The 2018 Arise fashion week came to an end on Monday. The tone was revendicative, seductive and crossed gender limits. Designers voiced their collections with kaleidoscopic looks and iconic silhouettes.
Naomi Campbell, Oluchi Orlandi, Ojy Okpe and Imaan Hammam stormed the runway at the 3-day show which introduced 45 designers from 14 countries that included the United States, South Africa, Tanzania, the Caribbean and Nigeria.
Fringes and silk rocked the stage. Lanre Da Silva played with satin and sequins using gold dust shades while Kluk CGDT and Tiffany Amber conjugated transparency as a seduction code. Arise also took us on an Arabian Night journey and added some mystery with Abaya’s silhouettes.
Sleeves were cut in silk, long or short but remained light while sequins turned into rutile which added lightness to silhouettes. Vivid and pastel colors gave the tone. High-waste trousers were combined to destructured jackets while fabrics mix-match gave movements to silhouettes as seen in Style Temple’s Collection.
The 70’s also made their come back with Ozwald Boateng who revisited ‘Blaxploitation’ movie scenes to turn models into style fiction icons. Modern bowler hats were combined to 70’s glasses and leather ensembles. The designer transgendered styles and turned females into contemporary dandies.
Chulaap took us on a colorful odyssey where kaleidoscopic patterns found their space in unisex pants and casual shirts while Lanre Da Silva Ajayi explored futuristic scenes to turn runway models into surrealistic ambassadors of style.
Colorful stripes framed Kenneth Ize’s unisex jackets while lace and velvet took its most seductive edges in Mai Atafo’s silhouettes. Maxkhosa married fabrics with style while Tzar Studios balanced casual chic trousers lines with the romance of destructured skirts.
Hats were worn oversized and capes become gentlemen evenings "must-have". On top of a structured 3 pieces suit or on top of a high neck white shirt, the cape became a male closet’s essential as seen in Taryor Gabriels’ collections. Female silhouettes took aristocratic airs with Thebe Magugu’s underlining belts and layered fabrics.
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