Lagos Fashion Week Announces Dates for 2022
Words by the Folklore Team
After celebrating its 10th anniversary last year, Lagos Fashion Week has announced its return for 2022. Come October 26 to 29, the streets of Lagos will once again be buzzing as designers and fashion fans descend on the Federal Palace Hotel in Victoria Island for what is sure to be a memorable four days of creativity, and innovation. Featuring runway shows and presentations, talent discovery initiatives, as well as business masterclasses, Lagos Fashion Week is one of the most anticipated events of the year.
Since it was founded in 2011 by Omoyemi Akerele, Lagos Fashion Week has developed into an instrumental platform shaping the fashion landscape in Nigeria as well as the continent. For more than a decade, the initiative has brought together buyers and the media to experience the best of Africa’s fashion industry from designers such as Lisa Folawiyo, Kenneth Ize, Orange Culture and Andrea Iyamah.
Shaping the future of the African fashion industry is at the heart of Lagos Fashion Week, which is the driving force behind the Green Access programme, an initiative that was created to support and promote young and emerging brands by exposing them to a community of fashion insiders from around the world.
Through its three pillars of community, collaboration and co-creation, LFW has been able to showcase designers and brands from across the continent while helping to grow their visibility on the global stage. As one of the leading events on the African calendar, many international publications including Vogue and WWD look to the runways in Lagos as a representative of what African fashion has to offer. From music to art and design, Lagos is increasingly being recognized as a central hub for the African creative industry. “Maintaining these three strategic pillars for Lagos Fashion Week has required us to think through new ways to engage the African fashion ecosystem that can generate lasting impact,” the organization says. “It has required us to assess the pressing needs of the industry at each growth stage and identify how we can support in closing gaps and connecting the dots. This has been the driving force behind our initiatives since inception and will continue to shape our engagement this season.”