Celebrities rise to fashion fame due to the creative touch of their stylists. Between the red carpet appearances, magazine spread and campaign photoshoots, celebrities have a lot to live up to when it comes to their wardrobe. That’s why stylists are entrusted to make them the best dressed and most talked about celebrities.
In no particular order, #OSG reveals the top stylists whose eyes for fashion have transformed the entertainment industry in 2015.
Ejiro Amos Tafiri
Ejiro Amos Tafiri is a fast growing brand on the Nigerian fashion scene. She is the creative designer for her fashion label that bears her name and a fashion stylist for Rita Dominic, Mercy Aigbe, Toolz, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde and many more. Her brand takes pride in the production of wearable clothing and accessories inspired by vibrant, fun-loving, ‘joie de vive’ culture of the Lagos people and the cultural diversity of its populace which spans the globe.
Toni is the Creative Director and CEO of Tiannah’s Place Empire. A serial entrepreneur with interests in designing, fashion consultancy, celebrity photo shoot and music video styling. The winner of ELOY Awards ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ has styled numerous celebrities for major magazines in the country and showcased her designs at different Fashion Shows including Africa fashion Week in Los Angeles, Music Meets Runway and New York Fashion Show. Her clients includes Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Banky W, Don Jazzy, Davido, Terry G, Mercy Johnson, Eldee, Emma Nyra, Juliet Ibrahim, Davido, Susan Peters, TY Bello, Ini Edo, Funke Akindele, Lami Philips, Tee Blaq, Dammy Krane, Pasuma, Toke Makinwa, Oreka Goddis, Tonto Dikeh, Jackie Appiah, Nse Ikpe, Yvonne Nelson and many others. Her designs are always visible at major events in the country. Internationally, Ms Lawani has designed outfits for Hollywood celebrities including Singer Kelly Roland from Destiny’s Child, Bria Myles, Jennifer Richardson, and Natalie Nunn. She has also worked on a vast number of top Magazine Editorials.
Rhoda is a well known and respected name in the Nigerian Fashion Industry. The Fashion Consultant and CEO of Roses and Thorns Fashion Company has over the years been involved in several fashion projects that includes fashion editorials, runways, TV, commercials, fashion videos and fashion productions.
Popularly known as Ms Modish. She is a fashion consultant and image maker with Fierce and Modish, a styling outfit that caters for A-list celebrities clients like Waje, MI, Omoni Oboli and many more. Damilola was recently nominated for The ELOY Awards ‘Stylist of the Year’ for her outstanding touch on music diva, Waje.
Abbyke is one of the fastest rising Celebrity fashion designer and stylist in the country. The CEO House of Dominus and Domina won the 2014 ELOY Awards for ‘Stylist of the Year.’ This year, she went a step higher by launching the print edition of her famous online magazine, ‘The Celebrity Shoot.’ Her designs have been worn by celebrity clients like Juliet Ibrahim, Mercy Aigbe, Annie Idibia, Beverly Osu and many more.
Jane is one of Nigeria’s most sought after stylists. The fashion stylist turn designer has worked on major projects like the MTN Project fame and many more. Her outstanding performance in the industry was recently recognised at the recent Exquisite Ladies of the Year Awards with a nomination for ‘Stylist of the Year.’
She is no doubt the hottest celebrity stylist for 2015. From styling A-list celebrities like Toke Makinwa to winning Stylist of the Year at the recent ELOY Awards, Tobenna has risen to become one of the best stylists in the Country. Watch out for more of her creativity in 2016.
His recent resignation from Genevieve Magazine must have been a shock to many, but the Soft spoken Dimeji has engraved his name among the top celebrity stylist in the country.
Alara started his career with Genevieve Magazine before leaving to become the first Editor-in-Chief cum In-House Stylist for Mania Magazine. He later returned to the lifestyle magazine before finally quitting last month. His talents have led him to work for reputable fashion magazines like Elle, GQ, Glamour and South African Airways Inflight magazine(Sawubona). He has also styled fashion spreads in Nigerian magazines like Genevieve, Elan and MADE. Dimeji has styled celebrities like Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Asa, Funmi Iyanda, Eku Edewor, Kemi Adetiba, Tiwa Savage and Agbani Darego.
Ezinne fashion boutique – “Zinkata” – is a gathering of many fashion finds with a blend of vintage, classic, African, chic and more pieces for the Lagos fashion lover. The celebrity stylist has over eight years experience in the Nigerian fashion industry both working on editorial shoots, runway shows and as a personal stylist to different celebrity clients. She has worked closely with celebrities such as Genevieve Nnaji, Mercy Johnson, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and many others.
Standing at 6ft this young Nigerian is making a name for himself. Jerry or SwankyJerry as he is known has stood out without a doubt in Nigeria’s fashion scene. He has accomplished so much in so little time – styling some of the biggest household names in Nigeria’s movie and music industry, Tonto Dikeh(personal stylist), 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 the list goes on.
SwankyJerry also has a mini clothing line – customised for his clients only under the brand name Swanky Signatures.
Bubu is a young entrepreneur with eyes for fashion. She established IAMISIGO in 2009, and starting off as a small independent company based in Ghana and Nigeria. Her brand seeks to create a striking awareness of how African culture can be fused with an audacious but yet minimal design aesthetic. Her celebrity clientels include Eku Edewor, Zainab Balogun and many more.
April by kunbi
A fashion label that specialises 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 stylist fot tiwa savage, toke makinwa, Omotola and many more.