Last year, the Heineken Lagos Fashion and design week took a new turn as the ATCL collective brought a breath of fresh air to the runway. This year, the collective has gone a step further taking the plus fashion world by storm in Ghana for one of the top fashion weeks in Africa, GLITZ Africa Fashion week.
The collective show which was initiated and executed by media personality/Founder of Aboutthatcurvylife.com Latasha Ngwube, brought together two strong womenswear designers and one male designer into one powerful loop. The presentation was opened by Nori Clothing, in-between came menswear brand, Assian and Abaya Lagos by Salihat wrapped up the collective.
The womenswear designers from the ATCL Collective worked from an expressive theme of Red/White/Gold/Orange blending into similar, yet distinct capsule collections with displays of pieces ranging from curvy chick to professional and playful casual.
Light feathers, lacy embroidery, floral appliques, cold-shoulders, deep-cuts and sparkles were some of the elements used by the designs making each piece to stand out which made the collection exhibit an aura of true fashion and style.
The female curvy models were in themselves stunning as they strutted confidently down the runway in rhythm to the music, displaying the distinct pieces from each womenswear designers. While the chunky male models matched in fierce, sharp and bold strides showing designs from the male line.
Here’s an in-depth look and report of all the pieces from each designer that showcased on the GLITZ Africa Fashion Week runway for the #AboutThatCurvyLife Collective.
Nori Clothings opened the #AboutThatCurvyLife Collective presentation delivering pieces that were made from finely tailored silk and satin laced with fine feathery options. The pieces from her collection served class and style as all the models were seen strutting down the runway wearing sleek high buns, looking bold and beautiful.
The first piece by Nori Clothings was an ankle length orange dress with a boat neck style laced with feathery attachments and pockets right in front of the hips. There was also a laced inner knee-length dress draped with an orange belted kimono. The final piece came on strong with a long sleeved sheen length dress with beaded accessories.
The Menswear designer on the collective was brought together with a cool unified theme of Orange, pink and yellow. The collection also spotted a denim shirt, monochrome stripes and bubble-like design. As the chunky males took to the runway, the white symbolic stripes on their faces made them stand out signifying a roaring strength for the plus male fashion stage. Each model wore sneakers of different colours and patterns from Nodrog St,- an accessories line also by Assian’s Creative Director- Matthew Gordon. Bowler bags and folios in sharp colours of yellow, wine and purple co-ordinated with their clothes. There was a pink long sleeved shirt with bubble designs and matching shorts with a green folio finely contrasting the outfit, a monochrome striped shirt with bold yellow trousers and a wine folio to match the wine colored breast pocket. There was also a pink long sleeve shirt with plane brown shorts.
Abaya Lagos by Salihat closed the show with their Gold themed expressive collection. The pieces were a mix of chick, classy and casual with models strutting the runway in turban head gears and dashing bold red lipsticks. The collection showcased pieces like a black gown with beaded accessories on the elbow length sleeve and pockets on the side, a Gold satin dress draped with a sequin kimono. There was also beautiful green knee length dress with a V-neck and large embroidered pockets coordinating with the yellow head gear worn by the model.
And as the show was brought to a close, the ATCL Collective convener, Latasha Ngwube, stepped out with the designers and models to take a bow. She did not leave the runway without taking her signature runway selfie as the crowd cheered on.