Saturday at the Lagos Fashion Week 2018 tents was a day of amazingness, filled with my favourite designers, Deola Sagoe & Clan, Sisiano and Mai Atafo. Other designers billed to showcase their collections were Alara Emerge, Alara X Tan, Jermaine Bleu (FF)/Fayrouz Presents: Green Access XII, Elie Kuame, Tokyo James ,TTYA , Adama Paris, Gozel Green, Emmy Kasbit, Iamisigo, Eki Orleans, Maxhosa by Laduma, Meena, Nkwo, Maki Oh and Orange Culture.
JERMAINE BLEU FF
Jermaine Bleu FF was a bright male collection with a summery feel: shorts, playsuits, waist pouches, shorts and so forth. The collection also had proper suits as well.
FAYROUZ PRESENTS GREEN ACCESS
The Fayrouz Green Access Collection was a funky urban collection with unique green trousers, lovely playsuits and other ingenious urban pieces, using aso-oke. I particularly liked the playsuit.
Tokyo James was quite unique with its male and female pieces made from black leather and patent, as well as other materials and colours. There were also wintery feels with some of its jackets. Sheyi Shay also made an appearance on the runway in a leather dress and a bob.
The TTYA Collection was urban chic meets African print.
Sisiano (solo) – was nice, duh. It was of whites and yellows. There was a whiff of mediterranean in the air, with its fringed tunics. It reminded me of the Oscar de la Renta collection that Bella and Gigi modelled at New York Fashion Week 2019 Spring Summer collection. I liked a white baby pink and fuchsia get up.
I saw these plum mustard and orange pants- Bestest!
The x pleats also featured in this collection, as it was in the Mitsubuishi collection. I liked the softness of the whites. White is quite a beautiful colour and I have been wanting to do a post on white clothes, and it came to me as I watched this collection: The Versatility of White. So guys, watch out for this post.
Bt-dubs, I always like the music that accompanies Sisiano’s collections. The clothes the twins wore were my best. In my mind, they are Bella and Gigi.
The Eki Orleans collection consisted of Chiffon and ankara in dresses, skirts and pants. There were also Edo beads for head gear, head wraps, flared pants and dangly jewelry.
MAXHOSA BY LADUMA
This collection had super cool elements that I quite enjoyed and was wowed by. There was a general theme of mixing and matching patterns. I liked a black and white piece with leggings/stockings. Also, a patterned suit paired with all stars was quite eye catching. It was a pretty cool collection.
The Meena Collection reminded me that the runway show is like a dance, with models channelling their focus on to their moves even as the music directs the beat. The collection amplified the female form, with stoic pieces in both full length and shorter variants, puffy sleeves, mini skirts, shirt dresses and pants.
There were a couple of original pieces, such as this sleeveless masterpiece, and the blue puffy sleeve.
I loved how this model’s copper hair paired nicely with the green dress and gold shoes.
This collection was fantastic. I felt like I was one with the pieces.
I like the fact that the Nkwo Collection had such a great concept. Models walking barefoot like cattle running, in adire and other patterns, and with Chinatown totes as head gear. It seemed to chronicle a sojourn.
HOUSE OF DEOLA X CLAN
From Deola Sagoe and Clan, were fierce and glorious pieces, iridescent pinks and greens, fringing, frills and hi-low dresses in their majesty. I feel like anything Deola Sagoe touches turns to gold, and this collection surely was a joy.
This is my favourite piece actually
Emmy Kasbit’s Collection was indeed ‘FIRE’, as he predicted in his interview on the blog, with the line showcasing cropped blazers, fine linen pieces and other corporate pieces made from English as well as African fabrics, but tailored and modeled with a manifestly African vibe!
Mai Atafo’s Collection started fabulous, with greys, oranges, olive greens, tans and other stand-out colours, with models sashaying to tunes provided by an amazing drummer and and a vituoso violinist. This is one collection that culminates in shaping Africa’s future, with its remarkable tailoring over its blazers, play suits, signature pockets and veils, flared and pleated pants, and other unique detail.
This was one showcase I wished would not end was so wowed, I had issues picking my favourite piece. Mai was really on another level and stuff. This collection was a masterpiece, with rich and tropical. My only ever so slight issue was with the way the model rocked the sailor dress that closed the collection. I feel like it could have been worn with more attitude and soigné.
The violinist reached a crescendo and all the models walked back in slow mo. This was my best moment of the night!
Maki Oh had some pieces from her New York Fashion Week 2019 Spring Summer Collection (SS19), which was inspired by a variety of elements in bukas and joints, The models also wore kito sandals as in NYFW , and Yagazie Emezi and Ojy Okpe modelled for the collection.
Orange culture closed Fashion week with an explosion of colour and patterns. The models wore plastic hats and their faces were spray painted. Every piece of clothing was beautiful, representing the androgynous brand. All the models came one after the other and froze in time with limited light, before the hall’s full lights came on, exposing the colours in their fullness. Everyone that was outside before this collection came in, in anticipation of its amazingness. Music was not left out of it, as Falana wowed the audience with a rendition, closing the collection, as Adebayo Oke-Lawal took his final bow.
What was your overall favourite piece from Lagos Fashion Week 2018
Who is your favourite designer for 2018