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Chanel Iman Rocks Wax Print Head Gear & Scarf for Vogue Italia July 2012

Chanel Iman pose for Vogue Italia July 2012 issue wearing handmade West African and Ghanaian kente textile garments as head wraps. Inspired by the African continent, Rushka Bergman styled Chanel Iman for her latest Vogue Italia editorial.

I love how the fabric prints were used to give her editorial a pop of color against her teal Miu Miu Fall 2012 power suit! I could see Chanel rocking any piece from Jewel By Lisa’s Resort 2013 collection in place of wearing the scarf and head gear for this photo session! I do  however love her Marc Jacobs skirt in the gif below…

It’s great to see West African wax print fabric being used in a high fashion setting. It continues to amaze me the growing trend of “African fashion fabric prints” in mainstream media. Influential African superstars are also embracing the trend of wearing textile prints on and off the red carpet. Ghanaian actress Nadia Buari just last month was seen in a cute jumpsuit at the red carpet premiere of Shackles and Secret Burden alongside Jackie Appiah and John Dumelo. What would blow my mind is when Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, or Nordstrom follows suit with H&M and do a designer collaborative collection with high profile African designers for their retail chains! A girl can only dream!

What are your thoughts on Chanel Iman and Nadia Buari wearing wax prints?

image credits – Ameyaw Debrah,Vogue Italia via Hell Yeah Chanel Iman


Jackie Appiah in Jil at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival

Ghanaian powerhouse Jackie Appiah arrived at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival in a Jil traditional kente clothe strapless orange, black and green number! Jackie was one of the handful of stars who attended the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival. I love the way she celebrated her beautiful heritage by rocking a hand beaded creation straight from her native homeland. This is HUGE news! I’m waiting on another Nollywood superstar to light up another major Hollywood red carpet!

This however is NOT the first time Jackie has supported the Ghanaian fashion label, Jil. If you can recall, I asked Jackie who was she wearing at another major red carpet event. She wore another stunning Jil design with a white Louis Vuitton clutch at the 2011 F.A.C.E. List Awards run by Face 2 Face Africa!

Love what you see? Check out the new Jil collection which was shown at ARISE Fashion Week in Lagos, Nigeria this past March!

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

photo credits –, ARISE Magazine, F2FA, Jackie Appiah