So I (Kike) worked with the incredible Lanre Da Silva-Ajayi yesterday at the ARISE, MADE IN AFRICA show. It was a mind blowing experience  in general. I was on her design team and I also styled the collection for the show. I can safely say, her mind is truly amazing, it’s quite incredible how she places fabrics together and creates these masterpieces.

The collection – LABOUR OF LOVE, is very versatile in that it ranges from daywear to evening wear. The collection has the most amazing fabrics, my two favourites were the butterfly print fabric and the finale fabric which was the lace with flowers. Absolutely breath-taking stuff.

Here are some pictures of us working during the fittings, with close-ups of the fabrics and the accessories used!

The Butterfly-Print Fabric


The Lace and Tweed section of the collection.


Lace and Butterfly Print

The Finale look on the right. Isn’t this fabric breathtaking?

LDA and Ono

Ono & I during the fittings.

The work never stops. No, really, it never stops.

Excuse the double chin please!

Cookie from 4ACES, We love!

Isioma, she’s sooo pretty!

Tsemaye’s uber-cool D&G shoes!

Our next post will feature the backstage madness and a few of our fashion favourites from the After-Party.

Love Always,


Kike & Tobi