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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,...

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,...

Danish Royals Launches Trade Mission With Canada

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and Eva Kruse, CEO of The Danish Fashion Institute

  Regal Style.  By: Tessa Johnson Toronto Canada Images courtesy of Robert McGee Denmark officially launched its trade mission with Canada last month and Ramp1885 was delighted to attend the ceremony located in the Toronto Distillery District at the Fermenting Cellar. Their Royal Highness, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary lead the largest Danish...

On the streets of…Johannesburg, South Africa

Pretty in Pink!

        Honour Roll.   Location: Lebogang from Johannesburg, South Africa   Fashionista: Student of Style.   Breakdown: We love Lebogang’s simplicity when it comes to eye-catching style. This super cute fashionista has it all down to a science with her crisp white sleeveless blouse and the hot pink flared skirt all tied together...

Feature: Christian L’Enfant Roi at Toronto Men’s Fashion Week

Christian L'Enfant Roi at Toronto Men's Fashion Week

  En Garde!    By: Tessa Johnson Toronto, Canada     The juxtaposition between art and fashion were well played by Montreal designer Christian L’Enfant Roi’s, exploration into the art of fencing.  L’Enfant Roi’s S/S 15 collection was one of the strongest men’s collections shown during fashion week and featured a muted palette of buttercream,...

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: Maria, Full of Grace: Hunting Mexico’s Silver Markets.

Beautiful works of silver at the Mercado de Artesanias Ciudadela

    A silver lining of faith and hope.    By: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé Ottawa, Canada   “Bella-Bella, you cannot wear black in México,” Maria, a friend, tells me, “They will think you’re going to a funeral.”   But I am in Mexico, the country where Santa Muerte – Death – stares menacingly through the...

Global Designer Spotlight: Armando Mahfud, Mexico City

Small sampling of gorgeous gowns displayed in fashion designer, Armando Mahfud's private studio's upper level.

      Stalwart of Style.    By: Hina P. Ansari   *This is part of Ramp 1885′s newest series, “Fashion Travelogue–Mexico City,  Edition” where we personally explore the city’s greater style scene including cool boutiques and chats with the city’s style makers. Perfect for the fashion traveller.     One of Mexico’s iconic fashion...

Feature: Q&A with Alternative Limb Project’s Sophie de Oliveira Barata

VIctoria Modesta and her "Stereo Leg" designed by Alternative Limb Project. Photography by Rosemary Williams

    Snow Queens and Feathered Warriors: In conversation with Alternative Limb Project’s Sophie de Oliveira Barata   By: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé Ottawa, Canada   Sophie de Oliveira Barata is reimagining the human body, limb by limb.   She is the founder of the Alternative Limb Project, where she works closely with amputees to...

Feature: Style Spotlight On Performance Artist, Eden of Eden And The Swan

Flawless Eden

    Eurochic.      By: Triston Hong Kong/Shanghai, China   Eden is a pin-up model and sartorially savvy neo-burlesque performance artist forging ahead with a new show, Eden and The Swan, and cultivating new looks along the way. She gives us insight into her creative process behind the scenes and on the red...

Global Designer Spotlight: Young Native from Ancaster, Canada

Actress and R&B singer, Ay Jihu for Young Native Fashion

  Stitch-by-stitch storytelling.   By: Hina P. Ansari   Having grown up in North Vancouver and White Rock, British Columbia and currently based in Ancaster Ontario, fashion designer and stylist, Angela DeMontigny wanted to be able to capture the true essence of Canada’s Native community from one stitch to the next. With over...

Global Designer Spotlight: Visentini from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Visentini Fall/Winter 2013 at Buenos Aires Fashion Week

    An artistic philosophy.    By: Hina P. Ansari     Growing up in a family filled with artists, its no wonder that Buenos Aires designer, Agustina Visentini decided to explore the visual world first by picking up a paintbrush as a child to learning the art of the seam as a...

Feature: Chat With South African Photographer, Lawrence Manyapelo

As seen in Previdar

    Behind The Lens.      By: Jesica Colbyn Johannesburg, South Africa     Photography is an art that needs no translation or explanation; a form appreciated by those who live outside the box and are unafraid to ‘come out of the magician’s hat and stare at his eyes’. I won’t taint your imagination...

Global Designer Spotlight: Linden from Los Angeles, California

Linden LA Fall/Winter 2013

    West Coast Wonder.    By: Hina P. Ansari   Runway photography courtesy of Saeed Zargham  / www.alfaimagephotography.com     Thank goodness she saw that play. A play which sparked her creativity at the age of 12, and set the wheels in motion towards a life of style. Born and raised in Los...

Photo Feature: Stop & Look! Game Of Thrones-Style!

Our Warrior

      Dothraki Doyenne.   By: Hina P. Ansari Additional reporting & filing by Triston, Hong Kong   Are you feeling the need for some fierce Game of Thrones fashion fanaticism?  As we prepare (PREPARE, I SAY!!) ourselves for the winding down of this season with just 2 more episodes to go, we stopped...