Lagos Fashion Week 2021: The Most Stylish Looks We Saw

Lagos Fashion Week has established itself as the fashion event of the continent. Here are the best looks we saw this year.

Following a year where fashion week in Lagos had to go on an unplanned pause — due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Nigerian END SARS protests against police brutality — Africa's fashion capital has opened its doors once again to welcome global insiders for Lagos Fashion Week 2021. Over the last 10 years, Lagos Fashion Week has established itself as the fashion event of the continent, drawing in stylish fashion enthusiasts from within and outside Africa to it.

Regardless of these changes to the flow of Lagos Fashion Week, the event remains, at its core, primarily the same: a platform for designers to showcase their work to a global and local audience. This year, to adapt to the restrictions of COVID-19, Lagos Fashion Week took place in a series of digital showcases, off-site runway presentations, and a physical runway show at the Federal Palace Hotel on Lagos Island from the 27th to 31st of October 2021. With a calendar that featured emerging and established designers like LVMH finalist Orange Culture and recent inaugural African Fashion Up Prize winner Emmy Kasbit, the week made for a beautiful showcase on the runways and the streets of Lagos.

Here are some of the most colorful and daring outfits we saw during Lagos Fashion Week 2021.

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Thebe Magugu's AW21 Collection 'Alchemy' Is An Exploration of African Spirituality

Magugu collaborated with Kristin-Lee Moolman to create a '70s-style B movie called Banyoloyi A Bosigo

South African fashion designer Thebe Magugu has released his AW21 collection, Alchemy, and it is beautiful. For his latest collection, the 2019 LVMP prize winner introduced a redefinition of his previous work, Counter Intelligent, featuring embroidered chiffon dresses, pink blazers and cinched waist belts.

For the new collection, Thebe Magugu collaborated with the photographer Kristin-Lee Moolman to create a 1970s-style B movie called Banyoloyi A Bosigo. The short film, which is written, directed and photographed by Moolman, shows the power play between two rival girl gangs named the "ultimate midnite angels" who speak Zulu and Setswana.

The short film begins at the river with an initiation rite, then the sending out of the initiated woman to become a spy. There's also a love affair between two women of rival tribes that warrants a capture. Each scene of the movie introduces the fits to the collection as well as exhibiting the fluidity of the outfits.

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