Five Takeaways From Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto

Faced with the pandemic this year, the biennial Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto (IFWTO) chose to go virtual this time around—but if you’re thinking that meant just a handful of live-streamed runway shows, you’re greatly mistaken. Held from November 26 to 29, IFWTO drew in some of the biggest names in Indigenous fashion—including designers such as Evan Ducharme, Lesley Hampton, and streetwear brands such as Mobilize and Section 35. Now in its second year, it’s become more than a week of catwalks, and instead, a multi-platform experience, complete with special short films, a shoppable marketplace, and even live panel discussions. 

IFWTO is currently one of the biggest showcases of Indigenous design in North America. The event provides a much-needed space for underrepresented talent to showcase their work on a large scale, all of whom challenge preconceived notions of what Indigenous design is and can be. Whether it’s streetwear or accessories, these designers—from a variety of tribes—all infused their work with messages of maintaining tradition and practicing sustainability. 

This mindful spirit is what sets apart IFWTO from other fashion weeks, says Sage Paul, IFWTO’s founder and artistic director. “It’s based in community, and our connections to our way of life,” says Paul, who is Denesuliné. “Everything I know about being Native is from family, so it’s really important to recognize where we’ve come from, and recognize the people who pass things on to us. We are a fashion week, but it’s also about bringing people together.” Unabated by the pandemic, the fashion week is gaining traction, fast. “It’s growing much quicker than we had expected,” says Paul. “I hope that we are not only this incredible platform for designers to be able to show and sell their work, but also so that consumers can do their own research and find really cool stuff.”  

Below, the five need-to-know takeaways from this year’s Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto.

1. The presentation formats were unconventional. 

Over 15 Indigenous designers participated in the IFWTO “shows” this year. Their new collections were shown via short films created and directed by IFWTO, with each film featuring their pieces worn by models. The models didn’t just walk down a catwalk, rather moved around a special set in the clothes to choreography done by the Indigenous dancer Brian Solomon. “We still wanted it to feel like they were at IFTWO,” says Paul of the nontraditional format. “We still want people to feel like they’re going to a live show and that there was a vibe. We watch so much online, and we really wanted to lift people up and [have them] be excited about what they’re seeing.” The films are available to view on IFWTO’s YouTube page. 

2. Collections were rooted in tradition.

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‘Bleak Friday’ for Stores as Pandemic Pushes Holiday Shopping Online

The 2020 edition of Black Friday did not offer the usual scenes of bustling stores and shoppers lined up outside discount chains and electronics retailers. Instead, most people bought online, if they bought at all.

Crowds at malls and city shopping districts were relatively sparse over the holiday weekend in the face of rising coronavirus cases and warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to avoid large groups. Major chains closed on Thanksgiving, after years of being open that day. And many Americans did their shopping before the weekend even began, drawn by sales that began in October.

Analysts at Morgan Stanley estimated that retailers’ overall Black Friday sales fell 20 percent from last year, based on early reports of drops in store foot traffic and increases in online sales. Consumers spent $9 billion online on Friday, a 21.6 increase from last year and the second-biggest figure for online retailers ever, according to Adobe Analytics, which scans 80 percent of online transactions across the top 100 U.S. web retailers. The firm said online sales rose to $23.5 billion in the four-day Thanksgiving-to-Sunday period, up 23 percent from last year.

“This wasn’t a Black Friday, it was a bleak Friday in stores,” said David Bassuk, global co-head of the retail practice at AlixPartners, a consulting firm. “It is such a stark contrast to past years. The stores were really ghost towns.”

The early results from the weekend, which has traditionally kicked off holiday shopping in the United States, show how the season is being upended by the pandemic. Major retailers started offering deals well before Halloween, a shift that was amplified by Amazon’s decision to hold its annual Prime Day event in the middle of October. Consumers have been encouraged to shop early to avoid shipping delays. Chains have replicated deals once limited to stores on their websites and canceled visits with Santa Claus to minimize crowds.

Americans were already spending online before the pandemic, but the crisis has accelerated the trend. About 59 percent of shoppers had started their holiday shopping by early November this year, the National Retail Federation said. Shopper foot traffic declined 52 percent on Friday, according to data from Sensormatic Solutions.

“The ability to pull the holiday forward may linger with us,” said Simeon Siegel, a retail analyst at BMO Capital Markets. “It’s been a long time since Black Friday was simply three hours in the morning on Friday. Black Friday was already stretched into early November, it just happened to make it into October as well.”

During earnings calls in November, several retail executives said they were uncertain about how much holiday shopping had actually been done in October and early November. Matthew Bilunas, chief financial officer at Best Buy, said that “it’s really difficult to predict exactly how much was pulled into” the third quarter.

Most retailers operate on a calendar where the fourth quarter starts in November and ends in January, in part to fully capture the holiday shopping season.

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John Gilbert Getty was found dead in ‘Indian style sitting pose’ on hotel bed in front of his laptop

John Getty, a grandson of billionaire oil tycoon J. Paul Getty and heir to the estimated $5billion family fortune, was found dead while in an ‘Indian style sitting pose’ with both his eyes and mouth wide open, DailyMail.com can reveal.

According to a police report obtained by DailyMail.com Getty’s body was discovered by staff in a $500 a night suite at the luxury Hotel Emma in downtown San Antonio, Texas on November 20.

The hotel staffer told police he entered Getty’s room because it had past the noon check out time and they were unable to get hold of him.

John Gilbert Getty, 52, was an heir to billionaire oil tycoon J. Paul Getty. He was found dead while in an 'Indian style sitting pose' with both his eyes and mouth wide open, DailyMail.com can reveal. The cause of death is currently unknown but foul play is not suspected, authorities said

John Gilbert Getty, 52, was an heir to billionaire oil tycoon J. Paul Getty. He was found dead while in an ‘Indian style sitting pose’ with both his eyes and mouth wide open, DailyMail.com can reveal. The cause of death is currently unknown but foul play is not suspected, authorities said

According to a police report obtained by DailyMail.com Getty's body was discovered by staff in a $500 a night suite at the luxury Hotel Emma in downtown San Antonio, Texas on November 20

According to a police report obtained by DailyMail.com Getty’s body was discovered by staff in a $500 a night suite at the luxury Hotel Emma in downtown San Antonio, Texas on November 20

When the hotel staffer  entered he found Getty on the bed, said he was 'cold to the touch' and he was unable to wake him. The San Antonio Police Department report, compiled by Officer Rosendo Hoyos, refers to Getty as SB1 and the hotel staffer as R1. It states: 'SB1 was found upstairs lying back on some pillows from an Indian style sitting position on his bed in front of his laptop. SB1 had his glasses in his left hand, eyes were open, mouth was open'

When the hotel staffer  entered he found Getty on the bed, said he was ‘cold to the touch’ and he was unable to wake him. The San Antonio Police Department report, compiled by Officer Rosendo Hoyos, refers to Getty as SB1 and the hotel staffer as R1. It states: ‘SB1 was found upstairs lying back on some pillows from an Indian style sitting position on his bed in front of his laptop. SB1 had his glasses in his left hand, eyes were open, mouth was open’

When he entered he found Getty on the bed, said he was ‘cold to the touch’ and he was unable to wake him.

The San Antonio Police Department report, compiled by Officer Rosendo Hoyos, refers to Getty as SB1 and the hotel staffer as R1.

It states: ‘SB1 was found upstairs lying back on some pillows from an Indian style sitting position on his bed in front of his laptop. SB1 had his glasses in his left hand, eyes were open, mouth was open.’

The officer said there were no signs of foul play and everything appeared ‘neat and orderly’.

Getty, 52, was pronounced dead at 12.33pm by the San Antonio Fire Department, the report states.

The document states that hotel staff had said Getty had been staying at the hotel for almost three weeks, since November 1, but it was later discovered that Getty’s personal assistant and friend had dropped him off at the hotel on November 6.

Ivy Getty, pictured right, paid tribute to her father John Gilbert Getty on Instagram after he was found dead in a Texas hotel room on Friday

Ivy Getty, pictured right, paid tribute to her father John Gilbert Getty on Instagram after he was found dead in a Texas hotel room on Friday 

His daughter, Ivy Getty, posted a loving tribute to her father along with some photos of the pair

His daughter, Ivy Getty, posted a loving tribute to her father along with some photos of the pair

Ivy memorialized her father in a series of touching Instagram stories on Monday. She shared of photo of the 'Getty boys' in which her father (in pink) is seen alongside his late brother Andrew (right) and surviving siblings Peter (bottom middle) and Billy (left)

Ivy memorialized her father in a series of touching Instagram stories on Monday. She shared of photo of the ‘Getty boys’ in which her father (in pink)

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Philip Green’s Arcadia UK Fashion Group Falls Into Administration | Investing News

LONDON (Reuters) – British tycoon Philip Green’s Arcadia fashion group has collapsed into administration, putting over 13,000 jobs at risk and becoming the country’s biggest corporate casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic so far.

Deloitte said late on Monday it had been appointed Arcadia’s administrator and would seek buyers for the group’s brands: Topshop, Topman, Dorothy Perkins, Wallis, Miss Selfridge, Evans, Burton and Outfit.

The group trades from 444 leased sites in the United Kingdom and 22 overseas.

Deloitte said Arcadia’s stores would continue to trade, its online platforms would remain operational and supplies to concession partners would continue.

It said no redundancies were being immediately announced.

“We will be rapidly seeking expressions of interest and expect to identify one or more buyers to ensure the future success of the businesses,” said Matt Smith, Deloitte’s joint administrator.

Green, who was pictured over the weekend in Monaco where his 100 million pound ($133.26 million) super yacht Lionheart is docked, acquired Arcadia for 850 million pounds in 2002.

He had no immediate comment but his CEO laid the blame for Arcadia’s demise firmly on the pandemic.

“In the face of the most difficult trading conditions we have ever experienced, the obstacles we encountered were far too severe,” said Ian Grabiner.

While COVID-19 lockdowns pushed Arcadia over the edge, it has struggled in recent years, underinvesting and failing to keep pace with competitors in an increasingly online retail sector.

Its brands were squeezed between the likes of Inditex’s Zara, H&M, and Primark and online-only players ASOS and Boohoo.

A restructuring deal was approved by creditors last year, cutting rents and closing stores, but proved only a temporary respite.

Mike Ashley’s Frasers Group said on Monday it was interested in participating in any Arcadia sale process.

Topshop, once the go-to destination for teenagers and fashion lovers, is regarded by analysts as Arcadia’s most attractive asset.

Media reports have also identified Marks & Spencer, Next and Boohoo, as well as private equity players, as potential bidders for individual brands. All three companies declined to comment.

Arcadia’s collapse could have a knock-on impact on the future of department store chain Debenhams, which is already in administration and employs 12,000.

Arcadia is one of Debenhams’ biggest concession holders.

Shares in JD Sports Fashion, which has been linked with a takeover of Debenhams, closed up 5.9%, indicating it was losing interest. Shares in Frasers closed down 5.7%.

Arcadia’s workforce also faces uncertainty over a deficit in the company’s pension fund, estimated by analysts at about 350 million pounds.

As part of last year’s restructuring Arcadia agreed to provide 210 million pounds of security over property assets to the pension schemes, while Tina Green, Philip’s wife and the ultimate owner of Arcadia, agreed to contribute 100 million pounds to the schemes over three years.

“This is awful news for thousands of Arcadia employees just before Christmas,” said opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer.

“Philip Green should do the right thing and fill the Arcadia pension deficit.”

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RAM, LDV importer mounts big accessories push

Big suppliers sign on to Ateco’s new Upfitter outlet for RAM, Chevy, Ford trucks and more

More than 40 aftermarket accessory brands have signed on to a new initiative from RAM and LDV importer Ateco Group, which has developed an online store called Upfitter that is targeting Australian ute and SUV owners.

Whether it’s bull bars or spot lights, roof racks or suspension lift kits, big-name brands such as Warn, Husky, WeatherTech and many more are involved in the new e-commerce site, which is designed to cater for not only Ateco brands – vehicles such as the RAM 1500 and 2500, and the LDV T60 ute – but others including Ford and Chevrolet.

The move is clearly designed to cash in on the booming aftermarket accessories sector in Australia, as well as direct more business through Ateco’s 170-strong dealer network and servicing points which can fit the accessories.

Ateco claims its research and development team spent the past two years in the US to better understand the scale and capabilities of existing accessories before it decided to launch locally.

Upfitter’s chief operating officer, David Smitherman, says gaining local traction for Australian accessory manufacturers can be difficult.

“Upfitter allows them to have national exposure and significant fitment coverage, so we welcome the opportunity to represent them,” Smitherman said.

“Camping, off-roading, road trips and fishing adventures – these are all activities rooted deep in Australian culture and require fit-for-purpose accessories. If the product comes from Upfitter, it means it’s an accessory we’ve tested and loved.”

Ateco said the business is split between interior, exterior and performance hubs, covering “everything from antennas to fuel locks, floor mats to bed steps, lighting to suspension lifts” and that “this range is being added to daily”.

The company said that alongside universal fitment accessories, there are specific products for Ford, Chevrolet, LDV and RAM vehicles, with additional brands and vehicle types to be added early in 2021.

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This holiday season, everyone is shopping from home

The viral pandemic is accelerating a transformation of America’s holiday shopping season

NEW YORK — The viral pandemic is accelerating a transformation of America’s holiday shopping season.

Few people showed up at the mall this weekend, with millions of pandemic-wary shoppers staying home to shop online.

The result? Overall holiday sales are projected to rise a slight 0.9% in November and December — and even that modest gain will be due to an explosion in online shopping, according to the research firm eMarketer. It expects online sales to jump nearly 36%, while sales at physical stores fall 4.7%.

The online rush was on fully display Monday, known as Cyber Monday, a day of sales promoted by retailers back in 2005. Once the final numbers are tallied up, this year’s Cyber Monday is projected to become the biggest online shopping day in American history.

Here’s how this holiday shopping season is shaping up:

“BLEAK FRIDAY”

Black Friday, typically the frenzied kick-off of the holiday shopping season, was eerily quiet this year. Health officials had warned shoppers to stay home, and stores followed suit by putting their best deals online to discourage crowds.

Half as many people shopped inside stores this Black Friday than last year, according to retail data company Sensormatic Solutions.

“Black Friday was really Bleak Friday,” says David Bassuk, a member of the retail practice at the consulting firm AlixPartners.

Online was a decidedly different story. Sales hit a record $9 billion on Black Friday — up a sharp 22% from last year, according to Adobe Analytics, which tracks online shopping.

CYBER MONDAY STILL ON TOP

Even though shoppers had access to weeks of online deals, many held out for bargains that they could get only on Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving.

Amazon offered 30% off on board games and discounts on many of its gadgets. Target had 40% off Legos and robot vacuums for $75 off.

Cyber Monday is expected to generate as much as $12.7 billion in sales — a 35% jump from a year ago, according to Adobe Analytics.

SHIPPING SLOWDOWN

A big unknown hanging over the shopping season is this: Will retailers and shippers be able to deliver all those online orders in time for Christmas? Retailers have been warning shoppers to buy early this year, because with far more people shopping online during the pandemic, shippers may become overwhelmed with packages to deliver.

Prolonged delays could send people back to physical stores closer to Christmas, if many people eventually decide that old-fashioned stores are a more reliable way to obtain their gifts on time, said Charlie O’Shea, a retail analyst at Moody’s.

MORE CURBSIDE PICKUP

Curbside pickup, in which people order online and pick up at a store’s parking lot, is becoming a popular option for those who want their gifts right away or who fear that they won’t

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Amazon’s Best Cyber Monday Fashion Deals Starting at Just $11

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It’s hard to believe, but Cyber Monday is winding down! But don’t sweat it — there’s still plenty of time to shop. In fact, there are hundreds of deals happening on Amazon right now — especially in the fashion department. Your tech and homewear needs are likely covered at this point, so it may be time to treat yourself (and your closet) to an upgrade.

We’ve lined up all of the best deals on our favorite categories below — we’re talking denim, dresses, loungewear and more! These prices start as low as $11, so you don’t want to miss this opportunity to freshen up your ‘fits. There’s not much time left, so start shopping before the clock strikes midnight!

Check out more of our picks and deals here!

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The best Cyber Monday deals on PC accessories

When it comes to PC accessories, I always felt that Black Friday and Cyber Monday were some of the best times of the year to buy new PC-related products. If you are planning to upgrade or even build your very own PC, Black Friday is a good time to save money on the parts you need for your rig.



a desk with a laptop computer sitting on top of a table: Samsung’s Odyssey G9 curved gaming monitor.


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Samsung’s Odyssey G9 curved gaming monitor.

Several retailers are also discounting PC accessories such as gaming headsets and monitors. If you are looking for some PC games, you can check out our post that focuses on the best gaming deals. If you are looking for more tech deals, we have rounded up the best Black Friday deals across all the major retailers.

Gaming headset deals

Gaming mice deals

Gaming keyboard deals

Monitor deals

  • Samsung’s Odyssey G9 49-inch curved gaming monitor is $1,250 at B&H Photo (usually $1,480).
  • MSI’s Optix MAG271VCR 27-inch gaming monitor is $200 with code BFRDAY53 (usually $250).
  • Dell’s 27-inch S2721HGF curved 1080p gaming monitor (G-Sync, VA panel, 144Hz refresh rate) is $220 at Amazon. This model fluctuates in price between $220 and $300.
  • Asus’ TUF Gaming 165Hz FreeSync curved gaming monitor is $280 (usually $300).
  • Acer’s Nitro ED270 Xbmiipx UM.HE0AA.X01 240Hz 27-inch HD curved gaming monitor is $250 (usually $300).
  • MSI’s Optix G32CQ4 165Hz 32-inch 1440p curved gaming monitor is $310 (usually $360).
  • MSI’s Optix MAG272CRX 240Hz 27-inch HD curved gaming monitor is $320 (usually $350).
  • Asus’ TUF Gaming VG27WQ1B 165Hz 27-inch FreeSync curved monitor is $330 (usually $350).
  • Asus’ TUF Gaming VG32VQ1B 165Hz 32-inch FreeSync curved monitor is $360 (usually $400).
  • MSI’s Optix MAG322CQR 165Hz 32-inch 1440p curved gaming monitor is $370 (usually $430).
  • MSI’s Optix MAG341CQ 34-inch UWQHD 100Z FreenSync curved gaming monitor is $380 (usually $480).
  • MSI’s Optix MAG271VCR 27-inch gaming monitor is $200 at Adorama.
  • Acer’s XF270H Bbmiiprx 27” Full HD Zero Frame TN FreeSync and G-SYNC gaming monitor is $260 at Amazon (usually $320).
  • Dell’s 24-inch S2721HGF curved 1080p gaming monitor (G-Sync, VA panel, 144Hz refresh rate) is $171 at Amazon (usually $190).
  • ViewSonic’s 27-inch XG2760 1440p gaming monitor (VA, G-Sync, 165Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time) is $385 at Amazon (usually $550).
  • Samsung’s 32-inch Odyssey G7 gaming monitor is $600 with code BFRDAY49 (usually $800).
  • Samsung’s 49-inch Odyssey G9 curved gaming monitor is $1,250 (usually $1,480).

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Carrie Underwood Sings Holiday Classics in ‘My Gift’ Trailer

Carrie Underwood brings holiday classics and originals to the stage in the new trailer for My Gift, her Christmas special set to premiere December 3rd on HBO Max.

In the My Gift trailer, Underwood is accompanied by an orchestra as she sings standards like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “O Holy Night” alongside the original compositions “Let There Be Peace” and “Favorite Time of Year.” Additionally, John Legend makes an appearance in the special to perform their duet “Hallelujah.”

“For Christmas, it was always about just us being together,” Underwood says in the clip, “so more than anything I wanted to make this album full of so much love and so much heart, and we wanted to bring it to life in a visual way.”

The television event coincides with Underwood’s album My Gift, a collection of Christmas songs that was released in September. In addition to the songs featured in the trailer, Underwood also recorded versions of “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Away in a Manger,” and “The Little Drummer Boy,” which features her son Isaiah Fisher.

My Gift is the second televised holiday event to bear Underwood’s name. In 2009, she hosted Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special with guests including Christina Applegate, Dolly Parton, and Brad Paisley, though the music skewed more toward her radio hits than holiday tunes.

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Melania Trump unveils 2020 White House holiday decorations

This comes on the heels of Trump being labeled a Christmas grump after her stunning “Who gives a f— about the Christmas stuff and decorations?” comment to former East Wing adviser Stephanie Winston Wolkoff. The taped conversation, secretly recorded in 2018 and released in October, created a major stir.

Nevermind. The first lady carried on with her duties, and this year she’s dished up decorations that aptly reflect her patriotic theme, including ornaments in the Library that honor the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment and, in the State Dining Room, a gingerbread replica of the White House, including the recently renovated Rose Garden. The official White House Christmas tree, in the Blue Room, features more than 160 pieces of artwork created by students from each state honoring what they think makes their state beautiful.

A Red Room mantel honoring first responders, including a snow-dusted hospital, is a sobering moment in the tour, bringing attention to the pandemic that has killed more than 266,000 Americans.

The White House reported that “more than 125” volunteers worked on the project, and photos shared on the FLOTUS Twitter feed depict some wearing masks while participating in the weekend’s assembly sessions. (In 2018 and 2019, 225 volunteers worked on decorations.)

According to a Nov. 23 article from the Associated Press, the White House is still planning to host a number of holiday parties, despite CDC guidelines indicating that gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading the coronavirus. Stephanie Grisham, first lady Melania Trump’s spokeswoman and chief of staff, told the AP that this year’s holiday events will include smaller guest lists, require masks and encourage social distancing on the White House grounds. Hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the State Floor.

She told the AP: “Guests will enjoy food individually plated by chefs at plexiglass-protected food stations. All passed beverages will be covered. All service staff will wear masks and gloves to comply with food safety guidelines.”

The first lady’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comments on this or questions on how many gatherings were planned.

The 40 towering crimson topiary trees that appeared in the East Colonnade in 2018 (which quickly became known on social media as “the avenue of blood red trees”) this year have been replaced by classical urns filled with “foliage representative of the official tree of each state and territory.”

Certain decorations have become Christmas staples during the Trump era. Be Best ornaments honor the first lady’s children’s initiative. Her “signature wreaths” (pine circles with red bows) made their debut on exterior windows of the White House in 2017 and this year there are 106 wreaths, one adorning each window. The Gold Star Family Tree honoring military families is an annual tradition upon entering through the East Wing, and the 18th century Neapolitan Creche, now in its 53rd year on display at the White House, according to the first lady’s press

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