It’s over! The most anticipated event of the Nigerian fashion calendar, Heineken Lagos Fashion & Design Week, has finally come to a close. The four-day event saw designers from various parts of Africa presenting their spring/summer 2017 offerings to a packed crowd who did not hold back any screams or applause. Now that the event is over and we’ve all been able to take a breather, it’s time to sit back and review LFDW 2016.

For the first time ever since its inception, I was at every single show. I also attended a lot of events running prior to the evening shows everyday that boosted LFDW’s profile beyond that of a show for just presenting clothes. There was the Fashion Business Series where we got to sit in on various panel discussions with topics ranging from finding angel investors to improving Nigeria’s leather industry and to improving your personal brand. There was also the LFDW x Retail space where various designers (including accessories and jewellery designers) set up shop for attendees to peruse their pieces. Lastly, there was the new and improved Fashion Focus structure. Twenty applicants were selected from all the applications and were interviewed by one of the heads of Edun, representatives from the British Council and founder of LFDW Omoyemi Akerele. Five designers from the lot would be chosen to undergo a rigorous one-year training after which one will win the opportunity to work at Edun, show at LFDW 2017 amongst other prizes.