If you loved Beyonce’s stunning looks in her much talked about “formation” video or Solange’s unique outfits in the visuals for her most recent album, “A Seat At The Table”, then you have Shiona Turini to thank for coordinating their outfits. The Creative Consultant, Freelance Fashion Editor and Stylist based in New York City with recent clients including Amazon Fashion, Salvatore Ferragamo, the Bermuda Tourism Authority and more is here in the city of Lagos for the GTBank Fashion Weekend 2017.
The acclaimed stylist to the stars has an impressive resume which boasts magazines like the New Yorker, Cosmopolitan, as well as other international brands such as Chanel, Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta and Tom Ford, amongst others. She was also the lead stylist for the equality campaign of global brand Nike, which featured LeBron James, Serena Williams and Gabby Douglas. SCHICK has a chat with the stunning stylist on her personal style, Nigerian fashion designers and latest projects, enjoy!
Tell us about your latest projects
“The interesting thing about so many of my projects is that they are always under embargo…I did a project very recently that I’m super excited about, but I obviously can’t discuss it. I have been doing a lot of ongoing work with Oscar De La Renta which is really exciting because they have two new designers, they are very young, they worked under Mr De La Renta and now they have taken the reins and so I have been doing a lot of content creation for them under their new vision and their new direction. I love that client and I love that project because it’s evolving, their collections are so new and so unexpected, we’re able to do fresh things for their digital media.”
How would you define your personal style?
“My personal style, if I had to put it in a nutshell, I would say feminine with an edge, with a focus on tailoring. I love suiting, high waist pants, wide-leg pants and pencil skirts, and I love to top it all off with a crop top.”
Do you have any Nigerian designers whose aesthetic you love?
“I’m a huge fan of Maki Oh, I feel like she’s probably the most known in the United States. One of my favourite things about my job, I like to say, that it’s a treasure hunt, and you’re constantly on the search, so even me saying that I was coming to Nigeria I got so many DM’s from new and upcoming designers. I haven’t had the chance yet to really dive into it because I’ve been busy but I’m excited to explore and discover more. It’s one of the reasons I’m here.”
What is a fashion staple you can’t do without?
“I feel like the obvious answer is a crop top so I’m going to say that a well-tailored high waist, wide leg pant never does me wrong, I feel like it’s really flattering for my shape and depending on the length, it can either be with flats and be super casual or with high heels and more dressed up.”
What can we expect from you fashion wise?
“I think people will see more of me venturing out of the fashion space. From my digital footprint, I know people see that I love to travel, I love to merge fashion and travel together, so you’ll definitely see more of that on a bigger scale.”