Demure by Denike
Demure by Denike is a womenswear brand which makes use of traditional African fabrics and techniques mixed with contemporary fabrics and a youthful twist. The label was founded in 2016 by undefinedwho has amassed quite a following on Instagram due to her creative work. Adenike, a stylista in her own right, describes her label as 'traditional yet modern'.
Demure by Denike took to the runway for the first time thanks to the LFW Fashion Focus program. Having given the label the platform, the young designer made sure she shined with a stunning collection. Her pieces were flirty and feminine and the use of aso oke was inspired. We love seeing young designers pay homage to traditional Nigerian styles and re-imaging them in a youthful and stylish way.
If there's one designer that comes to mind when thinking about someone committed to their craft, it's Sunny Rose. This lady doesn't do anything by halves and last night was no exception. She debuted a strong 40 piece collection that had a myriad of colours and styles.
Whilst we loved the variety, we have to say that a key part of putting together a collection is also knowing how to edit it and sometimes less is definitely more.
One of the highlights of the show was an acoustic performance by the stunning Di'Ja who sang beautifully as the models took their last turn down the runway.
Style Temple was undoubtedly one of the best shows of the night. When we think about OG Okonkwo and where she is taking the Style Temple brand, we get chills.
Her clothes are quite literally works of art and last night's collection was very Balmain meets Maxmara. Style Temple gave us devastatingly chic ensembles and the quality of the fabrics, the draping and the elegant pastel palette made for a very impressive collection. You know a collection is good when you can imagine your favourite celebrities wearing the pieces.
In an ongoing effort to highlight African women in the fashion space, Sarah Diouf launched her African-made brand Tongoro.
From flirty off-the-shoulder tops, to billowing maxi skirts and a handbag inspired by a French baguette all created in the most memorable, distinctly African prints, Tongoro is poised to highlight the best of modern African fashion for an affordable price.
Sarah Diouf brought a bit of Senegalese flair to the LFW runway last night with her beautiful, ethereal collection. From gorgeous head wraps, voluminous maxi dresses and the most delightful mini bags, the Tongoro show was the highlight of the night.
Odio Mimonet is a veteran in the design business. Out of her Victoria Island store, Odio has built and empire, amassed a huge following and a very exclusive set of clientele. From her years of experience, it came as no surprise that her collection was one of the most high quality and well-produced collections we have seen come down the LFW runway.
Her pieces were mature and elegant and spoke to the more discerning fashion lovers in the crowd. A mixture of flowing midi dresses and high-octane mini's, Odio's collection swerved between ladylike and super glamorous effortlessly. It was one of the most cohesive collections of the night, testament to Odio's wealth of experience.
Lisa Folawiyo quite literally never disappoints. She is one of the most consistent creatives in our industry which is why she has enjoyed such a long and illustrious career and just when we think she's done it all, she does even more.
This collection was by far her most playful yet. The collection was a palette of oranges, greens and yellows with flirty cut-outs and off the shoulder detailing. What we love about Lisa is that she rarely shys away from print and this collection was laden with it.