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Interview: Stylist Ade Samuel

Interview: Stylist Ade Samuel

The go-to stylist for Kelly Rowland, Jhene Aiko, Becky G and even Idris Elba - Ade Samuel is no stranger to creating red carpet-worthy look. And now's your chance to get in on the action. 

Ade will be hosting an exclusive event at our BNKR DTLA store to celebrate the launch of The Fifth Label's exclusive embroidered denim in collaboration with artist Sarah Darby. You can enjoy 25% off storewide, plus private styling appointments with Ade herself! Want in? RSVP to dtla@bnkr-store.com ASAP.

We chat style, denim + Strangers Things 2 with Ade ahead of her hosting duties.

stylist ade samuel

BNKR: How would you describe your style aesthetic?
Ade:
 So funny when people ask me that…it’s a mix of eclectic androgyny, in colour. I love mixing prints in anything oversized. And layers!

What the best fashion advice you would give?
Be yourself! Be yourself in styling, as a stylist or as a creative in general.

If you weren’t a stylist, what would you want to be?
A shoe designer! [laughs]

What’s your favourite part of the job?
My favourite part of the job is seeing the final product whether it be in a video, on clients or in an advertisement. It’s so fulfilling after going through all the grunt work to get it done.

 Jhene Aiko + Big Sean, styled by Ade. Via @adesamuel.

Jhene Aiko + Big Sean, styled by Ade. Via @adesamuel.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
I would love to be Matilda. To be able to move objects…that Stranger Things type of power.  

What’s the last thing you binge watched?
Stranger Things 2. I finished it in a day and a half!

What song is totally stuck in your head right now?
'Fall' by Davido. 

What 3 things do you never leave home without?
I never leave the house without my computer, a notebook or journal and perfume.

What’s your dream vacation destination?
I love Jamaica. That will always be my dream destination no matter how many times I visit. Jamaica or Hawaii.

What is your current closet obsession?
I love having things merchandised, even in my personal closet. Colour coordination is a must.

Do you have any rules for styling and wearing denim?
Even though denim is a classic staple, I love to have fun with it…a Canadian tux, contrasting, pairing denim on denim.  

What is your favorite piece from The Fifth x Sarah Darby collaboration?
The Bianca Embroidered Jean. I love the embroidery work she did on the front pockets. 
 

Ade Samuel will be hosting an exclusive event at our BNKR DTLA store to celebrate the launch of The Fifth Label's exclusive embroidered denim in collaboration with artist Sarah Darby. Join us on December 3rd from 6 -8pm and enjoy 25% off storewide plus private styling appointments with Ade herself. RSVP to dtla@bnkr-store.com.

Feature image courtesy of Ade Samuel.

Words: Aneesha Dubois/Lucy Ahern

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