With Earth Month around the corner, we can expect to see many brands launching new sustainability-minded products and initiatives in the coming weeks. For example, Toronto-based jewellery brand Oremme just introduced a first-of-its-kind recycling program for customers in Canada and the U.S. Read on to find out what else is happening in the fashion world this week!

Oremme introduces a gold recycling program

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Toronto-based, hand-crafted jewellery label Oremme — which is already a member of the environmental initiative 1{6c217faeda4b498c6d96a863fcc36608937399471dd824f5a48045596c462c5c} for the Planet — wants your unwanted gold jewellery. Why? So it can be melted down for future use. The brand just announced its Gold Recycling Program, which asks customers to send in gold jewellery that they no longer use for a store credit (based on karat weight); Oremme will then melt the gold down to use in new pieces.

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This article was originally published in February 2021. 

If you’re anything like us, you recently spent a solid eight hours living in Lady Whistledown’s world, enraptured by actor Regé-Jean Page’s spoon-licking and imagining what life would be like as a Bridgerton duchess.

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Based on a series of young adult books by Julia Quinn, the first season of Bridgerton revolved around the life of dashing duchess-to-be, Daphne Bridgerton, and her hard-headed, eventual husband Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings. The world of 19th century England bustles around them, with the fanciest of clothing, the juiciest of gossip, the most dramatic of balls and, of course, the most fiery of romances. The first season dropped in December last year, and the word is we have more jaw-dropping Regency-era fashion, steamy sex scenes and casting diversity to look forward to in the upcoming second season.

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Seen on the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Hailey Bieber and Gigi Hadid, Amavii is a standout name in the eyewear game — but not simply because of its celebrity fans. Launched by Toronto-raised entrepreneur Doris Ngie, the brand sets itself apart thanks to the use of novel materials as well as its attention to customers who have been long overlooked.

“We were trying to solve a pain point,” say Ngie about what inspired her to start the direct-to-consumer label in 2018. “As an Asian woman, I have a wider face and lower nose bridge. I was shopping in Milan — one of the fashion capitals of the world — and was looking for sunglasses. I went from store to store but couldn’t find anything that fit me.”

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At long last, spring is here. And with it comes the opportunity to shed our puffy coats and salt-damaged boots and elevate our style game with fresh spring 2021 fashion. Sure, given the ongoing pandemic we’ll probably spend most of the season wearing what we have for the past year (i.e. our comfiest, slouchiest sweats), but we can dream right? Here, we’ve rounded up some of the sweetest new items from Canadian designers that are sure to spark joy. Whether worn on a socially distanced walk or on your couch for the latest round of Zoom trivia, these pretty pieces — including pastel hues, playful patterns and sheer details — are sure to fulfill all your spring style fantasies.

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“This year, the public becomes an Expert of the LVMH Prize” — that’s what the prominent accolade’s press release promised this morning with its announcement of the 20 brands vying for a €300,000 endowment (plus a one-year mentorship program provided by a dedicated LVMH team). In addition to consumers having their say on who will go on to receive the top honour, several new industry names have joined the Committee of Experts for deliberations including Bella Hadid and Vogue China’s newly minted editor-in-chief, Margaret Zhang.

And who will we choose from? An eclectic mix of creatives is tapped this year, many boasting a genderless approach to design. Christopher John Rogers — the New York-based talent who took home the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award in 2019 — is in the running, as is French designer Charles de Vilmorin, London’s Saul Nash and Shanghai’s Shuting Qiu.

 

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No red carpet? No problem. The 2021 NAACP Image Awards were a five-night celebration of outstanding work by people of colour in the entertainment industry, which culminated in a star-studded awards ceremony over the weekend of March 27-28. And even though the show was forced to go virtual this year, celebrities did not hold back from sporting red-carpet worthy looks. Here are some of the best.

Regina King

 

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The One Night in Miami director donned a custom Oscar de la Renta taffeta gown with a statement-making bow on the back. She paired the dress with Stuart Weitzman shoes.

Issa Rae

 

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To pick up her Outstanding Actress in a Comedy trophy, Insecure mastermind Issa Rae opted for a glam white Prada dress.

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Just about every industry has felt the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and in Canada, one of the hardest hit has been food. On December 16, Restaurants Canada reported that since March 2020, 10,000 restaurants closed across Canada, while nearly 50 percent expect to permanently close if things don’t change. So, how to support Toronto restaurants while things remain locked down?

The fashion industry, too, has taken a toll, with many retailers closing, like Addition Elle, or facing bankruptcy, like Frank And Oak. For Toronto-based designer Sid Neigum, who cancelled his resort collection ahead of the fall, “it’s been rough.” But, he adds, “I’ve pivoted, as many restaurants have, by starting an online shop and selling direct-to-consumer. Now, this month, our revenue is higher for direct-to-consumer (D2C) than business-to-business (B2B), which is a first. It’s [about] rethinking how you have to work and adapt.”

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Sol de Janeiro launches Bom Dia Bright Cream, just in time for spring

 

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Sol de Janeiro, the brand behind the cult favourite Brazilian Bum Bum Cream and its highly addictive scent (a combo of vanilla, pistachio and salted caramel), has just launched a new addition to its lineup — and a new scent. Meet Bom Dia Bright Cream. Bom Dia, which means “good day” in Portuguese, launched earlier this week and is a deeply nourishing body cream that also gently exfoliates skin with natural fruit AHAs and provides a brightening boost thanks to the addition of vitamin C. The best part? Dom Dia bright Cream also introduces a new scent to the Sol de Janeiro family: Cheirosa ‘40. A blend of gourmand notes like crushed black amber plum, sweet creme de cassis, warm vanilla woods … Read the rest

After experiencing a kiss of the limelight while gracing runways for the likes of Christian Dior, Helmut Lang and Marc Jacobs, model Hunter Schafer enamoured audiences in 2019 with her first-ever acting role portraying trans teenager Jules Vaughn on HBO’s Euphoria. The highly stylized hit drama about youth culture has captured the zeitgeist of Gen Z onscreen.

From museum-worthy eyeliner looks to celestial washes of glitter, whimsical technicoloured makeup has been Schafer’s character’s calling card since episode one — a maximalist approach that has effortlessly extended to Schafer’s own offstage presence. On red carpets, the 22-year-old, who is also trans, has stunned in an array of avant-garde beauty moments that range from splashes of iridescent pearls on her face and hands to vivid blocks of eyeshadow.

This free and wild approach stems in part from Schafer’s passion for visual art (she graduated from the University of North Carolina School … Read the rest

British textile and fashion designer Zandra Rhodes is celebrated for her artistic prints, electric hues and floating chiffon designs that span her career of over 50 years, and her name is etched in fashion history. The same could very well be said about her neon-pink bob and rainbow-hued makeup — two longtime signatures that make her immediately recognizable and mirror the vibrancy of her fantastical collections.

“Pink is a very happy colour,” Rhodes says about her trademark hair shade over Zoom, her computer screen offering a glimpse inside her hot-pink London apartment. It’s located above the bright orange and (yes, you guessed it) pink Fashion and Textile Museum, which she founded in 2003. The vivid paintings, ceramics and furnishings that surround her are proof that her personal lifestyle is as glamorous and extroverted as her designs.

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