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.