Arise Fashion Week: 50 fashion houses, 16 countries

A total of 50 influential fashion houses from the US, UK, Germany, Morocco and South Africa are expected to showcase at the ARISE Fashion Week (AFW) 2018.

The event, which is set to hold from March 30 to April 2, 2018 at the Lagos Continental Hotel, Lagos, will showcase some of the best fashion designers from around the world.

Top designers expected to participate include Laquan Smith, Ozwald Boateng, Tinie Tempah, Aurora James, Gavin Rajah, Rich Mnisi, KLuK CDGT, Thebe Magugu and Maxhosa by Laduma from South Africa.

Others who have signed up for the Easter fashion extravaganza include designers from Canada, Botswana, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, and Tanzania.

ARISE Fashion Week helped to put Nigeria firmly on the global fashion map, showcasing and promoting African designers on the runways of the world, from London’s famous Royal Albert Hall, to Washington DC’s powerful J.F. Kennedy Center, to the legendary triple appearance during the iconic New York Fashion Week (NYFW), to vivacious Lagos and Abuja, to magnetic Johannesburg and Cape Town, and to fabulous Paris.

The AFW runway has seen global fashion icons and leading models such as Naomi Campbell, Alek Wek, Liya Kedebe, Oluchi Orlandi and others showcase the best of Africa.
The event has also seen internationally acclaimed designers such as Gavin Rajah, Ozwald Boateng, David Thale, LaQuan Smith, Lanre DaSilva, DEOLA, Jewel By Lisa, Ituen Basi, Odion Mimonet and more fly the African flag.

Ruth Osime, executive editor of THISDAY Style and co-creative director, AFW, said the best designers will be selected to showcase at the New York Fashion Week (NYFW) in September. She said: “We are excited to bring world-class fashion back to Lagos in the real sense of it. The bar will definitely be raised once more with strong collaborations, innovation, and creativity.”

Full list of confirmed designers showcasing below.
Easter Friday- 30th March

Arrivals, Meet & Greet
Day 1: Saturday 31st March
Funke Adepoju | Clan | Vonne Couture | Laurenceairline | About that curvylife collective | Andrea Iyamah | Style Temple | Okunoren twins | Thebe Magugu | Aurora James | Tinnie Tempah | Mustafa Hassanali | Orapeleng Modutle | Ituen Basi | KLûK CGDT | Lanre Da Silva Ajayi
Day 2: Easter Sunday, 1st April
Grey | Abaya Lagos | Taryor Gabriel | Ilare | House of Divas, Lagos | Sarah Duah | Yutee Rone | Koki Kamala | Amine Bendriouich | Tzar | Kimono Kollection | Mai Atafo | Tsemaye Binitie | Gavin Rajah | Jewel by Lisa | Tiffany Amber
Day 3: Monday, 2nd April
Moofa | Dzyn | Ziva Lagos | House of Nwocha | Maxivive | Sunny Rose | Tokyo James | Maxhosa by Laduma | Maki Oh | Gozel Green | Rich Mnisi | Bridget Awosika | Ere Dappa | Odion Mimonet | Laquan Smith | Lakhanyo Midingi | Deola Sagoe | Ozwald Boateng