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Celebrating Nigerian Fashion in Abuja – Photos from the Mode Demarrage Fashion Show



On Saturday 22nd October 2011, the city of Abuja experienced the eagerly anticipated Mode Demarrage fashion show.

The show which took place at the Sheraton Hotel was an absolute success as it attracted a generous mass of socialites, celebrities and lovers of fashion.

The designers – 26th September, Ace Couture, Bestest Abaya, Butterfly Lingerie, May, Sashes all received rave reviews from guests and media.

After the fashion show, the audience was happy to unwind as music stars Wizkid and D’Prince were in the house to perform their hit singles.

The show truly lived up to its meaning ‘Fashion’s Start’ as it marks the beginning of a new age of fashion in Abuja. With the incredible success and turn out of this year’s Mode Demarrage Fashion show organized by Klivias and Francether Events Management Company, we can’t help but wait to see what the organizers have in store for next year’s event, till then keep refreshing your number 1 source for all round entertainment-

Photos from the event

Red Carpet

Angela Ikpi




Fashion Show
26th September
The collection was themed “From Paris With Love” and according to an attendee -“the designer brought a wonderful collection to wow the audience, as most of her designs were based on love and the city of Paris – as the home of fashion and love. All the pieces revolved around the theme”.

Ace Couture
Ace Couture’s collection was themed “Bringing Africa To Your Doorstep”. A guest at the event said “She wowed the crowd with her signature outfit which was beautifully designed and is not the usual conventional wedding white dress we wear but she made her fashion statement with this outfit amongst other edgy African staples”

Bestest Abayas
Wow the Creative Director of Bestest Abayas must have done something right as an attendee went on to say “Who says there is no fashion in the north? Meet bestest abayas, her dresses sparkled, flowed and dazzled the crowd in bright, warm and welcoming colors with her Arabian designs fabulously put together to fit the northern abayas. She definitely gives the northerners “d umph’ in fashion – very classy, chick and trendy”

Butterfly Lingerie
When an attendee was asked to comment on Butterfly Lingerie’s collection here’s what she had to say “Easy, sexy, beautiful. If you live in the city of Abuja you must make a stop at the butterfly lingerie store. Her collections are a must have for every sexy, beautiful woman.”

May’s collection was themed ‘Fabulousity on the quick’. According to the Creative Director, she focused her designs on quick, fashion forward individuals who pick one or two pieces and are ready to hit the road and go about their activities yet looking fabulous. And the crowd seemed to think so too as a lovely attendee said “Her flirty, sexy designs left the crowd speechless”


Last but definitely not the least was the unveiling of sashes collection which was themed “Island Beauty”. The organizers of the event said that “with her sultry, simple and elegant dresses she was able to give the crowd a sensual feeling as models strutted on the run way in her dazzling assembles”


Wizkid thrilling the audience

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  1. someone

    November 22, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    see person chest

  2. Ice diva

    November 22, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    See the difference btw Lagos babes and Abuja babes plz lets step up our style. Very very poor pics from bad hair weaves(human hair) to not great fashion style on the red carpet. The runway designs are ok but the Abayas is WAOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. LOVE IT LOVE

    • Dii

      November 22, 2011 at 12:48 pm

      I think the Abuja babes are stepping up their game.But I really can’t blame them, events in Abuja don’t have the same energetic buzz around it.

    • Bee

      November 23, 2011 at 2:04 am


  3. Ayo

    November 22, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    lmaoo @ ice diva! you took the words right out my mouth. the abuja babes just look wrong… no dissing but they need to step up their fashion game if they want to be having and featuring in events.
    BTW that doesnt look like D’prince????

    • mimi

      November 24, 2011 at 7:45 pm

      i see not wrong with the abj babes.why dont you try and be ok with what you see,i dont base in 9ja but am ok with the way fashion goes around so try to be happy with what you see and not what you dont see.ok ciao.

  4. Redcarpetgoat

    November 22, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    really? this, Abuja red carpet? i begi! them no try!
    BN – Next Plsssss

  5. BukiOni

    November 22, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    I like May’s polka dot pieces and the turban and white shirt look lovely together.

  6. cathy

    November 22, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    not really feeling their groove

  7. Militant

    November 22, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    @Ice there is nothing wrong with what every1 is wear.after all you did nt see bleached knuckles in any of the gals unlike lagos gals that ve bleached all there skins.And u can see that some of the gals ve braids sure u cannt afford this hair that is y u re hating.really did nt see any reason y shld compare lag and Abj is childish.Am a lag babe so dnt tink am an Abj gal that is y am saying dis.hisssssssssssssssssssss

    • Mytwopennies

      November 22, 2011 at 9:40 pm

      *Sigh* now i see how the ‘”LINGARIE” all over the backdrop went unnoticed. Spell check is your friend people!

    • oro

      November 23, 2011 at 4:05 am

      abeg they are at par, if not better dressed than Lagos girls…and yes i am lagos girl

  8. PeeCee Cee

    November 22, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Lagos girls should stop making noise, pls. Enough of fakeness, abeg. Abuja girls are classy without making efforts… Deal with it…

    • Bee

      November 23, 2011 at 2:05 am

      With this im sure the effort is needed

  9. showstopper

    November 22, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Wow….adorable,classy and fabulous looking ladies….luvly event I must say and very unique pieces…..thumbs up to d designers….n to d blind mole: DAT is D’prince……lmaooooo……haters oshiwooooo

  10. Turn turn turner

    November 22, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    @Militant…I’m buying you “Brighter Grammar-Book 1” for your christmas present..WHAT!!!

  11. Aminu

    November 22, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    … was epic. lucky i ddn’t miss a thing

  12. BUM BUM

    November 22, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    haters will always and classy.the event was off the hook.

  13. ashi

    November 22, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    couple of nice pieces

  14. kon

    November 22, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    hair hair hair……..needs a lot of attention

  15. NG

    November 22, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Sashes in d house… Bella Naija nice one guyz!!!!

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  17. Danny

    November 22, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Am loving the style put on the malo babes, it kinda upped their flavour.
    The butterfly Lingerie, OMG who would say NO?
    Sashes, the peacock attire? Thumbs Up… wish i was at the event as it went beyond expectations.

    thumbs up once again!

  18. Dolly p.

    November 22, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Abuja babes ooooo, Lagos babes ooooo, even Zamfara babes self, all join…d most important thing is to know what suits u, if uve got d body why not… but don’t overdo things sha….simple.

  19. Meeee

    November 22, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Poorly organized I hope they do better next year .Some nice pieces though and yes i agree abuja babes need to step up their game.

  20. aroma

    November 23, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Abuja babes look simple and classy ,Lagos girls need to cut down the bleach in, colour riot clothing and fake life abeg

  21. madam virgos

    November 23, 2011 at 2:17 am

    I attended this event and might I say,props to the organizers,I think d focus here is on d pieces and the beautiful clothes made by these fashion forward designers who have raised d bar high for other new comers out there,d idea behind ACE COUTURES outfit is magnificent I must say and her pieces were to die for.Also MAY the young designer is one we should watch out for,d polka dot dress is something I must get for my daughter,such raw talent should not go unnoticed.Its suprising that young people these days are channelling their energy towards something productive.I think criticim is healthy and there is always room for improvement but I must say the show was WONDERFUL pple shud not be too quick or thrilled to tear down sum1’s hardwork.Instead of sitting down and looking for the tiniest thing to crush,stand up and emmulate and ask urselves wat u’ve accomplished this year.For mi I’d say it’s a beginning for these young and enterprising individuals….beautiful,beautiful designs and success all the way….

  22. hajiya ameerah

    November 23, 2011 at 2:22 am

    Where can I get d designers contacts pls?thumbs up to the designers…pretty and classy designs….

  23. bode badmus

    November 23, 2011 at 2:33 am

    As a Lagosian,its impressive to see that Abuja is picking up.I like the simplicity of the ladies on the red carpet…simple and very classy and yes effortless…they didn’t overdo it like d event was a do or die affair.It’s obvious they came to have fun…nice one….
    D designs are luvly,dat blue short dress by sashes is sexy and stunning and might I say the black sequinned dress frm 26th september and d polka dot from may.I think we should patronize our upcoming talents, even d nigerian actresses would look quite fabulous in a piece or two from these collections….jst saying nyway….
    Bravo to those that put it together…..

  24. darkvixen

    November 23, 2011 at 2:36 am

    LWKMD for ‘Brighter Grammar for Christmas’. the good old days of yore when want wasn’t wanna.

  25. pynk

    November 23, 2011 at 8:47 am

    lol @ the lagos vs Abuja fued.

  26. wahala

    November 23, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    this one na fash-Pa(fashion parade)

  27. HRS_Cindy

    November 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    I’m a proud Abuja babe…we got it all easy here 😀
    very nice designs btw….bestest abaya buys hers tho

  28. june

    November 23, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Nyc dresses. I like MAY’s clothes a lot. I want.

  29. sexy diva

    November 23, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Am short of

  30. sexy diva

    November 23, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Am short of words here.attended d show n it was below my xpectation.n wot I see here is even worse.d organizers didn’t do dier home work well,d publicity was a write-off.d designers did dier bit,I saw better designs dan wot was pasted here,26th september had sum wonderful designs,bestest abaya was also on point,liked her red dress.cnt even see any lingerie here,butterfly lingerie had sum sexy pieces too.I totally feel in love wit a nude dress n anoda pink dress 26th september showcased.n oh my gawd,d models look horrible,dier hair! Makeup! N den d photography! I can only say that d organizers should do better next time.

  31. editor special

    November 24, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Most of the pictures were sent to bellanaija and they selected the pictures….’D organizers did their part and even launched a magazine that feautured collections from the [email protected] sexy diva: glad u attended d show…..quit bull-….jeezzzzzz!!!!

  32. sexy diva

    November 25, 2011 at 1:00 am

    U call dat pamphlet a magazine? Editor special! U ma sef!! *smh

  33. editor special

    November 25, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Hahahahhahhahhaaha…..sweetie there was a pamphlet and ‘A MAGAZINE’ madam in the gift bag…lol.and I liked d ‘nude’ dress too…*smh*

  34. editor special

    November 25, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Just noticed wizkid is wearing same outfit as d day of d headies….props to d organizers *nt easy to get an artist to perform @ two diff.zones*….I cut cap sha ooooo……

  35. nene

    December 8, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Abuja still get plenty work to do in terms of red carpet. Did not work for me

  36. bellamarie

    December 18, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    luv dat dat sashes short gown!!!! classic! , and d peacock long golwn wow! creative!, thumbs up to d abayas 2 . d upcomin designers did their thing, dunno about d event cause i wasnt there, there is always rom for improvement

  37. Riblex

    February 20, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Am proudly naija, Lagos,Abuja, Delta,Kano,PH I dont care as far as its Naija!

  38. Oladapo Harry

    February 22, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Wow! Im really impressed with all the styles. Combination of Naija n whitey styls … I think Nigeria is really taking its place in the Fashhion world. Thats cool!

  39. queeneth

    February 28, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    feeling ds ds groove kraaaaa ,

  40. Charity Natsai Hungwe-Moyo

    April 8, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Wow wonderful creations !!!!!


    June 25, 2012 at 5:26 am

    You nigerians are very beautiful and have a great fashion sense. Good swag and beauty on the women. NIGERIAN MEN, You have some competition. LOL. In all seriousness you people are an HONOR to Africa. ONE LOVE.

  42. nafuna felistas

    July 26, 2012 at 11:38 am

    am ugandan but i love naija fashion……….pieces were ok but as for the red carpet,atleast naija babbes are far ahead than ugandans…..our red carpet appearances and fashion suck…..we seriously need some tips from the nigerians………love nigerians thanx for keeping our continent on top of things

  43. Mel

    August 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Just came across this post by chance.. we were just looking into this topic.. Some of these are really quite cool. Thanks for sharing!

  44. Olympia Cromes

    October 18, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    This are all fun to me….i will have my own post very soon too, i will be having a show soon too……

  45. Francis

    November 4, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    very attractive Nigerians are trying trying very well

  46. Innocent A. Thomas

    May 15, 2014 at 6:08 am

    It’s high time for us to go back embrace our homes, good job.

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