Podcast Episodes

Episode 41: Lyndi Barrett of Style Calling

After months of failures, the Hags finally succeeded in getting our guest Lyndi Barrett of StyleCalling.com into the basement for a hot chat. Turns out all it took was for our schedules to work out! And don’t get too bothered, it was only hot temperature-wise: Lyndi is very cool. And she knows all the best fashion words. Let’s get into it, mmk?


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Before you do anything, check out her gorgeous blog, Style Calling if for nothing other than dreamy pics of her adorable dog Madison. He’s so fancy he lives in a mountain chalet in Whistler. What a gooooood booooooooyyy!!

One of the great words Lyndi knows is Ruana, a drapey scarf-style cover up like this one that Katie found at the East Side Flea. Please ignore the fact that this photo was not taken by a professional or even in a room resembling anything remotely close to professional. If there is one thing the Hags are not, it’s professional.


Lyndi is also a teacher at Blanche MacDonald here in Vancouver. It’s a great school that primarily focusses on esthetics and make-up design but they also have a Fashion Design program that is worth checking out if you are curious about Fashion Schools.


Abby and Katie jointly were obsessed with The Keepers on Netflix. It’s a tough watch but so good. Get ready to get angry enough to pace the floor a few times.

Lyndi is also obsessed with the documentaries on Netflix and with so many to choose from, how can you pick just one?

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Katie is obsessed with a new pair of shoes she got from Maiwa on Granville Island here in Vancouver. These handmade leather Jutis simply could not be left in the store because I mean, please.

Evan paid a trip to Hey Jude and fell in love with the Boy Smells candles they have available there. His first choice is “Kush” but there are lots of smelly boys to choose from.


For some reason we’ll never understand (yeah right) Abby is obsessed with a new app called Patternator:

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New favorite app! #patternator

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I mean, come on. How could you not?

Thanks so much for listening! You can find Lyndi at StyleCalling.com as well at on facebook and @stylecalling on instagram and twitter. So do that, yes?

As for the Hags, find us in all the usual places.

Twitter @fashionhagspod
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Find Evan on Instagram @evanducharmestudio also check out his website at http://www.evanducharme.com.


Podcast Episodes

Episode 33: Fashion For Good, Not Evil

It’s the season of love and the Hags are looking for good things to love in Fashion. And guess what? Despite the turmoil the world seems to be in these days, we managed to find some! Time for a chit chat on a handful of fashion companies that are using their powers for good rather than evil – can it be true?! It can and it is, Hags. Give it a listen, mmk?


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Before getting into the fun stuff, Abby enlightens us about a major Mothering win – pulling off the impossible task of getting a toddler, an infant, and a caught-off-guard Mom to a birthday party in 15 minutes. Not all the boxes were checked but it was good enough. Who needs a bra anyway.

Katie went 5-pin bowling and it was a goddamn riot. Turns out it is not just for children despite the size of the balls.

Evan has been really enjoying the Metis dancing he’s signed up for – is there a downside to connecting to your roots while shaking your ass in a effectual way at the same time? No there is not.


That’s Evan in the skirt, obvs.

Before we get into the sheez, don’t forget our Oscars Red Carpet Facebook Live event on Feb 26 (4-5pm) – we want your questions, your judgments, your emojis! Join this big dumb party with us and don’t forget to byo cheetos please.

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Fashion for good, not evil – how it is possible? It’s a worldwide industry that is massively exploitative and polluting across most brands so it’s hard to find big companies to feel good about. But it turns out there are a few and they are worth a full podcast of discussion because we should all be paying more attention.

Katie’s example is Patagonia – a leader in the outdoor lifestyle industry – who recently pulled out of the Outdoor Retailers show in Salt Lake City, Utah as a protest against the Utah government’s land protection (or lack thereof) policy regarding the Bears Ears National Monument.


The initial article from Teton Gravity is here; the Guardian articles are here and here. Read them and read some more and then some more. A google search with a pile of info is easy to find (here’s one) so let us know what you think about this kind of action to get some shit done.


Here’s Obama kitesurfing for some feel goods. God damn he will be missed.



Abby enlightens the Hags about some cool shit H&M are doing to triumph over evil (and the bottom line, lets be real). The Conscious Collection was a good first step for the company but they are working to turn those little steps into bigger steps forward, primarily in Myanmar. Read about it here.


It is a bummer that H&M has been embarrassed before for the low ages of workers in their factories in Myanmar, but, they are trying to end the days of the $5 t-shirt (hopefully…) and it has to start somewhere. (Links are to the same article.)
They are also employing Syrian refugees in Turkey (which, as it turns out, may be not such a good thing? Employing people in need is a good thing but employing children in need is maybe not so good…)

Also, if you aren’t already, listen to Retail Nightmares because it is hilarious and delightful and weird and just so great.



Evan tells us about some cool shit that Opening Ceremony is doing in light of the batshit craziness that is the Muslim ban in the US. As immigrants themselves, its designers are donation 100% of their profits from their Action capsule collection to the ACLU. Say what?!

It’s pretty cool to see a cool,  young, hip company like Opening Ceremony step up to the powers that be and raise some shit up when they see a need for it. Plus, the prices are decent enough that these pieces will sell and generate some real funds for the ACLU.


Evan is obsessed with The Young Pope and Jude Law in particular for his Hannibal-esque performance.


The Papal Tiara, btw:



Katie is obsessed with The OA on Netflix because it is storytelling done right and hella weird at the same time:


Abby is obsessed with Iris Van Herpen’s couture show because she is also weird as shit and infinitely creative:


PS – the M2M video of the show is here so watch it now and then watch all the other Iris Van Herpen videos because she is a wizard.
The Queens of Couture documentary is also worth a watch (or rewatch) on M2M too.


Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to Like us on Facebook and tune in for the Oscars Red Carpet Facebook Live Event on Feb 26! Bring the chips and the dips and see you at 4pm PST for the gowns, hunnies! The GOWNS!

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As always, you can follow us on:

Twitter @fashionhagspod
Facebook at Fashion Hags Podcast.

LISTEN, RATE, SUBSCRIBE on iTUNES! Don’t forget to tell your friends how great we are.

Got an idea for an episode? Email us at fashionhags@gmail.com, we love hearing from you.

Find Abby on Instagram @abbyshumka
Find Katie on Instagram @redbirdsuite, also check out her blog, redbirdsuite.wordpress.com for some probably outdated posts.
Find Evan on Instagram @evanducharmestudio also check out his website at http://www.evanducharme.com.



Podcast Episodes

Episode 16: What is a trend and how do they happen?

How does a given item all of the a sudden show up everywhere? Who decides that cerulean is the “it” color of the season? WHO CAN WE COMPLAIN TO ABOUT CROP TOPS COMING BACK? This week we talk about how trends pop up, proliferate and die.


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Poor, darling Evan. So tired. Still love him tho.



Abby Went to see The Cure at the people watching was BEYOND amazing. The teenager protesting by reading was the best part. Oh, and the band was great too.


Katie also went to a concert; she went to see the supremely talented Krystle Dos Santos. And word to the less-than-wise: PUT YOUR GD PHONES AWAY AND ENJOY THE SHOW.


Now! On to the rest!

The best way to illustrate how fashion trends happen is this little scene from The Devil Wears Prada


Here is the article Abby is referencing – How Do Trends Happen? by Jonathan Openshaw from Mr. Porter. The DOI theory is crucial for tracking many aspects of society but applying it to fashion trends can really help outline who chooses the next cool thing and how it then spreads throughout populations, and how they taper off when the novelty is gone.


DOI (Diffusion of Innovation) Graph


1 – INNOVATORS: Brand new, game changing ideas from outside the box like Dior’s “New Look” and Yves Saint Laurent’s “Le Smoking”.


2 – EARLY ADOPTERS: Who spot those new ideas and then make them their own, giving the world the first view of a new “cool” thing, like Hedi Slimane did in the mid 2000s with the “Slim” cut for Dior Homme that he saw in London’s music scene. That shit is everywhere now.



3 – EARLY MAJORITY: Now comes the mass media dissemination. Openshaw uses the example of a single community of thousands exploding with a particular look/theme, like the bearded-plaid-fixie-bike-lover of Williamsburg back in 2010. Suddenly, they ALL had the same thing going on.


Back in 2010, this guy was cool. Now he’s a dillweed.


4 – LATE MAJORITY: This group needs a lot of reassurance to get on board with a new trend. Seeing it in select publications and people who have their fingers on the pulse can make them feel ok with trying a new item. Quite often this is the “MUST HAVE” or “IT” item you’ll see in magazines, style blogs and tv show. There are a large number of designer handbags that become popular in here like the LV Multicolor Monogram Speedy, Chloe Paddington, Fendi Baguette, Balenciaga City Bag and the Mulberry Bayswater. Now knock offs are widespread too.

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5 – LAGGARDS: Trends fire up and then die out, it’s just a matter of time. Low rise jeans were ubiquitous for a while and now the 1″ fly is hard to find (thank GOD, my muffin tops thank the trends gods). Some go fast, some slowly. Some would argue the “hipster” is on it’s way out.


Will the manbun go bye bye? A lot are praying it does.

Current Obsessions!

These Paro Deez videos are keeping Evan’s  spirit alive. Need a catty pick-me-up? Check this one out –


And you can never have enough baby bulldog videos!


Oh and this one has brought us so much joy over the years –


Katie is making everyone hungry by talking about Cooked on Netflix. Only four episodes, you can do that, right? Just be sure to have snacks on hand so you don’t go insane.


Abby is spending way too much time online looking at pictures from the show Outlander because the costumes are way intense and beautiful. Think like Game of Thrones level but they combine 18th century clothing with 20th century runway designs. Check out the costume designer Terry Dresbach’s website for so so so so many images from the show and from her inspiration. Some of Abby’s favourite looks here –

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Remember that “New Look” picture you saw farther up in this post? WELL CHECK THIS SHIT OUT!

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Thanks for listening! As always, you can follow us on:

Twitter @fashionhagspod
Facebook at Fashion Hags Podcast.


Got an idea for an episode? Email us at fashionhags@gmail.com, we love that shit.

Find Abby on Instagram @abbyshumka
Find Katie on Instagram @redbirdsuite and check out her blog http://www.redbirdsuite.com
Find Evan on Instagram @evanducharmestudio & @evndchrm, also check out his website at http://www.evanducharme.com

Remember: keep your pants on, it’s only fashion.