The anticipated ARISE Fashion Week and Jazz Festival kicked off in grand style last night at the Fashion Capital of Africa – Lagos, Nigeria. This “Future Forward” themed edition on its first day featured 10 exceptional designers from Africa and the diaspora who showcased their amazing collections against a backdrop of curated selections of jazz music in celebration of progressive African creativity in fashion and music, as well as ARISE’s role in championing musical and design talents from our continent and beyond.

In case you missed it, check out our coverage of the event on and @bellanaijastyle on Instagram.

See photographs from the runway show below:

Photography: @insignaonline