Between the red carpet appearances, magazine and campaign photoshoots celebrities have a lot to live up to when it comes to their wardrobe. They either have it or they don't.
That's where the stylist or “style consultant” comes into play. Stylists are the ones who are entrusted to make their clients some of the best dressed and most talked about celebrities. However, most stylists work behind-the-scenes and out of the limelight, so we never hear about them. It's time to get familiar with the people that bring all the beautiful spreads in fashion magazines, runway and of course celebrity looks!However, please know that this list is in no way numbered by hierarchy.
Here are the 10 Celebrity Stylists You Should Know.
Dimeji Alara is the Editor-in-Chief of Mania while Godson Ukaebu is the Deputy Editor at Mania magazine.
Parisian-born Nigerian Dimeji Alara has an impressive resume in fashion and has worked internationally with magazines such as Elle, GQ and Glamour. Before horning his skills at mania he briefly styled for Genevieve, Elan and MADE magazines in Nigeria. He has also worked with international designers in the likes of David Tlale and Craig Jacobs as fashion director.
2. Godson Ukaegbu
Godson Ukaegbuis Dimeji Alara right-hand at Mania magazine. Though it is difficult to describe Godson without a diagram with many nodes. He is currently Deputy Editor at Mania Magazine where he employs his creative wits and subtle daring tendencies to good use.
As a fashion editor and stylist, a segment of his many expressions where he masterfully articulates the business of fashion as it works in tandem with professional visual communication. He is a gentleman in the making, a budding screenwriter and an undergraduate of Economics from the University of Lagos. Godson is by all means, work in progress.
Between Dimeji and Godson, we can say they have argurably styled almost every celebrity in NigeriaLanre DaSilva Ajayi and Linda Ikeji to Oluchi Orlandi and Tiwa Savage, this two seem to be a formidable force in Nigerian fashion to reckon with.
Read Dimeji’s blog: www.dimejialara.blogspot.com | Follow on Twitter: @DimejialaraFollow Godson on Twitter: @godsononradio
3. Toyin Lawani
Toyin Lawani runs Tiannah’s Place Empire as the Creative Director and CEO. This Fashion stylist cum designer is an experienced as taken her TiannahStyling outfit to another level as she has styled a number of celebrities within Nigeria including Wizkid, Banky W, Niyola, Tiwa Savage, Don Jazzy, Dr Sid, Wande Coal, D’Prince, Davido, Terry G, Mercy Johnson, Eldee, Emma Nyra, Juliet Ibrahim, TY Bello, Toni Tones, Waje, Stephanie Okereke Linus, G-Lory, Sean Tizzle, May D, Funke Akindele, Lami Philips, Samklef, Tee Blaq, Dammy Krane, Pasuma, Oreka Goddis, Toke Makinwa, Layole Oyatogun, Susan Peters, Jimmie of Beat FM, Yvonne Vixen Ekwere, Tipsy, Morrel, Tonto Dikeh, Seyi Shay, Mo’chedda, Vector, Sharon Ojong, LAX, Yinka Davies, Jackie Appiah, Nse Ikpe, Yvonne Nelson, Ini Edoand many others.
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.
Ms Toyin Lawani has also Creatively Directed and Coordinated the Mademoiselle Aglaia Fashion Show 2012 and the Fab Magazine 2012 Awards both in Lagos, Nigeria.
Working on a video shoot? Ms Lawani is your girl!
Follow on Instagram: @tiannahstyling
Bolaji Animashaun is well-known in Nigerian Fashion styling. She has styled hit international TV shows such as MNet 53 Extra with Eku Edewor and former co-host Dolapo Oni as well as styled some of MNet’s top promo campaigns. She has also worked with other talented international stylists such as Sabrina Henry of Arise Magazine and has achieved red carpet and editorial looks with celebrities from Tiwa Savage to Nike Oshinowo. When it comes to fashion runway productions she has worked on all the major shows in Nigeria from Arise Magazine Fashion Week, Lagos Fashion and Design Week, Music Meets Runway other niche fashion events. She also consults fore-commerce retailer Konga. She’s definitely your go to stylist!
Check her work out on Tumblr: www.bolajianimashaun.tumblr.com | Follow on Twitter: @Bolajee
5. Ezinne Chinkata
Ezinne Chinkata is the Fashion Editor at Genevieve magazine, she also works as a freelance Fashion Consultant. She previously worked as the Fashion Editor for Wow! Magazine and has over five years 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, Genevieve Nnaji, Mercy Johnson, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and many others.
6. Veronica Ebie-Odeka
Celebrity stylist Veronica Ebie-Odeka has become a household name in just four years in the Nigeria Fashion industry, though she has a portfolio that spans 10 years in high fashion print, commercial and runway modelling. She horned her skills in fashion styling with her outfit ‘Vane-Style’ and is now one of Nigeria’s most celebrated stylists and go-to person for the creation of signature style, personal shopping, wardrobe consultations, makeovers, personal and luxury shopping, styling for fashion shows, wardrobe detox and rebuilding. She boasts of a clientele list envious to many, she’s worked with socialites and celebrities in Nigeria including Artistes Tiwa Savage, Davido and Waje,TV Presenters Adora Oleh and Dolapo Oni, OAP Toolz and Model Manager Elohor Aisien, Actress Genevieve Nnaji and Media Personality Mo Abudu.
The list doesn’t stop there as she has also styled well-known international celebrities such as American Glamour Model and Actress, Carmen Electra, Award winning Singer Alicia Keys and former member of Destiny’s Child, Farrah Franklin. She also worked on big projects including Nigerian Idols seasons 1 and 2, Project Fame, Elite Model look Nigeria 2011 and 2012, Martini Male Model Search 2011, GTBank Commercials, MTN Lagos Fashion & Design Week 2011 and Arise Magazine Fashion Week 2011 and 2012.
Check out her work on: www.vane-style.com | Follow on Instagram: @Veronicaodeka
7. Zed Eye
Talented Fashion Designer cum stylist Ngozi Pere-Okorotie, AKA Zed Eye is a London College of Fashion graduate, who we all got to know first as a designer with her Zed Eye fashion label famed for her stand out pieces spotted on top celebrities including Kelis, Shingai (The Noisettes), celebrity hairdresser Tara Smith, even famed British designer Henry Holland sang high praise of her fashion collection. Nowadays, Zed Eye is working behind the scenes styling and image consulting for young talents such as rap group LOS and celebrities in the likes of Eku Edewor, Toolz and Seyi Shay.
Follow on Istagram: @zedeye
8. Adebayo Oke-Lawal
Adebayo Oke-Lawal is a stylist cum fashion designer of label Orange Culture. When he is not designing, this young lad is styling high profile editorials for magazines such as Wow!, where he is the Fashion Editor. He styled top notch celebrities including Kate Henshaw, Rita Dominic, Yvonne Nelson and more…. Also, he has worked in highly pressure backstage productions of fashion shows such as Music Meets Runway.
Follow on Instagram @theorangenerd
Kike Soyode is a fashion stylist moonlighting as a lawyer. She is also a blogger and runs her Stylebyqueens blog with a close friend.She has worked as a Stylist and Fashion Consultant and has showcased her skills at large productions such as Arise Magazine Fashion Week, Music Meets Runway and MTN Fashion & Design Week. She also consults for Lanre Da-Silva Ajayi as a member of the Creative team in the capacity of an Associate Stylist and recently started styling for Wow! Magazine.
Visit Kike’s blog: www.stylebyqueens.co.uk | Follow on Instagram @Kikeola
10. Yoanna Pepper Okwesa-Chikezie
Yoanna Okwesa-Chikezie, popularly known as ‘Pepper’ has been working in fashion since the age of 15. She has held various roles at Pride magazine, worked on The Mayor of London’s Kulture2Couture Fashion Exhibition, worked for fashion label Maria Grachvogal at the Communications Store assisting during London Fashion Weeks, Fashion Stylist and Editor at FAB Magazine.
She has styled for magazines including Arise, BHF, Canoe, Pride, New African Woman and True Love and has also styled celebrities including Shingai from the Noisettes, M3nsa & Wanlov The Kubolor, BezIdakula, Eldee, Keffe and Duncan Daniels and has directed collection looks for fashion designers Nkwo and Zebra Living. She also runs a vintage store in Lagos known as Retrospective. Currently she is the Fashion Editor at TW magazine and has produced beautiful covers with socialite and business women such as Nike Oshinowo and Tara Fela-Durotoye.
Follow on Twitter: @PurplePepperLov