BN Style Spotlight: Oluchi Onweagba Orlandi

Posted on Monday, October 19th, 2009 at 12:24 PM

By Ijeoma Ndekwu

It’s BN Style Spotlight; this is a periodical feature on the style page that will provide detailed analysis of the personal style of a budding fashion star.

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Oluchi Onweagba is still fondly remembered as the 17 year old girl who won the 1998 MNET Face of Africa (now called Nokia Face of Africa). This win awarded her a 3 year contract worth $150,000 with Elite Modelling Management. This opportunity transformed this small town Lagos girl to the next big personality in modelling!!! Through the years, Oluchi has gone from model, to wife, to mother and owner of Omodel Africa in South Africa. She’s definitely a conglomerate to reckon with!

Although admitting that prior to MNET Face of Africa she had maintained a relative ignorance towards fashion . However, with a cover in the Italian Vogue, features in US Vogue, Sports illustrated and walking the runway for Chanel, Christian Dior, Gucci, Luca Luca, Tommy Hilfiger and Kenneth Cole, one can’t help but wonder the incredible style tips she must have picked up along the way!

While her job presents her with the glitz and the glam of the fashion industry, the best of what designers have to offer each season, she has been able to maintain a style that incorporates their designs, but with her own individual stamp on it!

Away from the runway, and numerous photo shoots is the woman-next-door expressed through her personal style; in its maturity, tasteful elegance, and the subdued hit of comfort. Oluchi’s style is simplistically chic. In her minimalist approach, she always adheres to pieces and silhouettes that accentuate the allure of her too-die for curves; igniting the electrifying combination of ‘the body’ and a well tailored piece!

Read on as I analyze her personal style and determine what indeed, makes her style BN worthy!!!

SCARLET FEVER:

Oluchi’s make-up is always applied lightly, allowing for her natural glow to shine through! However, she likes to add some oomph to her look with red! Her likeness towards this colour has seen her lips on several occasions attractively coated with red lipstick on and off the red carpet!  With her lips labelled as one of her most striking features, she does them justice when complemented with red lipstick.  She  creates a captivating appeal to her facial features by accentuating  and keeping the focus on her lips.

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And while red does good to her lips, it is an equally alluring colour choice when wrapped around her body! The red dresses delicately skim through her curves, highlighting the flawless features of her model frame!

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In a red hever leger bandage dress

Oluch in red with husband Luca Orlandi

Oluch in red with husband Luca Orlandi

COMFORT ALWAYS:

Being 6 feet 1 inch tall doesn’t make it easier to let your guard down and opt  for flats rather than heels on the red carpet! Oluchi on most occasions is seen wearing towering heels, however once in a while , she likes to enjoy the luxury of comfort by wearing a pair of flat shoes. Sometimes, a pair of flats can take the glamour off a beautiful cocktail dress but Oluchi manages  keep the glamour factor rolling even when she complements her cocktail dresses with a pair of flats. Only few can do this successful, and this lady is definitely one of them!

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Oluchi in Luca Luca cocktail dress

WOMAN-NEXT-DOOR:

Oluchi’s casual style consists of a  pair of jeans complemented with a nice top. She keeps her bottom half relatively simply, while her top half is accentuated with colour, and intricate lace, sequins and gathered details!

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FOR THE LOVE OF COCKTAILS:

Oluchi is a huge fan of cocktail dresses and she wears them in varied styles and textures! With her cocktail dresses there is the underlying theme of femininity which she combines with flattering cuts and  interesting details like soft pastel colours and prints!

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In taupe and black animal print dress by Rachel Roy

In a taupe and black animal print dress by Rachel Roy

In a champagne pailette Lanvin spring 2009 dress

In a champagne pailette Lanvin spring 2009 dress

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ETHEREAL GODDESS:

When garbed in a floor length dress, Oluchi likes to keep things light with her styling; from the make-up to her dress choice. The fabrics are usually characterised by fluidity and she is all about softness in pastels, details, and the delicate flow and alignment of the pieces.

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Oluchi at the 2009 Pink Ball

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MONOCHROME RHAPSODY:

Oluchi has a likeness for prints, and incorporates them in monochromatic styling! Combining the yin and yang of black and white to add dimension to her style.

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One of Oluchi’s red carpet moments is when she stunned the crowd at the 2009 Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Art Museum arriving in a  gorgeous Oscar de la Renta monochrome print dress. It was a bold piece, and as such is quite difficult to pull off!  But the dress proved to be no match for Oluchi as she pulled it off effortlessly with style and grace!!!

Oluchi at the Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2009.

Oluchi at the Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2009.

GET THIS OLUCHI ONWEAGBA LOOK:

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Oluchi with D'bang at 2007 Thisday Music Festival

I particularily adore this casual look on Oluchi. Like with most of her casual looks, she places the focus on her upper half, this time, with a sequined vest and complements it with a pair of wide leg jeans.

Channel this look by Oluchi for less than £100

Vest:

light weight vest 6 pounds

Like with Oluchi’s, this vest is also lightweight.

Purchase here for £6

High- Waist Wide Leg Jeans:

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Oluchi opts for high-waisted wide-leg jeans with pocket details, these jeans are a close resemblance. Wide-leg jeans always streamline the silhouette, and they make you look taller! However, you can opt for a straight, skinny or flare cut, if you feel that suits you better. Channelling Oluchi, is also about being comfortable!

Purchase here for £39

Sequined Waistcoat:

AZZ91983BLACK_LARGE 15 pounds sequined waistcoat

This sequined vest will draw attention to your upper body, it will also add glam to a typical casual look!

Purchase here for £15

Quilted Purse:

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Oluchi completes her look with a quilted Chanel chain purse. It’s the reign of Chanel inspired chain purses and you can easily purchase a few in varied colours and at affordable prices!  While this purse is not double chained like Oluchi’s, it still shares some similarities in its quilt, gold chain and buckle details!

Purchase here for £15

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  • 22 Comments on “BN Style Spotlight: Oluchi Onweagba Orlandi”

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    • too short October 19, 2009 at 2:53 PM

      nice one..she very beautiful.me like

    • Suzanna Efiok October 19, 2009 at 3:16 PM

      I was very proud to see one of our own gracing the cover and pages of Victoria’s Secret as well as the runways of Paris, Milan, New York, London etc. I am still proud of her as a Naija chick representing us all in a positive manner but having met her, I was slightly disappointed with her attitude, I am hoping it was just a bad day for her that day; however since we were at a high profile party/event, I don’t know if it was just a bad day or she just can’t be bothered with people who are not in her socio-economic bracket. She is as physically beautiful in person as she is in the magazine, certainly no film/digital trick there. She be true Nigerian beauty!

    • Ifeyinwa October 19, 2009 at 3:58 PM

      She looks very good in gowns whether ballroom, cocktail, name it. Good write-up. Kudos to Ijeoma….

    • FirstIWantToDanceWithYouPere October 19, 2009 at 4:09 PM

      she is stunning!!but nothing fantastic about the pieces she had on in these pictures

    • Fashionable Earth October 19, 2009 at 4:17 PM

      We love this article and the photos! Thanks :) Check out our post about how to make animal prints work for the Fall: http://fashionableearth.org/blog/2009/10/19/animal-prints/

    • temi October 19, 2009 at 4:42 PM

      not sure if pointy flats work well with cocktail dresses (at least not here) but oluchi is definitely a striking woman. love her.

      p.s. ijeoma, your recreation of her outfit ROCKS. you’re doing a great job!

    • Nma October 19, 2009 at 6:53 PM

      ummm sorry, Oluchi isn’t exactly stylish in my books…her styles r bland and don’t even get me started with her choices of shoes.
      That black and while ball gown however is fab!..love it!

    • judy October 19, 2009 at 10:25 PM

      oluchi is hot and her shape is to die for but u would be pushing it to say she is stylish. come on she is sooooooooooo bland.

    • MiaJadore October 20, 2009 at 6:16 AM

      Nice! Good job as always IJ.

    • diva October 20, 2009 at 12:14 PM

      she’s not stylish. pretty… yes. looks gud in a dress… yes. but def not stylish. d clothes r very regular n d shoes are a no no. i’m sorry.

    • wole October 20, 2009 at 3:17 PM

      She is too real!!!!!!!

    • Alexis October 20, 2009 at 6:25 PM

      she looks good, nice skin too …hahaha see dbanj, hes madddd short! ok maybe its because hes near a 6’1 woman…but still lmao…vertically challenged

    • Alexis October 20, 2009 at 6:32 PM

      I like her, she has nice skin and her height is awesome, tall people are always treated like celebs lol ( my sister is 6″3 im just 5’11 :-/) but lmao dbanj looks like a teenager next to Oluchi, guess hes vertically challenged

    • Lola October 21, 2009 at 12:05 AM

      Oluchi rocks! love her, true African beauty.

    • ajunna October 21, 2009 at 5:32 AM

      We all as individuals, have our own personal STYLE. This is just a focus on her personal likes and dislike e.g (red lip stick). For all you ignorant haters who do not understand “Style”, go back and read the content that is beautifully written by Ijeoma. So you can understand…Don’t just look at the images learn to read. This is not city people. lol

    • monet October 21, 2009 at 5:35 AM

      Oluchi is an effortless beauty she can get away with any thing. Love you always.

    • Bola October 21, 2009 at 2:30 PM

      You guys are Sooo hard to please! but who cares? Oluchi rocks! She’s done what most girls….even American girls have been unable to do…and that is, been on Oprah, walked the catwalks all over the world, hob-nobbed with the stars and she doesnt look bad either. I think she’s phenomenal! She’s the most successful reality show-fashion show winner this part of the planet (and the other parts too!) Even more successful than most ANTM winners! You go, Girl! Nobody’s got nothing on you!

    • Lola October 21, 2009 at 3:48 PM

      Oluchi ain’t no style goddess. The black n white Oscar de le Renta outfit is fab no doubt. Her shoes and purses however are a no! no!!. She’s got loads of business sense, but style? hell No!!

    • Omalichanwa October 21, 2009 at 10:39 PM

      @Nma and Judy, r u guys for real…what else d’you want her to wear? french lace and gold jewellery dangling from every available part of her body lyk ur notice-me society madams? she’s comfortable in what she wears and she looks good on them too…plus she’s a successful model and she’s still rocking on

    • commy October 23, 2009 at 10:37 PM

      oluchi is effortlessly beautiful,”truely an african queen” i like the fact that she’s proudly BLACK. if it were to be some naijaz they would’ve changed their skin colour..

    • Ladi October 25, 2009 at 10:41 AM

      That’s why she is a supermodel, attends all the above galas, owns an agency, and is married to a renowned designer….

    • ugomma November 3, 2009 at 11:31 AM

      i have to agree with lola her shoes are not as inspiring as she is someone please tell her black shoes are only for the office and not for red carpet . she should not be afraide to wear high heels cause for her husband to have married her he is very confident and not intimedated by her height