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#LFWNG2018 TRENDWATCH: The Modernisation of African Fabrics

From Aso Oke to Adire, these designers took traditional fabrics to the next level with their modern creations at this year’s fashion show. House of Deola Fabric: Aso Oke

Deola Sagoe, a veteran in the Nigerian fashion industry, is renowned for her use of the African hand-woven fabric. Traditionally made by the Yoruba people of western Nigeria, aso oke meaning “top cloth”, is traditionally used for special occasions especially bridalwear. She’s revolutionised the traditional fabric using it in collections such as her Teintes De Bijoux 2018 Komole collection, popular with celebrity brides such as Stephanie Coker. Her modern take on the the traditional iro and buba (top and skirt) are complemented by her choice of iridescent tones.

In her SS19 collection Tropical Galactica 2018 at LFWNG, she presented various styles of dresses that were absolutely breathtaking, some architectural in structure but all contemporary in feel. She payed homage to 1920s glamour with the use of lace and embellishments such as feathers and tassels. With designers such as Deola, ready to play with different takes on tradition this new style of Aso Oke is set for take off.


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Lady Bombshell, SS19, Deola Sagoe




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Lady Diamondback, SS19, Deola Sagoe


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Calypso, SS19, Deola Sagoe



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Pink Pearl, SS19, Deola Sagoe



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Saturn Queen, SS19, Deola Sagoe



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Sienna Blaze, SS19, Deola Sagoe



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Queen Bee, SS19, Deola Sagoe



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Emma frost, Deola Sagoe, SS19



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Princess Python X Morgan Le Fay, Deola Sagoe, SS19


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Star Sapphire, Deola Sagoe, SS19



Lisa Folawiyo Fabric: Ankara

Adored by the fashion community worldwide, Nigeria’s very own Lisa Folawiyo is an undisputed style icon. Which is why we couldn’t wait for the stylised ankara explosion that took place at when she showcased her SS19 collection at LFWNG. Despite Ankara being one of the most notorious cultural adoptions, originally imported by Dutch merchants from Indonesia (formerly Netherlands East Indies), designers like Folawiyo have shown show how African designers have adopted the fabric and made it their own by creating their own prints.

Brimming with a fresh palette of high summer colours to awaken the season, Folawiyo’s collection is a nostalgic tribute her 80s childhood. Gone are the days where designers were confined to the use of one print in their collection. Instead, Folawiyo sets a precedent by using prints that are harmoniously paired with perfection; sometimes overlapping as many as three different prints in one piece. The collection features blazers, bras, shorts and of course her exquisite dresses.




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SS19 Lisa Folawiyo



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Lisa Folawiyo, SS19


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Lisa Folawiyo, SS19


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Lisa Folawiyo, SS19


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Lisa Folawiyo, SS19


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Lisa Folawiyo, SS19


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Lisa Folawiyo, SS19

Studio 189 Fabric: Adire Adire features heavily in this American-Ghanian brand, created by actress Rosario Dawson and fashion designer Abrima Erwiah. At Lagos Fashion Week the dynamic duo presented a showstopping collection that sees Adire reinvented as the essential holiday fabric. The collection features traditional relaxed hawaiian style shirts, beachfront shorts, loose fitting maxi dresses and casual trenches in silk and cotton. Deviating significantly from the traditional blue much of the collection uses coloured prints, giving Adire a modern and effortless upgrade.








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@deolasagoeofficial

@lisafolawiyo

@studiooneeightynine


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