Nigeria is gradually becoming a capital of Africa’s fashion weeks and weekends, celebrating the best of Africa’s fashion. We take a look at some upcoming Fashion Shows in this part of the world.
By Ayandola Ayanleke
Nigeria is quickly becoming a hub of fashion with the recent concentration on Nigerian and African fabrics. The world is beginning to take notice of the beauty that lies in the African soil, in every area, including fashion. And thankfully, Nigerians themselves have increasingly leveraged on the growing fashion industry to tell the African story our own way. The narrative is changing from a people who are desperately in need of saving to a people who have carved a niche for themselves, make the world take a pause and have multiple looks.
The New York Fashion Week and the Paris Fashion Week are household names in the fashion world, and the fashion weeks in Nigeria are also beginning to make a conspicuous impression in the fashion world. While still in their early stages, these events holding between September and October are opening up the market and providing commercial opportunities to homegrown designers and retailers.
Lagos Fashion Fair
The Lagos Fashion Fair showcases the beauty, uniqueness, and dynamism of the fashion space. It is an international “Ready to Wear Garments Exhibition.” The three-day event which will hold from the 16th to 18th of October in the Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos, is powered by Atlantic Exhibition Nigeria Limited. The fair is open to exhibitors and visitors alike and will be a great channel to grow your network. Exhibitors get to present their craft to a broader audience while visitors get to see some of the best fashion pieces in the world. The beauty of the event is that it is all-encompassing, ranging from apparels, shoes, bags to jewelry, fabrics and so on.
Lagos Fashion Week
In the commercial capital of West Africa, Lagos, the Lagos Fashion Week, sponsored by Heineken, will be held from the 24th to the 27th of October, 2018. A brain-child of Omoyemi Akerele, founder and executive director of Style House Files, the Lagos Fashion Week is an annual event that showcases the best of Nigeria and even the continent. The event which is attended by industry leaders, potential and start-up designers, entrepreneurs and fashion enthusiasts, is a wonderful platform for networking because it brings together designers, buyers and the media to celebrate the ever-evolving world of fashion.
African Fashion Week
Also to be held in the business hub of West Africa, Lagos, African Fashion Week is a platform to present some of the best designers in Africa to the world. Apart from the street catwalks and fashion shows from over 40 designers expected from all over Africa, there would also be conferences that would definitely be a source of updated fashion information, hair styling, makeup shows and model casting among other activities. The aim of the event is to celebrate great local fashion designers and brands by providing them with the needed global visibility that would benefit them and Africa at large. The date of the event themed “African Heritage Arise” is yet to be announced.
GTB Fashion Weekend
Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) has also weighed in on the wave surrounding Nigeria and African fashion. Scheduled to hold from Saturday, the 10th of November to Sunday, the 11th of November, 2018, the event is a consumer-based exhibition. The aim is to showcase some of the best and recognized fashion designers and brands across the world to a fashion enthusiastic audience. It is indeed a good idea for networking and meeting like minds. This year’s edition is going to be the third edition and it will be held in Lagos. It is a public event, which will also feature master classes facilitated by widely-known fashion experts. It is a three-part event featuring opportunities to shop, master classes and runway shows, providing something for everyone.
Made in Nigeria Shoe Expo
The third edition of the Made in Nigeria Shoe Expo is scheduled to hold from the 4th to the 6th of October in Lagos. The event is an international footwear and leather fair showcasing local and international footwear and leather manufacturers to the public in order to foster networking, collaborations, and exposure. The event will feature more than 22 footwear and leather manufacturers, over 16 speakers and hundreds of buyers, the media as well as other fashion enthusiasts.
Fashion, as we know it, is ever-changing and these fashion events have, in different ways, paved the way to celebrating the dynamism of African fashion.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in The Spark Magazine. Find the magazine here to read more articles.