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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!


Cultural Loop: Julia Sarr-Jamois for Tibi, BCBG MaxAzria Fall 2012 NYFW, Duro Olowu’s Pop-Up Art, Gabrielle Union Wears Amsale + Liya Kebede, Nyasha Matonhodze, Tolula, Marian, FashionJunkii, and Fatima Siad dominates NYFW

Introducing a new segment to, we proudly present Cultural Loop. This feature provides our readers with the latest news within the fashion world. Wonderland UK Editor Julia Sarr-Jamois is the celebrity brand face for Tibi Spring 2012 AD Campaign. Julia was styled by Tibi’s Amy Smilovic and swedish blogger Elin King. Her confidence simply radiates in these photographs and she also gives us all hair envy with her natural Afro. Julia shared with Vogue about what she calls her statement hair.

 “I’ve had my hair like this since I was about fourteen,” Sarr-Jamois says. “When I was at school, I had it in plaits, which were quite tedious, and I thought, ‘I’m going to take it out for a bit.’ I remember feeling like it looked really big at first but then I ended up keeping it. I wash it with Bumble and Bumble Tonic shampoo, which smells so good. And a more intense Bumble and Bumble conditioner called Creme de Coco Masque. Then I let it air-dry and maybe play around with it for a bit with my hands. That’s it. People are always asking about it, though. And everyone wants to touch it.”

Last night in Hollywood, actress Gabrielle Union stepped out in a strapless silk chiffon black cocktail dress by Ethiopian designer Amsale at the premiere of Think Like A Man.  Her red carpet style has always been effortless. Gabrielle said to Style Watch her trick to wearing sparkle is play down the rest of your outfit. “My rule for sparkle is that there’s no such thing as too sparkly of a dress! It makes you feel like a princess. Just play down the rest.” She definitely stuck to her fashion trick!

New York Fashion Week just kicked off with a huge bang. Max Azria of BCBG MAXAZRIA presented his color-block caftan Fall 2012 collection.

African models rule on and off the runway for Lincoln Center’s biggest fashion extravaganza. Ethiopian model Liya Kebede stepped out in a black and white tuxedo-inspired Lanvin outfit at amFAR gala. Somali-Ethiopian model Fatima Siad walked for Chadwick Bell Fall 2012 runway show. Zimbabwean model Nyasha Matonhodze was seen at the Richard Chai Love show.

Not to be outdone but African stylists took in the shows in style and a huge entourage. Nigerian blogger and stylist Joy Adaeze (spotted by Daily Candy) wore a Jewel By Lisa. This NYFW candid of Nigerian magazine editor-in-chief for Pop’Africana Oroma Elewa with Joan Smalls was spotted by Teen Vogue. Blogger Rosemary of pose with her entourage of industry friends – model Tolula Adeyemi, stylist Marian Kihogo and Tanzanian model Miriam Odemba.

African fashion and art collaborated with stunning results. Head wraps -a trend that jumpstarted last season by stylist June Ambrose – made it into this African-inspired L’Officiel Mode photo shoot. Nigerian, London-based fashion designer Duro Olowu has pop-up art show that he curated which is on display at Salon’s 94 Freeman Alley Gallery from now to early March. Duro Olowu’s exhibit features vintage and contemporary assortment of photography, textiles, art, furniture, music, books, and objects. You can check out from February 8 to March 10. Duro’s wife Thelma Golden, Studio Museum of Harlem Director and Chief Curator, must be proud of him! Will we see Thelma launching a clothing line in the future?

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

This Or That Edition Featuring Kaisa Struss, Solange Knowles, Ashley Madekwe, Nyasha Matonhodze, Kerry Washington, Lady Gaga & Yaya DaCosta

This or That Edition on examines style trends on and off the red carpet. Sometimes it’s a fashion face-off or two looks that’s quite similar. There’s plenty of great features such as this and much more published daily on the Tumblr page. This or That has quickly become a hot commodity on Join us in discovering a few fashionable style shows we couldn’t resist sharing with our readers. Origami, ankara, lace and ombre all made it into our latest This or That edition.

First up, there’s THE coveted Burberry Prorsum SS 2012 ankara jacket that appeared on the February 2012 cover of Harper’s Bazaar Spain featuring Kasia Struss and was also seen on Lady Gaga. This ankara print jacket first made its runway appearance during London Fashion Week before it was later seen on Lady Gaga.

Lady Gaga vs. Kaisa Struss in Burberry Prorsum SS 2012

Actress YaYa DaCosta and Solange Knowles are into this season’s trend of the moment – lace. Don’t you love Solange’s green lace Dolce & Gabbana Aso Oke-esqe dress during Milan Fashion Week? YaYa added green accessories to her black off the shoulder lace dress when she attended W Magazine’s 69th Annual Golden Globes award celebration in New York City. Natural curls and bold red lipsticks completed both fashionista’s red carpet looks.

YaYa DaCosta vs. Solange Knowles in lace

Editorial to real life has never looked glamorous thanks in part to Nyasha Matonhodze and Kerry Washington’s origami white Donna Karan frock. Kerry was seen in this lovely get-up from Donna Karan’s Resort 2011 collection at the 8th Annual Keep A Child Alive Black Ball. Nyasha wore this look for her Vogue Japan November 2011 editorial.

Nyasha Matonhodze vs. Kerry Washington in Donna Karan

Zimbabwe’s it girl and Louis Vuitton’s it model Nyasha Matonhodze wraps up our fun This or That edition thanks to her high-profile Topshop Fall 2011 print AD campaign. ABC’s Revenge Ashley Madekwe is also a fan of this ombre look when she attended the Forevermark and InStyle Golden Globe event.

Ashley Madekwe vs. Nyasha Matonhodze in Topshop

Has any of these looks inspired your next evening out on the town?

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This Or That examines style trends on and off the red carpet. Sometimes it’s a fashion face-off or two looks that’s quite similar.

Best of 2011: Models To Watch

2011 produced lucrative milestones for African models both on and off the runway. Fatima Siad, David Agbodji, Ajak Deng, Makida Moka and Ataui Deng arguably held down the runway and editorial fashion strut this year.

Zimbabwe’s Nyasha Matonhodze has arguably become the it model of the year thanks in part to her Topshop, Louis Vuitton, and current Versace pre-Fall 2012 AD campaign. Nyasha walked down the runway for Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Lowe, Narciso Rodriguez, Michael Kors, Yves Saint Laurent, and she also appeared in the March 2011 editorials for Harper’s Bazaar and Teen Vogue magazines.

Sudanese models Ajak Deng and Ataui Deng (not related!) won over the crowds at various international fashion week presentations from New York to London to Paris for Christian Dior, Lanvin, Thierry Mugler, Reed Krakoff, PreenMara Hoffman, Oscar de la Renta, and Manish Arora. Ataui and Ajak appeared in the crowd favorite Harper’s Bazaar editorial.

Togo’s leading male model David Agbodji had women swooning over his Express and Calvin Klein print AD campaigns. David also cleared up the rumor that he’s Nigerian! He signed on to do editorial work for D&G, Cole Haan, Gap and Harper’s Bazaar. On the runway he proved why he’s the only male model to watch on our radar in 2012! Swag, indeed!

America’s Next Top Model alum Fatima Siad’s biggest accomplishment came courtesy of  her groundbreaking Hermes runway appearance. Shortly after Fatima appeared in two stunning magazine photo shoots for Jones and Arise. Fatima certainly proved that there is a CAREER after ANTM! As Fatima eloquently said to The Cut,  If you use your time on the show in a smart way, you can take your career to the next level.

Nigerian-Jamaican model and Face of Sleek Nigeria winner  Makida Moka was Bridget Awosika’s muse for her Spring/Summer 2011 presentation. She also landed a modeling gigs with two rising Nigerian labels, Maki Oh and Phunk Afrique. In five years she plans to launch her own clothing line. Makida obviously loves and supports the successful Buy Nigerian fashion campaign and we are eager to see which label she collaborates with next.

Flaviana Matata, Chika Emmanuel, Eku Edewor, and Millen Magese are four models we predict are onto groundbreaking moves in 2012. Which one of these models are you going to watch out for in 2012?

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Cultural Annual Review is a recap of what happened in 2011!