Photo: Jamar Stephens

Photo: Jamar Stephens

Afiya Francisco is a Style Expert, television and fashion personality, speaker, and brand ambassador. The Style House is a multimedia platform designed to help women approach their personal style with confidence, simplicity & joy. 

In Rotation: Christian Dare

This playlist is often playing in the studio and it may seem a bit all over the place but the choices reflect my diverse love of music. I grew up listening to early 80’s rock in my house and jazz at my grandfather’s - a bit of a chaotic mix but one that has definitely informed my love of RnB and Hip Hop. No matter how divergent these songs seem, there is one thing all these songs share - they are songs that continue to inspire me and cater to my every mood (from a Rude Boy to a Girl Gone Wild). And besides these are all great songs to stomp down the runway.

With a Masters in Fashion Branding/Creative Direction and experience in virtually every visual facet of retail – from in-store stylist to national visual merchandising manager – at major brands like Gap, Club Monaco, Ralph Lauren, H&M and Holt Renfrew; Christian has worked coast-to-coast in every major Canadian fashion hub from Vancouver to Halifax. This culmination of experience led him to create, with partner Gail McInnes, Stylist Box – an innovative platform that acts as a bridge between designers & brands and fashion insiders such as celebrities, stylists, and editors. In the SB showroom, heavyweight Canadian designer pieces, such as Lucian Matis, sit alongside emerging designers (remember the name Hilary Macmillan – she is on the cusp on explosion) – a formula that champions the landscape of Canadian fashion. As diverse as the brands that he represents, Christian taste in music is as equally distinct. Here's Part I of a playlist that Christian created for The Style House.

  • Fame 90 – David Bowie
  • Personal Jesus – Depeche Mode
  • Freedom 90 – George Michael
  • Take me Out – Franz Ferdinand
  • Celebrity Skin – Hole
  • Stupid Girl – Garbage
  • Filthy Gorgeous – Scissor Sisters
  • Carmen – Lana del Ray
  • I Feel it All – Feist
  • The Love Club – Lorde

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Backstage Pass – Steven & Chris