Celebrity stylist and fashion editor, Dimeji Alara left Genevieve magazine last year and we all were wondering what would happen next. Well, the fashion expert joined the co-production team of upcoming movie, ‘The Blue Mauritius.’
Celebrity stylist and fashion editor, Dimeji Alara left Genevieve magazine last year and we all were wondering what would happen next. Well, the fashion expert is going to Hollywood as he’s joined the co-production team of upcoming movie, The Blue Mauritius.
The Paris-born celebrity stylist has accepted an invitation to join the American and South African co-production of The Blue Mauritius. An action packed, international heist film in the vein of Ocean’s Eleven and The Italian Job. The film is set to begin production in August 2016 in Cape Town, while other locations include London, Berlin, Tokyo and Paris.
The Blue Mauritius revolves around five international thieves hired by a mysterious person from Mauritius to steal the most valuable stamps in the world that leads them to a treasure on the island. Alara was asked to join the production team to style it’s international cast, which includes actors from Germany, Brazil, France, England, South Africa, Egypt and the United States.
His assignment is to bring in designers from Africa to give the film a more original feel and to display some of Africa’s most iconic designers and rising stars in fashion. Mr. Alara has already picked Nigerian designer, Amaka Osakwe of Maki Oh to work with him on the production.
The fashion designer, Osakwe is no novice to Hollywood; her clothes have been worn by international stars such as Beyonce, Rihanna, Kerry Washington of Scandal fame and of course the U.S. First Lady, Michelle Obama to name a few.
According to Dexter Davis, the movie’s executive producer and CEO of D Street Media Group, “We are thrilled to have Dimeji join the production. This movie is hopefully something new for Africa. We wanted to make a truly African film with an international cast and not just a movie shot on location in Africa.
Our goal is to make African films that can travel and hopefully by bringing our American sensibility to the story and production value, we give these sort of films the opportunity to play well in the U.S. and around the world. We could not have made a better pick than Dimeji Alara as the stylist, his keen sense of style and his experience in the fashion industry is indispensable. We look forward to a long and fruitful working relationship.”
Dimeji also expressed his joy, saying, “It’s so exciting to be given the opportunity to express my creativity in a medium that is synonymous with fashion, says Alara. When the producers asked me to get involved, it was very intriguing.
However, I wasn’t quite sure I was up for it, but after reading the script and understanding the significance of a project like this in Africa I could not say no. I’m very blessed to be given the opportunity to have the freedom to bring African elements to the film and can’t wait to show the world what African style looks like.”
The Blue Mauritius is also executive produced by American actor, rapper, television personality and media mogul Nick Cannon (America’s Got Talent, Chi-Raq) and producers Tim Theron and Cobus van den Berg of Kaapland Films in South Africa. The film will be directed by British director, Charles Henri Belleville, who’s wrapping up his second collaboration with Oscar-nominated British actor Tom Hardy (Revenant, Mad Max).