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There’s a New Fashion School in Town, Fashion Academy Network (FAN), Your Future in Fashion is Here!

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The Fashion Academy Network (FAN) provides a training environment that is conducive to deliver fashion professionals and research specialists, capable of product development, fashion merchandising and marketing on an international level.

FAN facilitates a Bachelor Degree in Fashion and functions in a network of established fashion related businesses in the South African fashion industry.
– FAN is connected to training centres of international standing.
– Only a carefully selected amount of students are admitted annually to study at FAN.

Fashion products created by students are presented to the Fashion Media at the South Africa Fashion Week. The FAN curriculum includes contributions by fashion experts from established fashion enterprises.

During their 2nd year of study, FAN sponsors a selected group of candidates with a record of performance excellence, to participate in an educational tour to an international fashion capital. This experience serves as inspiration for the development of a garment collection they have to create and present at SA Fashion Week (SAFW), during their 3rd year of study. The 2018 trip is scheduled to visit New York, USA.

Professional designers will mentor students during the 3rd year to assist in creating their collections, earmarked to be shown at South African Fashion Week.

– In-house training is conducted with established designers, fashion magazines and runway producers.
– Intensive programmes are coordinated with international facilitators.
– An annual bursary is available.
– Applications must be communicated with the FAN Registrar.

FAN is situated in Rosebank, Johannesburg, with easy access to the Gautrain and close to the South African Fashion Week Offices.

For more information and how to apply, click here

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SA Fashion Week New Talent Search 2016 is here! Apply Within!

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SA Fashion Week New Talent Search 2016

For more details on the SA Fashion Week New Talent Search 2016, please visit:

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Nigerian Fashion Retail Company New 3 Old 6, Launches The First Ever Lagos Style Festival featuring Funke Adepoju, Grey and more…

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Lagos Style Festival

When: 29th April – 1st May 2016

Venue: New 3 Old 6 Ogbunike Street, Lekki Phase 1


Lagos Style Festival is a 3-day kaleidoscope of Art, Design, Fashion, Music and Video. Visitors are invited to engage all their senses as they make their way through the multiple installations and events on its opening night.

Lagos Style Festival 2016

Day 2, caters to guests ‘Mind Body & Soul’, providing a holistic collection of engaging events, which include a FREE morning classes in High Intensity Interval Training, Yoga and Guided Meditation you’re more than welcome to stop off for our Mindful Colouring sessions later in the day.

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Day 3, which falls on May Day brings Fashion Retail Store Meidei into focus as the store celebrates all 42 Nigerian Brands housed under its roof including; Ada by Alter Ego, Funke Adepoju, Grey, Mi-Le, Rayo and V-Label amongst others with a Fashion Party, and a Male Model Auction.

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The festival will be filled with lots of exciting activities from the launch of the Tiki Bar, Shaks Shak, Henna, musical intervals from jazz sensation TJ Emore and the Video Art Network, Face painting, Live Portrait Painting’s from artist Tunde Abisoye, soulful house, hip hop and afro beat curated by Organized Noise. In House; Bridal Pal and All Things Girlie have teamed up for an afternoon with Wedding experts and professionals for upcoming brides in a bid to reduce the stress of wedding planning; featuring guest planners, bridal wear designers and food vendors amongst others as BFS Artistry compliments this event by running make up tutorials with a focus on Bridal looks, and Nectar Studio sets up a braid bar for all looking to capture the festival style complete with free hair garners, while The Scrub Station runs skin analysis sessions at discounted rates to name a few.

Guests are welcome to take advantage of festival freebies and promo’s alongside flash sales of up to 60% off.

The Lagos Style Festival Supported by Absolute, Fashion Business Africa,, Redrick PR & Strong Bow.

New 3 Old 6 is an Uptown Department store with a proudly African Ethos which currently houses the uptown bohemian store Meidei with anchor stores from Grey, Adey Soile, 24 Apparel and Eve and Tribe. Health and beauty salon Nectar Studio and The Scrub Station, Luxury gift sourcing and wrapping company The Luxury Muse and newly launched Tiki bar Shaks Shak.

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Omoyemi Akerele discusses Couture from Africa at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s (FIT) : The Hand of Fashion, a Series of Conversations Addressing Sustainable Practices for the Fashion Industry with Simone Cipriani

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The sustainability conversation with FIT kicked off The Hand of Fashion, a new series of lectures developed to encourage sustainable thinking within the fashion industry and fashion education in the month of October, 2015.
FIT's The Hand of Fashion Series with Omoyemi Akerele
Designers, managers, and experts in sustainable fashion practices talk with Simone Cipriani, the founder of the Ethical Fashion Initiative, a United Nations program. The Ethical Fashion Initiative connects and enables artisans in developing countries to work directly with top fashion brands on an ongoing basis, promoting the rising generation of fashion talent from Africa.

The series of discussions intend to widen the understanding of sustainability in fashion design, and to enable and encourage sustainable thinking as part of fashion which will help establish a new normal in the industry. All events in the series are free and open to the public, but an RSVP is requested. RSVP for these and future The Hand of Fashion events, including with Nigerian Fashionpreneur, Omoyemi Akerele below:

Couture from Africa:
Omoyemi Akerele — Founder and Creative director at Lagos Fashion & Design Week and Style House Files
Wednesday, February 24, 6 pm — John E. Reeves Great Hall
Africa has been identified as the new home of couture by such luminaries as Vogue Italia Editor in Chief, Franca Sozzani. Cipriani will discuss couture fashion with Omoyemi Akerele, the creator of the Lagos Fashion & Design Week.

The Hand of Fashion is presented by FIT’s School of Arts and Design and the School of Graduate Studies.

To register, go to to also see the other Hand of Fashion Events.

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Nigerian Supermodel Oluchi Orlandi becomes New Face of the first African Luxury Fragrance, Scent of Africa.

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On the 14th of November, 2015, a leading beauty manufacturing company launched Scent of Africa, Africa’s first luxury fragrance, at the exclusive Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel in Accra, Ghana with over 300 guests.

The product was launched via theatrical performances incorporating a diverse representation of  African regions including South African fire-breathers, a gum boot mining simulation and product unveiling by super model, Oluchi Orlandi and World Cup Champion and international footballer, Marcel DeSailly, Scent of Africa’s official celebrity brand ambassadors.

Oluchi Orlandi for Scent of Africa

Wearing Tiffany Amber

The Scent of Africa bottle is designed in Africa’s instantly recognizable and iconic shape. The gold colour of Scent of Africa for Woman, illustrates the magnetism of today’s African woman while the silver colour of Scent of Africa for Man, represents the modern distinguished African gentleman.

Scent of Africa Campaign with Oluchi

Scent of Africa will retail in Ghana and Nigeria with a continental and international distribution roll-out for will commence throughout 2016.

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Trend Report: Global African Fashion Spring/Summer 2016 Trends.

Fashion month started in a full swing in September from far away southern hemisphere of Cape Town and ended on a very high note for us down here at the edge of the Atlantic in Lagos, between which were London, Paris and New York. With every new season are new trends that are birthed, others are re-visited, while the most notorious stick around for as long as we keep wanting them – one of the most notable trend in Lagos for instance was the major influence of Aso-Oke the traditionally sourced and produced Nigerian fabric that without a doubt is here to stay.

Below are two of our most noticeable trends from each of the fashion weeks across the fashion weeks named above.

1. Cape Town Fashion Week SS 16


Whether apples, pineapples or squares – fruity and geometric prints were a force to be reckoned with at Shana Morland and Marianne Fassler catwalks.

Colour Burst

Next season is definitely a colourful one as demonstrated on the Adriaan Kuiters, Craig Native and Ruff Tung catwalks. Models walked out with an air of dominance in designs made out of a hundred colours.

2. New York Fashion Week ss 16

Sporty Luxe

Mimi Plange, BCBG Max Azria and Edun all went for sporty luxe as their models were dressed in Sport inspired outfits.

Tassels were a big deal this season at NYFW, as designers such as Suno,  Herve Leger and Edun all favoured the trend.

3. London Fashion Week SS 16

Pant Suit

PPQ and Duro Olowu  both put their own unique spin on this classic trend that we predict will define work wear next season.

Cobalt Blue 

 Want to pop next season? Look no further as designers; Duro Olowu and PPQ are just a few out of the many catwalks in London that popped with electrifying cobalt blue.

4. Paris Fashion Week SS 16 

Shimmer down

Metallic effects, shimmer, glitter, brocade and glossy patent leather were highlights for spring/summer 2016, with many designers opting for magpie-worthy fabrics and decorations. Lanvin presented a collection rich in surreal, shiny 70’s disco era inspired fabrics.

70’s Rock and Roll edge

For many designers in Paris, the 70’s edge was a major point of reference in their collections especially for Saint Laurent who had his men in the coolest boy band biker and bomber jackets with knit scarves draped around their necks with hairstyles that looked like something out of a rock concert.

5. Lagos Fashion & Design Week SS’16

Aso Oke

Aso-Oke dominated the catwalk – There was a  tsunami – like renaissance of Nigeria’s foremost traditionally sourced and produced aso-oke fabric in Lagos as designers such as Ré, Nkwo, IAmIsigo, Kenneth Ike’s collections were all greatly  influenced by this trend.


From Bridget Awosika’s big petals to Akpos okudu’s delicate appliqué work on mesh was clearly reinforced the place of mesh come next season.

There’s no denying this season has up’d the stylish trends, and we are looking forward to seeing them all interpreted.

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Ejiro Amos-Tafiri, Mai Atafo, Maki Oh win at the Lagos Fashion & Design Week 5th Year Anniversary Awards.

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Omoyemi Akerele at Lagos Fashion & Design Week Awards at 5

The Lagos Fashion & Design Week 2015, ended its spring/summer 2016 shows with a 5th year award ceremony to recognize and celebrate the success of 5 creatives on the scene who have been consistent in fine tuning their craft and positioning their brands for success in the Nigerian fashion industry.

The Categories and winner were:

Ejiro Amos Tafiri for Outstanding Emerging Designer (Fashion and Retail).

Ejiro Amos-Tafiri

(In Black)

This Category serves as a platform to inspire designers from the Lagos Fashion & Design Week Young Designer/Fashion Focus Alumni group. She also received a cheque for One Million Naira.

Mai Atafo for Menswear Designer of the year

Mai Atafo

Mai Atafo is known for his exquisite craftsmanship, for consistently raising the bar year after year, for being very passionate about training local talent, for investing funds in training his team and for being passionately involved in the growth and development of the Nigerian Fashion Industry!

Amaka Osakwe, Creative Director of Maki Oh for Womenswear Designer of the Year.

Maki Oh

The Maki Oh brand is outstanding. It has set a mark for Nigerian fashion on a global scale, with pieces worn by FLOTUS; Michelle Obama, Actress Lupita Nyong’o, DJ and designer: Solange amongst others. 
But more importantly, the Creative Director has given new meaning and value, through her designs, to “Adire” our local tie and dye methodology of creating prints.

Other winners of the night included Zainab Ashadu – Accessories Designer of the Year & Kelvin Godson Effange – Model of the Year.

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Lagos Fashion & Design Week Spring/Summer 2016 [Day 4]: Lanre Da Silva Ajayi

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Lanre Da Silva Ajayi


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Lagos Fashion & Design Week Spring/Summer 2016 [Day 4]: Tsemaye Binitie

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Lagos Fashion & Design Week Spring/Summer 2016 [Day 4]: Ade Bakare

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Ade BAde Bakare


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