Monday, June 5, 2023

Q&A: Bella Adeleke

This week the ever-creative Adepeju Bella Adeleke stopped by for our Fashion Q&A.

A house in St Barts, a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti’s… this is one designer/stylist who has great taste and big dreams;

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SPICE: Hi Bella! What are you working on at the moment?
Bella: My brand Mr. Garbe’s first women’s wear collection and an African magazine show called Gidiculturetv.

What’s inspiring your creative universe presently?
Although I live in London, I think Lagos inspires me a lot. I am very much a Yoruba child at heart and I love my heritage; it is colourful, rich in art and extensive history. The music is amazing, the language is expressive, rich and beautiful… I just can’t get enough. It is my main source of inspiration.

I also love movies and I do get a lot of inspiration from the characters and their wardrobes. For instance, I recently saw American Hustle and the fashion blew me away – like, I picked up my pencil and I started sketching. The jumpsuits, the fur and Jennifer Lawrence’s portrayal of her character… Amazing!

What trend would you like to stop already this year?The whole side-shaved head thing. Especially when the rest of the hair is braided or has extensions attached in… It just needs to go.

What decade best describes your style?

If you were a shoe, which would you be?
A high-heeled, gold snakeskin T bar sandal made by Giuseppe Zanotti.

What can’t you leave home without?
My mobile phone; I cannot imagine life without it.

What is your go-to travel outfit?
Converse, jeans and an oversized men’s jumper.

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What’s currently on your reading list?
At the moment, Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie, The Art of War by Sun Tzu and The Zahir by Paulo Coelho.

What’s on your playlist for exercise?
Any house/dance tune gets me going at the gym.

If you could raid anyone’s closet, whose would it be?This is a hard one… I would say either Victoria Beckham or Nicole Richie.

Finally, tell us one thing on your fashion wish list?
A 4-bedroom beach house in St Barts… I cant help it I am a dreamer. No shoe, bag, or diamond can beat a fabulous pad with a sandy beach and crystal blue sea as your back yard. Imagine all the amazing memories you will create with friends and family…

Image source: Bella Adeleke

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