The MTN Lagos Fashion and Design Week (MTN LFDW) will be held in Lagos  on the 24th-27th October 2012. Taking place at the Eko Convention  Centre of the Eko Hotel Lagos, the event will feature 33 Nigerian  designers as well as luxury British designer Matthew Williamson, who  will headline the event as the international guest fashion designer.

The MTN LFDW will kick off with the Serengeti Exhibition which will be  open to the public from the 25th of October. The exhibition presents a  perfect opportunity for the Nigerian fashion and design community to  present their work to the general public and provide an opportunity  for the creatives to engage with the guests at the exhibition.

The designers showing collections this year include: 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.

This year there will also be a presentation of the youngest and  brightest fashion talent emerging from Nigeria. The LFDW Young  Designer of The Year has been selected to represent the next  generation of Nigerian fashion.

Luxury British brand Matthew Williamson will be showing his collection  to close the event.  The brand is known for its luxurious collections  which incorporate bright and exotic colours. Founded in February 1997  by designer Matthew Williamson and CEO, Joseph Velosa, the brand will  celebrate its 15 year anniversary this Spring/Summer 13.

Commenting on MTN LFDW Matthew Williamson said ?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.? He further added that Lagos  was one of the many stops he and his partner Joseph Velosa will make  this year to new emerging markets.

Omoyemi Akerele the founder and Creative Director of MTN Lagos Fashion  and Design Week said ?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.?

The Lagos fashion and Design week will hold in Lagos, Nigeria on  October 24-27 2012. It is supported by MTN, BlackBerry, The British  Council, Grey Goose Vodka, Porsche, Virgin Atlantic, The Wheatbaker  Lagos, House of Tara, African Magic Entertainment, Haute Fashion  Africa, Mania Magazine, Zapphaire Events and Colours in Africa.


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