77 Designers from Africa had their creative designs on display in the first edition of the Arise Fashion Magazine.
Fashion lovers, sit back, relax and take in more photographs from the Arise Magazine Fashion Week in Lagos last week. Africa’s biggest fashion event, hosted by ThisDay and ARISE magazine put some of Africa’s most brilliant designers on the world map.
We will be releasing photographs of the fabulous fashions that rocked the runway in bits. Designers from London, India, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria showcased their creations at this mega event.
House of Farrah (Nigeria)
Christie Brown (Ghana)
Phunk Afrique (Nigeria)
Hassan Mustaphali (India)
Prey of London
Lanre DaSilva (Nigeria)
Sandra Muendane, the Mozambique designer, brought a little extra shimmer to sports wear, mixing jersey fabrics in bold prints with shimmering metallic greys in her collection at the Arise Magazine Fashion Week.
Taibo Bacar, another Mozambique designer who made waves at the AMFW in Lagos last week did so with his collection of flattering dresses, crop jackets and sensual evening wears. The young award-winning designers mix of casual elegance and sophistication won over the fashion crowd at the show.
David David, the UK fashion design label by David Saunders made a bold splash of colour and patterns on the runway at the AMFW show. The collection featured jumpers, fitted pants, cool hoodies and dresses all in pattern fabrics that make a definite bold fashion statement. Plus, we kinda love the socks.
Ohimai Atafo’s strong menswear looks in vibrant colours caught the attention of fashion fans at the Arise Magazine Fashion Week; the Nigerian designer for the uber chic guy or gal shows us why he is at the top of the pack in Nigeria’s thriving fashion industry. Lesson learned from the Mai collection? Be bold when mixing colours fellas; say yes to blues and pinks… embrace it!
South African leading fashion designer Gavin Rajah inspired with his latest collection at the Arise Magazine Fashion Week in Lagos with statement-making designs.
Martinique designer Paul Herve Elisabeth inspired with his regal ready-to-wear collection that featured harem pants, beautiful cinched-waist dresses and crop jackets that are set to flatter every woman.
Designer Re Bahia gave us big bold colour on the runway at the Arise Magazine Fashion Week and we aren’t talking about the red bob wigs that the models rocked down the runway.
From the delicate tiered lacy dress to sexy curve-hugging shorts and that high-waisted skirt with a thigh-high slit, every design was a feast for the eyes, each one as exciting as the last. The young UK/Nigerian designer displayed a fearless fashion sense, embracing colours and odd pairing, matching polka dots with a vibrant hues. Not a show you are likely to forget. Photos below!
Meena, the design label created by Nigerian fashion designer Uju Offiah, was also up on the runway at the Arise Magazine Fashion Week 2012. Meena launched in December 2010, with gorgeous Ready-to-wear pieces and made to measure services.
The creative director behind the label, Offiah, a protege of Nigerian designer Ituen Basi, is a fast rising star in the Nigerian fashion industry. Her fans include top Nollywood screen queens, Ini Edo and Genevieve Nnaji.
Uju Offiah describes the “Meena lady” as adventurous and conservative. “Conservative because she does not want her femininity to be portrayed wrongly. Adventurous because she refuses to follow trends but rather carves out a stylish niche for herself which she exudes confidently.”
See photos from her collection at the AMFW 2012 below.
Fashion Designer Toluwaloju Olowofoyeku got the spotlight at the Arise Magazine Fashion Week 2012 with her design label Toju Foyeh. The Milan trained Nigerian designer featured sassy, flirty looks in her glitz and glam collection.
Toju Foyeh, who launched her first collection in Lagos at the Arise Magazine Fashion Week last year, is back for seconds and the rising fashion designer is quickly rising to prominence in Nigeria’s fashion scene.
Her fans include A-list celebrity Tiwa Savage who has been spotted wearing Toju Foyeh in a few photo shoots. See some of her looks from Thursday’s show below!
Toju Foyeh hopes to open flag ship stores in Lagos, New York and London.
Designer John Kaveke from Kenya shined at the Arise Magazine Fashion Week in Lagos on Thursday, thrilling fashion lovers with his unique combination of patterns and bold colours.
The Kenyan designer displayed looks from the autumn/winter 2012 collection of his self-named label Kaveke.
“It feels great to be invited to showcase my work in Nigeria,” said Kaveke. “I’m excited to be included in this wealth of fashion talent that seeks to show what African fashion is all about.”
The collection which Kaveke titled “The Last Age of Elegance” is inspired by the end of an era, “and the birth of the African King Swagger”. The collection has definitely got “swag”, right?