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Tia Adeola’s Return To NYFW Is An Ode To The Black Renaissance

by Black Vine

Tia Adeola has returned to the runway to showcase her Fall 2023 Ready-To-Wear collection. Upon first look, everything from the design direction to styling appears as an ode to the 90s and early 2000s with a Renaissance twist. This manifested on the runway through Y2K-inspired silhouettes, 90’s french rolled updos, and pin-thin brows. Tia Adeola has quickly gained a cult following among people who like her romantic and sensual designs. However, her Nigerian roots have given her a hard time with her creative direction. So her return to NYFW after her more traditional homecoming show in Nigeria for Lagos Fashion Week gives her the freedom to create again without limits.

“There has been so much discourse around the conservatism surrounding my clothing and I feel there shouldn’t be so much focus on how women want to display their sexuality in how they dress,” Adeola Discussing what all the details meant as a part of the story of her collection. “I would rather the focus be on the beauty of the lace, how the beads are falling, and not so much on the transparency of the fabric. I want to show my clothes and fabrics in their purest form.

I am also taking those details fundamental to my brand, such as ruffles and feathers, and elevating them. I want to think more critically about the details of my designs. The world is so dark, so I choose to make beautiful things to bring a bit of light.”

The 21-look collection opened with Opera singer Rebecca Hargrove crooning over the runway’s soundtrack in a floor-length petite ruffled dress with a lone latex — setting the mood for the remainder of the idyllic collection. The show featured a refined color palette of white and black with warm hues of yellow and pearled shades of blue.

Amorous, another word to describe the brand’s signature details of lace, ruffles, feathers, satin-like silks, and sheer cloaked fabrics, reaffirm the story Adeola hopes to tell. These elements were filled in poetic silhouettes of floor-length ruffled dresses, mulleted mini dresses, and ethereally draped gowns that lightly veil neglige.

When asked about the impact of styling on her final presentation, she said, “Collaborating with great people like stylist Mel Reneé has taken my collection to the next level. You see more alternative elements I’m not used to playing with, like, body jewelry, accessories, and even latex gloves.” The looks were further accentuated by hair and beauty undertaking with T.

Cooper for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and Mike Martinez for Cutler Salon in collaboration with BREAD Beauty Supply. The show’s glam team worked hard to recreate the unapologetically black looks of the 1990s classic BAPS. Sculpted half up half down french rolls and slicked bangs, swooped baby hairs, lengthened acrylics, dark lined lips, and micro brows were the intentional finishing that closed out the Black Renaissance experience Adeola was hoping to send her audience on.


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