This year’s edition of the Music and Fashion Runway show has proved that Nigerian designers are truly creative. With about 12 designers showcasing their talents, it was a night of glitz, glamour and melodious music.
Gracing the event with their presence were popular fashion designer, Lanre Da Silva Ajayi; filmmaker turned fashion designer, Kunle Afolayan; and ex-Big Brother Naija housemate, Alex.
In a chat with Saturday Beats, Lanre Da Silva Ajayi, who has been in the fashion industry for over a decade, described the event as beautiful.
“I am very happy with what I have witnessed here and it is obvious that everyone speaks their language through fashion. I like the fact that the young designers are working hard at their craft. I really love what I have seen. I love the mix of fashion and music because, at the end of the day, the runway would be incomplete without music. It a good mix; it is fantastic.
“The Nigerian fashion industry has grown over the years and it is here to stay because Nigerians are fashion lovers and they embrace it. We take our time to dress for the occasion and almost every event has a red carpet rolled out. I think it is amazing. As a fashion designer in Nigeria, it is a very good time to be a Nigerian. It is an amazing time to be in the fashion industry,” she said.
Filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan, who was one of the designers billed to showcase his ‘Ire Clothing,’ said that although it was the first time he would attend the event; he was excited to be a part of the event.
He said, “I am glad that I am a part of the show; it is my first time attending this show and I believe that no platform is too small to showcase your brand, especially if it is relatively new. I am glad that I am among the 12 fashion designers because everyone has amazing designs. Being part of this event means a lot to me. I am glad that my design was the ones that closed the show.”
Former BBA contestant, Alex, doubled as a model for one of the designers. She told Saturday Beats that she agreed to be a part of the event because of its uniqueness.
“This is a very good initiative and I am happy that I am part of it. The experience has been fun and I have seen so many creative designs. I think that in Nigeria, fashion is underrated, it was recently that people started going out of their way to be creative because before, they followed a trend. Now people are branching out in fashion.
“I decided to be one of the models at this event because I love the creativity. I also think it is a very creative move to bring all aspects of entertainment together. Initially, fashion and music were separated. Now that the organisers have infused them together, it is a very creative concept,” she said.