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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...

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...

Feature: Christopher Bates at Toronto Men’s Fashion Week

CHRISTOPHER BATES TORONTO MEN'S FASHION WEEK

  Sexy Sophisticate. By: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé Toronto, Canada   Christopher Bates closed the first night of Toronto Men’s Fashion Week with a stylish flourish.  His offerings included beautifully cut, masterful threads in camel, khaki, and navy tones, with occasional playful touches (lipstick on the collar, anyone?).  Our fave: pixelated camouflage textiles, for the...

Feature: Benji at Toronto Men’s Fashion Week

BENJI WSW TORONTO MENS FASHION WEEK 2014

Pleasure & Pain. by: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé Toronto, Canada   Benji  explored pain and pleasure at the Toronto Men’s Fashion Week to cries of “Baby, do you want to see me cry?” etched across the chests and backs of shirts and sweatshirts, bloody tears running from sad eyes.  But it...

Feature: The Woman Who Put Tehran’s Fashion In Full Focus

Shabnam poses on location in the markets of Tehran

      Accidental Revolutionary: Photographer Afra Pourdad lenses Tehran   By: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé Ottawa, Canada   A friend of mine wrote to me: “what did you do to me with your Tehran,” expressing the emotional nostalgia she has had experienced seeing the photos. A lot of it has to do with memories, nostalgia, craziness,...

Feature: Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza — And Those Who Create Your Cheap Clothes

Taaniya, 13, has been working for a few years. She was Meem’s friend at the sweatshop and gave the 9-year-old tips, including which sewing operators to avoid. (Courtesy of Raveena Aulakh / The Toronto Star)

  Fashion Crimes: Dispatches from the frontlines of Bangladesh’s cheap fashion revolution   By: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé Ottawa, Canada      *It was exactly 1 year ago today, April 24, 2013, when the world was alerted of the devastating Rana Plaza tragedy in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  At the same time, the idea of Fast Fashion,...

Feature: Culture Shock: Chanel plays ‘Cowboys and Indians’

Chanel Headdresses as part of Paris-Dallas Métiers d'Art Collection

    By: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé Ottawa, Canada   Karl Lagerfeld has been playing ‘cowboys and Indians.’   The patriarch of the House of Chanel presented his Pre-Fall 2014 Paris-Dallas Métiers d’Art collection in Dallas, Texas, last December, leaving the more lucid members of the fashion tribe clutching its Chanel pearls in...