On Day 1 of the Lagos Fashion Week Runway Shows (officially Day 2 of Lagos Fashion Week 2018), the following designers were billed to show their collections on the runway: The Dew Colleaction (Fashion For Mental Health), Russell Solomon (FF), Cynthia Abila (FF), Lagos Space Programme, Fruché, Back, Hephzibah, Ladunni Lambo, Kiki Kaman, Anyango Mpinga, Kiko Romeo, DNA by Iconic Invanity, Maxivive, Ejiro Amos Tafiri and Kelechi Odu.
THE DEW COLLECTIONThe Dew Collection was done in collaboration between Betty Irabor/Genevieve Magazine and other designers, including Mai Atafo. The pieces were flowery, with varied designs in reds, mustards and oranges.
There’s something so delicious about this elaborate bow. This is my favourite piece.
The Russell Solomon collection was filled with sporty pieces, some of the models walking in fros. There were transparent nylon jackets which reminded me of a sleeveless denim jacket, with cuts of transparent nylon that I had as a child.
The Cynthia Abila collection had the models strutting to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’. It was an interesting mix of traditional and modern pieces. There were clothes inspired by Rivers state traditional attire, with the quintessential ijaw head gear. There were also some English pieces in green. I particularly liked the one armed piece.
LAGOS SPACE PROGRAMME
The Lagos Space Programme Collection had models in slippers, super long waistcoat and pleated pants catwalking to space sounds as the soundtrack. One model wore a kilt, which was really nice. There were also overalls, round neck long sleeved shirts, super casual slippers and lovely pants. The collection played with stripes and other patterns. It was a deliciously casual collection.
The Fruché, collection had lovely jumpsuits. This collection played with slants, pairing blues and greens. One dress just had Edo beads. This collection played with the models strutting to Bastille’s ‘Fake It’.
This collection started with 2 women holding pestles. This line was a celebration of pop and Nigerian culture, with Nigerian jerseys with white bottoms and with elements from Ijaw and Edo cultures. Nack’s orange jumpsuit was definitely a winner.
Hephzibah was collection that had some oriental elements-layers, frills, purple hues and other features, with the models grooving to a Nigerian song that had the word ‘technology’. I saw a beautiful dress remniscent of Oscar De La Renta summer dress I have seen from last season. Lovely inspiration. Jessica Biel wore the Oscar dress in this postLADUNNI LAMBO
The blouses and skirts from this collection were filled with blues, stripes and ‘croppedness’. There was a mix of adire and aso oke, giving a slight traditional but equally modern vibe.
EJIRO AMOS TAFIRI
Ejiro Amos Tafiri’s collection was a kaleidoscope of colours with aso oke at it finest, lace material, silk/ satin and others, paired with aso oke inspired shoes and head wraps. Check out Ejiro Amos Tafiri from last year