Lagos Fashion Week (LagosFW) held in one of Africa’s most vibrant cities, returns October 27 th -30 th 2021 presented by Heineken at the Lagos Fashion Week Tents, Federal Palace Hotel. Celebrating its 10 th year, the annual multi-day fashion event will comprise of runway shows and events in-real-life and virtually, allowing a global audience to participate. #TheFutureStartsNow is the defining theme for this year’s edition which speaks to the need for a global fashion industry that conserves the environment, and values people over profit. All event details and schedule can be found at lagosfashionweek.ng
“I am honored to celebrate this 10 year milestone of Lagos Fashion Week and reflect on the work we’ve done and what it means for African Fashion globally. The future of fashion for decades to come is being created now. It begins with a community who supports the rising talents springing up across the continent, and a deep commitment from our ecosystem to adopt a functional fashion system that delivers environmental, societal and economic solutions that are beneficial for all.” Omoyemi Akerele
Founded in 2011 by Omoyemi Akerele who is also the founder of the fashion development consulting firm Style House Files, Lagos Fashion Week provides a platform for African designers to present their collections to buyers, media and fashion enthusiasts through the platform’s initiatives. In the last few years, Lagos Fashion Week has concentrated on moving the conversation beyond creativity to add value to the industry through co-creation, collaboration and community. African owned fashion businesses are at the forefront of shaping the future of fashion with their natural agility, built in approach to traceability and transparency, all of which is required for African fashion businesses to survive in a post Covid world. It is with this backdrop that this year Lagos Fashion Week launched the 3rd edition of the Green Access Competition – a talent discovery platform aimed to encourage designers to create with a strong focus on strengthening Africa’s circular fashion ecosystem.
This year, the shortlisted semi-ﬁnalists in the Green Access Competition include: Femi Ajose, Founder/Creative Director, Cute-Saint, Desirée Iyama, Founder/Creative Director, Desirée Iyama, Funke Asinobi-Ola, Co-founder, FIA, Oyindamola Aleshinloye, Founder/Creative Director, Kadiju, Gift Olohije Founder/Creative Director, Lohije, FatimaLagundoye, Founder/Creative Director, Y’wandeLag. The top ﬁve Green Access ﬁnalists will be commissioned to design a collection that will be showcased on the Lagos Fashion Week Runway.
The Lagos Fashion Week has implemented strict Covid 19 guidelines to ensure the safety of all involved. LagosFashion Week encourages all team members, designers, technical partners and guests to complete the CovidVaccination program offered by the Nigerian Government and the NPHCDA.
ABOUT LAGOS FASHION WEEK
Founded in 2011 Lagos Fashion Week (LagosFW) is a fashion platform that drives the Nigerian and ultimately, the African fashion industry; by bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of designers at a four day event in the fashion capital of Lagos, Nigeria. As a leading fashion event on the African fashion calendar, LagosFW leads the way with initiatives that support, strengthens and develop the fashion industry. Beyond the runway, the annual event provides a physical platform that’s gradually repositioning fashion as a useful tool for commerce and creativity in Nigeria.
- Runway Shows and Presentations featuring new season collections from designers
- Fashion Focus Africa – talent discovery initiative that creates access to Fashion Focus Fund, knowledge transfer, information exchange, networking opportunities, and access to market;
- Fashion Business Series to facilitate conversations with key players from the Nigerian and Pan African industries and beyond, as a useful tool for exchanging ideas, networking, and developing the fashion industry.
- Green Access – Talent discovery with a vision to encourage designers to create social, economic, and environmentally sustainable fashion brands
- Visual Makers Fellowship – Created to empower budding filmmakers and photographers with workshops and masterclasses
- LagosFW Showrooms – Access to shop some of your favorite fashion brands
- After parties – an opportunity to experience Lagos’ nightlife and connect with some of Africa’s finest creatives in a relaxed environment.
Lagos, the LagosFW host city is an attraction itself. A metropolitan island that’s home to 17.5 to 20 million people, features an interesting mix of people, culture and is fast becoming the melting pot for creative talents and business in Africa.
Participants, designers, and visitors alike can expect a diversified and interactive platform to maximize their exposure within and beyond their industry circle and open gateways for more business opportunities.
Lagos Fashion Week has also expanded its scope of work by creating two main platforms that run concurrently with fashion week – Fashion Business Series, Fashion Focus Africa, Fashion Focus Fund and Lagos Fashion Week Presents. Fashion Focus Africa offers industry master classes and Fashion Focus Fund provides incubation support for emerging talents across the continent. Through Fashion Business Series, LagosFW advocates for support for the industry from the private as well as public sector.