ARISE FASH­ION WEEK 2018

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“Metallics in ev­ery color were on dis­play dur­ing Lanre Da Silva Ajayi’s show” - EuroNews

“Be­spoke Cou­ture de­signer Ozwald Boateng’s highly an­tic­i­pated show didn’t dis­ap­point, show­cas­ing a mix of tai­lor­ing, styled with a mod­ern twist.” - As­so­ci­ated Press

“Tinie Tem­pah’s cap­sule col­lec­tion ‘7 days ‘Till La­gos’ played homage to his Nige­rian roots, merg­ing Bri­tish style and African clothes in a com­ple­men­tary way.” - UK GUARDIAN

“At ARISE Fash­ion Week, .... You could al­most point the cam­era in any di­rec­tion and be guar­an­teed a good shot.” - Trevor Stu­ur­man to Bri­tish VOGUE

All grown-up true princesses must agree LDA speaks to their fash­ion fan­tasies like no other. Naomi Camp­bell led a train of gold lamé floor length dresses, hers a sleeve­less tiered tas­seled frock, cap­tur­ing her move­ment with anti-pendulum swing. Brushed gold fab­rics pe­ter­ing into black chif­fon breaks, re­veal­ing a shim­mer of legs, or model’s pos­te­rior, un­der­neath. LDA’s col­lec­tion spoke of a risqué princess freed of corset and hun­gry for fun.

The col­lec­tion’s colour pal­ette en­com­passed African nude to muted hues in pur­ple and black. This SA team, never fail to de­liver ‘beau­ti­ful’, this time chan­nel­ing a woman who aims to take off the ex­ter­nal sleeve of beauty to re­veal the nat­u­ral beauty un­der­neath. The body fea­tured promi­nently in this col­lec­tion, at times feign­ing con­ser­va­tive­ness, at oth­ers, re­veal­ing its true self. Naomi wore a pur­ple print, feath­ery, three-quar­ter-length jacket (pre­sum­ably with noth­ing un­der­neath).

Adire was given a jolt of life and turned into a new non-eth­nic sig­ni­fy­ing fab­ric, per­haps African, per­haps Ja­panese or even nei­ther. Stripped Aso Oke jack­ets with a colourist’s colour match­ing skills took the fab­ric into a new lux­u­ri­ous space for to­day. Clearly a case of bright is right for this de­signer who is at ease cloth­ing ei­ther sex.

If these clothes could speak they might say: Be not afraid of thy tone of flesh! Ra­di­at­ing from an ob­vi­ous love of the flesh tones of Africa, this col­lec­tion out­lined the skin with barely-there chif­fons and silks. An ex­otic eroti­cism was on dis­play, though not pro­fane. The cloth­ing was a clever and at times, com­plex mix of fab­rics joined to make an out­fit.

LANRE DA SILVA

KLUX CGDT

LOZA MA­LE­OMBHO

KEN­NETH NZE

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