The first time I saw Toye’s work, I knew he had to be featured on Style Pantry. I was uber impressed…to say the least. I was eager to find out more, so I asked. Toye is a Nigerian, however, he was born and raised in California to a Nigerian dad and American mom. Here is his telling. Enjoy!
Name: Toye Adedipe
Occupation: Wardrobe and Fashion Stylist
Contact: Wole Imaging Twitter: @toyeadedipe
How did you start in the industry?
I read an article on a Fashion Stylist that worked and lived in LA. It talked about the type of lifestyle they lived and all that entails in being a stylist- I Loved it! I started a brief internship with this stylist, but when it didn’t work out, I was devastated. So rather than give up, I committed myself to working in the industry and being the best Stylist I could be.
From there, I started to test shoot on my own, finding other behind-the-scene-talents that were as passionate and built my portfolio from scratch. Shortly after, I started working in Miami with Photographer and mentor, Tommy Chung on Editorials for Six Degrees and other Magazines. About a year or two later, I started booking celebrities :O)
Whom/what magazines have you worked for?
Some of The Folks I’ve “Swagged” included, but are not limited to;
Six Degrees Magazine, Keyshia Cole, (Eva Pigford, Bre, and Dominique) of ANTM, Upscale Magazine, Mary Mary, Scratch Magazine, Chilli of TLC, The New Season of The Real House Wives of Atlanta, Algebra Blesset, Niche Media, and Jezebel Magazine, to name a few.
What is your take on fashion?
A Few years ago it seemed as though fashion was very Heavy. It was like, the bigger the better, but now I see it becoming more simple with splashes of color and architectural details. I am really into the 90’s right now and I love seeing the “mens” look on women (it’s very modern and shows you how sexy women can be without showing everything).
Also, Fashion is going digital. There are a ton of blogs and outlets online that can help keep you up to date on what’s new. Every other day, I answer questions on twitter, @toyeadedipe, on how to maximize your look and shop for less. I give people sneak peeks of what’s going on behind the scene of my photo shoots; and show them ways to expand on their budget by giving them showroom alternatives on looks they may otherwise not be able to afford.
…whatever you make it! Just make sure you rock it with confidence!
What do you love about being a fashion stylist?
I love the people I’ve met. From celebrities to interns. I truly value people and relationships, so it makes it fun whenever i work with new possibilities. In addition, I care! There are tons of stylists who simply don’t, or just see this work as a “check” or way to be around the industry. At the end of the day, you have to possess authenticity and passion- you only go further when you do!!!
What are your goals and plan moving forward?
To Take over the world :OP and travel while styling. I love music, so maybe with the next big music sensation.. who knows ?!!
To see more of Toye’s work or view his portfolio, please contact Toye via email or twitter (info listed above). Toye, my friend, keep up the good work. Cheers!