I first saw Joy Adaeze at the FIT’s 2013 Couture Council Artistry Award honoring the American designer, Michael Kors. Later we’d meet at a book signing party for Cameron Silver of the vintage store, Decades.
There are various shades of beauties. Joy Adaeze embodies the statuesque type—attractively tall and dignified, a rare quality nowadays. Her unhurried carriage lends her a particularly charming graceful air and her unaffected modest disposition makes her most friendly.
Joy is a first generation American, born to parents both from Nigeria. Said Joy, “I have always had a vivid imagination and great love for fashion. Growing up, people would always ask me for fashion advice and I loved steering them in the right direction. When it comes to clothes, I am very courageous and confident. I’ll wear anything once, as long as it suits my personal style.”
After graduating from Rutgers University where she originally studied pre-med and sociology, she pursued her true passion, FASHION. She interned at Women’s Wear Daily and works closely with the veteran fashion expert, Constance White.
A freelance fashion stylist, she’s worked for several publications and is the founder of JoyLovesFashion.com.
Joy may have inherited some her stylish genes from her mother. “My mother, Gloria, is naturally stylish and I feel I inherited my strong personal style from her. She’s given me tons of vintage from the late 70s and 80s, so I really never had to buy much. “
And to be boot, you can’t beat her signature turban. “I love wearing turbans! I think it’s such an effortlessly regal look. My mother’s beautiful headpieces while growing up inspired me. They are a fixture in Nigerian culture.” How chic!
January 5th. 2014
interviews/photographs: iké udé
Fashion Stylist and Writer
Favorite Fashion Designer
Jewel By Lisa, Stella Jean, Peter Pilloto, Prada, Tom Ford, Clover Canyon, Mary Katrantzou
Favorite Shoe/Accessories Designers
Shoe: Charlotte Olympia, Nicholas Kirkwood
Accessories: Holst + Lee, Lulu Frost, Mercura Sunglasses, Khirma Eliazov
Chanel eau Tendre, smells so gorgeous all year round. Oh, and Prada Candy!
Favorite Stylish Films
Movies: Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Cleopatra
TV: Madmen, Boardwalk Empire- amazing costumes!
Art galleries, skate rink
Bailey’s on ice, sweet and perfect
Who is your style icons?
My mother, Lupita Nyong’o, Solange
What item of clothing would you rather starve for?
A coat from Bally
What is your overall impression of how people dress in general?
Well, it’s hard to have an overall impression of how all people dress, but I can say that my good friends have killer personal style.
And what do you recommend that they do otherwise?
I always say you look your best when you stay true to yourself and have loads of confidence!
PICTURE: #1 IN TEN ACTS
SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
JOY ADAEZE TALKS ABOUT HER 1st OUTFI
What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
Alice + Olivia gown
Shades of Gray faux fur shawl
Khirma Eliazov clutch
Capwell + Co bracelet
How did you find the various items that you are wearing?
I’ve always been a fan of Alice + Olivia’s gowns and this one fit me perfectly. The beads are a great touch. I am also a huge fan of Khirma Eliazov’s chic clutches.
How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
All the items in this outfit just fit together seamlessly. That’s when I know the look will be a hit.
Where do you normally shop for clothes and accessories?
I like to mix it up. Lately, I find myself doing lots of online shopping at: ASOS, YOOX, The Outnet and Piperlime.
How much role does money or the lack thereof play in one’s endeavor to dress very smart or beautifully?
Having great style is totally not dependent on how much money you have. With great style, you can look amazing for little to nothing. Money can only buy fashion, not style.
What special recommendation would you give somebody who admires your style but don’t know where or how to start?
Start playing with small doses of print and color. You’ll have an extra pep in your step!
Name six famous personages—past or present—who you would invite over for dinner/drinks because of their impeccable individualistic elegance?
As a result of your style, what is your impression of how you are generally perceived in public?
People like how I carry myself with confidence and they always compliment me on my turbans!
And how would you rather the public perceive you?
I honestly don’t care at all. All that really matters is that I feel good about myself.
Presently, what do you think accounts for the poor appearances in how people generally dress or don’t dress?
Throughout my work as a fashion consultant I find that it’s due to them not knowing what their true personal style and how to express it. Once I help with this, it’s like a whole new world of opportunity is opened up.
In retrospect have you ever worn something that you now find particularly regrettable?
I don’t have regrets because at that time I’m sure I was having fun with fashion and expressing myself! No regrets here!
In the end, do you dress to: (a.) please others, (b.) please yourself or (c.) hopefully be in agreement with everybody?
Definitely B!! You’ve got to dress for yourself or else it’s a wrap.