It may not be accurate to describe the back to back fashion showcases in Lagos as a whirlwind but yes, it’s that time of the year in Africa’s fashion capital and the buzz is set to be thunderous this weekend.
GTBank Fashion Weekend is returning for its sophomore edition and fashion fanatics and pundits are geared up to witness the showcase of “Africa’s finest” as organisers have touted.
There will be a lot of talking points from this weekend’s offering and we can predict that many of them will be founded on comparisons between this event and the recently concluded Lagos Fashion and Design Week. But before you worry your heart out about that, we made you a list of five things to look forward to at Fashion Weekend.
The retail experience
One of the major highlights of GTBank Fashion Weekend’s debut edition was the expansive shopping space that allowed fashion retailers to market their products to attendees. The exercise will be repeated this year and we can predict it will be another win for retailers and especially buyers, who will purchase at “exclusive fashion weekend prices” which translates to cheap for us.
Arguably the most exciting aspect of any fashion week for bloggers and enthusiasts, street style at GTBank Fashion Weekend has great potential to be exceptional. Why? A lot of people will try to outdo their LFDW looks while others will be tapping from style sightings at the same show. Add oomph to that, there will be only 2 days to make that statement.
Front row is not where the magic will be happening this year. It will be in the masterclasses. You know those big names in global fashion that you aspire to, admire from afar and some of whom you grew up watching on television? From designer, Giles Deacon – the man behind Kate and Pippa Middleton’s wedding dresses to Jay Alexander, the runway coach from America’s Next Top Model They will be live at Landmark Centre for registered participants to draw from their immense wealth of fashion expertise. What really can be better than this?
Ituen Basi’s reemergence
The highly celebrated designer has been noticeably absent from Nigeria’s fashion space for some time. The last that was seen of her was her outing at the Mercedez Benz Fashion Week in Johannesburg where she reminded of her sartorial excellence with her newsprint collection. It’s hard to predict what she will be showcasing this weekend but it will be nothing short of brilliant.
Petty much but yes, we will be live all day both days and will be keeping you up-to-date with all the glam, the conversations, the runway rush and celebrities who will fight to take the front row.