Currently listening to Lonny Breaux | Denim The Lagos Fashion and Design Week is finally upon us and I can already tell this is going to be a very exciting week!! There seems to be an increase in the number of people showing interest to attend the event this year and I’m happy about this because that means meeting more people and seeing style from various perspectives. This said, I’ve been getting lots of questions from people attending as first timers, so in today’s blogpost I’m sharing The 5 Facts I think you should know attending the Lagos Fashion and Design Week as a newbie :
1. UBER OR TAXIFY? I’D RATHER NONE
Due to the heavy traffic caused by almost the whole of Lagos attending the one and only ‘international’ fashion week we have, I’d advice that if you’re like me and do not own a car, just come in a YELLOW CAB as those ones have negotiated fixed prices and do not charge per time spent on the ride because going to the venue might normally take just 20minutes but during this four days duration of fashion week it might take 2hours or more which means you’d most likely spend a lot of money on transportation and you already know I’m all about the budget life.
2. BEFORE THE SHOW IS THE REAL SHOW
The real deal if you want to be photographed or featured in the street style scenes, is to arrive an hour or two before the shows which starts at 6pm, there is good natural lighting for the photographers to work with. It’s also a good time catch up with your friends and to take your own photos as the sun will just be setting and you know what they say about taking pictures at sunrise and sunset right?
3. NO MONEY? NO BRANDED CLOTHES? BE READY FOR FIGHT FOR SPOTLIGHT!
Only recently did I just find that people pay street style photographers for magazines and tv reporters to photograph or make a video of them. I have also learnt that magazine publications often give their photographers a list of people to photograph as they feel like having these people in their publications will bring in sales. So as a newbie, don’t judge your sense of style, you’re actually really stylish, the only problem is that your name ain’t on the list and that’s totally okay.
4. SCRIPTED STREETSTYLE
In attempt to be seen either by hook or by crook, the street style scenes have become less about true personal style but about putting together looks that would definitely catch the attention of people and the media whether in good light or in bad light. To be honest as much as I don’t subscribe to this kind of street style, I’d say do whatever you like as long as it’s fetching you the result you want.
5. NOT EVERYONE WANTS TO MEET YOU
Are you attending fashion week to ‘network’ and ‘meet new people’? If YES, I’d advice you start letting go of the idea and just come to have fun, whether alone or with new people. Fashion week is such an amazing opportunity to meet new people in fashion industry but honestly it takes a while and a couple of bumping into each other to actually make new friends, so don’t go about tagging people snobs as not everyone that attends is doing so to meet new people.
BONUS TIP : Be sure to resist the temptation of wearing uncomfortable heeled shoes to avoid being in discomfort and being unable to socialize or better still if you can’t resist them shoes, keep flip flops in your bag.
In conclusion, I really can’t wait for what this year has in store for us and don’t forget that these facts are just my personal opinion and observations. Can’t wait to meet a lot of you, do have a fabulous week ahead!!
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