Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Top 12 Fashion Industry Newcomers in Nigeria

“Emerging Designers in Nigeria series”is an initiative of Uk/Nigeria
based fashion promoting company; BlackNBold Fashion House organisers
of Nigerian
Student Fashion and Design Week, Botswana Culture And Design Week, Ife
Runway Fashion Show, The Black Gold Entrepreneurship Talk Show and Project
Cloth The Orphans. The emerging designers series was developed to create
a platform to encourage, promote and celebrate young fashion designers in
Nigeria. This year’s edition will focus on the Top 12 industry newcomers,
these are young designers who are new in the Nigerian fashion industry but
have been able to distinguish themselves from their peers in terms of
their achievements, marketing approach, packaging and delivery. This
selection was made by a panel of fashion judges who looked into the
hundreds of entries sent in by various designers. Below are the top 12
fashion industry newcomers in Nigeria for the year 2014.
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                                          1) Temitayo Ilesanmi Nathan
                 Temitayo is a student of the University of Lagos and the creative director
                    behind the label T.I. NATHAN. He was the head designer of the team that
                      won the Fayrouz L’original competition 2014; "Team Elan", walking home
                with the cash prize of $20,000. His first collection "The Modern Man" was
                    released in 2013 and it enjoyed massive online promotion. Temitayo has
                            three collections to his credit, but the first part of his 2014 collective,
               themed "SOLACE" was his defining moment as a designer, the reviews were so
                      humbling it encouraged him to want to do more. His approach to life is
                      “minimalist with a sporty twist, a mix of subtleness and fun”. He
                discovered his love for fashion at a young age like most designers but made
                         it different by pursuing a career in it. He launched himself fully into
                 fashion when he interned at Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2012 which later
                             propelled him to starting his own brand. His creative designs has been
                    featured on, Blanc, Guardian Newspaper, Punch Newspaper,
                   Ynaija, One Nigerian Boy,,,, just
                    to mention a few. His stronghold as that designer in pursuit of passion has
                               been never to divorce himself from
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                                                                  2) Vovwe Omoko

                          Fashion should trend with comfort, style, class and not via religious or
                         societal judgment”. Words from the designer of Ovems Fashion. Vovwe
                            graduated from the Department of Textile art at Delta State University
                            after which she pursued training at OSC College of Fashion. Her brand
                         originated from her passion to make clothes that interpret aesthetics and
                                 speak class. Ovems collection brings out the uninhibited innocence,
                          alluring enchantment and exquisite self-esteem in our African women;
                       showing that beyond the physical, every lady’s beauty isn’t lost in the
                       color of our eyes. Vovwe Omoko emerged as the most creative designer at the
                        Winasbet Nigerian Student Fashion and Design Week 2014 which featured over
                              40 young designers from various states in Nigeria. Her designs has been
                               featured on Spice Tv, Television Continental (TVC), Galaxy Tv,Wow
                    magazine, Punch Newspaper, Nigerian Tribune Newspaper, Acada Magazine, City
                    People Magazine, Dynamix Magazine, Sun newspaper,,,
                ,, Ladunlaidi’s blog, Simplyglamorousfashion
                                                 uk,, ebonyworth, amongst others.
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3) Francis Sule
Francis is another student of the University of Lagos where he is presently
studying Urban and Regional Planning. He is the creative director behind
the 'Francis Sule' brand. He was the Head Designer of Team Loud Tribe,
the team that came second at the Fayrouz L’original competition 2014,
walking home with the cash prize of $4,000 . His designs cater for the
young and old who are fashion forward and stylishly unapologetic with
well-tailored, edgy but wearable pieces. Fashion designing was an
inevitable path for him because of his undying love for fashion, art,
beauty, and style. Fashion designing allows for the merging of these
elements. He said his inspiration comes from “any and everything depending
on what I’m most in tune with at the time”. His illustrations and designs
has been featured in WOW magazine an d This Day Style.

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4) Ogochukwu Akabogu
Ogochukwu is the creative director of the fast growing fashion brand
'Linesbychaab'. She graduated from the University of Nigeria Nsukka in
2007 where she studied foreign languages and literature. She was born and
raised by her father; a lawyer and her mother; a language instructor in the
eastern part of Nigeria, Enugu. Ogochukwu was amongst the designers that
showcased at the Africa Fashion Week Nigeria, Nigerian Student Fashion And
Design Week and also one of the successful designers that made it into the
Nigeria’s Next Top Designers camp. She has always had the passion for
designing since her childhood days but she took it up professionally in
2013. Her creative designs has been featured on Mnet Africa, ONTV,,, Allure, to mention a few. Her major challenge in
the industry is power supply and funds.

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5) Mojisola Bankole

Mojisola Abiodun Bankole was born and bred in Lagos, Nigeria. She studied
Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Covenant University. Her
label OOZ
bymojibanks is all about designing and producing stylish, unique, nicely
fitted and well tailored pieces for women. “The OOZ woman is sure to stand
tall and confident anywhere she is”. This brand was born out of her passion
for fashion and the love for well made clothes. She has participated at
Africa Fashion Week Nigeria, Nigerian Student Fashion And Design Week, and
was also amongst the designers that made it to the Nigeria’s Next Top
Designers camp. Fashion started for Moji during her National Youth Service
in 2010, when she was opportuned to train as an apprentice with a fashion
designer for six months , there she learnt the basics of freehand garment
production. In 2012, she worked as an on-site Engineer with Axial Nigeria
Limited, an Architectural and Construction Company but resigned after six
months of work inorder to pursue her life's passion; Fashion Designing. In
April 2013 she enrolled at Ginani Fashion School, Surulere, where she
learnt professional garment production as well as pattern drafting. Her
designs has been featured on Star Gist on Dstv, Vchannel on Startime and
Spice TV and other notable fashion blogs in Nigeria.
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6) Kofoworola Agboola
Kofoworola is the creative director and owner of the fast growing fashion
label 'Koffykombs'. She studied Economics at Ajayi Crowther University.
She came to limelight at the 2014 edition of Nigerian Student Fashion And
Design Week, where she showcased her first collection "The Beautifully
covered collection". This showcase got her another interview on Event
Splash on Mitv. Prior to her showcase at Nigerian Student Fashion And
Design Week, Spice Tv was impressed with the collection she was making for
the event as such invited her for an interview. On what inspires her
designs, she said; “What inspires me the most is the desire to clothe the
modern woman in the right way. A lot of women think that we ought to expose
our bodies in order to look good. I want to prove this theory wrong with my
line while saying a woman can still look classy and beautiful while covered
up”. Her illustrations and creative works has been featured on The Nations
Newspaper, Nigerian Tribune Newspaper, Ynaija,com,,, city people magazine,, pulse.ngto mention a few. Her major challenge is power supply.
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7) Anja Andrea Hembadoon
Anja Andrea Hembadoon is the creative director of Hembadoon Clothing.
She graduated from Lagos State University in 2014 where she studied
Business Administration but she started fashion professionally in 2012.
Andrea has showcased her designs at some of the finest fashion events in
Nigeria, some of which are; Nigerian Television Fashion Show, Fashion
Fusion, Nigerian Fashion Awards, Glitz on the runway, The Make-up Show and
Costume Night, Beat of Style, Swim Suits Concept, and Nigerian Student
Fashion and Design Week. She has also worked with celebrities like;
Esther EneAudu, Marvin Udohah of Big Brother Africa, UcheOkabah of Galaxy
TV, Alero Adedira of Galaxy TV amongst others. Her inspiration comes from
fabrics, colors, her environment and the nod of approval from her family
and friends especially that of her grandmother.
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8) Omolara Cole
Amarelis Design is owned by Omolara Cole. She studied at the University
of Lagos where she bagged a b.scin Biology Education. She moved to the
United States to pursue her passion in fashion and attended one of the
prestigious New York fashion schools and later came back to Nigeria to
establish her brand. Omolara has a fashion studio located in the heart of
lagos where she makes and sells her designs and also trains prospective
fashion designers to develop their skills. She as worked with the likes of
Monalisa, Eva, Toolz, Kayla Solidstar, Yemi Alade, Ini Edo to mention a few
and her designs has been featured on various notable fashion magazines and
blogs within and outside

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9) Modupe Adeoti
Modupe Adeoti is a graduate of English and Literary Studies from the
University of Ado-Ekiti. She is the creative director of '17.09 Couture'.
On how she started to design, she said; “My love for fashion increased as I
grew older but then I had a problem. I was hardly satisfied with the
designs being made for me. So I went into fashion designing in 2009. But I
had my hands full with school so I had to make it pending till I finished
school. I learnt the basis of designing from my friend when I finished
schooling”. Her designs are inspired by Nature, street, things, and people.
She loves colors and speaks through them especially bright colors. She has
showcased three collections since she started designing. She showcased her
Summer collection which was her third at the Nigerian Student Fashion And
Design Week, this collection however got the attention of the reporter from
Galaxy Television during the event, this paved way for her first tv
interview. Modupe’s designs and illustrations have been featured on, Ynaijateen,,, amongst others.

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10) Alice Lolo Awobite
Alice is the creative director of Alacouture Fashion House, a Nigerian
fashion label that offers the best and most stylish Bags, Shoes and jewelry
made from African/continental fabrics and crystals. This designer said “I
discovered my love for designing in December 2011 when I started designing
ready-made shoes and bags. Her outfit is expanding really fast with her new
outlet at Surulere in Lagos. Alice has successfully trained over 100
students and now has 6 staffs and 5 interns. Her designs has been featured
in BlackNBold Magazine.
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11) Oluwadunsin Kehinde
She is one designer that will dominate the Nigerian Fashion Industry in the
coming years. She is the daughter of the publisher of City People Magazine;
Mr Seye Kehinde. Still in her teens and doing great thing, MISTRESS is
owned and created by Oluwadunsin Kehinde, an 18 years old young designer
currently in her second year studying Mass communication at Babcock
University. She has featured at a number of fashion shows including;
Student fashion and Design Week, X&O’s, Rise, Youth Rave and to mention a
few. Some major challenges she faces is combining fashion with academics,
financing the brand, providing the necessary materials needed and also
producing the clothes, as the brand involves a lot of grand high fashion
and couture themed pieces. On how she has overcome them, she had this to
say; “Saving up for the financing of the brand, balancing academics and
designing by making time for both of them. Also I have tried to convert my
pieces to ready to wear in order to cater for the needs of customers and
not just having pieces people admire”.

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11) Aderonke Jaiyeola
Aderonke is a textile print designer with a passion for color and
illustration; who combines her fine art talents with her love for fashion
to transform her illustrations into beautiful fashion pieces. Each piece is
designed, hand printed and finished in Nigeria. She is a graduate of Fine
Arts from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, with a Masters in Visual
Arts from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She was also a Goldman Sachs
10,000 women scholar at Enterprise Development Centre of the Pan Atlantic
University where she sharpened her business skills in Entrepreneurial
Management. Mimiremi Creations was started as an hobby in 2010. Her label
is all about textile print designs to artistic easy to wear clothing's with
a touch of African flavour, handcrafted specially for women of all
ages. The brand has faced major challenges of getting excellent workmanship
to execute designs flawlessly as well as erratic power supply, but she has
been able to overcome them by training the workers and also settling for
alternative sources of power supply. Aderonke has worked on textile prints
for top designers in Nigeria, one of which is Tiffany Amber Nigeria, a
leading fashion design brand for the Mercedes Benz fashion week in New
York. She is presently working on a new collection of Afro centric prints
for her range of easy to wear clothing line.

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