ARISE Fashion Week (AFW 2018) is back this week from March 30th to April 2nd at the Lagos Continental Hotel (formerly known as Intercontinental Hotel).

Ozwald Boateng, Arise Fashion Week 2012

11 years ago, Africa’s fashion industry became truly global with the birth of ARISE, the synonym for “Africa Rising“. ARISE Fashion Week helped to put Nigeria firmly on the global fashion map, showcasing and promoting African designers on the runways of the world, from London’s famous Royal Albert Hall, to Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, to the legendary triple appearance during New York’s iconic Fashion Week, to Lagos, to Johannesburg, to Cape Town and Paris.

The AFW runway has seen global fashion icons and leading models such as Naomi Campbell, Alek Wek, Liya Kebede, Oluchi Orlandi, Grace Bol, Georgie Badiel, Millen Magese, showcase the best of Africa.

The event has also seen internationally acclaimed designers such as Gavin Rajah, Ozwald Boateng, David Tlale, LaQuan Smith, Lanre DaSilva, DEOLA, Jewel By Lisa, Ituen Basi, Odio Mimonet and more fly the African flag

From March 30th to April 2nd at the Lagos Continental Hotel, ARISE Fashion Week 2018 will once again showcase the best and brightest fashion designers from around the world.

Still the most prominent fashion show in Africa, ARISE Fashion Week 2018 continues to hold its prestigious place and it is where the global fashion elite will once again converge and where international and African fashion collections are shown to a global audience of buyers, financiers, retailers and media – whilst creating memorable fashion moments through authenticity, innovation and style.

The AFW runway 2018 event in Lagos will feature over 45 designers from 15 countries such as South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal, France, Morocco, the United Kingdom, the United States , the Caribbean and Nigeria.

Some of the designers whose looks would grace the Arise Fashion Week runway include Mustafa Hassanali, Chularp Suwannapha, Gavin Rajah, Kluk CGDT, Lahnayo Midnigi, Maxhosa by Laduma, Orapeleng Module, Quiteria & George Thebe Magugu and Rich Mnisi.

The best of these will be selected to showcase during NYFW in September this year.

Co-Producer Ruth Osime said:

We are excited to bring world-class fashion back to Lagos in the real sense of it. The bar will definitely be raised once more with strong collaborations, innovation, and creativity.


Abaya Lagos / Nigeria

About That Curvy Life / Nigeria

Amine Bendriouich / Morocco

Andrea Iyamah / Nigeria

Aurora James / Canada

Banke Kuku / Nigeria

Bridget Awosika / Nigeria

Bukola Akomolafe / Germany

Chularp Suwannapha / South Africa

Colrs / Germany

Dzyn / Nigeria

Fashpa / Nigeria

Funke Adepoju / Nigeria

Gavin Rajah / South Africa

Gozel Green / Nigeria

House of Divas Lagos / Nigeria

House of Irawo / Nigeria

House of Nwocha / Nigeria

Ilare / Nigeria

Imad Eduso / Nigeria

Ituen Basi / Nigeria

Karolynne Ashley / Bahamas

Kenneth Ize / Nigeria

Kimono Kollection / Nigeria

Kluk CGDT / South Africa

Koko Kamala / Botswana

Lahnayo Midnigi / South Africa

Laquan Smith / USA

Laurenceairline / France

Lanre Da Silva / Nigeria

Lisa Folawiyo / Nigeria

LOZA Maleombho / Ivory Coast

Lulu Lingerie / Nigeria

Mai Atafo / Nigeria

Maxhosa by Laduma / South Africa

Maxivive / Nigeria

Moofa / Nigeria

Mustafa Hassanali / Tanzania

Odio Mimonet / Nigeria

Orapeleng Module / South Africa

Ozwald Boateng / UK – United Kingdom

Prim By Michelle Elie / Germany

Quiteria & George / South Africa

Rich Mnisi / South Africa

Rokus London / Ivory Coast

Style Temple / Nigeria

Sunny Rose / Nigeria

Thebe Magugu / South Africa

Tiffany Amber / Nigeria

Tinie Tempah / United Kingdom

Tokyo James / Nigeria

Tsemaye Binitie / Nigeria

Tzar / Nigeria

Vonne Couture / Nigeria

Weiz Dhurm Franklyn / US

Washington Roberts / USA

Yutee Rone / Nigeria

Ziva Lagos / Nigeria

See @arisefashionweek for more information on ARISE Fashion Week.