African Icons at New York Fashion Week

Published 8:07 AM ET, Tue October 2, 2012
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African fashion magazine Arise hosted its fifth show at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week earlier in September. Getty Images
Helen Jennings is the editor of Arise, "Our aim is to create an international audience and platform for the best African fashion talent," she says. Getty Images
Ozwald Boateng, a British designer of Ghanaian descent, takes to the runway at the September 6 event. Getty Images
Ozwald Boateng's collections included "somber black suiting, casual sand and salmon linen shorts and blazers and some riotously colourful shirts and trousers made from Vlisco wax prints," according to Jennings. Getty Images
Nigerian fashion designer Folake Folarin-Coker, of Tiffany Amber. Getty Images
Folake Folarin-Coker's creations for Tiffany Amber "offered up floaty resort-wear with decadent 1970s overtones," according to Jennings. "Entitled The Rhythms Of Africa, jewel-coloured silks were hand printed with drum motifs and formed waist-cinching maxi dresses, jumpsuits and rompers."
South African designer Gavin Rajah walks the runway at the Lincoln Center. Getty Images
"Gavin Rajah veered between pearl and sequin encrusted, bias-cut dresses in silk and lace featuring cherry blossom and cameo motifs and rude girl drop-crotch tracksuits in pinks, golds and creams," says Jennings.
Nigerian designer Tsemaye Binite made his second appearance at the New York event. Getty Images
Tsemaye Binite's show was dominated by "marl grey jersey tracksuits with silver embossed branding, leather bomber jackets worn with denim shorts, flesh-toned panelled illusion dresses and a floor-sweeping, blood-red evening gown," Jennings said. Getty Images
Amaka Osakwe of Maki Oh focussed on African textiles and sensual silhouettes, says Jennings. "Her key shapes -- pencil skirts, loose tops, blouses, wide trousers and shifts -- were realized in indigo-dyed adire, aso-oke and raffia fringing." Getty Images