Music Meets Runway 2012

Music meets Runway 2012 has unveiled the names of nine Nigerian designers who will be taking part in this year’s event set to hold on the 24th of December, 2012 at the Expo center of Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. The name of the 10th designer, who will headline the runway, will be revealed closer to the date. Check them out below;

Toyin Lawani (Elegante by Tiannah Styling)

Toyin Lawani is the CEO of Tiannah’s Place and also the creative director of Tiannah Styling. She graduated from the University of Lagos. Elegante by TiannahStyling is a clothing line that was launched on the 1st of March 2012 at the Civic Centre, Lagos. Her designs carry a modern vintage touch which consist of ready-to-wear and made-to-order pieces. The brand’s target market focuses mainly on females between the ages of 21 and 45. For more information, visit:

Fashola Olayinka (MOOFA)

Fashola Olayinka is a graduate of Sociology from Olabisi Onabanjo University and the creative director of MOOFA. The label features classic designs with a twist for women who love bold, contemporary and edgy pieces that provide directional styling for their wardrobes. Her trans-seasonal pieces are timeless and multi-functional with a style and cut that always flatter the feminine silhouette.

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Tolani Nkili Onajide (NKILI)

NKILI (means ‘Seeing Beautiful Things’) is a women’s luxury shirt-making brand focused on bringing light to the traditionally neglected yet single most important garment in a wardrobe, the shirt. Each piece goes on a journey, from design and print to production, nurtured by the highly skilled production team in Scotland. American celebrity Angela Simmons has been spotted wearing the NKILI Tattoo Shirt and British singer Lianne La Havas performed in the black NKILI butterfly shirt on her world tour.
Creative Director, Tolani Nkili Onajide was raised in Lagos, London and Oxford. She studied Architecture at the Architectural Association School or Architecture, London and University of Dundee School of Architecture, Scotland. She won awards, investments and grants for NKILI from business organisations: Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust, Starter for 6 and University of Dundee Enterprise Gym. Her design aesthetic is hugely influenced by the style of minimalist Architect Ludwig Mies Van DerRohe and deconstructivist Architect Zaha Hadid. For more information, visit:

Dumebi Iyamah (Andrea Iyamah)

Andrea Iyamah was founded by 19 year old Dumebi Iyamah in March 2011. Acknowledging her talent at an early stage of 12, Dumebi  developed tailoring skills acquired through lessons that assisted her in completing the first few creations for the Andrea Iyamah brand. Dumebi studied at the McMaster University in Canada the and juggles between her passion and education, setting time out for school and also running the Andrea Iyamah brand. Inspired by a diverse range of ideas, Dumebi Iyamah seeks to exhibit her creativity, from sketching to all the delicate end details of the production process of every piece. For more information, visit:

Olakunbi Oyelese  (April By Kunbi)

April By Kunbi is the brain-child of Olakunbi Oyelese, a graduate of the renowned Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Founded in the spring of 2010 and inspired by the month of April – the start of the Spring season, April by Kunbi has been built on the philosophies of newness, freshness and colour. April By Kunbi is a fashion label that specializes in couture and ready to wear fashion pieces for women who place a premium on the principles of fashion, fit and functionality. With an ever growing portfolio of prêt a porter and custom made fashion items, April By Kunbi aims to be a one stop source and a lifestyle brand for everything from wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, evening and cocktail dresses to casual/active wear, sleepwear, fashion accessories and footwear. For more information, visit:

Anthonia Yetunde Alabi a.k.a. Sasha P (Eclectic By Sasha)

Eclectic By Sasha is a Nigerian retail brand that seeks to provide the allure of high street fashion at affordable prices to the upwardly mobile woman who is not afraid to stand out in a crowd. Created by Anthonia Yetunde Alabi popularly known as Sasha, the award winning First Lady Of African Hip Hop began her foray into fashion as a bespoke designer in 2004. With an ever growing client base, her dream to create Nigerian high street was born in December 2011 at L’Espace where her sample collection was met with resounding success. Sasha hopes tp champion the cause to provide readily available female fashion, other services include bespoke tailoring and wardrobe styling. For more information, visit:

Pade Bowler (David Bowler)

David Bowler has an authentic African heritage with its unique style that expresses new forms of elegance, presenting itself as a modern classicism, based on superior sartorial content and creativity. The label is distinguished by the multi-category competency of womenswear, menswear, apparel and children’s wear – with innovative outerwear as the foundation. Through a series of licensing agreements, it will also produce and distribute eyewear, fragrances, accessories, bags and luggage. For more information, visit

Ewemade Erhabor-Emokpae (Shakara Couture)

Founded in 2004, the Shakara Couture Label is a family-run business with a design team led by the creative director Ewemade Erhabor-Emokpae. On attainment of her Law degree from the University of Lagos, she sought to follow her passion and attended the London College of Fashion and Central Saint Martins to be professionally trained in millinery, dress-making, fashion illustration and personal styling. The label is recognized for being heavily influenced by vintage glamour. The style of the house is inspired by the timeless elegance and fashion of the 1920s to the 1950s; a time where flattery of the female form was celebrated as the focal point of design.  It is a fusion of African and Western vintage fashion using African tribal print, tie and dye, Lace, Embroidery and beadwork. For more information, visit: www.facebook/Shakara-Couture

Hakeem Balogun (Kimono Kollection)

Kimono Kollection is the brain-child of a fashion guru Hakeem Balogun. Hakeem’s passion for fashion was bred during his university years in the United Kingdom. As a student, he schooled himself in the vision of the craftsmen at Saville Row as well as keeping a sharp eye on the edgy East London fashion scene. A combination of both disciplines meant he rapidly became renowned for his own unique personal style. With two years experience in styling and design training in London, Hakeem moved back to Nigeria. Today, Kimono Kollection is a label cultivated to cater to the needs of the modern man. Whilst the structured tailoring adheres to the principles of a bygone age, the brands appeal is to the diverse, multi lifestyle of the modern day gent. For more information, visit:
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