PHOTOS: Designer Lanre Dasilva Ajayi’s (LDA) Autumn/Winter 2012/13 collection tagged Oriental Classics

by Chi Ibe

The Oriental Classics collection is an eclectic mix of creations that consists of the perfect red carpet collection.
Lanre Dasilva Ajayi, 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 at the Arise Magazine Lagos Fashion Week last March with 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 LDA affirms that “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.

Lanre Da Silva Ajayi (LDA) is the founder of eponymous self-named design label. In seven years her passion for fashion has gotten stronger making the label a fashion favourite among the media, celebrities and fashion lovers.

LDA has been featured in various African and international media including L’Uomo Vogue, Vogue Black, ARISE Magazine, Daily Mail,, Fashion,,, ITN News,,, Reuters UK and Centric/BET.

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  1. Broadly, I am very confused about Xiomara's cmneomts.1 The original post about the wedding never tried to pass this off as the standard of Nigerian weddings. If at all any such standard was alluded to, it was that Nigerian weddings are filled with colour, food and electric dance moves , none of which have anything to do with wealth. So Xiomara, your attacks about this not being the standard of Nigerian weddings are very much misplaced.2 What does a post about a happy wedding have to do with corruption and Nigeria's poverty?? Lady, there's a time and place for everything. This is clearly not it.3 Most Nigerians are aware of the negative view that many have about the country. But make no mistake, poverty is everywhere, corruption is everywhere, inequality is everywhere. Don't be so quick to forget the Enrons and WorldComs of the developed world as well. This is not to say that because they are everywhere, it makes it ok. I'm simply saying that you shouldn't be so quick to judge everyone simply because they are Nigerian. Broad generalisations mildly annoy me too.And 4 I hope you have a look at the latest SBQ post about Kike's background, what she and her mother have been through and what they are doing for people in similar situations. I hope you now realise the importance of the statement don't judge a book by its cover , because at the heart of this lavish wedding in foreign mansions, outfitted with designer clothes is a woman that has struggled to give her daughter the best she can, and a daughter who has struggled to grow up without a father. Try and put yourself in the shoes of the receivers of your cmneomts before you make them.Kike, it looks like it was such a beautiful, successful wedding. I wish them and you every joy you could ever hope for! xxx

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