If we’ve learned anything from 2017’s wild and wacky fashion, it’s to expect the unexpected. Austere minimalism went out the window in favour of a magpie-like love of glitz, glamour, and granny-chic style. Spring is now in the air, and also in fashion! With a bevvy of Spring/Summer 2018 showcases from South Africa to Lagos, your trend list ought to be full.  But, just in case they aren’t, a collaborative power team have put together a stunning fashion editorial titled ‘Welcome to Spring’. Shot by Femi Alabede of ‘Alfe Studios’, we go behind the editorial to see what inspired the images. Enjoy!

Femi Alabede

Q1: What made you go into photography?

As a lover of art, painting portraits, I bought my first camera with the aim to take quality pictures of my artworks, but later on, in my journey, I found myself taking pictures of people around me and I fell in love with it!. Photography then became an avenue for me to express myself better.

Q2: What elements inspired the ‘Welcome to Spring’ Fashion Editorial?

Actually, major credits for this editorial goes to the amazing stylist – Kayito Nwokedi.  I had reached out to him in admiration of his works and sent him a mood board of images and styles I would love to work on,..he refined them and came up with the idea of this editorial. As its spring season in parts of the world, we pulled S/S 18 outfits from a few fashion brands, some of which were exhibited at last year’s Lagos Fashion and Design Week.

Q3: How do you approach your own style of photography? What inspires you every day?

I love to experiment with lighting and I love designing sets. Each day, I observe my environment/location taking into consideration how the sun penetrates a room, or how the ambient light flatters a subject, etc; and I take all this to the studio or wherever I’m doing a shoot, and use it to create my fashion photographs. I also constantly observe works of other visual artists; photographers and videographers – there’s always something to learn.

Femi Alabede

Q4: Who did you collaborate with for this Editorial and why?

I collaborated with:
– Stylist, Kayito Nwokedi who is highly creative with his styling and this is our first project working together.
– Models from Fowler Models agency, who were very professional and fun to work with.
– Kofoworola Adu, our make up artist for the day and one of my favourites to work with as we have done several projects together.

Click on the gallery for the stunning images.

Photography Courtesy:

Photography: Femi Alabede|Makeup: Adu Kofoworola|Styling: Kayito Nwokedi|Models: Fowler Models 

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