Nigeria Fashion Week: Pretty Prints and Patterns for All Occasions

Illustration for article titled Nigeria Fashion Week: Pretty Prints and Patterns for All Occasions

Africa Fashion Week Nigeria began Saturday in Lagos, and already there are a clutch of runway clothes for which I’d gladly hawk my whole wardrobe. Lovely prints were key, as some designers played with new ways of incorporating ankara and jacquard, all in super-modern silhouettes and bright color saturation that looked like the equivalent of biting into a grapefruit on a hot morning.

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At top, LINES by CHAAB presented smart pantsuits and gowns in similar patterns, a new take on dressing day to night with ostrich-feather collars and long-hemmed onesies. But I’m especially into the sheer gear top on the left—it’s very delicate and Blade Runner at the same time, plus pedal pushers the color of popcorn butter jellybeans is feeling right about now.

At left, Adaora’s designs are full of regal excess, a queenly designation with that high collar and oh my god those SLEEVES.

Illustration for article titled Nigeria Fashion Week: Pretty Prints and Patterns for All Occasions

At right, gowns by FAW Couture designer Saheed Fawehinmi show off his intricate detailing; I’m especially in love with the lace ruffles sewn into the skirt with the face up top.

Illustration for article titled Nigeria Fashion Week: Pretty Prints and Patterns for All Occasions

Imagine wearing these Olayinka Clothing designs all summer? Can I get that yellow caped blouse immediately?

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Illustration for article titled Nigeria Fashion Week: Pretty Prints and Patterns for All Occasions

The two images at left showcase a super sophisticated vision by Anuba Couture blended with a throwback to the tailoring of the horse-and-buggy era; you can totally imagine them stepping off a carriage en route to the opera. That adorable flower crown-capped overall dress is by Buchiver, while Enkay Stylings crafted those beach-perfect crop tops and maxi skirts.

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Illustration for article titled Nigeria Fashion Week: Pretty Prints and Patterns for All Occasions

Hello, welcome to the world of Maufechi, which is my absolute favorite: The third dress in, with the lace train and ankara top is a dream gown—is that a beaded collar! But everything is sublime and lovely, even to the voluminous draping.

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Aren’t non-corporate fashion weeks the best?

Images via AP


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Isn’t one of the terribad excuses for not having diverse runways at the European and American fashion weeks that they can’t find enough non-white, non-asian talent that meets the proportions or whatever?

SO WHERE DID THESE BEAUTIFUL WOMEN COME FROM? Sprung fully formed from the earth, I presume?!? Never tried to find work in the enormous US/Euro markets??

Thanks for covering this; the clothes are gorgeous, and it’s a nice bit of shade thrown at the hypocrisy of the fashion establishment.