This year at Lagos Fashion Week, a lot of collections used fashion as an avenue to showcase Gender fluidity, Identity and Heritage. Nigerian owned brand, Nkwo was no different. The collection was preceded by a video of someone running, with a “Ghana must go” bag. The video had a narration of someone telling a tale of regret, beginning with “And if they had told me, would I have listened?”

All Images via Kola Oshalusi

Using a mix of Adire and Denim and a sprinkling of lace, Nkwo’s SS19 collection was predominantly blue. An interesting feature on each of the models, including the male models was the use of Ghana Must go bags as Head Gear.

The collection was inspired by the plight of thousands of Nigerians lured into enslavement by the promise of a better life. The Creative director of the brand created this collection, fuelled by the stories of 2 of the brand’s artisans who are victims of human trafficking.

Speaking to Blanck Magazine, Nkwo Onwuka said, “They had felt that their lives would be easier, that their skills would get them immediate employment, that all their problems would be solved. Unfortunately, nothing has worked out as they hoped. In a conversation I had with one of them, his words were…“who knew things would be so bad, I didn’t expect this…” That gave the collection it’s name WHO KNEW”

With the Head Gear, the brand portrayed people carrying their possessions on their head and those possessions packed in ‘Ghana must go’ bags.

Amongst the models was Fashion stylist and entrepreneur, Ezinne Chinkata, who wore an interesting 3 piece – an embellished bikini top, a denim skirt with cut-out Adire detail and a two-toned denim jacket.

All Images via Kola Oshalusi

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