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Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade - Aug 12, 2017 - 9:33:46 AM

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Impressionist painter Edgar Degas is well known for his late 19th century paintings of Parisian dancers and racehorses. What he is perhaps less known for is his fascination with the quotidian details of modern life in the French capital, including high fashion hats and the women who crafted them.

Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade, currently on show at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, explores this infatuation which inspired a visually compelling body of work that subtly documents the effect that hat-making had on turn of the century Parisians, from working women to high society men and everyone in between...
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American designer, Jeff Garner to take Prophetik to Eco Fashion Week Australia - Jul 30, 2017 - 11:24:43 PM

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The sustainable couture fashion line, Prophetik designed by Jeff Garner of the United States will be seen on the runway at the inaugural Eco Fashion Week Austratlia taking place in Perth from
November 23 - 27, 201. The week-long event will take place in Western Australia and will feature designers who practise sustainable, ethical production, either by recycling or upcycling, or use organic and natural materials which do not leave a carbon footprint.

The following is an interview with Jeff Garner by Marilyn Wilson:
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Founder of Eco Fashion Week Australia hopes to inspire designers - Jul 13, 2017 - 4:00:52 AM

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Designers who have a passion for creating a world where garments have a clean and positive story to tell are set to converge Down Under from November 23 - 27, 2017 for the inaugural Eco Fashion Week Australia (EFWA). The week-long event will take place in Western Australia and will feature designers who practise sustainable, ethical production, either by recycling or upcycling, or use organic and natural materials which do not leave a carbon footprint.

Founded by Perth-based Australian eco fashion designer and visual artist Zuhal Kuvan-Mills of Green Embassy, Zuhal has taken her passion for slow fashion to a new level with the creation of this first of its kind fashion event for the region. After traveling the globe and showcasing her own lines in locations as far away at Canada, Kuvan-Mills is setting her sights on promoting and showcasing Australian and international sustainable artists and designers in her beloved homeland...
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Make Do and Mend - Fashion Flashback - Jul 7, 2017 - 6:11:23 AM

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Eco fashion takes me back to my childhood and wartime/postwar time in the UK. Dresses were taken apart and re-sewn with a bit of extra fabric creatively added, or they were made into rag rugs. Hand knitted sweaters were carefully picked undone, the yarn washed and reused for something different. There was a “rag and bone” man who took his horse drawn cart through the neighbourhoods once a month to pick up discarded items and recycle them.



“Recycling” was the way of life at that time out of necessity. But it wasn’t called recycling. Everything was cherished and re-used or repaired. There were no new items available. Brown paper bags were taken back to stores for reuse, milk bottles and pop bottles were all picked up by the delivery guy, and taken back to the dairy or pop company to be washed and reused...
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Bahamian eco designer to present in Australia - Jul 3, 2017 - 1:47:38 PM

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Bahamian luxury “slow-fashion” leather goods brand Willique merges sustainability with style, and Bahamian designer Anya Pratt has announced that she will be presenting her Willique line at the inaugural Eco Fashion Week Australia in November 2017.

Willique – the London based luxury leather, bespoke handbag brand is fast establishing an international reputation for craftsmanship and design, whilst championing the idea that luxury too can be part of the slow fashion movement...
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Bahamian fashion designer showcases in China - Jun 2, 2017 - 2:40:02 PM

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Award-Winning Designer Theodore Elyett Wows with Junkanoo-Themed Fashion Collection in Asia


Nassau, Bahamas - More than 300 spectators sat expectantly in the Grand Ballroom of the world famous Kerry Hotel in Beijing, China. Every eye glued to the runway, award-winning Bahamian designer Theodore Elyett, a fashion maestro, brilliantly translated the magic and splendor of Junkanoo into a 10-piece avant garde collection themed, “Junkanoo: Bahamian Opulence” for a crowd of diplomats, business executives, fashion and film industry consultants and Bahamians studying in China...
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Designer Call for Inaugural Eco Fashion Week Australia - May 31, 2017 - 5:10:30 PM

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Fashion gets ethical Down Under...


The question, “What are you wearing?” is taking on a new meaning as we become more cognizant of fabrics, how our clothing was made, and where our clothing ends up after we’ve worn it - most often, only once. With fashion as the world’s largest polluter, not to mention one of the least ethical trades, each of us should start thinking about what’s in our closet, and how we can reduce and reuse.

Designers who have a passion for creating a world where garments have a clean and positive story to tell are set to converge Down Under from November 23 - 27, 2017 for the inaugural Eco Fashion Week Australia (EFWA)...
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The Colour of Love at Islands of the World Fashion Showcase - May 26, 2017 - 11:30:03 AM

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The seventh edition of Islands of the World Fashion Showcase, under the theme “The Colour of Love”, took the audience on a romantic journey to an idyllic destination island wedding, featuring apparel and accessories from underwear, swimwear, casual and resort wear, to evening dresses, suits and bridal gowns, accentuated by exquisite jewelry. Owen Bethel, producer of the event, described it as a “mosaic of fashion, art, and culture, depicting a sophisticated island lifestyle, or designs for the sophisticated urban castaways.”

The ambience of the romantic garden setting in the Humidor Piazza at Graycliff Hotel provided a complementary environment for a night of dazzling elegance...
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Fashion Forward at the Opening of Bahamas Parliament - May 25, 2017 - 7:16:06 PM

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Fashion forward on the Red Carpet at about 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, May 24 – local media clamoured to get fashion photos of the ladies, especially, and the new Members of Parliament at the Official Opening of Parliament, as they walked towards the House of Assembly before enthusiastic spectators.

The styles, the colours, designer flair all set the mood for an eagerly anticipated segment of the official opening ceremonies.

Popular was Mrs. Pat Minnis, the wife of Prime Minister the Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis, who wore a white dress with colorful floral bouquets, matched with a hot pink hat.
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Islands of the World Fashion Showcase "The Colour of Love" this weekend - May 19, 2017 - 2:20:13 PM

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Integrating the visual arts with a diversity of cultures and the bio-diversity of underwater life in the pristine seas surrounding The Bahamas, under the theme “The Colour of Love, the seventh edition of Islands of the World Fashion Showcase will explode in a burst of tropical colours in the romantic setting of the Humidor Piazza of Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant on Saturday, 20th May 2017.

DKlypse Swimwear by Kristen Cartwright of The Bahamas, Sun, Sea and Sand by Persida Louison of Haiti, and Rock That Style by Greg Williams of Barbados are the individual designers presenting their new collections. Exiles, which is a collective and collaborative initiative encompassing several designers will be making it’s second major presentation at IWFS...
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Inaugural Eco Fashion Week Australia Calls for Designers - May 14, 2017 - 2:55:07 AM

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Eco Fashion Week Australia
is set to take place Down Under from November 23 - 27, 2017 and the festival will be packed with national and international designer runway shows, design and textile art exhibitions, pop up shops, workshops, and seminars to promote sustainability. Founded by Perth-based Australian eco fashion designer and visual artist Zuhal Kuvan-Mills of Green Embassy, Zuhal has taken her passion for slow fashion to a new level with the creation of this first of its kind fashion event for the region.

The focus will be sustainable, ethical production, organic and natural materials which does not leave carbon foot prints. Garments created with Organic, re-cycled, up-cycled fabrics, traditional hand-crafted textiles...
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International Fashion Star Scouts The Bahamas for New Destination Film Series - Apr 28, 2017 - 12:06:23 PM


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When he’s not travelling the world or designing fashion pieces for some of the biggest fashion shows such as the recent New York Fashion Week, Steven Strawder, better known as “Stevie Boi”, is busy shooting footage for his new destination film series.

American Stevie Boi, a social media star, is a fashion designer, actor, author and founder of clothing brand NOIR and the luxury eye-wear brand SBShades. Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Katy Perry have been widely published wearing the distinctive sun glasses. -more-

Recently, the fashionista visited Nassau to research sites and events to film for the next episode in his destination film series and declared The Sandyport Beach Resort as his favourite resort in the Bahamas. T he photogenic award-winning boutique resort became the backdrop for a fashion photoshoot with Miss World Bahamas 2016, Ashley Hamilton...
Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
The Beret Story - Apr 21, 2017 - 2:29:44 PM

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The French beret long associated with artist Pablo Picasso living in Paris during the early 1900’s, revolutionaries and made stylish by actress and fashion model Brigitte Bardot in the 50’s has returned as one of the hottest luxury fashion looks for spring.

Now with its rebel history and look, it has recently appeared in the runway designer collections of Yves Saint Laurent, Isabel Marant, and Dior. Given a makeover with bright colored textured wools to all black leather with colored stones, the best beret looks on the fashion models were with their hair up...
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Fashion designer from Australia highlights Ocean Conservancy at Vancouver Fashion Week - Apr 1, 2017 - 6:48:37 PM

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World Water Week has just concluded and although many events took place around the world close to rivers, oceans and streams, the fashion runway may be one of the last places on people's minds when it comes to water and conservation.  Enter Zuhal Kuvan-Mills from Australia and her Green Embassy 'Empty Oceans' collection...

Environmental activist, fashion designer and artist Kuvan-Mills believes art and fashion impact our emotions and can move us to value our blue planet. Currently supporting the world’s leading direct action ocean conservation organization, Sea Shepherd (Australia) she said she was compelled to return to west-coast Canada for Vancouver Fashion Week...
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Bahamas' Theodore Elyett applies to Project Runway - Mar 31, 2017 - 6:01:41 PM

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Bahamian designer, Theodore Elyett has submitted the following audition video to the American television series, Project Runway, hoping to be the very first Bahamian to be on the fashion design show about to launch it's 16th season.

Elyett has applied once before and this time writes, "Giving this a second shot!!  Here's my audition tape for Project Runway Season 16!! Watch, enjoy AND let's keep our fingers crossed!"

Project Runway's winning designer will receive $100,000 and other prizes.
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International Designers Stand Out at Vancouver Fashion Week Day 5 - Mar 28, 2017 - 8:49:23 PM

Vancouver, BC - Day five of Vancouver Fashion Week F/W W17  drew in collections from the luxurious streets of England, Denmark, Japan, Luxembourg and Spain. All collections showcased stunning materials leaving the mind to explosive interpretations.

Camilla Askholm’s women’s wear collection channels a minimalistic, timeless sense of feminine elegance. The Danish designer aims for structure and tailors her pieces appropriately for a unique ensemble. With a vision for a more sustainable approach to fashion, the collection’s focal point is on lines, composition, fine materials, and crafted detailing. Basic pastel colouring is long gone and replaced with bold patterned pieces pared with velvet in-hues of green and blue...
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Day 4 Highlights: Vancouver Fashion Week F/W 2017 - Mar 24, 2017 - 12:50:33 PM

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Vancouver Fashion Week kicked off day 4 at the Chinese Cultural Center once again with creative designers from all over the world. Thursday evening presented numerous men’s collections shifting from street grunge to oversized statement pieces.

Terry Shin, the face and creative director behind BLACKMERLE, opened day four of VFW with slicked down models in dystopian streetwear. Based in Seoul and Vancouver, Shin has created a paradox of military grunge and street clothes, focusing on powerful silhouettes, chain accents and a dark pallet. Overly large shoes, gelled hair and highlighted skin completed the apocalyptic meets high fashion streetwear...
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Where African Fashions Meet the Stylish Traveler - Mar 24, 2017 - 12:33:33 AM

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Shangani Fashion's debut presentation during New York Fashion Week conveys contemporary cuts that are accented with vintage accessories. Shangani Fashion Designs are a juxtaposition of culture and style. Shangani is an African tribe who dwelled near the Shangani River in Zimbabwe, Africa. The tribe was named after its founder; and the name "Shoshangani" means traveler. Shangani Fashion is a brand inspired by the experience of travel and the exposure of different cultures.
Creations by Shangani's Designers merge their travel experiences with colorful ethnic prints, and contemporary shapes to create a high fashion, ready-to-wear look. Traditional African fabrics with a modern mix, is the passion behind Shangani Fashions...
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Eco Fashion Designer Draws Awareness to Our Fragile Oceans - Mar 22, 2017 - 7:42:59 AM

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One could say it’s serendipitous that Canada’s largest fashion event coincides with World Water Week, and Australia’s eco designer, Zuhal Kuvan-Mills of Green Embassy will be showcasing her Empty Oceans series on the runway at Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW) this Sunday, March 26th.

As an environmental activist, designer and artist Kuvan-Mills believes art and fashion impact our emotions and can move us to value our blue planet. This is her third time to VFW and she says she was inspired to return after hearing about the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion and its threat to local waters, in particular that her current collection is her emotional response to the world's troubled oceans...
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Carnival costumes hit Vancouver Fashion Week's opening night - Mar 21, 2017 - 8:12:32 PM

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The Opening Gala of Vancouver Fashion Week F/W 2017 marks the 29th season of the week-long runway event. The March 20th anticipated event showcased collections from 5 up-and-coming designers graduating from LaSalle’s Fashion Design Program. An exclusive preview to several VFW featured designers including a special sneak peek of Japanese label Wasso Vege's latest designs, along with the incredible works of Brazilian based designer Atelier Valeria Costa.

Atelier Valeria Costa brought the festivity of the Brazilian celebration of Carnival to the VFW stage! The designer captivated the audience with her designs, amidst a lively showcase of dance and festivity...
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