29 Oct HIGHLIGHTS FROM LAGOS FASHION WEEK: MENSWEAR SS19
Day 3 started off even better as the shows took on a more defined tempo. Several designers showed male and female collections such as Black Coffee, Rich Mnisi, Studio 189,and others. A few presented exclusively male collections and certainly delivered a jaw-dropping impact. Each brand was unique in its design and showcase, bringing a variety of fresh men’s fashion for the coming season.
UGO MONYE SS19
Complete with totems and a traditional orchestra flanking both sides of the runway, Ugo Monye introduced fashion for the African Alphas. Staturesque, regal and primal were the words his collection called to mind. Using fabrics of velvet and polyester, minimal accessories and dark hues, his impressive lineup boasted high fashion for the elder statesman. Models walked to the beat of the traditional drums that effected an even more electric atmosphere. Celebrity appearances were made by Tobi Bakre of Big Brother Naija 2018 and actor, Ayoola from popular sitcom, Skinny Girl in Transit.
Color coordination, Adire and suave elegance was the theme for JZO’s presentation which included close-fitting, samurai-type robes, wrap designs, cowled collars and fringe sleeves. The models each wore colored leather sandals and slip-ons giving an overall effect of simplicity and casual comfort. The theme music added the nuance of Nothern Nigerian influences.
As an emerging designer and Fashion Focus recipient, Bloke definitely came to make himself unforgettable. His unusual collection featured all-white ensembles with splotches of silky gray in sheer fabrics and easy cotton. His shrine-themed presentation featured predominantly male models in white-colored hair and white face paint. The shrill echo in the background added to the scene and the models bore lighted candles in their final lineup. White platform sandals, sneakers and new, fish-design slips completed the looks.
All images courtesy Kola Oshalusi.