The wait for Lagos Fashion Week 2018 SS19 was finally over and personally, it was all I expected and more! A Fashion Business Series Dinner kicked off the filled 4 day event. Tamu McPherson, Trevor Stuurman, and Daniel Hatton made up the panel of fashion business professionals. Day 1 of the runway shows kicked off with the street savvy Nack, ensuring we get enough to fill our athleisure needs; a “Printastic” day 2, with colourful couture in African prints from fashion week heavyweights Lisa folawiyo and Black Coffee; and Deola served us a “how to dress to an Owambe 101” on day 3.
Here are the trends for next Season according to Lagos Fashion Week 2018
Heap collars were something fresh on the men’s wears side of things. In a continent that sees more hot weather than cold, heap collars might seem out of place, but with the inconsistency of the weather nowadays, it’s no surprise we are seeing them on the catwalk. I’ve got to add though; I loved the print shirts JZO designed with heap collars.
The 70’s was an obvious influence on this year’s ss19 show. It easily felt like we were all transported some decades backward to the 1970’s. XII’s collection of wide legged pants and alluring minis, Rich Mnisi’s colourful and whimsical blouses and the punky Gozel Green’s overalls, all paid tribute to a time when fashion was colourful, youthful and flirtatious.
Graphic tee designs were definitely a highlight of fashion week. “Take what you need” t-shirt and the “something different from Lagos” hoodie in Kiki Kamanu’s collection is something that will definitely resonate with Lagosians. Maxivive on the other hand took a more risqué approach to things and honestly, I loved it! Orange crop sweater with the words “bad bitch no underwear” screen printed on it was (believe it or not) one of the least suggestive slogans on show from his collection. Graphic tees are apparels that certainly resonates with the Igeneration because as research suggests, they are high on self-expressiveness and freedom of speech. What other way to artistically express yourself than with a graphic tee.
Head pieces have always been an integral part of indigenous African fashion, but in recent times, folks have become more and more willing to try something different from the regular head tie they’ve grown to love, to more modern and crafty head pieces like fascinators and hats. Nkwo made head pieces from moving bags and they were eye catching. Ejiro Amos Tafiri on the other hand went with large bow head pieces which complimented the dresses really well. There were a variety of hats in the collection of Farouz and Green Access, including a fascinator, a visor and a bucket hat. You’ll surely need a hat to be considered stylish next season.
Looking at designs from Mai Atafo and Style Temple at the AMVCAs for Jennifer Alegieuno and Stephanie Coker respectively, it was easier to predict the appearance of deconstructed works at fashion week. Tokyo James, Emmy Kasbit, Style Temple made sure it wasn’t a one off; meaning deconstructed pieces are officially a thing!
Street Style designers like Kiki Kamanu, and TTYA gave this trend another lifeline and honestly, I’m not complaining.
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