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Toyin Lawani of Tiannahstyling dishes on Styling May D’s Django Unchained-Inspired “So Many Tinz” Video

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Tiannah Styling MayD So Many Tinz - BellaNaija - May2013001From the release of Confam Entertainment boss May D‘s Django Unchained-inspired video “So Many Tinz”, it is clear that not only is he moving on but also, he’s taking his creativity to a whole new level. The video was exclusively styled by TiannahStyling owned by celebrity stylist Toyin Lawani, and we have the exclusive scoop on the video’s style from the stylist herself.

Speaking on the video shoot, Toyin described her experience working with talented music video director Moe Musa and the collaboration of their ideas. “It was very nice working with Moe Musa as they let me chip in with a few of my ideas as well which led to the Django theme – with the picnic scene, the slave scene and the maiden scene” 

The video was themed with the award winning Quentin Tarantino movie Django Unchained in mind coupled with a picnic and a maiden scene. For the maiden scene Tiannahstyling sketched each outfit from scratch showing each design in detail.
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The vibrant picnic scene had a vintage appearance with an accentuated hat and sun dress. From our end it seemed like May D and his lady were dray dreaming about what they would do when they escaped the slave master. Let’s hear what Toyin had to say. “The picnic scene set up was fun because I had to go to the extreme to make sure it looked vintage – strawberry, grapes, milk, jam, juice, bread etc were used as props on set.

I remember telling Moe Musa ‘Today’s your lucky day’ as my mind went straight to the PVC mixed floral dress I designed for Music Meets the Runway show in December. We just pulled it in and designed May D’s outfit to blend with it.


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Speaking about the challenges involved in sourcing the various fabrics, Toyin said “The maid outfit was quite hard to source as I had to go to Mile 2 to look for the sacks from onion traders and the stress of soaking it for two days before making them so as to get the smell out.

Talking on the slave outfits, Toyin explained that creating the outfits was fun and she is glad it came out looking great. “It was fun designing and styling the maiden outfits. It was fun all the way working with Kaffy, the dance queen, on set. They brought out the vision for the slave outfits with their moves.”

I decided to make their outfits out of sacks which took 50 pieces of sacks which we had to wash and soak and struggle to sew with machine but in the end it came out looking good. With May D’s outfit, I decided to make him stand out by putting his initial (M) to design his outfit.

In the end I think the clothes came out well and complimented the video and Ive got some more jobs out of this. At the moment I am styling and directing 3 videos and in the first week of June

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Photogrpahy: Tope Horpload
Make-up: Jide Adedeji
Lead Model: Jojo Lawal

Jennifer is the Beauty Editor & Style Representative of BellaNaija.com. Get in touch - Send an email to: beauty(at)bellanaija.com or style(at)bellanaija.com | Follow us on Instagram: @bellanaijabeauty OR @bellanaijastyle | Follow us on Twitter: @bellanaijastyle

21 Comments

  1. iamfascinating

    May 20, 2013 at 8:50 am

    i Love! creative

    • london's finest

      May 21, 2013 at 11:14 am

      seriously ?????

      **yahoo messenger smirky face***

    • Rose

      May 22, 2013 at 4:26 am

      Same here! I’m in love with the floral hat.

  2. H•A•W

    May 20, 2013 at 9:07 am

    I LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 awww

  3. sarafina

    May 20, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Truly love da video!

  4. ucylo

    May 20, 2013 at 9:17 am

    waiting for the comments……mixed feelings

  5. Zero

    May 20, 2013 at 9:37 am

    ??????

  6. ib

    May 20, 2013 at 9:46 am

    I luv d whole concept,very creative.thumbs up girl.

  7. opy

    May 20, 2013 at 9:47 am

    The costumes were well picked out, loved the concept and I absolutely love the flowered gown and hat. Way to go girl!!

  8. i no send

    May 20, 2013 at 11:06 am

    hmmm..i also hav mixed feelings but I’m really glad to see people do what they love and make a living from it..so kudos to her…..

  9. pynk

    May 20, 2013 at 11:55 am

    but wait, they found 2 mixed race pple to be slave and slave master? hmm

  10. kaffy and her dancers, they made that Ile Ijo video

    mytestimonys.blogspot.com/

  11. Wendy

    May 20, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    I’m loving this toyin lawani s work daily seen a lot of her work and I would say she’s very very talented ,all the videos I have seen her style are always off the hook please keep it up my dear your tiannahstyling is going places

  12. Jere

    May 21, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Beyond disgusting. Nigerians and this model minority mentality – I just threw up a little in my mouth.

  13. Pretty

    May 21, 2013 at 9:09 am

    @Jere: u be ode

  14. rey

    May 21, 2013 at 9:58 am

    am sure am going to hate this vedio…

  15. london's finest

    May 21, 2013 at 11:14 am

    hmmmmmm. i dont even know what to type sef.

    anyways, for the loff i have for MayD, all i can say is may God bless his hustle.

  16. GentsStyle

    May 21, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    IMPRESSIVE.

  17. blackblack

    May 21, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    i loved the styling in this video…not the typical BODYCON DRESSES AND ALL THAT BS.

  18. nikky

    May 21, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    hipster things

  19. POSHILLA!

    May 23, 2013 at 5:41 am

    ONE OF D MALE DANCERS SACK TROUSERS WAS TORN INBETWEEN HIS LEGS ,ABT 2 OF DEM SEF, HAHAHAHAH!

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