Category Archives: African Model

Link Worth Bookmarking: My Africanista

Ever found yourself pouring hours online looking for traditional wear inspiration? Ever found yourself looking for a hip wax print bow tie and pocket squares to rock to special occasion? Ever wondering what tasty African restaurant you should check out next? Ever wonder where you can get tasty African cultural food recipes? If you said yes to these questions, My Africanista is your online destination spot for all things African fashion with soul. (Visit My Africanista today.)

There you’ll discover handcrafted wax print Ankara bow ties that’s already been a hit with young Africanistas within the Tri-State region and with fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger Kloudya. While browsing My Africanista, readers can groove to the latest tunes straight from the motherland. Good style inspirations, influential Africans, tasty recommendations are all locked in one hip destination spot – My Africanista!

Launched October 4th, My Africanista also highlights influential Africans Making It in America. So far My Africanista has highlighted three – Dr. Lesile Nwoke of The Ruby Project, the Tri-State’s hottest African male DJ – DJ Universe, Feyisola Ogunfemi of Statueque Events and Edmond Mbiaka of Quotes for the Mind. My Africanista is a promising business initiative drawn upon Chikara Iwuagwu, R.N. based out of Northern New Jersey. She says four is her lucky number and I think she beautifully struck out on gold with My Africanista. This business is full of win. It has already been highlighted on Fashion’s Night Out 2012 and at this year’s Nigerian Independence Parade celebration in New York. Cultural Toast wishes My Africanista continued success! My Africanista has got that Cultural Look locked in for sure!

Behind the Scenes of My Africanista Premiere Photo Shoot by Bola Okoya of Triibe Natiion

>>>>Visit My Africanista: Website. Shop. Facebook. <<<

Photo credits: Bola Okoya of Triibe Natiion for My Africanista

Cultural Mark is a feature highlighting influential Africans leaving their impeccable mark on the global community for a positive image of Africans outside of the Diaspora.

Liya Kebede & African-Inspired Prints at Balenciaga Spring 2013 Paris Fashion Week

Ethiopian model Liya Kebede (and current Donna Karan Woman fragrance brand face) walked the Spring 2013 runway at Paris Fashion Week for Balenciaga. I couldn’t help but notice that two of the runway looks at the show was heavily influenced by Dutch wax prints, ankara, and African fashion.

Fab! View the full collection here.

image credits – imaxtree

Cultural Model Runway is a style feature focusing on black models represented at various international Fashion Week events.

Jourdan Dunn & Herieth Paul for Burberry Prorsum Spring 2013 at London Fashion Week

At London Fashion Week, models Jourdan Dunn and Herieth Paul walked down the runway for the Burberry Prorsum Spring 2013 show! (Love the metallic!)

Jourdan Dunn

Herieth Paul

 

Burberry Prorsum Spring Summer 2013 Womenswear Runway Video

Image credits – style.com

Cultural Model Runway is a style feature focusing on black models represented at various international Fashion Week events.

Ajak Deng for Vivienne Westwood Red Label Spring 2013 at London Fashion Week

Fresh off her New York Fashion Week appearance, Sudanese model Ajak Deng walked down the London Fashion Week catwalk twice at the Vivienne Westwood Red Label Spring 2013 show! (Love the blue eye-shadow!)

Vivenne Westwood on the ideal Red Label clientMy customers are the best ambassadors for my clothes. When people discover them, they seem to have an edge. Honestly, although I’m very proud of my customers, I also love to dress the supermodels. Glamour has a sense of archetype and I adore those archetypal beauties. Fashion is alive when it is being worn and talked about. {London Fashion Week}

Vivienne Westwood Red Label SS13 Runway Video

image credits – style.com

Cultural Model Runway is a style feature focusing on black models represented at various international Fashion Week events.

Washington Roberts Spring 2013

Despite the relevant staying power trend of using African-inspired wax prints in the global fashion industry*, Washington Roberts doesn’t sink into that ubiquitous look. Instead Washington Roberts created 8 chic looks for the modern woman who wants to look her best for a fun night out.

I applaud Washington for not using African prints as sometimes quite frankly it can be repetitive. *African fashion doesn’t have to mean batik, Ankara, or traditional lace. Granted that wax prints has gotten critically acclaim reviews from the international fashion world and it has also open endless opportunities for many designers but it is NOT the state of African fashion. There’s so much more to African fashion than wax prints. We’ve seen what African fashion is without the use of wax prints thanks to labels like Tsemaye Binitie, Christiane King, Mimi Plange, Virgos Lounge, Mataano, Maki Oh, Grey, Re Bahia and many more.

With that said, I hope Washington Roberts will lead the pack of boldface African fashion designers straying away for a while that is from using wax prints in their womenswear and menswear collection. I loved the pastel colors, the peplum color block look and the blue panel sequin tuxedo dress from the Washington Roberts Spring 2013 line.

Stay tuned to see which piece is Washington’s favorite in my interview with him posted soon!

image credits – WWD & Getty Images

Cultural Runway is a style feature focusing on runway looks inspired by African aesthetics & designed by African fashion designers presented at various international Fashion Week events.

African fashion designers at New York Fashion Week Spring 2013

Spring 2013 saw creativity pouring in from African fashion designers from the iconic ARISE magazine runway show to Mimi Plange’s Manolo Blahnik shoe collaboration. Spring 2013 was truly a celebration of the brilliancy African fashion designers pour into their womenswear and menswear lines. Here’s a brief rundown on favorite looks seen on the catwalk.

Arise African Icons – Tiffany Amber, Tsemaye Binitie, Gavin Rajah, Ozwald Boateng

Tiffany Amber

“I have a special place in my heart for the ARISE shows. It felt surreal to walk down the runway again. It was like we were at a party thrown by the world. I loved it and can’t wait to do it again…”

Tsemaye Binitie

“From the backstage production and calibre of models, to working with world-class stylists and make-up artists – and being at the Lincoln Center… It was all wow!”

Gavin Rajah

“My US clients appreciate my craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail. By showing my luxe pret-a-porter collection last night, it was great to fly the flag for South Africa.”

Ozwald Boateng

“I wanted to support the important work ARISE is doing for African fashion. It’s good to help bring the stylistic messages of the AMFW experience of Lagos to New York. I have a good following in the States and have showed solo at NYFW three times…If you’re interested in the American consumer. NYFW is where it’s at.”

Maki Oh

“I have put my ‘AMFW Designer of the Year’ Award on my dining table, beside an amethyst candle holder and other awards I’ve won. I was excited about the whole line-up ARISE had chosen. Great times ahead…”


BCBG Max Azria Spring 2013

Suno


Washington Roberts

Mataano


Duro Olowu

Mimi Plange

Complete runway reviews coming up!

image credits – imaxtree, wwd.com & style.com

Maya Samuelsson & Manolo Blahnik for Mimi Plange Spring 2013

Manolo Blahnik continues its collaboration with Ghanaian-American fashion designer Mimi Plange who recently unveiled her Spring/Summer “Tea With Mother” 2013 collection during New York Fashion Week with model Maya Samuelsson featured in her new AD campaign. Maya Samuelsson, wife to world renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson of Harlem’s Red Rooster restaurant, worked IT in a Mimi Plange Spring/Summer 2013 custom printed lambskin leather combo pencil skirt. “Tea With Mother”, Mimi Plange’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection was inspired by the refined elegance of aspirational adult style, and the fragile beauty of modern porcelain art.

 

 

Simply gorgeous!

image credits – Mimi Plange Facebook, WWD & Getty Images

Models Fatima Siad & Iman launch new websites!

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:

Hey Everyone!

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!

Visit http://www.fatimasaid.com

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!

Fatima
http://www.FatimaSaid.com

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

Herieth Paul & Alek Wek for Zac Posen Spring 2013

Tanzanian model Herieth Paul and Sudanese model Alek Wek walked down the New York Fashion Week runway for Zac Posen Spring 2013 show.


Love both dresses!

Image credits – Imaxtree

Millen Magese, George Badiel & Aminat for Tiffany Amber ARISE African Icons Spring 2013 Runway Show

Millen Magese of Tanzania, Georgie Badiel of  Burkina Faso and Nigerian-American model Aminat Ayinde of America’s Top Model fame walked the Tiffany Amber ARISE African Icons Spring 2013 runway show. These three definitely represented for fellow African female models working at Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week.  Georgie Badiel held it down for Burkina Faso and Nigeria’s Aminat is best known for her America’s Top Model appearance. All in all these three definitely SHUT IT DOWN for African female models at Lincoln Center. In fact the Tanzania model Millen Magese was Tiffany Amber’s finale!

Last year Georgie Badiel and Aminat Ayinde attended the show as special red carpet guests. In fact what they wore to the ARISE Made in Africa Spring 2012 event was definitely from the African fashion industry. Georgie Badiel arrived in a futuristic Pierre- Antoine Vettorello number while Aminat went for a colorful colorblock satin silk ensemble.

Georgie Badiel has always supported the ARISE magazine brand. In fact here her noteworthy photo shoot (Georgie Badiel by Sheila Okonkwo for Arise Magazine #13) was a blog favorite! (Georgie wore stunning designs by Laquan Smith, Tiffany Amber, Lanre Da-Silva Ajayi, Re bahia, Eki Orleans, Black Coffee, Madame Wokie, Lola Fatuorti, Kluk CGDT, and Iteun Basi!)

From Twitter, the ladies shared their excitement for being apart of ARISE magazine’s fashion show.

@aminat_model: Its that time of the year and my 1st official FW show is; #AriseMagazine NYFW SS2013 show!

@ladivamillen: Millen Magese for @ARISEmagazine Fashion show…. pic.twitter.com/0kKOMjiW

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Exciting times indeed for the African female model!

image credits – Bennett Raglin x Chioma for CulturalToast.com