Fashion in Africa in recent years has been on a steady rise – gaining global press and an international clientele it truly deserves a after being ignored and copied for decades. Designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Paul Gaultier, Comme des Garcons and many others have been heavily influenced by the rich culture evident among Africans.
Fashion statements embellished in colors as bold as the continent’s sunsets and prints that tell an African story have strutted down runways both at home and around the world from New York to London to Tokyo.
In Nigeria, fashion platforms like the Lagos Fashion Week held annually have driven the Nigerian and ultimately, “the African fashion industry” by bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of designers through its four (4) day event in the “fashion capital” of Nigeria, Lagos. While gradually repositioning the position of Nigerian fashion, Fashion designers express their diversity and talent in a safe space of creative autonomy.
The 2019 Lagos fashion week was no different and we’ve compiled our top 10 collection from the leading fashion event.
Owned by Og Okonkwo, Style Temple is a contemporary womenswear brand. The collection for the Lagos Fashion Week screamed elegance and and femininity.
The African based fashion label, Maki Oh owned by the Nigerian Fashion Designer Amaka Osakwe showcased as collection that fused African techniques with a detailed contemporary construction.
The Eponymous brand promotes Africa’s rich culture and craftsmanship
Emmy Kasbit owned by Emmanuel Okoro is one of Nigeria’s promising fashion designer. He emerged as one of the top finalist of Lagos Fashion Week and Design Week Fashion Focus.
Meena is a Lagos womenswear brand founded by Uju Offiah in 2011. Meena is an ode to the strength and beauty of the designer’s mother – whom the brand is named after.
Mai Atafo the eponymous brand is known for impeccable tailoring which is evident in this collection.
Fruche’s designs are tagged fun, quirky, edgy and in some sense radical. The brand is owned by Frank Aghuro
House of Kaya
The collection showcased a modest, subtle yet elegant side of the African woman. Ibrahim Abdulmumini is the fashion designer and founder.