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Lagos Fashion Week returns with a bang


Omoyemi Akerele (middle) with guests at the official launch party

The long wait is over for all fashion lovers and connoisseurs as the annual Heineken Lagos Fashion Week returns this year from October 23-26 at the Balmoral Convention Centre, Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos.

#BeyondCreativity is the overarching theme for #LagosFW 2019. A theme echoed in Fashion Focus Talks across four cities, Lagos, Abuja, Kigali and Dakar, and demonstrated with the recently concluded Paris Showroom, offering access to market opportunities for African designers. #BeyondCreativity speaks to #LagosFW’s authentic roots, which focuses on generating impact beyond the runway, on fashion with a purpose, moving the fashion conversation forward to a position of economic viability in the continent.

Kicking off this year’s activity filled calendar was the official Launch Party, held at Heineken House last weekend. Guests were invited to a cocktail reception to mark the beginning of a line-up of activities which includes Fashion Business Series (FBS), SheTrades Workshops, Afrexim Creative Academy Workshop, the Fashion and Culture Exchange Africa-Japan (FACE.A-J) Event, Runway Shows and the official #LagosFW after party.


Following last year’s format, FBS Dinner will feature key voices in fashion in an intimate gathering of industry stakeholders and speakers would be announced in due time.

On October 21 and 22, SheTrades Commonwealth will host workshops targeting women entrepreneurs within the ITC SheTrades network. The aim of these workshops is to further equip women-owned businesses with new skills to grow their various businesses, and the tools for wealth creation. October 25 and 26, guests will also have access to daytime workshops happening at the tents including the Afrexim Bank’s Creative Africa Exchange Masterclass in partnership with Africa Development Bank (AFDB).

#LagosFW will feature a first of its kind cross-cultural exchange and exhibition. Six emerging designers from Africa and Japan will be participating in Fashion & Culture Exchange Africa-Japan (FACE.A-J). The designers will be showcasing their designs at Rakuten Fashion Week Tokyo and during Lagos Fashion Week. The FACE.A-J initiative is owned and managed by Awa’Tori with support from United Arrows Japan to promote culture and creativity between Africa and Japan.

Lagos Fashion Week Tents will open for runway shows from October 24 to 26 from 6:00pm daily. Designers, fashion experts, enthusiasts and media from across the continent and beyond, will reunite in Africa’s most populous city to view the new season’s collections from designers.

Runway schedule as well as ticket information will be released shortly.

Heineken Lagos Fashion Week is a Style House Files owned platform title sponsored by Heineken and sponsored by Fets Wallet, Darling, LIRS, Sunlight, Fayrouz, NEPC and DSTV/AfricaMagic. Media Partners are The Guardian, Business Day, Zumi, BN Style, Genevieve and

Applications for the Green Access programme are still open. For more information on #LagosFW and our ongoing programmes, kindly visit Ant@lagosfashionweekofficial

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