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Nigeria's Fashion Week in Lagos (PHOTOS)
Sunday, March 25th, 2012

For the second time, Africa took to the runway with style at the Arise Magazine Fashion Week in Lagos, Nigeria. Designers from all over the world garbed stunning African models in their one of a kind threads.

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It could have been Paris, Milan, or New York, but it wasn’t. Lagos, in so many ways, has got the goods, and the rest of the world, it seems, is starting to figure that out.


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Guests attending Nigeria's fashion week enter one of the three tents set up for the shows in Lagos. More than 70 fashion designers from across Africa flocked to Lagos for the second annual Arise Magazine Fashion week. Nigeria is the second fastest growing economy in Africa, and its economic and cultural clout is changing the region and connecting Africa to the world.

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Hundreds of Nigerians and visitors attended the second annual event. Power outages and a strike by local models cancelled the first day, but in the end all shows went ahead as scheduled.

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Blackberries and iPhones were as common as the latest designer's clothing among the guests who kept up a constant stream of messages and updates via social media.

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Visitors tap on their smart phones as they wait for a show to start.

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Guests mingle in between shows at the Federal Palace Hotel. Although delays plagued the event, guests seemed not to care.

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A woman tries to enter back stage during a show. Security was high at the event, attended by some of Nigeria's wealthiest fashion patrons.

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A New York City based model waits for makeup before the last show.

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16 year-old Chika Emmanuella has become a sought-after Nigerian model since international scouts arrived in the country and discovered her.

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A model waits backstage before showing off a collection.

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A model waits backstage to present a collection by New York based Nicolas Petrou. Many of the collections referenced Africa fabrics and styles that are gaining attention from the international fashion world.

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Models wait backstage to present a collection.

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Nigerian and International press wait for the final show to begin.

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Attendees watch models strut the catwalk.

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Oluchi Onweagba, Nigeria's most famous supermodel.

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Guests watch a model on the runway.

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Nigerian models hang out backstage.

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Guests take photographs at the award ceremony.

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A Nigerian model runs to receive her prize for style icon.

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Nigerian models pose after the end of the week.

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A model charges her phone before going home at the end of Fashion Week.

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