Top 10 Designers At The Lagos Fashion And Design Week 2017


Top 10 Designers At The Lagos Fashion And Design Week 2017

By Njideka Akabogu

One of the first things you observe when you start working in fashion (especially in Nigeria) is that there is more phoney than real. Often times, you see people with zero talent presented like they’re the best thing to ever happen, simply because they’re friends with the “right people”, have the prerequisite foreign accent and enough confidence to sell rubbish as art.

So it was pleasantly surprising the amount of substance that the designers who showcased at the just concluded Lagos Fashion and Design Week actually had.

Of course, it wasn’t devoid of a few ‘What The Hells’ – like P.O.C.‘s very lazy and unimaginative collection that had half the audience (who are the designer’s friends) clapping and cheering. There was also Kinabuti whose pieces had me thinking, ‘What in the ugliness is going on?’ and Maxivive‘s rather unfortunate collection.

But I’m going to just focus on the good because most of the designers were really really good.

This year’s theme was Africa: Shaping Fashion’s Future and the designers made an effort to Africanize their pieces as much as they possibly can with small or conspicuous details. For instance, there was a reoccurring aso-oke theme that ran across a number of collections, and it made such a beautiful sight – reminding everyone how rich our heritage as Africans really is.

Everyone who showcased brought their A game – or at least tried. And there were so many beautiful collections but of the 53 designers that presented, here are our favourite 10.

Christie Brown

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By Osagie Alonge

A HiphopWorld reporter in front of the La Cachette premises which is under going renovations

Contrary to news going around that pop star 2face Idibia has acquired the popular night club and hang out spot La Cachette, his management Now Muzik has denied it, saying it’s false.

A few hours ago, the news broke on popular journal HiphopWorld Magazine‘s website that 2face had bought the club located on Oduduwa Way in GRA Ikeja for an undisclosed fee and is to be managed by a certain Dotun who is said to be a former worker at another GRA located upscale bar-lounge The Place.

However, according to a Now Muzik rep, the news is as bogus as silicone implants. ‘2face has not acquired La Cachette, and has no investments there too‘, Don T told our reporter in a phone conversation.

NET has also gathered that it is actually Dotun (who is very close friend of 2face) that has acquired the club. ‘Dotun actually bought the club over some time ago and is renovating the building to re-launch it under another name‘, a close source told NET.

Our source who would rather remain anonymous says Dotun is already having problems dealing with the rumours about 2face acquiring the club. ‘Everybody wants to overbill him and even the State’s agencies are not helping matters as they have raised the cost for the land revenue amongst other things‘.

The on-going situation has inspired Dotun to name the club ‘Rumours’ as he is tired of the false news being spread around. ‘I’m just tired of what’s going on. People keep saying 2face owns the place‘, Dotun tells NET.

But Dotun has greater problems to deal with as the premises of the club sealed off by the State Government. ‘I’m trying to get all this sorted out. Hopefully I will‘, Dotun told our reporter at just outside the club’s premises.

NET also gathered that the residents are behind the sealing off of the club as they are fed with the noise and other club attractions.

The residents in the neighbourhood don’t want the place opened again for obvious reasons‘, a source who works close by told our reporter.

Photo Credit: HipHopWorld Magazine

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Christie had, arguably, the most brilliant collection of 2017 Lagos Fashion and Design Week. In all my years of oogling at collections, I’ve never seen a better play with textures, prints and structures.

A single outfit for instance had a mix of velvet, different ankara prints all perfectly layered and topped up with a shirt collar. Genius!

Every single piece the Ghanaian designer showcased was very well thought out.

Gert-Johan Coetzee

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By Osagie Alonge

After the infamous article with D’banj stirred mega controversy in the Nigerian entertainment world, Ebony Magazine have gone ahead to correct the controversial statements allegedly made by the Mo’Hits boss.

Ebony had published an interview with D’banj on March 12, 2012 where he talked about breaking into the US market, signing up and working with G.O.O.D Music but what stood out in the 500-plus word interview was the entertainer suggesting full ownership of the Mo’Hits label and also claiming the responsibility of signing the label’s acts including Kay Switch, Dr. SID, Wande Coal, D’Prince and Don Jazzy himself.

In the original interview D’banj was quoted as saying ‘Coming from Africa I’m my own manager, I have my own label called Mo’ Hits with my artists Dr. Sid, Wande Coal, Don Jazzy, D’Prince and K-Switch. I own Mo’ Hits and we’ve won numerous awards by the grace of God‘.

The interview threw the Nigerian media into a frenzy with fans of the Mo’Hits crew chastising D’banj for uttering such. It only added to the on-going controversy between the label bosses who are on the verge of an irreconcilable separation.

But a day later, a spokesperson for D’banj reportedly told a popular blogger Linda Ikeji, the musician never said such, promising to reach out to the Magazine to correct the ‘errors’.

Ebony Magazine never issued an apology, but the article has been corrected.

The updated version now reads ‘Coming from Africa, I’m my own manager, I co-own a label called Mo’ Hits with Don Jazzy and we represent artists Dr. Sid, Wande Coal, D’Prince and K-Switch. I own Mo’ Hits and we’ve won numerous awards by the grace of God.

The Ebony website did not state that the article had been updated, and the editors did not claim responsibility for the earlier ‘error’ nor did they apologise. They did not respond to our enquiries on the subject.

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Largely popularised by South African media personality, Bonang Matheba and more recently, embraced by Toke Makinwa and Stephanie Coker, Gert-Johan Coetzee made his official debut in Nigeria at LFDW 2017 and it was a grand one.

Top model, Tarmar Adebotu opened the show wearing an exquisite off-the-shoulder bodysuit tucked into a sheer detailed skirt, accessorising with a white faux fur shawl.

She made way for even more elaborate pieces that came in white, peach, pink, nude and black.

The collection was sexy, glam and very feminine. An absolute winner!

Style Temple

Introducing the collection, the designer, OG Okonkwo said it was inspired by women like her mother and her who are fierce when life forces them to be. The collection stayed true to those words – it was a perfect blend of soft and fierce.

Power suits in soft colours, a sheer skirt matched with a white tee shirt, and a model who suffered a nip slip (that in hindsight might have been intentional) but saw it through to the end.

OG has never disappointed and this collection wasn’t an exception.

Meena

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By Osagie Alonge

Kimma Wreh

Tekays Designs, a retailing Fashion house in Houston, Texas invites everyone to come display exhuberant hues for their spring collections fashion show.

This colorful collection will be showcased at the African Ball hosted by Culturally Yours on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at the Marriott Hotel, The Rose Garden Ballroom, 2900 Briarpark Dr, Houston TX 77042.

Creative director of TeKay Design Ms. Kimma Wreh says ‘A very important aspect of human visual experience is color’. ‘Color is powerful! Colors are fraught with symbolism, and cultural influences there is also a physiological affect when color is applied…’

For the spring season, TeKay Designs has introduced an ethnic-wear evening line of colourful sexy tops, skirts and dresses designed for the woman who is not afraid to show her curves. The garments are made with Aso-ake fabric, hand woven in Nigeria, and infused with gorgeous laces, trims, and scarves. The Aso-ake fabrics are limited edition and some are one of a kind.

In addition, TeKay Designs offers an ethnic casual and semi-formal collection of multicoloured jumpsuits, jackets, skirts, tops, and dresses made of Ankara fabrics and adorned with trims. Lifestyle trends can be influenced by social-cultural changes, such as artistic movements. ‘As a tribute to African culture I’ve incorporated colorful hand woven kente fabrics into my line of bridal gowns. Today’s brides are demanding cultural elements that complement traditional European style wedding dresses‘ states Kimma Wreh.


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It’s been 7 years she stepped out on her own from beneath the wings of Ituen Basi and in those seven years, Uju Offiah has continued to grow in her craft. Her outing at LFDW was a testament to that.

There was something so effortless and captivating about the pieces. The colours, the simple cuts, the cinched waists and the prints all had more than a few heads nodding.

Titi Belo

I was screaming YASSSS! all through Titi Belo’s show.

It was young, fresh and hella sexy! Denims, corduroys, white tees, green flared dresses, pinafores, playsuits and more – every look banged!

Tiffany Amber Culture

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By Tosin Olakotan

Qhue Concept and Urbanmen ENT yesterday announced plans to host an annual men’s pageant called ‘Mr Universe Nigeria’.

The producers say there’s hoping ‘to give Nigerians the biggest annual event on the Nigerian calendar, boasting of an array of sensational contestants, creative directors, music artistes and renowned brand sponsors’.

Full details of the competition are yet to be made available, but we’re told Mr Universe Nigeria is an annual event holding in different Nigerian cities.

‘It’s a chance to be proactive rather than reactive to Nigeria’s tourism potentials on the global level’, the organisers say.

The debut edition kicks off in Lagos from June 4, with 25 of Nigeria’s ‘sexiest and most intelligent young men’ competing

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Considering that the brand wasn’t listed in the show schedule, Tiffany Amber made a very huge splash when they were surprisingly announced to showcase their Culture line.

Exaggerated sleeves on iro and buba, coats, kimonos, tench coats with fur details on the sleeves, all in rich prints and colours made for a winning outing.

Andrea Iyamah

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By Tosin Olakotan

Qhue Concept and Urbanmen ENT yesterday announced plans to host an annual men’s pageant called ‘Mr Universe Nigeria’.

The producers say there’s hoping ‘to give Nigerians the biggest annual event on the Nigerian calendar, boasting of an array of sensational contestants, creative directors, music artistes and renowned brand sponsors’.

Full details of the competition are yet to be made available, but we’re told Mr Universe Nigeria is an annual event holding in different Nigerian cities.

‘It’s a chance to be proactive rather than reactive to Nigeria’s tourism potentials on the global level’, the organisers say.

The debut edition kicks off in Lagos from June 4, with 25 of Nigeria’s ‘sexiest and most intelligent young men’ competing


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Andrea Iyamah didn’t come to play. She started by teasing us with a variety of beautifully detailed chic and sexy pieces in vibrant prints and colours, then went on to wow us with her dreamy bridal collection worn by beautiful models with Agbani Darego leading the pack.

Elie Kuame

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By Olamide Jasanya

Words are indeed not enough to describe the beauty of Waje’s new concept – the rising singer last week, unveiled a plan to reward talented graphic designers who participate in her unique ‘Album Art Competition’.

Pictures of the gifted singer have been released on facebook, twitter and other social networking sites for intending competitors to design a cover for her soon to be released album.

Waje’s looking for the cover that’ll most befit her upcoming debut album – and she’s convinced the answer is out there – in the hands of thousands of young designers looking for an opportunity to be seen and heard ; just like she was only a few years back.

She says the designs will be judged based on Creativity, Originality and Precision of design.

The eventual winner gets a chance to win up to $1000 (over N150,000) and be a part of the team that’ll design the eventual cover.

All designs are to be sent to art4waje@gmail.com and the competition officially started on Saturday, March 10, 2012.

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Elie Kuame’s pieces came in champagne gold, blue, burgundy and more. His fabric choices were amazing and so were the designs.

There were dress coats, blazers with slightly puffed up sleeves, thigh high slits, sheer details and more. The Parisian designer put in work.

8th Wanda

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By Victor Obot

Sarah Ofili

The ‘Bashorun Gaa Versus‘ album concert ruled Lagos last Sunday. And, characteristic of those who run this town, everyone came out looking all fab and gorgeous – well, almost everyone!

Check out some celebs our photographer’s lens caught…

Sarah Ofili
Labi
Yvonne ‘Vixen’ Ekwere
Donna Diva
Ikechukwu
Vector
Solid Star
Wande Coal
Zaki Adzee
ID Cabasa
Tee Y Mix

Check out more photos on the slideshow below…

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It was my first time of seeing 8th Wanda and I was greatly impressed, even more so as an avid believer in oversized clothes.

Everything sat well with me – the very wide-legged pants, the big tops accessorised with beads, the neutrals, white and black colour palette. A very laid-back and chic collection.

Bridget Awosika

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By Osagie Alonge

Popular Nigerian highlife singer-producer Martins Okey better known as J Martins has signed a management deal with power house, talent management company Now Muzik.

Martins joins the likes of 2Face Idibia, T.W.O, Sunny Neji and Timi Dakolo who are also signed to the management company.

Basically, JMartins needs a management team that can plan his itinerary and tours and engagements. We had a meeting and we just hit it off right away. He’s a super talented artiste‘, says Tony Anifite, COO of Now Muzik.

Martins who has released two albums ‘Get Serious’ and ‘Elevated’ is set to release his third installment ‘Selah‘ (which is Hebrew for ‘Pause and think’) in a few weeks. The album according to his new management will contain 12 tracks.

The bar has been raised. So I believe it is time for us to pause and think on ways to generally up our game‘, says Martins.

The singer tied the knot with his wife fiancée Nnezi Diana Mbila in January 2012.

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Queen of the motifs, white shirts and silk blouses, Bridget stayed true to her signature and wowed while at it. The tailoring was exquisite – just like we’ve come to expect from her.

Worthy Mentions: DZYN (asymmetric hemlines, dramatic sleeves, floral details et al), Emmy Kasbit (I loved, loved loved what he did with aso-oke), Orange Culture (the silk fabric, the presentation, the youthfulness of it all), Moofa (if I had one more space on my list, Moofa will definitely be my pick) Moagusto (another fave!).

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