Structured cuts, sequins, half-cut jackets, adire prints, exaggerated sleeves and floral head crowns were some of the trends which marked the participation of the ATCL Collective IV show at Arise Fashion Week held at the Lagos Continental Hotel, Victoria Island. The collective which was the third show on the line-up of designers for day one, did not fail to make a statement as the pieces from the designers were nothing but stylish and daring, each telling their own story. Quirky and fun womenswear brand FIA, Classic style brand Sally Bawa and newcomer Manoshia -sponsored by The Garment Factory were the three design houses selected to showcase under the ATCL Collective’s umbrella.
The Collective show which was initiated and executed by media personality/Founder of Aboutthatcurvylife.com, Latasha Ngwube returned to a completely new catwalk as Arise Fashion Week was featuring plus models/designs for the first time in history. A couple of celebrities like OAP Gbemi Olateru, Actress Bikiya Graham Douglas and talk show host Taje Prest also graced the runway showcasing pieces from each designer.
FIA opened the collective’s show with “fire” as the models walked fiercely down the runway with their steps in time to Davido’s hit record ‘Fia’. The collection was fun loving yet sophisticated sporting stripes, and angles, chiefly in dark green, purple and white. Featuring a two-sided jumpsuit with a massive triangular attachment, a pinafore style dress paired with a cold sleeve white shirt and a frilly overcoat worn over a striped body-con dress. The outfits were all topped off in matching berets of different colours by Enemaya, while makeup was kept to well lined eyes and a bold magenta lip created by House of Tara, official makeup sponsor for Arise Fashion Week. Celebrity OAP, Gbemi Olateru opened the show wearing the aforementioned jumpsuit with striped triangle detail which accentuated her famous curves.
Sally Bawa was next up showing classic styles with contemporary twists, artistic elements and elegant sophistication. The collection which was inspired by the orient morning sky, blended in cool colors of white, wine, and sky blue into very feminine Asian-inspired shapes and cuts. The models exuded grace as they strutted the runway to beats from famous rapper, Major Lazer ft Jidenna/Ice Prince/Nasty C Particular song. Media personality and talk show host, Taje Prest was absolutely angelic as she walked the runway in a white boubou-inspired dress with floral embellishment on the oversized pockets. Yoko Ngwube who is the sister of ATCL founder, Latasha Ngwube who also worked the runway, donned a sky blue neoprene pant set covered in metallic flower embellishments by Sally Bawa. Winner of the ‘Face of Yours’ U.K, Feyi Luther Mbanugo who is also a food-entrepreneur walked the runway in a navy blue pant set. Each model wore a floral head crown which sat neatly on their modern take of a classic ponytail, pulling the whole collection together.
Adding a final twist to the designer lineup was the Collective’s first ever incubator brand, Manoshia whose pieces for this year’s collective could have been described as the wild card. The designs of this debut capsule were inspired by ‘Osami Urle’, the resilient modern African woman who thrives and rises against all odds, and this was clearly reflected in each piece. Curvy actress, Bikiya Graham Douglas made the first entrance in a creative number from Manoshia. The models made their way in bold strides for the final walk in gorgeous designs made from fabric sponsored by The Garment Factory. Some of the more outstanding pieces included an orange knee length lace lined with adire fabric paired with a red half jacket, an adire stripe pant set with navy blue illusions [worn together would pass for a jumpsuit], a rose gold midi sequin dress with three quarter ruched mesh sleeves and tiered adire pleated frills. As the models made their way across the catwalk, strutting to ‘Wawa Alright’ by Kel, the crowd cheered on in pleasure.
Founder of ATCL, Latasha Ngwube finally made a grand entrance in a jaw dropping red gown with the ATCL Collective IV designers in tow. Making their way on the catwalk to take a bow while waving to the crowd, they stopped just in time for the cameras to catch that signature runway selfie which has become a statement in itself. As always, the collective continues to celebrate women of all shapes and sizes, creating awareness and making bold statements.