This curated playlist is designed to complement the runway exhibitions of these designers, creating a seamless union of music and fashion. The 2023 edition of Lagos Fashion Week is to be held from October 24 to October 29.
The ten designers featured on the playlist include Abigail Ajobi, Emmanuel Okoro, Frank Aghuno, Bubu Ogisi, Aristide Loua, Michelle Adepoju, Adebayo Oke-Lawal, Sisiano Paolo, Taju Ibrahim, and Iona McCreath, representing various parts of the African continent, including Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, and Kenya.
Victor Okpala, Spotify’s Artiste and Label Partnerships Manager for West Africa emphasized the interconnectedness of music and fashion, with both mutually influencing each other in the realm of creativity and self-expression.
Spotify’s support for various creative facets, including fashion, is evident in this partnership with Lagos Fashion Week.
“Ten designers from this year’s Lagos Fashion Week have taken over Spotify’s flagship fashion playlist, Fashion Forward, for the month of October.
They are Abigail Ajobi, Emmanuel Okoro, Frank Aghuno, Bubu Ogisi, Aristide Loua, Michelle Adepoju, Adebayo Oke-Lawal, Sisiano Paolo, Taju Ibrahim and Iona McCreath, hailing from various parts of the continent, including Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, and Kenya.
Fashion and music are intertwined partners, mutually influencing one another in a dance of creativity and self-expression.
“Spotify consistently demonstrates its support for various facets of creativity, seamlessly blending different parts of the industry.”
He said that the playlist curated by these designers includes music genres, featuring Afrobeats tracks from renowned artists such as Burna Boy, Davido, and Rema.
It also includes Afropop hits from Mali’s Fatoumata Diawara, classics from Fela Kuti, and alternative sounds from emerging Nigerian talents like SGaWD and Lady Donli, among others.
The “Fashion Forward” playlist, which has nearly 46,000 saves, is one of Spotify’s highly favoured fashion playlists, catering to a diverse audience ranging from young adults in their late teens to individuals in their forties. It enjoys global popularity in cities like Lagos, and Los Angeles, and in countries such as Japan and the UK.
According to Okpala,
“Listeners can expect to discover Afropop hits from the likes of Mali’s Fatoumata Diawara, a dive back into the past with Fela Kuti, along with alternative sounds from emerging Nigerian talents such as SGaWD and Lady Donli, Ghana’s Amaarae and Kenya’s Just a Band.
“The Fashion Forward playlist, boasting nearly 46,000 saves, stands as one of Spotify’s highly favoured fashion playlists, joining the ranks of others like Runway and Fit Check.
“Its audience spans from young adults in their late teens to individuals in their forties.
“Notably, it enjoys widespread popularity in diverse global cities including Lagos and Los Angeles, as well as countries like Japan and the UK.”
Additionally, Spotify has collaborated with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) to introduce the official playlist for New York Fashion Week’s 2023 edition. This partnership aims to enhance the music experience during the event.
Previously, Thebe Magugu, an African-based fashion designer, made history as the first to curate the “Fashion Forward” playlist in March. The playlist he curated featured a diverse selection of songs and artists from various eras, providing a unique musical journey.
Emmanuel Okoro, Creative Director of Emmy Kasbit, emphasized the symbiotic relationship between music and fashion, highlighting how they go hand in hand to set the mood and tone of fashion shows and performances.
“The world of music and fashion have always collided. Both have a symbiotic and divine relationship.
Can you imagine a fashion show without a soundtrack or music to set the mood?
Can you imagine an artiste set to perform on stage without an attire that sets the tone of the music they create? I don’t think that has ever happened so music and fashion definitely go hand in hand.”
This partnership between Spotify and Lagos Fashion Week underscores the vital connection between these creative realms.
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Ayo Edebiri Makes Another BAFTA Red Carpet Statement
Ayo Edebiri turned heads at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) on February 19th, 2024, in a stunning ensemble by Bottega Veneta. Her look was a perfect balance of elegance and sophistication, showcasing her sense of style for refined fashion.
Ayo Edebiri graced the red carpet, captivating the audience with her sophisticated and radiant look. Opting for a peach column gown, she embodied elegance, adding a touch of glamour with a creamy beige feather shawl.
The dress was made from flowing fabric that cascaded gracefully down Edebiri’s figure, perfectly complementing her slender frame. The column silhouette accentuated her height and created a statuesque presence. With the halter straps offering support and structure, the plunging neckline created a hint of sensuality that was well-balanced. The fitted bodice further defined her silhouette, showcasing her curves in a flattering way.
Adorned with a creamy beige feather shawl, her shoulders flowed with graceful ease. The delicate feathers cascading down her back mimicked the gentle sway of a summer breeze. Their neutral hue, a perfect counterpoint to the vibrant peach gown, created a stunning display of harmony. Every movement danced with the feathers, adding a touch of captivating drama to her already captivating look.
She completed her outfit with shiny silver high-heeled shoes and clean white silk opera gloves, while the wispy white feathered shawl trailed behind her on the red carpet.
Ayo Edebiri Makes Another BAFTA Red Carpet Statement
Edebiri’s overall look exuded confidence and sophistication. The lines of the gown and the details of the shawl combined to create a timeless and elegant ensemble. Her radiant smile and infectious energy further enhanced the beauty of the outfit, making her a true standout on the red carpet.
This Bottega Veneta creation wasn’t just visually striking; it also conveyed a sense of timeless style and understated power. The clean lines and classic silhouette echoed the brand’s signature aesthetic, while the subtle details like the plunging neckline and halter straps hinted at Ayo Edebiri’s individual flair. The overall look was sophisticated and memorable, perfectly capturing the essence of a red carpet event.
G-STAR Partners With Afrobeats Star Burna Boy For Upcoming Campaign
Global fashion brand G-Star has unveiled its latest campaign, featuring chart-topping Afrobeats artist and Grammy Award winner Burna Boy.
Widely recognized as the “king of Afro-fusion,” Burna Boy’s innovative music and trendsetting style make him a perfect fit for G-Star RAW’s fresh collection. The campaign celebrates individuality and self-expression, values that both Burna Boy and G-Star hold dear.
The renowned Grammy-winning artist joins the ranks of iconic brand ambassadors, carrying the torch from fellow stars like Pharrell Williams, Snoop Dogg, and Cara Delevingne.
Grammy-winning Afrobeats star Burna Boy isn’t just a musical force; he’s a fashion icon with a unique flair. So, it’s no surprise that he’s teamed up with G-STAR, a brand known for pushing boundaries and forging its own path.
To celebrate their collaboration, they’ve dropped a sizzling video featuring Burna Boy’s latest track, “On Form.” Filmed in the vibrant streets of London by acclaimed director Dave Meyers (think Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, and Billie Eilish!), the video is a black-and-white masterpiece that nods to G-STAR’s legacy while staying fresh and modern. Watch as Burna Boy and his crew stomp through the city, their infectious rhythm echoing through the streets.
This collaboration isn’t just about music and fashion; it’s about embracing individuality and staying true to your roots, all while pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.
THE BURNA BOY X G-STAR SS24 COLLECTION
Move to the rhythm with Burna Boy’s crew, decked out in G-STAR’s fresh Spring 2024 collection. This season’s offerings burst with bold new styles and long-lasting staples you can rely on. Drawing inspiration from utilitarian roots, the collection seamlessly blends technical details with strong, confident silhouettes.
For the ladies, there’s the Bowey, a 3D-engineered take on the classic boyfriend fit. This ultra-comfy style features a twisted back panel, an artfully bowed leg, and a relaxed feel. This low-rise, boot-cut jean boasts a subtle flare from the knee and harkens back to the iconic 70s era.
To celebrate the campaign, G-STAR unveils a line of unisex graphic tees. Crafted from 100% organic cotton, these monochrome tees offer a versatile and stylish way to join the movement. The G-STAR new campaign promises ecstatic fashion where durability meets innovation and timeless style meets a modern edge.
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Bad Bunny, Chris Hemsworth, Jennifer Lopez, Zendaya To Co-chair 2024 Met Gala
The highly anticipated 2024 Met Gala is just around the corner. This year’s Met Gala will be gracing us with its presence on the first Monday of May 2024. The event, often hailed as the “Oscars of fashion,” will be a celebration of The Costume Institute’s captivating spring exhibition.
The iconic red carpet at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is poised to once again become a captivating spectacle of fashion and celebrity. This year’s event promises to be particularly dazzling, thanks in part to the exceptional selection of co-chairs: global music sensation Bad Bunny, Hollywood heartthrob Chris Hemsworth, the ever-stylish Jennifer Lopez, and the beautiful Zendaya.
Adding to the prestige are the esteemed honorary chairs: renowned fashion designer Jonathan Anderson of Loewe and visionary TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew.
The 2024 Met Gala co-chairs bring a diverse mix of accomplishments and Met Gala experiences to the table. Rapper Bad Bunny, a veteran attendee with two appearances under his belt, is sure to turn heads again after his memorable backless Jacquemus suit last year. Joining him for the first time as a co-chair is actor Chris Hemsworth, adding extra excitement to the event.
As a seasoned gala attendee with 13 appearances, singer and actress Jennifer Lopez is a master of making red-carpet statements. Remember her stunning Philip Treacy fascinator from last year?
Zendaya, another fashion icon, has graced the Met steps five times, consistently wowing audiences with her unforgettable looks. Some of her most talked-about moments include the show-stopping Dolce & Gabbana gown from 2017. Another moment of awe was her powerful Joan of Arc interpretation by Versace in 2018. With such a dynamic group of co-chairs, the 2024 Met Gala promises to be a memorable night for fashion lovers.
The 2024 Met Gala buzz is already building!
While the co-chairs’ outfits remain under wraps, the dress code, “The Garden of Time,” has been revealed. This theme ties in with the spring exhibition, “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion,” showcasing rare garments reimagined through technology. Expect interpretations of land, sea, and sky, with 250+ stunning pieces from the Costume Institute’s collection coming to life in an exciting new way.
This year’s event, set for May 6th, promises a captivating display of fashion and imagination. Prepare to be dazzled as the world’s most celebrated figures descend upon the Met Gala. Each will be dressed to impress and interpret the year’s captivating theme.
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