Runway shows for Lagos Fashion Week 2018 opened last night 25th October 2018 with Anyango Mpinga winning hearts!
Lagos Fashion Week 2018 (LFW 2018) kicked off to a slow start this year but it quickly made up for that with a line up that left us looking forward to what day 2 will bring. Anyango Mpinga made a first time appearance at the LFW 2018 and easily won hearts with what was easily the most stunning collection for the night.
The show touched on mental health with Betty Irabor’s carefully curated collection with some top designers. Titled ‘The Dew Collection’, what the collection represented was powerful and strong! After revealing her battle with depression, Irabor did well identifying with this.
The first for the night was The Dew Collection by Genevieve Magazine’s Betty Irabor sponsored by Patrick Ayanski. It was done in collaboration with Mai Atafo, Uju Estello, Toju Foyeh, DZYN, House of Nwocha, Ladybellionaire, Ejiro Amos Tafiri, House of Kaya, Style Temple and Needlepoint. It was a cohesive collection of bold sultry prints with intricate embellishments. The Uju Estello pieces featured pretty drapery, embellished maxi dresses with an attitude and jumpsuits.
House of Nwocha brought gaping slits on co-ords, with Toju Foyeh exploring dipped hem – that was a major trend on the runway!
Russell Solomon kept the tempo with PVS coats/jackets and inserts exploring relaxed fits, tapered pants and androgyny for the womenswear pieces. The collection was straight to the point good without a fuss!
Cynthia Abila explored ruched detailing, frilly shorts, drapery and stripes with African prints.Newcomer Lagos Space Programme (LSP) was so good! The unconventional collection featured dense coats, men’s wrap bottoms and more interesting pieces. Fruche didn’t disappoint with aso oke – another hit on the runway, putting an eye catching beaded caged dress in a collection featuring deconstructed shirts and details on uniquely customized prints.
Nack brought sporty casual with an interesting edge. Hephzibah explored sheer bodycon, ruffled pleats and intricate embellishment.
Ladunni Lambo brought her aso-oke game with pearl details with JZO going unconventional as per usual. For Kiki Kamanu, again dipped hem were on parade with accordion pleats. The show wouldn’t have been complete if Kiki didn’t do her dramatic walk down the runway (with choreographers in tow this time, guess to what music? Of Course Drake’s! “We love Kiki” See what we did there?)
Anyango Mpinga won our hearts! Kiko Romeo was a unisex collection exploring batik/tie & dye – another trend on the runway. Iconic Invanity came with collections for NEKA Youth and DNA and it was the beaded fit on blocked colours as per usual; absolutely no surprises.
Maxivive made a strong statement with same sex marriage! Bold graphics, daring styles were the highlights of his out of the box presentation.
Kenneth Ize wrapped up the show with easily the most creative menswear collection there is! Think 70’s flared pants, details on shirts, jacket; who says menswear had to be boring? Ize showed the most detailed menswear collection to wrap up the night.