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Fashion Trends To Expect From LFDW

By Chidirim Ndeche 21 October 2017   |   8:00 am

The fashion week train moved from London to Milan, to Paris and New York. Now, fashion week has choo-chooed its way to Lagos, with the Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week (LFDW).

The event is set to hold at Eko Atlantic on the 25th to 28th of October, 2017.

Fashion week is a time when designers showcase their creativity on the runway, predicting the styles we expect to see in the coming fashion season. Here are the trends from the international fashion weeks held earlier in the year.

Milan Fashion Week

Model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women’s Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINA

At Milan fashion week, designers threw it way back to the 80s with Gucci opening the day with models with fringed foreheads, spaceman shades, boxy suits and enough sequins to make a disco party look dull.

Versace supermodels reunion

Versace had top supermodels reunite at his show. There was so much glitter and shine, it’s not only your highlighter that will be popping next season. Add that to snakeskin clothing, see-through materials, stripes, more stripes, feathers and pink (yes, the colour). The runways were an artsy sight as many designers abandoned the traditional runway for more creative catwalks on the street and in the middle of a sports car exhibition.

Paris Fashion Week

A model presents a creation for Koche during the women’s 2018 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show in Paris, on September 26, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS GUILLOT

The fashion train found its way to the city of love, a place where fashion dreams are born and murdered. At Paris Fashion Week, the oversized trend from last year was cut down to size and properly tailored attires were in. Everything looked much more classic, wearable and designed to flatter. Even Rick Owens, the over-the-top Los Angeles radical who took oversized to extremes, seemed to be cutting his cloth much tighter. Oversize wasn’t the only trend killed. Pastels and strong colours, which usually dominate trends up until the end of the year, got a fresh coat of monochrome paint with designers really focusing on the essentials of black and white. And let’s not forget the sportswear craze. Perhaps it’s because of the forthcoming World Cup or the desire for fitness and healthy living. Who knows!

New York Fashion Week

Fenty by PUMA

New York Fashion Week (NYFW) went from last to first on the global fashion calendar this year to much speculation. Some international, high-profile designers stayed on the fashion train until it got to New York. Then they stylishly shouted “Owa!” and showcased designs that made us sit up in awe. Rihanna opened the fashion week with her Fenty x PUMA collection filled with sportswear, having her models strut down a runway filled with pink sand dunes and motorcyclists doing stunts over the catwalks.  Oh, and there were also heeled flip-flops. Amazing!

Model presents a creation for Maki Oh

Maki Oh took Nigeria “to the abroad” and showed them the memories she had of her beautiful country, with layers and layers of those frills women adored and despised as children. Marc Jacobs “borrowed” from Afrocentric cultures with head wraps, prints, menswear-inspired womenswear and luxurious jackets. We would be mad that he didn’t give the cultures that inspired this collection credit, but it’s cool. Phillipe Plein is one designer that is fascinated with the black culture and he made that evident in this collection of modern-urban staples. He invited hip-hop artists like Future, Snoop Dogg and Teyana Taylor to his runway and she changed the way we see the catwalks. So much sass! We loved it. In case you missed all her catwalks, you LASTma official, you can check them here.

Lagos Fashion and Design Week

Heineken Lagos Fashion Design Week 2016, Day 4: Lisa Folawiyo

It’s safe to say that we have high expectations from LFDW. Perhaps designers at LFDW will move in that direction or showcase designs more traditional and in line with our culture. But we look forward to seeing what our designers would dish out to us. Bring it on, people!



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