Designer Profile: Ozwald Boateng

Recently, a friend posted the cover of the current (and first) issue of GQ Style South Africa on their Facebook page. I wasn’t familiar with the designer on the cover, but I can recognize a well-tailored suit from a mile away. The man wearing the stunning emerald green suit is Ozwald Boateng, the menswear genius widely credited for introducing Savile Row tailoring to a new generation.

Savile Row is a shopping street in Mayfair, central London, known for it’s high quality tailors and the bespoke “be spoken for” suit. Fully handmade and made to order, the traditions of Savile Row date back to 1846. In 1994, at the age of 27, Ozwald became both the youngest and first black tailor to open a store on Savile Row.

Ozwald has built an empire and now tailors to a host of A-Listers including Giorgio Armani, Jamie Foxx, Ryan Seacrest, Richard Branson and Will Smith.

Learn more about Ozwald and peek inside the inaugural issue of GQ South Africa here

Also, check out the documentary A Man’s Story. The film spans 12 years of the designers’ life and career from 1998-2010. I definitely will be checking this out!

Designer Profile: Jamie Drake

Are you afraid of color? Designer, Jamie Drake definitely is not. Branded the “King of Colour”, Drake is not afraid to take it there with his bold use of patterns, textures and color schemes. His glamourous designs have drawn clients such as Madonna and New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg. His rooms have graced the covers of the leading interior design magazines and in 2003 he was inducted into Interior Design magazine’s Hall of Fame.

I truly wish I was as brave as he. For a lot of people, the hardest thing about decorating a space is committing to a color. I myself recently had one wall re-painted three times!! For Drake, there are no taboo color combinations, he shows us how to be fearless.

I have a gazillion colors in my head at any given moment,” says designer Jamie Drake. “If a client has a fabulous antique rug, I’ll look at the colors and note down: ‘blue plum.’ I can read my notes two days later and get that color pretty much on the money.” Does he test colors before applying them to a client’s walls? The very idea seems almost to offend him: “I pick the color, it goes up, and it’s right.” Jackie Cooperman-Departures Magazine-Jul/Aug-2002

Ha! If only it was that easy. Take a look at some of Drake’s notable interiors. I hope they will inspire you to be confident with color. Pick up that paint brush and JUST DO IT! 

hugs ‘n kisses

Designer Profile: Darryl Carter

Whenever I need inspiration for an interior, I always look to the work of Washington D.C. based interior designer, Darryl Carter. He is the master of blending the old and the new within a space. His style is very serene, both classic and modern. Each furniture piece is interesting and adds to the overall character of a room. His book, The New Traditional is a must have for all interior design enthusiast. Enjoy!

View more pictures of Darryl Carter in his Washington D.C. townhouse here.

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