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Wanger Ayu Celebrates the Unapologetic Woman in New AW ’17 Collection ‘BRAVE’



It’s the month of the Woman and Wanger Ayu wants you to know this. Living up to her reputation as one of Nigerian fashion’s brightest stars, Wanger Ayu has just released her edgy new collection aptly named ‘BRAVE’.

The pieces maintain a lot of Wanger’s signature play with structure and femininity while going bolder with statement pieces that push the edge. The collection combines the metallic elements of gold and silver with flirty frills, knife-edged pleats, abstract flower patterns and ribbons. With a distinctive shimmer to each piece, Wanger Ayu’s ‘Brave’ lives up to its name, fearlessly celebrating the complex yet unmistakable power and soul in today’s woman; strong, intelligent, ambitious, sensual and so much more.

The label describes BRAVE as

a collection of self-discovery and the power in womanhood, inspired majorly by recent world economic and political events. It takes a look at today’s woman and the true power she holds; fearlessly breaking boundaries and not afraid to stand out, all the while embracing all that makes her woman.

With a philosophy of embracing fashion and creating style, Wanger Ayu was one of the selected few to showcase under the British Council Fashion Focus Series, at the Heineken Lagos Fashion & Design Week 2015. In 2016, Wanger Ayu was a finalist in the Future Awards prize for fashion.

Her designs have been worn by celebrities such as Toke Makinwa, Waje, Kate Henshaw, Bolanle Olukanni, Dakore Akande and Somkele Idhalama. A style blogger favourite, Wanger Ayu is celebrated for her edgy cuts and complex structure.

Photography: Obinna Obioma | @mrobinnaobioma
Styling: Ugonna Nwaka | @ugonna_
Makeup: Phoebe Ben Kalio | @phoebebenkalio
Models: Zahara Models | @zaharamodels
Assist: Tosan Andrew | @tosan_andrew


  1. bruno

    March 17, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    ” Wanger Ayu is celebrated for her edgy cuts and complex structure.”

    pls can someone, anyone, show me the edgy cuts or complex structure in this collection. very cheap looking throwaway fabrics. over busy background. I don’t know where to look at

    this is the problem with naija designers they try so hard to be edgy and artistic that they forget they are selling clothes. pls the clothes are the main thing every other thing like models background photography, props etc is just secondary. the models the background the photography etc are suppose to compliment the clothes not take away from it.

    just look at that pink gown, what a terrible sin. even that last gown. smh

    • Nneka

      March 18, 2017 at 10:52 am

      If you can’t see edgy cuts or any complex structure your blindness is beyond redemption. Are you blind to the unusual mixing and matching going on here. ?
      High street is not haute couture….. this looks like a symbolic collection not ready to wear. Dressing appropriately isn’t always what fashion is about . She’s celebrating a brave woman or women here, if you are a woman which obviously you aren’t you’d understand how our emotions or feelings or personalities can run riot and round up to this… stick to commenting on gossip or scoop posts please nothing fashion. Or if you must, nothing couture ? Biko Anam Ayo gi

    • Benny

      March 18, 2017 at 11:04 pm

      My friend shut up!
      On top of the nonsense our eyes are being assaulted with, you now want to add insult to injury with this thing you have written.
      Come-on leave this place ?

    • Hauwa

      March 18, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      They look soooo tacky, like they are meant for some drag queen in a comedy show.

  2. Ify

    March 17, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    Lmao. No comment

  3. conrad

    March 18, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Wanger what happened? I had to tell somebody your page was hacked,lol, because I not understanding. How do you think the textures of those fabric blend? I doesnt just go! It looks terrible! The fabrics also look ridiculosly cheap. What happen with the setting and styling? You have roses on the table, roses on the floor, roses hanging beside a book on the rope, you have a fur -like rug, the background is just tooo BUSY, the clothes are already busy enough, u shudda kept it calm. The stylist though. Im lost

    • fisayo

      March 18, 2017 at 10:48 am

      I agree. Wanger is sooooooo much better than this.

      Girl stick to your true self and stop trying hard to be who you’re not. I loved your earlier collections. What is all this I’m seeing here?

      Sigh…this is what happens when you start associating with that LFDW bougee crowd.

  4. Fast cars

    March 18, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Somebody call the police!!!
    Warris this!
    I’m a fashion designer, I’m a fashion designer everywhere pesin go, the thought that this clothes will be exchanged with money cringes me.
    See the way they packaged this nursery 2 art project as a collection.
    If people knew how difficult Fashion designing is, a lot of people won’t run into it.

    • LUNA

      March 18, 2017 at 10:41 am

      It’s called haute couture babies

  5. DIVA

    March 18, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Still trying to comprehend…

  6. Kenny

    March 18, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Asides the flimsy pink dress, this is a BRAVE collection. And it’s edgy in an afropolitan sorta way. If you get It you’ll get it. If you don’t you won’t. That’s what true fashion is about blazing trails not sticking to what’s conformist or regular or copying what Stella McCartney did and carrying it off as yours. Creativity with a capital C

    • TI

      March 18, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      Lol, the person with the three green avatars is the same person. Wanger, stop coming up here and defending these rubbish with these many aliases. You goofed, accept it, learn from it and move on.

    • Benny

      March 18, 2017 at 11:06 pm

      You do realize that even if you change name, your avatar remains the same and gives you away right?
      This is just embarrassing ?

  7. Nneka

    March 18, 2017 at 10:53 am

    The turtle necked bow tie sheer dress has my name written all over it ??

  8. Michy

    March 18, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Such terrible fabrics and finishing. If this is all it takes to be a fashion designer I’m so releasing a collection next week.

    Bn, will you feature it for free? my fellow blog visitors I hope you will support your own and patronise me.

  9. Abominable snow girl

    March 18, 2017 at 11:48 am

    It’s fresh…. fabric choices a bit iffy however, some of your pieces are very cool.
    At least the comments do not suggest you are boring. Keep doing you, you will go places. ?

  10. Sweetness

    March 18, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Grotesque pieces…

  11. Amh

    March 18, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Horrible. Badly executed. Terrible finishing from a local tailor. Cheap fabrics. Just bad.

  12. Redcarpetexperience

    March 18, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    But what happened? Who this collection Epp… Biko make una stop this rough play

  13. Whaaat

    March 18, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    Owo wogbo, poor execution and I agree with Bruno, we are not here for the props!

  14. Benny

    March 18, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    It is Orange Culture and that Bubu Ogisi with her white-wool-dada on her head + the fish nets she throws on her poor models after using port harcourt crude to baptize them into looking like walking oil spills, I blame for this nonsense. Father deliver us. ?


    March 19, 2017 at 5:39 am

    One thing for sure is, the designer is creative!

  16. Mma Bb

    March 19, 2017 at 11:03 am

    All those trying to teach us about sophistication and abstract art, there’s a very fine line between encouragement and deception. This is a pure case of the Emperor’s New Clothes. There must be some invisible celestial silk woven and twisted into exquisite designs that mortal eyes like ours cannot see with our limited 180 degree vision.

    Otherwise what I see is a travesty. And worse than that is the mockery swathed in praise. Is it the pink breastplate of righteousness or the fetish priestess’ grass skirt transferred to the sleeves? Or the cancer awareness ribbons pinned to the shoulders? Maybe the haute couture is in the miserable brassiere advertised in the pitiful negligee.

    This showcase is a funeral wreath, and if her past creations were indeed worthy then true friends and family should seek her out and help her on this artistic odyssey. Hopefully, this is transient.

  17. Amu-Dike

    March 19, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    These designs are a sin upon the sight of God and man

  18. Motayo

    March 20, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    some creative designer expresses herself and everyone is too quick to criticise. Even tailors are coming on here to claim designer… Wanger Ayu is in the league of top Nigerian designers, I have been following her since she showcased at LFDW and her works are awesome. This is just a celebration, you are not forced to like it. I clearly understand her expression, and you should look at this collection from the creative side. Madam tailor go and do your own let us see…

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