Nothing exemplifies the beauty of African fashion quite as Nigeria does. The Lagos Fashion Design Week (LFDW) 2017 is a fashion event like no other. In its sixth year, LFDW is responsible for putting local designers on the global map. This year was no different, as up to 49 designers spent many sleepless nights to ensure that their designs would rock the runway and its audience. The four-day event that ran from the 25th to the 28th of October was organized by Heineken, Style House Files and the British Council. The event was nothing short of a show of glamour, style and class.
This year’s theme was ‘Africa: Shaping Fashion’s Future.’ The event featured many prominent, as well as up-and-coming designers, showcasing their skill and talent. Among the designers were AzraWalji and Lulu Mutuli—the winners of the Heineken Africa Inspired Fashion Challenge. Other designers who dominated the runway included:
Folawiyo has been a household name since the establishment of LFDW six years ago. The cool and confident Lisa loves embellishments and prints and is an explorer in fashion. Known for her use of Ankara and embellishments, Folawiyo showcased on day three of LDFW and did not disappoint.
Onalaja on the runway also stunned with her striking line. Taking her inspiration from the beauty of black skin, she wowed the crowd with embellished metallic designs. Her collection was inspired by her fellow women, with designs meant to celebrate the modern woman and femininity. The metallic touches on the outfits were remarkably all handmade, showing just how much thought and work the designer puts into her creations.
Nothing drew in the crowd on Day Two quite like Kiki Kamanu and the retro style. The 70s inspired collection was nothing like the audience had ever seen on the runway. Graphic t-shirts with the slogan “Lagos is Life” paired with skirts were a breath of fresh air. The fashion week was marked with beauty and craftsmanship, giving us only the best of the Continent. The fashion week continues to reach its objectives as it helps designers network on a global level and tap into into foreign markets. The designers continue to represent the authenticity of Africa and its culture through its designs and practicality. This creates value for the Continent and helps sustain the design industry and expand on the existing opportunities to meet the growing base of new designers.