ARISE Fashion Week (AFW) 2018 came to a memorable end after three days of sheer creativity, runway shows and performances.
Top designers from the African fashion industry such as Abaya Lagos, About That Curvy Life Collective, Andrea Iyamah, Bridget Awosika, Chularp, COLRS, Divine Endowment, DZYN, Fashpa, Funke Adepoju, Gavin Rajah, Gozel Green, House of Divas, House of Irawo, House of Nwocha, Ilare, Imad Eduso, Karolyne Ashley, Kenneth Ize, Kimono Kollection, Kluk CGDT, Kola Kuddus, Lanre Da Silva Ajayi, Laurence Airline, Loza Maleombho, Mai Atafo, Maxhosa by Laduma, Maxvive, Moofa, Mustafa Hassanali, Odio Mimonet, Orapeleng Modutle, Ozwald Boateng, Quinteria & George, RE, Rich Minsi, Style Temple, Sunny Rose, Taryor Gabriels, Thebe Magugu, Tiffany Amber, Tokyo James, Tsemaye Binitie, Tzar, Vonne Couture, Washington Roberts, Weiz Dhurm Franklyn, What We Wear By Tinnie Tempah, Yutee Rone and Ziva Lagos showcased stunning collections to a wide range of audience.
It was fun to see international supermodels such as Naomi Campbell, Imam Hammamm, Oluchi Orlandi and Joy Okpe walk the runway.
AFW is recognized for heralding the best runway shows in the history of fashion events in Africa and this year’s edition was nothing short of standard it has always been known for.
The show sparked trending conversations around Africa and we have recounted some fun moments from the event.
Abaya Lagos showcased an Arabian inspired contemporary collection accentuated with sunshades and turbans.
Lanre Da Silva Ajayi
Naomi Campbell made her first appearance on the runway in a gold ensemble by Lanre Da Silva Ajayi. The guests cheered Oluchi Orlandi as she gracefully closed the show for the designer.
Not too long after, Naomi Campbell was spotted again on the runway looking glamorous in KLUK CGDT.
The bar was raised on Day 2 as the Taryor Gabriels opened the show in an all men’s collection. Nollywood Actor, Richard Mofe Damijo showed his artistic versatility as he graced the runway.
The crowd was in high excitement when ex-Big Brother Naija 2018 housemate, Leo DaSilva made a surprise appearance on the runway for Kimono Kollection.
British-Nigerian Artiste, Tinnie Tempah launched his new fashion label, ‘What We Wear’ for the first time in Lagos, Nigeria. The presentation was accompanied with stellar performances by British artiste, Not3s and Dice Ailes. International model, Imam Hammamm brought out her A-game, however Olajumoke Orisaguna stole the show when she walked the runway. Guests were stunned as she held hands with Tinnie Tempah to take a bow at the end of the show. Olajumoke is the breadseller turned model who photobombed Tinnie’s photoshoot with TY Bello for Thisday Style in 2016.
Naomi Campbell, Oluchi Orlandi and Ojy Okpe looked effortlessly chic as they owned the runway in Tiffany Amber.
The Ghanaian-British designer closed the night with a breath-taking presentation on the runway.
Day 3 marked the grand finale of the biggest fashion event of the season. Designers such as Bridget Awosika, Quinteria & George, Mai Atafo, Sunny Rose, Rich Minsi and more wrapped up the event with spectacular presentations.
Quinteria & George
Guests were treated to exotic cocktail mixes sponsored by Belvedere Vodka.
Credit for Runway Photos: Reze Bona