Award-winning fashion stylist Reinhard Mahalie's star continues to rise as he once again proves that making people look good can take one very far.
THE 25-year-old enjoyed one of the biggest nights of his career as a stylist at the recent Simply You Magazine Lifestyle and Fashion Awards where he styled eight celebrities in one night, including South African heartthrob, Maps Maponyane.
For Mahalie, the cherry on the cake was styling the South African television presenter, actor, fashion designer and model who was one of the special guests at the awards. He also dressed various Namibian celebrities such as radio personality Sunet van Wyk, comedian Mark Kariahuua and actress and model Odile Müller.
"My personal favourites were Odile who looked amazing at the awards in a dress by Ingo Shanyenge and Maps Maponyane with a tailor-made Temptations suit," Mahalie said.
"I wrote Maps an email to style him when I heard he was coming to Namibia. His manager, Christine Bekker, who I also styled, replied the same day and I was shocked and happy at the same time. So we started communicating through emails," Mahalie said.
Mahalie sent the South African celebrity 30 pictures of suits that he had in mind via email, however, Maponyane already had an idea of what he wanted to wear.
When Maponyane arrived in the country, the stylist gave him 10 suits to choose from. "The first one I showed him is the one he liked," said Mahalie of the first encounter with the South African star.
Mahalie added that the meeting had the pair talking about future collaborations but that everything is still in negotiation stages and that it's not a done deal yet".
According to Mahalie, Maponyane is a humble guy. "I mean, imagine styling Maps Maponyane. This guy is a big deal; he is a style icon who wears designer clothes and for him to even wear a suit from Temptations or to let me style him was a big deal."
Mahalie has come a long way, with Namibian celebrities such as Gazza and Miss B being among his first big clients.
He also has some other famous personalities on his radar. "One day, I would like to style The Dogg, his wife Nomvula and the First Lady Monica Geingos. And I think it would also be fun to work with Dillish Matthews and Nangula Nanyemba."
To aspiring stylists, Mahalie advises that staying true to yourself, growing a personal brand and innovation are the keys to success.