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*BREAKING: We are working on something big! Stay tuned!** We aim to bring to you unique fashion perspectives from the nooks and crannies of the world from Colombia and Cairo to Dublin and Nicaragua to Berlin and Beirut. Join us at the intersection of culture and couture where fashion is translated, embraced and redefined…MORE

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Feature: Telling The Indigenous Tale One Stitch At A Time

    Stitch by stitch storytelling: Moccasin Vamps Heal Canada’s Indigenous Communities. By: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé More»

Beautiful designs from Africa Blooms

Feature: Africa Blooms Globally Expands The Pride Of African Design

  Young Nigerian Business Woman Brings ‘Made in Africa’ Fashion to the World. By: Isabelle More»

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

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

  By: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé Toronto, Canada Isabelle Lotter of SIESisabelle echoed the cris de coeur More»

Mariah Idrissi

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

  H&M breaks from the fashion pack with a series of diverse, inclusive and ground-breaking More»

American Made

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

  By: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé Toronto Canada The ‘Maker’ will define More»

FASHION WITHOUT BORDERS

*BREAKING/April 26, 2016* So here we are ringing in Spring of 2016! And since we last spoke, we have been quietly and diligently working on a brand new project. More details to be revealed soon. Here's a hint: Think BIG PICTURE. And guess what it involves YOU! So stay tuned for more details! As you know our amazing team of global correspondents will continue to report stylish stories from their neighbourhoods. Don't forget our Global Team page (the link at the top) and you can see the rest of our team with links to their stories. You KNOW how we do it. We cover the global fashion stories from neighbourhoods in Manila, Cairo, Perth, Tunis, Singapore, Leicester, Panama City and Jakarta and more! We covet inspirational profiles on designers, fabulous features and tips on must-visit boutiques. And with our brand new (secret for now) project stay tuned for more on location reporting! So Stay tuned! As you know the international fashion conversation isn't complete without our coverage of the unstoppable fashion weeks! You asked, and we answered! We have dedicated a team to scouting out and covering the various fashion weeks from the four corners of the world. So right here, you will find fab fashion week coverage direct from the runways of Kazakhstan, Colombia, Australia, Tunisia, Japan, Muscat, UAE, The Philippines, Canada, Germany, Korea and more! Do you have a story to tell? A fabulous designer we should know about? A cool market that needs our attention? Want to send us your own Global Street Style? Let us know! Email us at Team@Ramp1885.com!

Feature: Chat with photographer Anthony Bila from Johannesburg, South Africa

By photographer Anthony Bila from Johannesburg South Africa

      Depth of Focus.   By: Jesica Colbyn Johannesburg, South Africa   Photography… Art or past time? Needless to say, we owe a great deal to Johann Zahn, the guy who envisioned the world’s first portable camera. Through his 17th century vision, man has been able to capture moments. While reflex mirrors, focal-plane...

Feature: CPFW “Independencia: Filipino Fashion & Style”

L-R: Shanon Pamaong; Project Terno & Renee Salud

  Independencia Pride: A Fashionable State of Mind at Canada Philippine Fashion Week By: Hina P. Ansari   Canada Philippine Fashion Week regaled the stylish set for the second year in a row. Now a celebrated legit fashion week, CPFW had some pretty incredible moments on the runway throughout its days (and nights)-long...

Feature: CPFW Opening Night at Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto

Tepina Spring/Summer 2015 presented at CPFW's Opening Night

  Toronto’s luxurious Shangri-La Hotel was celebrating all things fashionable and Filipino as the 2nd Annual Canada Philippine Fashion Week (CPFW) held their opening night soiree on Monday June 9th, 2014. A perfect way to kick off the summer season, with a glass raised to toast to a permanent fixture in the...

Feature: Q&A With Jeff Rustia Founder of Canada Philippine Fashion Week

www.canadaphilippinefashionweek.com

* As we celebrate the 2nd annual Canada Philippine Fashion Week, which held its swanky opening night festivities at the gorgeous Shangri-La Hotel in Toronto, last night, we wanted to repost our extensive Q&A with Jeff Rustia, Executive Director and founder of Canada Philippine Fashion Week. Stay tuned for coverage of this...

Feature: 2014 Canada Philippine Fashion Week Press Conference

The Sponsors list for Philippine Airlines Canada Philippine Fashion Week

We are proud to be the official Digital Media Sponsor for the 2nd year in a row for Canada Philippine Fashion Week (CPFW) which is set to take place here in Toronto on June 9th through June 12, 2014.   Last year we were brought on board and we were so pleased at...

Feature: Anu Raina FW 2014 at World MasterCard Fashion Week Toronto

Anu Raina FW 2014 at World MasterCard Fashion Week Toronto

      Urban Wonder  By Tessa Johnson Photos courtesy of George Pimentel   The beauty of a textile designer is having the ability to create and transform fabrics. Do not get me wrong, I am not taking away from the dynamics of a fashion designer, but it’s quite impressive to do both and always...

Feature: Layali, a new fashion webzine for students by students

Layali webzine's latest fashion story (left) and the cover of their very first issue (right)

    Sophisticated Storyboard.  By: Hina P. Ansari   It was when Washington D.C-native, Rawan Elbaba decided to continue her love for journalism from high school to George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, did she realize the lack of Muslim women in the mainstream media space. This 20 year-old, who was planning on launching a...

Feature: Photographer Stine Munk Jensen from Sydney, Australia

Photography by Stine Munk Jensen for designer Pamela Parker from Sydney Australia

  Stine Munk Jensen: Danish Art Down Under By: Triston Sydney, Australia     Style & Substance covers the movers and shakers in and around all things artistic, whether on the page, behind the lens, on the stage, on the runway and more. In this digital age, the fashion and entertainment worlds continue to a...

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: Krane Fall/Winter 2014 from World MasterCard Fashion Week, Toronto

KANE FW 2014 AT WORLD MASTERCARD FASHION WEEK TORONTO 1

  Stylish Salut! By: Tessa Johnson Toronto, Canada   Photography courtesy of The Collections   Does the military trend ever go out of style? Not if it’s done right. Krane designer/creative director Ken Chow had an impressive showing for his Fall/Winter 2014 collection last month at World...

Feature: Highlights from Ukrainian Fashion Week FW 2014

L-R: Inna Ighnatievska, Litkovskya, Marta Wachholz & Iryna Dil at Ukrainian Fashion Week FW 2014

    Ukrainian designers collected in Kyiv to showcase their Fall/Winter 2014 collection. Here are four designers that we loved!   By: Hina P. Ansari   Litkovskaya She burst onto the Ukrainian fashion landscape with her first collection in 2006. Since then, designer Lilia Litkovskaya she collected various awards including Best Designer-2009 award...

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: Highlights from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia SS 2014

L-R: Dion Lee II, Ellery, Bec & Bridge and Christopher Esber Spring/Summer 2014 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia

    Sydney’s Style    By: Triston Sydney, Australia     This year for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2014, there were the usual suspects that enthralled the crowds gathered in Sydney to find out what will be trending this season.  There were, however, a few upstarts and surprises from names and lines that...

Feature: Mon & Velarde’s Spring/Summer 2015 from Medellin, Colombia

Mon & Velarde Spring/Summer 2015 from Medellin, Colombia

      Port of Call. By: Hina P. Ansari   Mon & Velarde “El Puerto” Spring/Summer 2015     “During quiet periods, rather than taking an aeroplane to the capital, I preferred go down to the large seaport through the river” – Alvaro Mutis, The Tramp Steamer’s Last Port of Call – Page 39...

On The Streets Of…Miami, Florida with Kelly Rowland’s Rock Star Style

Kelly Rowland at Jazz In The Gardens, Miami Florida

  Look of the Day: Kelly Rowland – Bohemian Rock Star Chic   By: Triston Miami, Florida   The standout star of this year’s annual Jazz in the Gardens was without a doubt former Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland, who shined on a roster that featured some of the best and brightest in...