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ARISE Magazine African Fashion Collective III: Pre-Show



Arise African Fashion Collective Part III

Arise hosted its 3rd “African Fashion Collective” at the tents in Bryant Park last night. There seemed to be something different about this year’s show–maybe because the energy was a little low as the fashion community is still recovering from the death of McQueen or just the simple fact that Arise has been going on for three years and is inevitably carrying that silent question–can they do it again?




Nigerian designer Deola Sagoe

Well, they did! We all woke up this morning to a rave review by the Wall Street Journal. This year’s show seemed as it should be more established and in tune with the rest of New York. The backstage area was packed with tons of press from NY Mag to Elle Germany, and everyone just wanted a piece of Deola Sagoe!



This year’s model selection was less about the “celebrities” but featured a lot of new and fresh faces. However we were still able to catch up with our favorites: Chanel Iman and Oluchi.


Chanel Iman


Nigerian model, Oluchi

The night culminated with an awesome after-party hosted by Mr. Obiagbena at The Plaza Hotel in New York. Guests were treated to an open-bar, hors d’oeuvres and a private performance by Ciara. Arise Fashion Collective has established itself as “the show to attend” at NY Fashion Week.


Ciara performing at the after-party


  1. kimmy

    February 14, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    bella, pls send us a link to ciara’s performance video!

  2. Terence Sambo

    February 16, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Someone sent me an image of Ciara’s performance on twitter, she was working it….love her. Deola Looks amazing at her age :o]

  3. Bola #1

    February 17, 2010 at 2:54 am

    i’m still curious as to why THISDAY no longer supports African Fashion Week…

  4. nonye

    February 18, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    I dont care about this being her job or not, Deola Sagoe shouldnt be dressed like this. I dont mean to sound judmental or anything of the sort but as a woman I have always respected, this whole trend of her clothes going further up her thighs just doesnt cut it for me, for Christ’s sake she is a mother! What are her children supposed to wear???

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