If it’s trending, trust Lisa Folawiyo to get her hands on it and style to perfection, making the sidewalk her catwalk.
When we talk about iconic Nigerian women occupying the fashion space, that conversation cannot be had without mentioning Lisa Folawiyo. The designer has become a style icon in her own right with her off-beat luxury style. Here's why Lisa Folawiyo is the street style queen.
With her signature single braids, cascading down her back, Lisa Folawiyo is effortless with her quirky, high-end style. The lauded designer who has achieved so much in her design career has also developed a personal style that is so unique and mind-blowing that she has attracted fans from all over the globe who flock to her Instagram for their style fix.
When the Dad trainer trend launched, many balked but not Lisa. Folawiyo grabbed herself a pair and showed us all the ways we could wear the tricky trend. That's why Lisa is so special, she has that innate knack of being able to tackle any trend and truly make it her own.
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Fashion designer Lisa Folawiyo is known for her creative use of ankara and traditional African fabrics which she successfully fuses with modern tailoring and beaded embellishments to create a unique and beautiful aesthetic. Since starting her label in 2005 which was then known as 'Jewel by Lisa', Lisa has been an important leader for the Nigerian fashion industry and inspired a whole host of Nigerian designers. Lisa regularly shows at global fashion weeks and has broken down the barriers for Nigerian designers to showcase their work on an international platform.
As well as achieving international recognition for her work, Lisa has successfully elevated traditional African prints, through her intricate beading and signature embellishment, making them relevant for a global audience. She has showrooms in both Nigeria and New York and her collections are stocked worldwide.
As well as being a force in the industry, Lisa has also become a style icon in her own right having featured in Vogue and Elle. Her Instagram, which has amassed a following of 79k, is full of stylish outfit of the days and an insight into her jet-set life.