ARISE Fashion Week Stages a Comeback
Due to popular demand, ARISE Fashion Week (AFW) will return from March 30 to April 2, 2018 at the Lagos Continental Hotel (formerly known as the Intercontinental Hotel).
Birthed 11 years ago, ARISE a synonym for “Africa Rising” is largely credited with placing Africa’s fashion industry firmly on the global fashion map. Indeed, through ARISE, many African designers have been showcased on the world’s most prestigious runways at such venues as London’s famous Royal Albert Hall, Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, and in New York, where ARISE made a legendary triple appearance during the iconic New York Fashion Week.
Though AFW, global fashion icons and leading models such as Naomi Campbell, Alek Wek, Liya Kedebe, Oluchi Orlandi, Grace Bol, Georgie Badiel, Millen Magese have promoted the best of Africa. The event has also seen internationally acclaimed designers such as Gavin Rajah, Oswald Boateng, David Tlale, LaQuan Smith, Lanre Da Silva, DEOLA, Jewel by Lisa, Ituen Basi, and Odion Mimonet fly the African flag.
Still the most prominent fashion show in Africa, AFW creates memorable fashion moments through authenticity, innovation and style, whilst bringing together the global fashion elite including buyers, financiers, retailers and the media.
This year, the runway event in Lagos will feature 45 designers from 14 countries; South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal, France, Morocco, the United Kingdom, the United States, the Caribbean and Nigeria. The best of these will be selected to show their work at the New York Fashion Week in September.
Speaking about the event, co-producer Ruth Osime, reveals what to expect from this edition. “We are excited to bring world class fashion back to Lagos in the real sense of it. The bar will definitely be raised once more with strong collaborations, innovation, and creativity.”
The official designers for this year’s edition are as follows:
Day 1, March 31
Funke Adepoju (Nigeria), Clan (Nigeria), Vonne Couture (Nigeria), Laurenceairline (Ivory Coast), About That Curvy Life Collective (Nigeria), Andrea Iyamah (Nigeria), Style Temple (Nigeria), Okunoren Twins (Nigeria), Thebe Magugu (South Africa), Aurora James (Canada), Tinnie Tempah (United Kingdom), Mustafa Hassanali (Tanzania), Orapeleng Modutle (South Africa), Ituen Basi (Nigeria), KLûK CGDT (South Africa) and Lanre Da Silva Ajayi (Nigeria).
Day 2, April 1
Grey (Nigeria), Abaya (Nigeria), Taryor Gabriel (Nigeria), Ilare (Nigeria), House of Divas (Nigeria), Ziva (Nigeria), Sarah Duah (Germany), Yutee Rone (Nigeria), Koki Kamala (Botswana), Amine Bendriouich (Morocco), Tzar (Nigeria), Kimono Kollection (Nigeria), Mai Atafo (Nigeria), Tsemaye Binitie (Nigeria), Gavin Rajah (South Africa), Jewel by Lisa (Nigeria) and Tiffany Amber (Nigeria).
Day 3, April 2
Moofa (Nigeria), Dzyn (Nigeria), House of Nwocha (Nigeria), Maxivive (Nigeria), Sunny Rose (Nigeria), Tokyo James (Nigeria), Maxhosa by Laduma (South Africa), Maki Oh (Nigeria), Gozel Green (Nigeria), Rich Mnisi (South Africa), Bridget Awosika (Nigeria), Ere Dappa (Nigeria), Odion Mimonet (Nigeria), Laquan Smith (United States), Lakhanyo Midingi (South Africa), Deola Sagoe (Nigeria) and Ozwald Boateng (United Kingdom).
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