As part of the International Fashion Showcase, Nigeria's Style House Files organisers of LFDW, presented the Woven Threads exhibit. A boutique space at Kingly Court, Carnaby street was transformed into a showroom for Nigeria's emerging designers by curator Crystal Deroche. Showing were Bridget Awosika, Ejiro Amos Tafiri, Kola Kuddus, Meena, Orange Culture, Wisdom Franklyn and 83&80's.
The exhibition explored the heritage behind modern Nigerian design through the art of textile craftsmanship. The pieces on the display were made using traditional Asho Oke and/or Adire fabrics that had been re-envisioned into western silhouettes. Of the womenswear designs that were displayed I was particularly taken by the blue rhinestone embellished dress by Ejiro Amos Tafiri and the baby pink mini dress by Bridget Awosika.
The menswear designers showing were Kola Kuddus and Orange Culture. I'm a fiend for printed suits so I absolutely adored the navy blue wax print suit by Orange Culture. The Asho Oke sleeves were a nice touch that gave the whole look a premium feel. I also loved his use of leather in some of his other looks, very Kanye West.
Kola Kuddus also impressed with his summery two pieces. With menswear making the move to bolder prints and warming colours this season, these pieces are bang on trend.
To find out more about the history and the industry behind the fabrics used in the pieces exhibited, watch the short film produced by ZebraStripes below. It was aired at the exhibit and makes for interesting viewing.