ZINKATA’S LFDW RECAP..

Nov 13, 2014 | Fashion, Runway

The 2014 edition of  the Lagos Fashion and Design week is well and truly over.. We are left in an almost fugue like state….A result of the successive  intense fashion visuals and scenery . For some collections, it would be the case of  a slow begrudging acceptance ..and for others, an immediate recognition of something new..

To be quite honest, we are relieved to finally get a chance to catch up on all the pending work and deadlines,  yet  we miss the electric expectant feeling  and buzz the shows and its surrounding spectacles brought fore”..

As promised..here is a recap of fashion through our eyes from the recently concluded Lagos Fashion and Design Week (LFDW)..Buckle up !!!

Whites: It would be quite safe to say White is having a really “major moment”.. White dominated the runways in various pristine wonders.. From  the spectacular sparkling Finale White dress by Iconic invanity to the stark asymmetric cut-out dress by Sisiano…All white looks are certainly quite the cool..

L-R: Iconic Invanity. Sunny Rose and Sisiano

L-R: Iconic Invanity. Sunny Rose and Sisiano

The New Peplum: Peplums have been around for a mighty long time.They are a smart way of creating  really nice silhouettes for all body types. At the shows,there was a new spin to the peplum shapes.. They were slimmer, sleeker and not as structured… a bit sporty sometimes.. Lisa Folawiyo and Tsemaye Binitie had quite a strong grip on the new shapes..

L-R: Lisa Folawiyo, Michael Shumaker and Tsemaye Binite

L-R: Lisa Folawiyo, Michael Shumaker and Tsemaye Binite

Selfies:  In every little pocket square and corner during the shows.. there was a camera flash going off…and did you just guess selfless? Correct.. Selfies are certainly not passé .. not for a really longtime.. Further proof of this was Mai Atafo’s show on Day 4,.. Mai put on quite a rocking show.. the girls were dressed in Androgynous Niger/ Delta traditional attires.. and they all came together at the end for selfles.

Mai Atafo and his models, right at the end of his show.

Mai Atafo and his models, right at the end of his show.

 

Cropped Presentations:Like a national parade, high waisted silhouettes and cropped tops were in dominance.. with some designers like Bridget Awosika and Rebahia going the wispy route and edgy routes respectively … Lanre Da Silva Ajayi took a hip approach.. She fused her signature Victorian sleeves on a floral damask cropped top and matched them with high waist  light orange pants..

L-R: Bridget Awosika, Lanre Da Silva, Rebahia

L-R: Bridget Awosika, Lanre Da Silva, Rebahia

Menswear: Sharp and Precise.. Would be how to describe the men’s collection.. It was bold, strong yet very stark.. Ranging from Orange Culture’s really well thought out collection to the  Okunoren Twins melancholic monastic line-up.. The men strode tall, swift and minimal.. Like Demi-Gods..

L-R: Okunoren Twins, Kenneth Ize, Orange Culture

L-R: Okunoren Twins, Kenneth Ize, Orange Culture

Garland Sleeves: The drama lay in the sleeves…

L-R: Grey, Mai Atafo and Ella and Gaby

L-R: Grey, Mai Atafo and Ella and Gaby

 

Ladylike Silhouttes: Fashion was a lady and she came out to play in simpering lengths and coquettish cuts.. Gone were the risqué mini’s.. Most collections had a chic lady like finish with longer lengths and defined waists.. Meena’s collection had quite a strong sway in this direction..with tapered hemlines and nipped in waistlines..

L-R: Meena, Teola 1926 and Lanre Da Silva

L-R: Meena, Teola 1926 and Lanre Da Silva

Cheeky Side Slits: …and in many cases a healthy dose of leg on show.. Slits are still quite trendy, but the split was more to the side than centred. Maki Oh had quite a fresh take on it.. with a deep side slit on a black metallic skirt, which meshed quite nicely with the diagonal precise shapes of the top.

L-R: Maki Oh, Gozel Green, ROF and Fruche

L-R: Maki Oh, Gozel Green, ROF and Fruche

Kaftans: Kaftans or tops styled as Kaftans seem to be making a really big majestic  comeback .. Ranging from the chic classic styles to the androgynous byblows of the male traditional Agbada. Amede’s lineup had quite a large nice printed representation of the Kaftans in different lengths.

Tiffany Amber, Mai Atafo, Amede

Tiffany Amber, Mai Atafo, Amede

The theatrical Rearview.. Spearheading this trend in our minds was Iconic invanity’s collectionCapes/long trains  added a rich extravagance to her already really luxurious collection. Washigton Roberts recreated a really cool and preppy edge to the same theme.. We saw this in various styles through the shows.Titi Bello gave hers a really sexy spin.

R-L: Iconic Invanity, Washigton Roberts, Titi Bello and Otuememine

R-L: Iconic Invanity, Washigton Roberts, Titi Bello and Otuememine

Boho Themed: Lines were fluid and  free,  with strog boho echoes…

Orente Ayaba, Bridget Awosika and Soboye

Orente Ayaba, Bridget Awosika and Soboye

 

Volume.. A big full on flouncy dramatic dress would always find its way to the runway…. In some cases they were less classic, not as traditional but still full on dramatic!

L-R: Mo Faris, April by Kunbi and Ituen Basi

L-R: Mo Faris, April by Kunbi and Ituen Basi

 

 

 

Well done to LFDW!!!,  for putting up a SPECTACULAR show..

 

xxxxx

Zinkata

Photography: Kola Oshalusi

 

 

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