This is one girl boss who knows no limits – her skilled sartorial touch knows no boundaries – and so Styling By Queen Aanu was born – her own styling company that utilizes her fashionable prowess wherever its needed. With many years of diverse styling experience, Queen Anuoluwapo Rachel Adeyege from Osun state, Nigeria has graciously agreed to share some of her top star style secrets with our readers and tell the story of how she got her start in the fashion world. If you’re hoping to bring some red carpet glam to your next formal occasion, read on!
When did you discover what it was that you wanted to do?
I have always loved colors when I was very much younger and then the love for colors grew more to loving colorful fabrics and African prints and that is when I started combining different fabrics and creating looks for myself. My late mother was a fashionista too, so I grew up observing her fashion sense as well and she gave me inspiration which helped me as well. were the things that helped me. In the nearest future I want to move from just styling clients and start my own clothes factory where I can manufacture my own designs and also trademark my business. I don’t get stressed before thinking of how to combine outfits or what to wear. I always know what’s good and what can go together. So to be honest the inspiration comes easily.
What was the best piece of business advice you were given when you were starting off?
The best advice I have ever received was “Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.” And I have always has a passion for fashion.
What was the most difficult part of starting your business?
When I started out I didn’t really need any capital because I got to meet with clients, talk about what they want and their budget and then I would work on that and get paid for it. The most difficult part I’d say was my availability because I also run other businesses on the side.
Why did you decide to start your own business, versus work for someone else?
I discovered that creating your own business is more profitable and pleasing than to work for someone else and besides, it is what I love doing and that’s why I decided to start my own. But I am interested in doing collaborations with bigger brands in future.
If you were magically given 3 more hours per day, what would you do with them?
If I were to magically be given 3 more hours per day, I would use that to relax and think of any other business I can venture in.
Where do you go when you need inspiration for your work?
I just relax by the beach side or somewhere serene and cool and by the time I’m done relaxing I get more inspiration and ideas. And at times on the internet.
How do you determine a client’s personal style?
I get to determine a client style with their body structure and personality.
Where would you search for clothes?
At times on the internet and through sketch from illustrator.
What would you do if a client insisted on purchasing an ill-fitting item?
If I can’t get to change his/her mind then I wouldn’t take on such work because I wouldn’t want my brand to be part of what’s not really appropriate.