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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: Highlights of Buenos Aires Fashion Week SS 2014-2015

L-R: Benito, Lena Martorello, Las Pepas, Ginebra at Buenos Aires Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014-2015

  Spring Blooms!   By: Hina P. Ansari   Buenos Aires brought the florals of Spring to full bloom with their Spring/Summer 2015 show in Argentina. Here are our favourites!   BENITO   Benito Fernandez is a stalwart of the Buenos Aires fashion scene. His style can be seen on the red carpet,...

Feature: Highlights from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo Menswear FW 14 (Part 1)

L-R: Coté Mer; Patchy Cake Eater, Jotaro Saito & Kidill at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo Fall/Winter 2014

Dress Code. By: Hina P. Ansari Every season Tokyo takes us on a fantastic fashionable journey through their runway presentations. In this two-parter coverage, we start with noting our favourite menswear designers that really caught our eye!    Jotaro Saito   We love seeing what designer Jotaro Saito...

On the streets of…Sana’a, Yemen

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The Grooms of Yemen (slideshow)     In Sana’a,  grooms cloak themselves in endless layers of tradition, colour and history. Majesty is in the grandest scale.   Who: The grooms and their own fashionable presence.   Location: Sana’a Yemen   Secret: It’s all about culture. When the big day comes to tie the knot, the grooms...