When top celebrities, socialites and crème de crème step out looking all glammed, one begins to wonder that despite their busy & tight schedules, making a statement on red carpet event is more fascinating to them as they give the burden of their outfit and all glammed look to those whose purview is to incur all the running around for fabrics and sewing.
For top celebrities’ stylists/designers that includes Mai Atafo, Toju Foyeh, Luminee, Swanky Jerry, Ade Bakare to mention but a few, getting to the top is not quite easy as being consistent has made who they are in the world of fashion today. In no particular order, OMONIYI ALLI gives to you our own 5 fantastic celebrity fashion stylists.
This name won’t sound strange to anybody familiar with the fashion world, in Nigeria and other African countries. His love for fashion has really made him one of the best fashion designers in Nigeria.
Mai Atafo was best known to be designing men’s suits before he eventually launched a Bridal Collection he called ‘Wedding by Mai’. He designs bridal gowns, little bridesmaids, groom suits, blazers alongside waistcoats.
Aside been a Fashion Designer he also consults as a marketing specialist, he develops concepts, coordinates and produces events and TV shows. Mai Atafo is a fashion artist (MAI), fashion editor (Genevieve), stylist, entertainment consultant and compere.
He also designs red carpets gowns and suits for many celebrities, which includes Mercy Johnson, Dakore Egbuson, Stephanie Okereke, Stella Damascus, Gbenro Ajibade, Ramsey Nouah, Ex-Beauty Queens Omowunmi Akinnifesi, Munachi Abii, and Adaeze Igwe, Musicians include Banky W, D’Banj, 2face, M.I., Bez, Waje, and Omawumi and other important clients such as JJ Okocha, Uti Nwachukwu, Ebuka and many more.
His creativity and unique way of designing his clothes has won him up to 10 awards over the years and that has made him stand out among others.
Toju Foyeh Brand is owned by a creative designer that is fully into lady’s fashion, her brand is one that celebrities of sophisticated design love to have. Toju Foyeh’s collections are beautiful, bold and ambitious with the use of lace, silk, chiffon and enduring damask. She deals with luxurious clothes that are always suitable for a cocktail party, dinner even a red carpet.
The Toju Foyeh collection offers well-tailored one-of-a-kind fashion for the modern jet setting fashionista. She launched her brand at Arise Fashion Week in December 2011 and has since then become a style phenomenon in the fashion industry back home and abroad. She now also has a brand new bridal collection called “Beguile“ which means to charm or entice someone.
Some of her clients include Tiwa Savage, Wande Coal, Funke Akidele-Bello, Gbemisola Olateru-Olagbegi, Chidinma amongst others.
For Jeremiah Ogbodo better known as Swanky Jerry and CEO Swanky Signature, his eyes for details on each outfit made is second to none; popularly known for his slogan ‘No swanky!! No styling’, he has sure carved a super niche for himself having styled some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. Despite his young age, his outfits have been rocked in most of the top red carpet events.
Here are some of his clients whom he has styled over the year and still counting, they include Juliet Ibrahim, Tonto Dikeh, Majid Michel, Iyanya, Ice Prince, MI, Yung L, Timaya, Don Jazzy, D’Prince, Davido, 2face, Annie Macaulay, Ini Edo, Ik Ogbonna, Toke Makinwa, Waje, Emma Nyra and a host of others
With over 15 businesses to her name; her fashion house stood out dishing out some of the most creative designs. Tiannah Styling pitched her tent not just as a designer but also as one of the leading top fashion consultancy, celebrity photo-shoot boot and music video styling.
Having received numerous awards for her contribution to the fashion industry; Tiannah styling boast of clients not just in the entertainment field alone but in all other sectors; some of her clientele includes, Eniola Badmus, Denrele Edun, Beverly Osu, Iyabo Ojo, Fathia Balogun, Mercy Aigbe-Gentry, Kaffy, Adekunle Gold, Ciara, Emma Nyra, Adunni Ade to mention but few
Olakunbi Oyelese (April by Kunbi)
A fashion label that specializes in bespoke and ready-to-wear fashion for women who place a premium on the principles of fashion, fit, and functionality. Founded in the spring of 2010, the brand is the brain-child of Olakunbi Oyelese, a graduate of the renowned Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
Inspired by the month of April – the start of the Spring season, APRIL by Kunbi has been built on the philosophies of “newness, freshness and colour”. The designer works as a stylist for Tiwa Savage, Toke Makinwa, Omotola and many more.