Highlights, LFDW 2015

#HeinekenLFDW2015 hosts an Impressive 4 Day Line-Up!

From October 28th to 31st, 2015, Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week took over the city of Lagos and timelines bringing the spirit of fashion to the African continent.

Throughout the course of the week, over 6,000 fashion insiders, including buyers, retailers, local & international press, celebrities, models, and special guests made their way through the #HeinekenLFDW2015 doors.

The 5th Year Anniversary Edition kicked-off with the Tiffany Amber Nigeria show, and featured an outstanding line-up of emerging and established designers including Lanre Da Silva-Ajayi, Tsemaye Binitie, Iamisigo, Eki Orleans, Orange Culture, April by Kunbi, Ade Bakare and a host of others.

One of the major highlights of the week, was the Fashion Business Series, held on the 29th and 30th of October, it was a resounding success. This year the sponsors were Sterling Bank, Bank of Industry and the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC). The sponsors all made significant commitments to support the fashion industry by providing specific programs and low interest loans for fashion entrepreneurs. For example, the Managing Director of Bank of Industry (BOI), Rasheed Olaoluwa discussed how to access the N1 billion fund accessible to both men and women. They also announced they were working with NEPC to create a fashion manufacturing hub so that designers can create large volumes for retail or export. Sterling Bank’s Head of MSME Omolara Akinfolarin also announced they had low interest loans available to fashion entrepreneurs. In addition to funding for fashion, other topics covered were manufacturing, e-commerce, technology, the fashion value chain and luxury.  There were many speakers including Tunde Kehinde (MD ACE.ng), Toyosi Kolawole (MD Audeo Clothing), Reni Folawiyo (MD Alara), Andrea Iyamah (Founder/MD Andrea Iyamah Swimwear), Mobola Oniboboje (Alithea Capital), Tope Edu (MD Zegna Nigeria), Deola Sagoe, Mai Atafo, Commissioner of Commerce Osun State and many more. The underlying message of the fashion business series was that it would take a lot of hard work and collaboration to progress the industry. To paraphrase Nike Ogunlesi founder/CRO of Ruff ‘n’ Tumble, ‘there is no other way to progress fashion than to treat it as a business’.   

Mobola Onibonoje from Alitheia Capital

Mobola Onibonoje from Alitheia Capital

Andrea Iyamah

Andrea Iyamah

Honey Ogundeyi MD & Founder Fashpa, Tunde Kehinde MD ACE.ng, Andrea Iyamah

Honey Ogundeyi MD & Founder Fashpa, Tunde Kehinde MD ACE.ng, Andrea Iyamah

Honourable Commissioner Ismail Jaiyeoba, Toyosi Kolawole, Nike Ogunlesi

Honourable Commissioner Ismail Jaiyeoba, Toyosi Kolawole, Nike Ogunlesi

Lola Emeruwa of LE Retail, Tope Edu MD Zegna Nigeria, Reni Folawiyo, Zainab Ashadu of Zashadu, Deola Sagoe

Lola Emeruwa of LE Retail, Tope Edu MD Zegna Nigeria, Reni Folawiyo, Zainab Ashadu of Zashadu, Deola Sagoe

Maureen Ideozu - Technical Advisor to CEO, Nigerian Export Promotion Council

Maureen Ideozu – Technical Advisor to CEO, Nigerian Export Promotion Council

Mr Kwajjaffa, Omoyemi Akerele, Gbemi Abudu VP, Sales and Marketing ANAP Business Jets, Mai Atafo

Mr Kwajjaffa, Omoyemi Akerele, Gbemi Abudu VP, Sales and Marketing ANAP Business Jets, Mai Atafo

Nike Ogunlesi, Mai Atafo, Tokunbo Akerele

Nike Ogunlesi, Mai Atafo, Tokunbo Akerele

Omoyemi Akerele, Lola Emeruwa, Tope Edu, Reni Folawiyo, Zainab Ashadu, Deola Sagoe

Omoyemi Akerele, Lola Emeruwa, Tope Edu, Reni Folawiyo, Zainab Ashadu, Deola Sagoe

Rasheed Olaoluwa, MD of BOI

Rasheed Olaoluwa, MD of Bank of Industry

Nike Ogunlesi, Founder & CEO Ruff 'n'Tumble

Nike Ogunlesi, Founder & CEO Ruff ‘n’Tumble


The #HeinekenLFDW2015 X Retail Exhibition Space was a key engagement hub for guests from day 2 – 4, it featured a curated expose, profiling the revolutionary work of African fashion creatives in the past 5 years and interactive booths from Heineken, where guests were put through lessons to draft beer, Fayrouz, Sterling Bank and Maybelline. In addition, various informative creative seminars were held facilitated by leading experts in the Nigerian Fashion Industry.

Adding to all the glamour and excitement at #HeinekenLFDW2015, was the Heineken & Veuve Clicquot VIP Lounge which played host to special guests throughout the course of the event. It was a great spot to unwind and relax during the breaks and at the end of the fashion shows.  Guests were treated to special Heineken cocktails and champagne as they mingled in this exclusive space.

LFDW Heineken Lounge

Adaku Ufere & Yewande Thorpe

Adaku Ufere & Yewande Thorpe

Ann Ogunsulire

Ann Ogunsulire

Audu Maikori & friends

Audu Maikori & friends

Bimpe Onakoya(left) & Sekou Coulibaly

Bimpe Onakoya(left) & Sekou Coulibaly

Denola Grey & Dimeji Alara

Denola Grey & Dimeji Alara

DJ Obi

DJ Obi

Ejiro Amos Tafiri

Ejiro Amos Tafiri

Ezinne Chinkata & Monalisa Chinda

Ezinne Chinkata & Monalisa Chinda

Fife Aiyesimoju & Guest

Fife Aiyesimoju & Guest

Eki Orleans

Eki Orleans

Guests at the Heineken Lounge

George Okoro

George Okoro

Helen Jennings with the HeinekenLFDW Production team

Helen Jennings with the HeinekenLFDW Production team

Helen Jennings, Fife Aiyesimoju, Ezinne Chinkata, Amaka Osakwe of Maki Oh

Helen Jennings, Fife Aiyesimoju, Ezinne Chinkata, Amaka Osakwe of Maki Oh

Mo Abudu, Vivienne Chioloji

Mo Abudu, Vivienne Chioloji

Mo Abudu

Mo Abudu

Nancy Nwadire & Diana Opoti

Nancy Nwadire & Diana Opoti

Nato C & Nicole Chikwe

Nato C & Nicole Chikwe

Omowunmi Akinifesi

Omowunmi Akinifesi

Omoyemi Akerele & Betty Irabor

Omoyemi Akerele & Betty Irabor

Remy Adetiba

Remy Adetiba

Taje Prest, DJ Obi, Kanayo Ebi, Kaylah Oniwo & Tonye

Taje Prest, DJ Obi, Kanayo Ebi, Kaylah Oniwo & Tonye

Toke Makinwa

Toke Makinwa

Tonye Garrick

Tonye Garrick

Veronica Odeka, Genevieve Nnaji & friends

Veronica Odeka, Genevieve Nnaji & friends

agazie & Temi Dollface twinning in Orange Culture

agazie & Temi Dollface twinning in Orange Culture

Yagazie Emezi, Kelechi Amadi, Temi Dollface

Yagazie Emezi, Kelechi Amadi, Temi Dollface

Zina Anumudu, Kanayo Ebi & Nicole Chikwe

Zina Anumudu, Kanayo Ebi & Nicole Chikwe

For its 5th Year Anniversary, Lagos Fashion and Design Week honored five (5) select creatives in an award ceremony held on the last day.  The recipients of the awards were; Mai Atafo – Menswear Designer of the Year, Amaka Osakwe– Womenswear Designer of the Year, Ejiro Amos Tafiri – Outstanding Emerging Designer of the Year (Fashion & Retail), Zainab Ashadu – Accessories Designer of the Year & Kelvin Godson Effange – Model of the Year.

Omoyemi Akerele

Omoyemi Akerele

Zara Okpara presenting Zainab Ashada of Zashadu the Award for Accesssories Designer of the Year

Zara Okpara presenting Zainab Ashada of Zashadu the Award for Accesssories Designer of the Year

Ijeoma Ndekwu presenting Mai Atafo the award for Menswear Designer of the Year

Ijeoma Ndekwu presenting Mai Atafo the award for Menswear Designer of the Year

Wadami Amolegbe presenting the Outstanding Emerging Designer of the Year (Fashion & Retail) Award

Wadami Amolegbe presenting the Outstanding Emerging Designer of the Year (Fashion & Retail) Award

Uzoamaka Ukegbu, Ejiro Amos Tafiri

Ronke Adeola presenting Amaka Osakwe of Maki Oh the Award for Womenswear Designer of the Year

Ronke Adeola presenting Amaka Osakwe of Maki Oh the Award for Womenswear Designer of the Year

Oyinkan Momoh presents Godson the award for Model of the Year

Oyinkan Momoh presents Godson the award for Model of the Year

Oyinkan Momoh, Kelvin Godson, Uzoamaka Ukegbu

Oyinkan Momoh, Kelvin Godson, Uzoamaka Ukegbu

Kelvin Godson

Kelvin Godson

HeinekenLFDW is hosted by StyleHouseFiles, Headline sponsored by Heineken and is supported by Maybelline, Fayrouz, Sterling Bank, Bank of Industry, Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) and Veuve Clicquot.

Media Partners: Mania Magazine, Guardian Newspaper, BellaNaija.com, Cool FM, Spice TV,  Kamdora, Pulse.NG and Genevieve Magazine.Style Partners: StyleVitae.com 

For details on #HeinekenLFDW2015, please visit www.lagosfashionanddesignweek.com

For press enquiries: press@lagosfashionanddesignweek.com

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