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March 14th, 2012

The AMFW 2012 Roadshow Moves on to New York!

“ … event set to become fixture of global style calendar …”

The Guardian newspaper, UK.

With 77 designers, over 50 models and in excess of 5,000 attendees, including international press and buyers, ARISE MAGAZINE FASHION WEEK 2012 (AMFW) concluded its second annual fashion week in spectacular style on Sunday night (March 11 2012), on the grounds of the 5-Star Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria. A standing ovation greeted the British designer Ozwald Boateng as he brought the Fashion Week to its close with his signature presentation of bespoke suits. After completing a marathon of back-to-back catwalk shows, AMFW’s finale included the much-anticipated ARISE MAGAZINE FASHION WEEK AWARDS 2012. Supermodel Alek Wek presented 13 of the 77 participating designers with Lalique and Moët & Chandon awards.

ARISE Magazine launched in 2008 and is Africa’s first global style and culture title. On the 8th of March 2011, ARISE Magazine hosted its inaugural show in Lagos, where it invited over 50 designers to participate at the prestigious Federal Palace Hotel, Nigeria. ARISE Magazine Fashion Week 2012 was sponsored by Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, and was supported by Belvedere Vodka, Moët & Chandon and House of Tara.

The winners:

Models of Year – Dudley O’Shaughnessy (Male) and Geordie (Female)

Style Icon of the Year – Oluchi Menswear

Designer of the Year – PETROU/Man (US/Europe)

Womenswear Designer of the Year – Tsemaye Binitie (UK/Nigeria)

Fashion Brand of the Year – Temple Muse

Best Innovative Designer – David David (UK) and Odio Mimonet (Nigeria)

Emerging Designer of the Year – Loza Maléombho (US/Côte d’lvoire)

Young Designer of the Year – Laquan Smith (US)

Major honours went to Ozwald Boateng (UK) for the Lifetime Achievement Award, whilst South African designer Klûk CGDT and Nigerian designer Maki Oh were joint winners in the Designer of The Year Award category.

AMFW2012 – christie brown

AMFW2012- madam wokie

AMFW2012 – maki_Oh

AMFW2012 – madam wokie

AMFW2012 – adama paris

The organisers also revealed its FIVE designers who will showcase for ARISE during its annual gala extravaganza this September at the Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week 2012. They are: Ozwald Boateng, Gavin Rajah, Maki Oh, Tiffany Amber and Tsemaye Binitie. In addition, ARISE also announced five models – Alvin, Sebastian, Oluwatoyin, Anthony (female) and Amade will also be joining the designers in New York.

“We already have London, New York, Paris and Milan fashion weeks, our AMFW event in Lagos completes the international global fashion week season”, says the event organisers. Chairman/CEO of ThisDay newspaper and founder of ARISE Magazine Nduka Obaigbena concludes, “The time is right for Lagos to become the fifth destination for fashion week.”

The full list of participating designers were: Adama-Paris (Senegal/France), Amede (Nigeria), Amine Bendriouich Couture and BS (Germany/Morocco), Amrapali (India), Grey (Nigeria), Bestow Elan (UK/Ghana), Bridget Awosika (Nigeria), Buki Akib (UK/Nigeria), Christie Brown (Ghana), CLAN (Nigeria), David David London (UK), Davida (Nigeria), Duaba Serwa (Ghana), Ejiro Amos Tafiri (Nigeria), Eki Orleans (UK/Nigeria), Femi Handbags (Nigeria), Frank Osodi for Bunor Creazioni (Nigeria), Funlayo Déri (UK/Nigeria), Gavin Rajah (South Africa), Gloria Wavamunno (Uganda), House of Farrah (Nigeria), Hse of Nwocha (Nigeria), House of Silk (Nigeria), ICONIC INVANITY (Nigeria), Imane Ayissi (France/Cameroon), Jacob Kimmie (UK/South Africa), Jewel by Lisa (Nigeria), JIL (Ghana), Jini Collections (Nigeria), Karolyne Ashley (US/Bahamas), Kastle Designs & Treasure Chest (USA/Ghana), Kaveke (Kenya/UK), Kezia Frederick (UK/St.Lucia), Kiki Clothing (Ghana), Kiki Kamanu (US/Nigeria), Kinabuti (Italy/Nigeria), Klûk CGDT (South Africa), Koke (Botswana/India), Kola Kuddus (Nigeria), Lanre Da Silva Ajayi (Nigeria), LaQuan Smith (USA), Laurenceairline (France/Côte d’lvoire), Loza Maléombho (USA/Côte d’lvoire), Madam Wokie (Sierra Leone), Mai Atafo (Nigeria), Maki-Oh (Nigeria), Mataano (USA/Somalia), Meena (Nigeria), Mustafa Hassanali (Tanzania), NKWO (UK/Nigeria), Odio Mimonet (Nigeria), Ohema Ohene (UK/Ghana), Okunoren Twins (Nigeria), Ozwald Boateng (UK/Ghana), Paul Hervé ELISABETH (Martinique),PETROU/Man (US/Europe), Poisa (Kenya), Phunkafrique (Nigeria), Prajje 1983 (US/Haiti), Prey Of London (UK), PPQ (UK/South Africa), Re Bahia (UK/Nigeria), Romero Bryan (UK/Jamaica), Sandra Muendane (Mozambique/Portugal), Sunny Rose (Nigeria/Thailand), Taibo Bacar (Mozambique), the Vessel. By Lois (USA/Jamaica), Tiffany Amber (Nigeria), Telfar (USA/Liberia), Tsemaye Binitie (UK/Nigeria), Toju Foyeh (Nigeria) U.Mi-1 (UK/Nigeria), Viv La Resistance (Nigeria), Vonne Couture (Nigeria), William Okpo (USA/Nigeria) and Zooni (India).

Arise Magazine Issue15 – Photography Paul Farrell, Stylist Sabrina Henry, Model Nairoby

On top of this the visitors to ARISE Magazine Fashion Week 2012 received an exclusive preview of the next issue of ARISE. Simultaneously the issue is being packaged up and sent around the world. It’s due to hit stores at the end of this month, so keep an eye out in your nearest newsagent or bookstore. Here are a few teasers of what you can expect to find within the pages…


ARISE Magazine Fashion Week 2012: Four designers exclusively preview their AMFW 2012 collections

D’banj: the Kokomaster is ready for world domination

Mary J Blige: actor, musician, survivor

Usain Bolt: The world’s fastest man slows down to chat to us



Edun fashion shoot

The ARISE guide to Naija Pop

How to do the azonto

Olympic opportunities: African hopefuls gearing up for the London 2012 Games

Travel guide to Africa’s colourful art-deco capital Maputo

Malian photographer Malick Sidibé looks back at a magical career

The Big Question: Can Africa afford to go green?

Cherie Blair QC and former president Bill Clinton at the 17th THISDAY Awards

I Love… Blantyre: DJ and rapper Lomwe guides us around Malawi’s largest city

All images unless stated are copyright of Arise Magazine

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