Interviews




TAMGA Designs Founders Yana Barankin and Eric Dales Talk Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Fashion

Yana Barankin and Erik Dales were working in Bangladesh when they established TAMGA Designs in 2014. The two had been working in the field of international development when they saw first-hand the negative effects the fashion industry had on the community and environment. Recently, Real Style had the opportunity to chat with Barankin and Dales at the 2017 Green Living Show in Toronto. The co-founders spoke to us about their expansion, creative challenges and the sustainable garment industry.

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Montreal Designer Antoinette Di Carlo On Crafting Di Carlo Couture Gowns

While the global fashion capitals of Paris and Milan may come to mind when one thinks of couture, designer Antoinette Di Carlo prefers to stay closer to home. Real Style spoke to the Montreal native about her artistic inspiration, couture role models and more.

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Canadian Outerwear Designer Joseph Tassoni Talks Coats, Style And More

With our nation’s freezing temperatures and endless winter, it’s no surprise that Canadian coats are known for being practical yet chic. As a Montreal-based outerwear designer, Joseph Tassoni is passionate about layering and comfort. Tassoni recently showcased his Fall 2017 “Queen of the North” collection at Toronto Women’s Fashion Week, taking his inspiration from the notoriously frigid climate of our country. From sourcing fabrics to taking his cues from the women in his life, here’s what the designer had to share about his label.

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Miriam Baker On Pastel Hues And Finding Inspiration In An Art Nouveau Fashion Plate

With a passion for ladylike silhouettes and sweet pastel shades, Toronto designer Miriam Baker is known for flattering the female figure. At Toronto Women’s Fashion Week, the homegrown designer (who studied at George Brown College and Ryerson University’s School of Fashion) presented a new Fall 2017 collection. We spoke to her backstage about her creative inspiration, sartorial influences and more.

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Montreal Designer Mikael D On The Art Of The Evening Gown

As a designer of intricately embellished eveningwear and bridal gowns, Mikael D (who was born Mikael Derderian) is recognized for crafting Canadian couture. Recently, Real Style spoke to Derderian backstage at Toronto Women’s Fashion Week Fall 2017.

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Designer Rachel Sin Talks Backstage At Toronto Women’s Fashion Week Fall 2017

Canadian designer Rachel Sin recently showcased her new joint Spring 2017/Fall 2017 collection at Toronto Women’s Fashion Week. Following the show, Real Style spoke to the designer backstage about her label’s creative vision, signature aesthetic and her definition of killer sartorial sense.

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Canadian Designer Paul Hardy Discusses Style And His Favourite Spring 2017 Trends

Calgary-born design talent Paul Hardy first entered the industry in 2002, with a debut show at Toronto Fashion Week. Fifteen years later, the humble, soft-spoken and meticulous Hardy recently presented his latest collection at FashionCAN at Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre. Read on to learn more about his thoughts on the leading Spring 2017 trends, his passion for layered materials and the iconic designers who have helped to inspire his craft.

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Narces Designer Nikki Wirthensohn Yassemi On Creating Her Fairytale Frocks

As the creative force behind Toronto eveningwear label Narces, Nikki Wirthensohn Yassemi is known for her love of illustrious dresses. Recently, Real Style spoke with Wirthensohn Yassemi at the FashionCAN Pop-Up Shop at Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre. From her favourite fabrics to collaborating with her inspiring mother, the local talent spilled on the story behind her fairytale designs.

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Canadian Handbag Designer Jane Ip Of Jeanne Lottie Talks Accessories

With their vivid colours and playful, youthful aesthetic, Jeanne Lottie purses certainly stand out in a room full of neutral accessories. From discovering the art of crafting a handbag to her favourite new trends, here’s what Ip had to share with us about purses and far more.

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Ashley Holden And Amy Pearson From Stole My Heart Share Valentine’s Day Lingerie Tips

With Valentine’s Day upon us, fashionistas everywhere will surely be slipping into their finest lingerie to mark the occasion. Real Style recently caught up with Ashley Holden and Amy Pearson, co-owners and founders of Toronto boutique Stole My Heart. From finding pieces which suit individual tastes to their essential undergarments, Holden and Pearson offered their advice on body positivity and new lingerie trends.

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Designer Tanya Taylor Talks Dressing Michelle Obama And Finding Global Inspiration

With her signature modern yet perfectly feminine pieces, 30-year-old Canadian designer Tanya Taylor could very well be the next rising star in the fashion world.

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Canadian Jewellery Designer Niki Kavakonis Talks Architectural Inspiration, Major Influences And New Designs

Real Style spoke to talented Canadian jewellery designer Niki Kavakonis about her jewellery journey, preferred gemstones, creative icons and more. From incorporating architectural elements into her work to using 3-D technology to create her baubles, here’s what she had to share with us.

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Rising Canadian Designer Hayley Elsaesser Chats Holiday Fashion Essentials

Hayley Elsaesser’s brightly coloured and flashily patterned designs have made her one of the biggest Canadian designers at the moment, with celebrities like Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus sporting her designs. Real Style caught up with the talented fashionista to chat about holiday trends, travel essentials, and dressing for the weather.

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Fashion Expert Joe Zee Shares His Holiday Style Essentials

With the holidays looming ahead, trendsetters will soon be perfecting their outfit choices for Christmas dinner and festive functions. As we comb through our own closets here at Real Style, we decided to catch up with Yahoo Style editor-in-chief Joe Zee about his favourite holiday fashion picks.

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Real Style Winter 2016/17 Cover Girl Wendy Crewson Shares Her Gift Giving Picks

With the countdown to Christmas officially upon us, we spoke to our Winter 2016/17 cover girl Wendy Crewson about her favourite gift giving suggestions. From the rapidly approaching holidays to winter birthdays, here are her must-have gifts for the season ahead.

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