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Prêt a Porter de L’Atelier d’Afrique: Lanre Da-Silva Ajayi for Vlisco



These are the images that are evoked when you think of Nigerian label, Lanre Da-Silva Ajayi (LDA). With their Victorian-era inspired pieces, the label has been able to create such an indelible identity that even the most passive fashion hawk can spot an LDA design among a sea of others. For the Vlisco Urban Beat fashion event, LDA did not disappoint their key fans. They played their trump cards: Brought the unexpected – Peep the headpieces! And then the LDA staples: Frills – CHECK, Volume – CHECK, Bows – CHECK, Ruffles – CHECK.
Clothes that make you stand out from the crowd – CHECKMATE













Designer, Lanre Da-Silva Ajayi of LDA


  1. cassie

    February 26, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    hmmmmmmmmmm not sure!!!!!!!!

  2. kelendra

    February 26, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Not feeling the stuff.
    And Bella whats with all the French? ah abeg now. English only please.

  3. GeekGirl

    February 26, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    i love love lanre Dasilva!nice collection apart from the stuff on their heads sa!

  4. sS

    February 26, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    i was at d show and when the models came out the first thing i thought was, whats that ‘ice bag’ looking thing on their heads? dat said Lanre is an extremely gifted designer and has superb customer service.

  5. Lamide

    February 26, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    She is so talented. I’m not a big “Victorian-era” fan, but most of this collection is wearable and chic. I’d wear about 75% (the hats have to go, though, lol)

  6. istidele

    February 28, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    oshuka as gele

  7. hawt

    February 28, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    lol at oshuka as gele 🙂

  8. Bix Girl

    February 28, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    i like what the designer is wearing…

  9. xoliquoricexo

    March 3, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    with you on that!

  10. iHeart

    March 3, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    i found this line particularly unremarkable.
    that said, the red shirt with the white frills and the yellow one with the white and black frills were exceptionally ugly!!

    i was going to do a post about this, but i decided to restrain my tongue on this particular subject!

  11. tomi

    March 3, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Bella is encouraging you to expand your horizons….

    If all else fails, Google Translate and babelfish should help.

  12. jumi

    March 4, 2009 at 2:41 am

    can u buy this designs? if so where?

  13. kay

    March 5, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    God forgive me but i am always so so biased when it comes to this girls designs..i am never really impressed with most of her work.but anyways i guess one man’s meat is another man’s………..i wish her well tho

  14. nnenna

    March 6, 2009 at 10:40 am

    lmao, when i saw those hats, i wnted to cry then i thot, hmmm im not so stylish, but seeing the earlier comments, i have hope in my taste…lol
    LDA always manages to make me laugh, some pieces just make me cringe, but i think she’s got talent though, only one piece here worked for me, just one! haba! the remaining put in me either snooze mood or just plain horror!
    oh well, people pays loads of money for her stuff so what do we know?!

  15. Sarah Brown

    March 13, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    lovely designs by LDA. Keep up the good job. And for all the haters get a life

  16. sylvia

    March 14, 2009 at 12:59 am

    i love LDA,but com on bella only affordable by the rich,i don t v a problem with that but pls bella can we v posts on affordable designers/tailors,like my tailor femi or mam toyin anybody feel me on this?

  17. Uche

    March 14, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Hats are hilarious!

  18. TY

    March 23, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    her designs are too uptight and unfriendly….:/

  19. moremi

    April 27, 2009 at 1:17 am

    this is not d best of her designs am not very crazy about her designs but this ones looked like she has run out of ideas and just needed to show something she needs to go back to drawin board

  20. nk

    June 12, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    LDA is a good designer but i fail to see wot is so spectacular abt d designs above. what happened lady, run out of designs? NOT IMPRESSIVE!

  21. mee

    April 1, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    maybe designer’s block, expected moreeeeeeeeee than dis! dis aren’t good o LDA but i still believe in u!

  22. kayode

    July 19, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    am sure a lot of work and effort went into this but, am not impressed by this collection.

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