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ARISE Made in Africa – Spring 2012: Tsemaye Binitie



During a recent chat with ARISE Magazine, designer Tsemaye Binitie shared how he prepped for this collection, “I went on a whirlwind trip this year taking in the sights and sounds of five cities in seven weeks, so for me, this collection embraces freedom. Pieces can be layered in ways that are reminiscent of surfer style and dresses and separates come in light, airy silks, linens, cotton and neoprene

The promising young design talent leaves a positive mark wherever he ventures and the ARISE Made in Africa – Spring 2012 show was no exception. As the show kicked off, you got a feel of the Tsemaye Binitie woman, from the models’ poker straight hair to the first set of pieces presented in stark white, these garments are for a modern woman, in control of her destiny but not afraid to have fun with fashion. Colours ranged from black, white, rose pink, grey, muted gold to a pop of colour from a bright pink and red cutout dress.

As the show ended, Tsemaye along with his sister and muse, Temikawo arrived on stage to take their bow, Beyonce’s “Who Run the World (Girls)” began playing while Tsemaye stayed in the background and let Temikawo enjoy the applause. This was a great representation of his collection, the clothes are there to enhance what’s already there, it’s all about the woman!

Photos by Mark Von Holden/Getty Images North America

The Designer, Tsemaye Binitie with his sister/muse Temikawo Binitie

Temikawo Binitie


  1. Lady G

    September 17, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Am the firrrrrrrrrrrssssssssssssssssssssssssstttttttttttttttttttttttt

  2. Fat Babe

    September 17, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Am the 2nd. Weldone big bro.

  3. Demmy

    September 17, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Nice collection but it’s a little boring. More vibrant and loud colors would have been better.

  4. Ginika

    September 17, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Love you guys @ BN

  5. cathy

    September 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    nice one

  6. mimi

    September 17, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    very bla..boring..but again wen mixed wit oda colourful pieces will b gud

  7. Love for Africa

    September 17, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Such beautiful classic pieces… I wouldnt call them boring at all. Unfortunately, you cant see all the intricate detailing and the interesting back views in the photos. Well done guys, amazing work.

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  9. missb

    September 17, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Oyinbos will absolutely love his collection, its not too “African” and I think that shows confidence on the part of the designer

  10. Fashionbrief

    September 17, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Very Nice.

    Cant understand where the craze for white is coming from as it was a significant colour in most collections.

    Also follow us on twitter @fashionbrief.

  11. shonnywilliam

    September 18, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    let look at dis wit a good eye and bad eye!!!Good eye:first nice sewing………..”good eye”
    ”bad eye”:it just dere..notin inspiring or off d chain….boring let grandma wear’s..but THANK GOD u made it 2ARISE!!

  12. Sam

    September 18, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    very calvin kleinesque. like the effortless/easy to wear yet chic feeling to it. Nice one but my faves have got to be bunmi and lanre!

  13. jummy smalls

    September 19, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    fantastic collection…very timeless and classic pieces. the collection totally rocks!!! well done

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