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BN Online Exclusive: Genevieve Magazine presents the “Ultimate Fashion Swap” – Lisa Folawiyo in LDA & Lanre DaSilva-Ajayi in JBL



Two of Nigeria’s brightest design talents; They are both on top of their game right now. Lanre DaSilva-Ajayi‘s eponymous label LDA is one of the most sought after labels in the country with a devoted client base and consistent  stream of sold-out collections. Lisa Folawiyo‘s label Jewel By Lisa continues to gather major international momentum. With international celebrities including Kelis rocking their pieces.
The world of fashion is filled with high drama, competitiveness and in some cases, big egos. What happens when you ask two major designers to wear each other’s clothes for the cover shoot of a magazine? Well, we’ve just found out the answer.

For the October 2010 issue of Genevieve Magazine; Lanre is in JBL and Lisa is in LDA. The two ladies look stunning on the cover of the magazine as Lisa rocked a piece from LDA’s Summer 2010 collection while Lanre wore a signature embellished ankara JBL dress paired with a statement bib necklace from the label.

Inside the magazine, the two engage in a “faux battle”, once again dressed in pieces from each other’s labels. Then they moved on to their comfort zones and were photographed in pieces from their own lines.

According to our insiders at the shoot – As Lisa and Lanre swapped designs, you could see the excitement on their faces, even as they complimented each other’s designs. “Awwhhh…this is really beautiful,” Lisa exhaled, as she admired one of Lanre’s designs; a flowery lace dress mixed with purple satin. Lanre, on the other hand couldn’t hide her love and admiration for Lisa’s designs, especially the green and black lace dress embellished with stones and lined underneath with Ankara. They chatted, giggled like they were children playing grown up! You could also feel the genuine excitement as they emerged, this time in each other’s dresses, laughing with admiration for each other’s fabulous pieces.

We totally love the concept and the execution.

Check out our online exclusive from the spread below:

Lanre DaSilva-Ajayi dressed in Jewel by Lisa | Lisa Folawiyo dressed in LDA

Back in her zone: Lisa Folawiyo in a dress from the soon-to-be unveiled - JBL Spring/Summer 2011-12 Collection

Sitting Pretty: Lanre DaSilva-Ajayi in a layered pink, silver & torquoise dress from the new LDA limited edition collection

Photography: Oladipo Oladapo

In Other Genevieve Mag News,

Genevieve Magazine presents the “Invest in Your Lifestyle Promo”
Genevieve magazine is giving out a brand new Mercedes-Benz B150 to a lucky subscriber.
Subscribers also stand a chance of winning blackberry phones, DStvMOBILE phones and lots of other gifts every week for the duration of the promo.

How to participate:
Subscribe to 12 editions at N10,500 or N11,500 (for subscribers outside Lagos)
To subscribe please call 0700GENEVIEVE (0700436384383)


  1. Tee

    October 7, 2010 at 7:30 am

    What a brilliant idea for them to swap! I love it! On the cover: LDA looks fab in JBL…don’t think the LDA dress works on Lisa tho!
    That being said all the other pictures are great…Good to see the designers channelling their inner model…Lisa is WORKING it!

  2. bimpe

    October 7, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Thanks Bella Naija for sharing and great concept Genevive magazine LDA and JBL look fab,gorgeous and above all happy and comfortable in their skins and designs.Lovely photos Dipo.Love the playfulness in the shoot. Jbl looks like a cute spoilt brat and LDa saying,kilode?

  3. Ms. Jayee

    October 7, 2010 at 9:36 am

    O bless the make up artist who did wonders on LDA’s face! She looks “alive” and Lisa is just absolutely stunning! Both designers are totally fab, i love their designs. Good work Genevieve…good work BN!

  4. CC

    October 7, 2010 at 9:50 am

    I love this cover, every time yet another vendor plasters it on my car window, I smile, They look radiant. Glad to see LDA without that red shadow that makes her look exhausted! I kinda need info on those shoes Lisa is wearing

  5. maxyaxy

    October 7, 2010 at 10:34 am

    i totally agree with you “ms. jayee” about LDA’s make up. she looks alive. thats the word. i think she needs to change the foundation she uses regularly but that said, they both look terrific and i love the dresses. i’ve taken pics already. :-p

  6. tama

    October 7, 2010 at 11:06 am

    first time am seeing Lisa look very nice (make up)

  7. Hali

    October 7, 2010 at 11:31 am


  8. Ronnie

    October 7, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Gorgeous!Gorgeous!Gorgeous!….Imma go grab my copy as soon as it’s out!

  9. efed

    October 7, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    I say thank God to the make-up artist for Genevive cos LDA does look gorgeous. Lovely concept, although am not feeling the JBL dress LDA is wearing. Its not fitting at all making LDA look like a sack. Isnt that the dress Albani and other wore in the ‘who wore it better pix’. It could probably be the reason LDA is asking what’s up with this…

  10. Blossom

    October 7, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    ‘alive’ is just the word! I do not like her usual pale face makeup. This really suits her.

  11. fokasibe

    October 7, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    The last dress Lisa wore from her own collection? Fabulousity!

  12. Bukky

    October 7, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    loves this!Really nice concept and great [email protected] N10,000 for a year Genevieve subscription plan aint bad at all

  13. Disbabe

    October 7, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Totally Fab..

  14. sco-sco

    October 7, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Please how can those of us in the US subscribe?!!! I need my Geneieve magazines please! Bellanaija, please hooka sister up! Thanks

  15. Iphie

    October 7, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Can someone in Naija please help oh! I am a fanatic reader of Genevieve (although living outside Naija) and the last edition of the magazine I have is for August (which my husband only just bought me at the beginning of October). Now Bella Naija refers to the October edition. Was there no publication in September??????????

  16. agatha

    October 7, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Fierce!!great outfits

  17. Fiona philips

    October 7, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    i couldnt agree more with fokasibe, the JBL that lisa is wearing is beautiful,very simple but still accentuating her feminine curves.Beautiful, beautiful dress.So loving it!

  18. beautifull

    October 7, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  19. Tin tin

    October 7, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    I love both designers can absolutely rock their dresses anyday!

  20. Musings of Ewa

    October 7, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    the dress Lisa F. has on is just gorge, the cut is precise. this takes ankara to a wole new level (and i dont like ankara)

    LDA is glowing!

  21. gbeborun

    October 7, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    The concept is refreshing. love love love it.

  22. Tosin

    October 7, 2010 at 10:08 pm

  23. Davido

    October 7, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    I love both ladies! And totally lOve the concept!! Thanks BN, & Genevive!!!

  24. Ibo Omoge

    October 8, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Oh Lisa, Lisa, your dress is gorgeous! So fitting…but that your weave ehn? I need to smack the hair dresser for real! Didn’t he/she see the cornrow thing-y showing at the center parting on your head?
    I’ve never seen LDA looking this soft and feminine. The make-up artist should just give her a bag of the exact products used on her to take home…with instructions of course…and I don’t mean that in a spiteful way. I just can’t get over how amazing she looks.

  25. tope

    October 8, 2010 at 6:49 am

    Hmmm, JBL’s dresses seem very fun, casual and downright sexy while LDA’s dresses are more regal, and I guess a little formal, but i Love both designer’s pieces, and Genevieve is doing a great job. Thanks Bella!!!

  26. wunmi

    October 8, 2010 at 9:47 am

    very inspiring!!! this shows there can b healthy competition!! f

  27. jbk

    October 8, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Thank God 4 d makeup artist,Lanre looks better here compared 2 her precious pics from events.Lisa looks so gorgeous in her new ankara design!Nice cover concept Genevieve!!!

  28. Dammy

    October 8, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Gbosaa 4 u guyz great job i like d outfit

  29. miss PomPom

    October 8, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    I know its been said lots of times, but Thank God LDA has chilled on the red eye shadow. She really does look laive and simple, yet fabulous! Bravo!!!

  30. Proenza

    October 9, 2010 at 7:29 am

    JBL fab! LDA drab!

  31. Sarah Brown

    October 9, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    LDA wows us again!!! She brings it time and time again. Her clothes are absolutely outstanding and distinguished! She looks the epitome of glamour in her pink timeless classic. Keep up the excellent work LDA.

  32. kokoletnumberone

    October 9, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    lisa was better dressed than lanre….so this has shown the better designer is – LDA 🙂

  33. fena

    October 10, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Tot I was only one who notices dt despite lanre’s creativity she is a mess with makeup

  34. Gino

    October 10, 2010 at 10:22 pm

  35. aproko1

    October 11, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Lanre Da Silva looks twenty years younger! The make up artiste sure did wonders!!

  36. doll

    October 11, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    i like

  37. ruth

    October 12, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Beatifull designs, beatifull concept .

  38. BRUCE

    October 13, 2010 at 4:38 am

    Thank God 4 d make-up artist. The dresses seems very fun.

  39. omo-yankee

    October 13, 2010 at 7:01 pm


  40. amber rose

    November 9, 2010 at 1:49 am

    lanre, pls fling dat ur terrible red eyeshadow. no1 i know wears red. u always look drained wearing it. on this magazine shoot, u gotta thank d gods of airbrushng. lisa looks girly, always. nice. BUT D LDA DRESS SHE WORE ON THE INSIDE COVER OF THE MAGAZINE HAD A HOLE UNDER THE ARM AND SHE HAD HER ARMS AKIMBO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!GASP! SHUDDER! didnt anyone see it b4 d mag went to print?

  41. ak

    November 9, 2010 at 11:48 pm


  42. Chi

    November 23, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    My beautiful friend Lanre looks amazing.Love the makeup and hair. Lisa Idowu looks great as well.Welldone girls…

  43. jay

    April 23, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    EMERGENCY…pls some1 should send mi a copy of dis edition be4 i go gaga……….

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