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Does it get better than all black or black with a touch of white? Keep it local with Marayah O’s adire chic, short and sweet with Tsemaye Binitie or pair sheer and lace a la Washington Roberts. Classic with a dash of show-stopping? Bridget Awosika and Jewel by Lisa’s use of print will take you there.

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What would Lagos be without its red carpets? Hold that thought for a sec, and instead start figuring out how these pieces of floor-length gorgeousness fit into your social calendar. With such an array of options from Sisiano’s tulle creation to Valerie David’s eye for colour, we can’t wait to watch the socialites come out to play.


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From adire at Maki Oh, Tiffany Amber and Republic of Foreigner to lessons in geometry at Meena and Tae, and bicycles at Jewel by Lisa, we couldn’t escape the not-so-subtle bursts of print. And for those who may be suffering from ankara/wax-print fatigue, we recommend switching camps to team adire next spring.

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We spotted a preponderance of slits, vents, and strategically-placed cutouts. Kinabuti suggested an oasis of skin in the midst of sparkle, Tumiila cut loose at the thighs and Meena masterfully snipped to her heart’s content. Not a fan of showing too much skin? Go with Republic of Foreigner.



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We can’t imagine spring without shorts, and neither could the LFDW designers. Thankfully, there was sufficient variety to sustain our interest. Lanre Da Silva-Ajayi gave us statement shorts, Mai Atafo re-introduced the safari short suit, and Tae offered us chiffon, Missoni-style.


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From embroidery at Xclamations to stones and leather at Ejiro Amos-Tafiri, then metal at NKWO, hand-painted flowers at House of Marie and pailettes at Tiffany Amber, there’s no escaping embellishment next spring. And if it’s beads you’re after, drop by Jewel by Lisa (of course!), Iconic Invanity, and Ella and Gabby.


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You’ll probably need a jacket or three, especially if you can never quite tell whether to take the weather forecast seriously (London, we’re looking at you!). In any case, do you really need an excuse to buy a bright spring coat? Didn't think so. If you can only afford one piece, make it Jewel by Lisa’s print, belted and embellished coat -- instant hit, end of story. Colour? Wanemi's blue embroidered jacket is oh-so-fresh. Drama your thing? Enter stage left: aso-oke cape by Sholly Jaay.

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Shades of orange, pink, yellow, blue and red offered a mini rainbow of options. For a burst of citrus, go with Nkwo's masterful use of tie-dye, for pink, Obsidian's billowy blouse should do the trick; for yellow, House of Marie’s lace dress with a side of feathers is absolute perfection; for blue, Wana Sambo’s navy layered skirt should be on everyone's wedding/evening wish list; and for red, Ladun Lambo’s aso-oke dress is every shade of gorgeous.

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The forecast for spring always includes colour and next spring, we’re going bright. Highlighter hues packed a punch (hello short suit by Washington Roberts!), as did the new colour-blocking (proposed by Grey and Christie Brown). Not big on colour? Make like Lanre Da Silva-Ajayi and tone it down with black. (Top Image: Odio Mimonet)

 


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Expect varying degrees of sheerness – a sleeveless sheer trench from iamISIGO, a sheer printed sheer overlay from Alter Ego and the dress that’ll pop up in every magazine next season: Weiz Dhurm Franklyn’s nearly-bare sheer with floral embellishments for the parts you should probably keep to yourself.


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