Toronto: Style Faux Pas

By: Shawna Simpson – Toronto Style Faux Pas is a new fashion boutique that open in December 2013 at 155 Church street, just minutes of walking distances away from Eaton Center, Dundas Square and Ryerson University. Owner and fashion stylist […]

Zara Durrani for ‘Fashion Hope’ – Striving for ethics in Fashion


The long-awaited selection of the international Spokes Model Ambassador for Fashion Hope has resulted with the choice of Pakistani born and Canada native Zara Durrani.

In addition to her notoriety for her work with designers in fashion events and campaigns, and her breath-taking editorials and covers published by Vancouver Sun, Eastern Eye (UK), Asian City Newspaper (UK) Hello!Pakistan, Hello!India, among many others.
Zara Durrani is well known in Canada for her spiritual and entertainment talk show Life & Style with Zara. “Our goal is to enrich the lives of our viewers and promote diversity and understanding.”
The show wrapped its first season with 13 episodes, airing on 4 networks across Canada. 2012 was a very exciting and busy year for Zara as she returned to her first love; acting. She finished 3 feature films in 3 different countries, Canada, US and Mexico. As an activist Zara has voiced her opinions on women’s and children’s rights and eating disorders. She also worked as the official reporter for We Canada, the Canadian Initiative for Earth Summit 2012.

“There are an estimated 27 million to 40 million people enslaved and trafficked today – more than any other time in recorded history,” quotes Fashion Hope founder Marc Palmer. “Fashion Hope was created to bridge human trafficking advocacy and restoration with the world of fashion and creative artists in an effort to raise awareness and funds in global communities.”

“We have to wake our fashion community up, make them aware of the greatest human rights atrocity of our time…and we have to call them to action now.” Fashion Hope’s vision, in conjunction with industry partners and frontline organizations, is to bring awareness through the fashion media events and raise funds to rescue and house 100,000 or more in the next 10 years.
Signing Zara Durrani as an Ambassador to speak out about Human Trafficking is an important step and a natural fit for Fashion Hope, given her dedication to humanitarian work.
“As an entertainer and artist, I have aspired to make a positive impact on the world around me.

I am truly excited and honored to work with Fashion Hope and help raise awareness on such an important matter.”

“So we are indeed excited to have her as a spokesperson for our organization on a worldwide level,” agree Marc Palmer CEO and Kathleen Grace Donnelly VP of Marketing and Sponsorship, Fashion HOPE.
“To us, Zara will be triple threat with her grace, beauty and humanitarian compassion – along with the tenacity to speak her passion. She will speak for Fashion Hope touching places only her voice could reach. We are truly grateful for this period in the early growth of our organization, and look forward to working with Zara on awareness campaigns starting this February with the Nolcha Fashion Week and Oscars Gifting Suites events.



Fashion Hope launched in May 2011, after looking at ways in which we could use fashion as a vehicle to make a difference, Fashion Hope was born.

Jillian Harris: Practical Style, Elegant Design


Jillian Harris: Practical Style, Elegant Design

We talk to the young Interior Designer and former Bachlorette contestant about her laid back, practical approach to style, being on TV and future plans with her Design business.

Jillian Harris fits a lot of the cliches of a petite energetic women; firecracker, spitfire, even bundle of energy. Cliches aside Jillian has a great work ethic and pure artistic talent that ensures her a status as a bona fide designer and not a “celebrity designer” who##Q##s popularity is based on fame and not talent.

Born in Peace River, Alberta, Canada Jillian was educated at BCIT for interior design and has a design resume that includes Cactus Club Café, Browns Restaurant & Bar, former Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky and most recently Jillian designed the rail car interiors for the Rocky Mountaineer train.
Being on the Bachelorette has definitely boosted Jillian##Q##s name recognition, but Jillian told me she would be just as happy opening a design boutique where she resides in Kelowna BC and focus on her design work away from the spotlight and still feel fulfilled.


Jacqueline Conoir a premier Canadian brand is proud to present its new 8,000 square foot flagship boutique studio situated off the main retail strip in Vancouver##Q##s industrial district only 10 minutes from the city core at 164 West Fifth Avenue, bringing New York shopping to Vancouver. This fashion house offers clients an opportunity to feel the fashion as it happens on runways all over the world.


RozeMerie’s life long dream to create the perfect back-drop to show case the Jacqueline Conoir / JAC line has been realized with the completion of this expansive Zen like environment. The vast space features, George Nelson lights, a custom designed art installation of LED lights and a video wall that pays homage to generations of fashion, film and youth rebels defining cultural change. The modern and sleek white lounge area is a great ‘hang out place’ prior to entering the spacious changing room with 14 foot drapes cascading from ceiling to floor.

Maggie Bill Wardrobe Director for ET Canada


Maggie Bill Wardrobe Director for ET Canada


Maggie Bill has worked in the film and television industry for many years. Beginning her entertainment career initially as a producer, Maggie was getting tired with the job when the opportunity arose to fill in when short a wardrobe stylist.

“I had some experience in the fashion world and I just continued on from there. It just seemed to be my niche, and works for me.”


While in Torontodoing a job for a friend who was an agent for ET Canada, Maggie was asked if she wanted the position as head stylist for ET Canada. She said “Yes” and after living inVancouver for 11 years, Maggie moved toToronto on a three month contract, and the rest is history.

Clogs - Melbourne

Happy clog shopping everyone!!

Happy clog shopping everyone!!



Right now I know that the whole female population is absolutely loving “clogs”. Okay well I lie, maybe its only me. But never the less,  I absolutely adore these shoes. You can wear them with almost anything, leggings and a blazer, dresses, shorts and even jeans. They can make every outfit look super sexy and stylish.

Toranj Kayvon

AF @ Jason Matlo Eco Fashion Week 2011

Jason Matlo Eco Fashion Week 2011



A little bit about him


Jason Matlo is a Vancouver based Fashion designer with a single goal:


” to set a benchmark for Canadian made ready-to-wear women##Q##s fashion, and to bring international acclaim and recognition to his brand as the most luxurious and sophisticated women##Q##s line that is designed and manufactured in Canada.”


You will see a strong expression of femininity within each collection, and a design that appeals to confident women who celebrate fashion through a desire for innovative design, luxurious fabrics and textures and meticulous attention to detail. Jason##Q##s skill and talent as a designer allow him to adopt an uncompromising approach to quality and detail that places him in rare company.


The show


Matlo showed his new line during Eco Fashion week yesterday, Feb 23rd at the Shangri La Hotel in Vancouver, BC. As expected the show was packed with the who##Q##s who of the Vancouver social and fashion scene, with AF##Q##s own photographer Toranj Kayvon in the prime spot at the end of the runway.  The room was flooded with lots of beautiful natural light giving an open feeling.

Georgia - Melbourne

Unique finds in Melbourne, Australia

Unique finds in Melbourne, Australia

I am Georgia and I come to you from down under, yes thats correct, the one and only Australia.
While Australia has never really been known as a “fashion icon” country. There are really many interesting and quirky designers within this beautiful country. Many of these quirky shops lay in the small alley ways of Melbourne, finding them is truly a mission unless you know where you are going. There are hundreds of different side streets and alley ways that can be an absolute haven for  local shoppers but a maze for tourists.