Produced by Style House Files, Lagos Fashion Week is one of the most respected fashion week events in Africa. This year, over 40 brands showcased their Spring/Summer 24 collections between 25th – 29th October. Below are my top 5 favourites.
Orire is a contemporary fashion brand committed to exploring artistic femininity through distinct artisanal craftsmanship and conscious production. What I love about their pieces is their use of bold ruffles and feminine silhouettes.
Cute Saint is a thoughtful genderless brand, that focuses on comfort as well as telling the much ignored African narrative through colors, textures, shapes and lines. They also aim to bridge the gap between “luxury and affordability”.
If you’re a fan of crochet and elevated casual looks then you will love Elexiay. They aim to redefine crochet from being known as ‘grandma’s clothing’, to modern pieces that can be worn by all. Using knowledge passed down from generation to generation, all their pieces are handmade to reduce the impact on the environment.
Gëto is a cut and sewn clothing brand which specialises in high fashion aesthetics that suit all body types. They believe fashion should be fun, inclusive and flattering, and it shows in their pieces!
Founded in 1996, this Kenya brand transcends fashion trends. KikoRomeo puts sustainability at its core, striving to create longevity in each garment by using handmade and hand-dyed fabrics as well as hand-carved trims, sourced from the African continent.
The Ladymaker is known for dedication to fit and a passion for creating foundational pieces inspired by heritage for the modern woman. Their signature core aesthetic marries explorations of form and texture with the unexpected.
To be honest, this list barely scratches the surface of the beautiful collections that were displayed last weekend. But if for nothing at all, I hope these 5 brands have given you a peak into the amazing work coming out of Africa’s fashion industry. I’m excited to see what’s next for these brands!