Five Designers To Watch At Lagos Fashion And Design Week

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Five Designers To Watch At Lagos Fashion And Design Week

How did the Nigerian metropolis of Lagos become the fashion capital of Africa? For starters, there’s Maki Oh, the Lagos-based brand founded by Nigerian designer Amaka Osakwe, which has helped propel African fashion into the western spotlight after being worn by Michelle Obama and Beyoncé. There’s also Alara, the striking Lagosian concept store founded by Nigerian businesswoman Reni Folawiyo, which has championed African talent from the very beginning, stocking local designers alongside the likes of Raf Simons and Stella McCartney. And there is, of course, Lagos Fashion and Design Week, which since 2011 has established itself as the premiere fashion event in Africa.
This season, LFDW will run from October 25-28 at Eko Atlantic. Hailed as a celebration of a Pan-African fashion industry, the line-up will feature 50 fashion shows, alongside showrooms, after-parties, and discussion panels with business leaders and designers. Ahead of the shows, Vogue highlights five designers on our radar this season.

Maki Oh

Maki Oh designer Amaka Osakwe, who makes all of her clothes from start to finish in Nigeria, is celebrated for her bold prints and liberal application of raffia and silk fringing. Her signature is adire, a manual textile dyeing technique passed down by the Yoruba people of West Africa. This week, Africa’s most famous fashion brand will return to headline Lagos Fashion and Design Week after a critically acclaimed outing at New York Fashion Week last month.

Loza Maléombho

Born in Brazil and educated in America, designer Loza Maléombho established her brand in New York in 2009 before relocating the company to Côte d’Ivoire in 2012. With production entirely based in the West African nation, Maléombho’s designs inject ultra-modern cuts with a dose of Ivorian tribal aesthetics. Finding inspiration in the diversity of Côte d’Ivoire – where more than 60 distinct ethnic groups co-exist – Maléombho is just as likely to be influenced by a Zaouli mask as the catwalks of Paris, or the subcultures of New York. Already, she’s won over Beyoncé, who wore one of Maléombho’s designs in the video for Formation. Expect tribal prints with unexpected slits, futuristic cuts and hypnotic geometry, which can be found on Oxosi – the luxury e-tailer dedicated to made-in-Africa brands.

Lisa Folawiyo

Since establishing her label in 2005, Nigerian designer Lisa Folawiyo continues to carve out a unique niche for African design around the globe. Known for her fusion of modern western silhouettes and colourful African prints including ankara, Folawiyo counts, in addition to the dozens of Nollywood stars and Nigerian it-girls, western celebrities like Lupita Nyong’o, Lucy Liu and Solange Knowles as her clients. Preserving traditional embellishment techniques, local artisans meticulously craft every single Lisa Folawiyo creation by hand in a process that averages 240 hours from start to finish, winning the attention of stockists like Selfridges, Moda Operandi and Mytheresa.

Lisa Folawiyo

Since establishing her label in 2005, Nigerian designer Lisa Folawiyo continues to carve out a unique niche for African design around the globe. Known for her fusion of modern western silhouettes and colourful African prints including ankara, Folawiyo counts, in addition to the dozens of Nollywood stars and Nigerian it-girls, western celebrities like Lupita Nyong’o, Lucy Liu and Solange Knowles as her clients. Preserving traditional embellishment techniques, local artisans meticulously craft every single Lisa Folawiyo creation by hand in a process that averages 240 hours from start to finish, winning the attention of stockists like Selfridges, Moda Operandi and Mytheresa.

Imane Ayissi

Cameroonian designer Imane Ayissi, the son of a beauty queen and a champion boxer, began his career in fashion as a model, walking for the likes of Dior, Lanvin and Givenchy before coming into his own as a fashion designer. Fascinated by the idea of bricolage and known for his volume, movement, pleats and draping, Ayissi finds inspiration in dance – he was once a member of the Ballet National du Cameroun – and architecture. Regularly referencing the great couturiers, from Cristobal Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent to Azzedine Alaïa, Ayissi’s work elegantly joins the world of traditional African tribal art with Parisian couture. His creations are available made-to-measure through his e-commerce store.

Source : http://www.vogue.co.uk

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