Updated: Nov 4, 2018
We were so excited to read Suzy Menkes’ review of Lagos Fashion Week (24th-28th October 2018). In Menkes’ British Vogue article she covers everything from the styles emerging from the Pan-African showcase, to hair and even explores Nigeria's own luxury fashion retailers.
Emmy Kasbit SS/19 at Lagos Fashion Week 2018
Credit: Emmy Kasbit
Menkes also highlights the important contribution of Omoyemi Akerele the founder of Lagos Fashion Week in building Africa’s fashion industry, locally through various initiatives enabling the much-needed development.
“We are trying to educate people; everyone sees the shows – the glitz and glamour – but not the concepts, especially in a country like Nigeria, where you don’t have millions of manufacturing companies,” she said. “So we want to reach out, to train women and youth in garment-making skills. Then, after eight months, they start to make clothes, such as shirts, and then there is a connection with the public. People understand how it’s made and the real people who are doing the work.” (Vogue, 2018)
Lagos Fashion Week Founder, Omoyemi Akerele
Now in its seventh edition, the four-day spectacle showcased the growth of the African Industry featuring collections from all over Africa including Senegalese brand, Tongoro, Ghana based brand, Studio 189. The showcase was also inclusive with collections from young menswear designers such as Emmy Kasbit, JZO, Orange Culture, Maxivive and Tokyo James.
Studio189 SS/19 at Lagos Fashion Week 2018
Credit: Trevor Sturman
Read the full article here: https://www.vogue.co.uk/article/suzylfwng-lagos-fashion-building-local-feeling-global