Below is a list of Nigerian Designers we would like to say thank to. Listed in no particular order, we give them a Big thank / congrats on their hard work .
Because of them Nigerian culture is being borrowed and incorporated into with the western fashion. These are the people who are getting us prepared, ready and set to position Nigeria as one of the world’s most fashionable city.
From all of us here at Genevieve Magazine #KUDOS to you.
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Ever since Folake Folarin-Coker launched her power fashion house Tiffany Amber 13 years ago, the critically acclaimed Nigerian label has been known to create timeless and exquisite pieces for the everyday woman. This has by far positioned her brand as one of the leaders in women’s fashion in Africa.
Toju Foyeh’s collections are dramatic, bold and ambitious with the use of lace, silk, chiffon and enduring damask. The collection offers classic yet trendy romantic dresses that allow for easy fittings and flattering cuts for the ideal cocktail dress, or evening gowns that look and feel luxurious to any woman. The Toju Foyeh collection offers well tailored one of a kind fashion for the modern jet setting fashionista.
MIMI LEE LONDON
The Mimi Lee London label is driven by the ethos of a London ‘it’ girl who loves to play and experiment with her looks. She is always on the hunt for that uber exclusive garment that ensures she stays way ahead of the pack! The Mimi-Lee London girl lives a jet setting lifestyle, today she sailing at an exclusive strip in St. Tropez . Tomorrow she is at the front row of Japan fashion week eyeing up the hottest fashion trends! Mimi Lee London is an element of surprise, delicate silk fabrics, and Japanese hand painting techniques adorn some of the garments.
French born designer, Yvonne Nwosu is the Creative Director behind the fashion line ‘VONNE’. Her love for fashion began since she was young, making clothes for her miniature .Vonne is known for her edgy and daring clothes and jackets. Her style is unique in every sense and true to her tag line ‘invokes the daring goddess in every woman’. Another unique aspect of Vonne’s fashion line is that she uses Damask fabrics which comes from the word Damascus which was sold in common 21st century market in Damascus. This unique use of Damask gives Vonne’s pieces a very timeless look.
Frank Oshodi is a young dynamic man in his early 30s, who has been in the fashion world since 1989. He himself has been a model, choreographer and now a top rated fashion designer and make-up artist. He has modeled for so many top fashion houses in Nigeria such as Dakova, Supreme Stitches, Nikki Africana and a host of others. Specialising in Bide and bridesmaid garments. His pieces are quintessentially African inspired.
JEWEL BY LISA
Since 2005, Lisa Folawiyo, founder of Jewel by Lisa, has been crafting the most uber-chic collections and incorporating Ankara in the most non-traditional yet super couture ways. She uses the highest grade Ankara fabrics from the Vl-isco Hollandais brand to concoct the perfect mixtures of ankara, sequins, swarovski crystals, beads, taffeta, and anything else you wouldn’t think of coupling with this staple Nigerian fabric. She has showcased internationally in the New York Fashion week 2010, Paris Fashion week 2010 etc. She has been reviewed internationally in Media houses Gotham, Style.com, Women wear Daily and more. Among her celebrity fans are Beyonce, Tasha Smith, Kelis and Eve.
The House of Deola Sagoe was established in 1989 in Lagos, Nigeria. The brand celebrates the inherent, ethnic glamour found in local African fabrics and hand-woven materials. Deola Sagoe is a fashion visionary with a unique approach to her craft that has endeared her to fans and followers all over the world. Using African fabrics, hand-woven materials, and contemporising almost-lost traditional African techniques, Deola designs present a unique vision and attitude for the modern woman.
Bridget Awosika realised she wanted to go into fashion at a very young age. She attended , the prestigious Parsons School of Design (New York) to work on her following degree in Fashion Design. Her collections are full of fitting gowns and dresses, simple, elegant designs. Her 2012 collection included splashed paint silk organzas, silk charmeuse , silks and matte jersey in electric blue, tomato red, dim gray, cream and navy black colors ran the gamut. The designer keeps showing her prowess when it comes to daring cuts, draping and maneuvering fabrics.
HOUSE OF NWOCHA
House of Nwocha’s pieces are colourful!! The Spring/Summer 2012 collection “Dianthus”collection featured a lot of colours, including red and blue as well as black-and-white prints is the answer to all style needs this season.As an o.d.e to summer 2012, House of Nwocha has introduced a beautiful blend of prints, flirty shapes and bright fabrics to bring to you a refreshing collection that’s perfect and easy for summer. The enchanting flower patterned silk fabric is mixed with various other bright patterned shades to create beautiful pleated silhouettes, bandage dresses, jumpsuits etc for a perfect summer outing. This 2012 collection was shown at the just concluded 2012 Africa Fashion Week London (AFWL)
The 2012 edition of the Arise Magazine Fashion Week was held earlier in the year. There was a total of 77 designers from six continents participating. Nigerian Designers involved included: HOUSE of DIVAS, House of Farrah, House of Nwocha, ICONIC INVANITY, Ejiro Amos Tafiri, Eki Orleans, Frank Osodi, Funlayo Déri, Davida, CLAN, Be-Grey , Bridget Awosika , Buki Akib, Jewel by Lisa , Lanre Da Silva Ajayi , Mai Atafo , Maki-Oh , Meena , NKWO, Odio Mimonet , Okunoren Twins, Re Bahia, Sunny Rose, Tiffany Amber, Tsemaye Binitie, U.Mi-1, Virgos Lounge, Viv La Resistance , William Okpo. A big Congrats and well-done to all.