Monthly Archives: September 2011

Michelle Obama’s September 2011 Looks We Love So Far…

First Lady Michelle Obama is on the go promoting her health initiative, Let’s Move, but it is her fashion sense that has us at in awe. Check out our favorite looks Michelle has worn so far in September…

in Chris Benz at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 34th Annual Awards Gala

in Prabal Gurung by J. Crew exploding bow blouse at the “Concert For Hope” Commemorating 9/11 Attacks

in Duro Olowu outside the White House on her way to United Nations General Assembly

in Derek Lam at the National Design Awards Luncheon

in Maria Pinto sheath dress at President’s speech on jobs before Congress (which wore three years ago!)

in New York Vintage 1950’s silk brocade dress on the October 2011 cover of Essence Magazine

What’s your favorite Michelle Obama style in September?

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Cultural Style is a feature focusing on real style on and off the red carpet.

Fashion Consultant Chalya Wears Deola Sagoe Ori Oke Fall 2011

Wearing African Fashion designs during New York Fashion Week  was a major hit among the fashionable mavens. also spotted fashion consultant and blogger Chalya at the Arise Made in Africa show wearing a stunning handcrafted Deola Sagoe wrap dress lifted from the Nigerian fashion label’s newly release Ori Oke Fall 2011 collection! Essence magazine also endorsed Chalya’s style at New York Fashion Week for their street style portfolio!

Deola Sagoe incorporated Japanese and Yoruba dress styles for her new Fall/Winter 2011 collection! The name Ori Oke is combination of two names from the Japanese and Yoruba dialects. “Ori” deprived from “Shibori” – a Japanese word. “Oke” is lifted from “Aso-Oke” – a Yoruba term.  Fader TV caught up with Chalya after the Arise Made in Africa SS 2012 show wrapped up. What’s remarkable about the footage is of course what she wore! Fast forward to 3:01 to revel in Chalya’s Deola Sagoe Ori Oke Fall 2011 dress!

Fader TV at Arise Made in Africa SS 2012

Connect with Chalya online: website // twitter

Twitter. Deola Sagoe

Cultural Presence looks at how celebrities and everyday people wear African fashion straight from the runway.

Arise Made In Africa Spring 2012 Designer Collective -Tsemaye Binitie’s Beautiful People

Tsemaye Binitie presented his Spring/Summer 2012 collection he aptly named Beautiful People at Arise Made in Africa Designer Collective show during New York Fashion. The Nigerian, London-based designer looked to his sister as his muse and inspiration Temikayo Binitie for his new collection. Tsemaye walked out with his sister after his runway presentation wrapped. Tsemaye definitely tapped into the sleeker and sporty silhouettes  for his latest womenswear offering. One standout was the red silk chiffon number!

Tsemaye Binite’s Social Media Platforms: Website//Twitter

Tsemaye Binitie SS 2012

Shortly after working for Stella McCartney, Tsemaye launched his eponymous label in 2009. Tsemaye’s show enlisted high-profile models such as Chika Emmanuel, Sessliee Lopez, and Georgie Badiel. Tsemaye in his own words as told to : I was born in Nigeria but raised internationally, I am a juxtaposed reality of a modern Nigerian. Fashion is fashion no matter where you live or are from. Women just want to be beautiful and I want to make them feel that in my clothes.


Cultural Runway is a style feature focusing on runway looks presented at various international Fashion Week events.

Arise Made In Africa Spring 2012 Designer Collective – Bunmi Koko’s Allure of the Sirens

Bunmi Olaye presented her Bunmi Koko Spring/Summer 2012 collection she aptly named Allure of the Sirens at Arise Made in Africa Designer Collective show during New York Fashion. High structured pieces tied into her water theme. Bunmi Koko known for her eclectic take on womenswear was one of 7 African fashion designers that presented their latest designs at the highly-anticipated Arise Made in Africa Designer Collective show. Elite Model Nigeria winner Chika Emmanuel joined fellow rising  models Rose Cordero.  We love Bunmi Koko’s chic rope statement-making necklaces and belts. We also admire her use of pleats! The collection is very feminine! 

Bunmi Koko SS 20120

Bunmi Koko is currently stocked at Temple Muse in Lagos, Nigeria. Bunmi Koko which means, God gave me my other half, has emerged since its March 2009 as a rising designer to watch! Follow Bunmi Koko Online: @BunmiKoko///Blog//Website


Cultural Runway is a style feature focusing on runway looks presented at various international Fashion Week events.

Eku Edewor’s African Fashion Rundown Featuring Bridget Awosika & The J Label

It’s no secret that loves Nigerian former model Eku Edewor’s style on and off the red carpet. Eku is a huge supporter of African Fashion. The 53 Xtra TV show host is regularly photographed in designs straight off the runway and look-books by Republic of Foreigner, Jewel By Lisa, Deola Sagoe, and Bridget Awosika.

Republic of Foreigner Resort 2012// Anita Quansah London neckpiece // Jewel By Lisa SS 2011

hosting the 2011 Elite Model Nigeria competition in a Deola Sagoe Ori Oke Fall 2011

For her editorial shoot with Mania Magazine (Issue 3), Eku Edewor wore a printed top and shorts from Jewel By Lisa’s new diffusion line, The J Label. Styled by Dimenji Alara, Eku showcases affordable luxury for the contemporary woman. This marks the first time The J Label has appeared in a major editorial fashion spread. Gotta love it!

Eku Edewor on her J Label look: The short is fun, sexy and easy to wear. The cut on the shoulder makes it very central. They can appeal to quite a number of girls. You can wear them with flip-flops or heels. However you feel comfortable.

Eku Edewor on her second J Label look: This is very easy to wear. I like the detail and the print. I could wear this to lunch with my friends.

For her hosting duties at the 2011 Elite Model Nigeria competition, Eku wore a one shoulder Bridget Awosika Autumn/Winter 2011 black silk jersey Grecian-inspired dress. We love that dress started as a sheer button-up collar long-sleeved shirt but worked its way into a stunning draped one-shoulder look.

If you’re curious about which African fashion label will Eku wear next, follow her on Twitter for the scoop at @eku_g_edewor! What were your favorite African fashion looks on Eku Edewor? Vote…

Mania. The J Label. Twitter. Fab Mag.

Cultural Presence looks at how celebrities and everyday people wear African fashion straight from the runway.

Burberry Prorsum’s African-Inspired Spring/Summer 2012 Collection at London Fashion Week

Burberry Prorsum has delivered yet again on producing ankara for their newly release Resort 2012 collection during London Fashion Week. Many of their staple style items such as Burberry’s classic trench were presented. Last season for their Resort 2012 collection, Burberry used ankara! Burberry Prorsum’s creative director Christopher Bailey infused ankara/African prints onto parkas, dresses, high-waisted skirts, tops and jackets. Bailey also redesigned the classic Burberry trench coat using ankara. Pom pom hats, intricately designed clutches, and oversize handbags added quirkiness to the collection. See how Bailey designed a entire collection using ankara right here on…

Burberry Prorsum SS 2012 Full Show

Christopher Bailey on Burberry Prorsum Womenswear SS 2012 craftsmanship: I wanted to “celebrate things that takes time to do.” In the following videos, you’ll see plenty of tailors pouring time and care to creating the Burberry Prorsum SS 2012 collection. 

Burberry Prorsum SS 2012 

Burberry Prorsum SS 2012 at London Fashion Week

Cultural Runway is a style feature focusing on runway looks presented at various international Fashion Week events.

House of Dereon’s African-Inspired Collection Launches at London’s Selfridges

House of Dereon, a fashion label run by Beyonce and Tina Knowles, presented its Afro-centric collection at London’s Selfridges. Many of the looks were based off Mud Cloth, Aztec prints, and tribal influence. House of Dereon also incorporated headwraps, feathers and statement pieces into their collection. This is no surprise to any Beyonce fans as she stressed back in March that she was inspired by Fela Kuti for her current album production. We spotted Sudanese model Ataui Deng walking down the runway at the House of Dereon fashion show…

The mom-to-be also told CNN International that her House of Dereon collection was inspired by her world trips to Brazil and Asia.

This collection was inspired by a lot of my travels. I did a world tour, I traveled to Asia, Brazil, all over the world and I saw such beauty and my mother traveled with me and we decided we should mix these great cultures together and make something original and beautiful, and this show celebrates the global nomad, and one day at the rate we’re going which is such a beautiful thing, there won’t be all these different races we’ll all just be mixed up and beautiful and that is so wonderful exciting and refreshing you know we have the mixtures of the African hair wraps and some of the Asian prints and we mix it with different textures sequins and gold jewelery and it just becomes very refreshing. (source)

To coincide with the release, a African remix of Beyonce’s song, “End of Time” played at the runway presentation. Check it out…

The Winter/Autumn and Holiday 2011 House of Dereon collection was viewed by fashion industry insiders on Saturday September 17! One of the looks presented was first worn by Beyonce for her Fela Kuti-inspired photoshoot for L’Officiel Magazine back in March 2011!

Beyonce – L’Oficiel March 2011

Shop House of Dereon at Selfridges right here!

Getty. L’Officiel Magazine

Cultural Platform: Iman Wears Thakoon Massai-Print Scarf

Iman pulled double duty for charity at the Modelinia Beautiful Friends Forever Bracelet launch. Procees of the limited-edition $35 bracelet by nOir Jewelry goes towards efforts to raise awareness of famine, drought, and malnourished effecting children in Somalia. Save The Children, a charitable organization close to Iman, will donate the bracelet proceeds to Somalia. Iman partnered up with fellow models Oluchi Onweagba-Orlandi, Ataui Deng, Jourdan Dunn, Christy Turlington,  Doutzen Kroes, Hilary Rhoda, Coco Rocha, Karlie Kloss, and Lily Aldridge. The Modelinia BFF bracelet also comes in different colors and flag colors to reflect each participating model’s home country.

Not only did Iman lend her name towards the charitable jewelry line but she wore a Massai-printed scarf from Thakoon at the event launch. Proceeds from the limited edition $250 scarf goes towards famine-torn countries within the Horn of Africa – Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti. Knowing this, Iman decided to show her support for her native country Somalia by wearing the scarf.

Get to see Iman using her celebrity platform for a good cause!

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Cultural Platform is a feature celebrating the effortless charitable efforts made by influential Africans.

Cultural Pose: Annie Ilonzeh at the 2011 Primetime Emmy’s

Star of the upcoming ABC series Charlie’s Angels actress Annie Ilonzeh poses on the red carpet with her co-stars Rachael Taylor and Minka Kelly. The threesome were there to present with fellow Charlie’s Angels actress Drew Barrymore. Don’t you like how each lady wore a different color dress?

Former Old Spice guy Isaiah Mutasfa will join the cast of Charlie’s Angels as the love interest for Annie’s character, Detective Angel Kate Prince, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Eye candy AND a rising Nigerian-American on primetime TV makes for must-see TV on my end. While we wait for ABC to debut Charlie’s Angels on September 23rd, check out Annie’s brief appearance on Entourage.


Cultural Pose is a look at red carpet events!

This or That Edition: BCBG

For this edition of This or That, we have Face Africa’s Saran Kaba Jones and actress Bonnie Bentley in a colorblock red, grey, yellow and red BCBG Max Azria Pre-Fall 2011 printed maxi pleated dress. The geometric prints were inspired by Guy Bourdin’s photography. The maxi look is the it look to wear as our previous This or That Edition showcase! Hmmm…it seems Alice + Olivia also love this idea too!

Saran first wore this look with a oversize snakeskin clutch to present at Arise Made in Africa SS 2012 show during New York Fashion Week. Renowned stylist and Co-Founder of Global Fashion Show Rosemary Kokuhilwa (of popular African fashion blog Fashion Junkii) captured two snapshots of Saran on the red carpet. Follow Saran on Twitter: @sarankjones (Thanks Jennifer for sending the photos over to!)

Bonnie attended last night’s 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy’s in the same look which she accessorized with a black clutch.

Both ladies stuck with the runway’s belt but added their personal touches via accessories. You have to admire that slit! It’s completely unexpected, isn’t it? BCBG provided effortless style for a reasonable price (re: $458) only at This look was lifted from BCBG Max Azria’s Pre-Fall 2011 collection. There’s something about that yellow and red combo…

This or That: Saran vs. Bonnie in BCBG!

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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.