Pick Your Fave

For over 5 years, African acclaimed fashion designer Lanre DaSilva-Ajayi has been thrilling  fashion fans with her Victorian and Edwardian era influenced pieces.

Now the award-winning designer “battles” it out with Nigeria’s music diva Tiwa Savage for this edition of BN Pick Your Fave. The piece in focus is a lace jacket with side peplum details from LDA’s “Labour of Love” collection which debuted at the ARISE Made in Africa – Spring 2012 show in New York. The lace jacket also popped up in LDA’s special lookbook for Vlisco’s Delicate Shades collection.

Both ladies looked fab but you’ve got to Pick Your Fave!

Lanre Da Silva-Ajayi gave the lace jacket its red carpet debut at the 2011 Miss Nigeria finale show held at Eko Hotel & Suites on Friday 18th  November 2011. Simplicity was the order of the day as Lanre accessorised her outfit with diamond drop earrings paired with a ruby and emerald bracelet. She brought in more ankara elements with a Vlisco clutch and completed her look with her elegant updo and signature ruby lipstick.

So who dares go head to head with the designer?  Well on Thursday 29th December 2011, Love Me, Love Me, Love songstress Tiwa Savage did at the just held Trace Hush Party. Tiwa chose to wear this outfit in a different way by getting rid of the Ankara skirt and replacing it with a black trousers. Tiwa gave her outfit an almost “business casual” look with simple accessories and shoulder length wavy locks.

Photo Credits: Kola Oshalusi | Moussa Moussa | Getty Images

72 Comments on Pick Your Fave
  • hauwa b. January 27, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    ummm, are u kidding? neither rocked it. but if i had to choose, i’d go with tiwa cos the skirt is too much print for that beautiful jacket.

    • Turayo January 28, 2012 at 1:44 am

      Thank you!! I was going to go for the model sef. As per Tiwa, there is too much black. Her hair is black, the lace is black, the pants are black. I needed some color: hair pulled back showing her neck or red lips. As per Lanre, the skirt and the clutch overwhelmed everything.

    • Nneka February 8, 2012 at 4:01 am


  • asas January 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Tiwa savage sure takes d cake here

  • CaRaMeL sExY nOnI January 27, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Tiwa Savage wore it better!

  • mrs G January 27, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    tiwa rocked it better,the jacket & skirt doesn’t tally

  • Ester January 27, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    very good designing, i love the dresses

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  • ogabo christiana January 27, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Any day any time,tiwa s my girl.she has supa hot body,almst complet.she rock almst evrythin she wore.fine figure,hot leg,creamy shiny skin,nd of course fine face face to go wit,wit an aluring voice.wat more does a woman need.Rock d world girl,it rarely seen

  • Sisi London January 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Bella next time put a third option for “None” as the top is UGLYYYYY…

    • dammybaby January 27, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      true that Sisi London. We definitely need the none option for this one.

    • cleo February 1, 2012 at 10:41 am

      Thank you…and dosent look like it it well sewn…check the price now it would be ridiculous….

  • Missy K January 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Tiwa wore it better

  • Abimbola .A January 27, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    LDA is my Favourite. She’s not afraid to wear another non matching print with the top. LDA likes to wear vintage styles. For Tiwa she palyed safe, but the outfit rather looks too back on her. The black pants is not doing her any good. Maybe if she wore it with
    a brighter colour it might look nice. Cudos to both Laides! They sure did a wonderful job.

  • Abimbola .A January 27, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    LDA is my Favourite. She’s not afraid to wear another non matching print with the top. LDA likes to wear vintage styles. For Tiwa she palyed safe, but the outfit rather looks too dark on her. The black pants is not doing her any good. Maybe if she wore it with
    a brighter colour it might look nice. Cudos to both Laides! They sure did a wonderful job.

  • AlittleHumor January 27, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    @Sisi London: they didnt ask if the top was fine or not…question is as ugly as it is, who wore it better??? Ehen!
    So I think Tiwa did well and thats really sad considering that the second person actually designed it

    • UgoBabeeeeee January 27, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      ABI!!!! THE question is whether the top is fin eor not…..

  • nok10 January 27, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    @ Sisi London, I totally agree – ugly top. Whats all the hype about?

  • Nike January 27, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    The whole idea is for the jacket not to match the skirt!!!! LDA wore it with panache!!!

  • Temiloluwa January 27, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Tiwa…but maybe I’m not so fashion forward sha cause clearly what LDA wore seems to be the real plan. I just think its too much going on…


  • faith January 27, 2012 at 2:39 pm


  • oge January 27, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    tiwa all d way!!!!

  • Makioba January 27, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    tiwa rocked it better….

  • funmi January 27, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    I think Tiwa wore it better

  • Chi-ka January 27, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    I think LDA knew exactly what she was doing o. For those that said the skirt and blouse don’t match, look closely at the two sides of the top with the little cream-colored fabric (me i don’t know how to describe designs lol). U will notice the part underneath the cream fabric is the same design as the skirt that LDA wore. 🙂 Had to look hard for that one lol

    • Thrifty January 27, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      Na true talk OO. U get sharp eyes. I like LDA. I do not like too matchy stuff , I wuld rather go for the unintented to creat the Waoh! factor.

  • Beebee January 27, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Tiwa all the way dolls..*wink wink*

  • Redcarpetgoat January 27, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Tiwa played safe, but LDS was daring so she nailed it!…u can take a closer look

  • poisonivy January 27, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    tiwa mos def

  • ify January 27, 2012 at 4:19 pm


  • ashi January 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I think Tiwa sawage wore it better, Lanre DaSilva-Ajayi looks good as well but I like the simplicity of tiwas

  • eloho January 27, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Lanre’s skirt has too much going, Tiwa’s is better but truly, i think the pink version on the model looks so much better!

  • Usifo January 27, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    @chi-ka U re correct,I just saw that observation,thaz true LDA wore the skirt cos the jacket had a little torch of the Vlisco fabric,Anyway as for me LDA rocks it more and sent other ladies on assignment,cos she wasn’t scared of matching the jacket on an ankara skirt and I think thaz what fashion is all abt,Tiwa made the jacket casual and couldn’t hav been noticed,

  • UsaveOne January 27, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Jeeeezzz i will pick Tiwa any day! plz its urgent at http://usaveone.blogspot.com/

  • chinny January 27, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Tiwa definitely!
    I do agree that the top is supposed to be worn with a mis-matched skirt, however in LDA’s case- the skirt’s fit is off. It seems a bit too big for her and with the slightly flared up- she seems to be swiming in the outfit.

  • brenda January 27, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Tiwa wore it best ,she did justice to the dress.you rock gurl.that jacket is just so boring with dat skirt

  • Cesca January 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    The top is so busy that the skirt clashes with it. I wish Tiwa wore a long black skirt with it instead. If based solely on coordination, Tiwa wore it better.

  • Hauwa Dauda January 27, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Lanre’s combo is too busy. I’ll go with Tiwa.

  • Lola January 27, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    The model wore the combination better

  • auntie January 27, 2012 at 7:34 pm


  • dessy January 27, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Not feeling it on both of them

  • Zola January 27, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    LDA wore it with pizzazz. Tiwa played safe. I probably would have worn it Tiwa’s way but would get trousers that fit. Look at the crotch!! Way too tight and that takes away all her points.

  • Tinu Ade January 27, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Love Tiwa’s outfit. LDA’s patterns in her combination kinda dont match

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  • Tessy O January 27, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    The design is horrible……. the color combo is not right

  • pendo January 27, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Tiwa Savage all the way!!!!! is it just me or does she sort of resemble Linda Ikeji

  • Iyosi January 27, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    The blouse is hideous, and neither rocked it any better

  • pelola January 27, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    none o

  • Dee-USA January 27, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    The jacket would’ve been just fine without that yellow/orange ‘don’t know what to call it’ thing on the side. Until Tiwa wore it, I didn’t even notice the extra ankara hanging even lower than the yellow/orange thing. That just killed the top. Lanre is a talented designer, but she failed on this one. For all y’all who think it works cos she paired the skirt with the same fabric, which everyone admits they barely noticed, that doesn’t make an outfit work. It’s OK, even great designers have bad moments.

    Undoubtedly, Tiwa rocked it better. Even worse than the top itself is the styling Lanre went with. That skirt? And I thought it was just her own doing. Maybe she had worn the skirt with a tank top and was cold, and just threw on the jacket. But alas, there’s a model rocking the same look. Epic fail! This should only be worn with anything beginning with a pencil. (skirt or pants)

    • Turayo January 28, 2012 at 1:48 am

      Correct!!! A pencil skirt would have rocked the jacket

  • ziggy January 27, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Ugly top!!!

  • Ngozi January 27, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    The top is ugly jare!! Sorry…… but I would go with Tiwa!

  • Mak Nisy CEO January 27, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    the jacket is cool biko… on both of the only that Tiwa matched hers better…..

  • madman January 28, 2012 at 1:51 am

    Tiwa’s new year resolution must be to dress better.

  • bukioni January 28, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Both ladies look lovely. I love the jacket, it’s awesome. It looks gorgeous paired with different coloured lace. More is definitely more.

  • Debbi January 28, 2012 at 2:29 am

    R u for real???what sort of nonsense combi has LDA on..and some say she knows what she”s doing o..is that an exellent sense of fabric combination??smmmmmmh TIWA rocked it with d black..a black pant or short skirt will do d top best.

  • papa ajasco January 28, 2012 at 2:57 am

    am so BORED with tiwa hands behind, legs crossed pose in pictures. on the plus side tho, she achieved her aim of trying to look like a 40 years old woman!!!! like get a sylist already hun and if u must take pics, learn to pose!!!!

  • eye January 28, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Bikonu, Tiwa wore it better ooooo! Wat was LDA thinking?…if some random chic wore dat combo now, d whole street wld go gaga*smh*

  • doll January 28, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Tiwa rocked it better jare,LDA had too much going on with d big skirt jor!!!

  • Yeni January 28, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Tisa definetly

  • Robin January 28, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Tacky top

  • no dignity January 28, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    LDA, hmmm! I jst dnt get it. Cos its Lanre, she’s lookin nice…..ohh puleazzzzze. The combo is horiible. Tiwa knew it dats y she went for a blk pant. Tiwa wore it beta jorrrr! U guys sha….

    • happy January 29, 2012 at 2:14 am

      i wonder oo. Tiwa wore it best. Besides, LDA sometimes dresses like shes not even a fashion designer. It beats my imagination.

  • deeb January 28, 2012 at 11:22 pm


  • Tosin January 29, 2012 at 8:27 am

    I went from Tiwa Savage hater to giving the girl some credit. Just wanted to say that. I still don’t love her music – it’s almost as junk as Beyonce’s.
    The jackets don’t look the same on both ladies sha. The designer wore it better – all of you who voted Tiwa don miss am.

  • debo January 30, 2012 at 11:36 am

    If i may say, the jacket would have been lovelier with the side sashes not looking so tatty like used hankies dangling by the side of the jacket. But as to the question, who wore it better, Tiwa, simply becos she was smart enuff to tone down the already to busy jacket.

  • babylawyer January 30, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Tiwa… the jacket is gorgeous, i saw tiwa wearing it on that day and believe me, this picture does her no justice at all. Fell in love with the jacket when I saw it on her. She looked very elegant in person, and definitely much better than in that picture, there is something about the picture that “squashes” Tiwa’s limbs

  • elohelahe January 31, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Tiwa all d way 4 me

  • Mena Oudha January 31, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Tiwa rocks…!!!!

  • toolz…no not that one… January 31, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    what a horrendous top. Ugh.

  • Berry February 7, 2012 at 10:49 am

    1. Tiwa wore it better. It should be worn with a neutral bottom. E.g. the pink/purple one with the grey skirt.

    2. I don’t like the top – for some reason it seems to add bulk to the wearer’s tummy. A peplum top/jacket should cinch the waist, not make it look bigger.

    3. The top looks better in the pink and purple.

    4. That is all.


  • ukamaka February 17, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    I love every design above

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