FUNMI ALLISON (@lionessallison)
THE BOMB: How long have you been in the fashion industry as a model and fashion designer?
FUNMI: As a model I’ve been in the industry 9years, as a fashion designer, 2yrs and half
THE BOMB: With those years behind you, How are you feeling now?
FUNMI: I feel great especially with the future looking even better
THE BOMB: With this whole globalized, democratic fashion world where everything is now about newness and the instant- How have you tried to remain relevant and fresh?
FUNMI: I remain myself to remain relevant and I do my research to remain fresh.
THE BOMB: Ilektra Fashion has moved from being a fledgling brand to an experienced one how has the journey been?
FUNMI: Very gutting! Its gone from being nerve wrecking to me feeling absolutely ecstatic about a finished garment to nerve wrecking again and the whole circle.
THE BOMB: You have recently launched Ilektra Fashion’s summer/springtime collection “Majesty”, Tell us of the process of making these collection and what has driven the designs in the collection.
FUNMI: The process isn’t really different from the usual , I get inspired, I sketch , make patterns or drape , then sew.The collection Majesty was inspired by psalm 93 ” the Lord reigneth , He’s clothed with Majesty” it made me want to create something for royals and every woman should feel like royalty.
THE BOMB: How do you manage being a model and fashion designer?
FUNMI: There’s nothing to manage really, I live a minute at a time, God gives me strength and I embrace it, so when I myself wonder how I do it? I just thank God.
THE BOMB: You have such an excellent figure, how do you stay in shape? Any routines?
FUNMI: I eat good food, try to drink a lot of water and I never deprive myself of sleep unless there’s a really steaming party somewhere I have to be :)
THE BOMB: How can you describe the philosophy that drives your designs?
FUNMI: You know its funny you mentioned “philosophy” everyone claims to have a philosophy they live by. I don’t, I know what I think is good and what I think is bad, which is very important because whatever decisions we make in life is based on knowing these things, so if good works you? Good for you, if bad works , good for you! But the truth is, no one really knows what to expect from life, so I , even as a child had always lived in the moment and the philosophy (ies) that best suits me at that time, this is the same thing that guards my work and its rarely a philosophy driving my designs.
THE BOMB: I feel there is something up your sleeves, can you tell us what to expect next from Funmi Allison
FUNMI: I don’t even know what to expect from me. Don’t get me wrong I have plans and projects I’m working on and they’re huge, so just keep an open mind and crossed fingers.
THE BOMB: You inspire and lead a new generation of fashionistas they’d love it if you gave them a some advice.
FUNMI: First, I really pray and hope I inspire young hardworking youths not fashionistas. My advice is, before you make any decisions, breathe, you’re the best advisor of yourself, read and pray always.
THE BOMB: How do you relax?
FUNMI: My work is relaxing, there’s a serene feeling at the end of a perfectly finished garment, and sometimes I just run away to an island, the ocean speaks to me :)
THE BOMB: Give us an overview of your portfolio in the fashion industry (modelling and Fashion)
FUNMI: I can’t remember all the jobs I’ve done as a model but I know at the top of my head I’ve done over 30 TVC/Billboard/Calender in the 9yr period , I was face of coca cola in four african countries for 2yrs , I recently did the Konga.com billboard, I’ve done TVC for skye Bank , Zain (now airtel) , I was Miss Edo MBGN 2010 and so on. As a fashion designer I’ve worked with Exquisite magazine making dresses for their ELOY awards ushers and styling some of their staffs, I style Vina Longpet of BBA and Beverly Osu as well. I recently also got an invite from RGP , to view some collections at the NYFW.
THE BOMB: How old are you and how does it feel to be young and in-charge?
FUNMI: I’ll be 24 in November and I don’t feel young at all! Okay that was a joke, and it feels absolutely fantastic, especially when I see the look on peoples face when they hear my age and know all that I do.
THE BOMB: Are there any fashion designers and models that you really respect and admire?
FUNMI: I respect everyone who works hard, not sure if I can name a model I look up to or admire but for a fashion designer I’d say Late Sir Charles Frederick Worth of House Of Worth as he is the Father of Couture. Google him :)
THE BOMB: Tell us of the ups and downs in your career so far
FUNMI: So many, I don’t know where to start! The most important thing is I rise above all and I’m smiling at the end
THE BOMB: Do you ever see yourself going from modeling and Fashion into,say, acting
FUNMI : I don’t