Former eponymous label, Deola Sagoe has revamped and rebranded her high fashion brand with first, a change in nomenclature to House of Deola and the introduction of a breathtaking bridal wear, the Komolle Kandids Range.
Deola Ade Oje shares with Style Vitae the idea behind the Komole bride and also shares deep insight on her inspiration behind the collection, the approach taken to bring each piece into fruition.
“I imagine a Komole bride. She is independent and in charge, but still demure and gentle like the current Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton… She honors everyone that looks at her with her way and that wow Komole creation! …She is the new light in all their lives!There is no need anymore to have Aso-Oke and a Lace outfit as two answers to an occasion’s fashion demands… we have combined both into one and by so doing transcended, making the new creation even better than the sum of it’s parts. The new fabric motifs and the fashions that we have formed them into elevate the wearer to princess level, while still keeping her culturally grounded – I believe that this is what true class and elegance is about, shining in the form of a glow rather than a tinselly shine.”
The brand also states that the Komole range required over 12 years of research and development as it was aimed at bringing a refreshingly new and modern take on lace and Aso oke – the two common fabrics used in weddings.
In the accompanying press release, the House of Deola also shares insightful answers to some of the questions we already had at the tips of our tongues concerning the many details regarding the Komole Kandis series.
What inspired you this time round, creating this Komole collection? What woman did you have in mind and where (in what scene) did you see her wearing your designs?
Komole – which means to dance- is occasion wear. By now, we must have realized that Nigerians throw the best “occasions” anywhere – the world is beginning to suspect this is true! We just know how to gba dun, you know, enjoy with our friends and family in that kind of setting. So, since we give the “highest quality“ occasions it is only right that we have the highest quality clothes to go with that.
But this time round I really didn’t care, I took the level of craftsmanship so high. Some people would ask me why I was putting so much into one garment, and now I don’t even have to explain anymore because it is plain to see. Seriously, whether created by me or not, who would dare to say that this Komole look is not beautiful. These ladies look regal!
What can you tell us about the process of making a dress in the Komole style?
One word: painstaking –or is that two words? Sketching, cutting, precision-sewing, stitching, beading- what we do is not for fair-weather butterfly minds… It takes focus skill, patience and persistence. Then we finish and give you the piece, you wear it and realize that you are walking on air! The energy that has been put into it literally lifts you off the ground! Every single Komole piece is basically sculpted on the wearer and in that way it is exclusive.
Cheapness leads to cheapness, and I’m not talking about money. A cheap mind produces cheap things, simple
The details in the dresses are fascinating can you tell us a bit about the detailing in this Komole collection. For instance we hear the motifs have names…
Komole designs are our innovated answer to lace fabrics. As major consumers of this fabric style, it’s only right that we develop our own. But like I said, I didn’t go into this with purely commerce in mind, it was never about me producing a cheaper or locally made lace copycat fabric. Never that! I decided to start with the fabrics’ ideology and develop from there using Aso Oke.
What drew you to the colour palette you used?
I am quite sensitive to colour. One of my daughters is so colour sensitive she is like a colour oracle. She just knows how to interpret colour – it’s so fascinating to watch her do her thing. Colour palettes trend season by season. For example, pastels were chosen for brides – a deviation from the typical white wedding dress. This time round we favoured jewel tones to extend to attire for the wedding guests, mother of the bride, bridesmaids etc.
Looking closely at the pieces, the Komole range can undoubtedly be called one of the most intricately designed pieces with an innate craftsmanship evident in the lookbook.
The colour palette ranges from pastels to jewel tones, with iridescent sheen arising from silk ‘shot-through’ Aso-Oke weaves and mixed expertly with lace in design.
Feminine silhouettes, floor length dresses, scalloped hems, and plunging necklines are some of the features of the Komole collection.
The beautiful have different luxury names ranging from Liya,Imani,Adeola,Salma,Alexandra,Maxima & Ines ,Eleanor and Elizabeth.
Ivory boned corset with diaphanous divides and Ivory “winged” skirt. Corset and skirt panelled with Komole Kandids Forest motif
One shoulder celadon floor length dress with attached ruched ‘ipele’. Dress patterned with Komole Kandids Forest motif.
Ivory and Brass gilded Iro and Buba. Iro and Buba patterned with Komole Kandids Forest on Classic motif. Gele edged with Komole Kandids Forest motif. Iro and Buba is finished with signature Deola “cadeaux bow-back”.
Emerald floor length dress with attached peplum belt frill. Dress and belt frill patterned with Komole Kandids Forest motif.
Plum ribbed corset with fringe fascia and floor length skirt. Fringe fascia is patterned with Komole Kandids Azalea motif.
Maxima & Ines
Azure cropped ‘Kimo-Buba’ and Azure pencil skirt. Skirt is patterned with Komole Kandids Clover motif.
Coral A-line dress with soft shoulder straps. Dress is patterned with Komole Kandids Daisy motif.
Cherry blossom pink floor length dress with fringe fascia cape. Fringe fascia cape is patterned with Komole Kandids Azalea motif, and skirt is panelled with Komole Kandids Azalea motif.
Apricot and platinum gilded Iro and Buba, “Double wrapper”. Iro and Buba patterned with Komole Kandids Nectar motif. Iro and Buba is finished with signature Deola “cadeaux bow-back”.
Ultramarine blouson and floor length ‘Roses’ skirt. Blouson is patterned with Komole Kandids Azalea motif.
As the House of Deola promises a second series of Komole Kandids to be launched on the 6th of March
Check out beautiful pictures from the collection:
Fabrics and Designs: House of Deola
Photography: Kelechi Amadi Obi
Models: Few Models | Beth Model Management
Hair: Ugo of Make Me
Makeup: Bimpe Onakoya
Shoes: Polo Avenue
Creative Direction & Styling: Teni Sagoe
Jewelry: Aanushkil Jewelry
Bags: Vintage bags from the late Elizabeth Wuraola Ojo’s closet