Three day fashion extravaganza Arise Fashion Week (AFW) is back again this year. Emerging as a luxurious destination for a fusion of fashion, art, and design, the event will showcase a spectacular range of collections from African fashion royalty designers and artists in Lagos, Nigeria. The event will be hosted at the luxurious Lagos Continental Hotel, Victorian Island from March 30th to April 2nd.
Handpicked to showcase her spectacular designs with other 45 designers is Botswana’s internationally acclaimed designer Koki Chiepe of Koki Kamala. Renowned for bringing the first ever fashion week in Botswana, Chiepe has been making a stellar mark in the fashion industry in India, where she is currently based and developing her Koki Kamala brand. “I am very much honoured to have been selected amongst some of my favourite designers to showcase on such a huge platform. I am very grateful for the opportunity to introduce my label, Koki Kamala which I have been developing, to the world. I wanted a strong team of fashion creatives, so I called Tsholo Dikobe to be my creative eye and to facilitate with the styling and give her amazing and boundless creative input. I further roped in Aone Ditirwa, the Botswana luxurious shoe designer of R’alocha so that we can use them for the catwalk presentation, and introduce her to a new market like Lagos which is Africa’s fashion capital. I love what she’s doing and I respect Tsholo Dikobe’s craft so it was important for me that I share the platform and collaborate with them,” explains Chiepe.
Arise Fashion Week has built a striving fashion marketing space panning a representation of African fashion, culture and more, and this year proves no different in celebrating the quintessential in African fashion. It is a platform where authenticity and originality meets innovation and style; where fashion truly matters.
“I am truly ecstatic and humbled by the recognition and opportunity yet again to provide my styling services on such a continental and renowned platform such as Arise Fashion week”, states Dikobe. She added that this is another milestone added in her fashion career and she hopes that this will open more doors for her and Botswana’s fashion talent, and further nudge collaborations with the international market. “Moreover, collaboration is an important aspect of business. I thank Koki for embracing my talent and giving me a creative freedom to her collection. I am excited for it, and for Koki.”
The AFW runway has seen global fashion icons and leading models such as Naomi Campbell, Alek Wek, Liya Kedebe, Oluchi Orlandi and others showcase the best of Africa. The AFW 2018 runway event in Lagos will feature over 50 designers from 14 countries such as South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal, France, Morocco, the United Kingdom, the United States, the Caribbean and Nigeria.