I missed the show last year due to some limitations and had to watch what went down on the FAB Blog. This year, I will be there as one of the FAB team and won’t miss any part of it as the organisers of the Arise Magazine Fashion Week have announced the hosting of a bigger show for this year’s fashion week. Slated to hold between March 6 and 11, the changes in this year’s edition are in response to the phenomenal awakening the previous edition had stoked following its huge success.


Last year, the fashion week hosted 5,000 guests, 51 designers, 81 models, five musical acts and held across three days in Lagos. However, this year, the organisers have increased the days from three to six, holding in three tents and beginning from Tuesday, March 6 to Sunday, March 11 on the grounds of the luxurious five-star Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria with 77 designers(although only 66 announced yet) from six continents, including the Caribbean, India, Europe, the United States and Africa.


ARISE Magazine founder Nduka Obaigbena says: “There has been a surge of interest from around the world including major UK and American brands this year, following our successful inaugural event last year, which is why we have decided to give even more designers an opportunity to participate. The world has recognised that Nigeria has much to offer in the way of vibrancy and extraordinary talent in abundance making it the cultural capital of Africa. Once more we are proud to be associated with nurturing new designers from the vast continent – and continuing our support of those who are more well-known in Nigeria and in the Diaspora.


Designers slated to participate at The Arise Magazine Fashion Week 2012 are as follows;

  1. Adama-Paris (Senegal/France)
  2. Amine Bendriouich Couture and BS (Germany/Morocco)
  3. Amrapali (India)
  4. Angelo Van Mol (Belgium/Ghana)
  5. Grey (Nigeria)
  6. Bestow Elan (UK/Ghana)
  7. Bridget Awosika (Nigeria)
  8. Buki Akib (UK/Nigeria)
  9. Chichia London (UK/Tanzania)
  10. Christie Brown (Ghana)
  11. Clan (Nigeria)
  12. David David London (UK)
  13. Davida (Nigeria)
  14. Duaba Serwa (Ghana)
  15. Ejiro Amos Tafiri (Nigeria)
  16. Eki Orleans (UK/Nigeria)
  17. Frank Osodi (Nigeria)
  18. Funlayo Déri (UK/Nigeria)
  19. Gavin Rajah (South Africa)
  20. Gloria Wavamuno (Uganda)
  21. House of Divas (Nigeria)
  22. House of Farrah (Nigeria)
  23. House of Nwocha (Nigeria)
  24. Iconic Invanity (Nigeria)
  25. Imane Ayissi (France/Cameroon)
  26. Jacob Kimmie (UK/South Africa)
  27. Jewel by Lisa (Nigeria)
  28. Kastle Designs & Treasure Chest (USA/Ghana)
  29. Kaveke (Kenya/UK)
  30. Kevan Hall (USA)
  31. Kezia Frederick (UK/St.Lucia)
  32. Kiki Clothing (Ghana)
  33. Kinabuti (Nigeria/Italy)
  34. Klûk-CGDT (South Africa)
  35. Koke (Botswana/India)
  36. Korto Momolu (USA/Liberia)
  37. Lanre DaSilva-Ajayi (Nigeria)
  38. LaQuan Smith (USA)
  39. Laurenceairline (France/Ivory Coast)
  40. Loza Maléomsho (USA/Ivory Coast)
  41. Madam Wokie’s Couture (Sierra Leone)
  42. Mai Atafo (Nigeria)
  43. Maki Oh (Nigeria)
  44. Mataano (USA/Somalia)
  45. Meena (Nigeria)
  46. Mustafa Hassanali (Tanzania)
  47. Nkwo (UK/Nigeria)
  48. Odio Mimonet (Nigeria)
  49. Okunoren Twins (Nigeria)
  50. Osman (UK)
  51. Paul Hervé  Elisabeth (Martinique)
  52. Poisa (Kenya)
  53. Re Bahia (UK/Nigeria)
  54. Sandra Kennedy (Jamaica)
  55. Sandra Muendane (Mozambique/Portugal)
  56. Sunny Rose (Nigeria/UK)
  57. Taibo Bacar (Mozambique)
  58. The Vessel. By Lois (USA/Jamaica)
  59. Tiffany Amber (Nigeria)
  60. Timo Welland (USA/South Africa)
  61. Tsemaye Binitie (UK/Nigeria)
  62. U.Mi-1 (UK/Nigeria)
  63. Virgos Lounge (UK/Nigeria)
  64. Viv La Resistance (Nigeria)
  65. William Okpo (USA/Nigeria)
  66. Zekaryas Solomon (Eritrea/UK)


The spectacular ARISE Magazine Fashion Awards have designers hoping to secure a golden ticket to showcase his designs at the Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week 2012 in September.

Award-winning New York-based producer, Kevin Krier & Associates and celebrated UK-based Inca Productions have been appointed the Arise Magazine Fashion Week 2012 show producers.

Watch out for more information on the FAB Blog.


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