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Our 4 Favorite Looks From 2018's Lagos Fashion Week A/W Presentations

These talented Nigerian creatives are continuing to challenge the status quo of African fashion.

The A/W presentations at this year's Lagos Fashion Week (LFW) were one to note this fashion season. The presentations' theme, SEASONS, is an ode to the metamorphosis of the African fashion industry, the emerging talents, key industry purveyors, the systems and structures required to lead the industry into an emerged world, says LFW. The approach for presentations were salon-style, where designers showed their collection, followed by a client-designer reception adopting the "see now, buy now" model. Designers like Gozel Green, Mo Agusto, IAMISIGO, Orange Culture, Maxivive and Sunny Rose, amongst others, presented their latest designs.

Here are a few of our favorites below.


Orange Culture

Designer Adebayo Oke-Lawal of Orange Culture presented "Rain and Tear Drops," which showcased a variety of styles, cuts and hues of orange, black and brown. The brand has become more of a movement of fluid style and androgyny than a clothing brand. At the Day 2 presentation, we saw exactly how Adebayo artistically expresses these concepts by mixing hard and soft prints together which illustrates the fluidity in sexuality,especially, in menswear.

IAMISIGO

While most designers challenged the social norms of African style, others chose to highlight the spiritual culture of Nigeria. IAMISIGO, by creative director Bubu Ogisi highlighted her beliefs through her presentation, "Anointing," that questioned the character of Christians and the relationship with the church, addressing the notion that most church goers are not all necessarily Christians. The designs were full of ruffles, color, denim-clothing that would be otherwise worn to church.

Sisiano

The presentations were diverse to say the least. It's beautiful to see the cool and creative brands like Sisiano present "Lost Archivesm" which features earth tones with splashes of bright colors.

Kenneth Ize

The models rocked the clothes in unique ways that highlighted skin tones, eyes, and the African aesthetic. While Kenneth Ize used stripes in Aso-oke to show how flexible, fluid and bespoke African fashion really is.

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James Minor, Head of Music Festival at SXSW said:

"This season's first artist reveal is a compelling and diverse list of artists from all corners of the globe. In the continued spirit of discovery, we're pleased to give the world a glimpse of what it can expect to see next March; a genre-spanning and defying lineup of artists you'll undoubtedly be hearing about in the future."

The first wave of African artists is a great mixture of mainstream and niche artists, and it's highly likely to get even better with more artists being added in the near future before the festival takes place.

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View the current line-up here.

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Michael Kiwanuka Pays Homage to the Black Liberation Movements of the '60s In New Video 'Hero'

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In "Hero" the singer pays homage to the Black Power and Civil Rights movements of the 1960s and 70s. The music video, directed by CC Wade references several Black leaders and some of the artist's personal heroes including Malcolm X, Fred Hampton, Martin Luther King Jr., Sam Cooke, Tupac Shakur, Marvin Gaye and more. It also depicts the FBI's often illegal efforts to stop Black movements and other anti-establishment groups through its Counterintelligence Program, as noted in Rolling Stone.

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