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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Profile – Nigerian-born Fashion Creative Director/Editor/Stylist – Ugo Mozie

Ugo Mozie, if you ever find yourself reading this post, I need you to know something. I love you. You and I share one specific goal that most probably, in my life, surpasses many things, including my dream to work at Vogue Homme Japan. You wish to work with Tom Ford someday. THAT, my stylish icon, is something I pray for everyday.

Now that we have that out of the way, let me start this post…

After some major google action for the past three days, I found some posts on Ugo Mozie. About four of these posts contained the same copy, literally, word-for-word. And then I found another two that had an interview with him, which then led to the sharing of new information and my discovery of our shared interest in working with Tom Ford.

Example of styling work by Ugo Mozie

Example of styling work by Ugo Mozie

Ugo Mozie is a man ahead of his age and even more so, light-years ahead of his generation. He is one of the most original individuals I’ve discovered in my journey to know more about fashion, Africa, menswear and the links between all of the before mentioned three. I somehow imagine him to be the kind of cocky character that everyone wants to be around because above all, he’ll make you laugh.

His career hitting a high note from a tender age is not far fetched to see it happening before your eyes. Just look at his work. Look at his celebrity clients. Look at his advertising work and look at his Fashion Editor contributions in the industry. It’s safe to say that he saw his niche, knew who he was and melted his charismatic vision into the pile of fabrics to create his own signature collection – His Career.

Example of styling work by Ugo Mozie

Example of styling work by Ugo Mozie

Example of styling work by Ugo Mozie

Example of styling work by Ugo Mozie

I also love the fact that his abilities are difficult to contain into specific areas or ‘types’ of celebrities. With a collection of stars from Beyonce to Larry King and magazine houses such as, Harper’s Bazaar and Ghubar magazine, you can only stop and ask yourself if it’s a special gift blessed upon him or if it really was a combination of education, passion, opportunity and hard work. If he had to be asked, I’m sure he’d state a bit of both.

I’ve now listed him on my future interviews list. I think it would prove very valuable for me to probe his mind a bit. Oh, did I mention he has a fashion brand called, Aston Mozie, with childhood friend, Quinn Aston…? Well, he does, and they debuted their first collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York 2010.

PS Mozie is also one of very few stylists who are able to style themselves and their clients. A rare treat these days with an ocean of stylists who only know how to work other bodies other than their own.

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