New York, NY (CNS) – Sudanese model Alek Wek walked the runway at the launch of Arise Magazine that focuses on Africa. Wek wore a Stoned Cherrie at Bryant Park on the opening night of New York Fashion Week.
The 31-year-old was one of four African designers chosen to be part of the inaugural This Day/Arise Magazine: African Fashion Collective 2009 show at New York Fashion Week. The event also saw Jamaican-American model Grace Jones walk the ramp.
Stoned Cherrie, established in 2000, is an African lifestyle brand that is expressive of urban culture in South Africa. The brand presented an Autumn/Winter collection alongside Xuly Bet, the Paris-based Malian, MOMO and Tiffany Amber, designers from Nigeria, says a press release.
The inaugural issue of Arise features supermodels Liya Kedebe, Naomi Campbell and Alek Wek on the cover. The magazine featured stories on African Fashion Now and a return home with the actress Thandie Newton.
The second issue of the magazine feature behind the scenes with the Obama family when they got dressed for Inauguration day in addition to a feature on surfers from Cape Town’s townships and exceptionally lush fashion spreads.