Bryant park was truly pulsating with the heartbeat of Africa at Friday’s ARISE show. Featuring lines Jewel by Lisa, Tiffany Amber, David Tlale, and Eric Raisina, the kaleidoscope of colorful designs and fabrics was anything but typical African ornament. This is Africa for the 21st Century. Watch the entire show below, in all it’s glory.

OPENING SEGMANET WITH JEWEL

JEWEL BY LISA

TIFFANY AMBER

ERIC RAISINA

DAVID TLALE

THE FINAL WALK

After the show, the streets were buzzing. Where to go? The ARISE afterparty was on at the Park Plaza, but everyone was focused on the Jay-Z charity show at Madison Square Garden. Downtown, the Soho crowd went wild as Amber and Kanye showed up at the Persona Magazine party–only to magically appear at Jay-Z’s concert to blow the show out along with John Mayer, and Beyoncé among others. It was a crazy night. Below, some party flix:

Love the fuchsia lights at the Plaza

The ladies were gaga over this African model. It was so crazy (and hot!) up in there that we couldn’t introduce ourselves!

Project Runway finalist Korto was there displaying her jewelry line in a wonderfully bright pink dress

This guy….

Dwight, looking like an Upper East Side doyenne

The beautiful, fashionable crowd

This PYT was wearing her own creation made up up menswear ties. Very fun!


And we LOVED the necklace. Haute.


Amber looked SICK (in a sci-fi way) at the Persona Mag launch. Insane!