Elegant, timeless, luxe, languid . . . leather. This is the vernacular of Valerio Moda, the haute couture creation by designer Ali Mokhtarian and business partner, Mo Movassaghi. You may remember their Spring Summer 2011 collection that seemingly melted down the runway at fashion week, but the story behind the garments is just as delectable.
It all began with a sketch. As a child growing up in Iran, Ali was fascinated with the aesthetic of his surroundings and expressed himself through drawing. This interest led to a focus in graphic design in school and sewing at home. Working on different sewing techniques with basic fabrics, Ali eventually learned the art of leather work while apprenticing under a master tailor. Less than a year later, he began his own made to measure business, a feat that combined his childhood creativity with technical ability to satisfy the challenging requests of his early clientele.
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Even in a crowded coffee shop it does not take long to spot the creative genius behind the House of BUN jewellery line, Miss Carola Alder. With an effortless golden blonde "bun" perched atop her head... read more
There is a philosophy that defines each label. For Elroy, it's the fundamental principle of sustainable living and responsible consumption. When Leanne McElroy began her semi-namesake label in 2007, s... read more
When Veronica was 15, she moved from the small town of Lethbridge to Calgary and her life changed. She was scouted by a local agent and headed off to Asia where she worked in Sing... read more
Makeup artist Eman looks like every other fashionable young thing you see downtown. The only hint of her profession is her flawless complexion and her bold orange lip colour (a blend of products from ... read more
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Two early influences shaped Christopher Novak's life. First was the discovery of Jeanne Beker and Fashion Television while flipping channels. Fascinated, it became a weekend staple in his childhood ... read more
From a young age, Justine Edralin was mesmerized by minute details and exploring new ways to be creative. She decided fashion was her forte when she started deconstructing garments to make completely ... read more
Adhesif, a grassroots, community-minded clothing line consisting primarily of designs made of reclaimed textiles, opened its first store last spring. With business booming, the young line is only look... read more
Fashion's Night OUT! At V Lounge at Earl's Yaletown (1095 Mainland). Guests will be treated to a one-off fashion show put on by The Hudson Bay Company's critically successful White Space along with a... read more
A well-heeled crowd gathered at the chic OPUS Bar on Thursday February 24th to celebrate the tenth anniversary of local label dace. Friends, well-wishers, media and bloggers enjoyed mini cupcakes, can... read more
You are lucky to be able to choose from a variety of schools. How to choose?
Here is an easy to follow, step-by-step guide to help you.<... read more
The FAMED magazine is promoting the best talent by featuring some of the most creative people (designers, photographers, make-up artists, stylists, models etc.) in every magazine issue.