Nigerian brand ,,Russell Solomon”’s creative director Gabriel Ugochukwu Solomon presented the collection at Mercedes-Benz & Master Fashion Week Montenegro for the first time. His creations, the choice of music and the models’ way of walking down the runway represented the collection ,,Red Rebellion” perfectly, so we wanted to hear of the impressions he had of MFW, about his brand he founded in December 2016, his view of fashion and why did he choose sustainable fashion.
You showcased your collection for the first time to the Montenegrin audience. What are your impressions of Montenegro Fashion Week?
– I think I’m the first African of direct descent and first Nigerian to have a show here in Montenegro, and that I believe is a privilege. Considering what’s at the disposal of the fashion week, they gave a show that could be likened to shows in Milan and Paris. Impressive!
Who does Russell Solomon” represent? What type of people it is made for?
– RUSSELL SOLOMON represent a vibrant and resilient generation of Millennials and Gen Z, who are bold, yet deeply thoughtful.
Every piece of the clothes and accessory you make is a statement, from colours, materials to patterns. What is your view on fashion? Do you think it can change the world?
– I caught the compliment, thank you indeed. Fashion should be inclusive, but style is a personal journey. It is changing the world, because of its popularity and its importance in our daily lives which is largely on display for social media. We’re able to talk about key issues that plague our world such as the need to be conscious about how our actions or inactions hurt our environment.
Why did you choose sustainable fashion?
– I would say it chose me, because growing up the dream amongst me and my peers was to be successful in the most legitimate ways possible. As a child I was always noticing my environment I was drawn by the fact that even our clothes, how we make them and how we dispose of them has to be friendly to the environment.
Photo: Boris Šekularac