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ARISE Made in Africa – Spring 2012: Lanre DaSilva-Ajayi presents “Labour of Love”



Ok, let’s get this out of the way. Yes, designer Lanre DaSilva-Ajayi fell as she came to deliver her bow after her Spring 2012 collection, “Labour of Love” showed at the ARISE Made in Africa Spring 2012 Collective Show in New York. The moment was a major talking point, it only enhanced the buzz surrounding LDA’s collection.

Inspired by her recent tour of Tuscany, LDA delivered an eclectic collection which transitioned from colourful butterfly-esque dresses to lace separates in colour and then in black, white and grey and finally classic LDA, the dramatic soft-pink and white pieces with bold lace cutout detailing and structured appeal. Accessories also played a major part in this collection as most of the pieces were styled with colourful statement necklaces and/or the signature LDA applique bib detail. It was a triumphant Mercedes Benz Fashion Week debut for the label.

Photos by Mark Von Holden/Getty Images North America

The Designer, Lanre DaSilva-Ajayi


  1. Bimby

    September 17, 2011 at 9:06 am

    love love love the pieces..first again??

  2. dami

    September 17, 2011 at 9:09 am

    nice work!!! making us proud…

  3. Ginika

    September 17, 2011 at 9:35 am

    J’adore the pieces.

    Feel sorry for her that she fell, oh well Naomi fell too.

  4. Lady G

    September 17, 2011 at 10:08 am

    why did those two girls put on such attire that revealed their breast?

  5. jeannette

    September 17, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Lanre’s very talented. Her pieces are always so beautifully crafted and her collection makes you want it all. Nigeria’s got talent. woohoo!!!

  6. mimi

    September 17, 2011 at 12:09 pm wearable want emm

  7. cathy

    September 17, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    simply brilliant

  8. istidele

    September 17, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    dis girl must be very hard working, her pieces don’t look like something u can put together within a few hours.

  9. princess onyeukwu

    September 17, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Very very very very nice ,and waerable.

  10. Miriam

    September 17, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Wow!…beautiful lace separates,‎​L♥√ع the accessories..the best designer ‎​S̶̲̥̅Ơ̴̴̴̴̴̴͡ far

  11. Priscy

    September 17, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Extreme adorable!

  12. Nikky jay

    September 17, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Love you Lanre. Am so proud of you.

  13. Fashionbrief

    September 17, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Definitely one of my favourite collection.

    Also follow us on twitter @fashionbrief.

  14. konnie

    September 18, 2011 at 12:14 am

    The pictures don’t do this collection justice. I loved this the best….way to go girl

  15. dorothy

    September 18, 2011 at 6:23 am

    first and third are my fav…..loveeee dem

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  17. lari

    September 18, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    The best of all the collections I’ve seen. Fabrics, textures, all fab. Might be a bit too much going on in some though, but pretty much wearable together or as separates. Pleasantly suprised.

  18. ibidapo

    September 18, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    I absolutely luv her collection. Lanre da’ silver never disappoint. She used the net well since net is big this season. Her collection is wearable. Jus fantastic and sophisticated

  19. Sam

    September 18, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    OMG that dress on her!!!! looks like lots of work put onto all her pieces. love it!!!

  20. Toyin

    September 19, 2011 at 12:20 am

    This woman is talented.

  21. pelola

    September 19, 2011 at 4:18 am

    must she follow oyibo designers and show the breasts of her models. Unnecessary display of nudity…as if she herself would wear that? Iranu ati oshi!

  22. Tyc

    September 19, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Fantastic collection!!

  23. Ola

    September 19, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Love love love this collection!

  24. Bolanle

    September 19, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Beautiful collections! She fell and she got back up with grace and still received her applause!!! Thats the way to do it! 😀

  25. Enwongo cleopas

    September 19, 2011 at 1:40 pm


  26. eyeballs

    September 20, 2011 at 2:16 am

    beautiful fabrics and designs. big ups 4 dat but pls wats d essence of the exposed boobs?

  27. Deiz

    September 20, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    lovely collection…..but then, does she expect people to go about with exposed boobs?????

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