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Let's go inside some of the industry's greatest closets off the runway and off camera.  Everything on this site is handpainted by the author. Follow me on Instagram @theclosetinterview and @annthaden.

Ololade Aiyeku

Ololade Aiyeku

Today I’m meeting Ololade Aiyeku in New York.  Ololade is a stylist for notable clients such as Sean Combs and Paper Magazine.  We connected because of my recent art show for Please Do Not Enter Los Angeles- where the impeccably stylish Ololade likes to visit when working in Los Angeles.  Follow him @fistfulofpower because his work is strong, bold and unafraid of blending gender lines.  All you have to do is see P Diddy’s Rick Owens' Walrus cape that he wore to the MET gala a few weeks ago to get an sense of Ololade’s creativity and wardrobe magic. 

Hello, It’s Ann.  It’s great to see you.  Can I interview your closet? Sure.

What’s your favorite coat or jacket? Where and why did you buy it? I have two. It's a toss up between my Moncler x Pharrell Williams collaboration jacket that I got FNO September 2010 in NYC. I only remember the exact date because it was the opening night of the Moncler store in Soho. My Jacquemus plaid overcoat I love because it's my first coat with print and it just reminds me of how far reaching my taste is. It's also a women's jacket but who cares?!

jacquemus coat

Are you a morning or night person? What do you wear early in the morning or late at night? I'm both a morning person and a night person. I prefer to be up as early as I can because I like to get a head start on my day but then I can also be up late too because that's when I either blog or catch up with other fashion stories or latest news. Sometimes I read at night as well. Early in the morning I either wear my Rodarte "Radarte" hoodie because it's so soft or just a light t-shirt. At night, it's the same thing, a light t-shirt with pajama pants or just my briefs.

Radarte hoodie with balmain joggers

What did you wear the last time you went out to dinner? A Hood By Air hoodie, Nicolas Ghesquiere inspired t-shirt by Modern Man, Nike classic pants, Fenty x Puma creepers and a Fenty x Puma pink lace du-rag that I was obsessed with since she showed it in her last collection in Paris. I almost thought it wasn't going into production because that's how long it seems I had been waiting.

Where did you go and what did you order?  I went to Galli Restaurant in Soho. I ordered a caesar salad and fries

What is your favorite beverage of choice?  Favorite beverage is water. I only drink water and alcohol. Lol.

What music do you like to dance to? I like to dance to Hip-Hop and R&B, some Pop music if I'm in the mood.
 

Moncler for Pharrell

Where was the last place you traveled to? Austin, Texas for SXSW.

What souvenirs did you buy? Yoooooooo I bought a black wool beret that I've been obsessed with and a fisherman hat from this authentic bespoke hat shop in downtown Austin! I'm saving that fisherman hat for the perfect outfit.

Who in your family member has great style and how would you describe them? Now, I have to say my father. I've been noticing lately that he is where I get my flair from when it comes to clothes. He's close to 70 years old but that way he puts his outfits together is really interesting now that I pay attention. He also has a good eye for luxury items. Also probably where I get that from. I would call his style "Old Man Chic", he wears a lot of corduroy and other heavy fabrics like that but then he loves Gucci so imagine those two styles together! Lol.

What is something one of your friends has in their closet that you want to borrow and never return?  
Something from a friend's closet? I have to think about that- it's usually my closet they want to take and have taken from lol! If I did though it would be from my best friend Mariah's closet though. She's really stylish. 

Who would star as you in a movie about your life and most importantly, what would they wear? Who would star as me? Well I'm still young so I haven't even lived my life fully yet or worn everything I want to wear so I'll leave that to be determined at a later date but I will say that whoever plays me when that time comes will have the time of their life in my wardrobe.
 

givenchy shark tooth necklace

Fill in the blanks regarding your closet!

I should throw away this baggy pair of leather Balmain joggers that I have but I could never part with  My sunglasses even if I don't wear them as often as I like.

I spent too much money on clothes in general but save a lot of money by drugs abstinence.

I would love to attend (Paris, Milan, New York) Fashion Week Paris of course! and sit in the front row of this show Chanel Haute Couture.

I wear this fragrance Right now it’s Dior Homme Sport but I love smelling this fragrance on someone else Any fragrance that catches my nose.
 

Rick Owens Boots

Thanks for letting me interview your closet, Ololade.  I’m glad I got to know you better too.  Now would you mind if I borrowed your Jacquemus coat?

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Wild We

Conor Donovan

Conor Donovan