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Thandie Newton Supports Jewel By Lisa

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.

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Shop Jewel By Lisa Resort 2013 Collection at Moda Operandi

Lisa Folawiyo’s successful fashion brand Jewel By Lisa continues grow to new professional heights. Her newly release Resort 2013 collection can now be purchased at upscale retail boutique, Moda Operandi. (Jewel By Lisa is also sold at Heritage1960.com and Agnes & Lola.com.)

The good news was published on Jewel By Lisa’s Tumblr Page (jewelbylisa.tumblr.com) by Head of Brand Development & Communications – Zara Okpara.

Sold at a affordable price range between $528 to $960, Jewel By Lisa Resort 2013 has a look perfect for any special occasion! Celebrity Jewelettes of Jewel By Lisa includes Kendall Jenner, LaLa Anthony, Eku Edewor, Genevieve Nnaji, Kate Henshaw, Joy Adaeze, Angela Simmons, June Ambrose, Kelis, Catt Sadler, and Giuliana Ranic. I’m eager to see Solange Knowles in this new collection! Pre-order for Jewel By Lisa at Moda Operandi kicked off on July 7th!

Look 1The Classic Shirtdress

Look 2 – The Party Shift Dress

Look 3The Classic Cocktail Dress

Look 4 – The Michelle in Ankara Dress

Look 5 – The Party Shift I Dress

Look 6The Lady Skirt + The Double Frill Tank

Look 7 – The Jumper Peplum Blouse + The Thandie Organza Pant

Look 8The Blue Ameoba Peplum Blouse

Look 9The Blue Check Classic Cocktail Dress

Look 10The Michelle Dress

Look 11The Classic City Short

My favorite look from this collection is the blue and gold printed peplum blouse. The tag line that accompanies this collection is Jewel by Lisa A/W 2012 …”There’s something about a lady..” I couldn’t agree more. This collection is sexy, modern and feminine. 

Shop Jewel By Lisa Resort 2013 Collection At Moda Operandi

Which look is your favorite?

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Cultural Shop highlights African fashion garments sold via upscale online boutiques.

Cultural Loop: Black Models Dominates NYFW, Joy Adaeze’s Jewel By Lisa Style Moment, Nyasha Matonhodze for 10 Crosby Derek Lam & Liya Kebede for Bottega Veneta & H&M

This new edition of Cultural Loop highlights New York Fashion Week Fall 2012 wrap-up featuring two top black models, a high-profile online campaign, the buzz on Jewel By Lisa beaded clutches at NYFW and of course a department franchise’s new boutique.

Black models Nnenna Agba and Nyasha Matonhodze dominated New York Fashion Week Fall 2012 at Lincoln Center. Nyasha walked down the runway for Carolina Herrera, Tory Burch, Rodarte, Oscar de la Renta, Altzarrera, Cushnie et Ochs, Zac Posen, Prabal Gurung, DKNY, and Richard Chai. Next up for Nyasha, who Telegraph Fashion called model of the year, is London Fashion Week.

America’s Next Top Model Cycle 6 alum and current Munaluchi Bridal Magazine celebrity blogger Nnenna Agba was seen working it at the Rubin Chapelle Fall 2012 presentation. We definitely recommend you reading Nnenna’s relationship columns at MBM!

Liya Kebede has kept busy with three new modeling gigs. She recently did the early Spring 2012 ad campaign for H&M. Bottega Veneta also made her their brand face for their Spring/Summer 2012 print AD campaign which was shot by Jack Pierson. She also pose alongside Kanye West for the March 2012 edition of US Vogue.

Jewel By Lisa has experienced sidewalk praise yet again thanks to Nigerian fashion editor and stylist Joy Adaeze! Several online publications captured Joy at Lincoln Center rocking a gorgeous beaded Jewel By Lisa clutch. This will mark the third time a beaded Jewel By Lisa clutch has been seen at New York Fashion Week! Joy rocked two different pattern JBL clutches while at NYFW. (Check out this close-up snapshot of Joy’s Jewel By Lisa beaded clutch.) Joy Adaeze re-tweeted a twitpic of herself wearing a green ankara Jewel By Lisa top that was first seen on model Ediomi Utuk at her Munaluchi Bridal Magazine Fall/Winter 2011 photo shoot.

Zimbabwean beauty Nyasha Matonhodze, who you can see in the Evening Standard, is one of the leading models that worked with Neiman Marcus’s Fashion Director Ken Downing for the department store’s 10 Crosby Derek Lam online campaign. She’s wearing Striped One-Button Jacket, Floral-Print Blouse & Indigo Carpenter Jeans. Nyasha’s previous online campaign work included Topshop and Louis Vuitton.

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Cultural Loop is a must-read news rundown within the fashion industry!

Jewel By Lisa Heats Up New York Fashion Week Fall 2012 Thanks to June Ambrose & Angela Simmons!

Jewel By Lisa has officially taken over New York Fashion Week Fall 2012 catwalk scene thanks to June Ambrose and Angela Simmons. February has seen LaLa Vasquez, Tai Beauchamp, and Joy Adeze photographed in stunning handcrafted jeweled JBL designs. CulturalToast.com shares the joy of the label’s founder/designer Lisa Folawiyo and her publicist Zara Okpara! Angela and June both paired their Jewel By Lisa designs with black. Would we see another celebrity wearing Jewel By Lisa again before February wraps up?! In the meantime, it’s safe to say that Jewel By Lisa is in-demand for this NYFW season!

Celebrity stylist June Ambrose shared her Jewel By Lisa fashion moment with her Twitter followers (@juneambrose). She paired her bejeweled pink, white, and black printed Jewel By Lisa Spring/Summer 2011 shirt with a black origami-like Ferre Skirt, a matching pink Adrienne Landau coat, and her style staple – blush pink Yves Saint Laurent pumps at Kim Hicks Couture Fall 2012 runway presentation. June’s handcrafted shirt made its runway debut last season during Arise Made in Africa fashion show. Just the idea of June – someone who has styled Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, and countless others supporting African fashion is simply amazing! I think she became a Jewelette when she saw Jewel By Lisa’s Spring/Summer 2011 Vintage Love collection last season. Gotta.love.it!

Pastry co-founder Angela Simmons was styled by her good friend Nigerian-American stylist Kanayo Ebi for her New York Fashion Week Fall 2012 appearances. Angela was seen in not one but three Jewel By Lisa style pieces. She’s also one of the first celebrities to wear Jewel By Lisa Spring/Summer 2011 beaded clutches. For her front row appearance at the Bebe Black Collection Fall 2012 fashion show, she wore a velvet Jewel By Lisa Autumn/Winter 2011 printed jacket. I love the way Angela made her Jewel By Lisa style items her statement piece by wearing all black each time. Kudos to Kanayo!

Angela Simmons in Jewel By Lisa NYFW

Also we recommend visiting the official Jewel By Lisa website to check out the new print AD campaign – http://jewelbylisa.com.ng

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

Tai Beauchamp Wears Jewel By Lisa To Grammy Glam

The Cultural Look has never look fierce thanks in part to Tai Beauchamp’s Jewel By Lisa Autumn/Winter 2011 jeweled jacket. For her 2012 Grammy Glam hosting gig, Tai completed her look with Rubin Chapelle black low-cut halter jumper and gold hoop statement earrings. I think this look is completely fab!

African models Millen Magese and Ediomi Utuk wore this jacket for a photo session with Jewel By Lisa and Munaluchi Bride Magazine. Ediomi wore her JBL jacket with a Toriola Custom Designs* gold lace dress, a gold H&M necklace and L.A.M.B. shoes. Tanzanian model Millen wore her look for the Jewel By Lisa Winter/Autumn 2011 official print AD campaign. This is however not the first time Tai’s fashion statement has embraced African Fashion. She wore a Suno x Loeffler Randall Spring/Summer 2011 wedges last year at the 2nd Annual Diversity Affluence Brunch.

If you’re digging Tai’s style as much as I am now, you can follow her on Twitter: @TaiBeau for all her latest fashion happenings. *We love Tori at CulturalToast.com! As always in good parting, this is my reaction to Tai in a Jewel By Lisa design courtesy of Beyonce.

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

La La Anthony’s Jewel By Lisa Skirt Gets Buzz!

LaLa Anthony collaborated with Loren Ridinger to create her new signature cosmetics line, Motvies for LaLa. What she wore has got the African fashion blogosphere buzzing* with excitement. LaLa Anthony stepped out with close friend Kim Kardashian in a custom-made Jewel By Lisa silk/ankara skirt. (This skirt was also worn in different variations by Eku Edewor and Catt Sadler.) We love how LaLa paired her ankara skirt with a black tank top, pink blazer and sparkle pumps. Judging by the repetitve bandage pattern on the skirt, LaLa’s Jewel By Lisa skirt looks like it’s a varation taken from the Winter-Autumn 2011 collection. Kudos to Lisa Folawiyo for receiving another well-deserved nod from Hollywood!

So, how long are we going to have to wait to see LaLa’s best friend Kim in a Jewel By Lisa design? *Below is my reaction to LaLa in a Jewel by Lisa skirt as demonstrated by M.I.A.:

swag!

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Best of 2011: 12 Fashion-Forward Designer Labels To Watch

2011 is over and done with but let’s look back at what a great year in fashion it has been for several notable African-run labels. Bridget Awosika, Suno, Jewel By Lisa, Anita Quansah London, Virgos Lounge, Burberry, Bunmi Koko, Mimi Plange, LemLem, Kiki Clothing, Suno and Thakoon ruled the red carpet with classy innovative sleek designs. A winning factor for each designer was of course the loyal support of their high-profile clients.

Jewel By Lisa

Lisa Folawiyo, creative director and founder of Jewel By Lisa, has solidified her fashion stance. From her well accepted approval at Arise Made in Africa New York Fashion Week presentation to her newly launched diffusion line, The J Label, Lisa’s JBL has proved she’s truly a houshold name in fashion. Her biggest milestone in 2011 came courtesy of E News Correspondent Catt Sadler wearing her designs three times on air. JBL has gone Hollywood! Jewel By Lisa went on to become a red carpet fan favorite as seen on Eku Edewor, Solange Knowles, Kendall Jenner, Genevieve Nnaji, and many more. Currently Lisa has announced plans to release a coffee table book which CulturalToast.com previewed at NYFW SS 2012 and it’s definitely worth the wait! We’re eager to see what Lisa has planned for 2012!

Anita Quansah London


2011 was Anita Quansah London’s year of success! Public admiration for Anita Quansah London’s handcrafted jewelry collection ignited when Keisha Buchanan stepped out in a neckpiece at Naomi Campbell’s Fashion for Relief launch. Nigerian singing sensation Tiwa Savage was obsessed with Anita Quansah London designs whenever she had a red carpet event to attend. Shortly after Anita Quansah London announced her collaboration with fellow Nigerian fashion label Jewel By Lisa for their new diffusion line, The J Label. Currently Anita Quansah London is working on a new diffusion line due to launch soon!

Kiki Clothing



When actress Nicole Ari Parker visited her husband’s paternal home of Ghana, she fell in love with Ghanaian, Nigerian fashion house Kiki Clothing. Nicole wore not one but two dresses from Kiki Clothing to major high-profile red carpet events this past year. Back in October, Kiki Clothing presented their latest collection at Africa Fashion International Week in Cape Town, South Africa. Kiki Clothing’s founder Titi Ademola is sure to bring IT in 2012!

Bridget Awosika


A well deserved recognition from Vogue Italia was just a perfect way to sum up rising Nigerian fashion label Bridget Awosika’s 2011. Nigerian TV personality Eku Edewor became Bridget Awosika’s most vocal, loyal supporter. Beloved by top Nigerian red carpet beauty queens like Funmi Iyanda, Tiwa Savage, Eku Edewor, EMLN 2011 winner EMLN 2011 winner Chika Chinwe, Nigerian model Makida Moda, and Adora Oleh. Bridget Awosika has bloosom to a high ranking contemporary womenswear line. 2012 will of course bring the Bridget Awosika name to red carpet fever heights!

Virgos Lounge

When Nigerian stylist Kanayo Ebi pick out a silver sequin one-shoulder jumpsuit for her client Angela Simmons, all wanted to know who design it Nigerian, London-based label Virgos Lounge has provided women with contemporary, vintage-inspired designs since its 2008 launch. Currently the label just release their Party Collection featuring their favorite model Omowunmi Gbadamosi. Angela has since bought the glamour of Virgos Lounge to Betsey Johnson’s runway presentation at New York Fashion Week.

Suno

First Lady Michelle Obama, Esperanza Spalding, Solange Knowles, Heidi Klum and Tai Beauchamp all wore the bold prints from the New York-based fashion label in 2011. Whether it’ll be Tai’s Suno x Loefller Randall canvas printed wedges or Michelle’s s silk pleated skirt, Suno produced classy design that will make every fashion-forward girl splurge a little! Suno currently re-launched their e-commerce site, where fashionistas can either window shop or shop ’til they drop!

Thakoon

Two Kardashian sisters (Kim & Khloe), Solange Knowles, First Lady Michelle Obama, and supermodel Iman sworn by Thakoon in 2011. Thakoon also created a limited edition Massai print scarf that sends all proceeds to famine-torn countries within the Horn of Africa – Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti. Although Thakoon’s pre-Fall 2012 collection is a slight departure from their print heavy, Kenya-inspired Fall 2011 collection, we’re eager to see what else they have in store for 2012!

Burberry

Burberry was definitely inspired by rich African textiles for their 2012’s Resort and Spring collections. Lady Gaga, Anna Wintour, Solange Knowles, Kate Bosworth and Transformers star Rosie Huntington-Whiteley were faithful to Burberry’s prints in 2011. The hoopla on all things African fashion intensified, hasn’t it?

Mimi Plange

2011 produced Mimi Plange’s biggest accomplishment thanks to her collaboration with Manolo Blahnik which she revealed at her A Flower in the Desert Spring/Summer 2012 presentation during New York Fashion Week in front of her fellow fashion supporters Duro Olowu, Bethann Hardison, Rachel Zoe and Andre Leon Talley. Kat Graham, Vanessa Hudgens, Rihanna, Kristen Cavallari, Mary Birdsong, and Estelle were all seen in Mimi Plange designs.

Bunmi Koko

Before Bunmi Koko’s founder Bunmi Olaye stepped down as the lead designer from her label, she provided classy eccentric designs as seen on Omotola, Melanie Brown, Michelle Williams, and Keisha Buchanan in 2011. (FYI: Omotola was the first to wear the lime pleated dress from Bunmi Koko’s Spring/Summer 2012 Allure of The Sirens collection. Currently Bunmi Koko presented a revamped website or a droolworthy e-commerce site. As for any explanation why Bunmi departed her label, she only had the following to offer: I have not giving up on my dream, however the time has come for me to pursue a vision that is entirely my own.

LemLem

LemLem ‘s founder Liya Kebede put her supermodel skills to the test in 2011 when she stepped out on numerous occasions wearing her Ethiopia-based womenswear line. We fell in love with Liya’s handkerchief-styled handwoven tunic when she attended the Tribute to the Models of Versailles 1973 at MET back in January. Who could resist her scarf, too? Liya continued to be her label’s best spokesmodel when she wore Lem Lem to two high-profile New York City film screenings. Currently LemLem has launched a Tumblr and of course a hip new Resort 2012 collection. Liya started LemLem in 2007 “inspire economic independence in her native country and to preserve the art of weaving.” We’re eager to see what else Lem Lem has to offer!

Wrapping up the very best moments in African fashion were Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B collection, Chayla’s Deola Sagoe stunner at New York Fashion Week, Eku Edewor’s Republic of Foreigner embellished top, Teyana Taylor’s Vibe Vixen African-inspired shoot, Jackie Appiah’s Jil F.A.C.E. List Awards dress, Genevieve Nnaji showing loyalty to Zed Eye & Jewel by Lisa time and time again, and Gregory Parkinson’s African-inspired totes. These designer labels are THE ones to watch in 2012 as we predict more groundbreaking milestones to come for each one. Out of the 11, which one has you wanting to know what’s their next move in 2012?

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Cultural Annual Review takes a look back in the previous year in film, fashion, entertainment and much more!

Eku Edewor’s African Fashion Rundown Featuring Bridget Awosika & The J Label

It’s no secret that CulturalToast.com loves Nigerian former model Eku Edewor’s style on and off the red carpet. Eku is a huge supporter of African Fashion. The 53 Xtra TV show host is regularly photographed in designs straight off the runway and look-books by Republic of Foreigner, Jewel By Lisa, Deola Sagoe, and Bridget Awosika.


Republic of Foreigner Resort 2012// Anita Quansah London neckpiece // Jewel By Lisa SS 2011


hosting the 2011 Elite Model Nigeria competition in a Deola Sagoe Ori Oke Fall 2011

For her editorial shoot with Mania Magazine (Issue 3), Eku Edewor wore a printed top and shorts from Jewel By Lisa’s new diffusion line, The J Label. Styled by Dimenji Alara, Eku showcases affordable luxury for the contemporary woman. This marks the first time The J Label has appeared in a major editorial fashion spread. Gotta love it!

Eku Edewor on her J Label look: The short is fun, sexy and easy to wear. The cut on the shoulder makes it very central. They can appeal to quite a number of girls. You can wear them with flip-flops or heels. However you feel comfortable.

Eku Edewor on her second J Label look: This is very easy to wear. I like the detail and the print. I could wear this to lunch with my friends.

For her hosting duties at the 2011 Elite Model Nigeria competition, Eku wore a one shoulder Bridget Awosika Autumn/Winter 2011 black silk jersey Grecian-inspired dress. We love that dress started as a sheer button-up collar long-sleeved shirt but worked its way into a stunning draped one-shoulder look.

If you’re curious about which African fashion label will Eku wear next, follow her on Twitter for the scoop at @eku_g_edewor! What were your favorite African fashion looks on Eku Edewor? Vote…

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

African Fashion at New York Fashion Spring 2012

New York Fashion Week saw plenty of African fashion designs lifted straight from the runway to the coveted front row. African fashion was worn on notable fashionable mavens like Georgie Badiel, Angela Simmons, Lisa Folawiyo, Joy Adaeze, Zara Okpara, and Mimi Plange during New York Fashion Week. CulturalToast.com takes a look back at how the runway looks were translated on our favorite celebrities and designers.

Georgie Badiel, one of the African fashion industry’s favorite IT girl, was seen in this avant-garde spiked ombre Pierre Antoine Veterello SS 2012 dress.

Georgie Badiel in Pierre Antoine Veterello SS 2012

To attend the Betsey Johnson NYFW show, Angela Simmons, co-owner of footwear and apparel line Pastrywas styled by Nigerian celebrity stylist Kanayo Ebi in this gorgeous yellow and turquoise beaded, silk dress from Virgos Lounge’s newly release Resort 2012 collection.

Angela Simmons in Virgos Lounge Resort 2012

Buy Angela’s “Opal” dress, virgoslounge.com

To present her A Flower in The Desert Spring/Summer 2012 collection, Mimi Plange of Ghana wore a hot pink Victorian-inspired button blouse with a pair of Manolo Blahnik for Mimi Plange booties.

Mimi Plange in Mimi Plange SS 2012

Mimi’s draped bloouse with folded collar and pearl buttons shirt is look #17 from the collection named “Norah.” 

Lisa Folawiyo wore a modifed silk printed Jewel By Lisa Spring/Summer 2012 shirt dress to unveil her Arise Made in Africa runway collection.

Lisa Folawiyo in Jewel By Lisa SS 2012

Publicist to Jewel By Lisa, Zara Okpara wore a multi-printed silk blouse (worn backwards) with a black feather skirt from JBL’s newly release Spring/Summer 2012 collection. We love her Chanel flap bag!

Zara Okpara in Jewel By Lisa SS 2012

Executive assistant to Essence Magazine’s Online Editor-in-Chief and celebrity stylist Joy Adaeze wore a Jewel By Lisa Spring 2011 dress with floral printed Topshop platform heels and Me Char chain bag to attend the Arise Made in Africa SS 2012 show.

Joy Adaeze in Jewel By Lisa Spring 2011

Vote for your favorite African Fashion Look at NYFW below…


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

Lisa Folawiyo, Zara Okpara & 4 Aces Date at Arise Made in Africa SS 2012

Lisa Folawiyo of Nigerian fashion label Jewel By Lisa pose with The 4Aces Date bloggers Kaven, Doreen, Cookie, and Abbey after Arise Made in Africa Spring/Summer 2012 show at New York Fashion Week. The impeccable dressed women caught the attention of many street style photographers. Jewel By Lisa’s stylishly dressed publicist Zara Okpara stepped out head to toe in a Jewel by Lisa Spring/Summer 2012 outfit. (More details to come!) CulturalToast.com was there to capture the moment for their readers!

The 4 Aces Date bloggers with a friend

Zara Okpara, Jewel By Lisa PR

Follow Lisa and the 4 Aces Date Bloggers on Twitter: @4ACESDATE, @LisaFolawiyo, @JewelByLisa, @ZarOkpara

Photos by CulturalToast.com

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