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2012 Arise Magazine Fashion Week: Lanre DaSilva-Ajayi presents The Oriental Classics



Renowned Nigerian designer Lanre DaSilva-Ajayi did not fail to impress at this year’s Arise Magazine Fashion Week. Her “Oriental Classics”collection included elegant head- turning pieces that graced the runway.

Here is the official description of the collection.
This collection is an eclectic mix of creations that consists of the perfect red carpet collection. LDA has ticked the glam box with aplomb and is showcasing ethereal and glamorous pieces in colours such as green, black, grey, gold and red all gliding down the catwalk in a mixture of the brand’s signature old vintage style, pieces that have been carefully handmade to suit the mood; crystal-embellished hems dripped, tops and dresses made out of pure Oriental silks and silk brocade.

Jackets, skirt and trousers made out of the brand’s love for lace and here are also hints of the 1920s flapper style in dresses and skirts, a reminiscence of Chanel’s early days shown in richly this textured collection that have been exquisitely adapted to suit today’s upwardly mobile African woman that yearns for timeless pieces she can wear for decades hence pieces vary in lengths from short and midi to long. The level of imagination and intricacy between pieces vary, creating a clear pecking order of the masterpieces shown here that is every inch worth the price tag.

For this collection the designer believes “more is more” and has pieces for every woman; young and old. There’s no doubt that it is for a confident fashion forward woman that appreciates true creativity and beauty.

Photo Credit: Kola Oshalusi for Insigna


  1. Onyx

    March 10, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Love what Oluchi’s wearing. LDA, I love it all.

  2. dimma

    March 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    LDA makes the most beautiful things! she never ceases to amaze me. nice collection.

  3. Kniphe

    March 10, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    beautiful collection

  4. danjkad

    March 10, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    i love these collections. they are very beautiful.

  5. *ajalahtravel*

    March 10, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    She’s quite tamed. I really loved how she wasn’t afraid of taking risks. Beautiful nonetheless.

  6. KingsQueen

    March 10, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Exceptional… thats all i can say

  7. sasha

    March 10, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Wow! Really lovely collection

  8. AK

    March 10, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    truly classic

  9. CH

    March 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    very impressive, like them all.

  10. glamprincess

    March 10, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I love love her collection..its soo beautiful

  11. fy

    March 10, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Nw ds z a collection!yu can see d designer put in efforts to make ds so unique,beauriful,chic and feminine…

  12. ojaybaby

    March 10, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    LDA=wearable art!

  13. dorothy

    March 10, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    one word……beautiful

  14. mimi

    March 10, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    as usual….LDA remains the queen of african womenswear…this collection is super stunning!she has a way if mixing victorian and african influences to come up with something beautiful!those prints are lovely!i want to steal oluchi’s outfit!

  15. Doubie

    March 10, 2012 at 5:12 pm


  16. faith

    March 10, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    beautiful! best av seen so far!

  17. Me2me

    March 10, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    She had the best models. Oby u rocked the runway

  18. Berry Choco-Latte

    March 10, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Very nice!

  19. Miriam

    March 10, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I love d green lacy jacket,beautiful pieces

  20. Dee-USA

    March 10, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    She makes great clothes, but I just feel like she needs to ramp it up a notch. She’s been around for a while now, I just feel like she could do more. Only in the most complimentary way. My worst look was the one Eku is wearing. Not a fan of it aaaaaat all.

  21. fabulous_guy

    March 10, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    LDA is always divine! I am a fan of vintage glamour and she nailed it as always. Googting she dint fall off the catwalk…….again

  22. BeautyFULL

    March 10, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    I love everything!How do I get M̶̲̅ε̲̣̣̣̥ her figure?wow!

  23. tezy

    March 10, 2012 at 7:25 pm


  24. Lady Jaye

    March 10, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    I actually like this collection by LDa. Beautiful wearable pieces.

  25. Joy

    March 10, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Lanre Da Silva has definitely improved over the years, i remember I never really liked her pieces when she first started, but once arise fashion week came in, i think It gave her a boost! and now she is doing awesome! Very high couture pieces ! I am definitely featuring her on my blog!

  26. Linda

    March 10, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    gud job..very inspiring

  27. Truth be told

    March 10, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    rily nice. i think this is best i’ve seen so far….again 🙂

  28. Bazinga!

    March 10, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Her fabric is everything. Very nice.

  29. Juwon

    March 10, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    When i clicked on LDA, i was already thinking, ol’ boring outfits, the usual babypink and lime greeen laces we normally see. But boy was i completely WRONG! These pieces, are extremely beautiful, different and very chic.Love them.LDA did a fantastic job!!!

  30. ggg

    March 10, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Not blown away

  31. bukioni

    March 10, 2012 at 11:09 pm

  32. sam

    March 11, 2012 at 12:49 am

    always very elegant!

  33. Miss T

    March 11, 2012 at 1:03 am

  34. konnie

    March 11, 2012 at 2:33 am

    nice, lovely

  35. Tikka Masala

    March 11, 2012 at 5:40 am


  36. kikky

    March 11, 2012 at 10:07 am

    well… i preferred the LDA lacey side of life. dunno about the prints tho! some were… not exactly IT… but she hot… extreme creativity

  37. Turayo

    March 11, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Lovely pieces but the name “Oriental” is derogatory.

  38. Eggy*Posh

    March 12, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Even though I dislike some of d pieces (cnt like everything all d time!) dis is wat a good runway collection should look like…

  39. fokasibe

    March 12, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I like, I like, I like

  40. pynk

    March 12, 2012 at 3:42 pm


  41. SEC

    March 12, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    this woman has too much talent

  42. ms pretty

    March 13, 2012 at 7:59 am

    i think they all used d same models, just that some designs sit well on d models more than others – LDA our own u rock!

  43. Madun

    March 14, 2012 at 5:06 am

    Not memorable

  44. clairebaby

    March 14, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    LDA never fails to disappoint!!!! I think she’s one of d best and most creative designers in naija! Keep it up girl

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