Creative’s power shift
GRACE EKIRAPA is a television host and creative. She talks with GRACE WACHIRA about what her fashion sense entails
We recently caught up with you at a wedding-themed, shoot. Is modelling a feather you are adding to your hat?
Well, I found myself in the industry and to be honest, I didn’t mind it at all. It’s exciting and involves working with incredible people, so I took it up.
The people around me discovered the ability in me and now, here I am.
Where do you draw the line when it comes to decency?
I respect myself enough to know what to wear and what not to. I do not indulge in anything that makes me uncomfortable and that is standard. I don’t believe in compromise for publicity.
What was your most memorable fashion moment?
I recently had this incredible designer, Joyce from Joyma Collections, make me an outfit that was part Ankara and part ball gown. I absolutely loved that dress so much that I didn’t want to take it off.
How would you describe your style?
Simple and classy. I love being comfortable in my outfit, so anything that gives me that feel is definitely something I’d go for.
I don’t explore much with my hair so most of the times I’ll leave it flowing or have an up do.
My nails are always either with red or white polish or something subtle. I am sensitive with my nails and what I put on them.
I am not a colour blocker, so my colours have to be in sync, which means I work with colour codes, at most three colours and they have to match through the outfit.
I do not mean to sound complicated, but a lot of my inspiration is based on my values and beliefs.
As a celebrity, do you feel the pressure and need to dress the part?
I wouldn’t say pressure has gotten to me yet. I simply love how I dress and most importantly, I do it for me.
As a designer, whose closet would you kill for, literally?
I hope this doesn’t sound rude, but I would go for my own closet. Over time, I have acquired pieces that I love and that define my style. That’s really why I like my own stuff.
Which local or international style do you desire to work with?
Honestly, I admire so many brilliant designers such as Mbogori Fashions and of course my latest discovery Joyma Collections.
I love they are creative in their designs and not afraid to take risks. This makes them outstanding plus, they are local!
Who are you wearing currently?
I am wearing Joyma Collections and Miss Keerree.
If you were not in the media or creative industry, what would you have been?
I would be a doctor because I have always felt the need to see and make people feel comfortable and happy.
It gets to me, especially when I see children in pain. So, being a doctor would give me the chance to treat them. In the end, I know it would be very fulfilling to help put a smile on their faces.
What are your go-to accessories?
When I’m shopping, earrings and rings get my attention; consequently, I love to incorporate them in my looks. They complete any look.
What does your signature look involve?
Unless I have an engagement that requires me to dress up, my go to style is well fitting pants, a top and cap.
This keeps me comfortable and flexible. Helps me ‘hide’ when I just need to run errands in town or meet up with friends without feeling the need to dress up.
Your greatest fashion obsessions are…
Shoes and handbags!
What is your definition of good-looking woman?
A well-groomed lady is one who has her colors well coordinated. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but at least shows that she took time to put together her outfit to look good. Looking good also gives a feel good aura.