Show Reports: ARISE Fashion Week 2020 Day 1 — Ilham Garba

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ARISE Fashion Week returned on Friday December 11 but not without some noteworthy changes. The continent’s most prominent fashion show has had to adapt amid the coronavirus pandemic by going virtual and streaming to a global audience across multiple platforms.

Kicking off the show with 20 designers showcasing in 4 batches of 5 designers each, designers and their models shuttled from an hotel for the shows following a carefully planned COVID compliant transit schedule.

Day 1 started with a stunning exhibition by Onalaja and ran to Wuman‘s graphic presentation. Fashion gives us fantasy, dreams and hope — themes that ran through the collections of the contestants of Arise 30 under 30.

Africa’s biggest stars such as WizkidWurld, Wavy the creator and The Cavemen were also part of the fashion frenzy, spiking the evening with stellar performances.

ILHAM GARBA is an Abuja-based Bespoke/ RTW womenswear luxury label founded by eponymous creative director Ilham Garba. Speaking on this collection on Instagram, she says: “I grew up in the age of polyester. When I got to touch real silk, cotton and velvet, the feel of nonsynthetic fabrics blew me away. I know it’s important how clothing looks, but it’s equally important how it feels on your skin.”

See more runway looks below.

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