Category Archives: Cultural Obsession

Naomi Harris: Get into Her Skyfall Red Carpet Global Takeover

I just caught the latest James Bond film – Skyfall. From the soulful Adele score to the sizzling hot chemistry between Daniel Craig and Naomie Harris to Javier Bardem’s convincing portrayal of a witty evil pyscho criminal, this movie was unbelievably good. The fight sequences were amazingly done and the location spots were a nice touch. James being the ever unmarried woman-loving agent had women at the drop of a dime from that first initial sex scene up against the wall to the steamy shower scene, James Bond’s swag is still in effect. I especially enjoy the chemistry between Naomie’s Eve Moneyponey and Daniel’s 007. (You will love when she tries to seduce him while shaving his beard.)  M (played by the fantastic Judi Dench) – I felt was likes James’ mother and that emotional final scene she shared with 007 cemented that point. Bottom line: Go see Skyfall!

Necessary Naomie & Daniel Skyfall red carpet photo moments

And now let’s into praising Naomie’s red carpet shutdown because quite frankly Naomie shut it down for all the red carpet premiere events for Skyfall. From her sheer sequined Marios Schwab dress to her sheer blue lace Dolce & Gabbana number to her red strapless Lanvin dress to her fierce shoe game thanks to Giuseppe Zanotti, Christian Louboutin, and Pierre Hardy. Naomie’s Skyfall red carpet style was fierce.

Image credits – getty images

Cultural Obsession is a feature highlighting things that I’m fond of.

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.

Solange – Losing You Video

The long-awaited world premiere for Solange’s Losing You music video is over! You’ve seen the on-set photos. You’ve been the teaser trailer. Now here’s the video in all of Solange’s signature prints style galore! Solange truly nails down being the queen of prints. There’s so many great style moments from the video. There’s far too many things to choose which style moment that I loved from the well-dressed men in their suits to Solange’s quick wardrobe changes.  I also enjoyed the fact that the video was shot on location in South Africa! While you watch the Melina Matsoukas-directed video I’m adding it to my iTunes.

Solange explains to V Magazine the concept behind Losing You:

“When Melina [Matsoukas, director] and I decided to film ‘Losing You’ in South Africa, we really didn’t have a real firm concept in place. It was sort of a grab a camera and let’s go moment. I knew I wanted to capture a couple things: the vibe of our friendship and all of the crazy escapades we’ve gotten ourselves into all over the world and the abstract and elegant Le Sape society (Society for the Advancement of People of Elegance) formed in The Congo which was documented by Daniele Tamagni in his Gentleman of Bacongo book. We called Daniele to guide us, and some of my friends from New York came down to Cape Town and we all had a very damn good time.”

This song is giving me vintage 80s Janet Jackson vibes! I love that Solange is going back to that era of music. (Things on the radio can be repetitive right now. This is a breath of fresh air!) Here’s the info on the fashion credits and all who made Losing You flawless:

From an upcoming single on Terrible Records, out digitally 10-2
Song by Solange and Dev Hynes, produced by Blood Orange.

Director – Alan Del Rio Ortiz
Producers – Imogene Strauss & Jassine Chrisphonte
Director of Photography – Mike Simpson
Camera Assistant – Kyle Sather
Gaffer – Casey Wooden
Grip – Walter Egan
Editor – Victoria Chalk
Colorist – Seth Ricart
Production Assistant – Davey Jewell
Hair – Nikki Nelms
Makeup – Munemi Imai

Set Design & Art provided by:
Mickalene Thomas

Solange Knowles
Cherie Camacho
Saada Ahmed
Lizzie Okpo
Darlene Okpo
Devonté Hynes
Jean Jersey klan
Jonathan Zeizel
Eliot Glass

Clothing provided by:
Opening Ceremony
J Crew

image credits – Terrible Records

Cultural Music is an eclectic playlist highlighting noteworthy music with soul!


Wax Print Moments: Solange’s Wax Print Dottman + Vlisco’s Funky Grooves Collection

These are just a few fashion worthy wax print obsessions that caught my attention. Inspired by Bola Obileye’s self-proclaimation Ankaranista, here are a few of my favorite things that I’m loving right now.

1. Solange Knowles’ wax print ottoman, napkins + matching pillows

Solange’s personal style is very much own and it reflected in her home decor as well. She invited Elle magazine into her Brooklyn home where I fell in love with her wax print napkins, pillows, and equally, irresistable ottoman. Her lastest modeling for Madewell Fall 2012 catalog is very chic and very much HER! #Obsessed! (See Solange’s Brooklyn style home over at ELLE!)

2. Vlisco Funky Grooves Collection

There is a reason why Vlisco continues to be the leader in wax print craftsmanship. Their recently released Funky Grooves collection oozes style, class and versatility! #Obsessed (See the full collection over at Munaluchi Bride magazine!)

Honorable mentions goes to

Dannijo “Cocoki Bleu”

Have. Want. Need. Wishlist. Piggy Bank Worthy!

Zoe Saldana’s Jonathan Saunder dress!

Zoe Saldana’s Jonathan Saunders dress at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards
Everything about this look is win, win, win from head to toe! Love the prints!

Liya Kebede for Donna Karan Woman

The stunning Ethiopian model & LemLem founder is one of Donna Karan’s newly release fragrance – Woman brand spokes-models. She shares the gig with Christy Turlington & Karoliina Kurkova. #Obsessed

Liya Kebede brings traditional Ethiopian weavers and her brand LemLem to New York’s hottest boutiques!

Liya in her own words describes bringing traditional Ethiopian craftsmanship to New York. Great video. #Obsessed

Check out this LemLem suit (pictured on the left) featured in a Harper’s Bazaar September 2012 editorial.

image credits – Getty Images, Vlisco, Dannijo, Donna Karan, Madewell, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, & Fashionista

Cultural Wax Print Moments is a feature focus on ankara, wax print fashionable items that I’m currently obsessed with!