Category Archives: ARISE Made in Africa

Thandie Newton Supports Jewel By Lisa

Thandie Newton was spotted wearing a Jewel By Lisa Spring/Summer 2012 jumpsuit and chrome Jimmy Choo “Anouk” heels at the Hope Rising Benefit concert in Toronto. Another red carpet superstar wearing JBL is always a breath of fresh air. Congrats to the JBL brand and its founder Lisa Folawiyo on this achievement. This is yet another step in JBL global red carpet take over.


In fact Thandie and her Half of A Yellow Sun co-star Anika Noni Rose paid a visit to Lisa Folawiyo’s showroom in Lagos. What a great moment for African fashion, isn’t it? This particular print that Thandie wore has also been seen on red carpet style stars Eku Edewor, Lola Ogunnaike, Catt Sadler, and June Ambrose.


The JBL Print That They All Have in Common

In related news, Thandie filmed Half Of A Yellow Sun and here she is with her co-stars Anika Noni Rose, Genevieve Nnaji and Chiwetel Ejiofor. A couple of years ago I made a dream cast for the film adaption of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s best-selling novel and I’m glad to see that my dream cast became reality. I’m eager to see this film when it gets its theatrical release in 2013.


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

Joy Adaeze & Enyinne Owunwanne’s ARISE African Icons Front Row Style

Heritage 1960’s Founder and Creative Director Enyinne Owunwanne and stylist/fashion writer of Joy Loves Fashion Joy Adaeze’s front row style at ARISE African Icons Spring 2013 show was inspiring from hair to accessories! I love Joy’s funky gold Noir “Keith Haring” necklace, custom sunglasses by Mercura and white leather pleated vintage dress. I also enjoyed the flying birds printed flowy top Enyinne won with a chic tiny blue belt and her gold Fulani earrings! Is the printed shirt the trend of the season?

image credits – Chioma for CulturalToast.com

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

Munaluchi Bride Magazine’s Co-Founder Jacqueline Nwobu & Creative Director Eronmwon Balogun at ARISE African Icons Spring 2013 Runway Show

The stylish duo from Munaluchi Bride Magazine attended the ARISE African Icons Spring 2013 runway show. CulturalToast.com was on the scene to capture a candid street style photo of Munaluchi Bride‘s Co-Founder Jacqueline Nwobu & Creative Director Eronmwon Balogun! (Don’t they look fierce?!)

This past July Munaluchi Bride magazine released its second digital issue with a delectable cake from Cupcake Couture cover feature shot by Elizabeth Messina. (Read the issue online here!) For the bride who appreciates culture, bridal inspiration, destination weddings, travel resort finds and fashion, Munaluchi Bride is the perfect fit for you. (Munaluchi Bride magazine’s third issue is expected this Fall with more lovely bouquets and real wedding features!)

Follow these fashionable dressed women on Twitter:  @MunaluchiBride@jackienwobu,@Eronmown_MBM

photo by Chioma for CulturalToast.com & Elizabeth Messina for Munaluchi Bride.

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

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

Folake Folarin-Coker of Tiffany Amber Wears Yellow African Ladies Dancing Print Shirt to Her ARISE African Icons NYFW SS 2013 Show

Nigerian designer Folake Folarin-Coker of the successful womenswear brand Tiffany Amber wore a colorful print of African Ladies Dancing from her newly released collection shown at ARISE African Icons NYFW SS 2013 runway presentation at Lincoln Center. (African models Georgie Badiel and Aminat Ayinde walked the runway show.) I predict that this print will be one to watch for in 2013! (I also predict Eku Edewor will be all over this collection in the near future!) Much of Tiffany Amber’s collection stayed true to  her signature soft femimine prints cut in classic silhouettes. Tiffany Amber expertly worked her magic using bright hues of yellow and blue.

 

 

 

 

image credits – Getty Images, mbfashionweek.com x Chioma for CulturalToast.com

Kat Graham in Tsemaye Binitie Autumn + Winter 2012 Jumpsuit

Vampire Diaries star Kat Graham (@katgraham) has always been appreciative of African fashion designers from Mimi Plange to now Tsemaye Binitie. The Swiss-born American actress and singer best known for her role as Bonnie Bennett was seen in a sleek black leather Tsemaye Binitie jumpsuit at the Samsung’s Galaxy SIII event in Chicago! She completed her look with Monika Chiang shoes and CC Skye accessories! I think she completely OWNED this look! What I love about this look: The geometric shapes on the pants!

Kat Graham’s Tsemaye Binitie Winter + Autumn 2012 Runway Look

Tsemaye Binitie AMFW Lagos , Nigeria 2012

Tsemaye in his own words…

ESSENCE.com: What is the number one quality that you want a woman to exhibit when she puts on your clothing?
Tsemaye: My girl is a modern icon of strength, beauty and glamour!

Kat Graham wearing Tsemaye Binitie is GREAT NEWS for the London-based designer! I’m definitely digging that cultural presence on the red carpet! 2012 has been good to him from Alicia Keys rocking his designs on the cover of Vibe magazine’s 2nd Global issue to his well-received ARISE Made in Africa in New York & Lagos runway presentations! Next up for Tsemaye is his much anticipated appearance at NYFW ARISE Made in Africa: African Icons runway presentation on Thursday September 6th!

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image credits – Getty Images, KatGraham.com, Tsemaye Binitie

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