The 2017 GTBank Fashion Weekend kicked off on Saturday 11th November with a series of master classes, exhibition and runway shows in Lagos, Nigeria. The two-day fashion weekend came to a close yesterday, Saturday 12th November and some of Africa’s finest designers and some international designers showcased their vibrant and electrifying designs on the runway.
On Day 2 of the runway shows, International Designer Julien MacDonald showcased his collection.
Julien MacDonald Obe studied fashion knitwear at the university of brighton and received his ma at the royal college of art in london.
Soon after the success of his rca graduation show in 1996, his talent caught the attention of karl lagerfield at chanel and he was appointed head designer of knitwear at chanel as well as for the iconic designer’s eponymous label lagerfield from 1996 to 1998.
Macdonald launched his own label in 1998 with ‘mermaids’ a static presentation of his designs styled by isabella blow and there began his reputation as a leading british fashion designer whose high octane and glamorous designs were soon to be coveted by international stars such as kate beckinsale, beyonce, kristen stewart, madonna, liv tyler, heidi klum, kim kardashian, rihanna, karen elson, katy perry, naomi campbell, taylor swift and miley cyrus to name but a few.
In 2001, macdonald was named at the elle style awards, british designer of the year and the same year he was appointed as successor to alexander mcqueen as creative director of the french fashion house givenchy, designing both haute couture and ready-to-wear collections.
His most recent collaboration was with the english national ballet for the queen’s coronation festival where julien designed the costumes for the world famous ballet company performing ‘tempus’.
Julien’s career has in recent years extended beyond the catwalk and into broadcast media, including the top rated ‘britain’s next top model’ and he is regularly called upon to communicate his definitive perspective on fashion and culture through both radio and television.
Julien’s extensive charity work means he is heavily involved with the macmillan cancer charity as well as being a patron of breast centre llandough, wales. For the last two years he has also designed the tickled pink cancer charity bag selling over 300,000.
See runway collection below
Photo Credit- Elijah Cube
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