Costume designer Erin Benach also shares which real life entertainers inspired pivotal looks in the movie.
Think of it as Africa’s answer to Opening Ceremony or Dover Street Market.
The luxury conglomerate received 1,221 applications from all over the world, and aside from finalists hailing from the fashion capitals of London, New York, Paris and Milan, designers from Russia, Ukraine, Nigeria, Korea and the Netherlands also made the cut.
Since everyone loves an awards show, I decided to bestow all the most notable looks with completely made up awards. From "Best Neck Makeup" to "Best Giant Cornrow," no detail was left unrewarded. Click through to see the most original and innovative beauty from the spring 2014 shows.
For a split second I almost thought I was at New York Fashion Week. Backstage, top models like Georgie Badiel, Alek Wek and Oluchi Onweagba were getting beautified, while at front of house an army of street style photographers stalked the front row for candids of celebs and it-girls. Outside, copies of an all-African daily (suspiciously similar to The Daily Front Row) were being handed out to thousands of paying guests while the oversized tents, similar to those at Lincoln Center, were prepped for the influx. Yet as time went on, it became increasingly clear that this was definitely not New York. This was Arise Magazine Fashion Week in Lagos, Nigeria--and for all the similarities--it's a whole different ball game.