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Press Briefing: ATCL Collective at LFDW 2017

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A press briefing put together by Aboutthatcurvylife’s founder, Latasha Ngwube, held on thursday 19th of October at B-hive resturant, Lekki phase 1, Lagos  to announce the ATCL Collective’s presentation at Lagos Fashion And Design Week 2017. The press briefing had in attendance journalists from Vanguard, Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Punch, The Sun, Maestro Media, Media Room Hub, Daily Independent, Business Day Media, The Nation. It was an interactive session, filled with questions and answers about our involvement in LFDW and plus size Inclusivity.

 

Latasha Ngwube at the press briefing.

Curvy’s Back! The About That Curvy Life Collective Returns to Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2017

It’s not a fleeting trend that’s here today and gone tomorrow. “Curvy” is here to stay!  After the triumphant success that Latasha Ngwube’s The About That Curvy Life Collective achieved at Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2016, ATCL is engaging Africa in the conversation about body positivity and size inclusion via LFDW’s esteemed platform.

 

With their continuous involvement in the fashion world, tech giant Intel has powered The About That Curvy Life Collective. This amazing brand supported ATCL last year, and they are returning this year again to offer their support.This is a particularly exciting time for the industry as key players like Intel who understand the value of empowerment and as such exist to give technological support to platforms like ours. In this digital age, a brand like Intel keeps us connected, allowing us go further with every stroke on our keyboard, is definitely one to have on your team and we are super excited they have come on board once more on a project like this. Intel itself is no stranger to fashion, as it has been the official technological partner of New York Fashion Week for the last couple of years. Their current slogan  #IamPowerful is in line with Aboutthatcurvylife’s message of empowerment which affirms a woman’s right to want to feel beautiful, confident and stylish at whatever size.

Speaking on what can be expected at the ATCL Collective showcase this year, Ngwube says:

We are extremely proud of the historical success The About That Curvy Life Collective achieved in 2016. Launched at The Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2016, we made history as the first plus size fashion show on an international fashion runway in Africa. Pursuant, The Collective was featured across several international media outlets including CNN, BBC, Yahoo, and The Guardian. This eventually led to our invitation to make history in Ghana by taking The Collective to the Glitz Africa Fashion Week 2017, Accra, Ghana.

Notwithstanding, we’ve had one year to grow and set new goals and we have taken that chance seriously. Some of the value adds include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

First, we’re working with two new designers who will be debuted on the runway. First of is NORI CLOTHINGS owned by Uga Akinbode; Nori Clothings is a women’s clothing brand based in Abuja. The brand specializes in ready to wear and bespoke pieces. They cater for people of all sizes, and ages, and are for the simple yet sophisticated, fashionable and edgy woman.

Uga Akinbode of Nori Clothings (right)

 

Next up, Lagos based eponymous brand, Osuare; is a cosmopolitan African women’s wear brand that caters to the needs of women of all shapes and sizes. Osuare specializes in the use of hand-painted and hand-dyed prints. Her pieces are edgy, reflecting originality and heritage.

Osuare Egbuonu- Creative Director, Osuare

 

These two new additions will present Alongside veteran Assian by Matiu Gordon, a contemporary plus size fashion and lifestyle brand that strongly believes in being size inclusive and operates based on the belief that “we all matter”. Matiu, who debuted his brand at The Collective last year and has since gone on to showcase at several international fashion shows around the world.

Matthew Gordon- ASSIAN

Also, we’re placing laser focus on creating market opportunities for participating designers. For the first time, we hope to take the designers on a continental roadshow. Thus, in addition to having noteworthy aesthetics and a point of view, our designers must demonstrate a capacity to scale up production to meet consumer demands.”

 

ATCL believes that the opportunity to look and feel your best should be available to all women and men, without prejudice. Fashionable timeless pieces are required by people of all shapes, shades, and sizes, and as such, the About That Curvy Life Collective showcases fashion brands that are committed to inclusive fashion. The Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week  provides a creative outlet to promote some of the nation’s most talented designers; offering curvy consumers additional shopping options; and helping local designers build a retail business in an underserved market.

Beyond the message of body positivity, which ATCL champions unapologetically, plus-size fashion is one of Nigeria’s biggest untapped apparel-related market opportunities. Comparatively, in 2016, Americans spent US $20.4 billion on plus size clothing exclusively. While Nigeria does not offer such specific statistics, data gathered by Price Waterhouse Cooper (PWC) indicates that in the same period of time, Nigerians spent US $10 billion on clothes.

Latasha taking a bow at GAFW2017

When I look around at the women and men in my life, my parents, my siblings, my friends, I can’t help but imagine that a sizeable amount of that money can be attributed to sales from plus-size clothing. What strikes me even more is the possibility, in light of the dearth of plus size brands in the country, which the majority of money spent on plus size clothes are on imported items. As the nation looks to curb imports and promote exports, and as Nigerian fashion brands, in the midst of increasing competition, struggle to create and communicate unique value propositions, plus size fashion merits serious consideration,” Ngwube says.

 

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