Matthew Williamson to Headline Lagos Fashion and Design Week

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Luxury British designer Matthew Williamson will headline the MTN Lagos Fashion and Design Week (MTN LFDW), scheduled to hold on the 24th-27th October 2013 in Lagos.

Matthew Williamson is famous for its luxurious collections which combine bright and exotic colors. Founded in February 1997 by designer, Matthew Williamson and CEO, Joseph Velosa the brand will celebrate its 15th anniversary this Spring/Summer.

Matthew Williamson had this to say about MTN LFDW:

“As fashion designers, we always seek new inspirations, opportunities and frontiers. Visiting Lagos for the first time and indeed Nigeria will provide me a chance to do this and contribute in helping to build the fashion industry in a challenging but innovative new market.”

The designer also added that Lagos was one of the many stops he and his partner Joseph Velosa would be making this year to new emerging markets.

The MTN LFDW, taking place at the Eko Convention Centre of the Eko Hotel, Lagos, will kick off with the Serengeti Exhibition which will be open to the public from the 25th of October, and will feature some 33 Nigerian designers

The Serengeti Exhibition presents a perfect opportunity for fashion and design related community to exhibit their work to the general public and provide an opportunity for the creatives to engage with the guest at the exhibition and provide them with some insight to their work.

Designers slated to participate in this year’s runway shows are:  Ituen Basi, Iamisigo, Kelechi Odu, Jess Stefanie, Marayah Oh, Xclamations, Eki Orleans, Sunny Rose , Bridget Awosika, Iconic Invanity, Tiffany Amber, Odio Mimonet, Alali Boutique, Ozora by Zee, Viv La Resistance, Vintage Colette, Grey ,Omer Asim, Alter Ego, Jewel by Lisa, Lanre Da Silva Ajayi, Akpos Okudu, Xclamations, House of Form and Function, Ejiro Amos Tafiri & Beatrice Black, Ibitein, Kinabuti, Kiki Kamanu, Kola Kuddus House of Marie, Obsidian, Koketso Chiepe, Republic of Foreigner , Anita Quansah, Mango and Mai Atafo.

There will also be a presentation of the youngest and brightest fashion talent emerging from Nigeria called the LFDW Young Designer of The Year. The LFDW Young Talent has been designated as the next generation of Nigerian fashion.

“Our vision is to have a guest international designer each year as part of our vision to place Lagos on the map as a fashion capital; having guests like Matthew Williamson for our finale means we can achieve this.”

Omoyemi Akerele, Founder and Creative Director of MTN Lagos Fashion and Design Week

The MTN Lagos Fashion and Design Week is definitely going to be THE fashion event of the year. My advice is to do whatever it takes to be there.



Cece is a Journalism major with an unbridled passion for writing. When she's not saving the world with her magic pen, she writes fashion pieces; features on numerous blogs & writes gibberish that people are forced to read on her blog

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