Each week, FADER Media Style Director Chioma Nnadi will comment on the throwback style and fashion of a Suite903 artist. Today’s Re-Issue: Chaka Khan.
I've had a Chaka Khan-level 'fro my entire life, but there are very few days (Halloween 2007, for a Rufus tribute) in the year that I unleash its full natural wildness. Chaka in her Rufus days was absolute dynamite and watching her live performances from the 1970s—even on the teeny tiny screen of my laptop—is totally electrifying. This past weekend I went thrifting deep in the suburbs of Los Angeles together with my friend Ivy. Before embarking on the epic three-day spree, she and I got together to talk serious inspiration and shifted through some reference images. The look we decided on was easy '70s glamour, and the kind of clips that made our collective vision board were filled with long sweeping jersey dresses (think Halston at his very peak), hip-hugging high-waisted paints and truckloads of sequins—all of which sums up Chaka's entire Rufus wardobe. Although we did score a Halston on our outing, it was sensible safari dress and not the slinky Studio 54 show-stopper we'd been hoping for. I did find an amazing pair of flared overalls that reminded me of an old Rufus promo pic. In the photo Chaka is shaking her fizzy mane and laughing her ass off (my dungarees are probably too tight for giggles), and watching this video of Chaka is another reminder that we all need to let our hair (or our souls) wild out from time to time.