Elegante by Tiannahstyling, with CEO and creative director Toyin Lawani at the helm, took Africa Fashion Week London 2013 by storm on Saturday 3 August 2013. With a freestyle runway show like no other which saw the models hop, jump, sprint, slide, twerk and tango and an exclusive mix created for Tiannahstyling, the label’s ‘Freedom’ collection captured the essence of freedom.
The designer’s love for polka dots was evident in the edgy collection which made use of materials such as silk, lycra, polka dots, leather, feathers, and chiffon, heavily accessorised with bags and hats.
“We wanted to create a dramatic and creative collection that captured the essence of freedom,” said Lawani of the collection, “And the models brought that to life with their freestyle runway.”
The standout pieces came in the shape of two floor length gowns, in blue and black respectively, with polka dot detail and daring sheer paneling, which teased the audience with a hint of skin.
Other playful pieces included a pink leather coat with white polka dot detail lining, bright yellow short shorts with orange details and a matching suitcase paired with a yellow blouse with orange collar detail, a polka dot and animal print mix leotard paired with a black leather coat sporting a brown animal print lining and a long yellow one-shoulder dress with polka dot and leopard print detail and a sexy side split accessorized with a matching hat.
Lawani’s biggest surprise came at the end of the show when the designer, clad in a red dress with big white polka dots accessorised with her trademark high tops stepped out unveiling her baby bump for the first time to the press and the London audience.