Fiction in the fabric: Is cultural appropriation just a fashion statement?

Victoria Christie explores the contentious issue of cultural appropriation in fashion and how it’s impacting Indigenous communities in Canada. The tassels on her jacket swung back and forth as she strutted down the runway to the steady beat of a drum. The model wore crisp trousers, bedazzled high heels and a fur coat accented with a black and white Indigenous inspired print. The show was called Eskimo Aristocrats. It was Dsquared2’s Fall 2015 collection at Milan Fashion Week, designed by Toronto-born fashion designers Dean and Dan Caten. The runway show was sprinkled with Indigenous cultural symbols. A tassel here, some fur there. All topped off with the most extravagant jewelry. The collection also had an accompanying hashtag, #Dsquaw, which featured […]

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Carleton grads’ app connects black women with hairstylists

Two Carleton graduates are changing the hair game, one kink and curl at a time. Meron Berhe and John Eke are the creators behind Bantu, a free smartphone application connecting black women with local hairstylists. “You shouldn’t feel like you’re different because of your hair,” Eke said, who runs the Ottawa-based company alongside partners Berhe and Richard Kyereboah Jr. Eke came to Carleton from Nigeria and graduated in 2009 with a degree in computer systems engineering. During his time at Carleton, he said he saw the struggles other international students faced while trying to find hair stylists. “I had female friends who would come to me often asking if I knew hair stylists,” Eke said. The 32-year-old founder said he […]

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Carleton grads create app for black hair

Two Carleton graduates are changing the hair game, one kink and curl at a time.   Meron Berhe and John Eke are the creators behind Bantu, a free smartphone application connecting black women with local hairstylists who can fulfill their individual hair needs.   “You shouldn’t feel like you’re different because of your hair,” said Eke, who runs the Ottawa-based company alongside partners Berhe and Richard Kyereboah Jr.   Eke came to Carleton from Nigeria and graduated in 2009 with a degree in computer systems engineering.   During his time at Carleton, he says he saw the struggles other international students faced while trying to findhair stylists.   “I had female friends who would come to me often asking if […]

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Bending the fashion rules: exploring gender-bending and the future of the fashion trend

The chatter from the eager audience fades away into the soft strum of an acoustic guitar. The dark room is suddenly illuminated, revealing a long, rectangular runway lined with fashion bloggers, fashion critics, and celebrities in the front row. Cell phones cast a glow on the faces of fashion’s elite. As a burst of camera flashes go off, a model with long honey-blond hair sashays down the runway. In a crimson pussy bow blouse, black tailored trousers, and a statement gold belt, all eyes are on him—yes, him. This is the beginning of Gucci’s menswear collection at Milan Fashion Week for the fall/winter 2015-16 season. For Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele, this was his debut into the world of menswear […]

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Smoke’s Poutinerie to open two locations on campus

Smoke’s Poutinerie will be turning up the heat on campus as the newest addition to Carleton’s dining services this September. The poutine shop will be opening two campus locations: one in Oasis, located in the Residence Commons, and another in the main food court on the second floor of the University Centre, according to Aramark district manager David Van Dyk. Smoke’s Poutinerie will be a permanent addition to campus, with the grand opening for Oasis, alongside Smoke’s Wienerie, on Aug. 30. The Food Court location will be opening on the first day of classes, Sept. 2. Smoke’s is coming to campus with the cooperation of Aramark, which operates all food services on campus and has the exclusive right to food […]

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