Designers to Look Out for At Lagos Fashion Week S/S 19

By:  Ose Ogbebor

The Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week is here again. The leading fashion event in the African fashion industry brings designers, models, stylists, celebrities and many more creatives from various beautiful and diverse African countries to Lagos, Nigeria. 

Lagos is one of the largest cities in West Africa with more than 20 million people living in it. It can be described as the capital of fashion and arts in West Africa. There are numerous upscale restaurants, posh bars, fancy cruises and an abundance of places to get entertained and have fun.

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Lagos Fashion Week usually involves an engaging line up of activities for the 4-day fashion event. This includes runway shows and presentations of new collections from various designers, a talent discovery initiative that offers opportunities to creatives called Fashion Focus Africa, showrooms, after parties and much more.

Lagos Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019 is taking place at the Lagos Fashion Week tents, Prince Alaba Oniru way in Victoria Island from the 24th to the 27th of October 2018. 

Here are some designers to look out for at Lagos Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019: 

Kenneth Ize
Born Kenneth Izedonmwen in the city of Lagos, this designer creates contemporary pieces that showcase an elegant fusion of African and western styles. He received his fashion and design diploma in 2015 from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. He launched his eponymous label in 2013 and presented a collection at the Lagos Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014 show. His knowledge and diverse cross-cultural experiences from assisting Edun to Asher Levine in New York has given him a unique approach to designing that combines local craftsmanship, handmade techniques and an international expertise. 

Ré Lagos
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Orire Omatsola is the founder and creative director of the fashion label Ré. The Autumn/Winter 2018 collection featured bright coloured pieces that accentuate the beautiful dark skin of the models wearing them.

Style Temple
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Ogugua Okonkwo, the creative director and founder of Style Temple, graduated from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 2008 with a BSC degree in medical laboratory science. She also succeeded in bagging a certificate in fashion merchandising. She launched Style temple in 2011. Style Temple is well versed in creating structured pieces with clean geometric cuts.

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Onalaja is a contemporary womenswear brand. The label was founded by Kayinsola Onalaja following her graduation from Instituto Marangoni in 2014. She was given a scholarship to study a master’s degree in womenswear design due to her outstanding performance. 
She hopes to bridge the gap between her Nigerian heritage, flair artisan crafts and Italian design aesthetics with the formality of British fashion.

Emmy Kasbit
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Emmy Kasbit is a contemporary unisex brand founded by Emmanuel Okoro in 2014. He has said that “the brand was birthed out of his passion to clothe the unconventional man and woman who believe their outfit is deliberate and not accidental.” He has received significant international acclaim for his designs as evidenced by Prime Minister Theresa May wearing a jacket from his collection during her visit to Nigeria.