Khaleesi-worthy Jewellery, Canadian Designer

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There’s no denying that Emilia Clarke’s role as Daenerys Targaryen (aka Mother of Dragons, aka The Khaleesi) is a complex one.  Nevertheless, she’s a fierce boss-lady who has inspired many.

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The wardrobe of Clarke’s character is known for her regal, bohemian-tinged outfits. For those of you who would want to emulate the look but perhaps don’t feel that intense cutout dresses work for your everyday wardrobe, we’ve found a solution–by a Canadian designer, no less.

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Above and throughout: Images of Kate Hewko jewelllery found here.

Kate Hewko is a Calgary-based jewellery designer whose bold, fierce accessories are on-trend, not overly costume-y. You can get a Khaleesi-worthy piece to incorporate into your outfits without having people think you’re cosplaying.

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Elements of the accessories look rough to be sure, rather embracing what seems to be the Khaleesi’s “nothing good comes easy” story.

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While the sparkle and shine may be somewhat missing from these accessories, they are certainly no less eye-catching, and worthy of a Queen in her own right.

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Fashion’s Best Feminist Ally: Zac Posen

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Above: Zac Posen accompanies Naomi Campell, who closed his Fall RTW 2015 show.

If ever fashion’s feminists had an ally, it would definitely be Zac Posen.

Why, might you ask, does this particular designer deserve this title?

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Above: Zac Posen Fall 2015

Posen’s runway shows and lookbooks consistently feature more models of colour than his other New York design peers.

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Above: Zac Posen Spring 2015

He very frequently collaborates, works with, and otherwise supports of Canadian model and activist Coco Rocha, whose own work is no doubt feminist. Typically speaking, if you run with feminists, you’re a feminist yourself.

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Above: Zac Posen Fall 2015

Posen sought to make queer-friendly and tomboy looks accessible to the mainstream with his 2010 Target collaboration. This is a pretty notable action from a major designer, especially considering fashion has a bad habit of turning a blind eye to folks who prefer more butch and androgynous outfits.

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Above: Zac Posen Pre-Fall 2015

Posen is further known for embracing ‘plus’ size design, even tackling the tricky world of wedding dresses.

We’re not the only ones noting Posen’s efforts–Refinery29 has named him the Patron Saint of Model Diversity, and the fashion activist Bethann Hardison has applauded his efforts for years.

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Here at The Closet Feminist, we highlight female designers as much as possible, and definitely consider Posen’s work a beautiful commitment to women as well. Three cheers for fashion’s most valuable ally!

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Above: Zac Posen Spring 2015

Super Wearable Summer: Montreal Designer Eve Gravel

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Above and throughout: All photos of Eve Gravel’s Spring/Summer 2015 line. Pictures found here.

Eve Gravel is a Montreal-based designer whose highly-wearable and on-trend designs have caught our eye of late.

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The sporty stripes of this collection are urban, not nautical as most Spring/Summer lines tend to do.

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Mind you, she does have a sailboat-print running through her collection but its surprisingly sharp (as shown below) rather than sweet. We’re loving the other unexpected details like the red lining of the button area of the shirt above.

 

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Overall the collection is pretty tomboy-friendly, with the collars obviously adding some polish to every look.

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The styling cues definitely adds to this polished collection–frosted plastic sunglasses, big hoop earrings, sleek ponytails and chunky, trendy shoes bring everything together. The only thing that is a bit questionable is the blue eyeshadow worn by the models in this lookbook but hey, don’t knock it til you try it!

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Covers & Content: Bazaar May 2015

Normally we do our Covers & Content column on Canadian fashion magazines only, but this year we’ll be focusing on Bazaar US as well. That being said, how diverse was the May issue of Bazaar? Read on for details below.

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Above: The newsstand cover of Bazaar‘s US issue.

The Issue: Bazaar (US) May 2015

The Cover Star: Oh Bazaar, how you keep us guessing.This one is tricky, because Anna Ewers got the newsstand cover (pictured above), but Kendell Jenner got the subscriber cover (pictured below).

However, we’re going to say that Ewers was the cover star, and not Jenner. There are a few reasons for this:

1. For all intents and purposes, the newsstand cover is the one that we see more.

2. When magazines have multiple cover stars, or stars splitting a cover, they usually have all covers available on newsstands. For example, the February issue of Elle–all four covers were readily available at stores. Jenner’s cover, however, you can only get if you are a subscriber, which means its not getting the same exposure to the general public.

All this being said, both Ewers and Jenner did get a one page story.

Perceived Appearance of Cover Star: White (Ewers).

Does the magazine appear to feature any models of colour in the editorials?: We’re going to count both Ewers and Jenner’s ‘cover’ stories as editorials, because of the extensive nature of the pictures and both of them are models. In total, including their stories, there were four editorials. Three starred thin, white models. Jenner was the only model of colour to land an editorial this month. Notably, none of the cover stories nor the editorials were shot by alleged sexual offender Terry Richardson (thank goodness).

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

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Above: The subscriber cover of Bazaar‘s May issue.

Gloss over This: Shirin Neshat

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Although her mothers and sisters still live in Iran, Neshat hasn’t been back since 1996 because of concerns for her safety. “I’ve been outspoken, so visiting is not the smartest thing to do, but I hope to go again someday,” she says. “I think you have to suffer a little so that you have something to say. I’m working as hard as ever now, but I don’t know where it’s taking me–and that’s pretty much where I was when I first started.”

- Shirin Neshat in “50s Shirin Neshat” by Charlotte Cowles in Bazaar April 2015

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