Ozwald Boateng closed ARISE MAGAZINE FASHION WEEK in Lagos, before the winners of the ARISE FASHION MAGAZINE FASHION WEEK AWARDS 2012 were announced and winners presented with awards by supermodel Alek Wek
This year's winners included:
Models of Year - Dudley O'Shaughnessy (Male) and Geordie (Female)
Style Icon of the Year - Oluchi
Menswear Designer of the Year - PETROU/Man (US/Europe)
Womenswear Designer of the Year - Tsemaye Binitie (UK/Nigeria)
Fashion Brand of the Year - Temple Muse
Best Innovative Designer - David David (UK) and Odio Mimonet (Nigeria)
Emerging Designer of the Year - Loza Maléombho (US/Côte d'lvoire)
Young Designer of the Year - Laquan Smith (US)
Major honours went to Ozwald Boateng (UK) for the Lifetime Achievement Award, whilst South African designer Klûk CGDT and Nigerian designer Maki Oh were joint winners in the Designer of The Year Award category.
The organisers also revealed its FIVE designers who will showcase for ARISE during its annual gala extravaganza this September at the Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week 2012. They are: Ozwald Boateng, Gavin Rajah, Maki Oh, Tiffany Amber and Tsemaye Binitie.
In addition, ARISE also announced five models - Alvin, Sebastian, Oluwatoyin, Anthony (female) and Amade will also be joining the designers in New York.
"We already have London, New York, Paris and Milan fashion weeks, our AMFW event in Lagos completes the international global fashion week season", says the event organisers.
Chairman/CEO of ThisDay newspaper and founder of ARISE Magazine Nduka Obaigbena concludes, "The time is right for Lagos to become the fifth destination for fashion week."