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10 Trends from the Africa Fashion Week Nigeria

by glitzedge

Lagos is fast emerging as a must-stop centre on the international fashion radar. More industry stake holders and important personalities are coming out to see young, exciting designer, who despite their relative newcomer statuses are influencing fashion shapes and colour.
From gorgeous dramatic sleeves which clearly held sway on the runways, clashing prints to ruffles and tassels seen on everything from dresses to cropped jackets, we bring you the top trends spotted on the runways of the just concluded Africa Fashion Week Nigeria (AFWN) 2017.

1. Clashing prints

It used to be a fashion faux pas to wear prints on prints, or patterns that do not go together. Now, clashing is not only okay, it’s the fad. The AFWN runways showcased outfits in which the more oddly put together they are, the better.

Godwin Green

Godwin Green

Bijelly couture

Bijelly couture

House of Regalia

House of Regalia

Araewa

Araewa

2. Dark Romance

A more sinister mode came over the catwalk as some designers sent out models in all black attire, with a lot of mesh and lace.

Sally Bawa

Sally Bawa

Sally Bawa

Sally Bawa

Miscerah

Miscerah

Valerie Arinze

Valerie Arinze

3. Jumpsuits and Playsuits

These have been there for a while and are definitely not going out anytime soon. This one- step outfit is the perfect alternative to dresses.

Alexander Akande

Alexander Akande

Tianah Styling

Tianah Styling

Veba

Veba

4. Dramatic sleeves

From bell-shaped to Bishop and balloon, it’s all about adding drama to your look next season. Dramatic sleeves are still hot on the fashion scene and not going out anytime soon.

Nini Kelia

Nini Kelia

Marobuk

Marobuk

House of Maufechi

House of Maufechi

5. Fringe and tassels

Sexy tassels and flirty fringes were seen on almost everything from skirts, tops, to jackets.

Chaan

Chaan

Audree Hope

Audree Hope

House of Regalia

House of Regalia

Nipo skin

Nipo skin

6. Shreds

This season looks set to embrace a more playful, feminine way of dressing, as displayed by the International Women Society (IWS) collective and Stiches by Chioma who lit up the runway with amazing designs of shredded Ankara dresses.

IWS

IWS

Klamzie

Klamzie

Klamzie

Klamzie

7. Ombre

Two tone dip dye fabrics reappeared on the catwalk, thanks to Kola Kudus and Del Africa, who showcased collections of different ombre looks, from light, dark colours to the traditional Yoruba adire. The collection is conservative but utterly versatile.

Del Africa

Del Africa

Simple Sleek

Simple Sleek

Kola Kuddus

Kola Kuddus

8. Bling Glamour

Stones on dresses and kimono tops all made an impact on the runway.  We love the Signature Secret stones on Ankara drape blouses and Blingshikki’s interpretation of glam with intricate stones on her hooded kaftans.

Otra

Otra

Blingshikki

Blingshikki

Signature Secret

Signature Secret

9. Kimonos

Looks like the kimono jacket is fast coming back, but this time, in beautiful silky and crochet fabrics, as showcased by some designers on the AFWN catwalk.

Finoretti by ekem

Finoretti by ekem

Eve Design

Eve Design

Threads by Kwete

Threads by Kwete

10. Monochrome

The black and white magic is one that is here to stay, models strutted the runway in some of the most inspiring looks of this trend.

Neopele

Neopele

NINI KELIA

NINI KELIA

Audree Hope

Audree Hope

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