All is set for 2018’s biggest fashion show, The GTBank Fashion Weekend

GTBank Fashion Weekend

The biggest fashion weekend of the year kicks off today and thousands of guest will descend on Water Corporation drive and would receive the best entertainment possible, as indigenous and internationally renowned designers will not only speak at master classes but will showcase the best of the best on the runway.

The GTBank Fashion weekend is a consumer focused fashion exhibition and capacity building event that aims to promote enterprise within the fast growing Nigerian fashion industry.

Speaking at a press conference in Lagos on Thursday to herald the weekend, Oyinade Adekite, spokesperson for the event, she said the speakers have been specially and carefully chosen to create the ultimate experience because Nigerians like to learn and engage, are avid readers and enjoy listening to people, “For day one, we have Taofeek Abijako, a 19 year old Nigerian and the youngest Nigerian to ever showcase at the New York Fashion Week (NYFW). We have a young demographic in Nigeria so we want him to talk to people just like him looking to explore other markets outside Nigeria.”

“We also have Anna Trevelyan and Stavros Karelis, two fashion buyers and owners of a concept store in SoHo, London. We brought them in to speak with designers who are looking to stock outside of Nigeria. Day one would also feature Nikki Ogunnaike, fashion editor of Elle Magazine who will speak on Diversity in Fashion and the popular stylist, Jay Manuel as well as Kahlana Barfield Brown who used to be the fashion editor of InStyle Magazine.”

“Day two’s lineup features Burak Cakmak, the dean of fashion at a school of design in New York, we also have Nai’vasha Johnson, a hairstylist, Nicholas Kirkwood, Dapper Dan, a legend in the fashion world and Julia Sarr Jamois, a stylist.”

Listing the designers on day one to include Ituen Basi, Sukeina, Gozel Green, Clive Rundel, Adama Paris, Romeo Hunte and David Tlale. Day two would feature LaQuan Smith, Lanre Da Silva, Ji Won Choi, Taibo Bacar, IDMA-NOF, Gert Johan Coetzee.

She added that this year’s edition offers spectators’ artistic insights into the modern world of Nigerian and global fashion design, as the runway would feature exquisite collections by renowned designers and high profile luxury designers and brands.

“The event is for everyone in the fashion space and not just limited to designers alone. We hope we can make a difference with this event and because we are a business, we want to support the industry by giving money to deserving players in the field.” Adekite also mentioned that the event would have a crafts market featuring local artisans. “We give them the money to put everything together including the women who do looming, whipping, shea butter and the local oils that Nigerians love. We went to Ilorin, Ilesa, Oyo to engage the artisans as well as artistes that do beads, tie and dye, henna, batik and we bring them in.”

Insisting that it is an open process and everyone is invited, she pleaded that entries are on the high side and as such, it was difficult to give everyone a slot. She promised that this year’s edition was going to be unforgettable and urged everyone to attend.

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