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  • Stacey Bafi-Yeboa kicking off the KANIA Fall/Winter 2015 show (George Pimentel)Stacey Bafi-Yeboa kicking off the KANIA Fall/Winter 2015 show (George Pimentel)
    During a runway presentation, a designer is usually nowhere to be seen — at least from the front row. They’re usually backstage making sure everything runs smoothly until they make a brief appearance at the end of the show.

    But not Stacey Bafi-Yeboa, the Ottawa-based designed behind KANIA. She kicked off her first World MasterCard Fashion Week collection on Thursday by putting herself front and centre – literally – by doing a dance on stage before the models started strutting their stuff.

    For many designers, this might seem over-the-top, maybe even self-centered. But for Bafi-Yeboa, who spent years as a successful Broadway dancer before turning to design, it makes perfect sense.

    A model dancing down the runway at KANIA (George Pimentel)A model dancing down the runway at KANIA (George Pimentel)
    “I always wanted to be a fashion designer before I started my dance career, “ she says. “When I was dancing on Broadway, I was always looking for the perfect thing to wear after class. Something that was comfortable, that felt luxurious, that was great for me to wear – and I couldn’t find it. So I started

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  • To an unsuspecting audience, a runway show might appear near perfection.

    Wrong.

    The scene backstage is often hectic with lost shoes, zippers breaking and makeup being smeared on crisp white dresses that cost more than your yearly rent. Enter the wardrobe stylist, the behind-the-scenes fashion wizard you almost never see or hear about.

    The stylist is part a team that assists the designer in creating a certain image or feel for the runway show. Beyond that, they also pull shoes and accessories and deal with all the mishaps that occur behind the scenes. Stressful much?

    A look from Helder Diego Fall/Winter 2015A look from Helder Diego Fall/Winter 2015
    We went backstage at the Helder Diego show at World MasterCard Fashion Week to watch Dwayne Kennedy, stylist and fashion director at The Collections, work his magic. Between fielding any mishaps and making sure models were looking their best before hitting the runway, he managed to take some time to show us a few backstage style hacks for when things don’t go according to plan.

    Backstage style hacks to keep in your

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  • In our eyes, ketchup with macaroni and cheese are just one of the new product possibilities. (Getty Images)In our eyes, ketchup with macaroni and cheese are just one of the new product possibilities. (Getty Images)

    Today’s announcement that Heinz would be purchasing Kraft got us thinking… just imagine all the snacking possibilities that open up once two huge food brands join forces. Here’s a list of some of the mashups of Kraft and Heinz products that we’d like to see:

    Pre-Ketchup’d Kraft Dinner

    This one is incredibly obvious, but it’s such a good idea it bears mentioning anyway. Just imagine it: No more struggling with the exact proportions of ketchup-to-noodle ratios. Just cook up your Kraft Dinner and the ketchupy goodness will already be there. I’d also settle for a packet of ketchup to be thrown in with the box of KD, much like the cheese mixture. Either way, saves me buying ketchup.

     

    Lea & Perrins and Shake 'n' Bake chicken (Kraft/Prevention)Lea & Perrins and Shake 'n' Bake chicken (Kraft/Prevention)

    Lea & Perrins-flavoured Shake ‘n Bake

    The uniquely-flavoured and difficult-to-pronounce condiment Worcestershire sauce has been used on meat for decades, and Shake ‘n Bake is handy for when plain chicken just won’t do. The two are a natural pair, and it would cut out the added step of having to, y'know,

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