Category Archives: Cultural Influence
Two of Somalia’s reigning beauty models Fatima Siad and Iman recently launched personal websites offering fashion and beauty editorials.
Somali-Ethiopian Fatima Siad (best known for walking for Hermes, being the brand face of Herve Leger, and appearing on America’s Next Top Model) launched a personal website today - fatimasaid.com! Posted on Fatima’s official website is a biography page and editorial snapshots of her at work.
Here’s the Facebook message she posted up about her new online venture:
I’ve just launched my own website!
I’m really excited about it and would love for you to check it out and tell me what you think!
You can read my official biography, check out galleries of my pictures from throughout my modeling career, and connect with me via Twitter and Instagram.
Have a great night and lots of love!
Thoughts: I appreciate that Fatima is making moves to gain a bigger social prescene but someone needs to let her know that her last name is Siad & not Said. I blame this on MS Word Spell Checker! Harmless mistakes do occur!
Somali model Iman launched a travel, fashion and beauty website called Destination Iman. For her inaugural September 2012 issue Iman was influenced by Paris.
Thoughts: I spent a great deal of my lunch break browsing through her website and I love not only the concept but the fact she used a natural hair model – Nneoma for her beauty shoot!
image credits – FatimaSiad.com & DestinationIman.com
Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts was spotted outside ABC Studios in Times Square wearing a Burberry Prorsum Spring/Summer 2012 wax print cashmere scarf. According to Burberry.com, Robin’s scarf retails for -drumrolls please- $1,095.00. It comes as no surprise that CulturalToast.com embraces African wax print fashion. I absolutely love it! If you’re following CulturalToast.com’s Tumblr page, there’s plenty more African wax print looks to drool over. The print of Robin’s scarf is very similar to a dress actress Kate Bosworth wore this past October.
Robin’s scarf as you can see is a variation of a skirt seen on the runway during London Fashion Week Spring 2012 and the print was also used as dress as seen on Kate Bosworth. Burberry’s online boutique has a handful of scarves similar to Robin’s which can check out here. I’m definitely loving that appreciation for wax print fashion.
Cultural Presence looks at how celebrities and everyday people wear African fashion straight from the runway.
LaLa Anthony collaborated with Loren Ridinger to create her new signature cosmetics line, Motvies for LaLa. What she wore has got the African fashion blogosphere buzzing* with excitement. LaLa Anthony stepped out with close friend Kim Kardashian in a custom-made Jewel By Lisa silk/ankara skirt. (This skirt was also worn in different variations by Eku Edewor and Catt Sadler.) We love how LaLa paired her ankara skirt with a black tank top, pink blazer and sparkle pumps. Judging by the repetitve bandage pattern on the skirt, LaLa’s Jewel By Lisa skirt looks like it’s a varation taken from the Winter-Autumn 2011 collection. Kudos to Lisa Folawiyo for receiving another well-deserved nod from Hollywood!
So, how long are we going to have to wait to see LaLa’s best friend Kim in a Jewel By Lisa design? *Below is my reaction to LaLa in a Jewel by Lisa skirt as demonstrated by M.I.A.:
image credits – twitter. facebook. getty.
As seen at the 12th Annual Art of Benefit event, singer Jennifer Hudson’s white cut-out crochet Lela Rose look bares a striking resemblance to this white Twiggy Dress by Coccolily. Both dresses are cut-out, a popular trend for the Summer.
The cut-out trend as seen on Kelly Rowland and Tika Sumpter. While Jennifer’s cutout look is dominant in the legs, Kelly and Tika’s trend is focus on the abs and arms. -cue Kanye West’s Workout Plan-
The white “Twiggy” lace and fringe dress by Coccolily was seen at the Spring/Summer 2011 presentation at Montreal Fashion Week 2010. Coccolily is a Ghanaian fashion label created by Naana Tennachie Yankey. Online African fashion boutique, MyAsho, currently sells Coccolily garments including the Twiggy dress which is now on sale.
As you can see, this look is for the fashion brave and not for the fashion curious!
Cultural influence breaks down similarities between Western fashion and African fashion.