Two days of real style as well as tacky and daring outfits. Fashion enthusiasts and designers were not stopping. Friday and Day 3 of Heineken’s LFDW had more fashion enthusiasts in attendance (owning to the fact that it marks the beginning of the weekend).
Nuraniya opened the night with star model, Uju Marshall Nwobodoh serving refreshing mustard look with green twists. The collection featured bright summer colors of mustard, teal, pink and blue. The pieces were accessorized with statement glasses, belts and bright colored face caps. Beverly Naya walked in a high slit black dress and gold arrow details at the slit area. Creative director and Stylist, Ify Onyido of the Iola brand held the Nigerian Western heritage as her show opened with a man beating the talking drum. Her pieces also featured models holding bags in form of talking drum, and dresses made of adire silk printed pieces. Nigerian brand, O’MILUA collaborated with European textile manufacturers, VLISCO. The pieces were reminiscent of what Nigerian women wore in the 60s. Patterned outfits, mature cuts, and Ankara scarves were prominent. Johnson Johnson’s show was more than a showcase. It was a mini-concert, wedding proposal and a night to remember. The collection was a mix of Nigerian traditional attire such as Agbada, Ijaw kaftan, and bespoke suits. The footwear brand KEEXS adored the feet of most sartorial look. Apart from notable media influencer, Noble Igwe serving two looks at the night (a suede cap and short sleeve white shirt, and white agbada with hausa cap). After the showcase, and during the finale walk, Ric Hassani sang his hit song, ‘Gentleman’ and models walked with roses in their hands towards the sitting area of his fiancé; Beata. The whole room went wild, and everyone applauded the couple. After a thrilled showcase by Johnson Johnson, models of Maybelline New York got on the runway in custom T-shirts, floral head bands, and pop color skirts, and one piece swimwear.
Drawing inspiration from Josep Font silhouettes, eponymous women label, Andrea Iyamah served a flirty, chic and sexy collection. Whites, Pinks, Peach, Burgundy, and Tan colors were utilized to present two pieces, cocktail dresses, jumpsuits and gowns. Senegalese designer, Sophie Zigna made a debut at LFDW. Her collection was an embodiment of Spring/Summer as it featured lace, floral motifs, on whites and laser lemon garments. From his recent showcase at South African Menswear Week, Laduma showcased his Xhosa inspired brand, Maxhosa. The collection featured Xhosa prints, tassel details and stripes all telling unique stories. He made three outfit additions to his showcase including an evening dress, and a one piece swimwear with tassel details. On making her debut last year, and also showcasing on Day 3 at LFDW, Destiny Nwadire has taken DNA by Iconic Invanity to another level. Feature of floral, splashed colors and mature silhouettes are some of the expectances from the 18year old designer, and that is what we got. The most striking feature of Lola Malezombo‘s showcase was her footwear. It was a doze of double strap sandals made of African print and textures. Grey served print on fluid materials, and gold puff sleeves showcasing the sensuality of a woman. Closing the night was Mai Atafo. Weddings by Mai Atafo, was his showcase at this year’s LFDW. He reminded all married couple in the room the feeling they had on the day of their wedding, and made the unmarried crave to tie the knot instantly. The presentation had two models in black and blue suits respectively, formal shoes and boutonniere adoring their left lapel. He played with colors and various textures in red, tan, black, olive green in velvet, cotton and damask of his suits and tuxedos, but there was no refreshing structure about the suits. The third segment featured Kaline Akinkugbe serenaded spectators as brides walked elegantly. The dramatic showcase ended with the grand bride, modeled by Tania Omotayo in a white gorgeous lace dress and studded tiara.
The frow (front row) was packed, and VIP guests were being moved to second and third row for ‘one starred’ guests. Four days of style, tailoring errors and sloppiness of models has come to an end. Similar to monochrome outfits showcased by Fruchè on Day 2, womenswear label, Akpos Okudu showcased a marriage of black and white. The marriage of both hues featured bold cutouts, dresses with tail details and clean finishes.
Sashed by Tia showcased bold cuts, with ruffs and alternative designs, and flirty open back cut; a flash back to the 90s.
House of Kaya served stylish head wrap pieces, mature cuts and exaggerated sleeves. It was mature and not in a boring way as lemons, pink and tan were the preferred colors.
Yefkir was the definition of a minimalist brand. Shawls and lemon and white colors made it chic and perfect for summer. Kenneth Ize opened with a white suit made of lace material. His showcase featured simple and laid back footwear and window pane fabrics. His pieces could have been designed better, but it was an averagely crafted collection. So much disappointment for the brand Ruff ‘n’ Tumble at their showcase. After the show was moved from Day 1 to Day 4, there was no clear concept for the showcase. Better put, the showcase was a waste of time. Ruff ‘n’ Tumble which clearly carters for kids and children between 0-16 had a 7-piece line up of old models in black t-shirts. The models wore a cotton T-shirt with monogrammed text and blue denim trousers.
The brand Nkwo stuns us every time, and this year wasn’t a miss-hit. Edginess and flirty with loads of sheer and flimsy fabrics were the order of the day.
Naked Ape by Shaldon Kopman had matching head wraps similar to the bottom of each look. Experienced designer, Bridget Awosika had a lot of ruffles, clear exposed shoulders of models, and white marked details on black coal tar (similar to Lagos roads). As showcased at South African Menswear Week, Orange Culture showcased his ‘School of Rejects’. With pop colors of red, blue and orange (which were from his OC x Dennis Osadebe collection).
Washington Roberts got on stage with well-crafted dresses in pink, blue and blacks each mostly of polished cotton fabric. Tsemaye Binite was pure perfection. Ropes, laces, patterns and three duplicate lemon outfits of different structure had the crowd in awe. Velvet was also a profound element in his collection. Kelechi Odu was the thirteenth designer to showcase last night. His collection titled, ‘Miocene Trap’ featured bold footwear with fringe, tassel, and both fringe and tassel details on the top area of each footwear.
Lanre Da Silva Ajayi made everyone’s night. Apart from her audacious collection, and collaboration with Vlisco, LDA opened her show with super model, Mayowa Nicholas strutting in a ruffle top and white palazzo pant. Her showcase playlist included; a funk of Mr Eazi’s skintight, and Flavour’s Fada Fada. Pinks, tans, and floral embellishment reminded all what couture means
Closing the night was Lisa Folawiyo Studios. After a fantastic showcase by LDA we all sat tight hoping to see another 2 minutes of pure craftsmanship but instead we saw 4 minutes of pure class. Fluid fabrics, print of print combinations, aso oke belt and her staple sequins made Lisa’s comeback to LFDW sensational.
We had a fun filled night, and look forward to Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2017.
Images – Kola Oshalusi
Written by Merhdor-Attah