At the Lagos Fashion and design week held at Federal palace hotel on the 29th of October to the 1st of November 2014.
The event was well planned out. The exposition hall had all white props with a lot of talent in the room from bag designers to clothing and jewellery makers they also had Maybelline representing as usual adorning ladies with up to trend make up and beauty tips. Hmmmn Farouz also represented by handing out free drinks at the exhibition centre throughout the three days, well…. I had the drink so I will like to say a big thank you to Farouz.
For me Highlights of the exhibition were:
Nicole by Haguanna
The creative director Aisha Ugah Igbinovia kept a lot of jaws ajar, mouth-watering and ears tingling for a while as both ladies and gentlemen paraded her luxurious stand. People were astonished by her creativity, design, colour combo and finishing touches.
Guys don’t think this is hearsay o. I know this because I was there (life and direct) EP styled her stand with our ever faithful, always on point state of the art white Manzanita trees (We call her Elizabeth), cube vases and clutch stands. Hmmm we were even there to work with her team to tap into their inspiration
Her bag collection features clutches, weekenders , boy bags and totes all made from real Crocodile, Alligator, Buffalo, Calf , Snake skin and metal ware. This makes her bags feel and look alive, when you feel the texture you will know what I am talking about.” Pure genius”
I have known Aisha for over a decade and she has always been creative right from the time we were roaming the streets of London together as teenagers, we always run to her to make little beaded accessories for us when we had one wedding or party to attend and she did a fantastic job.
Fast forward three decades later she has turned her talent and passion to an award winning business. I saw her breath taking neck master pieces and I thought hmmm like good wine her skills have matured through the years.
See me see trouble o, There was almost a cat fight at the stand when a lady who had bought one of this coveted necklaces spotted another customer admiring and trying it on. Okay yes I admit it was my fault.
I saw this beautiful tall charming lady eyeing the necklace paid for and I took it to her to have a close look at it, how am I supposed to know she would want to try it on?
Anyway she decided she wanted to try it on and where I come from ‘’ customers are always right.’’ So I go ‘’okay’’ and placed the master piece on her long neck. It looked stunning, unknowingly to me the customer who had purchased the item was watching me and was giving me that ‘’ How dare you ‘’ look as she was walking towards me. I then politely told the lady that this particular piece was already paid for but the designer can make her another customised to her requirement.
We had a lot of celebrity and leading men and women purchase some of Aisha’s bags including Lisa Folawiyo, Stephanie Okereke- Linus and Tiffany Amber just to name a few
I will like to say a big shout out to my darling friend Aisha; We all at EP love you to bits and Thank you for inviting us and giving us the Lagos Fashion and design week experience.
Moving on swiftly to the Runway.
Adebanke Olopade Collection
Banke is also very close to our heart at EP. Her collection is chic, it’s fun, it flatters the feminine figure it’s very sexy if you ask me. A bit like Bankes personality. We have known Banke to be a fashionista and have a passion for what she does at an early age. I am very proud of her and happy she has decided to take her passion from locked doors and present to the world to see.
As a newcomer at this year’s fashion week, she is one of the ones to watch out for. She is going places. When we spoke to her at the event she revealed she only had a couple of days to create this collection for the show. Well done dear.
Lanre Dasilva- Ajayi ‘’The Rock Delight Collection’’
Rocked the run way. LANRE Dasilva as we all know her needs no introduction. She is not a novice to the run way nor the fashion Industry. One thing I like about Lanre’s collection is that its feminine and very always innovative, She creates clothes you can literally pick from the run way and rock the next day.
Whilst watching her show from the first row I must add, All I kept thinking was” I want! I want! I want!. Call me greedy but, I could rock each of her designs every day of the week, colours were amazing and the clothes and tailoring were bold and on point. The fabric she used was to kill for.
I also like designers like the Okunoren twins , I love their concept with the “Remi Lagos Tribute’’ The way they followed the theme through from pre to post show was very impressive.
I have always heard of the twins but this is the first time I am seeing their collection well done guys.
Shout out to GTB bank for sponsoring such a successful and talented show and a huge WELL DONE to all the folks that showcased at the fashion week, Tiffany Amber, EL and Ade Bakare plus many many more. I have plenty more to say but I am tired of typing jare. (Lol) Every one did exceptionally well.
Oh by the way stay tuned for our ‘’oops’’ moment witnessed at the Event. There were a few.
Thank you all for reading our highlights, watch out for more event commentaries on Out and About with EP.