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A touch of simplicity goes a long way in fashion


Nagadya Gladys – Stylist

How long does it take you to put together clothes you’re going to wear?
I don’t spend time organising outfits to wear. I choose outfits according to how I feel and possibly how the weather is at the moment. Not all days are the same.

Mention three must-have fashion items
A head-to-toe black outfit, a black blazer, black top and black skirt. They are versatile. It is impossible not to need one of them.

How would you describe your personal style?
It is a mix of African and western styles.

What are some of the things that one would find in your bag or purse?
Phone, wipes, wallet and my measurement tape.

My style tip for the ladies…
A touch of simplicity goes a long way. Heavy make-up is a huge turn off, unless you are headed for an event. Be creative, doing the same thing over and over again gets boring.

Worst fashion mistake I have ever made is…
Wearing sneakers on the red carpet event some years ago.

How long does it take you to design an outfit?
This depends on my client’s brief. Some orders are complex, while others are simple. Some pieces take me weeks to finish.

Take us through your design process
After getting the brief from a client, I spend time interpreting it. Now this is the most sophisticated phase. Once this is done, I sketch out the design and share with the client for approval. When they do, I choose the fabric and start designing.

What do you wear to work and what informs your choices?
I prioritise comfort. I can wear a printed top, jeans and sneakers. I’m not a make-up person. All I need is lip-gloss.

I can’t do without…
There’s nothing I can’t do without. I always remind myself that everything I have can be gone in an instant.

I can’t get enough of…

I last cleaned my wardrobe…
This morning.

Colours that compliment my looks are…

I feel most confident and comfortable wearing…
High heels. They give me a confidence boost.

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