Nigerian novelist and short-story writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is featured on Vogue’s Today I’m Wearing reins. Adichie’s feminine style incorporates designer items from DSquared2, Carolina Herrera and Anya Hindmarch are among her favourites – with unique pieces, often tailor-made and sourced in her native Nigeria. Chimamanda is well-known for her narrative of gender roles in contemporary society. Her TED x Talk in 2013, titled We Should All Be Feminists, went viral when Beyoncé sampled it on her empowerment single, Flawless.
Below is her Vogue’s Today I’m Wearing photo diary.
Hello from Nigeria Vogue.co.uk! Today I am wearing an old, much-loved Carolina Herrera dress and shoes by Emanuel Ungaro. I designed the neckpiece from individually cut and twisted strips of ankara fabric bought at Lagos’ Balogun market.
For a speaking event, I am wearing a Peter Pilotto skirt, Ann Taylor top, Annarita N jacket and Miu Miu shoes. The handbag is Anya Hindmarch, which I find myself reaching for very often, because it’s just big enough to hold a book and has a slight lovely retro feel.
I am wearing a Stella Jean dress. It reminds me of a dress my mother wore often when I was growing up. My shoes are Sophia Webster – I am always grateful for beautiful heels that are below 4 inches. My belt is from Target. My headwrap is an ankara fabric from Nsukka market.
I am wearing a BCBG top and DSquared2 shoes. My bag is by a Nigerian designer Obsidian, bought in a lovely shop called L’espace in Lagos. I designed the trousers, and my superbly-talented tailor Razak made them.