“If there’s one thing we can agree on it’s that the city of Uyo has embraced developmental progress,” I said to the guy dressed to the nines beside me at Uyo Fashion Week 2023. Since it was my second time attending the fashion show, one would think I should have known what to expect.
But yet again, Mae Edmonds, Fashion Entrepreneur and Convener of the show raised the bar a notch higher. I couldn’t help the bubbling feeling of excitement and pride that enveloped me.
From the street style looks to the hosts, Nancy Isime and Ebuka, stealing the hearts of their fans, and the runway show that dripped excellence with every collection, Uyo Fashion Week 2023 has cemented its place in the hearts of fashion lovers.
For this year, the theme of the event was Creativity, Commercialization, Scale. It was a celebration of entrepreneurial development and the diverse cultures of Nigeria’s ethnicity. As a whole, the event remains a deliberate attempt at exposing fashion entrepreneurs to the possibilities that abound in the industry.
If you couldn’t attend the show and need to see what you missed on the streets and runway, you’ve come to the right place. Stay with me on this post as I show you the best runway and street looks from Uyo Fashion Week 2023.
Uyo Fashion Week: A Showcase of Nigerian Talent
UFW serves as a melting pot for Nigeria’s fashion talent, bringing together designers from different parts of the country to display their collections. The event which held at the Ibom Entertainment Center (Tropicana Mall) provides a platform for designers to experiment, push boundaries, and express their creativity. From avant-garde pieces to African traditional outfits, Uyo Fashion Week celebrates the rich diversity of Nigerian fashion.
The convener of the show Mae Edmonds left no stone unturned this year. We saw Nancy Isime and Ebuka Obi Uchendu take charge of their hosting duties for day one and two of the runway show. The event also made its mark with celebrities like IK Ogbonna, Chidi Mokeme, Emmanuel Umoh, and other A-list personalities in attendance.
Furthermore, the event’s activity-filled calendar kicked off with the Asian Fest, a music show filled with performances from stars like Johnny Drille, Sir Wilker Jackson, and ethnic group dancers who were on hand to thrill their audience.
The music show marked the beginning of a memorable fashion week. From there we saw a series of events like exhibitions and masterclasses on vital industry topics.
In the midst of this, the organizers thrilled attendees with a fireside chat and a thrilling panel session on having the right network for partnership and negotiation, especially in the fashion industry.
The week was indeed laced with rich fashion activities. But what you’ve seen so far isn’t all. Come with me as I show you the unforgettable street looks and runway moments that kept many on their toes
Unforgettable Street Styles at the UFW 2023
They got the memo! Every single person who attended the fashion week was dripping hot fashion. From sexy dresses to alte style, edgy looks, and androgynous clothing. Uyo Fashion Week had attendees who showed up and showed off
The red carpet was filled with gorgeous looks that could give notable fashionistas a run for their money. We had guests turning up the heat and ensuring that their A-game in fashion was ostensible enough for all to see.
From the servings on the red carpet, you’d know the attendees of Uyo Fashion Week 2023 didn’t come to play. Here are some of the best street-style moments from UFW23:
Let’s save some space for memorable runway looks, shall we?
Notable Runway Moments at Uyo Fashion Week 2023
The runway show was undeniably the highlight of the fashion event. Designers from different parts of the country showcased their beautiful collections plus Ebuka Obi-Uchendu’s personal stylist also showcased his works.
Let’s take a look at some of the designs that made it to Uyo Fashion Week’s runway show.
Topaz Bridals opened the Uyo Fashion Week with a collection exuding ethereal bridal beauty.
The collection featured models glammed up in beautiful bridal gowns which were a testament to what every lady’s big day should look like.
Just when we were recovering from the beauty of the first designer’s collection, Johnxzomo came and set the stage on fire with gorgeous male models rocking senator styles and well-tailored suits.
The collection features classy fits for men that can be rocked any day and time
PoshGold’s exhibition presented stunning models in captivating, elaborate pieces that embodied grace, elegance, and the fearless spirit of a fashion-forward brand.
Ignition By Verge
Verge’s collection came with a lot of creativity and style. The looks featured on all models oozed a bold fashion statement as they strutted down the runway.
From the display, it’s safe to say the collection is a call for you to ignite the fashion world with Verge’s designs and embrace the flames of style while setting your own path ablaze.
Jevhas Fashion spoke volumes with her fearless use of black. We saw bold looks that exuded strength and sophistication on the runway.
Her collection included beautiful fits for men and women, with the female models rocking gowns and stylish satin flowers that embellished them.
Signature By Mae Edmonds
When the convener of the event is a fashion entrepreneur and a designer of excellence then you know you’d get nothing but class, elegance, and style depicted in her collection.
Mae Edmund’s collection feature chic Ankara styles in various forms such as classy long dresses, fashion accessories like flowery hats, gorgeous long pants, and capes, etc.
The Mebi Man
The Mebi Man’s collection featured suave men’s wear that depicted nothing but elegance. Each of them was tailored to fit the ideal man on any of his outings.
UFW23 is Over but the Thrill Remains
Apart from the fact that guests were visibly impressed, we felt a shift in the acceptance of fashion. Both young and old took out their time to attend the show, embracing all the creativity that comes with fashion as an art.
It was a show-stopping event that Uyo residents and many more Nigerians look forward to seeing every year. Indeed, Mae Edmunds has written her name in the sands of time with Uyo fashion week.
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I loved every bit of this event.
It was thoroughly planned