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Trends from ARISE Fashion Week 2018

ARISE Fashion Week (AFW), like most fashion weeks, brings forth a fashion overdose over a course of three to four days. At the show, which held at the Lagos Continental Hotel, the makeup was fierce, the clothes over-the-top and the stars shone the brightest.

Model for Chulaap

There is also a certain kind of awakening; old trends die, new ones are born and classics are re-invented. Fringe walks the thin line between love and hate, and sheers swap between immaculate and perverse.

We take a look at the fashion trends that have emerged from AFW 2018.


1. Fair sheer

Sheer outfits create a certain shock value regardless of the fact that they aren’t necessarily new. Designers like Lanre Da Silva found new ways to keep this trend interesting as her pieces had a sheer ombre effect. This sheer look made appearances in so many shows including Style Temple.

Ojy Okpe for Lanre Da Silva Ajayi. Photo credit: Idris Dawodu

2. Industry worker

Oversize, dark colours and belts; this made-to-look-like trend is the new go-to for fashion darlings. Industrial styles started out in accessories like handbags and shoes but over the years, has filtered into clothes with very little edit done to them. The look works for both men and women and covers a wide range when it comes to styling.

Precious John for Imad Eduso. Photo credit: Chidi Nwankwo

3. Clean lines

White, beige and brown outfits that stray from the body are one way to pull together a clean outfit that includes no fuss. The simplicity is what makes it striking. With clean lines, a certain restriction is needed to avoid pilling on accessories. The idea behind it is simple: less is more.

Ojy Okpe for Style Temple. Photo credit: Idris Dawodu


4. Volume

An edgier version of the Cinderella dresses reigned on the runway, with flares that start below the bust, intricate cuts and layers to create a heavy effect. This is a sure sign that this trend will pull focus at any event.

Uju Marshall in a voluminous dress by Quiteria and George. Photo credit: BellaNaija Style

5. Superpower

The fashion world is one way to make a stance in a powerful way. Strong women cannot be ignored. What’s better than one supermodel on the runway? Three! Supermodels Imaan Hamaan, Naomi Campbell and Oluchi Orlandi hit the AFW runway and were gifts that just kept on giving. They grand opened and closed shows for certain designers wrapped in well-tailored clothes. Iconic!

Imaan Hamaan for Kenneth Ize. Photo credit: Idris Dawodu

Naomi Campbell for KLUK CGDT. Photo credit: Idris Dawodu

Oluchi Orlandi for Lanre Da Silva. Photo credit: Idris Dawodu

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