After a 6-year hiatus from the global fashion week calendar, Arise Fashion Week (AFW) returned to Lagos, Nigeria in 2018 where Naomi Campbell graced the runway. 

And this year, the energy is no different at one of Africa's most prestigious fashion weeks. If anything, it's been amplified, as the fashion industry veteran Naomi showed love for African fashion once again as the official host, Liya Kebede walked for local South African designers, British Vogue's Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful presented a talk, while international designers such as Pyer Moss and Tokyo James also showed at AFW. 

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Staying true to 2019 season forecasts, the luxury collections showed at AFW which just concluded on 22 April, included generously cut ruffle sleeves, pleats, '70s stripes, feathers, and a few wildlife prints.

Dare we even say that this might have been one of the top three fashion weeks thus far in 2019 as luxury fashion designers from all over the world ensured that our eyes remained fixed on the runway from start to finish.

READ MORE: Is Africa ready to be a luxury fashion hub?

So without further ado, these were the best moments from Arise Fashion Week:

Day 1

Papa Oppong - The Boy Likes Ribbons SS19

Ghana

Tokyo James - AW19

London and Nigeria

That duffel bag!

Day 2

Maison ARTC - AW19

Marrakech

Wearable art... literally.

Loza Maléombho - AW19

U.S.

"A pan African cross culture fantasy"

Lanre Da Silva Ajayi - AW19

Nigeria

Giving us Yara Shahidi Harper's Bazaar June 2018 cover vibes with this backstage shot - an African reimagination.

Kenneth Ize - AW19

Nigeria

Both Liya Kebede and Naomi Campbell walked the runway for this LVMH Prize finalist's show.

And these two supermodels also walked for Triple RRR:

Cross over to H&M Sandton City for similar items from the Studio S/S 2019 collection.

David Tlale - AW19

South Africa

Don't say we didn't tell you about the rise of feathers this season.

Day 3

Rich Mnisi - NWA-MULAMULA: MILORHO ’19

South Africa

Statement coats are one of Rich's signature garments, and this is one to invest in.

Don't forget to add a 'Sunday Best' hat to your look.

Esteban Cortazar - AW19 

U.S. (Colombian-American)

Layers of leather done right.

Mmuso Maxwell - AW19

South Africa

Just when you thought no one made a better deconstructed asymmetrical blazer better than Jean-Paul Gaultier, Mmuso Maxwell ups the ante with some sheer fabric detail. 

Okay, no one makes a better blazer than this design duo.

Pyer Moss AW19 presentation

U.S.

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