Gloss over This: Zoe Saldana

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“I handled the role [of Nina Simone in Nina] with the same love, the same respect and the same pride that any other black person would, because I am a black woman, a proud Latino black woman, and nobody’s going to take that right from me,” she says, referring to her roots in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. “And [Simone] was a woman who was never allowed to [reach] her full potential because of her skin.”

-Zoe Saldana in “Body & Soul” by Elio Iannacci in Fashion August 2014

Covers & Content: August 2014

How did major Canadian fashion magazines stack up this month in terms of diversity? Read on to find out.

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The Cover Star: Zoe Saldana

Perceived Appearance of Cover Star: Black/mixed race

Does the magazine appear to feature any models of colour in the editorials?: Yes

Does the magazine appear to feature any plus-size models in the editorials?: No

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The Cover Star: There were 3 cover stars–models Pamela Bernier, Sophie Touchet and Kayla Clarke

Perceived Appearance of Cover Star: White, Black (respectively)

Does the magazine appear to feature any models of colour in the editorials?: No

Does the magazine appear to feature any plus-size models in the editorials?: No

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The Cover Star: Rita Ora

Perceived Appearance of Cover Star: Mixed race

Does the magazine appear to feature any models of colour in the editorials?: N/A–this month’s issue of Flare did not feature an editorial.

Does the magazine appear to feature any plus-size models in the editorials?: N/A–this month’s issue of Flare did not feature an editorial.

Gloss over This: Zoe Kazan

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Clothing played a big part in the setting the tone of their relationship on screen. “I didn’t want the clothes [in this film] to signal that Chantry [her character in The F Word] was trying to seduce Wallace or flirt her face off,” says Kazan. “So I talked to the designer and we looked at When Harry Met Sally…, because [Meg Ryan's] clothes are sort of gender neutral–they really allowed her personality to come through.”

-Zoe Kazan in “Renaissance Woman” by Alexandra Breen in Fashion August 2014

Designing for Curves: Miriam Baker of AliceAzur

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With AliceAzur, Baker’s designer nom de plume, she created not only a concise, thoroughly ladylike collection of pristine, vintage-inspired dresses, skirts, and outerwear, but one with a unique feature: all of her designs are made to flatter large busts. “Most of my friends are a D-cup or larger, but most clothing patterns are still being drafted for a B,” she explains, adding that the average woman’s cup size is a C. “I’m just trying to cater to those curves.”

- Miriam Baker in “Ahead of the Curve” by Tiyana Gruvolic in Flare August 2014. Image found here.

 

Style Ode to Orphan Black, Part 2

Now that Season Two of Orphan Black is over, it seem only fitting that we catch up on the style of some of our favourite characters–our first instalment of this post was a hit, so get ready for more style focusing on the leading ladies of this amazing show.

Spoiler warning: None– unless you haven’t seen any of the show-these are all major characters in Season 2, and we won’t say how their stories end up, so if you’re still watching, don’t worry.

RACHEL DUNCAN

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Roland Mouret white dress, $2,140 / Reiss dress / Victoria Beckham blazer / Bolero jacket, $41 / Jimmy Choo black pumps / Irene Neuwirth rose gold bracelet

Whether or not you are a fan of pro-clone Rachel, you can’t deny she always looks sharp. Her clothes are perfectly minimalist and undoubtedly expensive, verging always on the border of sterile, hinting at her professional business.

DR. DELPHINE CORMIER

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While the chemistry between Cosima and Delphine (Evelyne Brochu) is believable or not, Delphine’s presence is appreciated for reppin’ women in science like many of her colleagues (and of course her gf, Cosima). She’s also got great style–lots of tops with lace detailing, whereas the bottom halves of her outfits are always pared down black jeans or trousers with the ubiquitous ankle boots.

MRS. S

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Rail / ONLY blue jeans, $82 / Madden girl boots / Chanel black watch / Metropark rhinestone necklace / Étoile Isabel Marant rib knit beanie / Nars cosmetic

There’s not much room for glamour when you’re busy leading an underground movement, and generally being super hard core (in an awesome way) yet Mrs. S (Maria Doyle Kennedy) always seems to look the part. She can’t be running around in heels, but she always has time for a cup of tea–enemies or not.

GRACIE JOHANSSEN

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As one of the youngest major cast members, we’re really keen on seeing where they will take Gracie’s (Zoé De Grand Maison) story from here. She’s clearly super smart and not opposed to voicing her opinion, even if her simple wardrobe may belie such sensibilities.

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