If you are like me; a fashion lover, then you would agree with the fact that this past week has been Christmas, New year and Easter as far as Nigerian Fashion is concerned. The Lagos Fashion and Design Week (LFDW) is a four day fashion and runway event which brings the very best Nigerian and African designers,stylists,fashion bloggers and fashion enthusiasts together. This year’s edition spanned from Wednesday the 26th to Saturday the 29th of October and it was themed “Connecting the Dots.” I was privileged to attend all four days so I would be connecting you with some of the experiences of the fashion week.
In this post, I would be highlighting some of my personal favorite collections which were on display. I have grouped them according to the days so lets dig in…
On the first day, it took me quite a while to settle into the fashion week spirit, but once I had, the first collection that caught my eyes was from Style Temple an outfit by Abuja based designer Ogugua Okonkwo, the pieces were really amazing.
The shirt dresses were on another level.
Temitayo Ilesanmi Nathan since winning the maiden edition of the Fayrouz L’original competition with team Elan in 2014 has brought fire non stop. He is not only one of the best indigenous designers of his generation, he is sited at the table of Kings when it comes to high-end fashion.
He took it up a notch this year with a mixture of heat and class… His collection had something for every generation which is a strategic thing to do as a designer. Sizzling hot stuff if you ask me…
These L’original boys did not come to joke… Fruche who emerged from the 2015 winning team packed heat with his collection
Uju’s ‘Feminine AF’ top and the theme song drove the message for gender equality home.
If you know me, then you would probably know that I am a sucker for corporate, smart casual and androgyny looks. The pieces spoke to me in ways I never expected.
EJIRO AMOS TAFIRI
The Batic, chiffon and drape details of these pieces are everything honestly… More inspiring was the fact that right before the showcase Ejiro told her auto biography as a medium to inspire others to chase their dreams. She closed the show on day 2.
This amazing designer blew us away with more than just his pieces and the fact that he had Noble walk for him, he did something I have never seen before, I would be writing about it in the subsequent post. I love the smart casual looks as well as the styling of the agbada and also the other thing he did…
I haven’t still forgotten her amazing swim suits from last year though, this year’s pieces were amazing as well (maybe not for the same reasons anyways).
I was especially wowed by the male skirts, like not that they are regular wears or anything, but I bet you there are places I would love to rock them to.
Uncle MAI ATAFO
No, its not like I wasn’t expecting Mai to be Mai… i.e a show stopper but the “Weddings” by Mai Atafo pieces were so real, the music and the extras, I literally felt it, the only thing missing was hot jollof….
Tania Omotayo was just busy being the bride of the brides. The collection was extremely large with 30 plus pieces and majorly female which I feel is a huge step to perfection from Mai Atafo.
PHEW! Mehn… the range of this collection is almost everything, I was super excited during this particular showcase.
Slashed BY TIA
I cant really explain why I love these pieces, but I do love them,
or maybe its because… Okay lets just say I love them.
Aunty Bridget!!! The pieces are so crafty it makes you wonder how beautiful her mind must be… sigh, so much talent…
LANRE DA SILVA AJAYI
From the preceding names you would definitely be able to tell that we are in veteran territory, these women don’t have to try anymore, they just do…
Lisa Folawiyo closed the show on the last day, firstly I’m in awe of the expert mix of patterns also, the choice of fabric was superb… the colllection was effortlessly classy I must say. So this is it guys, my best collections from the LFDW2016. The next post is a highlight of my best moments in general, both runway and street style so stick around for it.
Images from Manuel Ruben photography, pulse.ng, and Spice. For more images, just follow the hashtags #lfdw2016, or #hklfdw2016 on instagram.
Thanks for reading, till next time; adios.