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Sustainable fashion: Lagos Fashion Week 2021

Lagos Fashion Week for spring summer 2022 has come to an end after three days of fashion shows, presentations and a street style to be admired. Sustainable fashion and top-notch creations marked this year’s edition after last year’s forced break due to Covid-19 and protests by the #EndSars movement. There Lagos Fashion Week, now in its tenth edition, celebrates African sartorial excellence with this year’s theme, “The Future Starts Now”, with modern collections that reflect new ideas on dressing in the post-covid era, while at the same time deepening with the theme of sustainability, the future of fashion, was a great success. We have chosen for you some of the most interesting sustainable fashion collections seen this year at Lagos Fashion Week.

Orange Culture

Orange Culture with the collection Peacock Riot he wanted to highlight political issues thanks to an excellent fashion activism. The collection focuses on colors, textures and designs to highlight stereotypes, stories that speak of isolation and the struggle for inclusion and dignity, especially among young people. The collection features a mix of strong colors, floral prints and peacock designs, proposing new silhouettes and models that embody a modern vision of ethical fashion.

Banks Kuku

The Nigerian brand Banks Kuku enchanted the audience with a refined collection of truly surprising loungewear. The brand has chosen vibrant colors and luxurious silks printed with monograms inspired by its name. The various models are perfect for this moment, and among the highlights of the collection are fringed pajamas with opening on the back, dressing gowns in bright colors worn over psychedelic patterned tights as well as bags and clutches with drawstrings.

Awa Meite

The Malian brand Awa Meite with his collection a manages to beautifully embody the spirit of the times and sustainability. The garments, all made from hand-crafted fabrics from locally grown cotton, include striking silhouettes, including a boxy dress with huge puff sleeves and a cape-top worn over fringe-trimmed skirts, all crafted using artisanal techniques. .

Maxivive

Fashion marries activism: that’s the best definition for this collection of Maxivive. The leaders are indeed full of political significance. What looks like a red-stained Nigerian flag is a two-piece tracksuit that pays tribute to the people killed during the #EndSars movement protests. The other looks carried on a kind of trendy protest by touching on topics like queer people’s lives or self-acceptance with impactful looks like patchwork suits and garments embroidered with the slogans “power bottoms” or “anal sex”.

Lisa Folawiyo

Lisa Folawiyo he is a Nigerian fashion authority and again this year he captivated the public with his collection. The brand, which is particularly attentive to tailoring and wearability, presented a collection that plays with colors and feminine, modern and chic silhouettes that wink at traditional African aesthetics. This year the key tones were vibrant yellows, purples and highly colorful locally produced prints – truly stunning. Beaded applications and other traditional embellishments have been incorporated into the collection, making it one of the most chic sustainable designs of the season.

JZO

He brand JZO presented a fresh and modern collection full of enchanting tailoring and truly original menswear styles. Men’s jackets cropped over trousers in tone with the asymmetrical waistline defy stereotypes and toxic masculinity on the catwalk.

Nkwo

The ingenious use that Nkwo makes traditional fabrics, together with yarns, textile waste, deconstruction and reuse methods this year were an unmissable spectacle. The brand has chosen to represent the many exciting possibilities of sustainable fashion. Among the main pieces, one
corset-belt in recycled denim worn over a yellow dress, and a two-piece fabric dress Aso Oke with a relaxed fit and an intricate shawl made by hand only with textile scraps and locally produced cotton yarns. Details of intertwined threads fit beautifully into the collection.

Elie Kuame

The collection of Elie Kuame features a mix of traditional fabrics, silks and an electrifying color palette. The entire collection is permeated with extravagant African-inspired elements, recreated with the use of refined details, exquisitely crafted tailoring and garments with sometimes vaguely flashy looks.

Kiki Romeo

The spring summer 2022 collection by Kiki Romeo presented key summer pieces loaded with meaning. The collection examines what has been forgotten about Swahili culture thanks to a striking design influenced by traditional architecture, jewelry, fabrics and colors. Kiki Romeo has chosen a series of natural fabrics crocheted, printed and decorated to create the seasonal highlights.

Adama Paris

Adama Paris excellently revisits the traditional style other, for example transforming the longer model into super chic dresses with the front decorated with intricate embroidery all made with locally produced fabrics. The key colors of the collection are red, blue, and
the orange shades.

Emmy Kasbit

This season Emmy Kasbit examined his country’s history in reference to a war fought years ago for a collection he named Ozoemena. With woven elements and symbols such as the iron bars of that era, today motifs for its fabrics No custom, Emmy Kasbit presented a military-inspired collection that was highly regarded. The pencil skirt with the two large patch pockets on the front is worn with a black blouse, the boxy suits have original shaped shoulders, and then there are the most famous pieces of the brand: the military caps.

Andrea Iyamah

Andrea Iyamah, who chose a more intimate presentation instead of a fashion show, presented a collection of pieces perfect for the summer. From swimwear to long flowing summer dresses, the collection has hit the mark, also thanks to sustainable accessories such as hand-woven raffia bags, clutches and earrings.

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