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A peek into the “Gallery of Poems” – Collection by Lanre DaSilva-Ajayi for Vlisco



With the forthcoming ARISE Magazine Fashion Week which “lands” in Lagos in March 2011, every designer is bringing their A-Game.

According to our sources, Lanre DaSilva-Ajayi is one of the designers that will be showing at the ARISE event. In 2010, LDA collaborated with international real dutch wax fabric manufacturer, Vlisco on several occasions starting with the American International School Abuja Charity Fashion Show and then for the FAB Night Out Event which took place in Lagos.

For the FAB event, LDA used fabric from Vlisco’s Gallery of Poems collection as her palette.
In 2011, Lanre intends to reinforce and truly capture the essence of “The LDA Woman” in all her work. According to the designer, “LDA’s woman is the personification of sophistication, femininity, brilliance and boldness, which are the inspiration for each of her collections…Couture, colour and boldness with an edgy twist are the signature of my designs”.

The simplicity of this mini-collection is definitely striking – love the use of simple, clean lines complements the fabric rather than competing with it. Thumbs up.

Photos: Lanre DaSilva-Ajayi Couture
Coordination & Styling: Ono Bello


  1. duvy

    February 9, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Wow… I like I like
    Oh My Im first to commment!!!!!!!!

  2. Miss ATL

    February 9, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Pretty. Simple. Wearable.

    Noice *that’s me being bri-ish again, innit*

    • chioma

      February 9, 2011 at 11:58 pm

      You are a funny babe…”innit?:)”

    • Ready

      February 10, 2011 at 1:42 am

      Lol…we like simple beautiful designs, so we’re stylish babes, yeh?

  3. allen

    February 9, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Probably my favorite Nigerian designer.

  4. Yemzi

    February 9, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    This is the first time I’ve come across LDA, lots of potential but not the most flattering shapes for the body or a couture line. I’m sure they get better every season, I’ll be following their progress.

  5. asa

    February 9, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Love the dress, stunning,chic and wearable.

  6. Miss J

    February 9, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Loving that necklace, its HOT

  7. syberia

    February 9, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Do not like the pictures. who took them. the person is a musa musa knock off.

  8. Eyan

    February 9, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I’m not a huge fan of LDA but the comment about this line not being flattering is a nonsense. If you look like a hypo maybe, but some if these cuts will suit many body shapes. Well done on a good collection.

  9. Anya

    February 9, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    WOW WOW – this is design at it’s finest! I love the mix of the native fabric and lace in the 2nd picture – absolutely beautiful! That’s a gorgeous neck-piece in the 6th photo. And the next showcase of velvet and the native fabric is ingenious, I mean – talk about accenting what’s already beautiful!

    • Jayla

      February 9, 2011 at 5:13 pm

      totally agree

  10. ANJAY

    February 9, 2011 at 4:54 pm


  11. Name (required)

    February 9, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Um, no thanks

  12. CHickalaka

    February 9, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Why does the model look like she smelt poo in most pictures or like someone is fighting with her?? Tyra would not be happy…lol Anyway I like the 1st design for its simplicity and second for creativity with the mix of lace…very LDA but interestingly beautiful.

  13. Hope

    February 9, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Very wearable….nice collection

  14. Doll

    February 9, 2011 at 6:28 pm


  15. D.O.T.M.H.

    February 9, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Nah… I’ll pass

  16. Photo Chic

    February 9, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    I like the clothes but the photography didnt work for me. Coming from moussa moussa, we expect better. The post production just didnt hit it.

  17. Kilonsparkles

    February 10, 2011 at 12:05 am

    I don’t like it. I feel like Lanre Da-Silva’s aesthetic doesn’t appeal to Vlisco’s style. Plus it’s styled poorly and the photography isn’t exciting.

  18. Passerby

    February 10, 2011 at 12:50 am

    Moussa Moussa needs to realise that he no longer has a monopoly in fashion photography in Nige.. Step your game up buddy

    LDA can do no wrong <3

  19. valentyn blacksmith

    February 10, 2011 at 1:27 am

    im lovin up with this cos its different from every other LDA pieces iv seen. the necklace is uber fab

  20. butterfly

    February 10, 2011 at 8:43 am


  21. Os.

    February 10, 2011 at 8:57 am

    yummy. i want a few of these gowns. NOW.

  22. sexy

    February 10, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Hmm…Good fabrics..hmmmm… pretty lady. i dont like the styles,my local taylor can do beter.
    she stood like a retired police officer.

  23. niyoo

    February 10, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Nice collection. some of the clothes make the model’s waist look big.

  24. JO

    February 10, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    The model is stunning. Absolutely STUNNING!!!

  25. Luvlyn

    February 10, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Vlisco is so good at fabric design but wen it comes 2 clothes design?? LDA sent it 2 da grave. The clothes r not taillor-fitted 2 d model and designs r 2 SAFE .Its a NO NO. With those beautiful fabrics I was expecting 2 b wooowzzzd but its a zzzzzzz. Wud hav been beta if der wr a few simple-wearables and den some extravagant over-top designs with mixed bold fabrics. Mmmm

  26. bobbydox

    February 10, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    looking big yeah! sort of but Nigerian designers should be more edgy when presenting their collection that even sells the dress more than the model

  27. Tiki

    February 10, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Surprisingly enough, LDA falls far short of my expectations this time…i Wouldn’t want my epitaph anywhere near these outfits!
    …well, except the choker…

  28. changing faces

    February 10, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Is that all you’d be buying today maam? yep, just the neck piece… thanks!

  29. nana

    February 11, 2011 at 8:08 am

    I think the whole collection was well put together since her signature is english glam I think she did a good job reliving that we all know that traditional english fashion is extremely boring so wats all these negative comments na?

  30. shay shay

    February 11, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I like her. her designs are however too predictable!

  31. marvel

    February 11, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    LDA is a fab designer. She wore a banging grey dress at the recent Polo Rolex repair centre launch. She should free Vlisco for now and stick to her exquisite fabrics.

  32. kanowrie

    February 11, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    I love that her designs are a little eccentric.
    check out my blog

  33. me oh jare

    February 12, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    it takes absolute talent, patience and Gods favor to come up with designs as great as these . . .qualities you negative,impossible to please persons lack! i think the dresses are fab! weldone lanre and all who contributed to this venture. weldone! and pls ignore the sorry losers!

  34. Luvlyn

    February 16, 2011 at 3:31 am

    U r at ur best wif criticisms. Every criticsm shud b taken seriously, even D & G make mistakes so LDA plss ignore d ppl dat r saying how wonderful des particular designs r cos honey dey r not all dat gr8t.

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