Fashion and Fashion designers in Nigeria have really come a long way. From the mainstream traditional clothing to western like wears, the fashion industry is now one of the fastest growing industries in the world.
As fashion editors, we have access to designers and their collections. After all, part of the job is sussing out the best and brightest of up-and-coming designers. Our OB Top 10 list of Young Fashion Designers of 2017 comprises of young designers who caught our attention from conception and at Fashion Weeks.
Here, we’re sharing our Top 10 Young fashion designers worth paying attention to
- Ogugua Okonkwo (Style Temple)
Ogugua Okonkwo is the creative director and founder of Style Temple, Abuja’s most prestigious and popular fashion brand.
OG as she is fondly called graduated from the University of Nigeria Nsukka in the year 2008 with a BSC degree in medical laboratory science.
She also has a certificate in fashion merchandising. Fashion started for her at a very young age. Her brand was launched in the year 2011 but got to the spotlight in the year 2015 after she clothed the former director-general of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Arunma Oteh, on her 50th birthday.
In September, the label announced its presence in Lagos when it presented its new collection; “IPSEITY” which was published in various fashion blogs and magazines in Nigeria. She later went on to leave a remarkable impression after she wowed the audience at the Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2016.
Stephanie Coker in Style Temple
She was a nominee at this year’s The Future Awards and covered the November issue of ThisDay Style magazine. Some of her celebrity muses include Toke Makinwa, Zainab Balogun and Stephanie Coker.
2. Adebayo Oke-Lawal (Orange Culture)
Adebayo Oke-Lawal, a Nigerian fashion designer, is the creative director of Orange Culture, an androgynous menswear brand.
Oke-Lawal is an emerging force in the fashion industry and has also dabbled in writing and styling.
The designer’s personal style strongly mirrors that of the fast-growing Orange Culture brand — eclectic, heterogeneous and diverse.
He has worked with many African designers, actors, pop stars, and even fashion & style magazines.
Davido In Davido x Orange Culture
Some of his popular clients include Davido, Denola Grey, Rita Dominic, Tiwa Savage, Mochedda, and many others
Oke-Lawal was recently awarded The Future Africa Awards prize for fashion and designing.
He was also nominated for the 2016 edition of Abryanz Style & Fashion Awards, which held in Uganda
3. Destiny Nwadire (DNA by Iconic Invanity)
19-year-old Destiny Nwadire is one of the exciting stories of the Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2017. She Is the daughter of Nancy Nwadire.
After showcasing her designs at the 2017 edition, the 19-year-old designer who is the creative director of DNA by Iconic Invanity, London, is going for greatness.
DNA By Iconic Invanity on the Runway At The HLFDW17
4. Tokyo James (Tokyo James)
Tokyo James is no doubt one designer that will completely dominate the African fashion scene in the coming years. This young creative head has worked so hard to become a force to reckon with in the creative and media industry.
The British Nigerian menswear designer and creative director is also the editor-in-chief of Made Magazine and creative director for Access Bank’s online TV platform Accelerate TV. The Tokyo James fashion brand was born in Lagos, Nigeria when he relocated back home.
He was featured this year on African Voices on CNN talking about the business of fashion in Nigeria.
He also showcased his collections at the Glitz Africa Fashion Week, South African Menswear Week and at the Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week.
Noble Igwe Wearing A Piece From Tokyo James
Celebrities such as Patoranking, Noble Igwe, Ycee, Dimeji Alara, Adekunle Gold have been spotted this year wearing a Tokyo James outfit
5. Sandra Tubobereni (Tubo)
Sandra Tubobereni (TUBO) is a young womenswear label, best known for her creativity in redesigning the traditional African bridal attires, chic prêt-à-porter fashion clothing, and distinctive haute couture pieces with amazing silhouette.
She has a BSC degree in economics from Madonna University and a MBA in global financial services from Coventry University.
Her mom was a seamstress in a little shop in Port Harcourt where she grew up. She started sewing and designing as a child and impressively started making her primary school uniform herself.
Adesua Etomi Wellignton In TUBO
She came into the Nigerian fashion scene in late 2014 when she switched from a career in Finance and business development.
Her spring/summer debut collection featured eye-popping colours and structured pieces
6. Aba and Tiwa Sagoe (Clan)
CLAN is a Nigeria based fashion brand known for her minimalist styles, clean cut lines, sassy but chic pieces crafted to make you stand out!
The brand owned by daughters; Teni, Aba and Tiwa Sagoe – of renowned Nigerian designer Deola Sagoe – have created a brand known for chic, timeless, fun and absolutely wearable pieces for the modern woman all done tasteful at premium prices!
CLAN pieces however standout because of the attention given to each piece crafted to flatter different body shapes, given seamless fit, finished just perfect and most of all classic, simple and unique.
CLAN on the runway at the HLFDW17
7. Uju Offiah (Meena)
Behind Meena, a fashion brand based in Lagos, Nigeria, there is the talented Uju Offiah. Born in 2010, Meena has its own flagship in Lagos and also outlets based in Nigeria.
Meena, a women’s wear label based in Lagos, Nigeria. The name Meena is coined from her mother’s name Philomena. Their design philosophy is based on modern femininity , architectonic undertones and confident minimalism.
Meena on the runway Showcasing At The HLFDW17
8. Rukky Ladoja (Grey)
Over the last four years, Grey has focused on merging design and quality with affordability. We are dedicated to providing style options for women who are looking to incorporate beautiful fragments of a cosmopolitan culture directly into their wardrobe.
Their priority is to explore ways to make high fashion approachable and fast fashion individual. This direction has meant that any grey ambassador will always feel modern and confident in our clothes, regardless of changing seasons, trends or occasion.
Dakore Wearing A Piece From Grey
9. Andrea Iyamah (Andrea Iyamah Bridals)
Andrea Iyamah owned by Nigerian fashion designer Dumebi Iyamah, is a clothing line strongly inspired by color and ethnic cultures.
With a flare for fashion and the arts, she advanced her tailoring skills and educated herself about fashion which later fueled the genesis of the A.I. brand at an early age of 17.
Although Andrea Iyamah is popularly recognized for its eccentric and unique take on swimwear, using vibrant colors and cuts inspired by an array of African cultures, the brand also specializes in ready-to-wear and custom made special event dresses. Strongly influenced by the brand’s African heritage, a blend of retro and various cultures inspired the colors and themes of the first official swimwear collection which launched in 2013.
Agbani Darego In Andrea Iyamah Bridal
Located in Ontario Canada, the brand caters to females across borders looking to rock a fabulous piece to an event or an edgy bathing suit on a steamy vacation. Since 2011, the brand has focused on selling ethnicity with a modern twist, while maintaining its attention to detail and cuts.
The Andrea Iyamah team works together to ensure that stories are told through every piece created. The brand seeks to be a part of the memories of getaways through its designs and the opportunity for the A.I. woman to be a part of a cultural story in the attire she adorns herself with.
10. Emmanuel Okoro (Emmy Kasbit)
Emmanuel Okoro was among the emerging designers of 2016. His brand began making waves in 2013 but it wasn’t until 2014 we got to really see the creative designs with its debut collection aptly titled “the definition”.
The collection would go on to define the very essence of the Emmy Kasbit designs. By 2015, ‘Fortis’ was unveiled and it was to be the beginning of their widely acclaimed recognition especially among Nigerian entertainers notably media personality Uti Nwachukwu, Joseph Benjamin, Alex Ekubo and many more.
Emmanuel opened the year in grand style with his spring/summer 2016 collection: “Disturbia” which remains the brand’s most idyllic presentation yet.
Emmy Kasbit On The Runway At The HLFDW17
In November, he released the “Ties That Bind” collection for his Spring/Summer 2017 collection. Notable celebrities such as Yemi Alade, Seyi Shay, Uti Nwachukwu, Munachi Abii, Omotola Jolade, Stephanie Coker, Denola Grey have been spotted this year wearing pieces from the designer.
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