Lagos Fashion & Design Week is in town and has set up shop in a long, dark, ice-cool tunnel on the ever-chic Victoria Island. The buzz last night was as palpable as the long line of traffic queuing up to get inside.
Like any good fashion week they made the fashion gang wait and like any good event in Lagos the wait wasn’t brief.
Three hours after kick-off the crowd was flagging but they perked up pretty quickly as the music blasted and beautiful elk-like beings began stalking the catwalk.
They murmured in approval to sheer dresses, draping collars and plunging necklines that would be as at home in London as in Lagos, considering them studiously.
But then the crowd broke out in wild shrieks as soon as plus-size models hit the catwalk.
Three designers had dressed them, in association with website #AboutThatCurvyLife, and the crowd loved it.
They hurled whoops of encouragement at the models. But these ladies didn’t need it. They stormed down the catwalk flaunting not only the clothes but the curves beneath them.
The show was inspired by Latasha Ngwube, a former journalist who became tired of seeing skinny girls on the Lagos catwalk.
It started with a hashtag and now she runs a website that supports and encourages plus-size women – and men too.