The city of Lagos, Africa’s style capital, welcomed designers from all over the continent for Heineken’s Lagos Fashion & Design Week 2017. At the four-day event, music met fashion with the collaboration between Orange Culture and one of Africa’s biggest music acts, Davido, for its SS18 collection, beauty and the beast made a cameo appearance for Mai Atafo, Maxhosa by Laduma provided some season appropriate intricate knit wear designs, Lisa Folawiyo teased with boxy silhouettes, Rich Mnisi made his brand ubiquitous by shuffling between LFDW and SAFW which ran simultaneously, Gozel Green served up an embodiment of a collusion between fashion, art and spunk; Agbani Darego, the former Miss World, walked for Andrea Iyamah.
Here are some takeaways from the Lagos Fashion & Design Week 2017 (#LFDW)
1. Asymmetric detailing
Great asymmetric detailing from designers like Dzyn, Gozel Green and the Lady who’s signature style is well rooted in this trend, Lisa Folawiyo; who opted for flattering light textured fabrics. A lot of questions follow a first look at designs from Gozel Green. Is it grunge, street, art, and could it be fashion? Maybe it’s a bit of all the above. Gozel Green’s ensemble portrays street-savvy and rebellion with the stamp of intricate layering, asymmetric detailing and always stays true to its artistic African roots.
2. Kaftans Tux
When 2 cultures come together in unison, the outcome is usually ground breaking. Mai Atafo has succeeded in seamlessly unifying European and African culture in form of a design he calls “Kaftan Tux”. The design was achieved from a merger between a Tuxedo and a Kaftan. To be worn with a formal shirt or bishop collar shirt or with nothing at all. A Trend alert? I sure hope so.
Tuned down colours seem to be catching on fast. This was expressed in some of the designs by Dzyn, StyleTemple and Moofa. Moofa delivered some amazing ruffled designs on tulle, sheer and applique. StyleTemple and Dzyn; two Abuja based fashion houses who revel in pastels and monochromes. Their designs are nothing short of fastidious, with great attention to detailing, clean cuts, fine lines and catchy aesthetics.
4. Laced up
This season saw the use of a lot of lace. Ranging from tulle, sheer and applique, incorporated into the collection of many designers. Lace was used for kimonos by 8th Wanda, glamorous gowns by Ejiro Amos Tafiri, and fringes from Sunny Rose, to cater for that modern woman seeking for ornate designs that drums up her sensuality.
Monochrome was a noticeable trend at the Lagos fashion & design week this season, as well as toned down colours; which begs the question, are we seeing a shift from the usually colourful and print laden runways, or is the Less is More trend at its peek this year?
P.O.C provided some clean cut African inspired Tunic and Kaftan designs in monochrome. We got schooled in versatility by Andrea Iyamah who gave us a feel of many of the apparent trends at the fashion week from her own SS18 collection. She had designs in Monochromes, pastels to palazzos, rompers, jumpers and the northern Fulani influenced raffia sombrero hats.
Photo Credit: Lagos Fashion & Design Week official website