Fashions Finest Africa beams spotlight on emerging fashion entrepreneurs
New and emerging fashion designers were on the spotlight at the Fashions Finest Africa Epic Show, which held last weekend in Lagos.
Venue of the 2-day of the event, which held on June 17 and 18 was at the Balmoral Convention Centre, Victoria Island, and was organised to give young and emerging fashion entrepreneurs opportunity to showcase and grow their craft.
Key stakeholders and enthusiasts joined the young entrepreneurs to discuss issues facing the African fashion industry, while also celebrating timeless and ingenue designs created by the emerging designers.
Major highlights of the event included the Business of Fashion Conference, with a panel, made up of stakeholders and veterans from the fashion, finance, and legal sectors treating the topic: Meeting the Worldwide Demand for African Fashion: How Do I Benefit?
Panelists gave insights on how to meet the worldwide demand for African Fashion.
To grow in the business, the young fashion entrepreneurs were charged on understand the business by “picking the right partners to work with a sit helps to pass ideas to each other and also understanding the legal side of the business.”
The CEO of Fashions Finest Africa and Founder of the event; Sola Oyebade, while speaking at the event stated that “the aim of Fashions Finest Africa and Epic Show is to bridge the gap between New and emerging fashion entrepreneurs and their dreams and aspirations in the industry, essentially empowering them to succeed in this fast-growing industry that has the ability to be the highest-grossing industry in the world”.
He stated that Epic Show was created, to provide a safe haven that allows these entrepreneurs to gain first-hand knowledge and improve their craft while also promoting commerce.
He observed that most new and emerging fashion entrepreneurs, whether designers, leather wear manufacturers, make-up artists, hairstylists, influencers or fashion show producers in most cases have no access to the right knowledge, financing or platform to showcase their crafts and gain visibility, as the options available are usually too expensive or too high end for them.
Also speaking at the event, the Founder of the Adire O’odua Textile Hub, Princess Ronke Ademiluyi, urged young people to take advantage of the platform to grow in the fashion industry.
The event also featured amazing designs on the Runway from numerous designers including Eugene D’Wise from Ghana, LovelabelbyIfe, Cute-Saint, Joseph Ejiro, Afro King and Queen, Deefurse Leatherware and many others.
Three young models also went home with N100, 000 each after emerging winners of the People’s Catwalk Competition, which had over 200 contestants enter into the competition.