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London Fashion Week ends with a High for Nigeria! Winning the Best Curator Award

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Style House Files has presented designers at the International Fashion Showcase since the British Council and British Fashion Council launched the initiative in 2012. This year, in collaboration with Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) and co sponsored by Fayrouz Nigeria, British Council and Haute Fashion Africa, Lagos Fashion & Design Week presented designers Grey, Iamisigo, Kenneth Ize, Orange Culture and Temitayo Nathan at an exhibition themed “Meta 5″, curated by Yegwa Ukpo, who won Best Curator Award for Style House Files on Awards Night.

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The exhibition was an experiment in time that admires both the naturally – subtle and wildly – obvious progressions in the trajectory of a designer’s fashion artistry.

It is the designer’s distinct, innate personal characteristics that creates an opportunity to bear witness to the fruition of their art. Too often, the journey of design can be a blur, but this showcase attempts to focus, contemplate and reflect on the oft-overlooked design qualities of these fashion artisans. The exhibition concept is designed by A White Space Creative Agency.

Speaking on the Award, the LFDW Fashion Focus Creative Director, Wadami Amolegbe stated “At Style House Files, we take pride in our expertise for collaborating with the finest talent in Nigeria. We’re very proud to have assigned Yegwa Ukpo as Curator for 5: Metamorphis exhibition.. who worked closely with Lagos Fashion & Design Week’s Awards & Fashion Focus Alumni. Yegwa’s uncanny ability to reinterpret fashion beyond its seemingly obvious to a diverse audience, captured the attention of the Judges at International Fashion Showcase 2015 and earned him the coveted prize of “Best Curator IFS 2015″.

The “Meta 5″ installation is first in a series of year long initiatives organised by Lagos Fashion & Design Week, targeted at nurturing, promoting and developing talents from the African Continent.

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London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2015 [Day 5] : Duro Olowu

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London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2015 [Day 1] : PPQ

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Agi & Sam join 25 other Semifinalists for LVMH Prize 2015.

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The debut of LVMH Prize last year brought on a lot of excitement for all in Fashion last year, in Africa – even more so in Nigeria as it saw Womenswear brand Maki Oh & Menswear brand Orange Culture make it’s Top 30 semi finalist list, out of thousands. Although, they didn’t make the Top 10, ethical fashion label – Suno did.

This year, another International African Menswear brand, known as Agi & Sam run by Tanzanian & British Duo – Agi Mdumulla and Sam Cotton have made the Top 26 finalist.

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Agi studied Fashion Design at Manchester School of Art and Sam studied Illustration at University of Lincoln. While producing print for Alexander McQueen, Karl Lagerfeld, J.W. Anderson, Armand Basi and Carolyn Massey, he learnt the theory of production, colour and fabric. Agi trained at a Soho based tailors, before spending a year with Alexander McQueen working alongside the menswear team. At McQueen, he learned primarily the importance of research, and the extent at which creativity can be explored. He then went on to work for himself briefly before setting up Agi & Sam.

SIGNATURES: “With a strong emphasis on entirely bespoke print and humour, we believe that fashion should never be taken too seriously. We also endeavour to sit firmly in the middle of brands that fear creating something different and those which push collections too far.”

Agi & Sam won the Emerging Talent Award – Menswear at the British Fashion Awards 2013.

See who else made the list:

  • Devon Halfnight Leflufy
    Andrea Jiapei Li, designer Jiapei Li
    Anton Belinskiy
    Arthur Arbesser
    Astrid Andersen
    Baja East, designers Scott Studenberg and John Targon
    Coperni, designers Sébastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant
    Craig Green
    Faustine Steinmetz
    Huishan Zhang
    Jacquemus, designer Simon Porte Jacquemus
    Jourden, designers Anais Mak and Benny Woo
    Koche, designer Christelle Kocher
    Marques’Almeida, designers Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida
    Nabil Nayal, designer Nabiel El-Nayal
    Nasir Mazhar
    Off-White, designer Virgil Abloh
    Orley, designers Alex Orley, Matthew Orley, Samantha Orley
    Ryan Lo
    Ryan Roche
    Sankuanz, designer Shangguan Zhe
    Vetements, designer Demna Gvasalia
    WrittenAfterwards, designer Yoshikazu Yamagata
    Xiao Li
    XimonLee, designer Ximon Lee

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African Designers Showing at London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015: [20 February – 11 March]

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Another fabulous season of New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015 just ended, making way for London… as always, London is always filled with excitement for budding and multicultural talents, and the British Council International Fashion Showcase in its 4th year is the hub of it all, kicking of Fashion Week with exhibitions from 30 countries. 110 designers. 4 continents at Brewer Street Car Park in Soho, located a short distance from Oxford Circus and Picadilly Circus underground stations on the 3rd floor from the 20 – 24th of February, 2015 will host 3 African countries; Nigeria, South Africa & Tanzania:

International Fashion Showcase:

- Nigeria; 5: Metamorphosis

Lagos Fashion and Design Week in collaboration with Nigerian Export Promotions Council, presents “5 Metamorphosis” – an experiment in time that admires both the naturally – subtle and wildly – obvious progressions in the trajectory of a designer’s fashion artistry.

Nigerian Designer at the British Council's International Fashion Showcase

It is the designer’s distinct, innate personal characteristics that creates an opportunity to bear witness to the fruition of their art. Too often, the journey of design can be a blur, but this showcase attempts to focus, contemplate and reflect on the oft-overlooked design qualities of these fashion artisans. The exhibition concept is designed by A White Space Creative Agency.

Designers include: Grey, IAMISIGO, Kenneth Ize, Orange Culture, T.I. Nathan.

- South Africa; Futraspective

In a  showcase alongside 13 other countries in an increasingly interrelated world, we aim to show how South Africa is asserting a new identity through fashion. The work of three designers are presented – all of whom imbue the next wave of South African self-expression through well researched, unclichéd, and ambitious design handwriting.

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As the title of the installation suggests, the designers’ work manages to look back with a view to looking forward – all with clear ideas about what to leave behind, and what to take with them.

Designers include: Adriaan Kuiters & Jody Paulsen, Akedo, MaXhosa by Laduma

– Tanzania; Serengeti Sirens

‘Serengeti Sirens‘ explores how femininity – particularly Tanzanian femininity – is articulated through fashion and how this expression is informed by other contemporary Tanzanian ideals of status, modesty and faith across the country.

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Whatever their interpretation, the Sirens remain proud, regal and truly Tanzanian. The aim of the exhibition is to view the female form as adorned by the creations of the various designers through their eyes and their vision.

These diverse visions are all inspired by the regional nuances present throughout Tanzania, as well as exposure to global ideals – all equally valid and uniquely Tanzanian.

Designers include: An-Nisa Abayas, Eve Collections, Jacqueline Kibacha, Nakadhalika-NK, Nau Nuhu

The exhibition will also feature an area curated by On|Off showing individual designers from countries including Morocco & Nigeria.

PPQ: Friday 20 February, 20:00. Venue: WC2:

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Next Stop: Milan Fashion Week! If you know of any African Fashion Designers showing during New York Fashion Week, you’d like to see on this list, please send an email to Info@HauTeFashionAfrica.com

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New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015 [Day 5] : Telfar

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New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015 [Day 5] : Edun

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New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015 [Day 5] : David Tlale

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David Tlale at New York Fashion Week F/W 2015

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New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015 [Day 4] : Suno

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Aamito for Suno

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New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015 [Day 4] : Herve Leger

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Herve Leger F/W15

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