Lagos Delivers the Unexpected


Top and hat – Andrea Iyamah | Skirt – Emmy Kasbit | Sandals – Iamisigo

The world is in flux. On one hand, the sure, steady wind of globalization, education and technology has connected people in ways deemed unimaginable 30 years ago. On the other, fences are being erected and borders are becoming closed and xenophobic slurs are declared from high and unexpected places. Acknowledging this duality and understanding that the latter won’t stop the former, it seems essential now to give a spotlight to the far off lands that are tremendously contributing to global markets. Such is the case with Lagos, Nigeria – a nation on the brink of boom, it has evolved into an epicenter of sorts for the largely expanding creative force that has set to disrupt the flawed narratives that have plagued them for so long. Last year, the former capital hosted designers from Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, and South Africa along with native Nigerians with the return of Lagos Fashion Week, a fashion event growing in production as much as in international exposure.

It was there that Models.com matched the boundless energy that permeated the collections with the city’s unpredictable yet lively setting for the latest fashion editorial. Shot by photographer William Ukoh and inspired by the rich locale, new faces Ibukun Sammy and Anya Ekung front pieces with expert ease matching their regional model contemporaries like Mayowa Nicholas, Davidson Obennebo, Victor Ndigwe, Imade Ogbewi and Elizabeth Ayodele. Shot amongst the grit and polish that the city offers daily, the visual results deliver the perfect frame for wondrously expressive and inspirationally complex designs.

Take a look below to see just what Lagos has to offer.


Striped shirt – Post Imperial | Silk shirt and sandals – Orange Culture | Pants – Kenneth Ize



Dress – Maki Oh | Scarf – Post Imperial | Sandals – Iamisigo



Shirt – Eki Orleans | Pants – Style Temple



Caftan and hat – Sophie Zinga | Scarf – Post Imperial | Sandals – Orange Culture



Caftan and hat – Sophie Zinga | Scarf – Post Imperial | Sandals – Orange Culture



On Ibukun: Top – Tsemaye Binitie, Skirt – Iamisigo | On Anya: Dress – Nkwo, Top and fan – Iamisigo



Top – Orange Culture | Fly-whisk – Iamisigo



Dress – Elie Kuame



On Anya: Dress – Tsemaye Binitie, Bra top – Nkwo | On Ibukun: Dress – Bridget Awosika, Bra top – Sunny Rose



Jacket – Tokyo James | Top (underneath) – Post Imperial



Top and pants – Re | Hat – Sophie Zinga



Dress – Loza Maléombho



Shirt – Orange Culture | Pants – Andrea Iyamah | Sandals and fly-whisk – Iamisigo

Special thanks to AWCA and Isis Models

6 Comments
  1. love this! when i got e-mail i clicked on it in like milliseconds. The Lagos fashion week is gonna grow bigger and bigger each year

  2. Hi there! May name is a Areej and I’m 18 years old. I’ve always loved modelling! I’ve signed with a London agencies and would love to know if you have an opportunity for me where I can kickstart my career? I’ve done a lot of freelance work including photo shoots for fashion brands and bridal shoots but also runway modelling and catwalks. I would love to be a part of something bigger.

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