an unprecedented gathering — LFDW 2015
photography — Kola Oshalusi
The Guest List — Amaka Osakwe (Maki Oh), Bridget Awosika, Loza Maleombho, Sophie Zinga, Tsemaye Binitie, Zara Okpara (Lisa Folawiyo) , Zainab Ashadu (Zashadu)
The Unspoken Dress Code — “Yourself”The Swag — Kahina Giving Beauty Hand and Body Balm and Argan Soap. The default Lagos a/c setting is arctic. Moisturizing is imperative. The Conversation — Maki, on inspiration: "I love women. I love everything we do. That’s why I design." Everyone, on the propensity for celebrities to borrow looks for events: "Enough with the ‘pulls’. More buys."
The Consensus — Despite challenges ranging from the fundamental (finding high-quality manufacturers) to the merely tedious (being pigeonholed into a stereotype of African design that runs the gamut from “baskets” to “beads”), the fashion and design industry in Africa is hitting its stride. International accolades that have failed to translate into sustained attention are less relevant when designers can use social platforms to share their own stories and find their own cult followings. And OX lets those followers do more than just admire from afar. Inaccessibility is out; the new African design culture is in. We can all drink to that.