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