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Did Hollywood Star Eva Mendes x New York & Company JACK Lisa Folawiyo’s Print? See & Decide!



In October 2017, one of Nigeria’s most popular designers, Lisa Folawiyo unveiled a new collection at the Lagos Fashion Week. The collection which was inspired by Igbo culture and symbolism was nicknamed the “Isi Agu” collection by fashion watchers – Click to see the collection.

The Spring/Summer 18 collection was well received and has been worn by celebrities and stylistas all over the world.

Hollywood actress Eva Mendes has collaborated with and co-created collections with retailer New York & Company over the past few seasons.

Pieces from her recent collection which can be found in the “New Arrivals” section of New York & Company’s e-commerce website, have African Stylistas giving Eva the side-eye because something looks rather familiar. Not only are the prints near-identical; one look with a knotted skirt is very similar.

Lisa Folawiyo Studios is renowned for their original prints and the designer has frequently shared that this is a critical part of her creative process. BellaNaija Style has reached out to the Lisa Folawiyo team for an official comment and we will update you soon.

Here is media personality/journalist Lola Ogunnaike rocking a piece from the Lisa Folawiyo collection and a view of one of the Eva Mendes dresses currently retailing on the NY & Company site for $99.95.

So Bella Stylistas, check out the evidence below and share your thoughts.


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Photo Credit: Lisa Folawiyo Studio | NY & Company


  1. Tatafo!

    March 13, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    I hope Eva Mendes pulls this from her collection, this is blatant plagiarism. Will not support her NY&Co line

  2. Leila

    March 14, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Lisa, you’ve got to secure the bag Sis. They need to pay some royalties ASAP

  3. whocares

    March 14, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    this is soooooooooo wrong!!! I hope Ms. Folawiyo handles this and doesn’t let them get away with this! Before I even read the story, I saw both pictures and thought they were from the same collection!!!! No need for Lisa.F to come on any blog to comment, just put your lawyers to work ASAP and start smiling to the bank.

  4. olajumoke

    March 14, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    In as much as i agree that Lisa needs to swing into action,We need to hear from Eva Mendes too. They may be Licensed prints meaning that the designer can sell the prints to anyone so far they are not customized. For Eva Mendes to get that print, then Lisa needs to look inwardly to her team of designers to see who actually sold that print dimension out.

    • O.

      March 14, 2019 at 5:41 pm

      The prints look the same but the styles are definitely different. So unless the prints are her creation I don’t think she stole the style

  5. nedu

    March 14, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    who cares?

    • Ricochet new designs

      March 14, 2019 at 9:12 pm

      Close to my sentiment. It would be more interesting if the print is manufactured in a unique way. The fashion industry especially, the mass retailers have a history of copying designs, Zara and HM comes to mind. For that industry, I do not think it is has dubious as the article make it to be.

      I noticed the African model portrays a vulnerable look, it is a nice look for African feminism.

  6. Manny

    March 15, 2019 at 4:48 am

    Lisa’s piece looks better on Lola Ogunnaike. It looks like a rag on the model.

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