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The Top 5 Most Stylish Collections From Lagos Fashion And Design Week

Munje Foh details the most stylish collections from Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2015.


Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2015: Mai Atofo & Ejiro Amos Tafiri. Photo: Kola Oshalusi (Insigna).

Omoyemi Akerele, the founder of Lagos Fashion and Design Week, says that when she started the event she was mostly interested in helping to promote and develop young talent in the Nigerian fashion industry. Five years after its inception, LFDW has grown from a showcase of 12 local designers. Held last month at the Federal Palace Hotel in Lagos, this year's edition saw over sixty designers from across Africa gather to showcase their collections to international press and buyers alike.

In the following pages, we take a look at our top five collections from the 2015 Lagos Fashion and Design Week.

Munje is a Sierra Leonean-American attorney and writer based in the DC Metro Area, who enjoys connecting the dots between justice, empowerment and style. Follow her on Instagram at @astyleadvocate.

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Interview: AYLØ Bridges His Music & Universe In the 'Clairsentience' EP

The Nigerian artist talks about trusting your gut feelings, remedying imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do.

AYLØ's evolution as an artist has led him to view sensitivity as a gift. As the alté soundscape in the Nigerian scene gains significant traction, his laser focus cuts through the tempting smokescreen of commercial success. AYLØ doesn't make music out of need or habit. It all boils down to the power of feeling. "I know how I can inspire people when I make music, and how music inspires me. Now it's more about the message."

Clairsentience, the title of the Nigerian artist's latest EP, is simply defined as the ability to perceive things clearly. A clairsentient person perceives the world through their emotions. Contrary to popular belief, clairsentience isn't a paranormal sixth sense reserved for the chosen few, our inner child reveals that it's an innate faculty that lives within us before the world told us who to be.

Born in 1994 in Benin City, Nigeria, AYLØ knew he wanted to be a musician since he was six-years-old. Raised against the colorful backdrop of his dad's jazz records and the echoes of church choirs from his mother's vast gospel collections, making music isn't something anyone pushed him towards, it organically came to be. By revisiting his past to reconcile his promising future, he shares that, "Music is about your experiences. You have to live to write shit. Everything adds up to the music."

Our conversation emphasized the importance of trusting your gut feelings, how to remedy imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do,

This interview has been edited for purposes of brevity and clarity.

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