Lagos Fashion Week is undoubtedly known as one of the biggest platforms showcasing the best of Nigerian designers over the years and has been the launchpad for some of the biggest names in African fashion from the likes of Kenneth Ize to Maki Oh, Orange Culture, and much more.
In an interview with Vogue.com Editor Chioma Nnadi, Lagos Fashion Week founder Omoyemi Akerele talks about her decision to postpone this year’s physical event earlier in the year due to the pandemic and the tragedies of the #endSARS movement, to a safer virtual event which will be live-streamed.
Our decision to call off Lagos Fashion Week was not an easy one considering the extensive work and planning that had gone into it all year, but it was definitely the right thing to do. We are still reeling from the shock of the ordeal, and there are still so many unanswered questions. I am not saying everything should grind to a halt, but it was important for us to show our solidarity, support, and deep sense of loss after 20/10/2020 [the date of the Lekki massacre]. I have been at the receiving end of police brutality before, and I really feel helpless knowing that the perpetrators of 20/10/2020 might get away with this, and there’s seemingly little to nothing we can do about it, at least for now. The question is, can everyone and everything really go back to normal after an ordeal of this magnitude?
For the feature, talented stylist Taylor Angino and photographer Lakin Ogunbanwo worked with some designers to showcase in-season pieces from Lisa Folawiyo, Emmy Kasbit, Tola Adegbite, Frank Aghuno, Maxivive, Maki Oh Lagos, and Nkwo Onwuka.
Read the full feature on www.vogue.com
See the pictures below