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ARiSE Magazine Fashion Week 2012: Who’s Back, Not and We’d love to see this Year.

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Your favourite International African Magazine, ARiSE Magazine have announced its return to Lagos for another Fashion Show/Week Extravaganza, which will hold from the 6th of March – 11th of March 2012 on the grounds of the luxurious 5-Star Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria.

Only this time it will feature 77 participants from 6 continents – including designers as far away as India, the Caribbean, USA, Europe and Africa as oppose to their debut show last year with 50 – 52 Designers.

In true HauTe Fashion Africa taste, we have scanned through this list, and broken them down into several sections; those that are back, those that are not, and of course, those we’d like to see, including adding 11 Designers missing from the official list sent out my Arise Magazine last week, which had only 66, so exciting, you know how like to dream.

Who’s Back:

These Designers did not have enough of the debut, and they are back for a double dose of the show

Amine Bendriouich Couture and BS (Germany/Morocco):

Angelo Van Mol (Belgium/Ghana):

Grey (Nigeria):

Bestow Elan (UK/Ghana):

Bridget Awosika (Nigeria):

Buki Akib (UK/Nigeria):

Chichia London (UK/Tanzania):

Christie Brown (Ghana):

Ejiro Amos Tafiri (Nigeria):

Eki Orleans (UK/Nigeria):

House of Farrah (Nigeria):

House of Nwocha (Nigeria):

Jewel by Lisa (Nigeria):

Kastle Designs & Treasure Chest (USA/Ghana):

Klûk-CGDT (South Africa):

Korto Momolu (USA/Liberia):

Lanre DaSilva-Ajayi (Nigeria):

Madam Wokie’s Couture (Sierra Leone):

Maki Oh (Nigeria):

Mataano (USA/Somalia):

Mustafa Hassanali (Tanzania):

Nkwo (UK/Nigeria):

Odio Mimonet (Nigeria):

Okunoren Twins (Nigeria):

Re Bahia (UK/Nigeria):

Tiffany Amber (Nigeria):

Tsemaye Binitie (UK/Nigeria):

Viv La Resistance (Nigeria):

Vonne Couture:

Zed Eye:


Who’s Not:

This list is tricky, as you have read about, ARiSE has only released 66 names of the 77 names showing this time, so for all you know, they may be back, but in the meantime, they are not on the list.

Autumn Adeigbo (Nigeria):

Alexander Amosu (Nigeria):

Annie Marie Addo (Ghana):

Black Coffee:

Bunmi Koko:

Deola Sagoe:

Ere Dappa:

Gert Joahn – Coetzee:

Ituen Basi:



Kiki Kamanu:

Lola Faturoti:

Nikki Khiran Couture:

Pierre-Antoine Vettorello (Belgium/Ghana):

Samantha Cole London:

Wale Adeyemi:

Xuly Bet:

Who we’d love to see:

Our favourite list as it promises new talent, and also allows us add the unofficial 8 Designers not yet listed by ARiSe (excluding Designers that have previously shown with the platform), we can’t wait to see them all.

Adama-Paris (Senegal/France):

Alali Boutique:


Azzedine Alaia:

Clan (Nigeria):

Davida (Nigeria):

Duaba Serwa (Ghana):

Duro Olowu:

Frank Osodi (Nigeria):

Funlayo Déri (UK/Nigeria):

Gavin Rajah (South Africa):

Gloria Wavamuno (Uganda):

House of Divas (Nigeria):

Iconic Invanity (Nigeria):

Imane Ayissi (France/Cameroon):

Jacob Kimmie (UK/South Africa):


Kaveke (Kenya/UK):

Kiki Clothing (Ghana):

Kinabuti (Nigeria/Italy):

Koke (Botswana/India):

Kwamee by Francis:

Laurence Airline (France/Ivory Coast):

Loza Maléombho (USA/Ivory Coast):

Mai Atafo (Nigeria):

Meena (Nigeria):

Mimi Plange:

Ozwald Boateng:

Phunk Afrique:

Poisa (Kenya):


Sandra Muendane (Mozambique/Portugal):

Sunny Rose (Nigeria/UK):

Taibo Bacar (Mozambique):

Telfar Studio:

Timo Weiland (USA/South Africa):

U.Mi-1 (UK/Nigeria):

Virgos Lounge (UK/Nigeria):

William Okpo (USA/Nigeria):

Zekaryas Solomon (Eritrea/UK):

Non-Africans Showing:

. . . Friends from Outta-town

Amrapali (India):

David David London (UK):

Kevan Hall (USA):

Kezia Frederick (UK/St.Lucia):

LaQuan Smith (USA):


Paul Hervé Elisabeth (Martinique):

Osman (Afghanistan/UK):

Sandra Kennedy (Jamaica):

The Vessel. By Lois (USA/Jamaica):

Wow, what a list! Entertaining nonetheless. We can’t wait to see the collections. Stay tuned!

Previously, ARISE had a successful run of THREE seasons (in 2009, 2010 and 2011) of the ARISE AFRICA FASHION COLLECTIVES at New York Fashion Week’s Bryant Park, New York, and the triumphant sponsorship of the inaugural ARISE AFRICA FASHION WEEK at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg and Cape Town in 2009.

In March 2011, ARISE Magazine announced it was to host its inaugural show in Lagos, where it invited over 50 designers to participate at the prestigious Federal Palace Hotel, Nigeria produced by Bacchus studios.

This year Award-winning New York-based producer, Kevin Krier & Associates and celebrated UK-based Inca Productions have been appointed AMFW 2012 show producers.

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