Vampire Diaries star Kat Graham (@katgraham) has always been appreciative of African fashion designers from Mimi Plange to now Tsemaye Binitie. The Swiss-born American actress and singer best known for her role as Bonnie Bennett was seen in a sleek black leather Tsemaye Binitie jumpsuit at the Samsung’s Galaxy SIII event in Chicago! She completed her look with Monika Chiang shoes and CC Skye accessories! I think she completely OWNED this look! What I love about this look: The geometric shapes on the pants!
Kat Graham’s Tsemaye Binitie Winter + Autumn 2012 Runway Look
Tsemaye Binitie AMFW Lagos , Nigeria 2012
Tsemaye in his own words…
ESSENCE.com: What is the number one quality that you want a woman to exhibit when she puts on your clothing?
Tsemaye: My girl is a modern icon of strength, beauty and glamour!
Kat Graham wearing Tsemaye Binitie is GREAT NEWS for the London-based designer! I’m definitely digging that cultural presence on the red carpet! 2012 has been good to him from Alicia Keys rocking his designs on the cover of Vibe magazine’s 2nd Global issue to his well-received ARISE Made in Africa in New York & Lagos runway presentations! Next up for Tsemaye is his much anticipated appearance at NYFW ARISE Made in Africa: African Icons runway presentation on Thursday September 6th!
image credits – Getty Images, KatGraham.com, Tsemaye Binitie
Cultural Presence looks at how celebrities and everyday people wear African fashion straight from the runway.
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 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.
Cultural Runway is a style feature focusing on runway looks presented at various international Fashion Week events.