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In Lagos, Nigeria—a town house to extra other folks than New York and London blended, the place there is at all times a celebration across the subsequent nook—your outfit does the entire speaking. From Friday to Sunday, Lagosians step out of their weekend best possible, made up our minds to outdo their closing glance. Regardless of the place you glance there is not any scarcity of ankara, agbadas, fits, colors and engaging silhouettes. This power used to be all over throughout Lagos Model Week 2019 which ended on Saturday the 26th.

The four-day match featured runway displays through a few of Africa’s greatest designers who controlled to arrest the group’s consideration with well-timed famous person appearances, dramatic entrances, choreography, and engaging Afrocentric outfits. Alternatively, like style week each the place on the earth, one of the vital best possible appears to be like are not discovered at the runway however relatively on the street, the place the attendees make the most of the development and the platform it supplies to make use of style to precise and discover their identities.

Inside the grounds of Lagos Model Week—which this 12 months is the Balmoral Corridor, Federal Palace Lodge—conventions are suspended, gendered expectancies forgotten and drama, aptitude, and execution turn out to be all that topic. We grabbed a digital camera and headed to Lagos Model Week to seize one of the vital best possible appears to be like. From shimmery hair on males to a masks product of beads, the road taste of Lagos Model Week wasn’t wanting standout appears to be like. Test them out underneath

90’s Homme Fatale

Nigerian man wearing mesh shirt during Lagos Fashion Week 2019

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Creator and editor Keside Anosike wears a black mesh crop best from Orange Tradition. He is dressed in it to turn beef up for Orange Tradition who’s showcasing that day, he tells OkayAfrica. Paired with bluejeans it cuts a relatively attention-grabbing determine. He tells us that “whilst other folks do specific themselves outdoor style week, what style week does is that it creates an umbrella, offers a reason why to precise your self. Model week collects those other folks, collects all folks who’re very expressive with how we get dressed and simply places us all beneath one umbrella. Bring to mind it as a level”

The Incognito Model Queen

Nigerian woman wearing pearl mask and gold jewelry at Lagos Fashion Week 2019.

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Wearing a couple of leather-based pants, a masks comprised of pearls, and dramatic sleeves which play at the underwear-as-outerwear development, style blogger Onyii Bekeh is well some of the best possible dressed attendees. As other folks stroll previous, they invariably flip their head to catch yet one more glimpse of her outfit whilst boulevard taste photographers rush to take photos. Onyii whispers to us thru her bead masks that she can not in reality communicate, whilst she poses for but every other boulevard taste image. “I simply sought after to head about my day with out getting identified, it will get tiring” Onyii tells us after I meet up with her later prior to giggling. “In reality that is a lie, I used to be simply accessorizing and the whole lot else gave the impression fundamental, so I did my face as a substitute. Plus the opposite reason why”

The Adventurous Good looks Aficionado

Nigerian woman with blue bantu knot hairstyle and mesh shirt at Lagos Fashion Week 2019.

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Lagos Model Week additionally had attractiveness business insiders pulling out the entire stops with colourful hair, brilliant make-up and extra. Good looks and way of life blogger Deola Adebiyi used to be a imaginative and prescient of perfection in a black mesh get dressed and brilliant pink bantu knots. “I sought after to dye my hair a few my months in the past and I wasn’t positive which color I’d move with. And after I were given to the saloon, I simply mentioned blue and that used to be the primary time I had ever mentioned it out loud that I sought after to dye my hair blue. I additionally love bantu knots, for those who’ve ever noticed my instagram you’ll inform—so I determined to head with each.’ Deola tells OkayAfrica, “I knew I used to be going to put on all black as a result of black is my favourite color so I used to be in search of one thing that used to be edgy, stylish and attractive.”

The Glossy Futurist

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Quirky hair then again wasn’t simply reserved for the ladies as the men greater than were given in at the motion. Model insider Fola Francis made moderately the commentary along with his glitter-infused hair and prismatic amethyst tracksuit. “Once I noticed the theme for this 12 months’s version—’Past Creativity, Shaping Model’s Long run’—I knew I needed to get a hold of an outfit that best possible interprets the theme and remains true to my aesthetic” Fola says. “It used to be impressed through my love for greasy issues, and in addition impressed through Lil Nas X’s panini video. I simply sought after a futuristic glance.”

Unfashionable Carrie 

Tall Nigerian man wearing a structural black coat and big sunglasses at Lagos Fashion Week 2019

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Superstar stylist Oluwatosin Ogundegbe performed with proportions and textures along with his have compatibility, slicing a relatively distinct determine within the sea of trendy other folks. Once I requested him what impressed his outfit, he references quite a lot of celebrities and eras who influenced his outfit. “My everlasting love is for my greatest style inspiration, Carrie Bradshaw from Intercourse and the Town,” he starts. “I additionally love unfashionable, the long-lasting rappers of the 90s, Will Smith from Contemporary Prince of Bel Air, Andre Leon Talley and theatrics—all of them impressed this ensemble.”

The Taste Storyteller

Nigerian man in snakeskin jacket, crop top and wraparound sunglasses at Lagos Fashion Week 2019.

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Like Keside, stylist Aize Paul wore a crop. “Hanging that glance in combination I had to remember that it used to be the closing day and so much had came about,” says Paul. “Therefore my simple tackle that day to precise simply my truest type of taste. I wore a crop like I did the former days to proceed no matter tale I used to be telling however nonetheless saved it minimum. The snake pores and skin jacket layering used to be a final min contact. My nephew recommended me to throw it on and it banged”

​Madam Blanc Comes Alive

Nigerian man wearing a red dress and chunky jewelry at Nigerian fashion week.

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“Madam Blanc” from Suspiria and “the Handmaid” from Handmaid’s Story style Uche Uba tells me, mentioning his taste inspiration for his outfit at the ultimate day of Lagos Model Week ‘I sought after a somber but visible electrifying glance. Like a brilliant but darkish power. Nearly ritual’

The Androgynous Taste Editor

Nigerian man wearing colorful coat and red sunglasses.

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“Androgynous and a few unfashionable antique glance” are how taste editor Ezeonye Ozic describes his outfit—some of the extra visually arresting glance which may be noticed throughout style week “Maximum of what I am dressed in is thrifted” he tells us giggling “however the shoulder straps are from Ruban Extended family.”

See extra appears to be like from Lagos Model Week 2019 Underneath

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