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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: 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...

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...

Feature: Highlights from MQ Vienna Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013

L-R: Kamila Gawronska-Kasperska; Rozbora & Rama Diaw from MQ Vienna Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013

    Haute Austria.   By: Hina P. Ansari    Vienna Austria brought to the runways a wonderful collection of designers. Here are some who really stood out for us!   Kamila Gawronska-Kasperska   Having studied in Warsaw, Poland and honed her couture skills as an award-winning costume designer, Kamila Gawronska-Kasperkska moved fully into...

Feature: Haghia Sophia’s Utopia — Tourist Style in Istanbul

Inside the iconic Haghia Sophia in Istanbul Turkey

      Global fashion merges at the Jewel of Istanbul.    By: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé Ottawa, Canada   Haghia Sophia is a magnificent lady; her great stained windows and minarets peering down like a benevolent, loving mother, down on Sultanahmet, Old Istanbul. Haghia Sophia, Saint Sophia, Santa Sophia, Ayasofya: where blood was shed in...

Feature: Blondes of Helsinki Prefer The Dark Side

Blondes prefer to be brunettes in Helsinki

    Blonde in Helsinki: your roots are showing.   By: I. Bourgeault-Tassé Montreal, Quebec   If there was ever a city to make peace with ones roots, it’s Helsinki.   This funky-cool, laid-back, effortlessly chic city charms with its French macaroon houses. Soft pink, daffodil yellow, powder blue heritage mansions, flanked by occasional somber Soviet-era...

Global Designer Spotlight: Quier from Santa Fe, Argentina!

Quier Fall/Winter 2013-14 at Buenos Aires Fashion Week

        The Heritage of Haute.    By: Hina P. Ansari       QUIER co-founders and co-designers, Silvia Querede came from Pergamino, in the Province of Buenos Aires and Noeli Gomez came from Rosario in the Province of Sante Fe. Their love for fashion, style and the cut brought them...

Global Designer Spotlight: Guðrun Guðjónsdóttir from Reykjavik’s Huginn Muninn

Guðrun Guðjónsdóttir, Creative Head of Huginn Muninn from Reyjkavik Iceland

        From Fludir to Fashion.  We chat with the creative head of one of Iceland’s noted fashion labels.    By:  Hina P. Ansari   When Guðrun Guðjónsdóttir was just a 16 year-old student in her quaint home town of Fludir, little would she have known that years later and after graduating with...

Feature: Highlights from Muscat Fashion Week 2013

Zhor Al Rais at Muscat Fashion Week

      Muscat Fashion Week created a perfect stylish mosaic of couture and culture.    By: Hina P. Ansari Toronto, Canada   Launched just three years ago, Muscat Fashion Week showcased their latest from emerging and stalwarts of style fusing heritage with haute couture, in this three-day fashion summit. Here are designers who made...

Photo Feature: “Different Dynasty” from China

"Different Dynasty" by Yocky Zhang

Shot in Zhujiajiao, China, fashion photographer Yocky Zhang takes us on a dynastic journey where fashion is fêted through the prism of culture, couture and all things regal.   The story as told by Yocky:   “It was based on the style from different Chinese dynasties. The stylist combined designer’s work with traditional Chinese theatre accessories....