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Oluchi Orlandi Talks about How Nigerian Women Shop, New York Women vs. Lagos Women & More in Vogue

Adesola Ade-Unuigbe

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Supermodel Oluchi Orlandi is featured on Vogue.com and in the online magazine she talks about how Lagos women prep for those well-documented OTT weddings, how New York influenced her own approach to personal style, and the one thing fashionable New York and Nigerian women can agree upon.

Her interview is quite interesting.

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Read excerpts below.

On fashion being a huge part of her life growing up: I spent most of my after-school hours at a local fashion house called Henrietta Design Collections. She specializes in made-to-measure traditional Nigerian and Western outfits for her clients. I would hang around, watch, and assist her with errands. Those were my early associations with fashion. She actually introduced me to modeling.

On the style of New York women vs. Lagos women: Ah! I immediately noticed the sneakers, jeans, T-shirts, and denim jackets of New Yorkers. As the season changes, their casual uniform always stays the same.

On the difference in style between New Yorkers and Lagosians: The style of New Yorkers and Nigerians couldn’t be more different. New Yorkers are effortless and cool, while the Nigerian woman is more feminine and embellished. However, we all wear the same accessories: Hermès, Chanel, Céline, Saint Laurent, Givenchy. Lagos women also flaunt their culture unapologetically, even when two women walk in a room with the same outfit and accessories. Where they are from locally has a lot to do with how they style their garments.

On how a Nigerian woman shops: She does it all! The retail experience is changing in Nigeria, so most of the international designs are either purchased online at a retail outlet like Mall for Africa or at the Palms Shopping Mall in Lekki, Lagos. Others shop at the luxury concept fashion store Alara or Temple Muse. And for a range of designs made in their native country, Nigerian women shop at Grey Velvet. With local stores and boutiques like these competing with the price points of their counterparts abroad in London, Milan, New York, and Paris, the days of flying to shop is coming to an end. Nigerians now shop with a sense of pride and confidence, knowing that the product they would normally buy a travel ticket to get is now available in their country, and they can trust that it’s all original.

On Nigerian weddings: Weddings are a huge tradition in Nigeria. Our clothes are mostly customized with authentic local fabrics like aso-oke and lace. These are always elaborate and glamorous. Apart from the actual outfit, which is usually made from exquisite embroideries, we would usually wear a head wrap and lots of jewelry. Gowns from brands like Valentino are now being worn to traditional events, as they fit the aesthetic of our clothes. The shoes and other accessories tend to be from top international brands.

Read the full feature here.

Photo Credit: Vogue.com

Adesola is a BellaNaija editor and Voltron. Yes, things are that serious for her when it comes to BellaNaija.com.She's a lover of gist, novels, music and food. She's constantly trying not to take life for granted. She spends most of her time either keeping up with the world on the Internet or sharing some acquired knowledge about digital media.To communicate with her directly, you can hit her up on: Instagram - @adesola.au Twitter - @ThisConnectd

15 Comments

  1. clement edward.

    November 3, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    9ice one.

    • Tres Chic

      November 3, 2015 at 8:55 pm

      Is that how to spell nice? I can’t call it laziness because you typed four words too. This is a public forum, save the funky incorrect spellings for when you are exchanging text messages with your friends like you, that way you would be taken seriously in public. I cringe when I think about the future of our children’s spelling.

    • Olu

      November 3, 2015 at 9:58 pm

      who died and made you king?

    • kellyfa

      November 3, 2015 at 11:27 pm

      Eh….. oni of bellanaija! We have heard. Like you stated, its a public forum therefore people can do as they please.

    • O

      November 4, 2015 at 3:38 pm

      FYI, four letters!

  2. Laila

    November 3, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Sense of pride and confidence – where? Under those weaves? Women from New York are more Afrocentric than women in Nigeria. Sad state of affairs. It’s rare to see a Nigerian woman with an atrocious weave on her head.

    • SugaMama

      November 3, 2015 at 11:30 pm

      Lol. What are you really trying to say? What really is your point? You seem to be struggling to convey it. Avoid using a word if you don’t exactly understand what it means.

      And wearing a weave does not equate a lack of sense of pride or confidence please. Leave weaves alone. They are not the enemy.

    • Marc Francis of Chelsea

      November 4, 2015 at 4:07 am

      They need to feel “Afrocentric” because they need to feel connected to their African roots. We are here and we are our roots. We don’t need unrelaxed hair to feel African.

  3. tuesday

    November 3, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Rihanna and oluchi who wore the African print better?

  4. Nky

    November 3, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    This woman never looks refined. Can’t deal

    • O

      November 4, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      Yet, a model. Be there in your refinement, being completely unnoticed!

  5. SugaMama

    November 3, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    Lol. What are you really trying to say? What really is your point? You seem to be struggling to convey it. Avoid using a word if you don’t exactly understand what it means.

    And wearing a weave does not equate a lack of sense of pride or confidence please. Leave weaves alone. They are not the enemy.

  6. dayo

    November 4, 2015 at 1:06 am

    …what about Nigerian men, don’t they shop.? Ah-ah…what is dis naw. Just make sure you buy made in Nigeria toothpick before your next comment, okay!?

  7. solape

    November 4, 2015 at 8:44 am

    These ill-educated women all gracing interviews are the ones making it difficult for nigeria to be taking seriously. Like seriously, all they do is sit down and talk on an on on how their lifestyles are expensive and only has to do with vanity.

    For goodness sake, lets stop promoting mediocrity…there is a reason why some other African countries are growing fast even when not as large as Nigeria…. Ethiopia for example

    • Marc Francis of Chelsea

      November 4, 2015 at 12:49 pm

      You’re obviously not very bright. This is an interview for Vogue and she’s answering questions they asked. She ill-educated because she said Nigerians don’t need to travel abroad anymore? Who is mediocre? Oluchi, Nigeria’s first international supermodel? Nope, not bright at all.

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