Monthly Archives: February 2012

Cultural Loop: Adepero Oduye’s Oscar Moment, King Peggy’s Book Release, Omotola Goes Glam for StyleMania, Keke Palmer’s in Loza for Vibe Vixen & Alek Wek’s Deola Sagoe MFW Stunner

This new edition of Cultural Loop highlights Adepero’s Post-Oscar moment, King Peggy’s Book release, Omotola’s glam StyleMania Magazine cover, Keke Palmer’s wearing Loza Maléombho on the cover of Vibe Vixen and Sudanese model Alek Wek bringing Aso-Oke to Milan Fashion Week!

Pariah breakthrough star Adepero Oduye shined at the 2012 Vanity Fair Post-Oscar party. Adepero joined Oscar nominee Viola Davis and Oscar’s In Memoriam performance star Esperanza Spalding in celebrating natural hair. Prior to her Oscar appearance, Adepero as first published on Tumblr stepped out in a two-piece yellow and blue ankara paint suit at the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards.

Food for thought: Wouldn’t it be great to see Macy AND H&M collaobrating with Jewel By Lisa and prominent African fashion designers like Washington Roberts, Maki Oh, Tsemaye Binitie, Lanre Da Silva, Virgos Lounge and Chichia London for their in-store designer collaborative initiatives???

During my weekly peruse of Barnes & Noble, I check out a hot new recommendation called King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed An African Village. The book chronicles how Peggielene Bartels went from being a secretary at Ghana’s Embassy in Washington, D.C to becoming African royalty of her late uncle’s village Otuam. Visit her official website on where to buy her book and to see her book tour dates.

This clip highlights the accomplishments King Peggy made during her month-long Fall 2012 trip to Ghana. She not only distributed food to needy families but open a new well. What a class act!

Nollywood starlet Omotola Jolade-Ekeinde shot a stunning cover shoot for StyleMania March 2012 Magazine. This is by far her best looking cover feature. Follow Omotola on Twitter (@realomosexy) to keep up her latest Nollywood projects. See the full shoot over at!

Actress Keke Palmer stuck a pose in a Loza Maléombho printed ruffle blouse from her Spring/Summer 2012 collection for the new digitial Vibe Vixen December 2011/January 2012 issue. You can check out Loza’s SS 2012 collection via Facebook. Loza, born in Brazil and raised in Abidjan and Cote D’Ivoire, is a womenswear designer based in New York with a strong mission of women empowerment, social and economic trades in West Africa. Loza’s fly and social conscious – gotta love it!

Sudanese model Alek Wek wore a blue and gold Deola Sagoe Aso-oke dress to Roberto Cavalli Fall 2012 show during Milan Fashion Week. Alek first wore this dress and the same gold criss-cross heels for the inaugural issue of Arise magazine back in November 2008 and at a JoinRED event. Great to see Alek  continue to support Deola! This is a style repeat offender that I appreciate!

Speaking of Fashion Week, anyone else anticipating ARISE Fashion Week in Lagos? 77 Designers will showcase their latest collections in a fashion extravaganza from March 6 to March 12! Get full details here on when and where! Below is the full list of designers expected at the huge style event:

Adama-Paris (Senegal/France), Amine Bendriouich Couture and BS (Germany/Morocco), Amrapali (India), Angelo Van Mol(Belgium/Ghana), Be-Grey (Nigeria), Bestow Elan (UK/Ghana), Bridget Awosika (Nigeria), Buki Akib (UK/Nigeria), CHICHIA(UK/Tanzania), Christie Brown (Ghana), CLAN (Nigeria), David David London (UK), Davida (Nigeria), Duaba Serwa (Ghana),Ejiro Amos Tafiri (Nigeria), Eki Orleans (UK/Nigeria), Frank Osodi (Nigeria), Funlayo Déri (UK/Nigeria), Gavin Rajah(South Africa), Gloria Wavamuno (Uganda), HOUSE of DIVAS (Nigeria), House of Farrah (Nigeria), House of Nwocha (Nigeria),ICONIC INVANITY (Nigeria), Imane Ayissi (France/Cameroon), Jacob Kimmie (UK/South Africa), Jewel by Lisa (Nigeria), Kastle Designs & Treasure Chest (USA/Ghana), Kaveke (Kenya/UK), Kevan Hall (USA), Kezia Frederick (UK/St.Lucia), Kiki Clothing(Ghana), Kinabuti (Italy), Klûk-CGDT (South Africa), Koke (Botswana/India), Korto Momolu (USA/Liberia), Lanre Da Silva Ajayi(Nigeria), LaQuan Smith (USA), Laurenceairline (France/Ivory Coast), Loza Maléomsho (USA/Ivory Coast), Madam Wokie’s Couture (Sierra Leone), Mai Atafo (Nigeria), Maki-Oh (Nigeria), Mataano (USA/Somalia), Meena (Nigeria), Mustafa Hassanali(Tanzania), NKWO (UK/Nigeria), Odio Mimonet (Nigeria), Okunoren Twins (Nigeria), Osman (UK), Paul Hervé ELISABETH(Martinique), Poisa (Kenya), Re Bahia (UK/Nigeria), Sandra Kennedy (Jamaica), Sandra Muendane (Mozambique/Portugal),Sunny Rose (Nigeria/UK), Taibo Bacar (Mozambique), the Vessel. By Lois (USA/Jamaica), Tiffany Amber (Nigeria), Timo Welland (USA/South Africa), Tsemaye Binitie (UK/Nigeria), U.Mi-1 (UK/Nigeria), Virgos Lounge (UK/Nigeria), Viv La Resistance(Nigeria), William Okpo (USA/Nigeria) and Zekaryas Solomon (Eritrea/UK).


image credits –,, Loza Maléombho, StyleMania  &Vibe Vixen

Cultural Loop is a must-read news rundown within the fashion & entertainment industry!


Venus & Serena Williams Wears Christiane King To The 2012 Vanity Fair Post-Oscar Party

Tennis sibling champions Venus & Serena Williams stepped out in stunning custom-made gowns by Christiane King at the 2012 Vanity Fair Post-Oscar bash! Serena wore a curve-hugging mustard yellow mermaid look from the Project Runaway alum’s Atelier while Venus channelled a Grecian-inspired look in a youthful color-block neon pink and purple dress. Venus accessorized with a white and gold clutch while Serena let her emerald green and gold jewelry be her statement pieces. Serena went for a Old Hollywood look with her side-part hairstyle but kept her look current with her open-back dress. Venus’s dress bought out her best features – her legs. Which Christiane King dress did you love more on the Williams sisters – Venus or Serena?

We are definitely excited to see such exquisite designs from a African fashion designer on the Oscar red carpet. We are not only thrilled and overjoyed for Christiane King but extremely happy! The last time a celebrity worn custom-made Christiane King designs on a major red carpet was when Kendra Wilkinson dazzled in a winter white look during Golden Globes 2012 weekend! Be sure to visit Christiane King’s Facebook page to see what other celebrity can’t resist wearing her designs. Congrats to the entire team at Christiane King for a job well-done!

image credits – getty

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

Munaluchi Bride Magazine Introduces Debut Digital Winter 2012 Issue!

Munaluchi Bride Magazine has officially release its debut digital Winter 2012 Issue today! The debut issue provides elegant photo shoots, real wedding stories, tips for brides, bridal fashion & accessories, honeymoon spots, and much more. Munaluchi will publish the digital issues quarterly that will supplement its bi-annual print editions. The next print issue of Munaluchi will be available this July. The digital issue (available exclusively on issuu)  will be provided on your iPADs, iphone, and android devices! (Isn’t the cover beautiful?)

From Munaluchi:
We are truly excited about this next stage and delighted to release the cover of our debut digital issue, the Winter 2012 edition, featuring THE most gorgeous bouquet by the one and only Janie Medley of The Brides Cafe and photographed by Amelia Johnson. In this issue, which is all about planning, you’ll find expert planning tips, the prettiest real weddings, the latest in bridal fashion, and the sweetest editorial shoot put together by Janie Medley (@TheBridesCafe) along with Dana FitzGerald (@danamfitzgerald), Moya Minns (@moyaminns), and photographed beautifully by Amelia Johnson (@ameliagjohnson). Our debut Winter 2012 digital edition will be available on February 21st. In the meantime, we would love for you to subscribe to our digital newsstand to get an instant update once it goes live.

Be sure to visit to check out Munaluchi’s FREE debut digital issue. congratulates the entire staff at Munaluchi especially the ever stylish editor in chief Jacqueline Nwobu and creative director Eronmwon Balogun!

image credit – Munaluchi

Cultural Newsstand highlights the cover stories seen on international newsstands.

Robin Roberts Wears Burberry Prorsum Spring/Summer 2012 Cashmere Scarf

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, Robin’s scarf retails for -drumrolls please- $1,095.00. It comes as no surprise that embraces African wax print fashion. I absolutely love it! If you’re following’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.

Marni for H&M’s Inspired by African Wax Print

L.A.M.B., Burberry Prorsum, Gregory Parkinson, Boxing Kitten, and countless others in recent years has looked to African Wax Print fabric to add that extra essence to their collections. So it comes as no surprise that the latest designer-collaborative effort at H&M, Marni has also followed suit. Marni and its creative director Consuelo Castiglioni just held a red carpet celebration for their collaboration with H&M. Attendees Imogen Potts, Milla Jovovitch, Mena Suvari, Sofia Coppola, and Jessica Chastain caught our attention wearing traditional West African fashion dresses. We love the attention West African fabric is getting on a global scale. If these red carpet worthy looks are any indication, Marni for H&M will definitely be a huge hit which follows suit with last season’s success Versace. Check out the entire Marni for H&M lookbook here which includes not only womenswear but accessories and menswear.  Expect plenty of patterns for this new high-fashion H&M line.

Sofia Coppola

Milla Jovovitch

Jessica Chastain

Imogen Potts

Mena Suvari

My two cents: Lady Gaga, Kate Bosworth, Solange Knowles, Anna Wintour, June Ambrose, Tai Beauchamp, Angela Simmons, LaLa Vasquez, Khloe Kardashian, Nicole Ari Parker, Heidi Klum, Esperanza Spalding, Catt Sadler, Elle Varner, First Lady Michelle Obama, and many more have all embraced a trend that’s been in vogue for centuries. It’s a trend worth looking at it and it’s certainly not a fad. The fascination with African wax print fashion is the originality and creativity that comes with it. The endless possibilities on how to wear it has birth many designs and tumblr pages. Marni for H&M hits stores March 8th!

Marni for H&M Official Launch Party Video


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

Cultural Loop: Black Models Dominates NYFW, Joy Adaeze’s Jewel By Lisa Style Moment, Nyasha Matonhodze for 10 Crosby Derek Lam & Liya Kebede for Bottega Veneta & H&M

This new edition of Cultural Loop highlights New York Fashion Week Fall 2012 wrap-up featuring two top black models, a high-profile online campaign, the buzz on Jewel By Lisa beaded clutches at NYFW and of course a department franchise’s new boutique.

Black models Nnenna Agba and Nyasha Matonhodze dominated New York Fashion Week Fall 2012 at Lincoln Center. Nyasha walked down the runway for Carolina Herrera, Tory Burch, Rodarte, Oscar de la Renta, Altzarrera, Cushnie et Ochs, Zac Posen, Prabal Gurung, DKNY, and Richard Chai. Next up for Nyasha, who Telegraph Fashion called model of the year, is London Fashion Week.

America’s Next Top Model Cycle 6 alum and current Munaluchi Bridal Magazine celebrity blogger Nnenna Agba was seen working it at the Rubin Chapelle Fall 2012 presentation. We definitely recommend you reading Nnenna’s relationship columns at MBM!

Liya Kebede has kept busy with three new modeling gigs. She recently did the early Spring 2012 ad campaign for H&M. Bottega Veneta also made her their brand face for their Spring/Summer 2012 print AD campaign which was shot by Jack Pierson. She also pose alongside Kanye West for the March 2012 edition of US Vogue.

Jewel By Lisa has experienced sidewalk praise yet again thanks to Nigerian fashion editor and stylist Joy Adaeze! Several online publications captured Joy at Lincoln Center rocking a gorgeous beaded Jewel By Lisa clutch. This will mark the third time a beaded Jewel By Lisa clutch has been seen at New York Fashion Week! Joy rocked two different pattern JBL clutches while at NYFW. (Check out this close-up snapshot of Joy’s Jewel By Lisa beaded clutch.) Joy Adaeze re-tweeted a twitpic of herself wearing a green ankara Jewel By Lisa top that was first seen on model Ediomi Utuk at her Munaluchi Bridal Magazine Fall/Winter 2011 photo shoot.

Zimbabwean beauty Nyasha Matonhodze, who you can see in the Evening Standard, is one of the leading models that worked with Neiman Marcus’s Fashion Director Ken Downing for the department store’s 10 Crosby Derek Lam online campaign. She’s wearing Striped One-Button Jacket, Floral-Print Blouse & Indigo Carpenter Jeans. Nyasha’s previous online campaign work included Topshop and Louis Vuitton.

image credits – twitter, WGSN, NYTimes, Fashion Indie, Munaluchi Bridal Magazine, Bottega Veneta, Joy Adaeze, getty,, and vogue

Cultural Loop is a must-read news rundown within the fashion industry!

Jewel By Lisa Heats Up New York Fashion Week Fall 2012 Thanks to June Ambrose & Angela Simmons!

Jewel By Lisa has officially taken over New York Fashion Week Fall 2012 catwalk scene thanks to June Ambrose and Angela Simmons. February has seen LaLa Vasquez, Tai Beauchamp, and Joy Adeze photographed in stunning handcrafted jeweled JBL designs. shares the joy of the label’s founder/designer Lisa Folawiyo and her publicist Zara Okpara! Angela and June both paired their Jewel By Lisa designs with black. Would we see another celebrity wearing Jewel By Lisa again before February wraps up?! In the meantime, it’s safe to say that Jewel By Lisa is in-demand for this NYFW season!

Celebrity stylist June Ambrose shared her Jewel By Lisa fashion moment with her Twitter followers (@juneambrose). She paired her bejeweled pink, white, and black printed Jewel By Lisa Spring/Summer 2011 shirt with a black origami-like Ferre Skirt, a matching pink Adrienne Landau coat, and her style staple – blush pink Yves Saint Laurent pumps at Kim Hicks Couture Fall 2012 runway presentation. June’s handcrafted shirt made its runway debut last season during Arise Made in Africa fashion show. Just the idea of June – someone who has styled Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, and countless others supporting African fashion is simply amazing! I think she became a Jewelette when she saw Jewel By Lisa’s Spring/Summer 2011 Vintage Love collection last season.!

Pastry co-founder Angela Simmons was styled by her good friend Nigerian-American stylist Kanayo Ebi for her New York Fashion Week Fall 2012 appearances. Angela was seen in not one but three Jewel By Lisa style pieces. She’s also one of the first celebrities to wear Jewel By Lisa Spring/Summer 2011 beaded clutches. For her front row appearance at the Bebe Black Collection Fall 2012 fashion show, she wore a velvet Jewel By Lisa Autumn/Winter 2011 printed jacket. I love the way Angela made her Jewel By Lisa style items her statement piece by wearing all black each time. Kudos to Kanayo!

Angela Simmons in Jewel By Lisa NYFW

Also we recommend visiting the official Jewel By Lisa website to check out the new print AD campaign –

image credits – twitter. jewel by lisa. getty.

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

Cultural Remembrance: Whitney Houston

Grammy Award winning vocal powerhouse Whitney Houston has passed away at the age of 48. The Newark, NJ star (who discovered by her mentor Clive Davis) was found dead in her Beverly Hills Hilton hotel room and she was in Los Angeles to celebrate the Grammy’s and attend Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy concert tonight. She is survived by her mother Cissy Houston, her only child and daughter Bobbi Kristina, her cousin Dionne Warwick, her godmother Aretha Franklin, and her ex-husband Bobby Brown. Jennifer Hudson and Chaka Khan is scheduled to perform a riveting tribute to Whitney at tonight’s Grammy Awards. So sad to hear Whitney is really gone. I hope it was a sick joke but it’s actually true. Not only is this tragic but extremely upsetting. She just wrapped up production on her film, Sparkle and she was also preparing for a musical comeback. Whitney not only had the Voice but she was a gifted actor from her memorable roles in The Bodyguard, The Preacher’s Wife and Waiting to Exhale. This is a vocalist who had I to memorize her music for my grade school graduation and school assemblies. She was THE voice of pop music. Rest in peace, Whitney.

Below is’s favorite Whitney Houston songs in no particular order…

Queen of the Night (from The Bodyguard Soundtrack)

If I Told You That (from My Love is Your Love album)

I’m Your Baby Tonight (from the same name album)

I Wanna Dance With Somebody (from the Whitney album)

How Will I Know (from the Whitney album)

Run To You (from The Bodyguard Soundtrack)

All The Man I Need (from the I’m Your Baby Tonight album)

You Give Good Love (from the Whitney Houston album)

Why Does It Hurt So Bad (from the Waiting to Exhale soundtrack)

Heartbreak Hotel featuring Faith Evans and Kelly Price (from My Love is Your Love album)

Could I Have This Kiss Forever featuring Enrique Igelisas

Cultural Remembrance is a feature honoring the dearly departed.

Cultural Loop: Julia Sarr-Jamois for Tibi, BCBG MaxAzria Fall 2012 NYFW, Duro Olowu’s Pop-Up Art, Gabrielle Union Wears Amsale + Liya Kebede, Nyasha Matonhodze, Tolula, Marian, FashionJunkii, and Fatima Siad dominates NYFW

Introducing a new segment to, we proudly present Cultural Loop. This feature provides our readers with the latest news within the fashion world. Wonderland UK Editor Julia Sarr-Jamois is the celebrity brand face for Tibi Spring 2012 AD Campaign. Julia was styled by Tibi’s Amy Smilovic and swedish blogger Elin King. Her confidence simply radiates in these photographs and she also gives us all hair envy with her natural Afro. Julia shared with Vogue about what she calls her statement hair.

 “I’ve had my hair like this since I was about fourteen,” Sarr-Jamois says. “When I was at school, I had it in plaits, which were quite tedious, and I thought, ‘I’m going to take it out for a bit.’ I remember feeling like it looked really big at first but then I ended up keeping it. I wash it with Bumble and Bumble Tonic shampoo, which smells so good. And a more intense Bumble and Bumble conditioner called Creme de Coco Masque. Then I let it air-dry and maybe play around with it for a bit with my hands. That’s it. People are always asking about it, though. And everyone wants to touch it.”

Last night in Hollywood, actress Gabrielle Union stepped out in a strapless silk chiffon black cocktail dress by Ethiopian designer Amsale at the premiere of Think Like A Man.  Her red carpet style has always been effortless. Gabrielle said to Style Watch her trick to wearing sparkle is play down the rest of your outfit. “My rule for sparkle is that there’s no such thing as too sparkly of a dress! It makes you feel like a princess. Just play down the rest.” She definitely stuck to her fashion trick!

New York Fashion Week just kicked off with a huge bang. Max Azria of BCBG MAXAZRIA presented his color-block caftan Fall 2012 collection.

African models rule on and off the runway for Lincoln Center’s biggest fashion extravaganza. Ethiopian model Liya Kebede stepped out in a black and white tuxedo-inspired Lanvin outfit at amFAR gala. Somali-Ethiopian model Fatima Siad walked for Chadwick Bell Fall 2012 runway show. Zimbabwean model Nyasha Matonhodze was seen at the Richard Chai Love show.

Not to be outdone but African stylists took in the shows in style and a huge entourage. Nigerian blogger and stylist Joy Adaeze (spotted by Daily Candy) wore a Jewel By Lisa. This NYFW candid of Nigerian magazine editor-in-chief for Pop’Africana Oroma Elewa with Joan Smalls was spotted by Teen Vogue. Blogger Rosemary of pose with her entourage of industry friends – model Tolula Adeyemi, stylist Marian Kihogo and Tanzanian model Miriam Odemba.

African fashion and art collaborated with stunning results. Head wraps -a trend that jumpstarted last season by stylist June Ambrose – made it into this African-inspired L’Officiel Mode photo shoot. Nigerian, London-based fashion designer Duro Olowu has pop-up art show that he curated which is on display at Salon’s 94 Freeman Alley Gallery from now to early March. Duro Olowu’s exhibit features vintage and contemporary assortment of photography, textiles, art, furniture, music, books, and objects. You can check out from February 8 to March 10. Duro’s wife Thelma Golden, Studio Museum of Harlem Director and Chief Curator, must be proud of him! Will we see Thelma launching a clothing line in the future?

image credits –,,,, and getty.

Cultural Loop is a must-read news rundown within the fashion industry!

Tai Beauchamp Wears Jewel By Lisa To Grammy Glam

The Cultural Look has never look fierce thanks in part to Tai Beauchamp’s Jewel By Lisa Autumn/Winter 2011 jeweled jacket. For her 2012 Grammy Glam hosting gig, Tai completed her look with Rubin Chapelle black low-cut halter jumper and gold hoop statement earrings. I think this look is completely fab!

African models Millen Magese and Ediomi Utuk wore this jacket for a photo session with Jewel By Lisa and Munaluchi Bride Magazine. Ediomi wore her JBL jacket with a Toriola Custom Designs* gold lace dress, a gold H&M necklace and L.A.M.B. shoes. Tanzanian model Millen wore her look for the Jewel By Lisa Winter/Autumn 2011 official print AD campaign. This is however not the first time Tai’s fashion statement has embraced African Fashion. She wore a Suno x Loeffler Randall Spring/Summer 2011 wedges last year at the 2nd Annual Diversity Affluence Brunch.

If you’re digging Tai’s style as much as I am now, you can follow her on Twitter: @TaiBeau for all her latest fashion happenings. *We love Tori at! As always in good parting, this is my reaction to Tai in a Jewel By Lisa design courtesy of Beyonce.

image credits – twitter. tai beauchamp. jewel by lisa. getty.instant eleation. beyonce gifs.

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