Africa’s New Stage

« Fashion, in reflection of the world it emulates, is bigger than it has ever been. Previously delegated to a select few, its borders have expanded beyond the conventional fashion capitals to include new and exciting territories to discover. With that new recognition, thriving sartorial hubs have stepped up to claim their stake in the fashion rat race, none more eager than the acclaimed culture capital of Nigeria, Lagos. Estimated at 21 million people (that’s almost 3 times more than New York City) and a rising country wide GDP of over $500 billion, the city stands as one to watch among the continental fashion sect and is steadily propelling its international clout with advances in manufacturing and textile development. returned to the buzzing metropolis last year for Lagos Fashion and Design Week to uncover what over 50 designers from around the continent had to offer for the new season. What we found was more expansive than what we expected – developed retail spaces like Alara and Temple Muse that blended seamlessly American and European fashion brands, new age African designers, breathtaking art, and exceptional interiors. Alara, designed by David Adjaye of Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture fame, takes the idea of “retail” and turns it on its head as the concept store and restaurant stands as an ambitious architectural feat. Bold and vividly remarkable, its distinct cardinal facade stood as the perfect setting for the latest original fashion story from, shot by photographer Lakin Ogunbanwo. We partnered with LFDW and leading digital e-commerce platform, Oxosi, to bring a chosen selection of the best and the brightest design talents that have ties to Africa – whether overtly or covertly. Since top models like Oluchi Onweagba have paved the way, the latest crop of fresh faced newcomers from Nigeria, Mayowa Nicholas and Uju Marshall, carry on the torch to provide the perfect frame for these wondrously expressive designs. »

Featured designers:
Andrea Iyamah, Bridget Awosika, Grey, I.Am.Isigo, Kenneth Ize, Ladunni Lambo, Lanre Da Silva Ajayi, L’Enchanteur, Lisa Folawiyo, Lolita Lorenzo, Loza Maleombho, Nkwo, Orange Culture, Rayo, , Tsemaye Binitie, Sophie Zinga, Ugo Mozie, Washington Roberts, Zashadu

Hat – Orange Culture | Top – Rayo | Skirt – Ladunni Lambo | Earrings – Tsemaye Binitie | Shoes – Loza Maleombho
Top – Sophie Zinga | Pants – Bridget Awosika | Left earring – Tsemaye Binitie | Right earring – Orange Culture
Dress (worn underneath) – Washington Roberts |Dress – Nkwo | Bag – Lolita Lorenzo courtesy of OXOSI
On Mayowa- Striped Tunic – Kenneth Ize | Top – Tsemaye Binitie | Skirt – Bridget Awosika | Choker (work as bracelet) – Loza Maleombho | Hat – Ugo Mozie courtesy of OXOSI
Hat – Orange Culture | Top – I.Am.Isigo | Jumpsuit (worn underneath) – Re’
Pin stripped jacket – Kenneth Ize | Fringed dress – Sophie Zinga | Earrings – L’Enchanteur courtesy of OXOSI | Choker – Loza Maleombho | Ring – L’Enchanteur courtesy of OXOSI
On Mayowa- Top – Ladunni Lambo | Pants – Washington Roberts | Necklace – Sophie Zinga
On Mayowa- Top – Bridget Awosika |Skirt – GREY On Uju- Top – I.Am.Isigo | Bandeau top – Andrea Iyamah | Skirt – Loza Maleombho | Necklace – Orange Culture
Dress (worn underneath)- Loza Maleombho | Dress – Lanre Da Silva Ajayi | Earrings – Tsemaye Binitie
On Mayowa- Dress – Tsemaye Binitie | On Uju- Dress – Lisa Folawiyo

Photography by Lakin Ogunbanwo for

Fashion Editor – Irene Ojo-Felix
Make Up – Odiri Obrutse
Nails – Veronica Odeka using Vane Polish
Models – Mayowa Nicholas and Uju MarshallAlara Lagos, Lagos Fashion and Design Week, and Oxosi


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