If Guaranty Trust Bank is known for anything, it is its super conceptual approach to things and its remarkable architecture for every one of its numerous branches. Little wonder the GT Bank Fashion Weekend architecture was set to give the Oxford Street ambience .
Palm trees and comfy seats were positioned by the lawn, with a good many stalls showcasing adire and ankara, painted tee shirts as well as beads and other jewelry outside the fashion weekend building.
Even the interior design seemed to foster enterprise even more, with an array of vendors surpassing those were outside, by the grass. Social media influencers such as Denola Grey and Cassie Daves also gave out utility cards as the weekend approached to enable lucky winners shop! There were also moveable ATM machines for family members to tap into to enjoy the weekend as they shopped.
The vendors on showcase included Sas Textiles, Shop Omowunmi, Twice as Nice, BMPRO, Kinabuti, Ejiro Amos Tafiri, Xclamations!, Grey, Zaron, Raya and so many others
The energy I got from GT Bank Fashion Weekend was more of a shopping and having a good time with family, as opposed to a strong I-want-to-breathe-the-air-of-fashion-vibe, which was also cool.
There were fashion presentations, including Samuel Noon’s who showcased his collection at #LFDW. I was also keen to see Ejiro Amos Tafiri’s second showcase coming up on day 2, because I loved her collection at #LFDW.
The first day featured Speakers such as Ty Bello, Jay Alexander, Rebecca Osei Badoo, Vanessa Kingori and others who taught masterclasses on a variety of subjects.
The legendary Jay Alexander was super fun while giving strutting lessons, while Ty Bello talked about how her pictures take on a painted look because of her passion for painting. She basically emphasised that an aspiring photographer must be clear on why they want to go into photography
The runway showcases featured Tracy Reese, Lanre Da Silva, Taibo Baca, Ituen Basi, Mimi Plange and Meena
Tracy Reese’s collection featured bright colours of pink and orange as well as some purple, blacks, greens and some flowery patterns and shimmery fabric with the models’ hair in buns. There were a couple of flared pants and elements of fringing in some of the dresses and the jewelry
Lanre Da Silva Ajayi’s Grand Summer collection featured elegant dresses in their quintessential flowery style. Some dresses were in shades of champagne and some in gold, with models having their hair adorned with beautiful bows. They strutted to Davido’s ‘If I Tell You Say I Love You oh’. Other dresses were purple, and few were dark green. There was also some shimmer in the collection. Ozinna Anumudu, owner of the Style Concierge also modeled for LDA.
Taibo Baca had a lot of black dresses, red and green. The burnt orange pieces really spoke to me😊 Plus the models on this collection had a manifest Africanness to them, especially because of the way their hair was styled, the gold accented jewelry and the way they carried themselves. There was a slight ‘Coming To America’ vibe.
Mimi Plange was alright, I guess. There was a some multi coloured fabric and leather jackets.
Meena collection featured blacks, blues and army greens. There were also gold dresses, and the models had a slightly fierce vibe
Ituen Basi’s collection featured a lot of fringing, some colour blocking and talking tees.
This concludes my day 1 update.
What was your favourite part of day 1😊