One of the things I love about attending Fashion Week is the abundance of fash lit. Virtually every local NYC magazine and newspaper creates special spreads for the tents, and Fashion Week Daily is my everyday fashion breakfast/waiting reading.
This Friday, I will keep my eyes peeled for Arise Magazine. The new monthly Nigerian-based magazine will debut with the African Fashion Collective fashion show at the tents. The show will give four African designers the spotlight, each unveiling 12 to 15 looks in the show.
ThisDay chairman and chief executive officer Nduka Obaigbena states, “I think it’s about an opportunity . . . Africa has been under-reported and under-recognized. Meanwhile, so many big talents have African origins. We think it’s time Africa gets the rightful recognition in the global cultural landscape, and its fashion contribution is one of them.”
The premiere issue features Naomi Campbell, Liya Kebede and Alek Wek on its cover, and delivers African accomplishments in business, politics, fashion, music, and overall culture. The next cover model? President Barack Obama.