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Lagos is fast becoming the sartorial melting pot of Nigeria.  Fashion Go-To, Style.com definitely thought so when their team flew to Lagos, to interview and shoot the city’s most stylish women.  But here’s the thing, the men in Lagos are doing more than their bit to contribute to the city’s fashion scene.  They too are getting inspired locally as well as internationally.  Increasingly more Nigerian men are eager to fill their wardrobes with traditional wear sewn by their local tailors or don luxury threads by the country’s emerging designers like the Okunoren Twins or Kenneth Ize.  At the same time, this cosmopolitan crew are more than happy to travel to the fashion corners of the world to pick up pieces from international iconic brands like Louis Vuitton and Yohji Yamamoto.

Recently, I attended an event that showcased this eclectic mix of fashion forward gentlemen- Music Meets Runway, Africa (MMR).  MMR is held in Lagos once a year and seeks to promote and celebrate the continent’s finest in music and fashion.

Having been out of the country for a while, I was so impressed by the variety of stylish ways the men chose to express themselves.  I could see that the younger Nigerian generation are taking more risks and being more experimental, which for me can only be a good thing.  And for the ones, that took the more conventional route, I was keen to notice their detailed efforts to not look ‘run-of-the-mill’: a quirky bow tie here, a statement haircut there…

I think it’s time I stop writing and just show the goods, right?

Some guests gave it that African Swag

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Yes, yes I know this is cheating, but this article is focusing on Menswear, and if this isn’t a fabulous demonstration on how menswear tailoring can work on the female form, then I don’t know what is.  Long Live Cool Androgyny.

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About Music Meets Runway (MMR)

Jennifer Olize, the founder of MMR, set up MMR as a means to support and promote the continent’s talented musicians and fashion designers. This year, on 23rd December 2014 at Eko Hotel & Suites, the runway was set ablaze with top musical acts like Seyi Shay, Patoranking and Wizkid, whilst designers like KikoRomeo, Sunny Rose and KolaKuddus Couture set new design benchmarks.

Now in its third year, MMR is making philanthropic progress though its Music Meets Runway Foundation where a percentage of proceeds raised from tables sold at the event are donated to a chosen charity organization, to encourage and support young students who wish to pursue a creative path.

Read more on MMR here.

Like The Fashion Trends You Saw? Like MMR here.

(Pictures not credited or watermarked were taken by me)

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