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‘The Labour of Love’- Funlayo Deri releases A/W 2011 Collection



Funmilayo Csilla Deri is a Nigerian born, London/Budapest based fashion designer who launched her eponymous label in March 2011. The brand- Funlayo Deri is out with their Autumn/Winter 2011 collection of luxury ready-to-wear women’s fashion.

The collection features bold yet softly stylish pieces was inspired by the designer’s desire to pay homage to women who work hard. With each one unique, the pieces celebrate individuality, but all have in common a fine cut, luxurious fabrics and painstaking workmanship.

The designer seeks to make clothes for women that they can love and love themselves in, clothes which exude elegance and imbue confidence. The Labour of Love collection features intricately draped, structured, asymmetric and fitted dresses and separates in exquisite silks, lace and leather that look divine and feel amazing on the body.

The Labour of Love collection features pieces in rich colours, textures and details like lace inserts. We get to see cocktail dresses, flow length dresses, a selection of jumpsuits and coats in widely varied styles. Although, I find a few pieces in this collection a little over done and would have preferred if  the styles were simplified, the majority of the pieces in this collection are very strong, the cut-out pieces are my absolute favourite and I admire the craftsmanship that went into making the coats and cape.

View The Labour of Love below:


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  1. Glee

    April 25, 2011 at 11:44 am



    April 25, 2011 at 12:10 pm


  3. tayo p

    April 25, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Ijeoma’s review was spot on (surprise surprise an actual review and not a descriptive essay! Bella Naija Fashion is growing!) Some pieces were overworked, and the simplest pieces were the strongest. That black jacket! BEAUTIFUL!

    • Ready

      April 25, 2011 at 2:12 pm

      Yup…the black jacket, and maybe the blue jumpsuit. Most of her pieces look stiff to me…like she was forcing the fabric to do what it wasn’t meant to do. That last dress? No. The third to the last dress? No…so forced.

  4. CHickalaka

    April 25, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Iz ok.. Nowadays everybody wants to identify with being NIgerian cos its big business..hiss


      April 25, 2011 at 1:44 pm

      tell me about it!

    • asanwam

      April 25, 2011 at 4:30 pm

      And what exactly is wrong about identifying as a nigerian designer,its not as if she came out with another ankara print collection, no offense but please criticize constructively.

  5. BC

    April 25, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    WoW! Love love love it.

  6. Afronubia

    April 25, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    J’adore!!! Outstanding!

  7. Bimby

    April 25, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Love love loove the outfits. Very wearable and stylish.

  8. Cynthia

    April 25, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I rarely comment on the fashion section but this is very nice. I really like this pieces. Good work!

  9. Lola

    April 25, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    i sooooooooo luv d gowns.

  10. Peperempe

    April 25, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I find the clothes and the modeling to be a bit catalogue-y; lacking a bit of polish IMO.

    • Blessed BreadLOL

      April 26, 2011 at 10:28 pm

      You’re spot on. And so is the styling. Poor. The clothes are too beautiful for mediocre presentation.

      Some of the stuff on there is stunning. Love!

  11. Tiki

    April 25, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Is it just me, or is there some evidence of really bad sewing here? as in, the purple satin panels on the last dress look like the seams aren’t straight, just ironed to death.
    That said, love the leather jacket, and the red dress.

  12. asanwam

    April 25, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    phoarrrrr the collection is absolutely stunning and sexy, is it just me or does the first model look a bit like Eva Longoria. Love love love it

  13. avid

    April 25, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Wow, this is really nice, and different. I guess with Naijas everywhere, we are contributing to this big, beautiful pool of fashion and design. Keep on going, Funlayo!

  14. Bios

    April 26, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    The clothes and the modeling to be a bit, beautiful outfit of fashion and design displayed.

  15. Miss Face

    April 26, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Ummm……….what’s new? Next please!

  16. Mary007

    April 26, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    I like

  17. Tyna

    April 27, 2011 at 9:40 am

    i luv d purple gown

  18. mii

    April 27, 2011 at 11:22 am

    naa..ill pass

  19. the chikoo

    April 27, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Goood job but u sure can do better.
    Dat said. I lik ur stlye u ar kinda unique.

  20. fowefowe

    April 27, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Well done girl……..

  21. Obi

    April 27, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Ok. Not every stylist will do the high fashion, out of this world thing we see (which quite frankly is beautiful in its own right). But these look simple and easy to wear. I like them.

  22. Shukulicious Shu-Shu

    April 28, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Now i gotta register just to say waaaaaaaaoooooooooo. Two thumbs up

  23. Yve

    May 6, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    The redd dress is off the hook! Lovely pieces

  24. lola debisi

    July 6, 2011 at 11:34 am

    i dont think the fabrics, style or design looks stiff. Good thing we dont have the usual cliche ankara thigie. very lovely colletion, simply classy. In love with the blue jumpsuit btw. 🙂

  25. lola debisi

    July 6, 2011 at 11:37 am

    the concept is just simply wearable, the collection and designs sorta reminds me of “ME”!!

  26. mach

    May 28, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    how can you still find smfin wrong with this?

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