One of the most exciting features of the 2017 GTBank Fashion Weekend, which holds this Saturday, November 11th, and Sunday, November 12th, 2017, is the runway shows. The runway will feature internationally designers who will showcase some of the season’s best collections in the world of fashion.

The designers to showcase for Day 1 of the event are:

Tracy Reese –   Began her ready-to-wear clothing line in 1997. Today she has 3 labels;Tracy Reese, Plenty by Tracy Reese, and Plenty Dresses by Tracy Reese. she works with  bold colours and daring prints which  made her celebrity favourite but also she got inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America, where she currently serves on the board of directors. Her clothes have been adorned by the likes of Michelle Obama, former first lady of America, Sarah Jessica Parker and Gabrielle Union.

Lanre Da-Silva Ajayi  Started out with a love for Mathematics and got a business degree. Lanre later on  called this in to follow her passion for fashion; setting up the LDA brand in 2005. Living in England seems to inspire pieces for her  couture which she makes use of  various kinds of fabric ranging from silk, lace and even Ankara. Lanre’s pieces constantly gains international recognition, featuring in Vogue and she was the first African designer to have her label stocked at the Dolce & Gabbana Concept Store in the heart of MilanItaly.

Taibo Bacar – Taibo Bacar grew up with an intense passion for fashion. Eventually leaving behind his training in IT to start his own clothing line in 2008. He was awarded Emerging Designer of the Year at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa 2012.

Ituen Basi – Ituen Basi has built a reputation for creating new and exciting designs inspired by old couturiers. Her designs are best known for its individualistic expressions, creative combination of timeless elegance and bias for the finest quality materials.In 2012, Ituen’ earned her very first international recognition when she was named ‘designer of the year’ at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in South Africa. Ituen’s creative  use of Ankaras earned her wide praise for producing exceptional but wearable art and made her the go-to designer for celebrities and fashionistas in search of something beautifully African.

Mimi Plange – Mimi Plange spent a few years working under American designer Rachel Roy before launching her own label in 2010. Along with her business partner Ibrahim Ndoye, she created the fashion line Boudoir D’huîtres, later changing the brand to her own name Mimi Plange in 2010. Her designs are inspired by her African heritage and Victorian fashion and have been worn by the likes of First Lady Michelle Obama, Viola DavisSerena Williams and Janelle Monae.


Meena – Uju Offiah ;  In 2010 she went on to create her v Nigerian women’s wear label- Meena; a brand name coined after her mother Philomena. Meena maintains a signature style of designs which consists of origami-inspired details and sophisticated cuts. In February 2016, Meena was among the designers chosen to represent Nigeria at the International Fashion Showcase by British Fashion Council.