As one of Africa’s most anticipated fashion events, the revamped Lagos Fashion Week AW18 show stood up for all the hype and expectations surrounding the show, with some of the most Influential Nigerian fashion houses showcasing some very optimistic and colourful designs; the kinds that has become synonymous with the event. We’ve provided you with a guide to the Lagos Fashion Week AW18 Trends.
Originality and imagination stood out again in the collection from Gozel Green, re.lagos came blazing with flaming blouses, and Maxivive gave the spectators a little to talk about as drag queens and bearded ladies walked the runway in their designs.
Here are the Lagos Fashion Week AW18 Trends
All Black Everything
The models for Onalaja walked onto the runway with their hair packed back in a ponytail and clad in all black ensembles. The collection consisted of an off the shoulder feathered mini, sparkly slip dresses and a pair of high waist wide legged pants matched with a peplum blouse that can serve as a great evening wear for any formal outing. Brocade was the fabric choice for Maureen Okogwu Ikem, the creative director of Sunny Rose, for her black look; creating an elegant two piece long skirt and blouse with the fabric.
what’s my favourite colour of the season? Why stick with one colour when I can get a multi-coloured hip look? Does that make me Oliver Twist or maybe I just love the look of a rainbow? Kenneth Ize showcased a colourful ensemble with some standout multi-coloured striped jackets. There was also this re.lagos multi coloured strip sleeveless mini that also caught my eye on the runway.
AsoOke, a thick and shiny African Fabric was also a favourite at this year’s Lagos Fashion Week Autumn/Winter show. Mo Agusto had fun with this fabric by using different shades to create designs over satin dresses. I personally loved the burgundy AsoOke slip mini from Mo Agusto. Kenneth Ize made multi-coloured scarves out of this fabric. A fun accessory for a cold weather, especially those looking to add some African highlight to a cold season gear.
Ogugua Okonkwo created some single hue designs for Style Temple in purple and red. The most talked about piece from her Autumn/winter collection was definitely the all red dress that spread out wide, with a flat front and back, making it seem like it was worn over a pannier support structure. They were all the rage around, and for a good reason especially for nailing such an intricate technique. A host of other designers like re.lagos, and Onalaja indulged in this trend.
Bayo Oke-Lawal , created a confluence of western trends with African cultures in his Orange Culture AW18 collection that incorporated Western styles and trends like Palazzos and Trench Coats with African inspired fabrics and pallets. Paolo Sisiano might have swayed a little from his usual brightly coloured collections but the fluidity and his love for ruffles could not be mistaken. His collection featured Palazzos for the male and female Sisiano collections in ash and brown colours respectively.
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