Lagos Fashion & Design Week is a premiere fashion event which brings together fashion lovers, established designers, emerging designers, and several fashion enthusiasts as different labels showcase their latest collections. The latest of the fashion events held recently from October 23rd to October 26th, 2013 at the Conference Centre, Eko Hotel & Suites.
In no particular order, we’ve put together our top 10 favourite designers from the 4-day event, as well as our favourite looks from each collection. Who were your favourite designers of the event?
Mai Atafo is a name that most are familiar with in the African fashion atmosphere and the self-named label has gone forward to clothe several Nigerian celebrities. The collection showcased for the LFDW2013 was the Spring/Summer collection and featured loads of colour and a dominant male-tailored effect.
Bridget Awosika was her usual self and did justice to the collection she showcased at the LFDW2013 with beautiful sheath dresses and fringe details, long dresses with sheer fabric and slight graphic details and a collection of light summer colours.
Lanre DaSilva Ajayi
LDA showcased pieces from her “Colour Storm” collection with eye-popping prints and exquisite cuts. Lanre DaSilva Ajayi remains one of the reliable Nigerian brands and there was no disappointment in her new collection. What do you think?
At the Lagos Fashion & Design Week, Tiffany Amber showcased her latest collection called “Nirvana”. According to the Creative Director, Folake Folarin-Coker, “When the whole world is looking to Africa for inspiration I always likes to re-invent the original African aesthetic while still remaining authentic and original without changing the DNA of the brand. The Tie and die/Batik is a process that Tiffany Amber has been working with since the launch of the label a decade and a half ago, but this time we challenged ourselves on how we can use it.”
Summer is what comes to mind seeing Odio Mimonet’s collection showcased at the Lagos Fashion & Design Week. With vibrant hues like red, blue, yellow as well as a splash of prints on the pieces, we totally loved her collection.
Amaka Osakwe of Maki Oh has continued to dazzle the fashion world internationally and at home here in Nigeria. She infused pieces previously showcased at New York Fashion Week 2013 which tell the story of a hardworking African woman with fringe apron details and embedded numbers.
Jewel By Lisa
Jewel By Lisa showcased her ultra cool new collection “Bicycles & Acorns” with pieces that played up her usual love for prints. With a fantastic infusion of colour even on her monochrome pieces, Lisa Folawiyo showed how to infuse Nigerian fabrics and prints.
Iconic Invanity had the “Elements” collection and is listed as one of our favourite collections because it was showcasing pieces that were simply fabulous. With a play on sheer lace as well as unique prints, the collection was both simplistic and eye-catching. What do you think of the designs?
Ella & Gabby
Ella & Gabby remains one of those labels that you just can’t but love the creations from the Nigerian label run by Ada Mgbudem. The Ella & Gabby collection showcased at the 2013 GTBank LFDW was a continuation of her very much loved Autumn/Winter 2013 collection “Tropical Sophistication” and the pieces came in universal and vibrant colours and simple cuts.
We don’t have a lot of men in the fashion industry, but we are glad to recognize the Okunoren twins as a brand that we have come to love. The menswear label featured a collection that showcased rock hard abs models as well as simple pieces suitable for a variety of occasions.
What do you think of our picks? Let us know your own choices!
Photo Credits: Kola Oshalusi (Insigna)
Share via LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ & Facebook. Leave your views in comments box below.