Dubai, the iconic Jewel City of the Middle East will be experiencing Nigerian fashion and music like no other as the Arise Fashion Week (AFW) takes place today in the United Arab Emirates.
The one-night show which was set against the backdrop of the renowned Burj Khalifa would see the runway transform into a dazzling spectacle as top Nigerian fashion designers like Lisa Folawiyo, Huddaya, Lanre Da Silva Ajayi and Kenneth Ize showcase their dynamic creativity and innovative styles.
Grammy award winner Wizkid would also be bringing Afrobeat flavour to the show while long-time partner of ARISE Fashion Week, Naomi Campbell is expected to grace the event.
Tapping into the theme of the Expo ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, the Dubai show was a continuation of the tradition of AFW which not only beams the spotlight on Nigerian and African fashion designers but projects the future of Nigerian fashion. In the past 15 years, the runway has been to different parts of the world, birthing new and dynamic talents as well as placing the continent as the global hub of fashion, arts and music.
Last year, it celebrated 30 designers who were under 30 with a one-of-a-kind competition that saw Ize walk away with a $100,000 cash prize.
This year’s event is part of Nigeria’s Day at the ongoing Expo 2020 and is in collaboration with the Nigerian Pavilion and the Federal Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment.