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BN Style Spotlight: Funke Fowler

It’s BN Style Spotlight; this is a periodical feature on the style page that will provide detailed analysis of the personal style of a budding…



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It’s BN Style Spotlight; this is a periodical feature on the style page that will provide detailed analysis of the personal style of a budding fashion star.

The red carpet always anticipates fresh faces and it patiently waits for us to be wowed by what’s behind the lenses. It’s there we discover who could be the next fashion icon and watch their style growth and transformation and Funke Fowler might just be its latest prodigy.

Leila Olufunke Fowler is an inspiring young Entrepreneur. With a BA in Economics from the University of Nottingham and an MBA from American Intercontinental University, Atlanta, Funke put her best fashion foot forward and launched “Leila Fowler”; a self- named upscale boutique in Lagos in April 2008.

The Leila Fowler store has fast established itself as one of the to-go-to stores in Lagos and Funke a budding fashionista! “I have always loved fashion and have grown up around very glamorous women” says Funke in an interview with Elan and this you sure can tell!

Her style is feminine glamour epitomized. A fan of simple silhouettes, floral prints, softness and flow, it’s no surprise it seems like she has Folake Folarin-Coker of Tiffany Amber on speed dial.

This ‘oriental beauty’ loves her some dresses and more dresses for events which she compliments with statement jewellery.

Read on as I analyze her personal style and determine what indeed, makes her style BN worthy!!!

THE VISUAL NARRATIVE: Funke always tells a descriptive story on the red carpet making it impossible for our eyes to wander away from her! From her warm smile to her dresses in bright commanding colours and engaging prints its hard not to be fixated on her captivating looks! She always opts for dresses with volume which when combined with prints may be overwhelming. To avoid this, she opts for a waist cinching belt or band to add structure; but on occasions when she doesn’t, we never get the sense that she is drowning in the volume as she wears it so graciously. All too easy, all so effortless!!

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MAXI MADNESS: Funke, also known as the “clothes’ junkie” amongst her friends has a collection of maxi dresses guranteed to get her some ‘fashion highs’. She always looks amazing and oozing with sophistication in these sweeping floor lenght dresses. I love how she dresses her top half when garbed in a maxi dress with interesting neck pieces and unlike most she is not afraid to display the beauty of a bare neck with plunging necklines. She likes to maintain its original lines while paying attention to the cuts of the voluminous pieces and opting for an empire line with a flowing skirt which looks very flattering on her!

In Tiffany Amber

In Tiffany Amber

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THE SOFT GLOW: With her clothing choices Funke likes to keep things soft and she also applies this aesthetic with make-up. She wears make-up light, softness in the eyes, the lips and the cheeks. With a skin as  flawless as hers, a simple soft glow is all you need to shine.

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In Jewel by Lisa

In Jewel by Lisa

GIVING A MODERN TWIST TO ASO-EBI: Events that call for Aso-ebi are very much an extension of the red carpet and the same standards are maintained; especially with Funke as she delivers in striking pieces!!! Without eliminating the ethnic element of the Aso-ebi; Funke fuses the prints with supplementary textures all outlined in a modern silhouette. I like that she has fun with it; the looks always showcasing her love for colour,  flow and soft drapes…even in Aso-ebi her individuality and style preferences are projected.

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WITH LOVE FROM TIFFANY AMBER: I think Folake Folarin-Coker might have found herself a muse in Funke Fowler. Sometimes with designer and personality partnerships you fail to see the connection; but I am having no problems understanding the Funke Fowler and Tiffany Amber relationship; what I see here is reliable DNA.  Funke might as well be the Tiffiany Amber woman; her love for floral prints, volume,  flow and softness shaded in the mighty umbrella of exuding femininity in a powerful yet subtle way.

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In Tiffany Amber

In Tiffany Amber

In Tiffany Amber

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In Tiffany Amber; Necklace by Kenneth Jay Lane

BOLD ACCESSORIES: Funke once said; “You can make  an outfit look like it costs a million dollars with the accessories”; Now here’s  proof for all those who weren’t convinced! Her accessories are a focal point in her looks; from chunky necklaces to dramatic layered pearls…. she definitely is a fan of beautiful things! She loves to play dress up; with her less may not always be more but she never goes over-board; It always stays properly balanced and in unison with the rest of the look!

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In FRENZII Asymmetric Dress

In FRENZII Asymmetric Dress

Funke loves colour and floor length dress and the combination of both is style perfection. Going with the usual themes reflected in her personal style this look is a great depiction of her style. Radiant as always she compliments this magenta dress with a statement necklace. Studs and simple black accessories keep the look in balance!

Channel this look with less than $100

The Maxi dress:

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This maxi dress is quite different from Funke’s. It’s sans the asymmetric sleeves and its a bright bubble gum pink. it maintains the length and has an interesting  front detail like Funke’s. I like this dress because it can easily be dressed up or down depending on how you choose to style it.

Purchase here for $44.44

The Beaded Necklace:


A bold piece of jewellery like this one will always come in handy, an appropriate compliment to this look for an event and it will be for others!  Pieces like this should be kept far away from a day look if a maxi dress in concerned. I really like this piece and for its price it is definitely a steal!

Purchase here for $10

The Clutch:


This look by Funke Fowler is completed with a simple black clutch; every girls must have! It can transcend for day and night! I love the crackle finish on this one.  It’s a great way to add texture to a look!

Purchase here for $19. 92

Become a fan of the Leila Fowler store on facebook HERE:

Photo credits: Bella Naija, 234Next, Ono Bello Blog, iRunLagos


  1. yori yori

    April 1, 2010 at 5:04 am

    love her style!


    April 1, 2010 at 5:05 am

    its about time!! I’ve been following this lady’s fashion and “MY!” she is amazing.
    she is always one of my red carpets favorites.
    and she is GORGEOUS as well!

  3. fokasibe

    April 1, 2010 at 6:48 am

    She is indeed a rare beauty!! Her dress sense is on point….

  4. Ndy

    April 1, 2010 at 7:18 am

    It is one thing to have style and another to know what works for you and she has both.

  5. KK

    April 1, 2010 at 10:14 am

    i am very selective when it comes to style on this site and i am not a fan of ‘less than big’ women but this woman is a complete knock out and a quintessential queen of style.One of the best i have seen on this style.

  6. abi gidi

    April 1, 2010 at 11:50 am

    I have always liked Miss Fowler’s style, its nice to see a catalogue of it here.

  7. bukky

    April 1, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    she is a real fashionista and very pretty too..i want to steal all her clothes and necklaces…wetin!!
    i just wish we’d see a variety of people here, it seems like its always the same faces.

  8. Yetty

    April 1, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    She is Uber Fabulous. Truly a Fashionista.

  9. tezy

    April 1, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    it is about time for them to do a spotlight on her.. i love her style and the way she accessorizes her outfit..

  10. Lola

    April 1, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    The top in the first picture is by Deola Sagoe. She definitely has great fashion sense.

  11. sweetie

    April 1, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Hot babe!!!! and a lovely sense of style

  12. bubbles

    April 1, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    she is pretty and her dress style works!

  13. chika

    April 2, 2010 at 12:04 am

    She is a fashionista…Bella, where can we buy some of tiffany cloths?

  14. girl

    April 2, 2010 at 4:51 am

    I am not suprised to see her here. Love all her statement jewlry a true classy yet stylish girl. Go Funke

  15. Adowa

    April 2, 2010 at 5:34 am

    She is simply beautiful and tasteful. I love her outfits, accessories and not forgetting her figure. Very nice belle.

  16. Sara

    April 2, 2010 at 6:49 am

    ‘oriental beauty’? Is she part chinese or something?

  17. Mams

    April 2, 2010 at 10:01 am

    I like her style….she knows what works on her…….and finally i meet sum1 who beats my collection of maxi dresses!!! she is on point – class and femininity personified!!

  18. Ulo

    April 2, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Totally agree! Her sense of simple style is closer to my own because I like mix and match and solids more than prints. I appreciate all styles, but like to see one closer to my own that is still cultural. Good job Bella and Funke.

  19. Beauty

    April 2, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    I like her style too.

  20. Tee

    April 2, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    wow i love her dress sense – simple, age appropriate, interesting and understated glamour – you cant buy style its innate

  21. silva

    April 2, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    she’s really a beautiful woman…i really love that last picture of her…


    April 3, 2010 at 5:44 am

    GOSH!!! this lady is so beautiful!!! from head to toe!
    if i could look like anyone else other than myself, i think i’d choose funke.
    she is beautiful, got style, class, everything! 🙂

  23. Dorah

    April 3, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Yes, she is lovely and dresses very, very well!

  24. Jane

    April 4, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    I admire her confidence in keeping her style simple yet intriguing. I lovewhen style is simple but not safe. She stays true to herself and you can see it. I thought I was going to be bored but surprisingly I wasn’t.

    I wonder how she pulls off such simplicity in Nigeria where a good number of people like to be loud in their dressing. Ahh.
    Love her style. Would love to see her experminent with other looks too. She is very gorgeous too.

  25. MOLA OG

    April 5, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Funke! Well deserved spotlight… More success to come

  26. Molly

    April 24, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    She rocked every look…a true fashionista!

  27. haa

    August 30, 2010 at 1:27 am

    shes nigerian, she gt her looks 4rm her mum….her mum is hot as well&classy….i went 2 her grandma secondary skl…vivian fowler&i think dats ow dey all her, in her family…very elegant and chic….her grandma&hr aunt tried teaching us then, ow 2 be a quintessential ladies

  28. fatima midani

    January 13, 2012 at 2:28 am

    oh my gosh i love this website,. i copied two of your necklaces and outfits
    i finally just found your kenneth jay lane necklace at and i found a vintage and coral bracelet similar to yours but vintage on
    thank youfor your style inspiration

  29. olu

    March 19, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    i love her!!!! One of my favourite girls……….

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