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Womenswear Designer Lanre DaSilva Ajayi unveils a New Collection for S/S 2017 called “Artistic Statement”

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Womenswear designer, Lanre DaSilva Ajayi unveils a new collection for S/S 2017, “Artistic Statement”. Heavily influenced by her love for art, the designer explores an artistic imagery through fashion by collaborating with the renowned artist, Ayoola Gbolahan.

The collection features feminine, bold and edgy pieces in fabrics such as silk, velvet, lace, organza rich in details. Lanre challenges the discourse of wearable art; creating a story to the liberties of art and its multifaceted layers that in many ways resonate with the idea of a modern, sophisticated woman. Art and fashion are successfully united in this collection with bold hand-painted images on solid colors.

According to the designer,

“From the onset, I visualised an artistic imagery which prompted me to work alongside renowned artist Ayoola Gbolahan who brought my creative thoughts to life. The beauty of imagination is limitless. I could see and analyse the feelings they would evoke in every woman. The feeling of not just pride alone but of strength and renowned dignity”.

The talented artist, Ayoola, says

“Everything is a symbol with meanings. Images don’t just appear in my work as random decorative patterns alone. There’s a thought behind everything, a purpose to communicate”.

According to him, everything is a language form to enhance or catalyse a discussion and fashion has never been more essential in creating a dialogue than now, right here, in this age in which we live in. ‎

See the Lookbook

Models: Beth Models Africa | @bethmodelafrica
Photographer: Ademola Odusami | @mr_laah
Makeup: Zaron Cosmetics | @zaroncosmestics
Styling/Art Direction: The Style Concierge | @thestyle_concierge
Clothing: Lanre DaSilva Ajayi | @lanredasilvaajayi


  1. Michy

    February 27, 2017 at 11:48 am

    I am amazed that at this stage in lanre da silva’s career she can still release something with such poor finishing. An obioma can do better.

  2. Amh

    February 27, 2017 at 12:17 pm


    • Kosi

      February 27, 2017 at 12:46 pm

      Make that hideous hideous hideous hideous! What the heck?

  3. Somto

    February 27, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    @michy, exactly I was just about to leave a comment on the samething. Very cheap fabrics and finishing. All they know is extortionate prices for an obioma duwa duwa quality. Designers full ground but none fit defend that tittle with quality work. ?‍♀️

  4. Fifi

    February 27, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    There were some okay pieces like the velvet dress in the collection, i just believe that nigerian “designers” especially those who didnt go to fashion school and cant actually sow, dont know how to work with certain fabrics like raw SILK,Chiffon etc it always comes out looking messy

  5. Tutu

    February 27, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Ozinna! I love you but I think you need to get more creative with your creative direction. This looks like what you do for Maju. Same two models, same one black, one “white”, same concepts.

  6. Babe ruthless.

    February 27, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Wow! Lanre Da Silver went to commission Style Concierge to do her lookbook? Disaster! Ozinna ohhhhh! This lookbook looking like Maju or Grey Velvet’s campaign. Background so busy, Models doing basic exaggerated poses, so damn tacky and not worthy of a brand that calls itself luxury. Like what is the model doing kneeling down on the chair? My gosh! Too damn poor. After the last two campaigns you have done, disappointing! LDA, look at your mates (Lisa Folawiyo and Tiffany Amber) and fix up!

    • Hassana Battaglia

      February 28, 2017 at 11:19 pm

      You either have a linear thinking process or serious issues with Ozinna. No, you’re not a hater but you’re someone who clearly needs help and a chill pill. Allow me to school you.

      There is nothing wrong with a “busy” background and even if there is, this one can hardly be described as “busy”. Duro Olowu is known for lookbooks featuring wild backgrounds yet they always turn out lust worthy. Example:

      For your reference, see another “busy” background complete with a “tacky” kneeling model. Maybe you know better than Dolce & Gabbana:

      The other commenter made valid constructive comments about the repetition of the duo skin / dark skin model combo. To be fair, many top stylists and photographers have their signature themes ( Carine Roitfeld and cigarettes/bad girl chic, Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele and animal prints, Bruce Weber and Americana/Nature In Black and white etc, even our own TY Bello and her studio portraits for Thisday Style) but they know how to re-express it time and time again without boring the viewer.

      So yes, Style Concierge can definitely improve their act but your points are hardly noteworthy.

  7. godwin

    February 27, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    It is quite commendable that Nigerians are beginning to understand the importance of finishing.
    I so much miss diary by Emmy. Who else misses him? He was the only one who was banging on and on about quality stitching.
    To say that the stitching quality in these garments is poor is just being kind to Lanre Da Silver. They are awfully awful

  8. Debs

    February 27, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    These pieces look rushed!!!

  9. Sul

    February 28, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Dis collection has a few hits n quite a number of misses…d florals n patterned silks caught my attention, meanwhile d apron detailed lookin ones jst made me sad. It felt like two or three diffrnt concepts dt hv no synergy trying to b forced togedr. I wud still wear some of dem though,n i still like LDS. As a creative its all abt perspective, sadly it doesnt always translate in ways dat are appealing to others.

  10. Susie

    February 28, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    1 Makeup is making then look like corpses. Blend blend blend! Why am I seeing obvious dark contour marks on their cheeks like they’re domestic violence victims?

    2. I wish we would return to the days when makeup was more natural and dewy. All this excessive contouring and very light highlighting is making pretty ladies look like drag queens

  11. blackbeatle

    February 28, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    kai..see as you guys have de marketed this stylist…but it seems a lot of fashionistas who know their onions are BVs ..plses keep educating us newbies…

  12. onika

    March 1, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Chai….bns have no chill ooo…..see finishing…..being a good tailor is big deal o….

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