How did the Nigerian metropolis of Lagos become the fashion capital of Africa? For starters, there’s Maki Oh, the Lagos-based brand founded by Nigerian designer Amaka Osakwe, which has helped propel African fashion into the western spotlight after being worn by Michelle Obama and Beyoncé. There’s also Alara, the striking Lagosian concept store founded by Nigerian businesswoman Reni Folawiyo, which has championed African talent from the very beginning, stocking local designers alongside the likes of Raf Simons and Stella McCartney. And there is, of course, Lagos Fashion and Design Week, which since 2011 has established itself as the premiere fashion event in Africa.
This season, LFDW will run from October 25-28 at Eko Atlantic. Hailed as a celebration of a Pan-African fashion industry, the line-up will feature 50 fashion shows, alongside showrooms, after-parties, and discussion panels with business leaders and designers. Ahead of the shows, Vogue highlights five designers on our radar this season.