When I found out that Recho Omondi would be in London this week, I took myself on a solo trip to Hoxton Hotel to experience the podcast firsthand.
Her show The Cutting Room Floor takes us through a series of in-depth and personalised interviews with industry insiders, detailing the real life work practises behind some of the most mystified roles in fashion.
Over the years I have really been able to appreciate her ability to showcase her flexibility and dedication as a creative; switching, shifting and syncing several hats, such as designer, creative director, classically trained dancer, researcher, art director, host, producer and straight shooting no nonsense interviewer.
Having experienced her primarily as Creative Director and Designer of her clothing brand OMONDI , I have followed her work personally and have seen how she freely exhibits her creative execution and craftsmanship. From the shots of her behind the scenes in the studio on her “white ferrari”, directing her photoshoots, delicately keying a piano or journaling her first love for ballet.
Not to forget the ever changing brand colours from punchy pink to Earth green, and remembering the feeling I felt when I saw that N**** sweatshirt on Issa Rae in the HBO series Insecure, after weeks of screening Instagram uploads of her embroidering individual tops.
Her style is effortless, elegant, sexy yet simplistic, dreamy and daring, and her mind is sharp, fast and piercing like the needle on her industrial sewing machine; leaving a tidy re-ordering of tracks wherever she goes…
Clearly this is an appreciation post… to bravery and audacity that synchronise so eloquently with skill and raw talent.
Have a listen below as she probes British fashion designer Martine Rose on the ins and outs of her journey through fashion as a Menswear designer.
Words & Photography by Obui Amaechi