Photography by J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere depicting Nigerian life specifically the stylish and vibrant swinging ’60s in Nigeria inspired designer Lisa Folawiyo and her team to create “Vintage Love“, the Spring 2012 Jewel by Lisa collection presented at the ARISE Made in Africa Collective Show in New York.
The intro to the collection featured the various snapshots, a throwback to a time when Nigeria was a young nation discovering its identity after the end of the colonialist era. The collection began with Austrian Lace layered with ankara, we were also introduced to the re-imagined Fila. Last season, everyone was tumbling over the turbans, will the fila catch on for Spring 2012? JBL certainly presented a compelling case for that as this accessory accentuated various looks in the collection including shorts and dresses.
The watercolour print silk dresses presented in this collection are certainly set to be a runaway commercial success. These pieces were deliciously lady-like yet young and fresh. The show ended with JBL’s staple, wax print/ankara presented as separates and dresses. The menswear inspiration shone through here, photos might not depict the shimmer and texture of these pieces but as we watched the show live, we saw the embellishments shimmer seductively in the light as the models moved.
This collection saw Jewel by Lisa continue their transition from a fashion label to a fashion brand. Their accessories including the fila and the large embellished clutch bags then the inclusion of a body suit (Perhaps, a preview of JBL swimwear) made a splash. Prior to the show, the JBL buzz was at an all-time high, after the show, it is clear that this buzz is well deserved.