Founded by Omoyemi Akerele – who took a leap from law into fashion – Heineken Lagos Fashion Week kicks off tomorrow, 24th October, for its eighth installment. Showcasing some of the continent’s finest designers, such as South Africa’s Jacques van der Watt of Black Coffee and Sandile Duke Mngadi of Clothe Your Soul, the four-day event, taking place in Oniru, will see the Pan African aesthetic take centre stage.
And, as Nigerian designers continue to make their mark in fashion within the continent and beyond, you may be looking to spruce up your wardrobe with a few of their pieces too.
Here are 5 Nigerian designers that should be on your radar:
This menswear brand merges African inspired style with contemporary design, with pieces that are suited for both formal and casual occasions and spaces. Innovation is key when it comes to the label, founded by Joseph O. Ike and Ola Akindeinde, who aim to redefine the notions of rigid masculinity.
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With Nigerian designer, Sisiano Paolo, at the helm, Sisiano has been making big waves since its first Lagos Fashion and Design week showcase in 2013. A textile designer and dancer, Paolo’s richly-coloured men and women’s line encapsulates movement with a touch of playfulness.
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LOST ARCHIVES AW18 This collection explores the mapway of our heritage and the information we have slowly let go off. The connecting dots of our lives as people, not losing value of the connections we have created to the earth. Straight lines, Curves, Dots all referencing different depths of individual connections making sure we stay rooted. Reviving Yesterday for nothing should truly be 'LOST' Look 1. Stephen of @bethmodelafrica Pictures from Our AW18 Presentation @lagosfashionweekofficial
Orange Culture Nigeria
Androgynous menswear clothing brand, Orange Culture Nigeria, pushes boundaries for the bold and fearless. The label, founded by Adebayo Oke-Lawal in 2011, sees gender fluidity meet bright-to-earth colours, and intricate structures.
Targeted at the unconventional man and woman, Emmy Kasbit’s designs are where clean and architectural cuts meet bold shapes and elegant African styles with a modern twist.
Kenneth Ize is a label and the namesake of a Lagos-born designer who intricately celebrates his cross-cultural experiences through fashion, while contributing to bringing the Nigerian aesthetic in to the world.
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