The atmosphere at day 4 was thick with excitement, expectation and anticipation, just as the seats were filled with fashion visionaries, buyers, celebrities, MD’s, designers, press, interns and people, in that particular order. We were aware that fashion week was about to come to an end, so just before we said goodbye to all the fun/work backstage, coveted view from front row, models, designers and guests who shared their #backstagestories and reasons they loved fashion week , we made an effort to soak up every last interesting bit of it. On a semi-final note, here are the collections that made our night.
Ituen Basi’s Collection was the life of LFDW day 4. We were enraptured by the wearable art she showcased with each look. A collection that’s true to the designer’s home city, Lagos, she showcased prints that featured the city’s trademark transport vehicles; the famous Molue, Danfo, Keke, Taxi and Okada. Another element we loved were the tape rule prints (in black, green and yellow), a clever move by the designer, highlighting one of the basic tools of her trade. The motif of the dancing girls in ankara prints reminded us of one of Ituen’s most memorable shoots. We loved the interesting ways she incorporated them into different pieces. This was a well thought out collection, from the attitude to the prints, down to the shoehero shoes. It was our favorite of the night.
Sometimes, it’s the little details that take a collection from good to great and Bridget Awosika certainly nailed it. We loved her use of black leather panels to give the soft, feminine dresses that edge we adored. The tassels were a visual delight and we salute the consistency and sophistication she delivers throughout her collections.
Mai Atafo Inspired
Mai might have had everyone fooled with the first part of his show, but we knew that was just a teaser. His showcase started out with basic menswear (three-piece suits), then switched to traditional men inspired women’s wear which blew us away. You know we’re all about details & a good show, and Mai Atafo gave us an overdose of both.
Meena’s collection was a pleasant surprise. Never have we associated the designer with the delicate art of merging architectural structuring with expert detailing. But that night, we saw her in a vastly different light. Figure-flattering pieces balanced with textures and baroque-detailed fabrics. Orange, green and purple were her choice of colors. Whatever fueled her creativity this season needs to be appreciated.
Lanre DaSilva Ajayi
LDA never disappoints. Considering she’s one of Nigeria’s iconic designers and has garnered popularity in the international market, her talent for creating eclectic pieces sets her apart as does her knowledge of fabrics. We especially loved her fresh take on the bubble skirt and the floral applique finale dress Agbani (Yes, Agbani!) Darego had on.
There’s a certain consistency to Tiffany Amber’s collections. It’s never below expectation, neither is it way above. This year, however, had an interesting twist. Metallic fabrics, cobalt blue pieces , sheer slit with tear drop detailed embellishment brought the collection to life.
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The full Collections from all designers at Day 1 ,2,3 and 4 are up at Lagos Fashion And Design Week Official Site