Known professionally by his stage name Dj pius, Rickie Pius Rukabuza is no doubt one of Kigali’s fashion icons.
He manages to look sharp when in entertainment circles and in his formal life. The New Times’ Collins Mwai caught up with him, and he gives his two cents on fashion and trends, including why he thinks ladies ought to wear dresses often. Experts:
Q: How would you describe your dress sense?
A: I would label it as decent casual. It has components of my official side (law intern) and the entertainer bit of me.
Q: What is your favourite clothing item?
A: I have a ‘thing’ for designer coats. I am always wearing one and have many pairs in my wardrobe. I like them because they are versatile and go with almost anything. My favourite footwear is Vans Canvas.
Q: Where do you shop?
A: I mostly shop in Kampala or Dubai. With these venues I am guaranteed of uniqueness and style.
Q: What do you consider when getting clothes?
A: I look for distinctiveness of the outfits. However, I am not so much into big labels like Gucci and the like. I want an item that few are spotted with and one that stands out.
Q: What is favourite fashion accessory?
A: I love watches, silver watches. I have one that I inherited from my dad. It is a silver Quartz watch, the best piece I have ever had.
Q: What is your favourite item on a lady?
A: Dresses. Ladies look great in dresses. Personally, I think a good dress is neither too short nor too long. It brings out their femininity in a way no other outfit can.
Q: What outfit do you wish ceased to exist?
A: Harlem pants. They are the worst outfits, especially when worn by men.
I would never wear those pants even if they were the trendiest thing in town.
Q: What is your favourite scent?
A: For deodorant, I use Axe, for cologne, have Emporio Armani. My favourite scents so far.
Q: Any outfit you would like to be spotted in more often?
A: Yes, patterned official shirts. I have also been having this idea of matching shorts and sleeveless shirts designed kitenge. It would be an ideal weekend wear for me.
Q: Any fashion advice to the public?
A: Fashion can be complicated. Don’t follow trends blindly, go for decency. This matters a lot because it determines your image and the impression people have of you.