The birth of ARISE, the coined synonym for “Africa Rising”, took Africa’s fashion global 11 years ago. Till date, it is still the most prominent fashion show in Africa. ARISE Fashion Week has helped to showcase and promote African designers on the runways of the world, from London’s famous Royal Albert Hall to Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, to the legendary triple appearance during New York’s iconic Fashion Week, to Lagos, to Johannesburg, to Cape Town and Paris.
This year, ARISE Fashion Week (AFW 2018) will return from March 30th to April 2nd at the Lagos Continental Hotel (formerly known as Intercontinental Hotel). Easter is about to be ‘LIT!’ as it promises to be an Easter extravaganza like no other. Running from March 31st to April 2nd, this year’s lineup of designers are some of the most impactful in the world as they were announced on the 11th of March, 2018 at the press briefing for AFW held at the Lagos Continental Hotel.
The AFW runway 2018 event in Lagos will feature 45 designers from 14 countries such as South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal, France, Morocco, the United Kingdom, the United States, the Caribbean and Nigeria. The best of these will be selected to showcase during NYFW in September this year.
According to the co-producer, Ruth Osime,
“We are excited to bring world-class fashion back to Lagos in the real sense of it. The bar will definitely be raised once more with strong collaborations, innovation, and creativity”
Here’s the line up of designers showcasing…
Day 1, March 31
Clan (Nigeria), Vonne Couture (Nigeria), Laurenceairline (Ivory Coast), About That Curvy Life Collective (Nigeria), Andrea Iyamah (Nigeria), Style Temple (Nigeria), Okunoren Twins (Nigeria), Thebe Magugu (South Africa), Aurora James (Canada), Tinie Tempah (UK), Mustafa Hassanali (Tanzania), Orapeleng Modutle (South Africa), Ituen Basi (Nigeria), KLûK CGDT (South Africa) and Lanre Da Silva Ajayi (Nigeria).
Day 2, April 1
Grey (Nigeria), Abaya Lagos (Nigeria), Taryor Gabriel (Nigeria), Ilare (Nigeria), House of Divas (Nigeria), Ziva Lagos (Nigeria), Sarah Duah (Germany), Yutee Rone (Nigeria), Koki Kamala (Botswana), Amine Bendriouich (Morocco), Tzar (Nigeria), Kimono Kollection (Nigeria), Mai Atafo (Nigeria), Tsemaye Binitie (Nigeria), Gavin Rajah (South Africa), Jewel by Lisa (Nigeria) and Tiffany Amber (Nigeria).
Day 3, April 2
Moofa (Nigeria), Dzyn (Nigeria), House of Nwocha (Nigeria), Maxivive (Nigeria), Sunny Rose (Nigeria), Tokyo James (Nigeria), Maxhosa by Laduma (South Africa), Maki Oh (Nigeria), Gozel Green (Nigeria), Rich Mnisi (South Africa), Bridget Awosika (Nigeria), Ere Dappa (Nigeria), Odion Mimonet (Nigeria), Laquan Smith (USA), Lakhanyo Midingi (South Africa), Deola Sagoe (Nigeria) and Ozwald Boateng (UK).
Check out shots from the media brunch…
Photo credit: IG | Thisdaystyle, #Arisefashionweek2018
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