Afrique C'est Chic: The Arise Africa Show

Zandile Blay
Underneath my long weaves, fur coats and ginormous Chanel bag, I'm really just a quiet village girl from Ghana, West Africa. That's why whenever I see fashion folks from my motherland, (let's her it for the Nigerian cutie in Calvin Klein's new menswear ads) my heart swells with pride. I was moved to tears over the weekend when I saw the third season of the Arise Africa Show. The uber-wealthy Nigerian media group sponsored yet another spectacular presentation in the tents plus a lavish after party at the Plaza. Sessilee Lopez, Chanel Iman and Oluchi are just a few of the legendary chocolate models who stalked down the runway wearing pieces by South African label Black Coffee (pictured above), Tanzanian label Loin Cloth & Ashes, and Nigerian label Deola Sagoe. Yes Mama Africa!

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