Archive For March 30, 2016

‘I could no longer be a hypocrite’: How Rebecca Burgess became an eco-fashion activist

Fashion consumers take note: Planet Earth is in environmental peril and our obsession with clothing isn’t helping. Rebecca Burgess is an educator, writer and natural-dye farmer from Northern California who is trying to make us rethink our wardrobes in myriad ways. Six years ago, Burgess committed to developing and wearing a wardrobe of garments whose…

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‘The only black girl there’: Ottawa-raised model Herieth Paul on fashion’s diversity problem

The lack of racial diversity in fashion is still a much-discussed topic after the fall 2016 runway shows, so it’s heartening to hear about a woman of colour landing a major modelling contract. The latest face to be celebrated in the cosmetics world is 20-year-old Herieth Paul, a Tanzanian-born beauty who just signed with Maybelline….

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Actor Rupert Everett’s five rules for show-business success

Almost two decades ago Rupert Everett exploded into the celebrity mainstream, starring as the flamboyant BFF alongside Julia Roberts in My Best Friend’s Wedding. Since then, his career has been a series of near hits, mega misses and more reinventions than his former BFF Madonna. Most recently, Everett has been lauded for his portrayal of…

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Peter Simons: ‘Bricks and mortar is a platform for a human connection’

When John Simons opened his first dry-goods emporium in Old Quebec City in 1840, you have to wonder if he had any idea of how frenzied the retail landscape would one day become. Then again, if vision is something that runs in families, perhaps he passed some down to his great great grandson, Peter. The…

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On-set injury of Maze Runner star Dylan O’Brien forces production halt

Maze Runner star Dylan O’Brien was injured on the set of the latest movie in the young adult franchise, and production on the film has been shut down while he recovers, movie studio 20th Century Fox said on Friday. O’Brien, 24, was taken to a hospital in Vancouver, Canada for observation and treatment, Fox said…

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B.C. to probe accident that injured Maze Runner star Dylan O’Brien

British Columbia’s workplace safety agency is investigating an accident on the set of the latest Maze Runner film that seriously injured Dylan O’Brien, the star of the franchise. Mr. O’Brien’s injuries were so severe that production on the film in the B.C. Interior, scheduled for release in February, 2017, has been shut down while the…

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Nathalie Atkinson: Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau waved Canada’s fashion flag on a global stage

Whatever else the trip to the White House accomplished, Canada’s three-day visit and state dinner offered diplomatic pomp and high visibility for Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau’s fashion quotient, all of it Can-Con. Washington rolled out the political red carpet, from the tarmac arrival Wednesday afternoon to the official welcome ceremony on the White House’s South Lawn Thursday…

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Nathalie Atkinson: Why we should care what Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau is wearing

“It’s just a dress. Who cares what she’s wearing?” Oh, commenters. Everyday Icon, Kate Betts’s 2011 history of first lady fashion and politics in the context of Michelle Obama’s much-covered style was also something of a general defence of fashion. She challenges what she says is a particularly North American ambivalence: the long-time abnegation of…

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Canadian designers behind label Greta Constantine share success secrets

It’s been 10 years since Canadian designers Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong came together to form their fashion label Greta Constantine (named for Wong’s mother and Pickersgill’s grandma). Known for their ability fit and flatter the female form, the Toronto-based duo showed their latest collection in Paris earlier this month and are up for Womenswear…

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Matrix filmmaker Lilly Wachowski comes out as transgender woman four years after her sister

“The Matrix” filmmaker Lilly Wachowski, formerly known as Andy, came out as a transgender woman on Tuesday in a candid post entitled “Sex change shocker – Wachowski brothers now sisters!!!,” four years after her sister Lana Wachowski revealed she was a transgender woman. Lilly Wachowski, 48, said in a statement in that she decided to…

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