Category Archives: Batik

African-Inspired Looks at Moschino Cheap & Chic Spring 2013 London Fashion Week

Just when I thought the fashion industry’s obsession with African-inspired wax prints was just for a season or two, Moschino Cheap & Chic designed stunning looks for their Spring 2013 collection at London Fashion Week.

Maybe Moschino’s creative director, Rossella Jardini and Cheap And Chic’s designer, Francesca Rubino is just as obsessed with African batik prints as we are all?

I do however love the tropical, pineapple prints!

Much of this collection I can definitely see on who I call – the industry’s prints ambassador fashionista Solange Knowles. Speaking of Miss Knowles, she was spotted at New York Fashion Week rocking a wax print hat by South African fashion label Babatunde.

Moschino Cheap & Chic Spring 2013 Runway Video

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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.

Omotola’s Bunmi Koko Moment + Gwen Stefani Rocks Batik at Harajuku Mini Target Launch

Two of the global’s biggest stars – Omotola and Gwen Stefani – put their own funky spin on cultural red carpet style. Gwen opted for the African fashion fabric prints while Omotola channeled a classic, Grecian-inspired look.

Nollywood superstar Omotola was seen in a yummy yellow Bunmi Koko low-cut pleated creation alongside the dress’s creative director Bunmi Olaye. Bunmi Koko as first reported just wrapped up their appearance at New York Fashion Week to fave praise! For those that recognize Bunmi’s lavender and yellow caftan, it made its runway debut via her Allure of the Sirens presentation at this past NYFW! It’s always great to see Nollywood embracing the African fashion scene!

Gwen Stefani wears a black and white batik-inspired pantsuit from her L.A.M.B Spring/Summer 2012 collection at the launch of her new Target children line, Harajuku Mini. It’s no secret that Gwen loves prints. Her past two collections was heavily influenced by African fashion fabrics from ankara to batik. We love that Gwen kept the same hair and the outfit as the runway look.

style// wireimage // bunmi koko // getty

Cultural Pose is a look at red carpet events!

Cultural Presence: Khloe Kardashian-Odom Wears Thakoon’s Batik Skirt

African fashion buzz has heightened yet again thanks to Khloe Kardashian-Odom (@khloekardashian)! While promoting her new Sears fashion label Kardashian Kollection, Khloe Kardashian-Odom was seen in this green, yellow and black batik-print Thakoon Fall 2011 skirt outside of Letterman studios in New York City. Net-A-Porter has Khloe’s Thakoon skirt for $550.

Khloe Kardashian-Odom in Thakoon Fall 2011 Skirt

Cultural Shop: Khloe not only wore this look for her appearance on Letterman but to the official NYC launch of Kardashian Kollection. Shop the look – Thakoon Batik-print stretch cotton skirt

Khloe’s sisters Kourtney, Kim, and Kendall also appreciate African fashion. For her Marc Clark photo shoot, Kendall Jenner was seen in a bejeweled pair of Jewel By Lisa shorts. Jewel by Lisa as previously reported is a Nigerian fashion label run by Lisa Folawiyo. At the 2011 People’s Choice Awards, Kourtney Kardashian was seen in a strapless Gert-John Coetzee dress. Gert-Johan Coetzee is a South African fashion designer. Kim Kardashian was also seen in a Thakoon creation outside of Dash NYC storefront.

Cultural Shop: Kim Kardashian outside of Dash NYC store front in a Thakoon mustard abstract shirt-dress, Jimmy Choo beige heels and Proenza Schouler clutch. (Shop Thakoon dress, barneys.c0m)

 photo credits: wireimage. style. net-a-porter. splash

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