Elle.com recently posted an article titled ‘7 Designers to watch from Lagos’ Emerging Fashion Scene’. Whilst the spotlight is flattering, the tone of it’s introduction teetered on the patronising. There was an incredulity that a country known primarily for oil could have ‘a week devoted to fashion’, but in fact Nigerians have been known to have a rich and flamboyant artistic history – in fashion and design. What is true, is the Lagos Fashion and Design Week is in it’s infancy, this being the 3rd annual event, so the traditional, organised presentation of designers’ latest collections is new.
Elle.com singled out 7 designers, probably for their international appeal. some of these collections have more wearable day pieces, others are incredible works of art. Some of the designers are well established, others are new kids on the block.
These are my 3 favourites from the bunch…I’ll let the clothes speak for themselves.
- Maki Oh
2. Tsemaya Binitie
- Tiffany Amber
There are lots of other great Nigerian designers that I love and should definitely be on that list. But I especially want to get my hands on Grey, for it’s wearability and chic simplicity.
Photo Credit: Kola Oshalusi (Insigna)
What I love is that more Nigerian designers are creating their own prints and fabrics in Nigeria, rather than importing them. In fact, there’s a real shift in the creation of ready to wear fashion, with and without prints.
The real story here is how long it took elle.com to catch up!