STAR PROFILE: AYISSI NGA JOSEPH-MARIE (WAZAL COUTURE)- FASHION DESIGNER

STAR PROFILE: AYISSI NGA JOSEPH-MARIE (WAZAL COUTURE)- FASHION DESIGNER

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AYISSI NGA Joseph-Marie aka JJ DU STYLE is a fashion designer who creates very chic street wear. The French/Cameroonian designer who’s father is a tailor, decided to follow in the footsteps of pioneer Cameroonian fashion designers such as Imane Ayissi and Martial Topolo by creating his own clothing line called ‘WAZAL’ which was launched in 2005.

He went through a professional training in VANESSA RUIZ fashion school in Paris and specialized in making Tuxedo Jackets.

The name ‘WAZAL’ is a combination of “WAZA”, from the WAZA natural park in Cameroon and “L”, from the letter ‘L’ in ‘LION”, which is the animal symbol of Cameroon. The Natural park symbolizes ‘Respect’ and the Lion symbolizes ‘Power’.

WAZAL COUTURE expresses a universe of fashion and sports in a very creative and stylish manner. It plays around colours like Black, Orange, Blue and several diverse prints. It also integrates fabrics like pure cotton, fleece, denim, wax, the Milano, leather and synthetic fur in different ways.

In 2006, he launched his first collection which featured designs that were worn by celebrities like SINGUILA, ALPECO, WAYNE BECKFORD, ROMARIC KOFFI and LALCKO.

His first Leather Jacket conception was in 2013 and it was called ‘Braguette Tété’ . In the same 2013, JJ Du Style was one of invitees to the Cameroonian embassy in Paris for an exhibition on the occasion of the National youth day. He was also invited to the Fashion Night event at l’Elysée Lounge in Paris where he presented his 3 concepts: ‘WazalRock’ , ‘Braguette Tété’ and ‘Africafutur’. These concepts are representations of the symbolic aspects of his brand: ‘Audacity’, ‘Respect’ and ‘Creation’.

WAZAL COUTURE  has recently been nominated in the Best Male Fashion Designer Category at the Black Entertainment, Film, Fashion, Television and Arts (BEFFTA) Awards 2016.

Wazal Couture designs are futuristic and modern. His 2015 Tuxedo Jacket collection, called ‘Braguette Tété 2015’, still fits into today’s trends and reflects African elegance in a street-chic style.

 

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About The Author: Fonlon Lilian

Fonlon Lilian is a young enthusiastic journalist with a flair for news gathering and reporting. She is a holder of a Bsc. Journalism & Mass Communication from the University of Buea, Cameroon. She is currently the Editor-in Chief at Chillen Media Television (CMTV) where she doubles as a TV presenter. Besides her job, she loves singing and dancing.

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