Smythe Taps Indigenous Textile Artist Kataleen Webb + More Fashion News
Including the arrival of a luxury hijab collection at Nordstrom.
The Smythe x Kataleen Webb collection is informed by Indigenous culture
Canadian suiting stallion Smythe has just launched a collection in collaboration with Kataleen Webb, a James Bay Cree Indigenous Canadian textile artist. With recent accolades from London’s esteemed Central Saint Martins, Webb is featuring four of her designs on the seven separates that this limited-edition collection offers.
“I’m so excited by the opportunity to blend all the different worlds I know and to bring to life a beautiful cultural mixing,” Webb said in a release. “I hope that this collaboration speaks to all Canadians and women who want to express love for who they are and where they come from.” Fifty dollars from each Smythe x Kataleen Webb piece sold will be donated to Indigenous Fashion Arts to help foster and support the talents of other Indigenous artists.
Lafayette 148 nails balletcore
Fetch the hairspray, gel and bobby pins, stat. For pre-fall 2022, Lafayette 148 has released its Ballet Studio collection, which is surely stirring up some old childhood dreams of ours. Featuring body-sculpting knit dresses, sweater sets and brushed cotton tops, the line epitomizes off-duty ballerina vibes. And with its especially notable campaign featuring NYU dancers Emily Eshoo, Isio-Maya and Sydney Hirai in the very garb (and in their pointe shoes), there’s plenty of inspo on how to style it all. The collection can be found at Lafayette 148 stores, including the label’s first-ever Canadian location on Toronto’s Bloor Street.
Luxury hijabs arrive at Yorkdale’s Nordstrom
On June 17, the Henna & Hijabs x Nordstrom collection landed in Toronto, bringing luxury fashion hijabs to nordstrom.ca and Nordstrom Yorkdale Shopping Centre. Custom prints, vibrant colours and lightweight, summer-ready fabrics herald the assemblage, which is one of the first hijab collections to be offered by a major national clothing retailer. And it’s thanks to 26-year-old Henna & Hijabs founder Hilal Ibrahim, who is addressing head-on the lack of access Muslim women have to sustainable fashion.
Christian Louboutin, Sabrina and Idris Elba are on their second shoe collection
Walk A Mile In My Shoes Season II is here. Following the successful impact that their first collaboration yielded exactly a year ago, Christian Louboutin and Sabrina and Idris Elba have dreamed up a second capsule. The lineup of vibrant shoe styles feature three flowers that pay homage to the countries of the Elbas’ origins, and 100 per cent of proceeds will be sent to six different grassroots charities around the globe that fund programs related to education, the arts and youth empowerment.
It’s time to up your PJ game
In celebrating a decade of business, The Sleep Shirt has just launched its “Archive” collection, with five pyjama designs inspired by vintage pintucks, ruffled hems and blouson sleeves. Ethically assembled on the outskirts of Vancouver in a range of beautiful fabrics — think eggshell flannels, fresh linen and blue oxford stripes — the pieces pays homage to what sparked the idea for the brand in 2012: a 19th century men’s chemise that founder Alexandra Suhner snagged at a London market. Don’t sleep on this limited-edition capsule. Rather, sleep in it.
Hailey Bieber fronts Tiffany & Co.’s newest campaign
Last October, Hailey Bieber was appointed as a global house ambassador for Tiffany & Co. And on June 13, the high jewellery brand revealed its very first campaign featuring the model and entrepreneur for the debut of the T Collection. “I have special memories of the women I admire wearing Tiffany & Co. jewellery,” says the modern-day style icon. “It’s a real honour to join that legacy as the face of the T Collection.” Wearing key pieces from the new collection, including pavé diamond earrings and a structured statement bracelet, Bieber shows us how stacking the glamorous jewels can also look effortlessly edgy.
Brunette the Label is ready for summer
It’s sprimmer (the cusp of spring and summer) and Brunette the Label just launched the most perfect collection of summer knits and classic loungewear. In true cool girl style, the pieces toe the line of effortless and chic, with layering separates in lilac, baby pink and cream tones. Throw on a pair of shades to exude a coastal grandmother aesthetic, or add a tote and you’re ready for the market.