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Lagos Fashion Week Presents: London | April 2nd – 5th, 2019

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Lagos Fashion Week, in continuing our mission to raise the profile of African designers at home and beyond, will be presenting targeted activities aimed to give designers exposure to industry stakeholders in the city of London. The goal is to provide designers with access to new markets and simultaneously nurture partnerships internationally for future opportunities.

From the 2nd to the 5th of April, #LagosFW will host a series of events in London and Lagos, featuring a selection of African designers. Some of the participating brands, are beneficiaries of the International Trade Center’s SHETrades in Commonwealth program which aims to connect three million women to market by 2021.

BETWEEN US

BETWEEN US will represent the vibrant and dynamic facets of African design and community, with a focus on its diversity, from traditional handcraft and local production to cultural and political messaging through fashion. The pop-up recognises that each brand’s connection with Africa is proudly present yet fluid, unique, fresh and limitless.

For six weeks beginning on the 2nd of April, The Shop at Bluebird will welcome the versatile and effervescent spirits of Africa to its London flagship store; Carriage Hall with the first multi-brand pop-up since opening the Covent Garden space in May 2018. BETWEEN US honours over twenty unique designers, from womenswear and accessories to interiors and lifestyle, curated by the Founder and Executive Director of Lagos Fashion Week, Omoyemi Akerele and brand consultants Tammy Tinker Pudel and Katrina Macpherson, who are based out of Cape Town.

Claire Miles, the buying director of The Shop at Bluebird, says “BETWEEN US is the first collaborative installation of its kind, as well as the first that we are hosting in Carriage Hall. We cannot wait to introduce these special and unique designers exclusively to The Shop at Bluebird. African design is so interesting, it can be bold, eclectic, thought-provoking, serene – ultimately, it leaves a strong impression, all of which perfectly aligns with the brand values of The Shop at Bluebird. We are delighted to be able to showcase and support both new and established African talent.”

Participating brands include: AAKS | Anyango Mpinga | Aprelle Duany | Ardmore Design | Asha : Eleven | Chommies | Crystal Birch | Eki Orleans | Eclectic Chique | Galago | Iamsigo | Karu | Lisa Folawiyo | Lukhanyo Mdingi | Mami Wata | Maxhosa | Nina Bosch | Okapi | Orange Culture | Pop Caven | Studio 189 | Tilayo

Fashion Business Series

Fashion Business Series, a Lagos Fashion Week signature platform, which provides an avenue for industry thought leaders and collaborators to convene and exchange ideas, share information and educate an engaged audience will also be coming to London, continuing a global city tour that has included Accra, Nairobi and New York in 2018.

This edition, which will be held on April 2nd, 2019 will feature seasoned experts in their respective sectors who will contribute to conversations surrounding “Succeeding in Today’s Retail Market”. Speakers will provide insight on how fashion businesses can thrive considering the dynamics of today’s retail environment, exploring what components need to function effectively to ensure success.

New Season Presentation

On April 3rd 2019, Lagos Fashion Week will debut a live London showcase at The Shop at Bluebird, spotlighting a selection of African designers, who will present their new season collections exclusively in the UK to buyers, press and VIP customers. This approach allows invited guests to have a closer look at the pieces and interact with the designer and overall collection.

Participating designers for the new season presentations, as well as Fashion Business Series speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

On April 5th 2019, in Lagos Nigeria, the 2018 Fashion Focus Africa finalists will present their business and marketing strategic plan to a panel of judges for the opportunity to be the recipient of the Fashion Focus Fund in partnership with FETSWallet – a cash grant of NGN5,000,000 (Five Million Naira) and year long mentorship.

Lagos Fashion Week Presents: London is in partnership with Style House Files, The Shop at Bluebird and FETSWallet.

For more information: @LagosFashionWeekOfficial, [email protected]

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Accra Fashion Week Set To Host Runway Shows On Rooftop At Silver Star Towers.

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Next week, we are set to see fashionistas from USA, Europe other parts of Africa and more congregate in Accra for all Accra Fashion Week activities hosted this year at Airport, Accra, in both the Silver Star Towers and Carbon Night Club. The phenomenal fashion event has grown from strength to strength and has proven to be Africa's leading fashion ceremony.

The Week of fashion that begins from the 28th to the 31st of March is jam packed with exciting activities from fashion presentations, cocktail networking, student and graduate competitions without excluding the main runway shows.

A number of celebrities are promised to rock the runway, as well as introducing designers, for the first time in Ghana, from Italy and Barbados. The week will also host the upcoming phenomenal FashionGHANA Honors & Awards at the Silver Star Towers where we will get to see who really matters in this industry.

The event continues to take the nation by storm and this year it launches it student/graduate competition of which in future will be turned into a web series of success stories. The fashion week is supported by Woodin, Ciroc, The Sheer Butter Guys and Coco Lounge and brought to you by FashionGHANA.com. Check out the full designer schedule at www.accrafashionweek.org/schedule or call +233233622009 for more information.

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Lagos Fashion Week Announces – Fashion Focus Africa 2018/2019 Finalists

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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:

Linda Mukangoga
Haute Baso,
Rwanda

Mohammed Jafaru Larry
Larry Jay
Ghana

Katungulu Mwendwa
Katungulu Mwendwa,
Kenya

Amali Curtis
ILI
Nigeria

Ilse-Naolila Teixeira
Naolila
Angola

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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Accra Fashion Week Strikes Major Partnership Deal With ALISA Hotel For 2019

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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.

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KIKOROMEO Takes Lead At Lagos Fashion Week 2018 With New Creative Director: Iona McCreath In Tow!

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It was a new generation takeover as the latest SS2019 KIKOROMEO collection on Thursday 25th Oct 2018 at Day 1 of Lagos Fashion Week, unveiling its new creative director of brand: Iona McCreath. The collection has been featured in Elle USA’s top 10 from Lagos Fashion Week . Iona, who has apprenticed with Ann McCreath – Founder of KikoRomeo: her mother’s fashion business since birth, took the bow as she presented the brand’s latest collection. Now co-designing with her mother, she is taking the lead on the silhouettes, while her mother works on the textiles and cutting. To celebrate this new way of working they chose baptism by fire in presenting at Lagos Fashion Week, the most influential platform in Africa, pioneered by Omoyemi Akerele . Speaking about her experience Iona said “Lagos is very influential around Africa and acts as a voice of Africa to the world. When people see Africa the first thing they see or hear is Nigerian. That means being able to integrate within the Nigerian market is strategic. It is also very exciting, because of the vibrant entertainment scene, which has helped contemporary arts and culture develop to be at the heart of the economy. Nigerians love fashion and the collection has been very well received.” The KIKOROMEO SS2019 collection consisted of 28 looks, 5 women and 23 men. The colours and contrasting textures drew inspiration from the places where oceans meet sands all around the African continent. Filled with golden browns to slate greys, accented with dusty beiges and sunshine yellows, with shades of marine blue that trail through all pieces. The brand’s signature overalls aka jumpers were presented for men and women in a variety of tie dyed, batiked and drip painted variations. These are already a hot favourite of artist Blinky Bill , whose latest beats hit the air as the models paced the runway. Other key items were the hand painted tunics, beautifully cut pants and an adire kilt. The collection was accessorized with fishskin bags, which had been done by accessories brand Baobab for KikoRomeo. The whole look was young and fresh, styled by Moses Ebite . KIKOROMEO, which means “Adams Apple” in Swahili, is based in Nairobi, Kenya. With over two decades of design heritage, the brand is known for its timeless slow fashion pieces, which transcend fashion trends and show perfection in a fit. Adopting a sustainable approach in everything it does, the brand works with urban and rural Kenyan and refugee artisans, constantly improving the quality of their products, and truly believes and adheres to a Made in Africa policy. Iona McCreath, who has a degree in Sociology from London School of Economics and a foundation diploma in Art and Design from Central Saint Martin’s. EDITOR’S NOTES: Art, music and crafting are at the heart of the KIKOROMEO DNA. The brand is now immersed in reinventing its own textiles, as it did at inception, moving away from commercial prints into hand-dyed and hand painted textiles. These original patterned fabrics are done in collaboration with a young Kenyan textile designer Rachel Wanyutu, as well as the brand founder herself Ann McCreath. Ann has been exploring textile art, influenced by visual artist Onyis Martin amongst others, while Iona McCreath is taking over the creative direction of the clothing. KIKOROMEO was founded in Kenya in 1996 by fashion designer Ann McCreath. The objective was always to create and sustain a brand, which could last for generations as a true fashion house. Now co-designed by her daughter Iona, it is situated in the Kobo Art Centre, at 523 Riara Rd in Nairobi, Kenya. FOR MORE: Website: http://kikoromeo.com/index.php/the-brand/our-story/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/KikoRomeoAfrica Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kikoromeo/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KikoRomeo-348383729244/ For more info contact in Kenya (English): Anyiko PR Tel +254 721 368 983 | Whatsapp +254 770 360 087 |[email protected]   [caption id="attachment_7467" align="alignnone" width="600"] Photo by: Kelechi Amadi-Obi (www.kelechiamadiobi.com)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7468" align="alignnone" width="600"] Photo by: Kelechi Amadi-Obi (www.kelechiamadiobi.com)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7469" align="alignnone" width="600"] Photo by: Kelechi Amadi-Obi (www.kelechiamadiobi.com)[/caption]
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