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“An Evening with Lady Sophia”

By: Tara Johnson

Lady Sophia’s “NEE” collection (NEE meaning the birth of) had its Spring/Summer Fashion show and it was nothing less than a success. The Event took place at the Historic Maison Lafitte in Mandeville. The venue was breathtaking and perfect for this night of fashion and flair! As guests arrived at the sold out fashion show, they were photographed after walking the red carpet. The welcome reception took place at 7 p.m. where guests were able to mingle over drinks & hors d’oeuvres. The “NEE” Collection presentation started at 8 p.m. and the show was impeccable. Guests were able to purchase pieces from the spring/summer collection following the show. The trunk show was almost as exciting as the actual show. Guests were in total awe of the amazing pieces that were available for purchase. Overall the event was a success and pretty soon the world will know about Lady Sophia. I got a chance to talk to Lady Sophia herself about her fashion inspirations, Kenyan ties, and what we can expect from the Lady Sophia fashion-line in the future.
Tara: I know your mom had a huge part in your love for fashion, but who is your favorite designer and why?

Sophia Omoro:  I am very eclectic in my fashion taste and my closet has quite the global variety. However, I am attracted to very tailored, edgy pieces with great feminine construction. My favorites evolve, but currently I am crazy about Alexander McQueen and Alaia. The silhouettes of these designers are amazing.

Tara: You’re like Superwoman! Runway model, surgeon, now fashion designer! How do you balance it all?

Sophia:  I am a strong believer in living in the “now”. Now is all we have. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is not promised. I therefore believe in concurrent rather than sequential living. I have to balance the important parts of life in a way that my life today, will have been lived fully. Balance is critical to a full, destined life. But achieving this is a proactive and deliberate effort.  You have to want it, plan it, and do it. We can all do it.
Tara: I think its amazing that all of your pieces are made in Kenya, how did you come to that decision?

Sophia: I feel that my overall purpose on this earth, is to help make someone else’s life better and brighter. It is not all about me, but about the bigger picture of life.  I know the reason that I have been so blessed in my life journey is to put me in such a position. I cannot forget my fellow Kenyans. It takes so little to make someone’s day better. Giving a steady income to, and elevating the talents of my Kenyan team is the least I can do. I am committed to this bigger cause, even as I enjoy fashion.

Tara: What do you think are some of your strengths and weaknesses in the art of fashion?

Sophia: Much like the rest of my life, I do not fit in a ‘mold”. I have not been to any fashion school or curriculum, therefore not formally trained. This may be seen by some as a weakness, and perhaps  it does make for multiple steep learning curves. However, not knowing “the rules” gives me naïve permission to create without limitations. This is liberating. Being Kenyan born but living in the US also gives me a unique eye and ability for cross cultural creations.

Tara: What message or theme are you trying to send out with your oh so gorgeous pieces?

Sophia: My message is that it is important to feel good about yourself, and a wonderful way of doing this is by looking good. This opens your heart to receive and give positive energy. Have fun while living, look good while doing it,  and give back.

Tara: What inspires your designs?

Sophia: The emotion of joy.  I would hope that wearing my pieces would take one to a very happy place.  I therefore look for colors, prints and silhouettes that could be articulated into that single emotion.

Tara:What has been the biggest challenge of launching Lady Sophia?

Sophia: Time and distance to and from Kenya. You mentioned balance. It is a tough one.  Only 24 hours in a day, two transcontinental flights between the US and Kenya. I am a full time surgeon, and also recently launched my Foundation, “The Blooming Lily” (this will empower women to lead and fulfill their destiny by overcoming physical, mental and economic challenges).

It is indeed a transcontinental balancing act that begins with the simple issue of time differences !  And that is just the beginning…But it is all worth it.

Tara: Having a great team is a huge part of a successful business, especially in fashion. What obstacles has your team faced and overcome in planning the show? What’s one encouraging thing you always tell them?

Sophia: Amy, Ashley, Hadley, Eileen, Rebecca, Nikki, Chip, George, Douglas, Sarah : inner core of the team without whom I could not achieve what we have. The enthusiasm, dedication, selfless sacrifice has been pivotal.  Planning an inaugural show had some bumps along the way. I believed in the vital strengths of each member, and the synergistic effect of the whole.

I want every member of my team to always know how important and talented they are . I hope that I tell them this enough.

Tara: If you had to pick one piece from the Spring/Summer collection what would it be?

Sophia: That is a tough one !!!  I love all the pieces. I have kept each one for me, so thankfully, I don’t have to pick ! I only show pieces that I love, and some that I only “liked” did not make the cut. Don’t pick one..have it all !

Tara: What else can we expect from LadySophia Nee Collection? I foresee HUGE things happening!

Sophia:  We will have a show in the fall that will be local. Thereafter, the sky is the limit for us. We are going global!

 What more information about LadySophia? Check them out on social media!

Facebook:facebook.com/ladysophiacollection

Twitter: @LadySophia2014

Instagram: LadySophiaFashion

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