Ok, so, we’ve had our fair share of exquisite style and outrageous glamour in the shape of Paris Couture Fashion Week, and with New York and London Ready-To-Wear just weeks away, let’s take a look at how fashion happens outside the standard fashion hemisphere courtesy of VICE.
Just like every respectful publication, VICE also sent their reporter out to cover the global fashion week scene. But rather than putting Charlet Duboc on a first class flight to Milan, she was shipped off to places where she’d be lost without a bodyguard and fast legs. VICE, generally known for doing things just a tad differently was naturally fascinated with the buzz surrounding the unconventional international fashion scene. And an interesting scene was sure to be found everywhere she went. She encountered a rapper with a penchant for porn-stars in Islamabad; heard all about bum implants at the cosmetically enhanced Colombia fashion week; attended a tranny-zombie after-party in Cambodia and learned all about the difficulties of being gay in the notoriously homophobic Lagos.
Fashion Week Internationale documents the fashion weeks that take place in cities and countries that normally make international news with their political and economic woes, to the most crackpot fashion week themes and the stimulating characters behind them.
In the season finale, filmed in Lagos Nigeria Charlet gets a lesson in butt-shaking and a merry yacht ride with the girls from Nigeria’s very own “Top Model”. But, what’s more, while experiencing Fashion Week in Lagos, VICE also gets a better understanding of what it’s like to be gay in a country where same sex marriage is criminalised yet the fashionistas still claim that to get to the top in Nigerian society, you have to be gay.
According to Charlet, “Lagos defies logic. It’s an immensely frustrating place to be. The corruption, homophobia and traffic are a joke, and everything else seems fake, broken or breaking. But the young people are delicious. The models are heavenly, and the way they dance to Nigerian ‘dancehall’ is mind-boggling. No one got paid at this fashion week, but no one seemed to care either. There’s nowhere else like it.”
All series are live now at Vice.com and we bring you a little teaser in the form of Lagos Fashion Week.
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