The Lesley Hampton runway celebrated diversity + other fashion news

Photograph by Jenn Jevons

Additionally, Sperry is collaborating with Warm & Wonderful on a Princess Diana-inspired shoe collection.

Lesley Hampton’s show at Fashion Art Toronto was the most diverse yet

Photograph by Jenn Jevons

There are many reasons to love the fashion designer Lesley Hampton: she is more than talented, she defends the indigenous community, she was amazing as a guest judge on Canada’s Drag Race…the list goes on. But the most recent reason for our appreciation for the Indigenous designer is her empowering statement to Fashion art in Toronto. On November 10, runway Lesley Hampton kicked off the Toronto event with one of the most diverse presentations we’ve ever seen. Not only was the BIPOC community represented, but its model lineup included LGBTQ2S+ talent (queer style icon and HIV/AIDS advocate Myles Sexton looked fabulous in sequins and high heels), extended waists, women with physical disabilities and Monika Myers making her debut as the first model with Down syndrome to walk the FAT runway. “The runway is more than a showcase of clothing, it’s a critique of society,” Hampton shares via email. “I believe in investing in and supporting inclusiveness in all its forms that accurately reflects Canadian society. If we can see bodies like ours taking up space in landscapes that have previously humiliated and excluded us, it greatly affects our mental health and body image.

Sperry Collaborates with Warm & Wonderful on Princess Diana Shearling Sweater and Shoes

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Photograph courtesy of Sperry

Does this impression sound familiar to you? If you are a princess diana devotee, you will recognize it now infamous “Black Sheep” sweater which she wore in 1981. So it is very appropriate that just in time for the release of season 5 of The crown, Sperry has teamed up with Warm & Wonderful to create a collection of sheep-inspired shoes and sweaters. Available in four colors, these items make the perfect gift for the Royal connoisseur in your life.

World AIDS Day Ball in Toronto will be the largest in Canadian history

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Photograph by Kirk Lisaj

If you thought last year’s World AIDS Day prom was good, wait and see what happens next. For the uninitiated, the annual event is part fundraiser and part party, raising awareness of HIV programming at Maggie’s Toronto while simultaneously celebrating black, queer and ballroom communities. With over $20,000 in prize money and over 1,200 entrants, the World AIDS Day Ball is set to be the biggest ball in Canadian history, so be sure to book your tickets now.

Hudson’s Bay launches its second collection with The Raptors

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Photograph courtesy of Hudson’s Bay

Sport and fashion have always had a special relationship, and Hudson’s Bay partnership with The Raptors exemplifies this. For their second outing, the retailer and NBA team released 15 new pieces featuring the iconic Raptors logo and a fresh take on the Hudson’s Bay stripes. In addition, 100% of net proceeds will go to Hudson’s Bay Foundation Charter for Change, an initiative to accelerate racial equity in Canada.

Paris Jewelers unveils new synthetic diamonds

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Photograph courtesy of Paris Joailliers

Paraphrase Marilynlab diamonds are a girl’s best friend, so luckily Edmonton Parisian jewelers is here to help. The Canadian brand’s new offering includes engagement rings and other styles crafted from recycled 14-karat gold and gemstones created in state-of-the-art labs. In addition, for each piece sold, Paris Jewelers will plant a tree in Canada to help regions affected by forest fires.

Cakeworthy of Canada celebrates Barbie

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Photograph courtesy of Cakeworthy

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Barbie® Totally Hair™ Doll, Canadian brand cake worthy teams up with the iconic toy for a 15-piece capsule collection. The collaboration features a vibrant mix of 1980s nostalgia mixed with 2022 styles, like a denim jacket, plaid shirt, vest, handbag and more. And you can bet there are many, many pink. After all, living in plastic is fantastic!

Adidas arrives on Indigo

Indigo isn’t your average bookstore – it’s become a lifestyle mecca. And with their latest partnership with Adidas, its fashionable reach has become even more extensive. Starting this week, a selection of Adidas apparel and accessories for adults and children will be available in-store and online. Also, be sure to shop the Adidas x LEGO collaboration, hosted exclusively at Indigo.


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