Organizers of Africa Fashion Week Nigeria (AFWL) are working round the clock to ensure a classy and sassy fashion show on May 23rd and May 24th at Eko Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. This year, the team is also introducing education segment at the Fashion Week. Speaking at a press conference in Lagos, Ms Ronke Ademiluyi, founder Africa Fashion Week London and Africa Fashion Week Nigeria said, they intend to delve into education this year.
“Most young designers don’t realize that there are so many different aspects to the fashion industry aside from the runway, red carpet or who wore the best. The education in fashion seminar will be delivered by a Brand Management/ Retail Management outfit with over 20 years’ experience working in Europe and the USA.”
The inaugural edition of Africa Fashion Week Nigeria, took place at the Eko Hotel in May 2014. The event showcased over 30 young, budding designers to a global audience.
“We also had veteran designer, Abba Folawiyo, and established designers Zizi Cardow and Ade Bakare showcasing at the epoch making event, to further inspire young designers. Patrons at the occasion were late Chief Molade Okoya Thomas, Sen. Daisy Danjuma, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, Princess Fifi Ejindu, and Chief Opral Benson.”
AFWL/AFWN is produced by Sola Oyebade of Mahogany Productions. Among the names of some designers for the 2015 fashion week are:
Adebayo Jones: The London-based designer, is renowned for creating his own fabrics and presenting the most lavish and luxurious collection of gowns.
King Hakbal: King Hakbal as a brand was put together to cater to every king at heart who is simple, stylish and most importantly classy.
Marco Martinez: Marco Martinez, an urban life style brand was created in 2002 by creative designer, Paul Ade- Martins, while he was in his fourth year at the University of Lagos.
Souza Fashion: Souza is a budding Nigerian women’s wear brand established in 2010 by Accounting graduate Francisca Da- Souza. The designer creates designs that try to cater to different styles for different women providing both ready to wear and haute couture pieces.
J Reason: Jreason is a brand that caters for both sexes, founded 3yrs ago by Jide Adedeji. The brand’s resolve is to design looks for the young and daring teenager with an appeal for trends, style and class.
À s à k é o g é: Designs and produces limited edition ready to wear and one-off garments for the fashion-forward woman. The couture collection usually features exotic African animals and scenery hand painted with jewel embellishments .
Anuba couture: Anuba Couture is a high profile fashion brand, which started 8years ago, with an aim to reinvent style as a whole.
Lines by Chaab: The Lines by Chaab label is known for sexy, classy and timeless pieces. LBC is dedicated to creating fashion trends. Its style ranges from youthful and free-spirited to mature and sophisticated.
Ovems fashion: Ovemsfashion originated from Vovwe Omoko’s passion to make clothes that interpret aesthetics and speak class.
Omaemihe: OmaEmihe is the growing clothing line label of DACsignature brands. Their clothing appeals to the sophisticated and classy, the dramatic and edgy, the simple, the peppy, etc.
Written BY Christy Anyanwu for Sun News Online.com