A Buffalo State alumna is shining in Hollywood as a stylist for A-list celebrities.
Ade Samuel, ’10, was recently named to The Hollywood Reporter’s “25 Most Powerful Stylists in Hollywood” list.
“You work so hard as a stylist to be recognized and appreciated for the work that you do,” Samuel, a New York native who now lives in L.A., said on a phone call last week. “I’m grateful to be on that list and to have that great recognition, especially as a black stylist and a black female.”
The former Buff State Bengal has styled many high-profile clients, including rapper Big Sean, singer Kelly Rowland, Usher, “Black-ish”‘s Yara Shahidi, and Letitia Wright and Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther”, “Creed”).
In addition to styling, Samuel also is the founder and designer of Ade Samuel Shoes.
The look she created for Jordan at the 2019 SAG Awards in January- involving a colorful Louis Vuitton harness over a suit jacket- made waves in the fashion community and on social media.
“It was a very different transition into what a men’s suit can look like,’ Samuel said. “How do you give a classic men’s suit a twist? So I really wanted to add that harness in, to bring it onto a carpet that’s so serious and so black-tie.”
The look was one of Samuel’s favorites.
“The response was so amazing, and it got such an interesting feedback from everyone because it was so unique,” she said.
Samuel participated in Buffalo State’s “three-one” program with the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She received her B.S. in Fashion Merchandising and Technology from Buffalo State College before finishing up her education with a degree in Fashion Advertising and Marketing from F.I,T. and was an intern for W Magazine and Teen Vogue.
During her time at Buffalo State, Samuel was heavily involved on campus, serving as president of the Fashion Student Association and organizing the college’s first “Runway” show, a tradition that continues to this day.
She was also an R.A. on campus and worked at the Starbucks on Chippewa Street.
“Buffalo State is such an amazing college,” Samuel said. “The professors were so intimate and so heavily involved in supporting my career, even after I graduated.”
One of Samuel’s former professors is Erin Habes, a lecturer in the college’s Fashion and Textile Technology department.
“Ade was such a go-getter,” Habes said. “She was here right around when I first started teaching and I remember her walking up to me and saying ‘you’re doing so many cool things, I want to be a part of it’,”
Habes said Samuel has also been a wonderful alumni support for herself and her students.
“She came back to Buffalo for Runway’s tenth anniversary [in 2017] to be a celebrity judge,” Habes said. “We honored her on the stage and gave away our first Fashion and Textile Technology alumni award.”
“She’s such a wonderful example for our current students of how,when you have that drive, you just don’t stop, you keep going,” Habes added.
Samuel said her time at Buffalo State College has helped her in her career.
“The creativity of being able to be yourself and express yourself is something I learned at Buffalo State,” she said. “It definitely shaped who I am as a person and helped me to manage my career.”
Listen to the full interview with Ade Samuel here: