The Creative, Fashion Design Collective held a Media Conference on the 9th of February 2020 to announce their upcoming event “The Lagos Fashion Awards”, set to be held on the 2nd of May 2020 at the monumental Lagos City Hall in Lagos, Nigeria. The announcement event was attended by a range of celebrated designers, stylists, and models.
The Lagos Fashion Awards was formed to showcase and reward the cumulative outstanding attainments of the fashion industry across West Africa, presenting an opportunity to remake the industry’s attitude towards individual contributions. On being asked “Why Lagos Fashion Awards?”, Creative Director, Bolaji Animashaun said, “There needs to be general collective confidence in the industry, and making sure that everyone feels they are heard and seen in the fashion industry by also recognizing the people behind the scenes such as the models and makeup artists”.
A highlight that really intrigued attendees was the “Next Gen Prize”, an educational initiative and incubator program for young emerging trailblazers in the fashion and lifestyle industry, geared towards actualizing their full potential through training courses, business mentoring and a talent incubator program.
Nominees for the award categories will be selected by an esteemed panel, followed by a live nomination announcement on April 9th, 2020. Categories for the awards include Emerging Designer of the Year, Photographer of the Year and Style Icon of the year – a category allowing the public to engage in the process and vote for their style favorites.