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Interview with celebrity fashion stylist – Solomon Tazibone

Interview with Celebrity Fashion Stylist - Solomon Tazibone
 - May 27, 2015 

[pullquote]Try developing a signature style. Let your personality above everything else guide you because trends come and go keeping up may be more costly than having a distinct style sense that does not necessarily conform to what’s in. [/pullquote]



Solomon Tazibone’s insight his life as  a personal/celebrity/editorial fashion stylist who has worked with a couple of big names on the local scene in Uganda. He heads the African Woman fashion department as a fashion editor. He is also a panelist, on the NTV-Uganda style project, a weekly beauty and fashion show hosted by Sylvia Owori. Solomon currently operates in Uganda, Africa.

Q. Describe your ‘I made it moment’.
I should say I have had a couple of progressive ‘I made it’ moments. First was working with Sylvia Owori and being creatively involved with the brand, then came my appointment as fashion editor for African Woman Magazine. I was thrilled at being on the panel of a TV fashion show and share with other fashion individuals like Sylvia Owori, Kleith Kyatuhaire & Linda Butare. My styling gig started off slowly but has grown with each client.
Q. For how long have you been in the fashion industry?
Roughly three and a half years. Started off as a fashion intern and have never looked back since then.
Q. As a fashion stylist, what are you required to do for your clients?
I select clothing and put together looks for music videos, print or television advertising campaigns, personal events (ie proms, weddings, graduations etc), published editorial features, concert performances, and any public appearances. My clientele includes everyone from a celebrity to an everyday person.
For starters, I need to know my clients personality, what they are comfortable with and not. This helps guide me in making appropriate wardrobe choices.
Q. Your personal style is amazing, what’s your secret?
Thank you. I love to experiment with different themes and ideas. I let my personality guide me in as far as style choices. I do not really conform. I think trends are a good thing because fashion evolves through trends, but I only use them to inspire what I wear. My style sense is preppy and eclectic in equal proportions.
Q. What inspires you?
Mood mainly. I dress according to how I feel.
Q. What items do you have to splurge on?
Am a shoeholic. I would buy a pair without even thinking twice. I spend on everything. It comes with my job(s). TV is the most demanding of them all.I love shopping, its therapeutical!
Q. Where/what are your favourite places to shop?
Anywhere from Mr. Price, thrift stores, yard sales to downtown.
Q. Do you have any style tips specifically for the youth?
Hygiene and grooming go hand in hand with style. Poor hygiene denotes a negligent personality.
Try developing a signature style. Let your personality above everything else guide you because trends come and go keeping up may be more costly than having a distinct style sense that does not necessarily conform to what’s in.
Being fashion forward doesn’t have to be taxing to your finances. There are many stores with affordable pieces. You would rather have a variety of wardrobe pieces for the price of one expensive designer piece.
Q. Does it cost a lot of money to have a stylist at hand? What is the price range like?
Like any service, professional styling comes at a cost. But it all depends on the amount of work done and prices different players in the field charge. There’s no general price structure. It’s worth investing in because one’s image is ones selling point.
Q. What are the building blocks of a complete wardrobe?
For the Corporate individual;  Maintain 50% work staple pieces, 30% dressy items and 20% casual basics.
For the ‘out and about’ individual; Maintain 30% work staple pieces, 40% dressy pieces and 30% casual basics.
Own atleast 6 pairs of shoes; one pair of sneakers, one pair of sandals, two pairs of dress shoes and two fancy pairs is a good place to start.
Invest in as many accessories as you can; different bags, jewelry, belts, scarves, neckties, hats etc. You would be surprised how many ways you would pull off one piece by just switching accessories.
Q. Do you consider yourself a trend setter?
Yes. Many people keep asking about the clothes I wear, where I shop and even my haircut. Again, it comes with what I do.
Q. Who qualifies as a true fashion icon?
To me, a fashion Icon is an individual famed for not only being fashion savvy, but for also influencing or inspiring the industry. It goes beyond flaunting the most avant-garde or “fresh-off-the-runway looks. A fashion icon should be able to embody the aspirations of the masses through fashion.
Q. Whose closet would you most raid?
Pharrell Williams definitely. Kanye west has a good eye but am not into how he puts some of his looks together.
Q. Fashion always excludes curvy women. What’s your philosophy on style and size?
It takes all sorts to make a world. Fashion designers should have that in mind.
Q. What advice would you offer to someone considering being a fashion stylist? Does it take a lot of time and money to start?
Do a lot of research to perfect your craft. Challenge yourself, make connections and most of all be patient. Focus on exposure first then the dimes will eventually roll in.
Like any other craft, time is of the essence. You do not need millions in capital. Start off with basics, tools and accumulate as many pieces as you continue.
Q. Who are some of your clients?
I have worked with Juliana Kanyomozi for an Oriflame makeup line shoot, Irene Ntale for an editorial shoot, Fille, Young Zee and Chozen for videoshoots, Sheila Gashumba, a couple of models for look book shoots and dressed cross section of clients for events.


Q. What else would you like people to know about your job/career?
People should enlist stylists. Being able to put together particular looks does not make you a stylist; taste and creativity are innate.
Q. How can someone find you if they need your services?
They can call/Whatsapp on +256706106953 or get in touch with me on social media;
Facebook: Tazibone Solomon(page&profile)
Instagram: tazibone_solomon
Twitter:       kingX0l0mon




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Interview with freelance Makeup artist- Omotolani Shokeye

Interview with Freelance Makeup Artist- Omotolani Shokeye
 - April 10, 2015 

Meet Omotolani Shokeye, a Nigeria born freelance makeup artist based in London, United Kingdom.

[pullquote] I always remind myself to never stop aiming for more success, to strive for better, to learn from all experiences and always remember why I started.[/pullquote]




Omotolani Shokeye’s insight into what inspires her, what she loves most about being a makeup artist and inspirational words to all aspiring makeup artists. She is a Nigeria born Freelance makeup artist based in London (UK)

 Q.  How long have you been doing makeup professionally and how did you get started?
I have been working as a professional makeup artist for three years. I have always taken an interest in how I and others around me look. Before I started professionally, I had done makeup on my siblings and friends for special occasions.
Enhancing beauty is what gives me joy. Compliments received through family and friends I had applied make up on made me make the decision to become a professional. I had no other option than to make a living in what makes me and those around me happy.
Q. What do you love most about doing makeup?
I love every stage in the process of makeup application. What really gets me emotional is the priceless smile on my client faces after looking in the mirror, and the warm, tight hugs that express more than words can.
Q. What sets you apart from other makeup artists?
Although I respect every makeup artist doing this professionally and otherwise, I do not compare my work with anyone else’s. We all bring a piece of ourselves, our experiences and our creativity to our work and this is what makes all makeup artists unique. 
Q. Where do you primarily work, and how far will you travel?
I am currently based in London and cover there primarily however, I am available to travel all round Europe and Africa, even the world, if my clients are willing to pay for travel expenses.
Q. Do you do a trial run or consultation?
Yes, I do. It’s preferred as it helps me get to know my client better, see what works on different skin types and experiment with colours, textures, outfits and lighting.
Q. What is the most important beauty advice that you can give to women?
I’d advice a woman to believe in her inner beauty. You can only feel beautiful outside if you believe you are on the inside.
Q. Can you cover tattoos, tan lines, acne, birthmarks, etc.?
Yes. That comes as a part of my job. I often come across clients that need their tattoos, acne etc covered.
Q. Why did you choose this profession?
As mentioned before, enhancing beauty gives me joy. I chose this profession because I am passionate about it. If you choose to do what you love professionally, all challenges become adventurous.  
Q. Today’s woman is busier than ever. What is the easiest/quickest way to turn a day’s work look into something that works for night out?
Changing a lipstick colour can change the whole look of a woman. Applying natural looking makeup (with no eye lash extensions) during the day then changing it with a hot colour lipstick and eyelash extensions for night out can make a massive difference.
Q. What three makeup items should no woman leave home without?
A- Lipstick, B- Mascara, C- Compact bronzer
Q. What has been the biggest challenge of your career?
Time management. Working with highly reputable clients that have just few minutes to get ready for their big day can be quite challenging but I am always ready to overcome the challenges. 
Q. Any word to aspiring artists out there?
I have few words I tell myself first. If aspiring artists find it useful then I’m glad to have helped.
I am on a journey and I am nowhere near where I want to be. I always remind myself to never stop aiming for more success, to strive for better, to learn from all experiences and always remember why I started. I must keep working hard to improve. And enjoy every second of what I do. A second wasted is a second lost and I have too much to achieve to waste any second!

Contact  Omotolani

32 Henrietta close, Greenwich, London. SE8 3EJ

+44 7903 380091

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Interview with Fashion writer- Gloria Haguma

Interview with Fashion Writer Gloria Haguma
 - January 1, 2015

Gloria Haguma was born on 12th June 1990, to Mr. Ezrah Hagum Imana and the late Marie-Sera Kampire. She is the first born from a family of seven. Her siblings are Brian Haguma who is at UCU, Inshuti Martha Haguma who just completed her O’level at St. Mary’s Kitende, Desire, Denise, Destiny and Peace.
She attended St. Stephen Primary School, Seeta High School and Mpoma girl’s school.
She later joined Uganda Christian University where she graduated with a bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication.
Gloria did her internship at the Razor Newspaper before moving to the Daily monitor where she works to date. She has also worked for, a popular online website and she also currently work at Paramour cosmetics ltd as the operations manager.
Aside from fashion writing, Gloria also provides personal shopping services to different people.  So If you want to buy an item, or clothing and have no idea where to find it, then she is just the person you need.

 [pullquote]”Every  Girl’s closet must have  a little black dress, a pair of fitting blue jeans and a pair of low heel pumps”[/pullquote]





Gloria Haguma’s insight into what inspires her, what she loves most about being a fashion writer and a typical day in the life of a fashion writer.
Q: What does fashion mean to you?
It’s the one thing that I can do and derive full pleasure from. It’s having the ability to create a lasting impression on the readers and the followers of my columns. I don’t view this as a short term goal, it is probably what I want to be doing when I retire.
Q: When did you realize you wanted to become a fashion writer?
Well, that must have been when I was offered the internship placement at Daily Monitor back in 2012. I have always had a keen interest in clothes, and what people are wearing. When I was at Campus, I used to do verdicts on my classmates when they walked into the door during lectures.
Together with a friend of mine called Angella, we would critic everyone’s outfits and of course have a good laugh at the really hilarious ones, especially the hair styles.
So when I got into the Daily Monitor, I knew fashion was what I wanted to get involved in.
Q: We noticed that you work for a Newspaper company. How does online content differ from print?
It’s not any different. The only difference would probably be in the readership. The online content has a bigger readership. Almost every adult in this country has a smart phone, or a laptop and people are on line 24/7. So the readership is broad is broad when using online content.
Q: How do you decide what topics to write about?
Many times, the topics are determined by the trends. The readers want to know what is trending so that’s what I have to provide them with. However, for the other magazines like Full woman and Sunday life, we discuss a topic with the editor and then get it done. These are usually focusing on different topics, not particularly on the current trends. It could be a year ender, or maybe addressing a fashion mistake I see around.
Q: What do you believe makes a quality article of clothing / a great look?
The thought put into a look is what makes it tick for me. For instance we could both wear little black dresses and heels.  But if the other person went the extra mile to add a little belt to my dress, or maybe add a fux jacket, then that is a better look to me. Having a good look doesn’t come easy. You need to work hard at it.
Q: Who are some of your favorite fashion designers now?
There are many. Internationally, I love Elie Saab. I hope that one day; I can have enough money to buy one of those gorgeous gowns. Locally, I love PSJ Couture and Martin Kadinda from Tanzania when it comes to men’s wear.
When it comes to shoes, I would kill for a pair of Manolo Blahnik heels any day, any time.
I love  Suzan Mutesi, Brenda Maraka, Sylvia Owori, Gloria Wavamunno, Santa Anzo and Ras Kasozi. I like the new breed of designers that we have in Kampala like Martha Jabo, Brenda Maraka, Anita Beryl, and Juliana Okori. I need to have a piece of each one of these in my closet.
And then there is the new breed of designers, the collectors. Of course Abryanz Collection takes the lead when it comes to men’s wear. I am also a huge fan of Tinah’s Boutique, Ansell’s dresses, LK collections  and House of Lukoma.
Q: What is your favorite Fashion Event memory this year?
Lets make that favorites. To begin with I was very excited about Kampala reviving its fashion week, all thanks to Gloria Wavamunno and I was also honoured to have been in attendance. Everything from the organization to the fashions showcases was amazing.
Then I also got a chance to attend the Swahili fashion week in Tanzania, which for me was epic. I was a nominee in the category for the best East African fashion journalist. And even though I didn’t win, I was happy to be a nominee.
Well, I saved the best for last. My biggest fashion memory this year was winning the award for the best fashion writer at the Abryanz Style & Fashion Awards 2014. When I started out as a fashion writer, I never thought the day would come when I would be actually awarded for it. And that is why I am truly grateful for the organizers of the ASFAs, for the great honour.
Q: What did it take for you to win the Abryanz Fashion and Style Awards 2014? And how did you feel about that?
Well, I believe I have grown over the years as a writer all thanks to my editors Eunice Rukundo(Full woman), Henry Ssali (Sqoop), Justine Juliet Rukundo(Life), Grace, Mike Carol and Flora . Each of these individuals has had a great influence in the person that I have become, career wise. My mentor Brenda Banura has also been a great help. There is no giving up in this girl’s world.
Being nominated for the Abryanz Style & Fashion Awards was a great honour, because it was my first local nomination and winning the award was very humbling. I can’t thank Brian Ahumuza enough for endeavouring to create a platform that recognizes talent like mine. 
Q: What advice do you have for aspiring fashion writers?
I don’t think I would be the right person to give advice being that I am still growing as well.
But all I can say is that you need to work hard at it if you are to make it as a fashion writer. The good thing with coming out as a fashion writer in Uganda is that there’s room for growth. We don’t have so many writers so breaking out will be easy, as long as you are good at what you do.
Then you need to be up to date with everything going on in the fashion world. How else are you going to be advising people on what to wear, when you have no idea of what the skort is!
Q: What do you like best and dislike most about fashion?
The best part about being involved in the fashion industry is the influence that I create on the readers. I normally get people texting asking me where they can buy the item that I could have written about, or commending me on a story I have done.
Well the worst part is having to keep up. You have to lead by example, so if you are criticizing what people are wearing, you need to be setting the proper example. That means i need to be conscious of how I set out, especially at events.
Normally I am the jeans and t-shirt kind of girl but because of my job, I have had to adjust a bit.
Q: How would you define your personal style?
I like to move with the flow. If I wake up in the morning and i feel like being comfortable, I will throw on my jeans and t-shirt. If I am attending an event, then I will dress up, even wear make up. To me, it’s all about the comfort.
Q: What are some of your fashion goals? Life goals?
I want to get to a point where people have complete trust in me and the information that I am sending out in the fashion stories. I want to become an authority on fashion, in all aspects.
Q: Where do you get your inspiration?
From making my father proud of me. I am the first born in a family of seven. So every day when I wake up, I want to be a good example to the young ones and also make my father proud of who I will have become. My father has been my everything. He has struggled to bring me through school, and so the least I can do is make a decent person out of myself.
Q: What do you consider to be your biggest satisfactions and dissatisfaction with your occupation?
Well, seeing my by line up on a story every time the papers come out is the greatest joy of my profession. To think that people take their time and read the stories that I have written is truly amazing for me.  And of course with my job, you get to go to all these places, many times; all expenses paid, and also get invites to most of the shows in town.
I can’t think of any dissatisfaction as per now.
Q: Style advice: Three must haves for every girl’s closet are…
A little black dress, a pair of fitting blue jeans and a pair of low heel pumps.
Q: When you’re not writing, we’re most likely to find you:
You will find me at Paramour Cosmetics Ltd where I work as an operations manager Or maybe at any fashion event in town with my Close Friend Christine Wanjala. I will be somewhere in the corner doing what I do best; analyzing the outfits.

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Suzan Mutesi – Qualities of a Successful Fashion Designer

Suzan Mutesi has won the best Fashion designer award of the year in 2011 and 2012 respectively, and Iconic fashion designer of the year in Australia recently this year. She has worked with high profile people like Rihanna, Kelly Rowland, Miss world 2011 and 2013, famous actors like Tammin Pamela Sursok who is known for her roles on Home and Away, on The Young and the Restless and Pretty Liars. She has also designed dresses that were worn by Miss World contestant Sheron Sultan 2011, Miss World Fiji contestant Juneth Ndele 2013 and Miss Philippines. X-Factor participant Bella, guest-star Sophia of the group Three Wishes and Miss Globe 2012 winner Karen Gee and actresses.

I have always had the passion for fashion since I was a little girl and I desired to start my own label because to me it’s not just business- it’s a DREAM, and this dream is coming alive

The fashion industry is exploding and there are so many upcoming designers.
To get ahead in the business and sit with the ranks of Ralph Lauren and Christian Dior, you as an aspiring passionate designer. You should have some of the same qualities as the world’s top designers.


Qualities of a Successful Fashion Designer

Here are some of the qualities that have made Suzan Mutesi. Borrow a leaf or a whole tree if you are an ambitious fashion designer.
Strong Business Sense
I have excellent business skills. I understand budgets, marketing, and sales concepts that are vital to getting designs produced and sold around Australia
Good Communication
A number of people are involved in the creation of a garment, and as designer, I have been able to effectively communicate to everyone involved and what he or she expects.
Highly Creative
I have a great sense of style and I am always constantly coming up with new ideas for fashion and style for my customers.
Strong Drawing Skills
I have Excellent drawing skills. I can easily sketch new ideas onto paper to start the production process.
Good Eye for Materials
I have an eye for the materials of a garment, as well as the elements that make it unique, such as colour and fabric.
Strong Sewing Skills
I am able to construct the garments I design. I understand what materials work best in the designs I am developing.
Knowledgeable of Current Fashion Trends
I follow trends and I have a good eye for anticipating what my audience will respond to next.
Susan Mutesi has also been nominated for the Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards. To vote her as the Best Fashion Contributor in the diaspora, type ASFA N1 and send to 8888




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About Author


Kelvin Ngabo is a fashion writer, entrepreneur, IT expert and model manager based in Kampala, Uganda. He is also a professional web designer and online marketing consultant . The urge to be successful is what keeps him motivated.