Lisa Folawiyo is always brimming with effortless youthful decadence both in her style and designs. And for a label that’s an old name in the industry, she has impressively been able to keep things fresh. Take a look at her S/S 2011 ‘Global Minimalism‘ collection, S/S 2013, or even the Spring/Summer 2012 collection that’s our long time favorite. One thing remains constant, it’s never predictable neither does it get stale.
Replete with the influence of autumn, elements like arrows, maple and oak leaves make an appearance. The arrows on digitally printed fabrics -depicting movement, direction, travel and transition urge you to follow the trail. Not to mention the hemlines that break away from the regular, mid length skirts and dresses that reveal an update on the slits featured in her Autumn/Winter 2013 collection.
You know, with the Lisa Folawiyo brand, proficiency in translating luxurious fabrics into well-crafted pieces is a given. This time, it’s backed up by an overwhelming attention to detail that highlights a new handcrafting technique, arrow & leaf motifs and lots of appliqué.
Mind you, these are the kind of clothes that make you feel something. Not just glee, but admiration and curiousity as well. Like, How did she achieve that? What exactly did she do there? Or maybe even a simple “Wow, that’s dope” comment dropped in passing.
Noting that she’s been applauded and likewise, derided, our stand remains the same. Because that’s the thing about fashion they say, “Everyone has an opinion“; some relatable, others bordering on incomprehensible but the whole idea is that a designer’s collection can’t appeal to everyone, so you take what you love and leave the rest.
And just as we embrace the privilege of being able to digitally sift through pieces just like customers might through racks at her flagship store, we know for sure that nothing compares to experiencing the collection at close range but still, we have to make do, we always do.
Image Credits: Bella Naija