#UPCLOSE & STYLISH WITH FUNMI FAGBEMI!

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There’s a lot you can find out about somebody in 10mins! If you ask the right questions that is, you’ll discover things about their style, to their early life, to work ethic and more! These are just a few things I’ve learnt about head stylist at VRStyling; Funmi Fagbemi ( *big grin* My namesake lol), who has a huge imagination when styling and has a very clever way of bringing it to life on whoever she is styling! She recently styled Rapper; Eve for Da Vibe Magazine and Tiwa Savage’s infamous look for her new “Wanted” video! Get to know her below… 

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Funmi Shot By Erik Erxon.

  • How would you describe your style?
It varies, depending on where my imagination wants to take me. ‎Overall, I’d say tomboy grunge with added chic.
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Funmi for Institute Magazine.
  • Favourite piece of clothing/accessory in your wardrobe?‎
My favourite piece of clothing is a silk robe I got from vintage store, Rokhit London. My favourite accessory is my bright and colourful turban hat. I literally have one in every colour almost!
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Funmi for Fashion Ghana Magazine.
  • Favourite trend right now?

I don’t necessarily follow trends when it comes to my personal style, but as a stylist I am aware of them and I currently adore the 90’s revival.

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  • Trend you’d never been caught dead in?‎

I think since I tend to create my own look I would or have been caught dead in certain things. One thing for sure, definitely not miniskirts and bodycon dresses as they go totally against my personal style.  

 
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Funmi for Da Vibe Magazine.
  • Last purchase?‎

Purchase? I’m a stylist, I cannot make due with one when I’m on a roll. 🙂 I last bought a pair of unisex, high waisted trousers from American Apparel and two vintage dresses from Rokhit London.

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  • When did you decide to make fashion a profession?
Sounds very cliche but I have always wanted to do something in fashion. As you may know with Nigerian parents that can be hard, but I got my way and went to London College of Fashion to study Fashion Business. After, I moved to Lagos for a couple of years and ran a club called De Marquee. My style got a lot of attention in Lagos and that’s when I thought ‘Yes! I think I should be a stylist’.
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  • How would your friends/colleagues describe you?
Loud and colourful!
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  • Who was the last person you styled?
Tiwa Savage actually.
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Funmi on set with Tiwa Savage.
  • What was your experience like working with Tiwa Savage?
The experience was fantastic. I think as an artist she is coming into her true self. She wants to express her discovery and journey of that through her new music. It was refershing to see a Nigerian artist, especially female, to be as comfortable with  who they are as she was.
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Tiwa Savage Wanted.
  • Where did the style inspiration come from for her look for the wanted video?
‎Tiwa Savage actually had a vision in her mind of what she wanted to look like for the video. As a stylist, I strongly believe in doing research so I asked a few questions and I got an idea of what she wanted. I then created a visual mood board getting inspiration from notable top women in the music industry such as Beyoncé, Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez. The inspiration for the outfit came from what these women wear when they perfom on stage. When they go on stage, they want and give this irresistibly sexy and powerful aura that is feminine and chic. This is what they give to their fans through their style and self-confidnce, and this is what I wanted for Tiwa. My friend, Julius Reuben, designed the catsuit after we found this fabric in Tiwa’s skin tone, which is such a difficult and rare find. Afterwards, Thelma Browning of Aurora Dancewear (www.auroradancewear.co.uk) and her team completed the look for the catsuit with such expertise.
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Funmi for Pause Magazine
  • If you could style anybody who would it be? why? and what would they wear?

‎This is a tough question, but I have to say I do love styling men. That fact is evident when you see some of my fashion editiorals. A man who comes to mind is Ice Prince because I think he is the epitome of true men’s style. He has a way of sometimes mixing urban clothing that tell a story, and that’s what I love most. I would love to style him for a fashion editioral. I have a deep love for layering different items of clothing such as skirts, trousers and t-shirts. I would throw in a mix of beautiful layered jewelery to complete the look, and I guarantee, as eccentric as it may sound, that he would look fabtastic.

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    anonymous
    June 17, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Nice post. Like her style

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