Fashion

Kesh X American Apparel NYC

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WindowGUEST BLOGGER: Jolene Cheef Jolene Chee (Navajo) is a fashion designer based out of New York City originally from Pinon, Arizona. She has studied at the Fashion Institue of Design and Merchandising in LA and Business Management at the Northern Arizona University. She is currently the owner/designer of her own line Cheef Culture, and a Freelance Assistant Design & Development at Ann Taylor Inc. You can connect with Jolene on Twitter @CheefCulture   NYC summer is in full throttle with a humid heat wave. After work last Wednesday, I hopped on the even hotter, subway to the Lower East Side (LES) . This … Continued

A Preview for A/W ’13 Brit Style

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Invite-ArcadiaPressDay-6001GUEST BLOGGER: Jolene Cheef Jolene Chee (Navajo) is a fashion designer based out of New York City originally from Pinon, Arizona. She has studied at the Fashion Institue of Design and Merchandising in LA and Business Management at the Northern Arizona University. She is currently the owner/designer of her own line Cheef Culture, and a Freelance Assistant Design & Development at Ann Taylor Inc. You can connect with Jolene on Twitter @CheefCulture   Fashion preview time! Last week I was able to attend an intimate viewing of four UK A/W ’13 lines, by an event hosted by the UK retail company Arcadia … Continued

ShopIndigenous.ca Seeking Artists

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Shop Indigenous PosterI love supporting Native artists and artisans, and I try to as often as I can. Sometimes it can be hard to find the artists that sell online though, so when I heard about ShopIndigenous.ca I was immediately excited about the idea and happy to share the message. Heather Abbey is a Saskatoon, Saskatchewan based entrepreneur who is launching ShopIndigenous.ca, which is an e-commerce site for Indigenous artisans. Yes, like Etsy for Native artists. Forget swimming that “Native American” tag to only be aghast. There will be 24 categories and sub-categories for artisans to post in including regalia, beadwork, music, … Continued

Sean Howard Shoot

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Nathalie-6001Featuring a bag by Dene Designer Nathalie Waldman A few weeks back I had the pleasure of doing a shoot with Sean Howard Photography with Summer Garcia as the Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist. The day was packed full of three outfits where an Indigenous designer was featured with each look. We all had a ton of fun working together and it was an absolute pleasure to have this opportunity. Sean made me very comfortable in front of the camera and had me laughing a ton all day long. Summer did a fabulous job of creating different makeup looks while … Continued

Moccasin Magic

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OUtfit 600The weather in Toronto has been totally weird lately. Well I guess that’s what it’s like everywhere these days with climate change. Anywhoo, it’s kind of warm and kind of cool these days, but at least there’s sunshine in my life. My outfit here is my new Manitobah Mukluk Paddle Grain Moccasins in stone, Citizens of Humanity denim shorts, a T n A fake Cowichan sweater,  classic Carrera sunglasses, and these silver round earrings that I got from Winners.   The earrings remind me of the decals on pow wow dancers belts or like a shield. I love this fake Cowichan … Continued

North West Coast Style Sunnies

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Sunglasses11As I’m sure you dear readers know, I’m pretty much obsessed with all things North West Coast Style. Seriously. It’s an addiction,  but thankfully not quite an affliction. But, it’s MAJOR. These unisex sunglasses by NorthWest Coast Gifts are right up my alley. Are they up yours? Want to snag a pair of your very own? Just think how dope they’d look while you’re cruising through those outdoor pow wows looking for the best bannock. They come in seven different colourways, and each pair is designed by a different artist (including Corey Bulpitt). The pink one above is designed by … Continued

Is there a new Nygard?

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Bianca Nygard Top 500When I think of Nygard, I used to think of pastel suits in a corner of a Sears store somewhere. But thankfully, things have changed. Nygard has updated their look, specifically with the Bianca Nygard division, which is aimed at a younger demographic. It’s more akin to Smart Set, a place to get your basics and stock up on those “smart, casual” basics. Yes, I just used smart casual. But, you know the clothes you can wear to the office and also blend into your weekend wardrobe with ease. I selected this Bianca Nygard from their collection. Of course I … Continued

Salsa for Spring

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Salsa Jeans 500When Salsa approached me to try on one of their Spring/Summer ’13 collection jeans for size I was a little reticent. I am one of the most picky people when it comes to my denim. I think it’s the cowgirl in me (I am Tsilhqot’in from the Interior of BC after all). Anyhow, I have had a jean fetish since Guess Jeans had all of those amazing ads out when I was a kid. I would only wear Guess Jeans, it drove my mother crazy. My tastes evolved as I got older and it at one time got to the … Continued

Killigrew Fashion: Tee-shirt Contest

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Trio-of-Tees1Whenever I hear of a new tee-shirt design that has a decidedly Indigenous or Native flavour, I’m always skeptical at first to see if it’s some sort of Jeremy Scott (Adidas) vision, or an authentic spin. I was totally excited about the new Killigrew Fashion collection of Aboriginal art inspired tees once I heard that they collaborated with Native artists to create their collection. Killigrew is a Canadian line that grew from a mother and son partnership and vision (seriously how cute are they?). Cleo and Mitch Darragh desired to create garments “with a feel good factor – comfort meets luxury … Continued

Native Reappropriation

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Page-1-600Natives are so hot right now. Recently I was interviewed for a documentary and asked the question “If you were to wear a piece of your cultural heritage in an obvious manner out on the street, how would you be treated?” I answered that the Native trend is so huge right now that I’m sure I’d be given looks of approval, and coveted stares if I wore my Nathalie Waldman leather fringed bag or my Manitobah Mukluks out walking down Queen Street in Toronto. The picture is not always so bright. Controversy over cultural appropriation is ripe in the current … Continued

Consumerism Crash

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Free_Vector_Girl_Illustration_with_Shopping_Bags1When it comes to holiday time I always get to thinking about this consumerist society that we live in. In the past two years I have gone from being a brand-obsessed buyer to a minimalist (with the exception of my boot collection). A year and a half ago I found myself wondering around a designer outlet mall near Florence Italy. This was not the kind of “designer outlet mall” that you would find, say in Buffalo NY- this one had Prada, Burberry, Fendi, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent. The outdoor mall was beautiful and it held the kind of stores that … Continued

Rock some moccs’

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assorted-moosehide-beaded-moccasinsBaby it’s cold outside. Okay, well maybe not everywhere but it certainly is in Toronto, and in a majority of this country we call Canada. When it’s freezing out I like to spend my days inside reading, writing, reflecting, and sipping tea. Oh you like to go out and play in the snow? That’s really great, you should enjoy that. I’ll just be here until I either fly south, it thaws outside, or I make an uber dash from destination door-to-door. Yes I’m a suck and I hate the cold, but I do like some of the fine fashion indulgences … Continued

Project Runway goes Native

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Patricia Michaels IIPatricia Michaels (Taos Pueblo), fashion designer, will be competing in Season 11 of the Project Runway (PR) and will be the first Native American contestant in the history of the show. She was, according to her interview on the PR site, scouted from Model Mayhem and invited to audition for the show. Kudos to PR for finding and featuring a Native American designer! The season kicks off on January 24, 2013 on Lifetime channel. Michaels has studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts and at the Art Institute of Chicago and is best known for her textile designa and … Continued

Wahine: Warrior Princess Editorial

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Warrior1The fashion industry’s affinity for “tribal” things is insatiable. This editorial spread found in The Ones To Watch Magazine is entitled Wahine: Warrior Princess. In the intro to the issue, they state the following on their website: From the Far East to the Andes, our lives are so similiar and yet so different. In Issue #23, we wanted to bring a touch of other cultures to our editorials – from the iconic throwaway fashion of Taiwan [Made in Taiwan], the quintessentially British rock’n’roll subculture [New Boots], and the Peruvian Christmas tradition ofTakanakuy, to a little all-around exotica [Wahine / The Little Ethnic … Continued

Manitobah Mukluks on eTalk

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ManitobahMukluks_TallClassicMuklukRecently Waneek Horn-Miller, an ambassador for Manitobah Mukluks, was featured on eTalk daily talking to fashion veteran, Jeanne Beker. The piece was recorded in Kahnawake Territory and features the mukluks, and also their importance to Aboriginal heritage and culture.  Mohawk fashion designer Tammy Beauvais is also featured talking about how “Beadwork is a labour of love” to Jeanne Beker. Now I haven’t had the chance to learn beadwork yet, but from all I have seen it surely requires a lot of patience and dedication. Now if you haven’t seen this giveaway I am hosting, be sure to check it out … Continued