British supermodel Naomi Campbell hit the runway in Dubai as part of Arise Fashion Week, which celebrates the best of Nigerian fashion and music.

Lagos is usually the home of Arise Fashion Week but there was a slight difference this year. As part of Nigeria’s Day at the ongoing Dubai Expo 2020, the fashion show was held at the Armani Hotel, in Downtown Dubai where the iconic and imposing Burj Khalifa stands tall.

Guests were treated to a spectacular display of fashion created by some of Nigeria’s most celebrated designers, which includes Lisa Folawiyo, Ituen Basi, Keneth Ize, Huddaya, Odio Mimonet, Lanre Da Silva, Tzar Studios, Onalaja, Banke Kuku, Tj Who, and others. Opening the one-night show was none other than Naomi Campbell who confidentially stomped down the catwalk, wearing a stunning design by Abuja-based label, Huddaya. 

The look consisted of a robe dress and pants which the British supermodel teamed with a pair of peep-toe heel sandals. Her long, straight hair also made a remarkable addition to the entire look as it continued to swing left and right.

She also walked for Banke Kuku wearing a beautiful lounge dress from the brand, as well as Keneth Ize’s patterned dress.  For both fashion enthusiasts and key stakeholders, a high point was watching Supermodel Naomi Campbell wearing Nigerian designs and doing what she does best – catwalk!

There was also an exciting musical performance by Wizkid charged through the audience to the sounds of Afrobeat music. Speaking about the show, the Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, who represented the Nigerian president, said by hosting AFW in Dubai, the organizers were showcasing Nigerian fashion to the world.

“I’m very glad to be here to witness another landmark achievement for the country: the first ARISE Fashion Week in Dubai. A city described as the Jewel of the Middle East where the best of Nigeria’s fashion and entertainment have come out in full force to celebrate our great country on this day that marks Nigeria’s Day at the Dubai Expo 2020,” Adebayo said in a statement. The event concluded with live performances by musicians D’banj and Akon. 

Delroy Constantine-Simms