Designer Spotlight episodes are the origin stories of fashion designers.  What kind of kid were they growing up? What did they submit to design school? When did clothing and fashion start to be an important force in their life? Donna Bishop asks about them, not their collections. Nikki Yassemi is a Canadian, Austrian born, raised in Iran designer with a long family history of couture, dress making and visual arts. Her label Narces, which she runs with her husband Stefan.

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The fashion industry is fraught with copy cats and big business legal battles. While the notion of IP (intellectual property) protection within fashion is a relatively modern notion, fashion and branding lawyer Ashlee Froese discusses why it is a critical issue to designers and consumers alike.

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In a relatively short time period, consumers have gone from having to visit a store to touch and feel an item in order to purchase it, to purchasing off a website, to purchasing pre-production through sites like Kickstarter. Christine Carlton, founder and CEO of The September, discusses the evolution of the luxury consumer.

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With a Masters from Polimoda, one of the top 10 fashion institutes in the world, Trend Forecaster Emily Miller Palmquist discusses the evolution of fashion as status and how what we wear holds more meaning than taste.

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Carly Stojsic, former Market Editor at Worth Global Style Network and internationally sought after Trend Forecaster, shares insights into how items become the “it thing” for a season and what exactly is a “trend” anyway. Carly is is known as being one of Canada’s...

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Travel enthusiast, Toronto expert and founder/ editor-in-chief of the popular lifestyle blog She Does the City, Jen McNeely discusses the relationship between fashion and the cities we live in. Weather and personal style may not be the only thing influencing the clothes you put on in the morning.

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Gail McInnes, founder of the celebrity showroom The Stylist Box, shares anecdotes of helping celebrities find the ideal outfit, discusses the history of and key moments on the red carpet and why we love it so much. Gail has worked in the fashion industry for over twenty years with a focus on managing and promoting entrepreneurs and performers.

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Celebrity stylist Alexis Honce and Fashion Editor of The Kit Jillian Vieira discuss how fashion has moved from the domain of the very rich and the famous to an all access industry and why 1988 was such an influential year.

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Think it is all fluff? Think again. Executive Director of the world renown Toronto Fashion Incubator Susan Langdon and acclaimed fashion designer David Dixon talk why fashion is an industry not to be over looked or under valued.

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Fashion insiders Glen Baxter and Lisa Tant share personal stories of when fashion changed their lives from early childhood through their professional lives at Fashion Television, international fashion weeks, Flare Magazine, luxury retailer Holt Renfrew and more.

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