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The Fashionable Ascent of Nigeria’s Jewel by Lisa


Lisa Folawiyo is, via her Jewel by Lisa collections, poised to do for Nigerian ankara what Vivienne Westwood did for Celtic tartan: take a traditional, symbolism-loaded fabric, and by combining it with contemporary silhouettes, transform it into a universally-coveted fashion staple. Folawiyo is extrapolating tribalism to create the ne plus ultra in globalist design.

Like her Anglo-Nigerian style brother, Duro Olowo, Folawiyo is a master of combining print with color, and texture with silhouette.· Unlike Olowo, Folawiyo works exclusively with ankara fabric sourced from the venerable Vlisco Holladais. Folawiyo’s embellishment of the traditional textile, and experiments with texture and material blends creates East-meets-West designs that beautifully push the boundaries of cross-cultural style.

Jewel by Lisa, whose work has been featured during Fashion Week in both New York City and Paris, has cultivated a cult following of super-stylish “Jewelettes” from Lagos to London, who covet Folawiyo’s handmade pieces.

We’re flipping for the Global Minimalism Collection, with its well-edited selection of undulating skirts and cocktail party-perfect dresses in 60s-influenced silhouettes.

With prints and Technicolor palettes emerging as this decade’s equivalent of the skinny jean and shades of grey, Jewel by Lisa stands on the threshold of breakout stardom.·

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