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Lagos Fashion Week A/W18 Presentations: Day 3- Maxivive, Sunny Rose, Emmy Kasbit, Onalaja

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Day three (Sunday, 25th March) of the Lagos Fashion Week (#LFWNG) Autumn/Winter 2018 Presentations kicked off with a bang with collections from Maxivive, Emmy Kasbit, Sunny Rose and Onalaja.

The Wings – Oando in Victoria Island, Lagos (Venue for the presentations) was the perfect backdrop for each designer’s collections, they presentations brought the space to life, plus there was an undeniable buzz from the ambience.

Let’s delve into each designer’s collection.

 

See our selection of pieces from the collection below.

 

MAXIVIVE

Having founded his label 10 year ago at the tender age of 15, Papa Oyeyemi has been shaking up the West African fashion system for quite some time now. He scrapped the Western notion of seasons four years ago, renaming his Spring 2013 collection Harmattan 2013, after the dry season on the West African subcontinent that occurs between November and March. Lagos fashion insiders scoffed at the idea at first, but eventually many followed suit.

Even though his label Maxvive has a reputation for polarizing the Nigerian fashion community, pushing an idea of minimalism and androgyny that turns traditional menswear tropes upside down and inside out, he has gained international recognition for this same reason.

See collection below.

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SUNNY ROSE

Emerging from the Eastern parts of Nigeria, Maureen Okogwu-Ikokwu, creative director of Sunny Rose discovered her passion for accessories as a child while rummaging through her mother’s wardrobe and trinket cases. Her talent for creating imaginative drawings and love of flamboyant treasure was also evident from an early age. After studying for a Masters degree in Public Relations from the European University in Montreux in Switzerland, Ikem set her sights on creating her own range of handbags and jewelry. One evening while having dinner in Lausanne in Switzerland, Ikem was spotted by a model agent, this turned out to be the start of a career in fashion. Sunny Rose was inspired by her travels around the globe; the label uses the first names of both her parents – Sunny and Rose.

See collection below.

 

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EMMY KASBIT

The brand Emmy Kasbit was born in 2013, but didn’t immediately begin to make a name for itself until the release of the collection “The Definition” in 2014 which showed the world a whole new creative side to Emmanuel Okoro. Since then, the brand has grown immensely boasting of a strong clientele and showcasing at some of the biggest fashion shows in Africa.

Emmy Kasbit showcased at the South African Menswear Fashion Week in 2016 and 2017, he was also featured at number 8th on the BlackNBold Young Designers list of 2016, emerged as one of the top 5 finalists for Lagos Fashion & Design Week Fashion Focus 2017 and had a great showcase at the fashion week.
His collection shown at the HLFDW 2017 runway was one of the most vibrant and innovative uses of traditional Igbo fabric Akwete which catapulted him right into the circle of champions.

See collection below.

 

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ONALAJA

Kanyinsola Onalaja was born in Nigeria and Educated in London, where she studied BA Fashion Design at Istituto Marangoni. Upon Graduation, she was awarded best fashion collection of the academic year 2013 – 2014. The collection was shown at Graduate Fashion week and Africa Fashion week in London. She briefly attended Academia di Costume E Moda, Rome to develop her 3D Pattern Cutting. During her studies she worked for brands such as Christopher Kane. Growing up in Nigeria she discovered traditional art and became fascinated with the different media used to express it. Her love for colour and textiles grew, leading her to experiment with different mediums and ways to create works of art that used fashion as a means to showcase it. Awards 2014 Vogue Talents x Muuse Finalist 2014 Best Fashion Collection for the Academic year 2013-14 at Istituto Marangoni 2014 Best student of the year at Istituto Marangoni 2009 FDA Young Designer of the year award.

See collection below.

 

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