Style

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Inspired Dior’s Feminist Collection at Paris Fashion Week

Dior has a new Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie-inspired “We Should All Be Feminists” t-shirt.

Often, when you hear about “inspiration” at European and New York fashion weeks, it’s for some horribly misguided shit that went down. Remember last month when Marc Jacobs defended white models wearing dreadlocks at his NYFW show with this knee-jerk response?


Here’s some inspiration we can get behind.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has emerged as one of the stars of Paris Fashion Week. Why? The Nigerian novelist, writer and feminist icon is said to be the inspiration for Maria Grazia Chiuri’s ready-to-wear spring 2017 Dior collection and show. Chiuri, Dior's first female creative director in the fashion powerhouse's 70-year history, brought unabashed feminism to the runway on Friday.

"I strive to be attentive and open to the world and to create fashion that resembles the women of today," she said in her show notes, according to the Washington Post.

One design that stood out was a t-shirt with the words “WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS,” the name of the groundbreaking speech Adichie gave at a 2013 TedxEuston talk and subsequently developed into a book-length essay published in 2014. (Although there's still no word on how much one of these feminist couture tees will set you back.)

At one point, Chiuri had her models walk the runway to “Flawless,” Beyoncé’s girl-power anthem that famously featured excerpts from Adichie’s “We Should All Be Feminists.” And according to the Washington Post, excerpts from the speech echoed throughout the show's soundtrack.

Adichie watched on from the front row.

Video

Watch Chad Da Don and YoungstaCPT’s Music Video For ‘F.U 2’

Chad Da Don and YoungstaCPT connect again on "F.U 2."

In their latest song, "F.U 2," South African rappers Chad Da Don and YoungstaCPT are sparring just like they did on last year's "F.U."

In the song's music video, the two MCs perform their verses in a crime scene, in front of an ambulance with a dead body just chilling there in a body bag.

Keep reading... Show less
popular

Bobi Wine Calls Out Kanye West for 'Immoral' Meeting With Museveni

The Ugandan activist believes Kanye West should have "used his voice for the good of people in Africa."

Ugnadan musician, lawmaker and activist Bobi Wine has spoken out against Kanye West's recent meeting with President Yoweri Museveni, calling it "immoral," reports The Guardian.

Wine was referring to West's Monday meeting with Museveni in which he and his wife Kim Kardashian gifted the leader a pair of white Yeezy Boost sneakers. Kanye, who is currently in Uganda recording his forthcoming album Yhandi, decided to meet with Museveni despite his recent attacks on Wine and his rampant crackdown on the opposition.

Museveni, like Kanye, is also a big fan of President Donald Trump. He professed his love for him earlier this year, stating "America has got one of the best presidents ever," he said. "I love Trump because he tells Africans frankly. The Africans need to solve their problems, the Africans are weak."

READ: Op-Ed: Kanye West In Africa Is Music Marketing At Its Worst

Keep reading... Show less
Style
Photo by Shako Oteka.

Immaculate Taste's New Editorial Campaign Is Inspired by Soccer Nostalgia

Immaculate Taste's Alec Lomami speaks on the jersey collaboration with Durham brand Runaway and the hub's new creative agency.

Immaculate Taste, a North Carolina-based record label and management company comprised of Congolese creatives Alec Lomami, Shako Oteka and Mike Tambashe, have announced the creative agency arm of their hub by dropping an editorial highlighting their new, retro-fit soccer jersey.

In collaboration with Durham brand Runaway, Immaculate Taste tapped into their nostalgic love for soccer when conceptualizing the jersey.

"Growing up in Congo and later in Cote d'Ivoire, soccer was our first sport we as a family fell in love with," Lomami tells OkayAfrica via email. "We used to collect soccer cards and jerseys—dreaming to one day play professionally. When the decision came down to figuring out our first campaign, it only made sense to go with a soccer jersey. One day we hope to redesign the Congolese soccer jersey, so who knows, this jersey could be our proof of concept."

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

news.

popular.