This one got surprisingly emotional! Melodie Reynolds is a beauty brand founder/ CEO who is breaking all the rules when it comes to makeup. Be it the marketing messages or packaging or ingredients or corporate culture Melodie is maintaining the empowering elements of adornment through beauty while breaking the traditional molds of the billion dollar industry. Follow Elate and Melodie: @elatecosmetics www.elatebeauty.com @melodieelated Follow host Donna Bishop: @thisisdonnab Follow and learn more about CAFA - Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards @cafawards

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Smash + Tess is a community, a fashion brand and the dream of mother/ daughter team Ashley Freeborn and Teresa Freeborn. Hailed as starting the "Romper Revolution" Ashley's vision goes well beyond the freedom and comfort of the casual dressing that has taken the globe by storm since 2020. But what does being comfortable really mean? Have we shed a metaphorical corset since the onset of Covid? Hear Ashley's thoughts on this in more. Follow & Discover Smash + Tess: https://smashtess.com/ @smashtess Follow host Donna Bishop: @thisisdonnab Follow CAFA: @cafawards

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Michelle and Karen love weddings, but that doesn't mean they didn't see the point of reevaluating the traditions and tropes of the typical, heteronormative, western wedding. We dive into the bridal, white wedding dress and the crushing pressures that the billion dollar wedding industry can impose upon women as they celebrate their nuptials. As authors of The New Wedding Book: A Guide to Ditching All the Rules, Michelle and Karen uncover the historical foundation of the traditional wedding gown (thank you Queen Victoria, but mostly Princess Grace and Princess Diana) in the hopes of supporting couples to make choices that align with their perspectives, values and forge new tradtions. The New Wedding Book can be found here - https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/the-new-wedding-book-a/9781459747111-item.html?ikwid=the+new+wedding+book&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0#algoliaQueryId=b5ab362fe92db4785119f80c62cbe626 Follow Michelle and Karen: @thenewweddingbook @mbilodeau @karen_cleveland Follow host Donna Bishop @thisisdonnab @fashiontalkspod Learn more about CAFA @cafawards www.cafawards.ca

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Yossi has not just worked in fashion, it is in his DNA coming from a family of tailors. From running his own retail business to transitioning his expertise and inspiration to consulting for international brands with a unique, holistic approach. Through out this conversation, Yossi and Donna discuss: - the important relationship between business and mindset - how fashion does not equal clothing - the dramatically evolving relationship between brands and consumers - the powerful analogy of brand as religion - his words of wisdom at the cusp of a new year Follow Yossi Fisher: @yossi_fisher Book a free consulting session with Yossi www.yossifisher.com Follow host Donna Bishop @thisisdonnab

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Grace Lee has seen the beauty industry change a lot in her 26 years of experience. With strong opinions on the specific role of a fashion makeup artist, how social media is shaping the industry and her go-to products, Grace shares all this as well as behind the scenes stories from her days at fashion weeks around the world.

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It is About Far More than Bras & Underwear with Chantal Carter of Love and Nudes. In this episode Chantal Carter shares: * her inspirational and dramatic spark that planted the seed for Love and Nudes * what it means to be seen, and not be seen, in fashion * how she created her own opportunity * what it means to see other companies, larger companies, take a bite of your market Where to find Chantal: @loveandnudes www.loveandnudes.com Where to find Donna: @thisisdonnab @fashiontalkspod To learn more about CAFA: @cafawards www.cafawards.ca

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Meredith Shaw is a leader of Canadian Fashion Authority, On-Air personality on CHUM FM and Style-Expert on The Social + The Marilyn Denis Show. Meredith inspires women of all sizes across the country through body positivity activism, modelling and style expertise. Donna and Meredith talk about: * Working in fashion as a curvy woman * The language of body types * Taking the emotion out of size * The challenge of the word "inclusive" sizing * Dispelling myths of curvy women Mentioned in this Episode: @diana.dares http://www.marielleelizabeth.com/ https://www.hilarymacmillan.com/ Where to Meredith Shaw: * @meredithshaw - including her body language series * https://www.femmefaire.ca/ for the MEREband in support of Girls Inc. - a National Organization encouraging young women of all backgrounds to be strong, smart and bold Where to Find Host Donna Bishop * @thisisdonnab * @fashiontalkspod Our Producing Partner @cafawards - the Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards

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Fashion designer Tanya Taylor is full of surprises. Whether it is dressing strong, powerful woman (hello, Michelle Obama) or sharing her unique journey to fashion design or talking about the joys of print and colour, Tanya is full of optimism and inspiration. Follow on Instagram: @fashiontalkspod @thisisdonnab @tanyataylor

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Next In Fashion designer Charles Lu is exactly as you see him on the popular Netflix series host by Tan France and Alexa Chung. He is candid, warm, funny and full of stories. He openly chats with host Donna Bishop about his childhood, his love of fashion and the experience of being on an international TV show sensation. Follow us in Instagram! FashionTalks at @fashiontalkspod Host Donna Bishop @thisisdonnab Today's guest Charles at @charles__lu

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Before COVID, Donna Bishop sat down with fashion designer Catherine Addai. She has an amazing story of turning her side hustle fashion brand, Kaela Kay, into an international sensation. From being featured on CNN to infusing her Ghanaian roots into her designs, Catherine shares her journey with humour and directness.

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