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Feature: Q&A with Ian Smillie–The Man Who Testified Against ‘Blood Diamond’ Warlord Charles Taylor

Amnesty International France campaign against Blood Diamonds

    Feature: Guns and Gems — On The Frontlines of the Blood Diamond Trade.   By: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé Ottawa, Canada     “Ian Smillie is lying through his teeth.” With these words, former warlord and Liberian President Charles Taylor denounced the man who would implicate him in Liberia and Sierra Leone’s illicit diamond trade....

Feature: Highlights from Perth Fashion Festival Spring/Summer 2013

L-R: Kim Barton, Jaime Lee, Morrison & Empire Rose Spring/Summer 2013 at Perth Fashion Festival

    Spring/Summer 2013 at Perth Fashion Festival    Down under displayed a fantastic array of designers who showcased their collection for the Spring/Summer Season. Here are the ones that stood out for us!   By: Hina P. Ansari       Jaime Lee   A critically acclaimed visual artist known for her...

Feature: Highlights From New Zealand Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014

L-R: Andrea Moore, Hailwood, Adrienne Whitewood & Stolen Girlfriends Club Fall/Winter 2014 at New Zealand Fashion Week

    New Zealand Fashion Week F/W 2014    By: Hina P. Ansari   As the main fashion capitals are showcasing their Spring/Summer 2013, New Zealand’s season calls for the showcase of their Fall/Winter 2014 collection. We picked our favorites from this Kiwi wonderland.     Andrea Moore   Her Fall/Winter 2014 was...

Feature: Dissecting Design with Noel Crisostomo from Manila, The Philippines

Noel Crisostomo

    Canadian designer Noel Crisostomo was a long-standing designer who launched his womenswear line Crisostomo to rave reviews by the Canadian and international fashion industry. He continued to be a regular in various editorial stories and moved into executive positions including being the Senior Design Consultant for Club Monaco, as well as...

Feature: Africa Showcase at Altaroma, Rome Fashion Week S/S 14

L-R: Christie Brown, Kiki Clothing, Stella Jean & Portenier Roth

      Cultural Couture.    By: Hina P. Ansari   Rome Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014, presented the Africa Showcase. Various designers from the Caribbean as well as local designers who hold Island roots,  ignited the ramps of Rome with their sizzling collections.     Stella Jean   Former-model-turned-designer, Stella James celebrates her...

Feature: Beauty of a Bazin and a BouBou From Senegal, Africa

Photo credit: www.turbanista.com

      A bazin and a boubou: the hunt for a Senegalese husband     By: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé Ottawa, Canada  “Real women have currrrves!”  the vendor roars at me.   I have been in Senegal for a little over a week, and am still shocked every time someone openly comments on my...

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...

Feature: Spain’s Desigual S/S 2014 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York

Desigual Spring/Summer 2014 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: New York

        Esprit de Espana.    By: Hina P. Ansari   Desigual   “For Everybody: Sex, Fun & Love”     This Spanish retail company which was founded in 1984 celebrates its first ever turn at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week –New York presenting their Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Energized by their collection’s title...

Feature: Adriana Santacruz F/W 2013 at ColombiaModa 2013

Adriana Santacruz Fall/Winter 2013

    Fashionable Roots.    By: Hina P. Ansari     Adriana Santacruz presented her Fall/Winter 2013 collection as part of Colombia Moda 2013. Here at Ramp 1885 we always try to highlight designers who best represent the variety as well as fashion sensibilities that make them unique to their geographic location and cultural disposition....

Miu Miu presents “Le Donne della Vucciria”

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Miu Miu presents “Le Donne della Vucciria”, the new film by Hiam Abbass

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Feature: Dissecting Design with Roland Alzaté from London U.K.

Roland Alzate

      Theory of Style.   By: Hina P. Ansari     Studying at UK’s Central St. Martin’s didn’t stop this designer from attending PLDT Canada Philippine Fashion Week with not one but two collections: His own line as well as in the capacity of Fashion Director for the Filipino retail giant,...

Global Designer Spotlight: Yasya Minochkina of Kiev, Ukraine

Yasya Minochkina

      Understated Elegance By: Triston Hong Kong/Shanghai     Yasya Minochkina produces a pret-a-porter line of sensual women’s clothing that has made waves worldwide. Known for displaying a feminine quality that the label has become synonymous with, their Fall/Winter 2013 line merged looks from the 30s, 60s and 70s to a...

Feature: Francesca Miranda F/W 2013 at ColombiaModa 2013

Francesca Miranda Fall/Winter 2013

      An ode to the past.   By: Hina P. Ansari     The ColombaModa 2013 official opening fashion show as that of Colombian designer Francesca Miranda who presented her Fall/Winter 2013 show with an ethereal ambience.   Working with the Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History as part of her...

Global Designer Spotlight: Moutta Abalanchad, Taureg Jewelry Designer From Niger

Taureg Jewelry by Moutta Abalanchad

      One Way of Life Ends, Another Begins: The Story of Taureg Jewelry Designer Moutta Abalanchad   By: Alba Brunetti Istanbul, Turkey     Recently, I had the opportunity to interview a Tuareg jewelry maker from Niger. Moutta Abalanchad lives in a small village, but several times a year he travels to Europe...

Feature: Of Saris and Stories — Curated Global Fashion Tales

Of Saris and Stories

        Of Saris and Stories   By: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé Ottawa, Canada     *We are lucky to receive a series of stories as told by one chic global traveller. Stay tuned for her adventures in far-off lands where she takes us on a journey of  discovery of new cultures and of self  as...