Africa’s premier fashion show, ARISE Fashion Week (AFW), is back in Lagos on March 30th to April 2nd at the Lagos Continental Hotel (formerly Intercontinental Hotel).
As announced, to kick off the three-day event on the morning of Saturday, March 31, the fashion extravaganza will have the distinction of showcasing the first Supermodel Masterclass ever to be held in the country, an ARISE Fashion Mentoring and Bootcamp, United Nations Special event, representatives of the federal government meeting with key designers, and The Showcase that will be anchored by Banke Kuku.
Later in the day featured some of the best internationally acclaimed designers: LaurenceAirlines from Cote d’Ivoire and Paris, known for establishing a new space for contemporary African fashion across the globe as well as young South African designer,Thebe Magugu, whose craftsmanship and attention to design have garnered worldwide recognition.
Day 1 also featured styles from Canadian designer, Aurora James, the UK’s very own singer and performer, Nigerian-born Tinnie Tempah, celebrated Tanzanian designer, Mustafa Hassanali, Orapeleng Modutle and KLûK CGDT, both from South Africa. KLûK CGDT has participated in every ARISE show.
From Nigeria are Funke Adepoju, Clan, Vonne Couture, About That Curvy Life Collective, Andrea Iyamah, Style Temple, Okunoren Twins, Ituen Basi and Lanre Da Silva Ajayi.
Day 2 highlighted designers offering luxurious and unique styles. From Germany, Sarah Duah was featured on the catwalk, along with Koki Kamala from Botswana, Amine Bendriouich from Morocco, and South African-born designer and ARISE original, Gavin Rajah who regularly shows at the Paris Fashion Week graced the runway with his glamorous, yet refined designs.
Again from Nigeria will be Grey, Abaya Lagos, Taryor Gabriel, Ilare, House of Divas, Lagos, Ziva, Lagos, Tzar, Kimono Kollection, Mai Atafo, Tsemaye Binitie, Jewel by Lisa and Tiffany Amber.
Day 3 of AFW 2018 boasted leading designers from both the UK and U.S. Self-taught designer, known for dressing Cardi B, Rihanna and Beyonce, Laquan Smith, made his way back to Lagos from the U.S., to showcase his custom-made, bare-to-there fashion. He was joined by Ghanaian-British fashion designer, Ozwald Boateng, most known for the transformational impact he’s had on menswear fashion for almost three decades.
The day also displayed designs from South African designers Maxhosa by Laduma, Rich Mnisi and Lakhanyo Midingi, while Nigerian icons included Moofa, Dzyn, House of Nwocha, Maxivive, Sunny Rose, Tokyo James, Maki Oh, Gozel Green, Bridget Awosika, Ere Dappa, Odion Mimonet and Deola Sagoe.
As is the custom, the best of these will be selected to showcase their designs during the New York Fashion Week (NYFW) in September this year.
See more photos from the events below
Day 3- Noami Campbell graced the runway wearing a creation for KLUK CGDT at ARISE fashion week