Hundreds of eager fashion enthusiasts crammed into the Bryant Park Tents on Friday night to view the This Day/Arise: African Fashion Collective :

Arise Fashion Africa Show

Arise is a global magazine dedicated to highlighting achievements in African fashion, music, and culture, and its Spring 2010 fashion show aptly reflected its mission.

Four designers: Jewel by Lisa, Tiffany Amber, Eric Raisina, and David Tlale showcased their skills before a crowd that included fashion notables June Ambrose, Bethann Hardison, Harriete Cole, and Claude Grunitzky as well as celebrities Damon Dash, Amerie, and Keri Hilson.

Jewel by Lisa Arise African Fashion Collective

The first line to show, Jewel by Lisa, stuck to traditional African prints, offering interesting silhouettes like jumpsuits, glitter adorned tops with flouncy skirts, and paillette laced shifts with cut out backs.

Jewel by Lisa Arise African Fashion Collective

Though adequately executed, I think this line could have pushed the envelope just a bit more by making its signature looks more singular and distinct. Many pieces reminded me of other lines–a mix of an African print top and polka dot shorts smacked of Duro Olowu, and short jumpers seemed reminiscent of Boxing Kitten. Is it just me?
Up next was Tiffany Amber, a Nigerian line designed by Folake Folarin-Coker:

Tiffany Amber Arise African Fashion Collective

Endlessly pretty, this crown jewel of the show comprised long, flowing dresses in yellow, floral, and metallic fabrics. I loved the vibrant colors, the effortless movement of key pieces, and that the dresses were ravishing without the aid of sequins, embellishments, or rosettes.

Tiffany Amber Arise African Fashion Collective

The cut was king, and Folarin-Coker shut it down. Can’t wait to see more from her.

Eric Raisina stunned the crowd with his shirred, fringed, tassled frocks in statement making reds, blues, and metallics:


Eric Raisina Arise African Fashion Collective

While I appreciated his chic singularity, I thought that some of the pieces were a bit overdone.

Eric Raisina Arise African Fashion Collective

Sometimes less is more.

David Tale closed out the show in a big way with simple items that flaunted large details like tassled capes, shoulder applique’s, and beaded extended shoulder boleros:

David Tlale Arise Arican Fashion Collective

Tlale made a grand effort for his finale spot, but unfortunately everything seemed over the top and overdone. An appearance by Tyson was the succession’s only saving grace:


What do you think?

10 thoughts on “Show Review : This Day / Arise: African Fashion Collective 2010”

  1. They look like Boxing Kitten because she used African Prints. Africans have been designing with Ankara and co before Boxing Kitten was even started. Bout time AFRICANS got some recognition.

  2. I really appreciated some of what each designer did…maybe some won’t work for the regular woman but would look spectaular on a red carpet?

    Anyway I’m stoked so many of my fav models were in the same show Sess, Georgie, Karlie, Freja, Arlenis and on and on.

  3. It irks me when people use Boxing Kitten as the standard for doing different things with ankara. Ankara has been used in various different ways since the time I was a little girl and everything about boxing kitten strikes me as distinctively African and unoriginal. So no the idea wasn’t stolen from boxing kitten, boxing kitten stole the idea from Africa (or failed to do adequate research as to the various ways ankara is used on the continent)

  4. much agreed elle and realtalk!! Claire puhleeeze don’t think that Boxing Kitten is original, nothing is original about it, its already been done, its about time Africans got recognition

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  6. I am a fan of David Tlale. However, I must agree that some of his designs are a bit overdone. I would still model for him any day. I am happy that he is doing so will, and he’s an inspiration. Makes me want to travel to South Africa.

  7. I don’t know what the fuss is about regarding David Tlale’s shoe range at Luella. They are mostly copies of famous designer shoes.

  8. Love the prints, fab designs too. We should all aim to seek out and support the independent African fashion designers from where these more recent collections evolved

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