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Tsemaye Binitie Reveals Autumn/Winter 10/11 “MistyBlak” Collection



BN first featured talented designer; Tsemaye Binitie during our exclusive coverage of  Young Africa Fashion Weekend(YAFW). At the event, Tsemaye showcased his debut ‘Blackout-Perfect 10’ collection.
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Tsemaye offers a range of separates and dresses. In this collection, he leans towards dark tones of black, grey and navy blue.  The collection is dominated by dresses with simple cuts and clean lines, and then we have the well tailored trousers and a selection of  leggings which are very reflective of the season this collection caters to- Autumn/Winter.

We get to see nude tones which add softness to this collection especially when they are combined with sheer fabrics. I like how he explores edge in this collection, with the styling and most particularly with the mixtures of different textures; leather, silk, wool and velvet.

The collection takes a multi-dimensional perspective masked in modernity; we see sharp tailoring with the trousers, demure sophistication with the cocktail dresses, the frills and the noticeable bow detail on the waist of the trousers which is soon becoming a signature for him. Tsemaye presents a worthy selection of slightly futurist styles which embody structured dramatic sleeves. The collection definitely has his personal imprint on it, the pieces align to what we have come to discover as his point of view as a designer.

For this collection, He reinvents the China dress -A yellow draped wrap dress with an asymmetric sleeve which was one of my favourite pieces in his Spring/Summer 2010 collection. Although maintaining the frame and previous structure, he takes a two-tone approach which is more suited for the Fall as it accommodates the seasonal transition to darker tones we see with this collection.

Tsemaye Binitie talks to BN about his Autumn/Winter 2010/11 collection:

The Autumn /Winter 10/11 collection is called “MistyBlak” and was inspired by jellyfish. I came across the work of Coe & Waito, through their blog and this was the starting point for the collection. I liked their porcelain jellyfish installation and it formed the basis of my research.

I looked at jellyfish in their underwater habitat and as visual art when they have fluorescent light shone through them. What struck me about jellyfish is their tentacles, texture, transparency and form, these were qualities that helped to determine the silhouette, fabrication and details of the collection.

Key to development was also the need to offer more variety to the customer so the collection grew this season to encompass jackets, tees, leggings, a scarf and a pair of jeans as well as our dresses. Every detail about each piece relates back to jellyfish from the pleated frills which were sourced from Japan to the fabrics, prints and silhouette. Dresses and jackets come short and body conscious with pants coming either boot-cut or skinny. Pieces are featured in nude, black, grey, white, navy and electric blue with fabrics ranging from silk organza, silk crepe, grosgrain, leather, wool, jersey, denim and a printed velvet.

This look below depicts how well he infuses textures; a black cropped jacket with leather sleeves, paired with a sheer nude mini dress and wool leggings. It serves as a very clean and sophisticated day look, with a hint of edge!

View the rest of the collection below:

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Photo Credit: Tsemaye Binitie


  1. Sugabelly

    May 9, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    So she could not hire a Nigerian model or a black model? Black models are BEGGING for work.

    BEGGING DESPERATELY. The shoot for this collection could have gone to employ a Nigerian or a black model.

  2. NGOzi

    May 10, 2010 at 10:27 am

    potato..potato…model na model abeg, what difference does it make?

  3. Blossom

    May 10, 2010 at 11:19 am

    These designs aren’t anything fantastic. They’re not bad though… On to the next one.

  4. tk

    May 10, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    awesome stuff.. simply understated luxury.. that’s what blows people’s minds!

  5. Goldie

    May 11, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    You can definitely picture this collection on the catwalk and it helps that they are also easily
    wearable designs… good job..

  6. Susan

    May 12, 2010 at 12:29 am

    I’m in complete agreement with Sugabelly. Until you support Black models with employment, I don’t support you with my money.

  7. Gam

    May 12, 2010 at 1:51 am

    I’ve seen all these before….

  8. freshOUTtheStore

    May 12, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    suGabelly: the designer is male…..nExt time do your reseArch doNt be as ignorant as the white man makes us out to bE!

    the pieces…..i like….as a woman of colour i would not be puT off that they dont appear on a black model….21st century yall…..all the clothes you buy from manGo… many black models u see in their ads!!!

  9. Susan

    May 15, 2010 at 12:40 am

    @ Freshout, I don’t buy from Mango. There are too many Black designers to choose from with far better selection, at that. White consumers aren’t expected to relate to Black models and I as a Black woman am not to be expected to relate to a White model.

    Support US and I’ll support you. Until then, I don’t think so.

  10. sholls

    May 17, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    people…what you should look at are the pieces, not the model(s), as u know both black and white white and black models have bodies that can carry these cloths, all i feel is models can be chosen in relation to the colour of the fabric, type of style, and taste that suites the designer…

  11. f Abiola.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:12 am

    If you are looking for fashion with an aggressive, yet sensual touch, These Dresses are your best answer.
    There are many fantastic Designers with a bigger label in the market, However, when I compare the factors of quality, fashion, style and of course price, I would have to say that these collection deliver an excellent value for the money. Tsemaye keep up the excellent creative side you have! Fashion is for everyone but style is for the individual! Fashion has gone Global so lets keep up with the Programme! (“models”)

  12. BiggestBossThusFar

    May 21, 2010 at 6:17 am

    The proportions and shapes are fantastic. I LOVE this collection!

  13. woman scorned

    May 21, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Sugarbelly n Susan…pls log off n stop chatting just bcos! WHat does this hav eto do with the designernot choosing a black model! Is he not black, is his family not black? DO u think his aim in life is to snub black people. Is it a crime to choose a white person for a certain photo shoot?!! BIG DEAL!
    This is why black people stay sooo backwards..focusing on all sorts of unnecessary stuff! GRRR! U guys make me so mad!
    To the designer….simple n interesting…


    May 23, 2010 at 10:33 am

    she is obviously not trying to appeal to us…NEXT!

  15. mach

    May 28, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    loved every piece


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