Archive For February 23, 2016

Toronto-based Vejas makes shortlist for lucrative LVMH Prize

Following in the footsteps of another young Canadian designer, Thomas Tait, Vejas Kruszewski is slated to compete against 22 other brands from around the world in the hopes of winning more than $452,000 (€300,000) as part of the LVMH Prize. The prize was created by the French-based Louis Vuitton Moët Hennsey Group in 2013 to…

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Nathalie Atkinson: Beyoncé’s latest video positions her as a renegade with historical clout

When she was arrested 45 years ago, Angela Davis was called a dangerous terrorist by Richard Nixon. Splashy photos accompanying stories about the fugitive on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list in Life and Newsweek helped the U.S. government cement an association between the images of natural Afro-coiffed women with criminality. Many on social media…

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How Alasdhair Willis has made venerable boot brand Hunter something to talk about

Alasdhair Willis is on a mission to add new bounce to rubber boots. A former brand consultant for designer Stella McCartney, Willis hails from the world of publishing and also has a background in furniture design. Since taking over the creative helm of the iconic British brand Hunter Boots in 2013, the 44-year-old has helped…

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Toronto’s Tonic Blooms offers a simple way to send flowers online

Tonic Blooms 416-770-6219, tonicblooms.com The owners Michael Smaye and Raphi Aronowicz In a nutshell A quick, easy way to send flowers online. The story Our epiphany stemmed from an online order of flowers going wrong. After some research, we realized the current solutions are not transparent. We are planting a new vision for an outdated…

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Japanese-American stylist Shirley Kurata on being both a collaborator and a muse

At this frenzied time in fashion when eclecticism rules supreme, the role wardrobe mix-masters play has taken on new gravitas. Designers, editors and celebrities alike depend on a stylist’s astute eye to bring unique looks together and inspire us all to new sartorial heights. Enter Shirley Kurata, a spirited young Japanese-American stylist from Los Angeles…

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Six Valentine’s Day gift ideas for the anti-lovey dovey

At a time when lovey-dovey declarations are on high volume, there are still gifts that cut through the amorous noise and convey that you’re out to poke fun at the dating game. Wearing your heart on your sleeve – or feet, in this case – is easy with Stance’s cheeky candy heart socks that brandish…

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Take a page from Cate Blanchett and liven up winter with pale pink

Cate Blanchett and her Givenchy dress, worn at the Golden Globes. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) While Cate Blanchett’s Givenchy dress, worn at the Golden Globes, had an underlying ice-dancer vibe thanks to its stream of fringe and sheer detailing, the impact of the colour – a pale pink – was pleasantly cool. In the spirit of enlivening…

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Why is jewellery such a difficult style move for men?

There’s a men’s perfume ad you might have seen recently. In it Johnny Depp , squinting off into the distance, a slight scowl playing across his lips like someone’s just arrived to lunch half an hour late and didn’t even text. He pushes up the sleeve of his black buttonup shirt, revealing a tattooed arm…

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The coolest looks from men’s fashion week in New York

From layered sweaters to fuzzy cardigans, these were the coolest outfits at the fall 2016 shows in New York this week. Many knits were clearly better than just one at the John Elliott show. John Elliott (IMAXtree.com) Ovadia & Sons perk up a classic olive-hued trench coat with a shearling collar. Ovadia & Sons (IMAXtree.com)…

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Daydream reflections from Luluc’s debut

Title Passerby Artist Luluc Label Sub Pop Records Genre Folk Rating 3/4 When you’re weary, feeling small, and when tears are in your eyes, Luluc will dry them all. On their debut international release, the gentle, pacifying wash of Simons and Garfunkels and Great Lake Swimmers is what the Australian folk duo of Zoe Randell…

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