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ARISE Exclusive: Xuly.Bët Collection

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Malian designer XULY. Bët’s collection could be described as “grunge with African influences.” Marc Jacobs is known for influencing the grunge movement in fashion and .Bët will be know for bringing it to Africa. From tight leather dresses to smart fitted pant suits and flurry jackets, .Bët’s collection was edgy, sharp and poignant. What was most interesting about the show however, was the strategic choice of diversity in models they were all from different countries of different ethnicities and even sizes. Bët was deliberate in his choice of curvy Jamaican model Stacey. My favorite part was his the new take on Ghana Must Go bags. While .Bët’s fashion celebrity packed presentation with Liya Kebede, Oluchi, Nnenna, Alek Wek, Tyson Beckford and Grace Jones was exciting to the audience; it may have slightly taken away focus from the craft behind his designs. The show ended with Obama print long t-shirt dresses to symbolize the beginning of a new African era. In addition to pictures below, watch the first half of the show.

Superchic

Liya Kebede.

Xuly Bet throws away the idea of "boring black suit."(Liya Kebede in black velvet)

Honey

Love the Plaid "Ghana Must Go" Clutch

Love the Plaid "Ghana Must Go" Clutch (Oluchi)

Red

Malian model Nnanna and gold detailed brooch

Malian model Nnanna in a red suit with a gold detailed brooch

Full Moon

"Curvy" Jamaican model Stacey in tight leather dress

Reflector

Nigerian model Nnenna

Nigerian model Nnenna in black leather pant suit with red detaiing, oversized newsboy cap, ankara scarf and red ankara clutch

And this is when the audience began to go crazy…..

Alek Wek and Tyson Beckford

Alek Wek and Tyson Beckford

Oluchi in Obama printed shirt dress

Oluchi in Obama printed shirt dress

The collection ends amazingly with Supermodel legend Grace Jones

Grace

Grace


6 Comments

  1. cee cee

    February 15, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    AFREAKINGMAZING!!!!

  2. Eva

    February 15, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Grace…NA YOU BIKO….Even at her age she is still rocking. I AM SO PROUD….of my 9ja designers O…and others too of course. LOL

  3. Lords Host

    February 15, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    wow lot of heavy weighted black models. must have been a great show.

  4. mary

    February 15, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    read about it in the papers, prouly Nigerian

  5. tatafo!

    February 16, 2009 at 12:53 am

    wow Grace Jones! nice touch.

  6. xoliquoricexo

    February 16, 2009 at 7:47 am

    liya is positively badass. love her.

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