Fashion thrives off everything. The brand, the personalities, the bloggers, the fashion designers, the fashion entrepreneurs, the photographers, the digital leaders and more.
They all dictate the ever-evolving style world. But some people have an undeniably phenomenal influence that impacts the industry in highly significant ways. From a rookie make-up artist who started by making up friends for fun, to fashion designers that started in the comfort of their homes and creative minds that have made Nigeria global, these women embody a new approach to fashion thereby putting Nigeria on the global map.
These women are the Nigerian fashion game changers.
In part 1 of this series, we focus on 3 phenomenal Nigerian women.
For her to be featured in the BoF 500 list means that the CEO of the luxury redefining brand ‘Alara’ must be doing something right. Reni’s dream of creating something iconic that would change the city has definitely paid off; her outfits have fast become the fashion destination for Nigerians and westerners alike. It stocks a mix of fashion, art and design in similar styles to famous concept stores like Paris’ Colette, London’s Dover Street Market and stocks a range of western and top Nigerian designers such as Stella McCartney, Dries Van Noten, Valentino, Lisa Folawiyo, Tiffany Amber, Lanre DaSilva and Maki Oh.
Founder of The House of Deola Sagoe is the leading lady of African haute couture. She has been at the cutting edge of fashion for decades now and was the first black woman to present a collection at Rome’s celebrate fashion week AltaRoma back in 2004. Her globally appealing style has earned her an enviable clientele that ranges from Africa’s first ladies, top models such as Alek Wek, Global artists such as Beyonce, Rihana and famous personalities such as Oprah Winfery and Will Smith.
Folake Folarin-Coker is the founder and creative director of the fashion brand “Tiffany Amber”. Launched in 1998 as the first ready-to-wear label in Nigeria, the brand has revolutionized the Nigerian fashion industry, paving way for the industry we know now. With several awards on the hem of her skirt, Folake was featured as the first African fashion designer to make the Forbes Women Power list in 2014. She also launched her home line, Tiffany Amber Living, fortifying Tiffany Amber as a complete lifestyle brand.