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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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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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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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