HEINEKEN LAGOS FASHION WEEK Spring 2022
Heineken Lagos Fashion Week Spring 2022 Presented Copious Quantities of the Very Best of Nigerian (and African) Fashion. There was an Abundance of Bold Colour, Iconic Local Prints and Inspired Contemporary Craft.
Image Credit Heineken Lagos Fashion Week and Stephen Tayo for the Vogue Street Style Images
The highly anticipated Heineken Lagos Fashion Week kicked off at 100 miles per hour. Lagos, the Nigerian fashion capitol and melting pot for innovative African design, heaved with palpable excitement around four jam-packed, sensational days in celebration of the Nigerian and of the greater African fashion industry, with an extensive schedule of all things creative and contemporary.
Apart from the incredible array of runway shows and presentations, there were umpteen fashion initiatives and networking opportunities, like Fashion Focus Africa – a platform for discovering fresh new talent and Fashion Focus Fund, where the emphasis was squarely on the exchange of information and access to the market. There was a series of informative and interactive business talks too, and of course there was ‘Green Access’ – with the focus on all things environmentally friendly and sustainable within fashion. To top it off there were workshops and master classes for budding film makers as well as designers showing their collections in showrooms. One wouldn’t expect any less from this fashion-conscious mecca.
Then there was one of the main stars of the show – the heaving Lagos itself, home to almost 20 million people, throwing the most unforgettable after-show parties! It was a networking frenzy filled with numerous business opportunities and in turn provided maximum exposure for designers, buyers, retailers and wholesalers.
Needless to say, the street style around Fashion Week was a fashion event in its own right! Bold and cheerful, bright and uber creative fashionistas rocked up to see the shows and be part of the fashion frenzy. Hair & make-up and accessories were out of this world.
So, without further ado, let’s kick off with sensational street style to give you a flavour of Lagos during the four days of Heineken Lagos Fashion Week.
See for yourself what all the fuss is about! Here’s a snapshot of the colourful and phenomenally inspiring Lagos Fashion Week. Enjoy the spirit of all things creatively African, be bold, be inspired!
Orire wowed with a collection of beautifully tailored, exotic silks and linens in strappy sundresses, asymmetrical sheath dresses and figure-hugging skirts whereas Echoes From Austria’s stunning, slightly vintage-inspired prints, their contrasting simple plain textiles and rich embellishments on pieces with elaborate sleeves – feathers, rhinestones and beading on brocades – were nothing short of awe-inspiring. The fabulous prints and avant-garde, easy-to-wear designs from Orange Culture also left us speechless!
Watch Echoes From Austria’s show here:
El Tayeb presented a digital offering that was inspired by the traditional and astonishingly creative basket weave tradition of Africa. Hats resembled baskets and baskets resembled hats! – all in all an eclectic mix of military paraphernalia and indigenous techniques, all beautifully accessorized. We adored Pepperrow’s use of colour, stripes, tie-dye technique and the naïve drawings on their printed textiles. The tangerine and shocking pink tailored suits were also rather magical! Talking of tie-dye, Nkwo’s flattering and super comfy dresses in bold indigo and tangerine cotton were pretty desirable too!
Watch El Tayeb’s show here:
Maliko’s shoes are works of art, and super comfortable to boot. The iconic footwear brand digitally presented a beautifully filmed offering, showcasing their handmade shoes.
Wanda Le Photo’s pastel pinstripe and plaid shirt-and-trouser suits were a play on the traditional large shopping bags that are so well-used all over the African continent – a tongue-in-cheek tribute to one of the ultimate work horses of Africa.
Watch Maliko’s show here:
Sultry and exotic, a sexy celebration of the female figure are the designs by Iwade: midriff-baring tops and dresses in earthy colours flattered and accentuated their wearers. A total contrast to Iwade’s creations were those of Iamisigo: fringy, crocheted dresses, skirts and tops were worn over crisp cotton trousers, with the option of customizing these by untying them when needed and creating an alternative outfit. Iamisigo’s range also included some fabulous footwear. EKI Silk presented a very sophisticated resort range of idyllic kaftans and playsuits in bold printed silks.
A sportswear brand with a very elegant take on things athletic is Gozel Green, characterized by their wonderful mix of avant-garde tailoring, smart colour-blocking, oversized basket weave details and sportswear-inspired stripes and numbers.
Goodbye from all at Lagos Fashion Week!