Fashion & Beauty Editor

It was Deola Sagoe’s debut presentation in New York at the last Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, held at Lincoln Center. The Deola Sagoe/Clan’s collection was very well received. The Clan company is owned by Sagoe’s daughters, Teni, Tiwa and Abe. In business for 25 years, Sagoe, from Nigeria, draws most of her inspirations from her native country and mixes creative ideas with Western aesthetics. Backstage, while their models were being fitted and moving from hair to makeup chairs, it was exciting to view the various preparations that went into their look for the show, which was absolutely breathtaking. The models’ eye shadows were smoky. Brighter shades such as pink were also used. Lips were a dark red. Hairstyles rotated from straight to curly.

For spring 2015, the designer’s signature looks continue to flow. Her clothes were glowing on the runway. Colors, including white, silver and orange, were eye-catching. With quality workmanship and impeccable tailoring, Deola Sagoe/Clan utilized traditional Nigerian fabrics that were hand dyed and made into styles that were also shown as wearable art. The designer created a stir with her unexpected curvaceous cuts and color combinations. Whether the cut is on the top or bottom of her garments, Sagoe’s cuts are always precise and to a fashion point. Her tops are fitted to flatter the body. Often enhanced with contrast color panels, her skirts enhanced the look. This line includes several shapely silhouettes in dresses, skirts and gowns for day and evening. Tops offer fly-away designs that often bare shoulders. Details are distinguished, showing off midriffs on tops and high splits and thigh-high slits on skirts. On hemlines, the line features short and long pieces. Some asymmetrical hemlines offer an attractive curve. Pantsuits are streamlined and are a welcome addition to the collection. Overall, the Clan’s classic cuts seemed timeless.

“These pieces will be available upon personal requests,” said Teni.