Monthly Archives: July 2011

Cultural Influence: Jennifer Hudson

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 Statement Links: @Coccolily,, Coccolily Facebook, Tumblr

wireimage. myasho

Cultural influence breaks down similarities between Western fashion and African fashion.

This or That: Kimora Lee Simmons vs. Annie Ilonzeh

The one shoulder ruffle dress look as seen on Kimora Lee Simmons and Annie Ilonzeh marks Cultural Toast’s first This or That Edition.

This irresistable look was first worn by Kimora Lee Simmons who opted for the classy black look at the 39th Annual AFI Life Achievement Awards.

In late July Annie Ilonzeh of the upcoming Charlie’s Angels TV series was seen in a tangerine orange look with a gold waist-cinch belt at the 2011 Comic-Con event for a panel discussion with co-stars Rachael Taylor and Minka Kelly. Gotta love Annie’s Yves Saint Laurent Tribute sandals.

Cultural This or That: Do you prefer Kimora’s black or Annie’s orange? Discuss!

Cultural Toast’s This Or That Recommends: Parker Ruffle Dress//Glitterati Dress


This Or That examines style trends on and off the red carpet. Sometimes it’s a fashion face-off or two looks that’s quite similar.

Tori Famuyiwa Introduces Age of Decadence

Famed Nigerian, New York-based fashion designer and stylist Tori Famuyiwa has just release a sneak preview of his upcoming collection, Age of Decadence.

The six glamorous snapshots showcases Tori’s true aesthetic to African prints and elegance. We love the stitching and bold use of prints!

Accessories used in the photo shoot was by upcoming Ghanaian accessories it girl Designs by U.

Tori just wrapped up Africa Fashion Week New York where he worked as the executive stylist. He also can be found as a stylist for Munaluchi Bridal Magazine. We salute Tori Famuyiwa!

Tori Famuyiwa on Facebook//Designs by U on Facebook

photo credit: Tori Famuyiwa

Cultural statement is a feature celebrating positive imagery of African professionals which includes fashion photo shoots and print AD campaigns.