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Wabano’s style is influenced by her upbringing in powwows and Vogue

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The Shopping Essentials team knows everything about technical or comfort gear, but when it comes to fashion and trends we are very aware that we need to call in an expert. Enter Scott Wabano, a Canadian fashion designer, a 2Spirit Cree from the Cree Nation of Waskaganish in the Eeyou Istchee region of northern Quebec and a friendly trailblazer.

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I caught up with Wabano at Meta (Instagram’s parent company) offices in Toronto, Ontario to talk fashion. When Wabano entered the room, all eyes were on her. If I wasn’t there to meet them, I wouldn’t dare march to them in my cotton sweatshirt, dressed neatly enough in jeans.

Wabano looks so fierce and is a sweet, friendly, and fun person to explore the meta offices with. (The Meta team brought Wabano and I together because they are an amazing local talent, rocking in the fashion industry and on Instagram, and representing the indigenous communities in a fabulous way.)

After getting distracted by the bright colors on Meta’s walls, Wabano and I sat down to talk about what’s hot right now and what should never be hot again.

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Wabano’s most popular current fashion trends

All leathers: Matrix vibes. Leather from head to toe. Think back to the early 2000s.
Black Faux Leather Split Hem Pants ($95) | Black Double Button Blazer ($95)

Long opera gloves: Printed gloves. Early 1900s. Gloves and Corsets. Styled for today.
Marine Serre Crescent Moon Elbow Length Gloves ($290) | Faux Leather Opera Gloves ($24.99)

berets: Called Bangeeks in the Cree communities. Cree elders wear them. Connects western and indigenous worlds.

Bon Bon Beret ($126) | Wool Hats ($20.99)

A fashion trend that needs to come back: Wabano asserts that the fashion industry is cyclical, so what was in style will come back. They hope that colored skinny jeans will enter the scene sooner or later.

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Simons.ca has us covered.

A must-have fashion trend never Come back: “Never say never. But so do moon boots,” Wabano joked. “If you’re looking for boots that will keep your feet warm, Mukluks are the way to go.”

Teepee Moccasin ($69.99) | Manitoba mukluks

Ladies teepee moccasin
Ladies teepee moccasin Sporting Life photo

The current state of fashion staples

I have no idea what’s in style and what should be upcycled or donated in my closet, so I challenged Wabano to a rapid-fire Q&A. I mentioned a wardrobe staple and asked Wabano to say two words that represent the current state of each fashion piece. My example was, “If I say ‘jeans,’ you might say ‘high-waisted’ or ‘flared.'” I was half right.

Jeans: High-waisted + structured (e.g. corduroy)
The Sassy Jeans of the ’90s ($161) | BDG Baggy High Waist Corduroy Pants ($89)

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Pullover: Cozy + classic
The Oversized Alpaca Crew ($150) | Amazon Aware Pointelle Crew Neck Sweater ($49)

Heels: High heels + platforms
Amma Platform Slingback Sandal ($219.95)

Runner: Nike N7 + Adidas

T shirts: Graphics + slim
Graphic Tees @ Urban Outfitters | Graphic T-Shirts on Amazon

Purses/Bags: Upcycled + beads/fur. (Wabano adds that there are a lot of bags in Cree culture — packsacks, hunting bags — bags really complete the look.)
Discover bags with pearls.

athleisure: Lesley Hampton + Hilary MacMillan (Canadian designers with sizing included)

Jewelry: pearls + silver
Yuzu Pearl Necklace with Pearl & Glass (US$150) | Silver Bead Bracelet ($69)

Bracelet made of silver beads
Bracelet made of silver beads Photo by Simons

About Scott Wabano

Wabano grew up in the Moose Cree First Nation area known as Moose Factory, Ont. Wabano has always been inspired by fashion, both classic indigenous styles and western classics such as fashion magazines and Sex and the City. Noting the lack of Indigenous representation in fashion magazines, Wabano set out to do just that.

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Wabano now lives in Toronto, Ontario and works as a freelance stylist, fashion designer and model. They have worked on nationwide projects for Sephora, Ikea and Toronto Indigenous Fashion Week.

It took some time for Wabano to realize that they could be themselves in the fashion world. You grew up watching movies like The devil Wears Prada and saw the cold, distant, transactional approach to the industry. Now Wabano is proud to be herself and represent the indigenous peoples in the mainstream.

Q: How would you describe your style?

A: Unique, but deadly. Traditional, bougie and modern. Hiking in two worlds – western and indigenous. beadwork and embroidery. I grew up with powwows and Vogue.

Q: Is indigenous fashion for everyone?

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A: When an Indigenous designer offers their clothing line to non-Indigenous communities, it is for everyone. It’s actually important to buy from Indigenous designers to support them. If a designer didn’t want non-Indigenous people to wear their clothes, they wouldn’t be widely available. However, if you ever have any doubts, reach out to the designer and ask them.

Non-Indigenous people should not wear any ceremonial or insignia.

Q: Who is your style icon?

A: Rihanna. I bond with her because we both grew up on a small island. She’s also a chameleon with her style.

Also, Virgil Abloh, Louis Vuitton’s first black artistic director, recently passed. I love the Abloh clothing line Off white.

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