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BN Pick Your Fave: Tiwa Savage & Solange Knowles in Esteban Cortazar



Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, grab a bowl of popcorn – or cabin biscuit – and a soda, because it’s time for another fashion face-off here on BellaNaija, just before we say Happy New Year.

The lady in white, is a common term we use for brides walking down the aisle but recently, the colour has become a favourite dress choice for both Nigerian and international celebrities at red carpet events and social gatherings.

Stars like Agbani Darego at the Elite Model Look 2012 Finale in Bridget Awosika, Gwyneth Paltrow at the 2012 Academy Awards in Tom Ford and Rihanna at the 2011 Grammy Awards in Jeal Paul Gautier are everyday proof that the pristine colour is a right dress choice.

Today, we have two BellaNaija Pick Your Fave regulars, rocking the famous colour. It’s a face-off between Nigerian songstress, Tiwa Savage and American recording artiste/DJ, Solange Knowles in an edgy cut-out satin and chiffon bustier dress from Parisian based designer, Esteban Cortazar‘s Resort 2013 collection.

Solange Knowles

Her latest song is titled Losing You but Solange is definitely not losing us in this dress. On Tuesday 9th October 2012, our BN Style radar saw Solange wearing this Esteban Cortazar Resort 2013 dress at the Absolut Tune Launch Party in New York City.

The 26 year old artiste and yummy mother of 1, who reportedly styled herself for the event, rocked the outfit with her signature hair and a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti tan booties. She also kept her make-up simple with nude lips.

Giuseppe Zanotti Heels worn by Solange Knowles

Tiwa Savage

What’s not to love about Tiwa Savage. She’s talented, fun and yes, a style star. At the FAB Night Out 2012 held on Sunday 2nd December 2012 at the Landmark Village, Lagos, the Kele Kele Love star, arrived on the black carpet in the same dress.

The 32 year old chanteuse pulled her hair back and opted for luscious pink lips. She accessorized the frock with drop silver earrings, a gold bracelet and metal ankle-cuff 4 inches leather sandals by Esteban Cortazar.

Esteban Cortazar Heels worn by Tiwa Savage

The Esteban Cortazar Cut-Out Satin and Chiffon Bustier Dress
This Esteban Cortazar cut-out frock featuring an intricately pleated leather bustier and delicate chiffon underskirt, retails exclusively on Net-A-Porter for £850.

So, BellaNaija Style watchers, who you think rocked this Esteban Cortazar dress better?

BellaNaija Style Extra
American singer and actress, Brandy Norwood as well as these two style stars are fans of Esteban Cortazar’s pieces. Check out Tiwa Savage donning one of the label’s pieces at the 2012 Channel O Music Video Awards in November, Solange Knowles at a Fundraiser for Obama in October and Brandy at the 2012 VH1 Divas show this December.


Newly engaged Moesha star, Brandy Norwood rocked a £1,200 asymmetric cutout satin and leather dress from the design label’s resort 2013 collection to the VH1 Divas 2012 event at the Shrine Auditorium, California.

The 33 year old accessorized her outfit with wavy hair, a selection of gold jewels and the same shoes that Tiwa Savage wore to the FAB Night Out from the design label.

Brandy Norwood in Esteban Cortazar

In October, Solange wore a £950 cape-back duchess satin and cady jacket from the design label’s resort 2013 collection to a fundraiser for President Barack Obama, hosted by her sister Beyoncé and brother-in-law, Jay-Z at the 40/40 Club in New York City.

She accessorized the outfit with Tom Ford gold strap sandals, a Kayu “Audrey” Shell Purse and Carelle jewels.

At the 9th Annual Channel O Music Video Awards, which took place in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday 17th November 2012, Tiwa Savage rocked an Esteban Cortazar cut-out satin and chiffon gown. She accessorized her outfit with gold earrings and a silver bracelet.

Photo Credit: Kola Oshalusi for Insigna | Fashion Bomb Daily | Net-A-Porter | Zimbio


  1. Floxy

    December 31, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Tiwa for sure

  2. Bukola

    December 31, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Solange na!

  3. Teris

    December 31, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    stupid outfit

    • jamar

      January 1, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      my thoughts exactly…i can hardly figure out the outfit.i love both ladies,but the outfit? Is a NO NO

    • Miss T

      January 3, 2013 at 1:55 am

      Gbam! Dont like the outfit, forget that its a designer or its couture or fashion or wareva, the dress aint shiiiiii………………kmt

  4. Jia

    December 31, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Clearly, Tiwa and Solange have different styles and I appreciate that. I will pick Solange over Tiwa in this case because Tiwa’s hair looks a little messy, Solange shoes are unpredictable and she shows more confidence.

  5. Anon

    December 31, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Solange has this oomph that whatever she wears it just goes…..somehow!

  6. Layo

    December 31, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    I can’t see past the fact that I think the dress is awful.

    • errrr

      December 31, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      thank you oh! aweful color as well.

      Solange wore it better.

    • Strawberrycandy

      December 31, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      Asin ehh! me 2

    • keechi

      January 1, 2013 at 2:02 am

      God Bless you real good! The outfit is def not it at all but if I MUST pick one, Solange wore it better than Tiwa. All in all sha they both look like back-in-the-day nurses!

  7. fashionandstylepolice

    December 31, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Tiwa all the way.

  8. Wisdom

    December 31, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    I love Tiwa but Solange’s hair styles define each outfit! So Solange takes it!

  9. dont mention

    December 31, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    well, solange clearly wore it better. it looks too structured on tiwa while solange fills out the dress perfectly n better accessories n hair…….

  10. bey

    December 31, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Tiwa cant pull futuristic looks,she shld just stop! Go back 2 been a girly girl!! Those dresses were trashy on her,she wasnt wearing them….they wore her..i think her stylist is just using her 4 experiment coz she can afford d pieces,compared to her other clients.,

    • tabushuoyingwen

      January 1, 2013 at 10:31 pm


  11. impervious

    December 31, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Jia said it all… Tiwa is hot, but that hair didn’t work, the shoes they both wore were fierce!

  12. olivia

    December 31, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    *confused* but I thought BN said the cut out dress was Bridget Awosika when Tiwa wore it at the Fab awards.

    • anon

      January 1, 2013 at 2:41 am

      That was a mistake from BN

  13. ola

    December 31, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    i will go with my lovely angel tiwa savage…more news and gist here at

  14. hush

    December 31, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Solange for sure, actually saw Tiwa at the music n boxing event with that outfit, it ddn’nt do her justice

  15. frank

    December 31, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    I pick tiwa M̶̲̥̅̊y̶̲̥̅̊ baby she Ȋ̝̊̅§ τ̣̣ђё most beautiful female wit a G̶̲̥̅Ơ̴̴̴̴͡.̮Ơ̴̴̴͡D̶̲̥̅ dress sense i̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ Nigeria music industry

  16. Winny

    December 31, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Tiwa’s own looks like a knockoff,Solange wore it better

    • Wow

      December 31, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      You know I was thinking exactly that… I’m sorry but Tiwa’s outfit really does look like a knockoff. Don’t like either outfit anyway.

    • the effing truth

      January 1, 2013 at 3:11 am

      no its not….she is styled by Vane aka Veronica ebie…trust me she nabbed that outfit and shoes outta OUTNET.COM….i wanted the shoes so bad..the waiting list was longer than a chinese yaki weave.

    • Zola

      January 1, 2013 at 7:36 pm

      The shoes are available on I got a pair a while ago

  17. vivian

    December 31, 2012 at 8:13 pm


  18. True Talk

    December 31, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    solange paired it well and he fits her 90 times than tiwa, who looks awkward!!!!

  19. Pinkkfunky

    December 31, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Solange looks magnificent!

  20. Dayo

    December 31, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    They both rocked it, but Tiwa with an edge

  21. jules

    December 31, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Solange and the model for the 2nd outfit…. Both dresses are ill fitted on Tiwa. Beautiful girl but she might want to invest in having her outfits tailored for a more custom fitted look…..

  22. Blossom

    December 31, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    BN, You should add two more buttons. One for ‘not feeling the dress’ and one for ‘both rocked it!’

  23. Miss jay

    December 31, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Abeg abeg abeg BN Team stop with the lying! Tiwas was made by Obioma Couture and not Esteban Jo kini as you claim.

  24. Strawberrycandy

    December 31, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Asin ehh! me 2

  25. belinda

    December 31, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    I’d choose Solange on this one… sorry Tiwa.
    Happy New Year to everyone.
    May the new year bring all your dreams to a reality!

  26. Zola

    December 31, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Saw Tiwa at the Boxing event too and it looked like she was wearing a hospital uniform. Did not flatter at all. It’s best to wear what looks good and not because its by some famous designer.

  27. Gbelepawo

    January 1, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Because a dress is haute couture does not mean it looks good. The only thing the dress has going for it was ruined by the silly cut out, not crazy by either look, the shoes however are both hot! dress = 0 for both, Tiwa wins for shoes.

  28. baby p

    January 1, 2013 at 4:00 am

    First of all, those dresses are hideous. Second of all, what happened to young, fresh, looking Tiwa Savage, now she dresses like an unhappy old woman. She has the unhappy part down, if she leaves her house, looks at the mirror and think these clothes fits her. I keep away from commenting and stuff, but please someone needs to tell her the truth. She does not even look confident anymore.

    • fashionista

      January 1, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      This is such a dumb statement. I saw tiwa at atleast 3 shows this christmas, chris brown and co and she was looking amazing and youthful, on stage she had so much energy and was always having so much fun. I really appreciated her talent when she sang acapella, i had goosebumps. anyway my point is you cant expect her to wear skimpy clothes to an event like fab awards like she does on stage. she knows how to seperate her stage craft to her red carpet outfits.

    • baby p

      January 4, 2013 at 6:35 am

      Blah, blah, blah. I never said she was not nice. Niceness doesn’t give someone fashion knowledge, annnnnd you call me dumb? Secondly, who said wearing short skirt and revealing clothes is young? I’m confused by your reply. Please take a chair and sit down. Thank you very much, psshh.

  29. NNENNE

    January 1, 2013 at 4:07 am

    Solange this time.Tiwa looks good though.

  30. Olufunmi

    January 1, 2013 at 7:41 am

    they both rocked it ** 😀

  31. Q

    January 1, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    With the exception of d blazer +cape worn by Solange to d fundraiser dinner, d rest are just stupid looking!

  32. anon

    January 1, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    To me whether solange wore it better or tiwa wore it better is not the issue, the bigger picture here is that whenever bella does these things it is usually comparing naija celebs with other naija celebs but what i have noticed with tiwa is she is being compared to international celebs like when she wore the stella dress and she was compared to kim k. Can you guys not see the bigger picture here, tiwa s is not on these naija celeb levels o. Its people like them joan rivers that will appreciate this babe not narrow minded nigerians like u guys

  33. timi

    January 1, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    tiwa savage wins for me, solange actually looks like she is trying to pose nice for the camera while tiwa looks effortless like this is just another dress in my closet no biggie. exactly how classy rich people behave

  34. meeeeee

    January 1, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    tiwa savage is soooooo prettyyyyyy. saw her in person at eko hotel and she is even more beautiful in person

  35. dara balogun

    January 1, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    I am 16 years old and I met tiwa savage this christmas. she is my role model she is so pretty and cute. she took loads of pictures with me and my mum loves her too

  36. irritatedfan

    January 1, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    ok i am about to go in, you guys are so irritating. I am so sorry but there is nothing wrong with this outfit on tiwa, she looks elegant, sexy and classy. bad belle people saying tiwa’s own looks like a knock off, she has money why would she need to buy a knock off. just because you cannot afford it does not mean u should take out your anger and jealousy on someone else. someone else mentioned that she looks like an angry old woman, please send in you own picture and lets see just how youthful and fashion forward your dressing is. if this was gene or omotola you guys would hail them as queens and to be honest tiwa works harder than any of them. they are about the same age and tiwa looks so young and pretty. to make it worse i eventually met her and she is the sweetest kindest person. it really makes me sick to my stomach that this girl does not get the credit she deserves she has paved the way for so many of these new acts that can dress as sexy as they want and if not for tiwa being brave and doing it first none of them would have the guts and you guys still criticise her every move. if she is skimpy you complain, if she is covered you complain. abegi its a new year free this babe

  37. ANN

    January 1, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    i hope Tiwa is saving and investing her money. fashion wont put food on the table.

  38. merry xmas BN readers

    January 1, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    I stil don’t know why people spend so much on a dress,that isn’t even fitting on them..just the name?

  39. merry xmas BN readers

    January 1, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Woww..I forget to add,how breathtaking my only *divalicious*Brandy look..luv her and I’m happy for her engagement

  40. chaos

    January 1, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Solange looks chic – she always does anyways. I think Tiwa is a lovely girl but most of her dresses don’t fit in my opinion! and lastly I love both their shoes 😉

  41. TM.Lucia

    January 1, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    I think the dress sudda just stayed on the runway.
    Nuff said.

  42. Nenny

    January 1, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Tiwa did!!!!! Tiwa wore it far far betta than Solange Knowles

  43. the effing truth

    January 1, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    @Zola noooooooooo way
    ..i bough a Rene caovillla instead….oh mehn I should have waited……shoe lovers in the house!!!!!!!!!!don’t know ya but am willing to trade pics of shoes we love and own lol

  44. His Queen 12

    January 2, 2013 at 7:25 am

    People are just saying Tiwa because she is Nigerian. Solange rocked the dress, it was her style, her shoes were appropriate, and her hairstyle went FAB with the dress as well! Tiwa should have done an updo, then maybe it would be different.

  45. Onakachi

    January 2, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Solange. The dress looks big on Tiwa Sawage and I do not like her choice of shoes.

  46. HRS

    January 3, 2013 at 7:17 am

    I don’t really dig the outfit, but Tiwa is so classy, she knows what’s in!

  47. Joan

    January 3, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Nah! Doesn’t work for Tiwa due to different body shape, posture etc! Good outfits though!

  48. Joan

    January 3, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Furthermore, I think people should try and find their own style and not just copy Solange back to back….that’s why its called ‘style’…it should be yours! Lots of females try to copy her head down… almost never works.

  49. GyannGyeanie

    January 3, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Looks tacky on Tiwa. Not well that through.

  50. GyannGyeanie

    January 3, 2013 at 10:30 am

    …knot well thought through.

  51. RayHot

    January 8, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    None! Ugly outfit. Looks like something a masseuse would wear.

  52. julianne

    January 12, 2013 at 12:05 am

    horrible horrible horrible looks like uniforms from outer space ….who is this guy??

  53. RayHot

    January 17, 2013 at 10:59 am

    LMAO @ Julianne… You described right!

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