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Blue, Lines, Tassels & Adire on Silk, the Nigerian Womenswear Designer, ‘Maki Oh’ we know and Love is back with her Autumn/Winter 14 Collection.

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For someone so consistent since her re-debut as Maki Oh at Arise Magazine Fashion Week’s Spring/Summer 2011 and follow up collections till her A/W13, we had come to know and love Maki Oh for her distinct features; Blue, Lines, Tassels and the ethnic Nigerian technique of putting ‘Adire’ prints on Silk she brilliantly upgraded with each season until her S/S14, which took a bit of (pleasant) adventurous turn:

As stated, the LVMH Prize Top 30 Semi-finalist has brought back her signature tassels, alongside adire on silk and taken it up a notch with introducing Nigerian Fabric ‘Aso Oke’ with Lurex thread whilst featuring song lyrics boldly shown and translated from English to ‘Yoruba’, a Nigerian Language. There’s no mistaking where Amaka Osakwe, who is of the Ibo tribe is from, and it is beautifully shown in this Look book shot by her, as she shares with us another story, questioning if this woman she sees in the mirror is mad or not in her Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection:

See the short film for this collection below by Arie Esiri:

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From Deola Sagoe to Stella McCartney, Jewel By Lisa to Burberry, Lanre Da Silva to Prada, when does inspiration become imitation?!

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Albert Einstein once said “Creativity is knowing how to hide your sources”, another popular quote defines imitation as the sincerest form of flattery. The fashion industry as we know it is constantly evolving and recycling trends/themes, giving room to recurrence and enhanced creativity.

However, in a case where inspiration is drawn from a source other than one’s self, credit should be given to persons due.


Lanre Da Silva Ajayi A/W 2013 | Prada S/S 2014:

Nigerian designer Lanre Da Silva Ajayi who just recently got introduced to Milan, Italy in 2013 just last A/W 13 debuted a collection focused on textures, patterns and most distinctly pieces infected by art work of what appeared to be fearless women (as seen above). Fast forward to a year later, during Milan Fashion Week, Prada presented its S/S 2014 collection, while this collection featured luxé sportswear and embellishments, it also distinctly featured printed mural artwork of women gangs:

It begs the question – was this a mere coincidence or did Lanre Da Silva Ajayi inspire Prada? Considering the Nigerian labels recent introduction into Milan via very popular Italian Fashion Brand, Dolce & Gabanna.


Jewel By Lisa S/S 2010 | Prada S/S 2012:

Jewel by Lisa presented their S/S 2010 collection in New York, the designer employed wax print fabrics made into dresses and separates. A variety of fabrics were used, however there was a stand out fabric (Seen Below and Above), which was also used a year later by Burberry for their African-Inspired Collection S/S 2012.

and as seen on Jewel By Lisa Creative Director, Lisa Folawiyo on the Cover of Nigerian Lifestyle Magazine, Genevieve in 2009:

Lisa Folawiyo of Jewel By Lisa in Genevieve Magazine

Did JBL inspire Burberry when they visited the Jewel by Lisa studio a year prior or did the burberry team stumble on this pattern while fabric sourcing?


Our 3rd, and most likely the closest to being a coincidence is this Polka on Sheer with Deola Sagoe & Stella McCartney:

Deola Sagoe F/W 2010 | Stella McCartney F/W 2011

During Africa Fashion Week in 2010, Deola Sagoe unveiled her Fall 2010 collection, which featured an array of pieces ranging from sequinned hi-lo pieces, plunging necklines to polka on sheer fabrics. Some of the polka-sheer fabrics were tailored into high neckline, flouncy dresses. In 2011, Stella McCartney’s Fall 2011 collection featured pieces bearing strong similarities to the polka-sheer pieces as seen at Deola Sagoe.

Coincidence? Inspiration? Imitation?

- Should designers own up to another designer being their source of inspiration?


- Is it okay to assume coincidence even when it really isn’t?


- Should there be stricter rules with regards to trademarking pieces to avoid imitation?

Noteworthy: In 2012, Christian Louboutin sued Yves Saint Laurent over sales of red sole shoes as the former had purchased trademark protection of red sole shoes prior.

Whatever the answer to these questions are, African fashion appears to be inspiring and they are inspiring internationally. To avoid dispute and contemplation, the African fashion industry might want to look into putting statutory rules in place that protect the work of every fashion creative.

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Lanre Da Silva Ajayi rules the Red Carpet alongside Alter Ego, Deola Sagoe, Elizabeth Waldorf, Iconic Invanity, House of Nwocha, Isi Atagamen, Jewel By Lisa, Mai Atafo, Meena, Odio Mimonet & Wana Sambo at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards 2014.

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It’s NOW officially the end of award season, with the 2nd annual Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards rounding up in Nigeria. As expected, the country with the most populated black people on earth stunned with beautiful people cladly dressed to impress in many of Nigeria’s Fashion Labels, with eponymous label Lanre Da Silva Ajayi ruling the Red Carpet this season with the most looks.

Here are some of our favourite looks from the Nigerian Fashion Labels who rocked the Red Carpet this year.

Tracey Nwapa in Alter Ego:

Tracey Nwapa in Alter Ego

Eku Edewor in Deola Sagoe:

Eku Edewor in Deola

Seyi Shay in Elizabeth Waldorf:

Seyi Shay in Elizabeth Waldorf

Osas Ighodaro & Biola Alabi in Iconic Invanity:

Osas Ighodaro & Biola Alabi in Iconic Invanity

House of Nwocha on Ugonna Omeruo – The Designer & Makida Moda:

Ugonna Omeruo & Makida Moka

Isi Atagamen on Isi Atagemen & Liz Yemoja:

Isi Atagamen  & Liz Yemoja

Genevieve Nnaji in Jewel By Lisa

Genevieve Nnaji in Jewel By Lisa

Michelle Dede, Guest & Rita Dominic in Lanre Da Silva Ajayi:

Michelle Dede, Lady in LDA & Rita Dominic

Mai Atafo in Mai Atafo:


Agbani Darego & Mercy Johnson in Meena:

Agbani Darego and Mercy Johnson in Meena

Ezinne Chinkata in Odio Mimonet:

Ezinne Chinkata in Odio Mimonet

Beverly Naya in Wana Sambo:

Beverly Naya in Wana Sambo

Check back often for updates to this page.

Photo Credit: Insigna Media (except for Deola Sagoe & Meena by Tope Horpload)

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Your Favourite Spring/Summer 2014 Campaigns are here; B-Side by Wale, Edun, Lalesso, Lanvin, McMeka, Weizdhurm Franklyn

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Forget about how cold it is, spring is sure to come… and to get you ready for it, the campaign for Spring/Summer 2014 have started coming in.

1st up is from French Fashion House Lanvin, which is Creative Directed by our favourite Moroccan – Alber Elbaz:

Blondes are taking on the high fashion life in Steven Meisel caption of the Lanvin Spring/Summer 2014 campaign:


Captured by the iconic photographer Steven Meisel, the models are surrounding at a white desk accessorized with Lanvin’s best and most exquisite props, perfectly matched with the glamorous party wear of the Lanvin S/S 2014 collection, discussing all of Life’s important Issue, as you will see in the video below:

See the Mens Campaign:


B-Side by Wale: (Nigeria):

B-Side By Wale

Lalesso (South Africa):


Photography: Misha Taylor
Art Direction/stylist: Anna Verloren Thematt
Model: Sam Laskey from Ice Cape Town



Model: Marine Deeleuw
Stylist: Alex Harrington
Hair: Marki Shkreli
Makeup: Morgane Martini
Shot at Milk Studios



Stylist & Shoot Director: Rodney Emeka

Photographer: D’Mayo

Model: Ndukwe Kalu

Weizdhurm Franklyn (Nigeria):


Photographer: Onwumere Charles
Stylist: Wisdom Ababa
Model: Angela Egbadon
Asst Stylist: Michael O’Shumaker

Check back often to see what new campaign have joined the list…

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Design Indaba 2014: The Fashion, with the Capetown Fashion Council, Gavin Rajah, Laduma Ngxokolo and the chance to with R10,000 Foschini Voucher.

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The Design Indaba 2014 Expo was once again a feast for the eyes and mind, while providing creatives from all walks of life the opportunity to showcase their crafts on an internationally-attended playing field.

Featuring 200 new exhibitors, the expo sectors this year were made up of Architecture and Spatial Design, Communication Design, Design for Social Impact, Digital Design, Fashion and Accessories, Furniture, Handmade, Homeware, Industrial Design, Jewellery, and Artisanal Food.

The fashionistas were out in dress and droves with the clothing section experiencing no shortage of interest and consumers. Gavin Rajah, Laduma Ngxokolo, Ilundi, Joie D’Vivre, the Cape Town Fashion Council, and Spree were just some of the designers on the expo floor.

Watch Laduma talk about his Design Indaba Experience:

Also on show were the 10 Foschini Fashion Design competition nominees. Expo ticket holders were able to see the design students’ creations up close and personal, and were also able to vote for their favourite pieces (and stand the chance to win a R10,000 Foschini voucher) by filling in an entry form. Those unable to be at the expo can help get their favourite designer/design through to the next round and into the top six by voting online at the Fashion Design Awards, voting closes on the 21st of March, 2014.

Read More from Design Indaba 2014 on BizCommunity & Fashion, directly from Design Indaba.

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Paris Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2014 [Day 3] : Lanvin

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Review to follow shortly



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Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 14 ‘Spirit of Travel’ Campaign, shot in South Africa by Peter Lindbergh, styled by Carine Roitfeld.

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Louis Vuitton’s love for Africa hardly goes unnoticed, from their ready-to-wear campaign using and introducing African Fashion Models, this travel campaign shot in South Africa, and even charity efforts a la LVMH Prize. This time, their latest foray into the inspirational continent takes Models Karen Elson and Edie Campbell on a Safari search donning LV’s spring/summer 2014 pieces, shot by Fashion Photographer, Peter Lindbergh and styled by former editor of Vogue Paris, Carine Roitfeld:

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See the Behind the scenes video of the shoot, below:

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From Anna Wintour to Karl Lagerfeld, Nigerian Designers Amaka Osakwe & Adebayo Oke – Lawal get a Great Welcome at the 1st Ever LVMH Prize Competition in Paris!

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Undoubtedly one the most exciting things to happen in Fashion worldwide, the LVMH Prize competition kicked off it’s presentation of the Top 30 Finalists yesterday at the LVMH Showroom in rue de Montaigne, Paris to 40 experts in the Fashion Industry, which included Fashion Royalties such as the Editor of Vogue US – Anna Wintour & Chanel’s Creative Director – Karl Lagerfeld.

Amaka Osakwe of Maki Oh & Adebayo Oke - Lawal of Orange Culture

It’s no news now that Nigerian Designers Amaka Osakwe of Maki Oh & Adebayo Oke – Lawal of Orange Culture have been selected as the Top 30 finalist, representing not just Nigeria, but Nigeria as the only African Country to have been picked for the prestigious competition. Like that wasn’t exciting enough, the atmosphere for the presentation allowed the designers one – on – one time with many of the worlds Fashion Big weights, such as – Imran Amed, founder and editor of Business of Fashion (London), Sarah Andelman, creative director of Colette (Paris), Fabien Baron, art director, founder of Baron & Baron (New York), Tim Blanks, editor at large, (London)…:

Tim Blanks

…Mariacarla Boscono, supermodel and muse (Rome), Angelica Cheung, editor in chief of Vogue China (Beijing), Alexandre de Betak, founder of Bureau Betak (Paris), Godfrey Deeny, editor at large, fashion, Le Figaro (Paris), Patrick Demarchelier, photographer (New York), Babeth Djian, editor in chief of Numéro (Paris), Linda Fargo, senior vice president of Bergdorf Goodman (New York), Jo-Ann Furniss, writer, editor, and creative director (London), Chantal Gaemperlé, LVMH group executive vice president for human resources and synergies (Paris), Stephen Gan, founder of Fashion Media Group LLC (New York), Julie Gilhart, consultant (New York), Katie Grand, editor in chief of Love magazine (London), Jefferson Hack, co-founder and editorial director of Dazed Group (London), Laure, Hériard Dubreuil, co-founder and chief executive of The Webster (Miami), Adrian Joffe, chief executive officer of, Dover Street Market International (London), Sylvia Jorif, journalist at Elle magazine (Paris), Hirofumi Kurino, creative Director of United Arrows (Tokyo), Linda Loppa, director of Polimoda (Florence), Natalie Massenet, founder and executive chairman of Net-a-Porter (London)…:

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…Pat McGrath, makeup artist (New York), Marigay McKee, president of Saks Fifth Avenue (New York), Sarah Mower, contributing editor, American Vogue (London), Camilla Nickerson, stylist (New York), Lilian Pacce, fashion editor and writer (São Paulo), Jean-Jacques Picart, fashion and luxury consultant (Paris), Gaia Repossi, creative director of Repossi (Paris), Olivier Rizzo, stylist (Antwerp), Carine Roitfeld, Founder of CR Fashion Book (Paris), Olivier Saillard, director of the Galliera Museum (Paris), Marie-Amelie Sauvé, stylist (Paris), Carla Sozzani, founder of 10 Corso Como (Milan), Charlotte Stockdale, stylist (London), Tomoki Sukezane, stylist (Tokyo), Natalia Vodianova, supermodel and philanthropist (Paris)…:

Adebayo Oke - Lawal, Natalia Vodianova & Patrick Demarchelier

…Louise Wilson, course director of the Fashion M.A. at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (London), and Dasha Zhukova, editor in chief of Garage magazine and founder of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Moscow) who also serve as judges to pick their Top 10 favourites in the next week, which will be followed by an announcement by the LVMH Prize Team presenting the next step, and 10 designers of which 1 out of them will be in competition to win the sole prize of 300,000 euros and a year mentorship with LVMH Group.

Other notable presence at the presentations aside from Anna Wintour & Kanye West who aren’t on any jury for the competition, but came to show their support for new talent were Creative Director & Head Stylist of Lagos Fashion & Design Week – Arieta Mujay who has just newly founded the African Creative Collection was also in Paris with Founder and Creative Director – Omoyemi Akerele.

Tokini Peterside, Amaka Osakwe & Kanye West

The winner for the LVMH Prize will be announced in May 2014, but before then we look forward to Amaka Osakwe & Adebayo Oke – Lawal making the Top 10 Finalists.

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5th & Quansah, Akpos Okudu, Kiki Kamanu & Many More Celebrate with Nigerian Fashion Market, LPM as they turn 5 and take on the World!

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For 5 years, Le Petit Marche – The Little Market, birth in Nigeria to mirror the popular Portobello Market in London has been a shopping favourite since its launch in 2009, gathering the best of the city’s high street fashion and Fashionistas all in one roof, every last sunday of the month!

LPM is 5

With landmark celebrations like their 1st year Buy Nigerian Edition, to their 2nd Year Charity Edition with the Freedom Foundation, 3rd launching their retail concept store -L’Espace and 4th, Discovering Design. This little market has made a very large impact in Nigeria’s budding Fashion Industry in helping introduce a fun retail experience for all. To celebrate their 5th year, which launches a world tour from London to Accra, Ghana in the near future, the theme this year in Lagos will be party, celebrating 5 years of Lagos’ FABULOUS fashion and lifestyle market with food, drinks, music, great people and of course the fabulous shopping we are known for with Giveaways during the event!

This Months LPM 5 Year party will take place on Sunday the 2nd  of March at Factory 36, 36 Balarabe Musa, VI Lagos. From Noon  with Vendors such as Q – ruka Couture, Mindset, Biddy’s Mondo, Dammy, Kooks Wit, Candy Train, Mink Modish, Akpos Okudu, Ella Mathews, Nl Clothing, Bandit Urban, Salma Bello, Habeeba Diaw, Stella’s Addiction, Kiki Kamanu, Liz Yemoja, 5th & Quansah, Mobelle Inc, Elleleroske, Zebethel Collection, Fashion Strings, Tribal West Designers, In Vogue, Desire 1709, Sybil’s Jewelry House, Smirnoff, L’Espace, Vikafrik, Dabsi, Maison de accentuer, Things Nigerians Love, Ajali, Crystal, Shoe Collector, B & C Fab, Desirous Collections and Femme Fatale.

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Fashion/Portrait Photograhper, Toyosi Kekere – Ekun 1st Solo Exhibition ‘Induction’.

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Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.” - Arthur Schopenhauer. This century-old quote is true of new-school breakthrough photographer and artist, Toyosi Faridah Kekere-Ekun who is making a roaring statement with her debut exhibition, a photography collection titled, ‘Induction’, which kicked off with an opening night on Saturday, February 22nd at Omenka Gallery, 24, Ikoyi Crescent.

Induction at Omenka Gallery

‘The Induction’ is a raw, impeccable, beautifully shot, visually powerful series inspired, drawn from a well of deep-seated, conflicting emotions. The collection chronicles a turbulent time in the life of the artist, having to deal with death, heartbreak, introspective explorations of faith and the world around her, growing pains; breaking from the chrysalis of innocence and transitioning to reality and adulthood.

The collection employs these past events, probing in profound depth, themes of loss, vulnerability and love.
Guests at the opening night were served an endless flow of Laurent Perrier champagne, a brand celebrated for its style and the consistency of its quality across the world.

The exhibition which is open to all, (and will open windows of reflection, for those who have made a similar emotional passage as the artist and perhaps a reluctant appreciation for those who haven’t) will be on exhibition till March 7th.

Opening times – Monday – Friday (10 – 7pm), Saturday & Sunday (12 – 6pm).