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ARISE Made in Africa – Spring 2012: Jewel by Lisa presents “Vintage Love”



Photography by J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere depicting Nigerian life specifically the stylish and vibrant swinging ’60s in Nigeria inspired designer Lisa Folawiyo and her team to create “Vintage Love“, the Spring 2012 Jewel by Lisa collection presented at the ARISE Made in Africa Collective Show in New York.

The intro to the collection featured the various snapshots, a throwback to a time when Nigeria was a young nation discovering its identity after the end of the colonialist era. The collection began with Austrian Lace layered with ankara, we were also introduced to the re-imagined Fila. Last season, everyone was tumbling over the turbans, will the fila catch on for Spring 2012? JBL certainly presented a compelling case for that as this accessory accentuated various looks in the collection including shorts and dresses.

The watercolour print silk dresses presented in this collection are certainly set to be a runaway commercial success. These pieces were deliciously lady-like yet young and fresh. The show ended with JBL’s staple, wax print/ankara presented as separates and dresses. The menswear inspiration shone through here, photos might not depict the shimmer and texture of these pieces but as we watched the show live, we saw the embellishments shimmer seductively in the light as the models moved.

This collection saw Jewel by Lisa continue their transition from a fashion label to a fashion brand. Their accessories including the fila and the large embellished clutch bags then the inclusion of a body suit (Perhaps, a preview of JBL swimwear) made a splash. Prior to the show, the JBL buzz was at an all-time high, after the show, it is clear that this buzz is well deserved.

Photos by Mark Von Holden/Getty Images North America

The Designer, Lisa Folawiyo


  1. Fat Babe

    September 17, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Am the first. Yeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  2. Lady G

    September 17, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Today is a fashion day. Naija, keep it on.

  3. Ginika

    September 17, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Beaurriful.. They all did us proud

  4. Demmy

    September 17, 2011 at 11:18 am

    nice collection

  5. DG

    September 17, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Wow… I LOVE this collection, the prints are to die for.

  6. Duob apparel

    September 17, 2011 at 11:43 am

    I love, I love, I love!. Really impressed. Beautiful

  7. cathy

    September 17, 2011 at 11:54 am

    proud of her. love her designs even if one or two looks a bit boring but all in all her stuffs looks fab and gorgeous.

  8. jeannette

    September 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    the print that Lisa is wearing is lovely, but a tad boring this collection. the vava voom normally associated with JBL is just not there. There wee just 4 pieces that did the trick and no, the fila is certainly not as attractive as the turban and won’t be adorning our heads. Lisa should have worn one if to give it her stamp of approval, lol

  9. Miriam

    September 17, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Good combo I must say,impressive

  10. mimi

    September 17, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    j’adore dis collection really nice…weldone africa weldon naija..proud south-gerian i am

  11. IRENE

    September 17, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Am not a fan of “designers” but i must confess I LOVE ALL D DESIGNS BY THIS LADY”..kip it op,its all so wearable, d colours are just rite and every style is a show stopper.

  12. mizz

    September 17, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    awww was soooo looking forward to something extra extra special from JBL this season..oh well beautiful fabrics though.

  13. chiamaka

    September 17, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    je l’aime …..

  14. aibii

    September 17, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Beautiful designs…..

  15. zeenie

    September 17, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    really lovely designs…

  16. ajibuwa

    September 17, 2011 at 3:22 pm


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  18. Priscy

    September 17, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Extreme nice

  19. missb

    September 17, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Jeannette took the words right out of my mouth, some of the prints were brilliant but some were just all over the place, overall an okay collection

  20. shay shay

    September 17, 2011 at 8:13 pm


  21. Fashionbrief

    September 17, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Nice .

    Also follow us on twitter @fashionbrief.

  22. FPR

    September 17, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    like the collection themes VINTAGE dont expect over the top designs and cuts…its ol centred around understated glam and she got it on point….love it


    September 17, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Neat is the word. Thumps JBL. U doing us proud.

  24. Tiki

    September 17, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    nice, very consistent theme all through, and delectable prints!

  25. dupe s

    September 18, 2011 at 2:07 am

    a lot of hype before the event and such an anticlimax. Just the last few outfits cut it. Nothing exciting. rather disappointed! Serz, what was she thinking trying to make d male yoruba cap a fashion statement. stick with embellishing i say.

    • Low

      September 18, 2011 at 5:59 pm

      Have to agree with you on this. It was definitely overhyped, which made me expect far too much than it delivered. A strong collection, but not enough.

  26. Zen

    September 18, 2011 at 2:45 am

    I love love love love love love her collections go gurl

  27. dorothy

    September 18, 2011 at 6:32 am

    Lisa always does it for me and boy she did it again…..i lovee dis collection

  28. gabby

    September 18, 2011 at 9:17 am

    the prints again this season are amazing!!!! They are designed by the talented Banke Kuku!!

  29. Nadine Ortiz

    September 18, 2011 at 9:24 am

    This collection is fabulous and fantastic! Indeed, a perfect expression of vintage love! Kudos!!! Made from Africa products are really amazing, may it be clothes or even African Bags. I just love them!

  30. Africa Bags

    September 18, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I am impressed with this collection. I personally love the color and the vintage style made with modern touch. I think clothes made in Africa are really beautiful just like Africa Bags which has great colors and styles too.

  31. Titi

    September 18, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    The point is, Lisa has really set herself apart from the crowd and as far as I am concerned, she’s the only one at the moment who can have international appeal!

  32. lari

    September 18, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Have to agree that this “collection”, doesn’t reflect JBL truly. Perhaps the throwback to old naija glamour went awry somewhat.

    She tailors well though(if that’s a consideration) and her prints are always vibey and vibrant.

    Have 2 dresses (sadly) from some older collection and this is way understated, in terms of style for me.

    She’s one to keep an eye on though and confident she’s growing a strong brand. Good job Lisa.

  33. ibidapo

    September 18, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    I love jewel by lisa but I wasn’t so impressed wif dis collection. It didn’t woow me

  34. selina

    September 18, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    no. vintage? maybe the first few unattractive, rather unwearable pieces and then towards the end, she zips into the 21st century? I used to be a fan of JBL, she’s clearly looking for a signature look and she needs to do that outside of fashion shows. blinging ankara is not enough, then keep it simple and stop trying to do quirky. Take a lef from VB who you clearly look up to and do clean lines. You are trying to hard JBL, not in a good way love

  35. Sam

    September 18, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Faboulous!! Like the positive buzz she helps throwing on Nigeria. Surely makes it easier to deliver the story. Also no doubt the designer herself and her youthfulness sell the brand. Period!

  36. fairangel

    September 19, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Nice collection! I am proud of you Lisa.

  37. oluwafunmilayo malcolm

    September 19, 2011 at 10:17 pm


  38. tatafo

    September 20, 2011 at 3:36 am

    JBL toh bad! never fails to deliver.

  39. davina

    September 29, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    nice collection lovely bright prints…that fila would have made it if it was sloppily thrown back on the head likes those pretty boy hats tho..#just saying#

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