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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: 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...

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...

Feature: VAWK F/W 2014 at World MasterCard Fashion Week Toronto

VAWK World MasterCard Fashion Week Toronto FallWinter 2014

    Black Light.    By: Tessa Johnson Toronto, Canada Photography Courtesy of George Pimentel   Impeccable tailoring with subtle metallic embellishments were some of the looks shown during Sunny Fong’s runway presentation on Day 1 of World MasterCard Fashion Week. A diverse selection of models ranging from sample size to the average size woman...

Global Designer Spotlight: Frank & Oak from Montreal, Canada

Frank & Oak Spring/Summer 2014

      Men’s Moda   By: Marina Radovanovic Toronto, Canada   Montreal-based design label, Frank & Oak introduced a fresh new collection, “Paper” designed to make every man’s attire not only sleek, chic, but practical, easy and comfortable. Gone are the days of boring suits or simplistic casuals that are to be...

Feature: Samuel Cirnansck at Sao Paolo Fashion Week Winter 2014

Samuel Cirnansck at Sao Paolo Fashion Week Winter 2014

  Stylishly Sublime.   By: Hina P. Ansari   For the upcoming Winter 2014 season, Brazilian designer, Samuel Cirnansk brings forth a gorgeous collection perfect for every woman. *Note, Brazil similar to Australia and South Africa, has reverse seasons. So our “Spring 2014″ is their “Winter 2014″.    Inspired by the porcelain dolls created by...

Feature: Highlights from China Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014 (Part 2)

L-R: Beauty Berry, Sheguang Hu & Ji Wenbo Haute Fashion Collection

  Gravitas.    By: Hina P. Ansari   Here is our 2nd part of our China Fashion Week Coverage. This time around it was so dark and beautiful!   Beauty Berry Springtime heralds rich eggplant hues for both of this brand’s menswear and womenswear line. A relaxed aura with beautiful strapless maxi dresses in chiffon...

Global Designer Spotlight: Catching up with Purse ‘n Boots from Vancouver, Canada

The European Boot by Purse 'n Boots

    Smart Style.  By: Marina Radovanovic Toronto, Canada   Since our last chat with designer Elizabeth Anne LeGear, she has designed a brand new line to add to the Purse ‘n Boots roster of spectacular boots!   The Canadian Elizabeth Anne Shoe brand now expanded and offers delightful, beautiful and practical boots...

Feature: Highlights from Mercedes-Benz China Fashion Week SS 14 (Part 1)

Mercedes-Benz China Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014 L-R: Wei Liu Toray, Ne Tiger 1982, Hu Lulu Heureka & Zeng Fengfei

    Beijing brilliance.   By: Hina P. Ansari   Mercedes-Benz China Fashion Week brought for such an array of amazing designers during their Spring/Summer 2014 presentations, we had to present it in two parts. Enjoy part one!     Hu Lulu Heureka   The collection boasts...