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The fashion season is about to be upon us in full force as Lagos Fashion Week returns. Unsure what to expect? Well, look out for Spring/Summer 2019 collections, new Fashion Focus Africa winner and a whole lot of daring style choices. But before then, get the breakdown of the entire event!
Heineken Lagos Fashion Week is returning for its 8th edition this year from October 24th – 27th 2018. It is the leading event on the African Fashion calendar, attracting thousands of fashion experts, enthusiasts and media across the continent and beyond. This seasons event will feature over 50 designers showcasing their Spring/Summer 2019 collections. It also features the Fashion Business Series, #LagosFWRetail in partnership with #SheTrades, Visual Makers Fellowship with Canon, Green Access Showcase with Fayrouz x Garment Care and Heineken Live Your Music After Party.
The Heineken Lagos Fashion Week press cocktail took place on the 11th of October 2018 to announce plans for this year’s event. The cocktail began with a short message by Obabiyi Fagade, Senior Brand Manager Heineken. He further reiterates Heineken’s commitment to inspiring African consumers to break boundaries through the LFW platform. He also expresses his excitement for LFW guests to experience the Heineken hospitality suite as well as Live Your Music.
Fashion Focus Africa
Fashion Focus Alumni, and Fashion Focus x FETS Wallet Fund recipient, Emmy Kasbit was also present, sharing his experience of the incubator programme, he said, “Fashion Focus has been a great journey so far. The fund has further helped propel my brand forward in such a short period of time through business mentorship and global opportunities, this has only been possible with the support of the Fashion Focus platform which continuously facilitates positioning my brand globally”.
Progressing the opportunity to continue to impact young African creatives and businesses, even more, the 2018/19 Fashion Focus Africa Semi-Finalists who will be going through to the interview stages have been selected:
Mohammed Jafaru Larry | Larry Jay | Ghana
Linda Mukang. | Haute Baso | Rwanda
Katungulu Mwendwa | Kenya
Tayo, Tola and Tope Alakija | TAlakija | Lagos
Amali Curtis | Ili | Lagos
Moses Turahirwa | Moshions | Rwanda
Ilse-Naolila Teixeira | Naolila | Angola
Nelly Emerald Aboagye | Duaba Serwa | Ghana
Jasleen Matharu | Kenya
Eidusi Patrick Eromosele | Rick Dusi | Lagos
Interviews will go on during Lagos Fashion Week.
Fashion Business Series
The Fashion Business Series will take a new turn this year, happening on the first day to usher in #HLFW18. The aim of FBS is to create a platform for fashion stakeholders to drive conversation about the development of the fashion industry. Furthermore, this year’s theme, “The Importance of Platforms” will feature a panel of experts discussing how various media platforms can be utilised for the benefit of the industry.
Visual Makers Fellowship
Also, a key feature in the 2018 lineup is the Visual Makers Fellowship. 10 filmmakers and 20 photographers will attend workshops over a 7-day period. This is facilitated by Canon and they will be offered the opportunity to shoot for #HLFW2018. In addition, the Green Access showcase with Fayrouz and Garment Care, a platform set-up to promote sustainable fashion. Workshops for Green Access begun earlier on Thursday the 11th of October and will see 5 finalists present upcycled pieces at Lagos Fashion Week.
Also, Omoyemi Akerele – Founder #LFWNG, rounded up the press cocktail thanking the commitment of sponsors and reiterating the objective of the #HLFW18 platform and the growing need to engage the Pan-African fashion industry to promote skills acquisition and commerce that can catalyze economic growth.
Fashion Business Series: 24th October 2018. This year’s theme is titled ‘The Importance of Platforms’ and discussions will delve into how the fashion industry can leverage platforms. A dynamic selection of industry experts will lead these discussions.
Runway Shows and #LagosFWRetail: 25th – 27th October 2018. 10am – 10pm daily.
Finally, tickets for the runway shows can be purchased online at Afritickets.
See more photos from the press cocktail event below: