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

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      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...

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: 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...

Feature: Go Further With Ford Trend Conference 2013

The Henry Ford Museum

      The Ford Vision.   By: Hina P. Ansari       It was time to sit back and absorb all things FORD. With “Go Further With Ford” Trend Conference taking place in Dearborn Michigan, this summit of ideas is something you wouldn’t expect a car company to entertain or hold for that...

Feature: CPFW Fashions A Film Screening of “Jose Rizal, The First Hero”

Designer, Kenneth Barlis with his two models (centre and second from right) surrounded by Filipino beauties

    True Razilian spirit.   By: Hina P. Ansari   On Wednesday June 12, 2013 film, fashion and history fans, flocked to Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox theatre to watch the world premiere of  acclaimed documentary, Jose Rizal, The First Hero of revered Filipino national hero Dr. Jose Rizal. The VIP screening was...

Global Designer Spotlight: Farmers Market of Reykjavik, Iceland

From Farmers Market Look Book

      Keeping it natural.    By: Hina P. Ansari   Popular Icelandic fashion label, Farmers Market is perfectly situated in the “Fish Packing District” of Reykjavik in a studio called “Farmers & Friends”. This fashion house looks towards their Nordic heritage for style inspiration. Reykjavik native, Bergthora Gudnadottir who is...

Feature: Highlights / Pakistan’s PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week S/S 2013 (part one)

L-R: Akif Mahmood; Karma Pink; Ittehad Textiles & Feeha Jamshed

    Pakistani Prêt.   By: Hina P. Ansari     The ramps of Lahore Pakistan, lit up recently to present their Spring/Summer 2013 season. Contrary to standard fashion presentations, refreshingly they are showing the immediate season in the here and in the now. We couldn’t contain ourselves so our favourites are spread across two...

Feature: Highlights from Aurora Fashion Week Russia F/W 2013-14

L-R: Sanan Gasanov; Gaetano Navarra; Pirosmani by Jenya Malygina & Bondarev

    Direct from St. Petersburg are our favourites from the Fall/Winter 2013-14 presentation at Russia’s Aurora Fashion Week     By: Hina P. Ansari       Sanan Gasanov   Originally from St. Petersburg Russia, Gasanov first debuted his collection at the  Spring/Summer 2012 season of Aurora Fashion Week. With...

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 Tokyo Fashion Week (Part One) F/W 2013-14

L-R: Yasutoshi Ezumi, Jotaro Saito & Motonari Ono

    We are halfway through Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week-Tokyo and their Autumn/Winter 2013-14 presentations — here are designers that we need to talk about right now.   By: Hina P. Ansari     Dressed Undressed   When you are nominated to be a finalist for the prestigious international Woolmark prize by...

Feature: Highlights from Reykjavik Fashion Festival F/W 2013

Mundi & 66º North Collaboration Fall/Winter 2013-14

    Icelandic couture took centre stage at this new fashion fete at Reykjavik Fashion Festival.    By Hina P. Ansari   Anderson & Lauth     Founded in 1934,and noted as the first Icelandic atelier and tailor shop currently has a team of four women who are the brains behind the designs....

Global Designer Spotlight: Tenacious Soul from Johannesburg

Tenacious Soul fashion line from Johannesburg South Africa

      Rooted in Africa with a flare of luxury. Tenacious Soul is a brand for the daring and eccentric woman.   By: Jesica Colbyn Johannesburg, South Africa   Meet Tshegofatso Maotoe, a young fashion designer and founder of Tenacious Soul, who expresses passion through creating garments for women in all sizes who aren’t afraid to...

Feature: Guard The Vintage from Johannesburg

Guard The Vintage

      Meet Yusrha, a university student studying international relations, who also flexes her fashion muscles with a very cool online store!      By: Jesica Colbyn Johannesburg, South Africa   With consumers being more sophisticated and the world smaller by the click, online stores are reaping the rewards. Currently in South Africa, vintage is...

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...