Monthly Archives: October 2011

African Fashion Spotlight: Estelle’s Mimi Plange to Solange, Anna Wintour & Kate Bosworth in Burberry’s Ankara

The appreciation for African Fashion fever has never looked radiant as it has in the past few weeks! From Estelle’s red Mimi Plange arrival dress at the 2011 Black Girls Rock event in New York City to Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour wearing a Burberry Prorsum ankara trench coat at Paris Fashion Week, the spotlight on African fashion has once again intensified! Let’s take a look back on some of our favorite African fashion red carpet stunners…

Spotlight #1 – Estelle in Mimi Plange

When Estelle stepped out in this fire engine red satin ruffle Mimi Plange dress at the 2011 Black Girls Rock event, a collective round of applause was heard within the African fashion circuit. After all the dress was picked from the very collection that Vogue Editor at Large Andre Leon Talley physically co-signed when it was first unveiled during New York Fashion Week. Mimi Plange’s a fab Ghanaian fashion designer who CulturalToast.com had the pleasure of meeting at her private NYFW show. Estelle looked simply divine in this Mimi Plange “Scarred Perfection” Fall 2011 dress!

Spotlight #2 – Anna Wintour in Burberry


The Queen of fashion wore a stunning ankara trench coat lifted from the much-talked about Burberry SS 2011 collection. Who would thought or imagine the words Anna Wintour and ankara in sentence? Burberry made it happened! Take notice the appreciation for African fashion has heated up the mainstream media and we predict it’ll be here long after the frenzy “shimmers” down.

Spotlight #3 – Solange Knowles in Burberry


The ever talented younger Knowles sibling has been consistent with wearing ankara and bold prints courtesy of Boxing Kitten and Opening Ceremony. So it comes as no surprise to see Solange in another exquiste Ankara creation (Burberry Prorsum Resort 2012 shoes) at the recent Burberry Body Event. We love Solange’s high-waisted knotted, ruched skirt! We can’t help but notice how Burberry Prorsum Resort 2012 chunky heels made another noteworthy appearance for its Spring 2012 London Fashion Week presentation as wedges!

Spotlight #4 – Kate Bosworth in Burberry


Also at the private Burberry Body bash hosted by Christopher Bailey was actress Kate Bosworth who wore a stunning ankara halter dress from the label’s Spring 2012 ready to wear collection. Do you prefer the runway look or Kate’s way?

photo credits – Getty, Style.com, Burberry Prorsum & Mimi Plange

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

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Elle Varner Wears African Kente Cloth Dress for Her Only Wanna Give It To You Music Video

Neo-soul singer, songwriter Elle Varner wore a haute Ghanaian Kente cloth strapless dress for her music video, Only Wanna Give It to You featuring J. Cole. CulturalToast.com loves how Elle added a bright orange blazer to her look. Her stylist, @Wourivice did a excellent job styling her for the video shoot. The Asante Kente is often linked to the people of Ghana. CulturalToast.com loves that rich African cultural heritage is pouring into mainstream media! Gotta love that support! The Kente cloth is handmade fabric woven of silk and cotton and was once made for official Royal wear of the Asante Kingdom of Ghana. Today the Kente cloth is native to the Akan people of Ghana and Ivory Coast. Check out the video treatment for Elle’s new single, Only Wanna Give It To You below…

*UPDATE: Thanks to the e-mails received we discovered that Elle Varner is wearing a Patricia Field teacup, priced at $148.

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

Fatima Samad and Feyisola Ogunfemi in Toriola Custom Designs

The very first feature on CulturalToast.com was on New York-based Nigerian fashion designer Tori Famuyiwa. At the Afripreneur of Tomorrrow Scholarship Ball on Friday September 30th, his designs appeared on the event’s Nigerian-American host and CEO of Statuesque Events Feyisola Ogunfemi and Design By U Ghanaian jewelry designer Fatima Samad. CulturalToast.com was on the scene to capture two kodak moments of Fey and Fatima in Toriola Custom Designs. Check it out…



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