Although fashion evolves and the styles of fashion enthusiasts also change, the last place one expects to see changes made is the runway of a fashion show, most especially a not-so-good change. What used to be a compact setting with seats in the middle pit area of the venue, was a bland stage. The second aspect that irked a lot of enthusiasts was the Ruff ‘n’ Tumble showcase where children were to strut the runway was also cut out.
The problems which irked so many were quickly forgotten with Belois Couture opening the runway by 8:02pm. The collection featured flirty and nifty pieces comprising of pink, red and green tones. The creative director Omon, showcased how to be sexy with colors and not just earth tones. The second show by Wanger Ayu was a mini-concert as singer Waje performed her 2014 hit song; Omini Knowest after the designers’ bow, clad in a Wanger Ayu dress. The eponymous collection on the other hand could be referred to as perfect for summer vibes. It featured pinks and blues embellished with rose embroidery, chiffon, minimal patterns and checks. Chic is more than perfect to describe the collection. The collection which had spectators up on their feet and hands constantly smashing together could be dubbed the best collection of the night. Warm color palettes of gray and wine, twister tops and floral knits were the order of the night, up until the last piece which featured a dress with silver shoulder embellishments.
Blue lights came on with upbeat music and models strutting in African edgy pieces. The TITI Bello brand featured a 12-piece collection with models walking effortlessly in 4-inch heels.
Latasha Ngwube of About that Curvy Life collaborated with Ma Bello Clothiers, Aisha Abu-Bakr, Assian, Tobi Ogundipe of Tosfa. The plus-size collection quickly stole the hearts of many with minimal and rough cuts for curvy women.
T.I. Nathan had a ‘bleh’ showcase judging from his SS/15 soliloquy collection which featured blood stains and large roses. The designer had a cliché collection with vibrant colored blazers, overcoats and tuxedos. Clean cuts, but mundane looks as no piece stuck out in our minds. The designer majorly packed his showcase with popular models including star model; Kelvin Godson.
Rayo gave a different feel to the night. A mix of nomadic, wayfaring and minimal cuts accessorized with tassel crafted hats.
Kinabuti let the majority of fashion designers and enthusiasts down. Although many over-estimated, expecting a sequel of her SS15, this excitement was cut short with simple mixture of season and culture (winter and summer) shown through shawls, cotton and fur coats. The collection was collaborated with indigenous Nigerian sneaker brand, Keexs.
Similar to his Glitz Fashion showcase, the Tokyo James brand served ethical with perfect tailored vests, perforated blazers, daring footwear, crew neck t-shirts and wild accessories which were combined perfectly.
Sisiano won the hearts of many, similar to his last year’s showcase. Perfect cuts, flirty clothing architecture with appropriate details, dresses extending covering the mouth, and frails. Designer extraordinaire, Lanre Da Silva Ajayi collaborated with Holland textile manufacturers, Vlisco. Closing the night with a bang was DZYN (pronounced design) presented rough bows, warm colors and exaggerated back gowns.
The night which started with a slow pace, was quickly forgotten. For Day 2, we look forward to Bubu Ogisi’s IAMISIGO, Ejiro Amos Tafiri and Maxivive.
Images: BellaNaija, Lagos Fashion and Design Week
Written by Merhdor-Attah