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Fashion Consultant Chalya Wears Deola Sagoe Ori Oke Fall 2011

Wearing African Fashion designs during New York Fashion Week  was a major hit among the fashionable mavens. CulturalToast.com also spotted fashion consultant and blogger Chalya at the Arise Made in Africa show wearing a stunning handcrafted Deola Sagoe wrap dress lifted from the Nigerian fashion label’s newly release Ori Oke Fall 2011 collection! Essence magazine also endorsed Chalya’s style at New York Fashion Week for their street style portfolio!


Deola Sagoe incorporated Japanese and Yoruba dress styles for her new Fall/Winter 2011 collection! The name Ori Oke is combination of two names from the Japanese and Yoruba dialects. “Ori” deprived from “Shibori” – a Japanese word. “Oke” is lifted from “Aso-Oke” – a Yoruba term.  Fader TV caught up with Chalya after the Arise Made in Africa SS 2012 show wrapped up. What’s remarkable about the footage is of course what she wore! Fast forward to 3:01 to revel in Chalya’s Deola Sagoe Ori Oke Fall 2011 dress!

Fader TV at Arise Made in Africa SS 2012

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Arise Made In Africa Spring 2012 Designer Collective -Tsemaye Binitie’s Beautiful People

Tsemaye Binitie presented his Spring/Summer 2012 collection he aptly named Beautiful People at Arise Made in Africa Designer Collective show during New York Fashion. The Nigerian, London-based designer looked to his sister as his muse and inspiration Temikayo Binitie for his new collection. Tsemaye walked out with his sister after his runway presentation wrapped. Tsemaye definitely tapped into the sleeker and sporty silhouettes  for his latest womenswear offering. One standout was the red silk chiffon number!

Tsemaye Binite’s Social Media Platforms: Website//Twitter

Tsemaye Binitie SS 2012

Shortly after working for Stella McCartney, Tsemaye launched his eponymous label in 2009. Tsemaye’s show enlisted high-profile models such as Chika Emmanuel, Sessliee Lopez, and Georgie Badiel. Tsemaye in his own words as told to Essence.com : I was born in Nigeria but raised internationally, I am a juxtaposed reality of a modern Nigerian. Fashion is fashion no matter where you live or are from. Women just want to be beautiful and I want to make them feel that in my clothes.

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Cultural Runway is a style feature focusing on runway looks presented at various international Fashion Week events.

Arise Made In Africa Spring 2012 Designer Collective – Bunmi Koko’s Allure of the Sirens

Bunmi Olaye presented her Bunmi Koko Spring/Summer 2012 collection she aptly named Allure of the Sirens at Arise Made in Africa Designer Collective show during New York Fashion. High structured pieces tied into her water theme. Bunmi Koko known for her eclectic take on womenswear was one of 7 African fashion designers that presented their latest designs at the highly-anticipated Arise Made in Africa Designer Collective show. Elite Model Nigeria winner Chika Emmanuel joined fellow rising  models Rose Cordero.  We love Bunmi Koko’s chic rope statement-making necklaces and belts. We also admire her use of pleats! The collection is very feminine! 

Bunmi Koko SS 20120

Bunmi Koko is currently stocked at Temple Muse in Lagos, Nigeria. Bunmi Koko which means, God gave me my other half, has emerged since its March 2009 as a rising designer to watch! Follow Bunmi Koko Online: @BunmiKoko///Blog//Website

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Cultural Runway is a style feature focusing on runway looks presented at various international Fashion Week events.