Los Angeles bred Celebrity Fashion Stylist and Designer, NonjaMcKenzie is recognized as a force to be reckoned with, as she exemplifies diversity in fashion within her body of work. McKenzie’s riveting ever-evolving artistic ability has gained her a respectable reputation amongst some of the industry’s notable photographers and directors as David LaChapelle, Albert Watson, Hype Williams, Sanaa Hamriand and Dave Myers.
For the past 15 years her eye-catching and fashion forward styling have been associated with high profile clientele such as: Gwen Stefani, Backstreet Boys, No Doubt, Jay-Z, Macy Gray, The Black-Eyed Peas, Will Smith, the legendary Prince and a host of others too vast to name. With no formal fashion training, McKenzie learned the basics of fashion from her mother, a seamstress. Throughout the years, McKenzie has worked with many publications including Vanity Fair, GQ, Essence, and InStyle.
In 2000, McKenzie and Director Hype Williams were awarded with the VH1 Vogue Fashion Award -Most Stylish Video for No Doubt ‘Ex-Girlfriend’. Followed by much success, McKenzie collaborated with recording artist Macy Gray as Head Designer launching, the Natalie Hinds Collection for winter/spring ’05-06.
After years of lending her fashion sense and designs to others, McKenzie debuted her own Nonja McKenzie l collection at the 2008 Mercedes Benz LA Fashion Week. Since then, her timeless pieces have caught the attention of fashion’s elite, Naomi Campbell, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Jessica Simpson, actress Rosario Dawson as well musicians Mary J.Blige, Nikka Costa and Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas.
The classic designs have been selling exclusively in noted Church Boutique Los Angeles and Jeffrey’s of New York.
Currently, McKenzie continues to shock the industry with unexpected fashion trends as they anticipate the designs of her next collection.
CELEBRITY stylist turned designer, Nonja Mckenzie knows a thing or two about getting dressed. Ms Mckenzie hails from the world of celebrity, styling for the past 12 years, and has dressed hip hop royalty such as The Black Eyed Peas’ Fergie and Gwen Stefani, as well as having been co-designer of friend, singer and long time client, Macy Gray’s collection a few year’s back.
Today, the inspiration was Picasso’s painting of a sleeping woman. A woman who is soft but strong, just like the pint-sized designer herself. From the red carpet to the runway Ms. Mckenzie’s collection had highlights of the Sixties with embellished, chiffon caftan tops paired with satin disco Seventies shorts. The Eighties were prevalent too, with a standout orange one-armed long sleeve wrap dress called the Dynasty dress – though sans the heavy “on the nose” shoulder pads.
While short shorts were perfect for an editorial spread in Complex magazine, it was the silk trousers – paired with an orange chiffon top – that will get to retail and help Ms. McKenzie continue to develop her point of view.