One day she’s strutting about like a latter-day Nefertiti, the next she’s dressed like a long-lost member of TLC (the band, not the cable channel that airs “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”). Which means, my friends, we have a fashion chameleon joining us this week. Tomika Randall (www.instagram.com/tomibruhh) is a 20-year-old graduate of Bay State College who is now working as a stylist and launching her own fashion line called Saváge. “I would say my style is a combination of risk, elegance, and variety all intertwined into one,” she teases. Intrigued? So am I.
Q. We need to start with your fashion line, which you describe as “African goth” and “African grunge.” I’m totally into both of these descriptions but give us a little more explanation as to what the line looks like.
A. The fabric choices I make for the collection are as follows: Leather, velvet, vinyl, and kente (an African textile). I incorporate African fabrics to show traditional culture, intertwined with modern urban style and elegance into each piece.
Q. Who do you see as a client for your line? Which celebs would you like to see dressed in your looks?
A. My ideal clients would be Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore, Ciara, Miley Cyrus, Megan Foxx, Willow Smith, and Ariana Grande. My general customer has an immense amount of confidence, a leader who holds herself in high esteem, but is still humble. My customer always captivates, whether she wants to or not.
Q. It sounds like you play dress-up every day. My favorite of your looks is the one you describe as “president’s daughter.” All of this would leave me to believe that you have a closet larger than a whale. Are you a clothes hoarder?
A. Guilty. How did you know? I keep clothes from 10 years ago, and mix them with all the new articles of clothing I have. The result is a completely different look and an entirely different character. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m crazy.
Q. You used to get stares for your fashion bravery. Did you ever find yourself in fashion fights to defend your look?
A. Never. Not my thing. I appreciate everyone’s own personal style, and if they have a problem with mine, I accept it and go about my day. If they’re jealous and hating, I must be doing something right, right?
Q. When was the last time you regretted an outfit? And what was it? Please be as self-critical as possible.
A. I regret nothing. It takes up too much time of my day to dwell on something I have no control of changing. So, nope.
Q. As a stylist, do you often have the urge to stop people on the street, shake them by the shoulders, and tell them how they should dress?
A. I appreciate everyone’s personal style. It give me a sense of who they are and how they want to be perceived. But if I absolutely loathe how they are dressed, I am usually tempted to shake them around a bit to knock some sense into them.