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Feature: Telling The Indigenous Tale One Stitch At A Time

Designs by Theresa Burrows

    Stitch by stitch storytelling: Moccasin Vamps Heal Canada’s Indigenous Communities. By: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé Toronto, Canada   Every bead, a glistening tear. Every quill, the memory of a lost loved one. Every stitch, every stroke of paint, every silkscreened face – a memory of laughter, of love, of whispered secrets among friends, sisters, mothers,...

Feature: Africa Blooms Globally Expands The Pride Of African Design

Beautiful designs from Africa Blooms

  Young Nigerian Business Woman Brings ‘Made in Africa’ Fashion to the World. By: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé Toronto, Canada “If it is sink or swim in the fashion world,” writes Fatoumata Ba, “then online and mobile are your life vests in Africa.” It’s a sentiment that might appeal to young Nigerian entrepreneur Blooming Soyinka,...

Protest on the Ramp: South African Designer Isabelle Lotter Joins #FeesMustFall Movement

Students protest over planned increases in tuition fees in Stellenbosch (Photo Credit: Reuters/Mike Hutchings)

  By: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé Toronto, Canada Isabelle Lotter of SIESisabelle echoed the cris de coeur from South African students at South Africa Fashion Week.  To the acclaim of the crowd – which ‘stood and erupted in cheers’– at her Johannesburg show, the South African designer joined her voice to the student struggle for lower...

Looking Chic: H&M Features Hijabista Mariah Idrissi in its Recycling Ad

Mariah Idrissi

  H&M breaks from the fashion pack with a series of diverse, inclusive and ground-breaking adverts which includes a fierce hijabista.    From: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé Toronto, Canada   ‘Looking chic,’ hair beautifully wrapped in a checked hijab, eyes shielded by sleek aviator shades, Mariah Idrissi stands in the door, against that most British of scenes,...

Feature: Made in Turtle Island-Three Indigenous Designers Finalists in Martha Stewart’s American Made Awards

American Made

  By: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé Toronto Canada The ‘Maker’ will define America’s new economy, boasts Martha Stewart’s American Made Awards: “from Detroit to Des Moines, Spokane to St. Louis, people are choosing Main Street over mini-malls—supporting the local and the handmade.” And if Jessica Metcalfe has anything to do with...

Feature: Our Exclusive Chat With The Mysterious Genius Behind Lagos Street Style

Chic stylish scenes discovered by Lagos Street Style

  Loving Lagos   By: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé Toronto, Canada     “Lagosians just do it better,” boasts Buzzfeed’s Bim Adewunmi.   And it’s true.  The evidence is in with Lagos Street Style, a new blog capturing the vibrant and eclectic street styles of the Nigerian city’s fashionistas.   The blog, profiled in Buzzfeed and...

Feature: Coveting The Hijab Through The Photographic Lens

L-R: London Veil and New York Veil by photographer Sara Shamsavari

  In her Image: London Veil | Paris Veil | New York Veil By: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé Toronto, Canada   “Beauty is truth,” says Sara Shamsavari.   To Shamsavari, the elevation of beauty and truth extends far beyond the reach of fashion ideals.  True beauty comes from challenging stereotypes, encouraging “ideals of non-judgement, equality,...

Feature: KTZ Appropriates Bethany Yellowtail, Navajo Yei at New York Fashion Week

L-R: Yei Dress at KTZ/Photo credit: Vogue; KTZ Racism.By Santiago, photo of courtesy of Beyond Buckskin

      KTZ Appropriates Bethany Yellowtail, Navajo Yei at Mercedes-Benz  New York Fashion Week    By: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé Toronto, Canada   It’s just not fashion week in New York or Milan without a brazen act of cultural banditry, stereotyping and hijacking that which is sacred. Whether it’s Indigenous facial tattoos at Anna Sui during...

Feature: ‘Sexy Salomes,’ Starlets & Civil Rights Leaders: Black Vintage Glamour

Gloria Davy and Reri Grist in Vintage Black Glamour

  ‘Sexy Salomes,’ Starlets and Civil Rights Leaders: Black Vintage Glamour   By: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé Toronto, Canada   She was the “the sexiest Salome since red-haired Ljuba Welitch.” Margaret Tynes, a soprano.  A diva and grande dame.  And a Black woman. And it was this discovery of a diva in the family that set...

Who Will Rule The Red Carpet This Award Season?

L-R: Chrissy Teigen, Uzo Aduba, Diane Kruger at The Golden Globe Awards 2015

Happy Awards Season: Let the fashion red carpet games begin. By: Triston It’s that time of year again and the world’s biggest designers (and those threatening to make a name for themselves) are clamoring to adorn the bodies of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Of course, there are always the tried and true designers and...

In-Process by Hall Ohara Spring/Summer 2015 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo

In Process by Hall Ohara Spring/ Summer 2015 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo

  Urban Cosmos. By: Hina P. Ansari Toronto, Canada   IN-PROCESS by Hall Ohara  showcased their Spring/Summer 2015 with the usual edge that is expected fro graduates of Central Saint Martins. Steven Hall and Yurika Ohara that comprise the design team started hitting the catwalks with their debut Spring/Summer collection in 2006  winning...

Minnie Mouse Chic at World MasterCard Fashion Week Toronto S/S 2015

Minnie Mouse Chic at World MasterCard Fashion Week Toronto Spring Summer 2015

    #MinnieStyle takes Toronto by storm By: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé Toronto, Canada   Minnie Mouse took Toronto by storm hosting an elaborate cocktail hour at World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto with local stylistas Samantha and Caillianne Beckerman.  Guests jostling at the doors – perhaps hoping for a glimpse of the Magic Kingdom’s Grande Dame...

Sid Neigum Spring/Summer 2015 World MasterCard Fashion Week Toronto

Sid Neigum Spring/Summer 2015 World MasterCard Fashion Week Toronto

    Sid Chic. By: Tessa Johnson Toronto, Canada Photos courtesy of George Pimentel   The Mercedes –Benz Start Up competition is one of the most anticipated shows during fashion week and this year was no exception.  Six designers (Beaufile, BLAK.I, Eliza Faulkner, Sid Neigum, Laura Siegel and Vaiken) vied for the coveted award; one...

Sansai Saito & Jotaro Saito Spring/Summer 2015 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo

Sansai Saito & Jotaro Saito Spring/ Summer 2015 Mercedes-Benz Tokyo Fashion Week

  Heritage Haute   By: Hina P. Ansari Toronto, Canada   The design duo team of Sansai Saito & Jotaro Saito brings forth their iconic heritage-infused collection of jaw-dropping Kimonos for Spring/Summer 2015 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo. The beauty of covering global designers is witnessing their beautiful capacity of being able to weave the...

Melissa Nepton Spring/Summer 2015 at World MasterCard Fashion Week Toronto

Melissa Nepton Spring Summer 2015 World MasterCard Fashion Week Toronto

  Bright & Beautiful. By Tessa Johnson Toronto, Canada   Photos courtesy of George Pimentel   It was raining for the most part of fashion week but inside the tents on day two Melissa Nepton’s S/S collection was refreshing. There was something organic with Nepton’s collection, sporty pieces do not have to fussy,...