Meet the ineffable, humorous and sassy FOYIN OGUNROMBI
Style Africa’s SA Fashion Week Guest Contributor, and blogger of Dear Solo
A PASSION FOR FASHION
If you’ve ever encountered Nigerian women, you’ll know one thing: they love fashion. Dressing in Nigeria brings about a culture of bright colours and luxurious accessories and beautiful fabrics – something instilled into me from my mother and her love of fashion.
FAVOURITE SOUTH AFRICAN DESIGNER
My two favourite designers may seem quite cliched, but I adore David Tlale and Gert-Johan Coetzee. I love David’s work, particularly because of the ankara/printed material that he uses and how that resonates with me, especially because of my upbringing. I also love Gert-Johan because not only have I met him on a few occasions and he’s an incredible man, he also is socio-politically conscious and reflects that in his designs.
I would definitely say it is a bit eclectic and definitely mood-orientated: sometimes I feel like dressing like a hipster, or other times I want to look like a 1950s housewife, or maybe a ’20s flapper, or a ’90s rebellious teen – maybe I want to feel like I’m straight out of Clueless or look like Mary-Kate and Ashley in their boho days or just look like a student in baggy jeans and a hoodie… but mostly, I like to wear monochrome, and I think it very much works for me.
TIPS for SPRING/SUMMER
2014 is definitely the year of the crop top and sheer fabrics, so if you can find a combination of both (I know Mr P has some sheer paneled crop tops in store!), you’ll be right on trend for summer. Also, try and get yourself a wide-brimmed fedora because they just ooze cool for any look. Invest in a kimono, as well, because as one of the designers of Ruff Tung told me, it’s the best way to look like you’re in your pajamas yet be fully dressed at the same time. A fitted midi-skirt is also a very versatile item to own – you can wear it to work or school, to the club, and to church, LOL.
WORDS TO LIVE BY
“You’ve got to be odd to be number one.” – Dr Seuss
“Do not despise the day of small beginnings, because everything great comes from something small.”
“You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestation of your own blessings.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
SOUTH AFRICAN FASHION
South African fashion presents not only the past of South Africa, but a very bright future. South Africa’s multiculturalism is one of the most inspiring things to see, and it is also something that is so elegantly represented in the fashion industry. There is a certain aspect of tolerance in the fact that there’s a type of colour or brand for everyone and even within that, there are sects that are so diverse that they accommodate a multitude of tastes. The industry has such promise and I can’t wait to see what it has in store for the future!
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