2017 GTBank Fashion Weekend Runway Rundown: Day 1

Tracy Reese

If you like to play it safe as far as fashion is concerned then Tracy is definitely the go-to gal. Tracy’s brand has had a long standing reputation for being relatable to women of all ages and sizes, however her terribly low-risk designs have a certain appeal to the older gals who love the prim and proper look. Tracy’s offering saw bright hues like fuschia, electric blue, purple maxi and skirt styles. The partygoers weren’t left out as the collection also featured asymmetrical cocktail dresses, Sequined midis, bolero jackets and more which happen not too need too much styling, so convenient for Tracy Reese loyals.

Mimi Plange

Conceptual designers can definitely learn a thing or two from Ghana-born,New York-based designer, Mimi Plange as she seemed to have perfected the art of creating designs that reflect her too cool to be bothered attitude as well as crafting them into wantable, wearable designs serving a series of quirky coats ( the oversized powder blue biker jacket being a favorite) as proof.Her closer which was a multi colored cocktail dress donned by a model with sides of her crown shaved with the middle chalked with a thick white stripe were shaved and just reiterated Plange’s approach to fashion and perhaps life itself as well – stylishly unbothered.

Ituen Basi

Building on the classic sensibility of the brand’s past, industry veteran,  Ituen Basi took her eponymous label to different heights with her “Nkoyo” offering as there was an obvious melange of the old and the new. Of course, Basi carried on her love affair with ankara but jazzed it up in ways more appealing to the younger female demography with a plethora of fringe in mini, midi and long styles. The real icing on the the cake really were the slogan tees which read “Garri”, “This House is not for sale” and “Nkoyo” as well, trust that we swooned on seeing them. Her choice of bright colors like fuschia, burnt orange, purple also excited our senses. A very happy go lucky presentation all in all which had models in hot red lippies smiling and trotting down the runway.

Taibo Bacar

Yet another ultra-feminine delivery by Mozambican design talent Taibo Bacar. Catering to females who love to bask in their femininity, Bacar’s mostly maxi bodycon pieces were all that, Yes. Perhaps what we loved most about the collection was his choice of palette, pieces were sewn in nude shades that would compliment the every shade of black there is. Another highlight was Bacar’s reimagination of the LBD into a full length evening gown. The girl bosses fed off the white pant suit for sure. Lest we forget, Bacar’s accessories (straw panama hats, tassled earrings, resin cuffs and bracelets) were real eye-catchers.

Lanre Da Silva

In truth, when we hear Lanre Da Silva will be showcasing, we don’t just come for the clothes, we come for the entire LDA clan (often cheering from the FROW at sight of every piece that hits the catwalk)- they make for a good show indeed. We would describe LDA’s delivery as regal with flowy silhouettes in fabrics like silk chiffon, peeps of lace here, tulles there, historical references by way of print and embroidery. Also rich in colour, LDA’s offering maintained its appeal to its elite clientele. If you know LDA by now, you should know better than to leave mid-way in any of her showcases as she is always signs out by boogying down .