Obakki Foundation presents: The Rainmaker Auction November 1-14

The Obakki Foundation is proud to announce the launch of their fundraiser The Rainmaker Auction – an online eBay auction to raise $200,000 to help fund the drilling of 200 water wells in South Sudan this December.

The auction, which runs from November 1st – 14th, will feature one-of-a-kind experiences as well as hundreds of signed auction items from well known musicians, athletes, celebrities and artists. New auctions items will be released daily on the Obakki Foundation eBay account over the duration of the two weeks.

Treana Peake, Creative Director of luxury womenswear clothing brand Obakki, founded the Obakki Foundation in 2009 to help provide clean water projects and educational development in Africa.

“We recently traveled to South Sudan to see a country and people destroyed after 40 years of civil war.

Paloma Picasso’s Venezia Collection for Tiffany & Co

Paloma Picasso##Q##s Venezia Collection for Tiffany & Co

By Kari Barrett

Inspired by the rich tapestry of curve and colour that is Venice, Paloma Picasso’s Venezia collection is, to say the least, incredible. Her muse, cultural symbols like hanging lanterns and bowing Venetian architecture. The iconic shapes make for a dramatic collection flooded with the spirit of the City of Water.

Pieces from Paloma Picasso##Q##s Venezia Collection

Like Picasso herself, her collections are dynamic and colourful. Unmistakably inspired by the many places she has travelled, her jewellery is absolutely stunning.

Raphael Mazzucco launches “CULO” in NYC, Vancouver next?

Culo – [n.] Italian:  Buttocks, backside, bottom – slang [n.] Latin: Female Ass, Booty also the title of a new book by visionary and world renowned Artist and Fashion Photographer Raphael Mazzucco.



Raphael Mazzucco, a Vancouvernative has made a name for himself over the years for his ability to capture the raw honest beauty in his subjects. Raphael is also known as to the Vancouver Soccer faithful as one of the best home grown forwards Canada Has produced even playing in the 1984 LA Olympics. He was discovered while playing for the whitecaps by photographer Bruce Weber, [1] who discovered Raph at one of the games, created a Calvin Klein Campaign around this Canadian heart throb. Artist Peter Beard expresses his belief, “sometimes out of a bullfighter comes a great writer and out of soccer has now come a great artist.”

This year Raphael has teamed with Jimmy Iovine, the Interscope Records mogul, who came up with the idea [via the Black-Eyed Pea will.i.am] and Diddy as an editor as well.

Zara Durrani : A fresh face and new voice in Vancouver media.

Story by Alihandra Dubien

Main photo l&s is by Clayton Cooper

Yoga photos by Miles Clark


On September 18th 2011, I met up with the wonderful Zara Durrani at Bean Around The World Coffee on Davie Street downtown Vancouver. We had an interesting chat about her new show Life and Style as well as her personal life.

Zara Durrani grew up in Lahore, Pakistan a completely different world for most of us; daily goals were not to try and become famous or to get a promotion at work, it was about survival. It was simple; make enough money to take care of your family, to feed them, and to send them to school. To Canadians that sounds pretty straight forward, right, but in Zara’s world, her family struggled to do so. Even with the difficulties of life in Lahore, Zara was a star student and had the grades to prove it.

Nicole Bridger at Eco Fashion Week

Nicole Bridger at Eco Fashion Week

By Kari Barrett

I was fortunate enough to interview Nicole Bridger about her Spring/Summer Collection show at Eco Fashion Week. The pastel palette is more calm than Easter egg bright, the muted hues giving the airy clothes a sense of refinement. Flush with movement, the fabrics drape beautifully over the barefoot models. As amazing as the collection is, it is more than just a set of eco-friendly frocks. Inspired by events in her own life, Bridger creates a masterpiece of visible emotion, complimented by music, yoga and dance.

Eco Fashion Week

The runway shows were inspiring, the trade show exciting and the fashion absolutely amazing. Aside from stand-out clothing, the Eco Fashion Week trade show was home to a variety of eco friendly make-up, accessories, handbags and even a collection of bicycles. Here are few photos to tide you over. Interview with Nicole Bridger to come!!

Collection by Jujube, all made with certified eco-friendly, socially responsible fabrics.