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Vancouver, Canada’s 2017 Eco Fashion Week Showcases Style With Sustainability

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A parade of models wearing elegant eveningwear, strutted down a very untraditional runway alighting on podiums surrounded by a rapt standing audience. One dress recalled the vivid colours of the aurora borealis; another, the veining of the maple leaf with its analogy to branching multiculturalism. An intricately smocked-back sheath with fishtail train mimicked the scales of salmon while another took …

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Michael Bublé Out of His Comfort Zone

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On the line from Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Canadian crooner, Michael Bublé is ecstatic: not about his new perfume, By Invitation launched in New York or the recent release of his latest album, Nobody But Me, or even his behind-the-scenes performance documentary, Tour Stop 148 that screened world-wide for one night only. “My son Noah just made me pancakes and eggshells with maple …

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Romancing the Stone – “Life is Art” for American Luxury Jewelry Designer, David Yurman

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In Greek mythology, nine muses presided over the arts and sciences. For Renaissance man, sculptor, horseman and jewelry designer, David Yurman, ‘Sybil’ is the only muse he needs. Her name, which means oracle and prophetess, is his wife of 37 years; muse, painter and business partner for 47. When I mention that coincidence to the elegant Yurman, dressed all in …

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Cross – Cultural Collaborations Are The Jewels In The Crown Of The 2017 Chutzpah! Festival

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For 13 years, the indefatigable Mary-Louise Albert has been bringing reinvention and creative energy to the annual Chutzpah! Festival in Vancouver, Canada. Actually, Managing Artistic Directors should have their own category at the Olympics for juggling, strength and endurance! Sitting in the lobby of the Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre, Albert is understandably excited about the 17th Annual 2017 Chutzpah! Festival that …

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Industrial Designer Tom Dixon Is The Quintessential Rebel With A Cause

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From Bass Guitarist In British Band, Funkapolitan Touring With Simple Minds, Bob Marley And The Clash, To Welder And Self-taught Industrial Designer Imagine a rocking chair inspired by an illustration of a cat’s skeleton (Bolide Chaise, 1988); a sofa, its snaking curve reconfigured from a child’s electric racing car track (Serpentine Sofa 2003,) or light fixture based upon the reflection …

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Cut From A Different Cloth – Vancouver’s Museum Of Anthropology’s (MOA) Textile Exhibition Unfolds Cultural Expression

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Dressed to kill. Wear your heart on your sleeve. In your birthday suit. She’s a shoe-in. He’d give the shirt off his back. Shrouded in secrecy. These clothing idioms date back hundreds of years and yet most are still part of our contemporary English parlance. Perhaps their endurance relates to the fact that since the beginning of time, “from birth …

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Coco Chanel – Timeless Visionary: Fashion Changes But Style Endures

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Hers truly was a rags to riches story. Born in 1883 and raised in an orphanage in Saumur, France where the nuns taught her to sew, Gabrielle (Coco) Bonheur Chanel took up work with a local tailor as soon as she turned eighteen. Though fiercely independent, rebelling against the male fashion designers of the day who sought to bind women …

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Dale Chihuly: The Maestro of Glass

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A surreal, fecund garden of vibrant orange, red, blue and green flora appears to propagate overhead; a spectacular, almost sentient canopy that seems all the more improbable because it’s entirely composed of sculpted blown glass. Persian Ceiling and Persian Trellis are designed by glass alchemist, Dale Chihuly, windows into his imagination and installed in a new Exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) …

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Anne Fontaine Seeds Sown in Nature, Flourish in Design

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When Anne Fontaine was ten years old, and a bit of a wild child living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, her mother bought a dress for her to wear to a wedding. She hated it. So Anne took it to her bedroom and re-cut and sewed it, much to her mother’s dismay then astonishment. She skipped her school classes at …