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LOVE or LOVE: 20+ Nigerian Fashion Designers Making Waves Worldwide

‘Nigerian Fashion Designers are making serious waves due to their consistency in bringing out designs that never fail to WoW” us.

Though there is no formal education or certification required to become a successful fashion designer, but that doesn’t make the feat any easier and that’s why I have bring to you this fabulously talented Top 20 Nigerian fashion designers that are well known world-wide and some of their collections have been seen on celebrities in Hollywood, Nollywood and so many other big names in the entertainment industry all over the world. The list is in no particular orders and this are the ones I can lay my hands on right now, so Enjoy!

TIFFANY AMBER

  • Folake Folarin-Coker

Tiffany Amber was founded 13 years ago by Folake Folarin-Coker who by the way is still the head designer of the brand. Since the launch of this power fashion house, it has been one leading step to another in creating timeless and exquisite pieces for the everyday woman.

This has by far positioned her brand as one of the leaders in women’s fashion in Africa.Tiffany Amber has also enjoyed international success due to her use of the finest fabric to create glam pieces for the creme de la creme.

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  • A Model in Tiffany Amber

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  • Ex Miss world – Ms. Agbani Darego In Tiffany Amber

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  • Models in Tiffany Amber

JEWEL BY LISA

  • Lisa Folawiyo

Jewel By Lisa debuted in the fashion industry in 2005 by Lisa Folawiyo who is also the creative director. Jewel by Lisa is one of the most creative fashion house right now with the use of African prints, She uses the highest grade Ankara fabrics from the VLISCO Hollandais brand to produce the perfect mixtures of Ankara  sequins, swarovski crystals, beads, taffeta, and anything else you wouldn’t think of coupling with this staple Nigerian fabric.

JBL is one of the  Nigeria’s hottest designer, Jewel By Lisa combines international styles with Nigeria fabric. Her style has caught the attention of the international world. Jewel by Lisa has been very successful Internationally, She has showcased internationally in the New York Fashion week 2010, Paris Fashion week 2010 and many more and also Jewel by Lisa’s pieces have graced several international red carpets which has increased demands from Nigeria’s consumers.

She has been reviewed internationally in Media houses Gotham, Style.com, Women wear Daily and more. Among her celebrity fans are Beyonce, Thandie Newton, Tasha Smith, Kelis and Eve and may others and also just recently her collections are on sale on one of the world’s leading luxury fashion online stores mytheresa.com.

  • Angela Simmons in Jewel By Lisa (JBL)

  • Angela Simmons in Jewel By Lisa

  • Thandie Newton in Jewel By Lisa

  • Kelis performing in Jewel By Lisa

  • Models in Jewel By Lisa (JBL)

  • Jewel By Lisa Collections (JBL)

DEOLA SAGOE

  • Deola Sagoe

The House of Deola Sagoe was established in 1989 in Lagos, Nigeria. she became well-know by designing her mum’s label which was called ‘Odua’ for solid ten years. Deola Sagoe is a fashion visionary with a unique approach to her craft that has endeared her to fans and followers all over the world.

Using African fabrics, her glamorous couture pieces are to die for, Oh! don’t worry she hasn’t forgotten the men in this world and that’s why she has also branch into the men’s world by creating menswear, jeans and polo. when you hear Deola Sagoe then you hear fashion and that’s why we love her.

  • Lydia Hearts in Deola Sagoe

  • Anika Noni Rose in Deola Sagoe

  • Dawn Richard in Deola Sagoe

  • Nneka in Deola Sagoe

LANRE DA SILVA AJAYI

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  • Lanre Da Silva Ajayi

Lanre Da Silva Ajayi (LDA) is the founder of the eponymous design label Lanre Da Silva Ajayi which debuted in 2005 with her iconic 1940’s couture signature designs.

Lanre Da Silva Ajayi is a house-hold name in the fashion industry and since the existence of this fashion house she has never failed her consumers, her collections has been seen on many Nigerian celebrities home and abroad. her designs are modern and fabulous.

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  • MTV Base presenter Stephanie Coker in Lanre Da Silva Ajayi- LDA

  • A Model In Lanre Da Silva Ajayi- LDA

  • Eku Edewor in Lanre Da Silva Ajayi- LDA

FRANK OSHODI

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  • Frank Oshodi

Frank Oshodi has been in the fashion industry as far back as 1989 but before then he himself has been a model, choreographer and now a top rated fashion designer and make-up artist. He has modeled for so many top fashion house in Nigeria such as Dakova, Supreme Stitches, Nikki Africana and a host of others.

Frank Oshodi is also a well known name in the Nigerian fashion industry Specializing in bride and bridesmaid garments. His pieces are African inspired.

  • A Model in Frank Oshodi

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  • The 2001 Miss World In Frank Oshodi Design

  • A Model In Frank Oshodi

BRIDGET AWOSIKA

  • Bridget Awosika

At a young age, it became apparent that Bridget Awosika [Head Designer/Creative Director of namesake label] would pursue a career in fashion design as she displayed more appreciation towards sketching, collecting fabrics, art and hand sewing than anything else. Realizing that she would want to design womenswear/menswear professionally and ultimately run it as a successful business.

That prompted her to attend a fashion school, She attended the prestigious Parsons School of Design (New York)  to work on her following degree in Fashion Design. Her collections are full of fitting gowns and dresses, simple, elegant designs. Bridget Awosika 2012 collection included splashed paint silk organzas, silk charmeuse , silks and matte jersey in electric blue, tomato red, dim gray, cream and navy black colors ran the gamut. Her designs are timeless.

  • Bridget Awosika Designs

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  • Eku Edewor In Bridget Awosika

  • Adaorah Oleh in Bridget Awosika Design

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  • Top Actress Genevieve Nnaji in Bridget Awosika

  • Models In Bridget Awosika

TOJU FOYEH

  • Toluwaloju OlowoFoyeku

Toju Foyeh’s collections are very dramatic, ambitious and bold with the use of silk, chiffon, lace and enduring damask. Toluwaloju Olowofoyeku is a Milan trained Fashion Designer.

Toju Foyeh’s designs are classic yet trendy romantic dresses that allow for easy fittings and flattering cuts for the ideal cocktail dress, or evening gowns that look and feel luxurious to any woman. The Toju Foyeh collection offers varieties of unique designs that every lady can choose from.

  • Toke Makinwa in Toju Foyeh

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  • A Model in Toju Foyeh

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  • Singer Tiwa Savage in Toju Foyeh

HOUSE OF NWOCHA

  • Ugonna Omeruo

Ugonna Omeruo is the creative director of House of Nwocha, House of Nwocha’s pieces are colorful and she’s also skilled in designing red carpets piece for the woman of the moments. House of Nwocha is a label, agency, and brand that caters to fashion forward women who love to look good.

House of Nwocha design has a beautiful blend of prints, flirty shapes and bright fabrics to bring to you a refreshing collection that’s perfect and easy for every summer. Her collections was part of those designs that got us all fashion lovers talking at the 2012 African fashion week London (AFWL). So I am patiently waiting to see the beautiful collections from house of Nwocha at this year African fashion week London (AFWL 2013).

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  • A Model in House Of Nwocha

  • Rapper Eva Alordiah in House Of Nwocha

  • A model In House Of Nwocha

  • House Of Nwocha’s Collections

MIMI LEE LONDON

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  • Mimi Hassan

The Mimi Lee London label is driven by the ethos of a London ‘it’ girl who loves to play and experiment with her looks. She is always on the hunt for that uber exclusive garment that ensures she stays way ahead of the pack! A lot of ladies out there love Mimi Lee London because of her use of chiffon and African prints merge together.

The Mimi-Lee London girl lives a jet setting lifestyle, today she sailing at an exclusive strip in St. Tropez .Tomorrow she is at the front row of Japan fashion week eyeing up the hottest fashion trends! Mimi Lee London is an element of surprise, delicate silk fabrics, and Japanese hand painting techniques adorn some of the garments.

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  • Mimi Lee London Collection

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  • A Model in Mimi Lee London

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  • Angela Simmons In Mimi Lee London

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  • Ushers in Mimi Lee London Collections

VONNE COUTURE

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  • Yvonne Nwosu

French born designer, Yvonne Nwosu is the Creative Director behind the fashion line ‘VONNE’. Her love for fashion began since she was young, making clothes for her miniature .Vonne is known for her edgy and daring clothes and jackets. Her style is unique in every sense and true to her tag line ‘invokes the daring goddess in every woman’.

Another unique aspect of Vonne’s fashion line is that she uses Damask fabrics which comes from the word Damascus which was sold in common 21st century market in Damascus. This unique use of Damask gives Vonne’s pieces a very timeless look and her designs are unique in every way.

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  • Annie Idibia in Vonne Couture

  • Omotola Jalade-Ekehinde in Vonne Couture

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  • Yvonne Nwosu in Vonne Couture

ITUEN BASI

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  • Ituen Basi

Ituen Basi’s use of African prints is amazingly beautiful, Ituen Basi is a Designer extraordinaire and a trend setter, Ituen Basi is well known for her out of the box concepts and designs. Till date, her “Ankara embellishing Ankara” trend has inspired designers around the globe.

She is one of the very first pioneers who uses the African prints exclusively and her designs stand out from every others and that’s why she’s Popularly known as the queen of print, Ituen Basi wins Designer of the year at the 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa- Africa Fashion Awards,This award also gives her the opportunity to present her collection at a global audience at the international Mercedes-Benz Fashion week in 2013. Ituen Basi was and is still one of the leading fashion house in Nigeria.

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  • Ituen Basi Designs

  • Ituen Basi Collection

  • Chantelle Unachukwu In Ituen Basi

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  • Ituen Basi collections on display at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

  • Ituen Basi Independence Collection

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  • Ituen Basi Black Barbie Doll

  • Ituen Basi Collections

KOSIBAH

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  • Yemi Osunkoya

Yemi Osunkoya of Kosibah is not your regular designers as he only focus on bridal and evening dress. Kosibah was founded in 1991 and that makes it older than most of the fashion house listed here and he is also known for creativity in designing  elegant classical dresses. Kosibah is still the ultimate go to when it comes to brides wear.

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  • Kosibah Bridal Designs

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  • Naeto C Wife Nicole Chinwe in Kosibah By Yemi Osunkoya.

  • Kosibah Bridal Collection

ADE BAKARE

  • Ade Bakare

Ade bakare is a London-based Nigerian designer who is one of the best in the fashion industry, he always sprung up new designs that are hard to resist, he has contributed a lot to the Nigerian fashion scene, he has designed clothing for notable personalities like fashion icon Mrs.Opral Benson, Lagos State First Lady Bimbo Fashola, Erelu Dosunmu, and Mrs. Dangote, among others.
Ade Bakare is a designer of international repute and with the launch of this newly launched spring/summer 2013 collection, it is obvious that he has no intentions of slowing down. his new summer collection called “Sahara“ is Characterized by burnt oranges, golden yellows the pieces are heavy with embellishments  sequins, flirty floral print and and hints of tribal origins with fitted ball gowns, charming sun dresses and asymmetrical tops the detailed collection is bold and elemental.

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  • Ade Bakare Summer Sahara Collections

  • Ade Bakare Bridal Wear

  • Ade Bakare Bridal Collections

  • Ade Bakare Bridal Couture Collections

MAI ATAFO

  • Mai Atafo

Mai Atafo’s designs are versatile, timeless, notably classicist, but notwithstanding contemporary, clean-cut and urban. He’s painfully talented when it comes to his design and he also gives his 100% to his designs, Mai Atafo collections has been worn by many male celebrities. Mai Atafo doesn’t only makes menswear he also designs brides wear and women’s wear.

  • Mai Atafo Women’s Wear Design

Mai Atafo

  • Ebuka in Mai Atafo

  • Mai Atafo Men’s Wear Collections

  • Mai Atafo Bridal Collections

MAKI OH

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  • Amaka Osakwe

Amaka Osakwe is our very own Queen Bee of the new age cool designers, she has a vivid point of view and knows her brand’s DNA.she is very versatile in her designs and every lady out there love to love her because of the impeccable details she adds to her designs.

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  • Maki Oh Collections

  • Helen Jennings in Maki Oh

  • Leelee Sobieski in Maki Oh

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  • Solange Knowles in Maki Oh

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  • Michelle Obama in Maki Oh

  • Maki Oh: 2013 Spring/Summer Collection

iamISIGO

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  • Gbubemi Ogisi

Gbubemi Ogisi of iamISIGO is one of the new generation designers, but don’t get me wrong iamISIGO is a fashion label that can rub shoulders with other heavy weights in the fashion industry. Her designs are cool and vibrant which makes us love her more. Gbubemi Ogisi is one to go places.

  • iamISIGO Designs

  • Eku in iamISIGO

  • Iamisigo Haute

IamISIGO

  • Models in iamISIGO

DURO OLOWU

  • Duro Olowu

Duro Olowu is one fantastic designer with lots of creativity in stock, he is one of the major player in the fashion industry in the world right now with his collections been seen on celebrities and socialite like First Lady Michelle Obama and so many more.  In case you missed it, JCPenney’s first designer collaboration with Nigerian-born talent Duro Olowu is on shelves all over the country, his collection of savvy prints & bold hues are available exclusively at jcp.

His signature style is reflected in colorful accessories, jewelry and so more and his label’s vibrant signature prints splashed across fluid contemporary designs. The latest collaboration between Duro Olowu and JCPenney has us springing for joy.

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  • First Lady Michelle Obama In Duro Olowu Collections

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  • Duro Olowu Collections

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  • Duro Olowu JCPenny Design

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  • Duro Olowu for JcPenney Lookbook

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  • Duro Olowu Collage

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  • Brittany Snow In Duro Olowu

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  • Princess Caroline of Monaco wears two pieces from Duro olowu’s Spring 2009 Collection for the 63rd Red Cross Ball in Monte-Carol

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  • Princess Caroline in Duro Olowu at Red Cross Ball

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  • Princess Charlene Of Monaco In Duro olowu

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  • A model in Duro Olowu spring 2009 silk patchwork gown

  • Chanel Iman in Duro Olowu Jacket

SUNNY ROSE

  • Maureen Okogwu-Ikokwu

Maureen Okogwu-Ikokwu is the creative director of Sunny Rose (SR), she has always had a passion for fashion, her career really started when she was spotted by a model agent while having dinner in Switzerland. She is constantly inspired by her travels around the world.

Sunny Rose is a label loved for its casual chicness and understated clothes. The Sunny Rose woman is classically stylish. In addition to womenswear, Sunny Rose has an accessory line of handbags and jewelry that makes use of leather, exotic skins and semi precious stones.

  • Sunny Rose Collections

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  • Sunny Rose Designs

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  • Models in Sunny Rose design at the Sunny Rose Fashion Show

 GREY

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  • Rukky Ladoja

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  • The Grey Team (Tola Ayanwale, Obi Obi, Rukky Ladoja)

Grey is a fast moving fashion apparel brand focused on designing and producing classic yet edgy women’s wear right out of Nigeria. Rukky Ladoja is the creative director of Grey and in one of her interview she explained that when she moved back to Nigeria, she was faced with the challenge of where to shop for clothes that were nice, trendy and pocket friendly. Together with her friend, Obi…, they worked together to create the label and that was how Grey came to be.

  • Emma B in Grey

  • Grey Collections

  • Model in Grey Design

  • Grey Collections

ORANGE CULTURE

  • Adebayo Oke Lawal

Wherever you see Oke be sure to see him with that hat of his, sometimes I wonder if he makes it himself and if he doesn’t I think it won’t hurt for him to start now. Adebayo Oke-lawal has consistently been involved in a broad spectrum of fashion since he began designing at age 10.

His work ranges from styling and designing to journalism and writing. He has worked with magazines like 234next’s Élan, WOW, FAB magazine, Ynaija and websites like 360nobs, Shows such as Arise Magazine Fashion week, Music meets runway and the list goes on.One thing about Adebayo Oke Lawal is that he’s so fashion forward,

Personally I think his designs are unique,Orange culture collections are in varieties from your casual day-to-day wear to going all fabulous and chic but at the same time he’s also versatile so you can be sure to get whatever style you want in orange culture.

  • Model in Orange Culture for Maniac Magazine

  • Orange Culture Collections

  • Orange Culture Menswear

  • Orange Culture Women’s wear

Share your thoughts below and let me know what you think about this Designers and Fashion House. Cheers!!!

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52 thoughts on “LOVE or LOVE: 20+ Nigerian Fashion Designers Making Waves Worldwide

    1. Thanks Joy for your comment. Well I can tell you for sure that Ayo Van Elmar designs are out of the box and she’s rapidly growing in the the fashion industry – not just in Africa but internationally. She makes use of the African prints a’lot (which shows her love for her homecountry) but her designs has a taste of class…. You probably should come around again as I will be writing an article about it soon. Once again thank you. -Kimberly

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    1. Making sure the world get to know that African designers are no joke and that the African wax prints is surely taking is place in the world is my objective for writing this article and am glad you liked it, Thanks 🙂

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  1. Wow, that orange dress up top is amazing! Are breasts in Nigeria held in high body esteem? I’m just curious because a lot of the designers highlight them in tasteful, but unique and daring ways. I feel like American designers keep the girls hidden. Thanks for opening my eyes to a whole new realm of fashion!

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    1. Nope, actually the dress you see on individual only shows what they ask the designers for, Nigeria is one country that modesty is demanded from their ladies but at the same time we still do have the right to wear what we desire.

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  2. I Love Every designers that has been mentioned on here, the fact that they are Africans and they don’t allow the situation of their continent to hold them back is amazing and impressive. well i can see some new comers like iamISIGO, maki oh, Grey and orange culture are not dissappointing also but orange culture I like the most.

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  3. iamISIGO, Mai Atafo and Bridget Awosika all have some fantastic designs, I like there collectins the most so far. Others are beautiful too tho!

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  4. I Love every designers that was mentioned here and to my surprise I can see that they are all been patronize by hollywood stars even the first Lady is also a fan of the african prints well I can’t say more. Nigerians and african designers are goimg places and I love your blog kim. 🙂 Lots of love from Sierra Leone

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  5. I meant to add that even though they are not mentioned, I love Virgo’s Lounge – they are doing pretty well for themselves. I know Angela Simmons is a fan. But then her stylist/friend, Kanayo is Nigerian so it’s great that she gets exposed to wonderful Naija designers.

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    1. Virgo’s lounge is sure fast becoming one of the must-see fashion house out there and am sorry she isn’t in the list but i also said the one’s mentioned in this post are the one’s I could lay my hands on as at that time so Virgo’s lounge is surely going to be in the 2nd list. just watch out. thanks :). I am aware of the fact that Angela’s stylist is a Nigerian but at the same time she must have love the designs for her to settle for it.

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      1. Oh definitely. But it certainly helps with exposure. If I was an Indian stylist and knew of some great designers, I’d certainly put one or two in the mix with other great designers.

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  6. Frank Oshodi, Mimi Lee, Orange Culture and Sunny Rose are new to me but I am familiar with the others. Deola Sagoe is a classic and I like Grey. Duro Olowu is just great – I know he has a diffusion line at JC Penney which is great for him. JBL is doing big things. Definitely proud of my people.

    I’m sure you know already 🙂 but I am passing on the Liebster award to you for being so fun and stylish. More details here: http://www,peppermintandpaisley.com/2013/05/14/liebster-award/
    In other words, tag you’re IT

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  7. Jewel by Lisa is a blessing to the Nigerian fashion industry, Deola sagoe, Orange culture, Maki oh, Kosibah and even all the rest are fantastic designers also but who’s this Duro Olowu? this dude seems to be pushing real button with his designs for Michelle Obama to have been wearing his designs like he is Givenchy or so but truly from what have seen here the dude is talented. thanks

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    1. Thanks Mason :). You should do and I can assure you that you will find Duro Olowu designs irresistible and tho ‘Sunny Rose’ is an upcoming fashion label, They are already making waves as if they’ve been on for so long, so you definitely going to love them.

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  8. Orange Couture is one popular designer here in London, I love his work and Jewel By Lisa is one fantastic designer also.

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  9. I swore I never knew that Frank Oshodi was the one who design Agbani Miss world dress… thanks for the info and what will fashion be like without Duro olowu? he’s one guy that can compete with any other fashion designers bless him.

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    1. Alot of people don’t know it either but he’s really the one who designed it and Frank Oshodi just keep getting better by the day & oh! his bridal designs are also the talk of town, just of recent there was this rumor everywhere about him been the designer of Annie Macaulay-Idibia wedding dress but he took to his twitter account to squash the rumors stating that he wasn’t the one who designed it – it would have been lovely if he was the one tho!

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