American Vogue + Africa’s Best Dressed

Posted on November 10, 2011

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I am home at a decent hour this evening, and for that I thank God. After a long week at work, I’m looking forward (as I always do) to the weekend. I’m taking a train to somewhere nice and tucking into Teju Cole’s Open City (from the snatches I’ve read on my early morning tube rides, I’m getting a bit of Camus & that “Aujourd’hui ma mere est morte” vibe…maybe not the most uplifting weekend read, but then what do I know; I’m no literary critic and am barely toe-deep into the narrative). I will eat good food and of course, I will sleep (the best part of all!). In celebration of my early arrival at home, I decided to surf the interwebs for leisure and came across American Vogue’s ‘best dressed & up comers‘ list (for the upcoming December issue) and lo and behold, two Africanas have been included! Julia Sarr-Jamois (French/Senegalese) and Oroma Elewa (Nigerian). Anyone who says Anna Wintour isn’t trying new things with American Vogue refuses to open their eyes to the subtle shift she’s introduced to the magazine’s narrative over the past 3-5 years. Bien joué Mme. Wintour.

Julia Sarr-Jamois

Says Vogue of Sarr-Jamois, she of the gorgeous Afro and fashion-blog adoration worthy style, fashion editor at Wonderland magazine,

“Her style M.O. is that of a young editor on the run, which recently has come to offer inspiration to the fashion community as readily as that of any young model on the runway.”

Lofty praise if I ever did hear any. I think her fame might now be near if not actually supersede Wonderland’s.

Oroma Elewa

Also, Vogue refers to Oroma Elewa, editor/founder of Pop’Africana, as a “natural taste maker.” Also included in the list are 2011′s ubiquitous actress Emma Stone (Crazy. Stupid. Love.), French actress Clémence Poésy (Gossip Girl) and the inimitable Florence Welch (Lungs). Lofty company! I’m looking forward to seeing where life takes the girls!

P.S. Completely unrelated, but apparently Mario Batali made some rather unfortunate comments. This is, and his overall sloppiness at responding to the journalists questions is quite disappointing considering he’s been one of my favourite TV chefs since I was a teenager. I watched back-to-back episodes of On the Road Again, his Spanish road-trip/documentary with Gwyneth Paltrow as a warm up before heading to Spain earlier this summer. I’ve read his cookbooks. I would be upset, if not for the funny video of Rick Perrygate replaying in my mind. I am waiting for the YouTube video that will re-mix his response with Brittney Spears Oops! I did it Again :)

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