In Her Closet – Episode 14 – It’s Nigerian Top Designer Tope Abiola of “Frock It And Rock It”
Matopeda Abiola is a Fashion Designer who has made her mark in the Nigerian Fashion Industry with entertainment A-listers such as Genevieve Nnaji, Dolapo Oni Sijuade, Tiwa Savage, Toke Makinwa among others.To her credit also are Beyoncé and Angela Simmons among other international names. I got to know about her when Beyoncé wore one of her pieces on a vacation to Hawaii in 2015 and was trending all over social media. Asides her passion with designing outfits, shoes are her kryptonite and that is why she is here on this episode of In Her Closet.
Like many of the other features, I have never met her but she was so sweet throughout our email correspondences.
Enjoy the interview…
E-Interview with Tope Abiola
JAY: You design absolutely lovely outfits for your clients, when creating a design, do you at any point picture the shoes that will suit the design and client?
TOPE: I tend to always ask my clients which pair of shoes they will be wearing. If we are making a statement piece, you tend to want to wear simple, classic shoes but if it is a more conservative piece then you can wear shoes that make a statement. They tend to be conversational starters.
TOPE: I am obsessed with shoes. It’s my kryptonite but I love it.
JAY: Luxury foot wear designers or high street?
TOPE: Luxury. You pay for what you get. If you spend more, it will last longer.
TOPE: I don’t really have favourites. My classic pumps are Christian Louboutins and those are for church and meetings. My classic sandals and my uniform are from Saint Laurent.JAY: What are your favorite shoes at the moment and why?
TOPE: I can’t really say but this year I bought these Dolce and Gabbana slippers for £695 and two weeks later it was 50% off. That really hurt.
TOPE: Shoes!!!! It’s so easy.
JAY: How did you feel when you had your Beyoncé moment? Finding out she wore one of your designs?
TOPE: It was an awesome feeling. I just felt really loved, love from God because He did it.