Category Archives: New York Fashion Week
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.
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!
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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.
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.
Angela Simmons Dazzles in Jewel By Lisa & Kanayo Ebi rocks Virgos Lounge Clutch at ARISE African Icons NYFW SS 2013 Runway Show!
What Angela Simmons wore to the event caught my eye instantly. Angela Simmons continues her love for Jewel By Lisa. She was spotted at front row with her stylist Kanayo Ebi rocking the embellished jacket from Lisa Folawiyo’s critically-acclaimed Jewel By Lisa Autumn/Winter 2012 collection.
Angela’s Jewel By Lisa jacket is a style favorite! Who else wore Angela’s JBL jacket: African models Millen Magese and Ediomi Utuk wore this jacket for a photo session with Jewel By Lisa Autumn/Winter 2012 lookbook and Munaluchi Bride Magazine respectively. In Style National Style Correspondent Tai Beauchamp’s Jewel By Lisa Autumn/Winter 2011 jeweled jacket was amazing at the 2012 pre-Grammys event! Model Georgie Badiel walked down the runway for ARISE magazine Autumn 2012 runway show in Lagos last March.
Just imagine it was during NYFW Autumn/Winter 2012 shows this past September that Angela was seen rocking Jewel By Lisa designs. Great to see Angela continue to show love to JBL. Stylist Kanayo Ebi also donned a yummy yellow and black Virgos Lounge BEE clutch for her ARISE African Icons front row appearance. Kanayo and Angela are definitely great supporters of the African fashion initiative!
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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.
Exciting times indeed for the African female model!
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Solange Knowles (model, blogger, style icon and singer) was the celebrity DJ at Diane von Furstenberg’s Meatpacking District Fashion’s Night Out in-store celebration on Thursday September 6th. The stylish Texas-native, Brooklyn resident got the crowd hyped playing classic hip-hop and R&B tunes including Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston and Jay-Z. Before her DJ duties, Solange pose for photos with DVF and Girls‘ star Allison Williams in her luxe Washington Street store. (Also in attendance were Olympic Gold Medalist Champion Allyson Felix, Steven Kolb, CEO, Council of Fashion Designers of America and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.) Must say that I love Solange’s printed wrap dress, bold red lip color, hair , jewelry, and swag!
The in-store public event went was definitely a great way to energize New York Fashion Week! Drinks and desserts were given out. There’s a MAC Cosmetics make-up consultation, palm readings, and a fun photo flip-book workshop session. DVF worked the store interacting with attendees. Billboard magazine’s Gregory Dellicarpini, Jr. of The Hook interviewed the celebrity attendees. The vibe there was upbeat! Solange captured photos of the crowd in between her DJ gigs with her totally, cool, vintage camera. (Will her photography moments show up on her amazing blog, mydamnblog.com, anytime soon?)
Fun times all around! I’m eager to see what print Solange will become obsessed with next.
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