BGKI caught up with Stephanie Nnamani right before she slayed some streets…
How would you define your personal style?
Eclectic and mood-driven.
Do you find that you follow fashion trends, or do you play by your own rules?
I strive to establish a balance between both. I always thought it wise to incorporate your character in all that you do, including following trends and choose wisely.
Are there any colours you tend to shy away from, and if so why?
Brown. It is an incredibly dull and plain colour.
When you hear the term “Black Girl Killing It” what comes to mind?
An image of strength being expressed in confidence
Do you accept anyone’s critique or are you confident in your style choices?
I am a child of solitude. I seldom seek or consider the critique of others, but that doesn’t mean I don’t seek it at times. For the most part, I seldom permit the perception of others to cripple my reality in any way.
As a child were you always into clothes or did you grow into your own fashion sense?
Yes. I attended a private school up until middle school, so consequently I wore a uniform. On the weekends, however, my mom would let me dress myself. I had a fascination with swimsuits, as well as an abundance of ‘em, though I never learned to swim.
Do you participate in your local fashion scene?
No, I do not.
How does your day to day life factor into your wardrobe choices?
Being that I am a college student with early morning classes, I try to construct my outfit the night before, the morning of, or while in the shower.
What is your greatest fashion pet peeve?
I suppose when people willfully follow trends as it is without employing an element of their character. When friendships are formed strictly on the premise of common love for fashion in an effort to fulfill the superficial aspect of things. Speaking from experience and observation, those friendships potentially do not have longevity or authenticity. And lastly, the over-saturation of Jeffrey Campbell’s “Lita’s”. However grand those shoes are in structure, they are not built to fit and appeal to every anatomy in existence. Part of expressing one’s self through the art of style and fashion is the awareness of what suits and accentuates your body type. Proportion is key.
What is your favourite trend right now?
I have none.
Have you ever tried your hand at design or sewing?
Yes, I do fashion illustrations as well as alter certain items of clothing to appeal to proportion. Proportion is key.
Are there any designers that you like to wear or whose clothing stands out with you?
The works of Alexander Wang
Your five must-haves as a girl:
I do not fulfill the typical frame of a girly-girl. The most feminine thing about me is the fact that I’m avid wearer of lipstick. So it’s perfectly logical for me to state:
- [21-2-13] - My favourite part about the actual set-up of a photo shoot, is the part where my concern is less so with looking good, but more with performing well. I have a habit of “dressing down”, so as to make dropping, kneeling, bending, squatting executed with as much ease as possible. It’s the thrill, nurtured by the carefree nature of it all that allows quality to transcend where it dwells inward, to everything else.
Today, I photographed a look-book titled, “Black Wall Street”, styled by my sister, Jennifer for NYC-based designer, Whitney House’s, The Creative Era – a line of bold and unconventional bow-ties created entirely out of wire; a brilliant manifestation of imagination and innovation.
- [29-9-13] - When I was a youngin’ back in Nigeria, and I’d attend a birthday party or an event of sorts and spotted a crate of these, couldn’t tell me I wasn’t set to have a good time. Growing up, my parents sort of limited myself and my siblings’ exposure to sweets, so any opportunity to indulge was seized without much consideration. Ha! What about you guys? What element about your childhood automatically meant “good time”? I have loads. This is just one of ‘em. 👊
+ [13-9-10] - In Bloom // digging through the archives, relearning myself and how that fosters the nature of my Creativity in preparation for some works ahead.
And, it led me to these lovely photographs taken by my beautiful gal-pal, Savannah about 3, 4 years ago — weeks after I got my hair cut. She was probably the first person to understand, and come close to capturing my essence. For me, that’s incredibly refreshing.
It taught me that you are not only an Artist by how you choose to capture you, but also by how you allow others, to capture You.
A self-portrait can be translated in more ways than one.
- [13-5-13] - There’s this portion of Bryant park that looks entirely not like New York. I mean, it’s literally like you just walked in Venice, Italy or something. It’s directly adjacent to Times Sq.; like, right when you get off the 7 train. You have to follow the entrance straight through, otherwise you’ll miss it. It’s incredibly visually-refreshing.