The About That Curvy Life Collective showcase at The 2017 Heineken Lagos Fashion & design week was a show stopping, curvy pink power movement and sensual macho explosion. As always, the ATCL Collective show did not fail to exceed crowd expectations as the models swayed and strutted on the runway delivering class, style and so much positive vibes with the crowd cheering in approved appreciation.
The Collective show which was initiated and executed by media personality/Founder of Aboutthatcurvylife.com Latasha Ngwube and powered by international tech company Intel, culminated two fierce womenswear designers and one strong male designer into one powerful loop. The presentation was opened by Assian, in-between came Osuare, and Nori Clothings wrapped up the collective.
A few select African celebrities graced the runway showcasing pieces of each designer. Here are the highlights below.
Opening the show was Project Fame finalist, Isaac Gerald serenading the crowd with bars from Christina Aguilera’s Beautiful. Isaac was clad in a navy blue wrap shirt and matching ankle length pants from the male plus designer Assian.
Renowned celebrity chef, Benedict also hit the runway walking for plus malewear brand Assian. He was seen taking bold strides in tune to a house remix version of Aretha Franklin’s “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” in a navy blue print kimono and matching fringed pants. The look was pulled together with a crisp white shirt and navy tie, topped with a jaunty black hat.
Also hitting the runway was celebrity on air personality from The Beat 99.9FM, Tolu Oniru-Demuren popularly known as Toolz, wearing a deep V-cut maxi gown from the Osuare collection. She strutted the runway looking glamorous swaying her hips in time to the soundtrack of Kelz’s Wawa Alright.
Coming all the way from across the border was South African Curvy blogger, model, body positivity activist and Founder of the Plus Size is me movement, Lala Neriah Tshabalala. She wore an amazing number from Nori Clothing’s collection. The piece was a curve accentuating black dress with pleated distractions and a laced up front. It was an excellent mix of South Africa and Nigeria as she moved her beautiful, voluptuous curves to the beat of Justin Timberlake’s Sexy Back.
Joining the collective show or any other runway for the first time was About That Curvy Life’s founder, Latasha Ngwube’s sister Yoko Ngwube, who is a lawyer by day and as you’ve seen, runway slayer by night. She looked amazing as she swayed her hips to Kelz playing, displaying an off-shoulder pleated jumpsuit from Nori clothing’s collection and flicking that pink ponytail in time to the music.
Creative Consultant, writer and fashion stylist, Oluwatosin Ogundadegbe aka The Style Infidel also joined the ATCL collective for the second time as he had previously walked for Assian under the ATCL collective at the GLITZ Africa Fashion Week in Ghana. Spotting pink hair, dark shades with short sleeved shirt with a tied bow collar, shin length pants and brown shoes, Oluwatosin went down the runway in bold strides .
Another year, another city, another powerful movement still coming on strong. Founder of ATCL Latasha Ngwube hit the runway wearing an ankara top made from Vlisco fabric and a black tasselled skirt. Quickly following in stride were the designers and models moving in tune to Alessia Cara’s Scars To Your Beautiful bringing the magnificent show to the finish line with what has become a trademark runway selfie.