Welcome to Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2016! For the four days of fashion and fun, I’ll be putting up daily recaps which include pictures of my favorite pieces from each collection + a mini review. I’ve already done my Day 1 recap and you should read it.
Let’s get into my Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2016 Day 2 recap
It’s obvious that Fruche has grown and become a fashion designer in his own right. The collection he presented this year was a feminist statement (which I think we will be seeing a lot of on the runway). The first few pieces were sexy workwear and then these beaded fringe dresses came out and I wanted them all.
She took aso-oke to another level, infusing it in different cuts and shilouttes and making them stand out. I’ve never wanted to wear aso-oke more than before now but I want to wear it the Ladunni way.
Kiki Kamanu is amazing in her own right but I have one problem with her – no cohesion. Whatever she presents on the runway never really has a story or theme – she literally presents everything she has made. This year, she tried to correct that by having fringes on each of her pieces. It does pull the collection together a bit but some of the clothing looked out of place and even predestrian. Come on Kiki, I know you can do better.
It’s very easy to group Deji Eniola with all the other suit makes but this collection changed that for him. Yes he put out suits but they were different; the trench coats were my favorite of the bunch. Then he had these flowy pieces that I loved on sight. It was not as cohesive as I would like it but there was a story there and I was loving it.
Amede is not here for the youth. The clothes she sent down the runway were for the fashionable mummies and rich older women. So many bubus and ‘lounge about the house’ dresses’ in diffferent prints of chiffon/silk. Nothing there spoke to me but I could see it speaking to older women. A very safe collection.
Last year, I didn’t get P.O.C because he seemed like a tunic designer. Now, he flipped it up and went full menswear on us. My favorite part of this collection was the way he reinvented the jacket – cutting it up in different shapes and adding zips and cutouts. Also, there was this brown print I saw and was like meh but now that I’m looking at it again, I like it.
He presented two collections – Yegwa in Venezuela and introduced his diffusion line, Bodun.
Yegwa in Venezuela
This collection was inspired by Yegwa Ukpo, the founder of Stranger Lagos (my favorite place in the world). It had a lot of Yegwa in it; the aprons, dark colors and harnesses. I wonder if Yegwa will wear it.
Maxivive x Bodun.NG
Bodun is Maxivive’s diffusion line with a lot of sass and color. If the main Maxivive line is for the serious kind, Bodun is for the younger crowd. It infuses all the trends for this season – color prints, metallics mesh and more. I love the vibe the collection gave off – cool kids only.
ReBahia has rebranded into Re and it has a whole new soul and life with it. It seems more youthful and vibrant. Like a fun in the sun kinda thing. I love it all and I still want to wear a kabaslot pieces one day.
Gozel Green wants to take ALL MY MONEY and I will gladly give them all my coins. Everything about this collection made sense and made me happy. There was a soft feminity to the clothes; fused with bright colors and done in their usual house styles. I want to live in the Gozel Geen asthetic.
Moofa was so chic this year, I’m surprised they showed it to us at all. It looked like a collection that should be shown in Paris. It reminds me of Dolce & Gabbana a lot but not in a bad way. In a ‘I was inspired’ sorta way.
Studio 189 presented a collection that was very African yet very international. I’m not sure about this collection/brand. I like it and don’t like it. Something is a bit off for me.
iamISIGO is slowy winning me back. I liked what she showed on the runway but it’s not my favorite collection from her. It seemed like a mix and match of different concepts and ideas.
David and his family of interns decided to show at LFDW. I didn’t care for it because it was too long and very boring. I did like some pieces tho.
Intern – Siphosihle Masango
The theme of this intern’s collection was royalty and it was aite
Intern – Maxwell Boko
Maxwell showed a collection of fused layers and textures.
The main oga himself showed an ‘okay’ collection in my opinion. Nothing too fancy or out there. There was beaded ankara, lace, feathers and sheer fabric involved in this collection.
Ejiro Amos Tafiri
I look forward to EAT each and every year because she is a genius and makes beautiful clothes. This year was no different and she killed it as usual. She reinvented the iro and buba with making it a wrap pant/trouser. There was skirt and blouse that had a Caribbean flair to it. Everything was it but I wish I knew the theme/story behind this collection.
When I looked at this collection; it reminded me of prinesses and royalty. It had a certain air with the lady-like dresses paired with the crown. I liked it a lot but it was a bit disjointed.
That’s it for my Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week Day 2 recap. Which was your favorite show of the night? Let me know in the comment section below!