlale paid tribute to his mother with a tribute worthy collection @afi_sa Fashion Week.” “Thanks to the amazing @andiswamanxiwa @deonredman and the entire crew for having me. I love you @taryncannings.”
Victoria also walked for Taibo Bacar, Matte Nolim, La Art Neoville, House of Jahdara and Kreyann, all of whom are amazing designers.
The model, who was born in Accra, to Nigerian father and Nigerian-Ghanaian mother, is one of the most celebrated models on the continent. Aside the runway influence, she was recently announced as a champion of the environment as she joins European Union (EU) climate change campaign, in addition to other amazing social projects.
African Designers To Succumb For 2019 Glitz Africa Fashion Week, Accra.
Ghana’s biggest annual fashion event Glitz Africa Fashion Week (GAFW), is set to stage its seventh edition as it presents a perfect opportunity for designers from, and across Africa to meet and showcase their collections.
Produced by Glitz Africa, the exciting, Pan-African celebrity, fashion and lifestyle magazine, GAFW brings together industry players and fashion enthusiasts to interact in a fun-packed week at the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City in Accra. The event is slated for October 17 to 20, 2019.
Models, fashionistas, celebrities and influencers also meet in an atmosphere of glitz, fashion and style. Ahead of GAFW, Glitz Africa organized the Young Creative Design Talent competition to harness the skills of emerging designers and give them the platform to showcase their designs to an international audience.
The fashion week will begin with a Beauty Forum on Thursday, October 17 at the Labadi Beach Hotel followed by a private cocktail party at the residence of the French Ambassador.
Other activities lined up for GAFW include: Day 1 (October 18) – Young Design Talent show, Runway shows. Day 2 (October 19) – Business of fashion seminar, photography sessions, exhibitions, graduate show and runway shows and Day 3 (October) – Presentations, runway shows and after party
The GAFW Trade Tent/Retail Lounge will also be opened during the event for guests to interact with fashion retailers and designers and make purchases as well.
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