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If I was to name my No. 1 Ready-To-Wear Nigerian designer; it would definitely be Jewel by Lisa.
I just love her clothes.
The cuts are simple yet extremely flattering.
The fabric is Ankara but dazzled up.
Anyways, here are photos from her recent collection.
Clothes by Lisa Folawiyo @ Jewel by Lisa
Photography by Ben Ingoldby
Location – Ilashe Beach
See my previous post on JBL – HERE
Visit the website – HERE

I absolutely LUV it!
Thanks sooo much to Fade for sending me the link!
Tell us what you think…..
Have a fabulous week!!!!

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  1. Nkechi

    October 23, 2007 at 9:59 am


  2. Anonymous

    October 23, 2007 at 10:04 am

    m callin my tailor tanx uuuuu

  3. Aijay

    October 23, 2007 at 11:06 am

    Fab! Fab! Fab!
    I’m impressed.

    Oh, I made top 5. Yaaayyyy!! Lol.

  4. Abimars

    October 23, 2007 at 11:24 am

    Lovely, I particularly love the wrap dress.

  5. adaa

    October 23, 2007 at 11:25 am

    Yeah… u must really have stalkers bella. Top 5

  6. Mona

    October 23, 2007 at 11:58 am

    i really love her stuff

    thanks :o)

  7. Anonymous

    October 23, 2007 at 12:38 pm

    …Ooooo – I just love the fact that we no longer have to look solely to vogue et all for beautiful clothes and people for inspiration. These are fashions we can afford and looks that can be attained without the help of overpaid makeup artists and Mario Testino. Amen O, amen. Now wots the number for that tailor abeg……teehee :o). tenks bella…

  8. Annengineer

    October 23, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    OMG…am sooo impressed! Way to go…Way to go designers!

  9. Anonymous

    October 23, 2007 at 2:19 pm

    nice clothes, but the models look hignhly anorexic and don’t carry clothes well.If only, we would stop looking to vogue and cosmo and start using healthy looking models….

  10. Mari

    October 23, 2007 at 2:24 pm

    Really lovely. I love the bathing suits and the dresses are hot.

  11. cally-waffybabe

    October 23, 2007 at 2:50 pm

    Wow!!! Beautiful!!! You sure do know your thang girl.

  12. Anonymous

    October 23, 2007 at 3:24 pm



  13. BOBBY

    October 23, 2007 at 3:31 pm

    Jewel By Lisa…is fab! I saw a dress she made for Kemi Adetiba, and i almost died.

    I had to contact her sharpishly…

    But yes she is good. These pictures dont even do justice to the work that she can actually do!

  14. Ladybrille

    October 23, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    Her designs are good. I have heard of her from your previous blog and a friend telling me more about her. I think what I really like is her website. That she understands the importance of e-commerce is cool. Will add to my list of designers on my site. How you dey Bella? You too have a fabulous week!

  15. Anonymous

    October 23, 2007 at 4:55 pm

    fantastic work!! she’s definitely working the hell out of her niche! not every tailor can embellish like she does o! does anyone know her price range?

  16. Anonymous

    October 23, 2007 at 5:11 pm

    LOVE how bella’s quoted here:

    na wa o! the power of blogging sha!

    rock on, bella 🙂

  17. Icy

    October 23, 2007 at 7:10 pm

    Hello Ms. Bella Finally you’re back. I’ve been so out of the loop I didn’t even know there was a loop. Just caught up on my reading. 🙂 Love the fits on this feature FAB. FAB oh so FAB.

  18. anjugrasay

    October 23, 2007 at 10:07 pm

    I know am going to get slated for this or possibly this comment might not be posted.

    Why so much patches, not flattering at all, the materials they look too common and style looks like what ordinary tailor can put together.

    The photo shoot beautiful girls am sure but are they shooting a commercial for maltina or malta guinness or what…

    Come on guys saying fab, are you serious, @anonymous all inspiration comes from top designers whose stuff you mostly find in on style network , a part of condes nast who by the way own vogue magazine…and for tailors who can’t embellish like she does are you kidding me, there are thousands….and what niche just by using Ankara, zero on the run way I say

  19. Anonymous

    October 23, 2007 at 10:57 pm

    Love the bathing suits… simply beautiful.

  20. Ladybrille

    October 24, 2007 at 3:05 am

    Anjugrasay, your point is well taken. I, however, think the key thing is that it is a “ready-to-wear” line. To me, the silhouettes can be replica of what you see in a lot of publications so long as the quality and detailing is on point. Frankly, you can only cut clothes in so many ways. At some point, they have to be functional and pragmatic for the everyday woman, especially if it is a “ready-to wear” line. Also, the embellishment, maybe many are doing it in Naija but first time I am seeing it. It can be pretty tricky to embellish ankara since the fabric is already so busy. To me, to do it in a way that seems to find a balance is cool. I like what I see although I’ll have to check it out when next I visit Naija to make sure the dresses do fit well and can embrace my curves!Yes o! I got curves. lol!

  21. KreativeMix

    October 24, 2007 at 4:49 am

    Very fabulous!!


    October 24, 2007 at 9:20 am

    nice work…im really impressed the layout of the site is really good
    clothes are goos as well…
    any idea on ordering from the states

  23. YankeeNaija

    October 24, 2007 at 11:21 am

    I liked the look she was going for until the shorts. I see those shorts everywhere. It’s just that this time instead of seeing them in tweed, I see them in ankara. Don’t get me wrong, I think she’s got talent, in copying, but where’s the originality. Like Ladybrille said, there are so many ways to cut a style, but if the designer wants to set herself apart, I believe she has to be bolder. The bikinis were hot. Nice touch, but the clothes, I would’ve expected something…more.

  24. Zahratique

    October 24, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    Everything seemed really good to me – except the shorts…it took me a few minutes to realise whether or not it was the front or back depicted.

  25. anjugrasay

    October 24, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    @ladybrille I love your blog.I have been meaning to drop a line on your discussion about why are there only white models on the run way…that’s for you and I to discuss,but to the matter at hand

    I do agree with you in pointing out the quality and detailing aspects that singles out a unique designer,but in this case you’ve got to agree with me that it isn’t looking good.

    making the ankara look all patchy and using only ankara is too much, am like give me a choice on the prints…..


    October 24, 2007 at 5:29 pm

    Delicious. I’m so in love with the cut and style of the clothing.

  27. Arewa

    October 24, 2007 at 6:04 pm


  28. shola pacheco

    October 24, 2007 at 8:02 pm

    really nice use of fabric,just perfect

  29. Nolé

    October 24, 2007 at 11:14 pm

    Gorgeous Collection! I could actually wear most of those clothes.

    Bella, so glad to see your blog is public again. I was sad when you went private.

    Glad to have you back in the house.

    Somehow, I have a very strong feeling you are going to be revolutionary contemporary Naija force! 🙂

  30. Anonymous

    October 24, 2007 at 11:35 pm

    Anonymous said…
    nice clothes, but the models look hignhly anorexic and don’t carry clothes well.If only, we would stop looking to vogue and cosmo and start using healthy looking models….

    The models look great as far as i am concerned, i am sick of people always thinking someone is anorexic just because they are skinny, i mean cmon they are not even that skinny, not everyone is born FAT.

  31. Kpakpando

    October 25, 2007 at 12:07 am

    ah ah bella, so you have decided to join them ehn? the ones who want me to be spending my money like its going out of style every time i hit naija ehn? mind yourself oh.

  32. confused child

    October 25, 2007 at 6:54 pm

    Hi Bella, i was wondering if u could give us an update on the dance show u talked about on ur page. the one omotola is involved in.

  33. tee

    October 27, 2007 at 9:06 pm

    ok nice designs no doubt!
    But why do u always have to go on these websites, only to realise the outfits aren’t priced. I dont think it makes much sense realy, i would i have an idea how much i shld save up without calling(nb: not evry1 always wants to call).

  34. confused child

    October 28, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    yeh its called celebrity takes 2.pls giv us an update.

  35. DAV!D

    October 30, 2007 at 6:32 pm

    Okay as a designer I have to say JBL is revolutionary is its own right. Ankara already is an unexplored fabric I believe. People don’t really go the extra mile when designing with it (which I think could be a problem ordinarily but not really in this case). Because since that’s how Ankara is already used then JBL is fabulous! Because JBL has at least used the embellishments to take it a notch higher. Really she has… And I don’t think the line is a high-fashion one, (which is okay. Hilfiger is not but he’s one of the top designers of our generation). It’s a ready-to-wear line that can make you look like a million bucks in a casual setting but not in a glamorous one… Long story short, JBL occupies its niche well. I totally dig it!

  36. Nigerian Woman in Norway

    November 1, 2007 at 9:34 am

    JBL well known of her email addresses are working, so i have no idea what the point is asking people to contact when all i get is a system generated error message.

    not that she’ll ship to norway, but a sista’s got to try,

  37. !!Estella!!

    November 6, 2007 at 11:30 pm

    Wow! I dont think I want to be on the butchering slab here O!! (I kid, I kid)..

    As a designer of African fabrics, I simply take it that all of us (African fabric designers) are like artists who paint on different media. Some paint on canvass, others on walls, some also paint on paper etc….

    Ankara, and some other Nigerian fabrics have been unexplored all these while. And when they are used, its usually the same ol’ same ol’ that a funky, stylish Nigerian in the diaspora would not even want to touch!

    I applaud JBL for doing ready-to-wear. Its not custom-made, nor couture, so, give her a break. Ready-to-wears DONT have to be smug and tight on the body. Even dresses bought at Saks or Neiman Marcus would sometimes need to be taken in or out to fit buyer!

    Good job JBL! Make people proud of our fabrics. And its the best way to go. I envy U sis! Cos it sure aint easy doing custom-made, I tell ya.

    I am really looking forward to when our other fabrics would be brought to limelight!

    I have experimented with the Gele head gears as dress and skirts and people love it! (Non-Africans especially).

    Ankara rocks!

  38. Olu

    November 20, 2007 at 10:16 am

    i just realised JBL was the one who designed the dress Dakore wore in a previous Genevieve magazine!!!

  39. toti

    July 27, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Lovely but pls can you display a patched flare ankara skirt, thanks

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