Each week, FADER Media Style Director Chioma Nnadi will comment on the throwback style and fashion of a Suite903 artist. Today’s Re-Issue: Anita Baker.
I've always thought that Anita Baker was severely underrated. More than anything, her whole being has a deeply, classy quality that I've always dug. "Sweet Love" has been covered a gazillion times, but there is really nothing sweeter than her rendition. I have a cousin who has been sporting a Baker crop for the past ten years, and I've always admired how simply chic she looks with short hair.
Baker isn't a flashier dresser either, and the key to her style is about keeping it understated. There are no bells, whistles or sequins about her; her diva-dom is built on simple straightforward outfits—usually a pencil skirt in black or white paired with a matching blazer. For so many starlets today, it's all about theatrics, which I find can be a real distraction from what counts. Anita strips it down to the basics, and lets us focus on what's really important: the beautiful clarity of her voice.