And just like that Heineken Lagos Fashion Week is over! From the anticipated Fashion Business Series (FBS) Speakers, to the various workshops, runway shows on and off-site, showrooms, Lagos Fashion Week 2019 was indeed a flurry of constant coordinated activity.
In collaboration with Essence Fashion House, Fashion Business Series rallied together key stakeholders from around the world for vital conversations on topics that range from Owning Our Culture, Cultural Sustainability and The Role Identity plays in fashion. FBS was well attended and continues to be a platform for industry leaders to share their wealth of knowledge and exchange innovative ideas that will raise the standards of the textile and apparel sector in general. This year’s theme Beyond Creativity -Africa Shaping Fashions Future was represented both on the runway and beyond. The experience centre had installations from Adara Foundation, Genesis House and Sunlight Collection (produced by SHF Trains beneficiaries at Nigeria Export Promotion Council’s HCDC). It was important to highlight the role fashion can play in the social-economic empowerment of women. The welcome area for guests also became a focal point for guests to raise more awareness of the need for us as an industry to reuse, repurpose and recycle.
Over 40 African designers showcased their SS20 collections at the Federal Palace Hotel, with a select few presenting their designs at various off-site locations. Fashion enthusiasts from around the world were regaled with designs from veterans like Orange Culture, Christie Brown, Lisa Folawiyo, Tokyo James, Odio Mimonet. Selly Raby Kane and Awa Meite also showed in Lagos for the first time. Relative newcomers such as Jermaine Bleu, BLOKE, Emmy Kasbit, Katungulu also worked hard to deliver a distinctive artistic expression specific to their brands.
#LagosFW remains constant in its role as gatekeeper of the African Fashion scene. During the excitement of this week, organisers ensure that designers had access to a wealth of information through various workshops and masterclasses. #LagosFW partners SheTrades added to this by organising workshops tailored to equipping women-owned businesses with tools for wealth creation and business growth. World-renowned publication Essence facilitated a panel session with fashion designers as part of the knowledge exchange activities for the week and Afrexim Bank in partnership with AFDB hosted a creative exchange workshop.
As with previous years, the Heineken VIP lounge was a hit. Guests enjoyed the experience before and during the shows. The was capped off with an electrifying after party.
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