For a confident and beautiful woman: Akpos Okudu at the 2015 Lagos Fashion and Design Week

For a confident and beautiful woman: Akpos Okudu at the 2015 Lagos Fashion and Design Week

All hail Akpos Okudu! I mean, if there was any fashion outing at the Lagos Fashion and Design week that stole my heart, it would be Akpos Okudu. Here is a designer whose collection thoroughly evoked the spirit of unconstrained elegance and a strong femininity. You know a designer has a hit on her hands when more than one woman on social media is uttering the same breathless line, “I want every single piece.” Akpos Okudu’s intense focus on  the silhouette of any confident and beautiful woman made this a brilliant show. But it was the workmanship that made each piece oh so special—they were very obviously painstakingly cut, given the lightness of the fabric. But the finished product was an ethereal blush affair, the type that has people gushing “All hail Akpos Okudu” for raising the bar on fashion and style from an African perspective. Continue reading

For the woman in love with Blue: Wanger Ayu at the 2015 Lagos Fashion and Design Week

For the woman in love with Blue: Wanger Ayu at the 2015 Lagos Fashion and Design Week

Wanger Ayu’s outing at the 2015 Lagos Fashion and Design Week is crisp and clean and invokes feelings of feminine confidence and of course warmth. The reason, the color blue. She put on a show that made me long for everything blue. It was dazzling in effect. Like on the maxi dress with the cape style long sleeves. Clearly the color blue was an inspiration, and it makes sense sense given the way it brought her effortlessly designed outfits to life. Continue reading

For the power of womanhood: Maki-Oh at the 2015 Lagos Fashion and Design Week

For the power of womanhood: Maki-Oh at the 2015 Lagos Fashion and Design Week

There are few designers who evoke a powerful cerebral ethos to their designs. Amaka Osakwe of Maki-Oh is one of them and her latest outing at the 2015 Lagos Fashion and Design Week has everyone singing praises. Maki-Oh means business both literally and figuratively. Literally, “Osakwe was thinking about Sisyphus and Camus’s quote, “Our life is built on the hope for tomorrow, yet tomorrow brings us closer to death,” and the Almodóvar film Talk to Her and the karuwai courtesans of northern Nigeria were bouncing around Osakwe’s headspace as well, making for a rich brew.”  Figuratively, her work with Adire are always bright and in lively hues, which if you look closely, some are tear drops prints, and when you peer inside the tears, reveal an underprint of delicate flowers. This collection had a “philosophical weight one doesn’t often discover in clothes.” Continue reading

At LFDW 2015, Tiffany Amber was simple, yet luxurious

At LFDW 2015, Tiffany Amber was simple, yet luxurious

The 5th edition of Lagos Fashion and Design Week (LFDW) is well underway and the designers are out in full force. Tiffany Amber was the first designer to debut her collection and the entire presentation was as fresh as ever. Elegantly non-conformist, Tiffany Amber is a designer who plays entirely to her own aesthetic of what African fashion should look and feel like, creating a vibrant look that was supremely luxurious to look at. With everyone looking forward to sophisticated fashion and design from LFDW, Tiffany Amber did not disappoint. Essentially, she is out to make an impact in African fashion and she did so in a very effortlessly chic manner. Continue reading

Why the 2015 edition of Lagos Fashion and Design Week Needs A Critic

Why the 2015 edition of Lagos Fashion and Design Week Needs A Critic

When Lagos Fashion and Design Week (LFDW) starts on Wednesday, the event will be covered by local and global news media and treated by the usual media suspects in Nigeria with the excitement that country bumpkins often have for fashion shows. Lagos deserves the same praise like any other fashion city in the world and so the excitement is well warranted. But what exactly is Lagos Fashion and Design Week all about? This is a legitimate question that will require insight from a critic. Not just because all eyes are in Lagos this week. And not just because an estimated 4000 fashion insiders, buyers, and everyone in between will be in town to partake in all the festivities at LFDW. But rather, the old stereotype of Africa fashion as lacking structure no longer holds true for some African-designers thanks in part by the opportunity provided by LFDW platform. Continue reading

Why do we care so much for beaded jewelry in Nigeria?

Why do we care so much for beaded jewelry in Nigeria?

It is one of any Nigerian wedding most unerring truths, that beaded jewelry-no matter what color, whether we use materials such as red corals or not, or how we layer or don’t layer the intricate designs-changes the outfit of any Nigerian bride to be as well as those of her guests. But why do we care so much for beaded jewelry in Nigeria? I realize that through the ages, beaded jewelry have served to define and separate one bride from the next, one Nigerian woman from the next as well. Beaded jewelry can make any woman standout, as it changes the entire outlook of an outfit. And regardless of how heavy they may feel on our necks, to say that beaded jewelry doesn’t matter in the Nigerian culture is to say that the sky would certainly not be blue tomorrow. So it matters, and it matters to a great extent in the Nigerian culture. Continue reading

Weiz Dhrum Franklyn is one African Fashion Designer to Know: It’s all in his precise details.

Weiz Dhrum Franklyn is one African Fashion Designer to Know: It’s all in his precise details.

One of the defining characteristics of a designer is precision. Precision in drawing a particular style, precision in cutting and measuring every detail of that style, precision in productivity and accuracy as your roll out the style to everyone, and precision in the final finished product seen and loved by everyone. Whatever you do, in the end people will judge only if they find what you make as something that precisely fits their taste. Enter Weiz Dhrum Franklyn, the Nigerian fashion designer whose style middle name in my opinion is precision. Continue reading

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