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life in “Flower Shop” (p. 96), they had a blooming good time (yes, we went there) on-set test driving the floral creations by Jaime McCuaig of Gunnar Floral Design. 3) We were pleasantly surprised when our roaming beauty editor VICTORIA DIPLACIDO actually came back to work after visiting Miserden, a gorgeous wisteriacovered estate in the Cotswolds, England, with Jo Malone London (p. 68). But it may not be for long. “I’m already plotting my return and hoping to run into
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle next time,” she says. 4) Model NOVA got back to nature in a big way during our “Into the Wild” photo shoot (p. 102) at Fronterra Farm in Prince Edward County, Ont. In addition to making standing in a marsh look high-fashion, she dangled from a tree and held her own against the snakes and dragonflies in the swamp. Hero. 5) Standing ovation to associate art director ELENA VILTOVSKAIA’s generous
husband, Jason, who lent us his Oscar Schmidt electric guitar for our shoe-shopping shoot (p. 42). 6) Writer JULIA SEIDL, who loves all things shiny (check out her bracelet game, above) ponders why she’s reluctant to get behind the brooch trend in “Pin-terest” (p. 48). So what accessory is she loving right now? “I’m obsessing over these XL door-knocker earrings that once belonged to my mom,” she says. “They remind me of early-’90s Versace—even though they’re probably from Eaton’s.”
TEXT, CARLI WHITWELL; PHOTOGRAPHY, NORMAN WONG (R. REMARK & G. LEE)
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AREER SUCCESS RARELY happens in a straight line, yet we can get stuck on the idea that it should be a one-way trajectory. That mindset—a fear of taking risks or trying new things, for example—can impact many areas of your working life, not least your happiness and job satisfaction. The stars of the fashion industry give the impression of effortless ascendancy, but look behind the scenes and you’ll find examples of how fundamental a moment of failure can be before one of triumph. Consider this: Marc Jacobs’ spring/summer 1993 collection for Perry Ellis was so poorly received that he was unceremoniously fired. Never mind that his directional show reflected a subculture that was about to become mass culture—critics were utterly despondent over the mix of Doc Martens, lumberjack shirts and dark floral dresses, which they labelled as anti-luxury and off-brand for the classic American sportswear label. Google the collection today and you’ll see that it’s still important Vanessa Craft and relevant (especially against the ’90s resurgence Editor-in-Chief currently happening in fashion). Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @vanessacraft. This failure was far from being Jacobs’ undoing; What do you want to see in the magazine? instead, it became a defining moment for the deTell us at editors@ELLECanada.com or #TellELLECanada. signer, who went on to become creative director for Louis Vuitton for 16 years as well as run his own eponymous lines. He later admitted that he struggled to create work that “meant something to [him]” during his time at Perry Ellis, a valuable postscript realization. Thinking differently about your career path and how to manage it is our focus in this month’s ELLE Guide: How to Build a Successful (and Happy) Career (page 70). As you read it, keep in mind the touchy-feely but true lesson to be learned from Jacobs’ experience: Sometimes you’ve just got to trust your own vision even if the world isn’t ready for it.
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What’s on the ELLE editors’ radar this month. KANDLE’S ON FIRE Don’t let our terrible pun distract you from the fact that Montrealbased singer Kandle is about to be everywhere. The daughter of 54-40’s Neil Osborne, she has been steadily carving out her own spot in the music scene for almost a decade. Her voice is a dreamy, meandering delight, and her sophomore LP, Holy Smoke, is as dark and moody as a David Lynch movie.
HELLO, LOVER ICYMI: Carrie Bradshaw’s fashion pet peeve is back. But these aren’t the scrunchies of your youth—or of the 2003 Manhattan tourist. The hair ties, in fabrics from silk to patent leather, are high-fashion enough to wear anywhere—even a fancy restaurant in Meatpacking. Silk scrunchie ($156, at Sophie Buhai, sophiebuhai.com)
“A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future,” Coco Chanel once said. We wouldn’t go that far, but we will say that your future should include at least one of the heady new scents from the fashion house, inspired by the romance of the routes to the late designer’s favourite cities. Les Eaux de Chanel ParisBiarritz Eau de Toilette Spray ($149 for 125 mL, chanel.ca)
APPLAUSE The ELLE Canada team will be outof-office on October 5. The fact that it’s the same date that Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut—a remake of the Hollywood classic dramatic romance A Star Is Born starring Lady Gaga—opens in theatres is purely coincidental.
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ROOM WITH A VIEW Surely nothing bad can happen when you discover a hole in the floor of your apartment and start spying on/falling for your dreamy downstairs neighbours, right? Nope, nothing at all, as evidenced in Claire Fuller’s third novel, Bitter Orange, which is set during a steamy summer in the late 1960s on a crumbling estate outside of London, England. h
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TRUNK SHOW “See me at the airport, at least 20 Louis,” sang Kanye in “Gone.” This fall, it’s more like “See me at Union Station, specifically 61 Louis” as the OG luxury luggage brand brings its Time Capsule exhibition to Canada for the first time. The collection—including a pop-up bookstore and, yes, 61 pieces of luggage—is on display at the landmark Toronto train station from September 7 to 30.
GET OUTSIDE Two of Sweden’s hottest exports (sorry, Alexander Skarsgård), Acne Studios and outdoorsy brand Fjällräven, have combined design superpowers. The result? A collection of quirky (and cozy) outerwear with a high-end utilitarian vibe. (From $195, acnestudios.com)
BLESSED BE THE BALLET Watch Offred and the gang plié their way through a this-hits-way-too-close-tohome dystopian future in this adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (October 10 to 14). Ballet legend Lila York choreographs.
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“Having your day brightened by the simple virtue of what you’re wearing on your feet feels really special to me,” says Man Repeller founder Leandra Medine. We couldn’t agree more, which is why when we have a case of the Mondays, we’ll don a shoe from her textured, colourful collection. (From $455, at Hudson’s Bay, thebay.com)
Long before Rihanna wore that dress to the 2015 Met Gala, Chinese couturière Guo Pei was making equallyjaw-dropping custom looks for clients around the globe. See these works of art for yourself—including the Riri dress but minus Riri—at the Guo Pei: Couture Beyond exhibition, which makes its first Canadian stop at the Vancouver Art Gallery (October 13 to January 20).
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The 33-year-old actress is the face of an intoxicating new floral scent originally created for Givenchy muse Audrey Hepburn.
HEPBURN 2.0? “It’s incredibly flattering to hear that, but, no, I don’t see any resemblance. Definitely not going to complain about other people seeing one though!”
From top: Givenchy L’Interdit Eau de Parfum Spray ($112 for 50 mL); Rwanda; True Botanicals Renew Pure Radiance Oil ($110); polyester, viscose and rayon jacket, Banana Republic ($230); Givenchy Le Rouge Mat in 331 Pourpre Défilé ($44). For details, see Shopping Guide.
BEAUTY ROUTINE “True Botanicals has this face oil that I’ve started using every day instead of a cream. For lipstick, I like anything dark, and I get my brows tinted because I like them really dark too. I’m especially lazy with my hair. I wash it, I brush it, and that’s it.” SCENT MEMORIES “Scent is very important to me; I have a really strong sense of smell. When I was filming The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, I was given a leather jacket
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to wear in the screen test that I also ended up wearing when we made the film. The jacket was made by a woman named Agatha Blois, and she ironed fragrance into the leather. It was a very strong scent [of patchouli], so immediately that’s what the character smelled like to me.”
DREAM TRIP “I really want to go see the silverback gorillas in Rwanda or Uganda. I’ve been saying it for years, and I haven’t gone yet.” FAVOURITE APP “Waze is probably the one I use more than anything in L.A., but I wouldn’t call it my favourite. Actually, I hate it sometimes. I’m like ‘You can’t go left on that street!’” SERENITY NOW “I’ve been doing Vedic meditation for about two years; it’s basically the same as Transcendental Meditation. I do 20 minutes twice a day. It’s life changing for anyone who’s easily overwhelmed or stressed.”
AS TOLD TO VICTORIA DIPLACIDO; PHOTOGRAPHY, THOMAS WHITESIDE FOR GIVENCHY PARFUMS (R. MARA), GETTY IMAGES (RWANDA) & GEOFFREY ROSS (LIPSTICK SMEAR); CLOTHES BY GIVENCHY
TEAM SPIRIT “Givenchy was one of the first major brands I ever wore on the red carpet. I immediately felt at home with them. I’ve always felt my best in their clothes. We have a really nice, collaborative relationship.”
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The elegant and endearingly goofy (see: her fun Instagram account) Canadian model is the host of Stitched, TV’s new fashion-design competition.
Clockwise, from top left: silk dress, Stella McCartney ($2,735, at farfetch.com); leather bag, Alexander Wang ($1,045, at shopbop.com); Caudalie Premier Cru The Precious Oil ($110, caudalie. ca); Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Petal ($29, at sephora.ca); Cloutier on-set for Stitched
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ON WITH THE SHOW “Every episode, there are new designers and a new winner. I think people are going to like seeing the surprise of each creation. I got emotional once. There was a designer who I feel has a promising career, but we had to let her go. The thing is, when you’re ﬁlming, you don’t say goodbye just once; you have to do it at different angles. I had to say goodbye to her the most times, and I was like, ‘No, you guys make
me want to cry; I don’t want to do it again!’”
TEAM BONDING “There was a lot of downtime because the designers had to create their garments, so we [Cloutier and judges style expert Joe Zee and ELLE Canada editor-in-chief Vanessa Craft] ended up getting a TV and we’d watch [trashy movies like] Showgirls. On our days off, we’d all go to a dance class at the Underground in Toronto and blow off some steam dancing to Beyoncé or Britney Spears and then grab sushi.” SKIN DEEP “I could spend all my money on skincare. I use a Caudalie oil at night. During the day, I just wear mascara and lip balm. I make my own natural balm, but I also love Fresh tinted lip balms.” FAVOURITE FASHION “Alexander Wang is my go-to. I’m also into oversized dresses. My favourite is Stella McCartney. Mackage does a great moto jacket, so that’s going to be my hero piece this fall.”
TEXT, CARLI WHITWELL; PHOTOGRAPHY, COURTESY KIM CLOUTIER (K. CLOUTIER) & COURTESY STITCHED (K. CLOUTIER ON-SET)
Turns out sometimes it does pay to listen to your parents—at least it did for Kim Cloutier. She was a student in Montreal when her photographer dad suggested she try modelling. Pretty soon, she was starring in the fashion magazines she loved ﬂipping through, with editorials in publications from Cosmopolitan (UK) to ELLE Spain and ELLE Canada. Now, between cover shoots and campaigns with brands including Simons and Lands’ End, the Brooklynbased model is taking over your television as host of the fashion series Stitched.
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Fashion got a little bit country this season, with down-home styles in rich tones dominating the runways. The overall mood feels celebratory, thanks to the mainstreaming of size-inclusive designers, cozy collabs and buzzy new labels. Yee-haw!
MARKE T E DIT Leather bag, Coach 1941 ($685, ca. coach.com)
Silk dress, Paige ($540, paige.com)
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Moonstone, quartz and goldplated-metal necklace, Erin Tracy ($250, erintracy.ca)
Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean in Giant
THE WIL D WEST IN S P O
Evan Rachel Wood in Westworld Michelle Dockery in Godless
TEXT, LIZ GUBER; PHOTOGRAPHY, IMAXTREE (RUNWAY) & GETTY IMAGES (GIANT)
Leather boots, Boulet ($300, at Simons, simons.ca)
WHEN I WAS IN high school, I owned three pairs of cowboy boots and half a dozen eagleembroidered button-downs and was always searching for a new bolo tie to add to my collection. But before you picture a non-bionic Dolores Abernathy, know that I always stuck to a rule: no more than one piece of cowboy kitsch at a time. (After all, ninth grade is cruel ground on which to demonstrate one’s love of suede fringe.) Fastforward to the fall/winter 2018 runways, where designers embraced the west—but with none of my Grade 9 restraint. Isabel Marant gave us the modern answer to the looks in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly with blanket coats and bandit scarves with a dash of French insouciance. Things took a moodier turn at Alberta Ferretti with flat-brimmed hats, studded belts and black leather—if the fall runways were a Western film, Ferretti’s model crew would definitely be the bad guys. And at Chloé, designer Natacha Ramsay-Levi’s patchwork satin blouses and furry fringe offered a more whimsical take on the style. Away from the runways, indie brands like L.A.-based Dôen and buzzy newcomer Batsheva are peddling this season’s It piece: the prairie dress. High-necked and printed with micro-florals, it’s the chicly feminine alternative to the typically masculine overtones of cowboywear. So why is it suddenly cool to look like a Westworld extra? Perhaps it’s another chapter of the escapism narrative that fashion provides or a return to a nostalgic and easily idolized type of Americana. Whatever the cause, it’s the season to head west, sartorially speaking—but this time, I won’t limit myself to just one piece. h
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Models at the Hellessy fall/winter 2018 show (above and left); designer Sylvie Millstein (below)
Make an entrance FOUR-YEAR-OLD Hellessy is emerging as a label to watch, thanks to designer Sylvie Millstein’s dramatic yet unfussy approach to eveningwear. Hits from the fall collection include a sweeping hooded robe in kelly-green silk, balloon-sleeve blouses and swishy fringed maxiskirts. Here’s what the designer had to say about what it means to get dressed up in 2018.
“With any collaboration, I think it’s important to delve into their world as much as bring your world into theirs.” – MARY KATRANTZOU, who worked with Canadian outerwear label Moose Knuckles this season. The London designer brought her knack for kaleidoscopic prints to the brand’s coats, and the resulting collection is outrageously imaginative: A quilted parka is covered in an intricate jacquard, and a cropped bomber is made from tufted leather to resemble a chesterfield.
launched in 2012 with elevated basics, and now it has evolved into statement dressing. I saw that women really want pieces—like statement tops and pants—that can be mixed and matched into their existing wardrobes.”
WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND THE FALL COLLECTION? “I took inspiration from Tony Duquette, a creator of film and theatre sets, costumes and movie-star mansions. I embraced Duquette’s theatrical blend of classical and modern styles and incorporated a sumptuous mix of statement silhouettes in bold fabrics to achieve a fresh take on more is more.”
HAS THE IDEA OF GETTING DRESSED UP CHANGED? “Of course! Women want evolved and modern formalwear. They want to feel empowered, not restricted. The new approach to formal dressing is a blazer dress with slashed sleeves or a silk top-andpants set. It’s about expanding beyond the concept of a traditional gown.”
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Well suited We have Y/Project designer Glenn Martens to thank for introducing a new term to our fashion vocabulary: “progressive suiting.” This month, the experimental designer teamed up with luxury e-comm platform Stylebop to create a 10-piece capsule collection with an emphasis on inventive tailoring. The hero from the line is an oversized blazer with silk lining that peeks out from under the hem. Pair it with matching trousers and Y/Project’s covetable avant-garde spiral earrings and you have the season’s It look. (From $720, stylebop.com)
TEXT, LIZ GUBER; PHOTOGRAPHY, IMAXTREE (RUNWAY) & HAGOP KALAIDJIAN/BFA.COM (HELLESSY IMAGES)
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IF YOU WANT to inject some ’70s cool into your fall wardrobe, look no further than Marc Cain’s retro-chic suede boots. Thanks to a mix of moody hues and fluid lines, they hit the sweet spot between edgy and elegant—the perfect complement to a pair of black skinny jeans or a tailored skirtsuit.
style Resin necklace, Vanda Jacintho ($872, at themodist.com) Wool sweater, Tiger of Sweden ($139, tigerof sweden.com)
Acetate sunglasses, Dries Van Noten x Linda Farrow ($463, at ssense.com)
Rose-gold-metal, mother-of-pearl and tassel earrings, Lizzie Fortunato ($255, at bonadrag.com)
Leather purse, Rudsak ($345, rudsak.com)
Lambskin bag, DROMe ($1,560, drome.it)
Polyester and resin belt, Mango ($30, mango.com)
STYLING BY ELAINE JYLL REGIO; PHOTOGRAPHY, IMAXTREE (RUNWAY)
Polyamide and cotton bra and polyamide and elastane underwear, & Other Stories ($51 and $27, stories.com)
Nothing says fall quite like a wardrobe of ochre, rust and cognac. Leather boots, Zara ($129, zara.com)
Water-repellent waxed-cotton hat, Tilley ($110, tilley.com)
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Cotton jacket, Frame ($550, frame-store.com)
Cotton and polyester jacket, Ganni ($400, at matchesfashion.com)
Velvet jacket, Rebecca Taylor ($975, at Nordstrom, nordstrom.com)
Polyester and metal-fibre top, Miss Selfridge ($42, miss selfridge.com)
Leather tote bag, ZAC Zac Posen ($515, at shopbop.com)
Velvet sandals, Nelly ($92, nelly.com)
Leather boots, L’intervalle ($268, lintervalleshoes.com)
Silk-satin trousers, Joseph ($774, at themodist.com)
Faux-leather belt, Halogen ($53, at Nordstrom, nordstrom.com)
18-karat-gold-plated-silver and crystal ring, Shashi ($55, at visitzane.com)
STYLE TIP Gold-tone-metal and semiprecious-stone earrings, ASOS ($21, asos.com)
Suede and leather sneakers, Adidas ($110, at Gravity Pope, gravitypope.com) Wool hat, Joe Fresh ($34, joefresh.com)
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“Offset the heavy nature of quilted outerwear with pieces in soft textiles, like silky trousers and gauzy tunics.” – ELAINE JYLL REGIO market editor
Nylon and wool skirt, Tibi ($515, tibi.com)
STYLING, ELAINE JYLL REGIO; PHOTOGRAPHY, IMAXTREE (RUNWAY)
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Sotheby’s. By contrast, the Victorian era was marked by high necklines that weren’t necklace-friendly, which is why the brooch rose to prominence, says Maggioni. The brooch hit a high note during the art-deco period and again in the ’80s thanks to Princess Diana and Pretty in Pink-era Molly Ringwald. But it was the two-piece skirtsuit that dominated the 1950s that really brought the brooch back, partly as a reaction to the political climate of the time, says vintage-jewellery expert Carole Tanenbaum. “It was a feelgood time. The problems of the Second World War were over, and housewives felt adorned when they put on a brooch.” Today’s climate is less feel-good and more do-good, which is perhaps why the statement pin—the brooch’s more political cousin—has had a major resurgence. From the CFDA’s hot-pink “Fashion stands with Planned Parenthood” buttons to the “Time’s Up” pins at this year’s Golden Globes, the accessory is an easy way to deliver a message. But the experts I spoke with argue that the brooch can be subtly, yet equally, expressive. The Internet went into overdrive this past summer speculating about whether Queen Elizabeth employed #BroochWarfare when Donald Trump visited the United Kingdom by using the jewels on her shoulder as a diplomatic middle finger aimed at the president and his policies. In her 2009 book, Read My Pins, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright explains that her brooch choices were a way to express herself on the job (like wearing a snake brooch after the Iraqi media called her an “unparalleled serpent”). “With these women, there are no accidents,” says Everett. Perhaps there’s more to the brooch than meets the eye. That it can carry a powerful message is enough reason to pin one on, even for a skeptic like me.
DRIES VAN NOTEN
I’VE ALWAYS BEEN enamoured with a wreathlike faux-diamond-encrusted brooch I inherited from my grandmother. It lives in my jewellery box along with my stackable rings and delicate necklaces. But more than a decade after receiving it, I’ve never worn it. I keep my grandmother’s brooch because it has sentimental value, but I can’t quite figure out how to work it into my wardrobe. Looking to Instagram for inspiration is of little use. I have yet to see the brooch dominate my feed the way Oscar de la Renta-inspired tassel earrings (the most searched jewellery item of 2017, according to fashion search engine Lyst) or gold hoops have in the past few seasons. This unpopularity isn’t helped by the brooch’s somewhat matronly reputation. In our youth-obsessed culture, it is often associated with women like Queen Elizabeth. Maybe if Meghan Markle started pinning brooches on her Givenchy dresses, I would too. According to Sara Maggioni, director of retail and buying for trend-forecasting firm WGSN, there has been a small brooch revival in recent seasons, championed mainly by Gucci’s Alessandro Michele. “A dressing-up-box approach to styling is at the heart of Michele’s maximalism,” she says. Eagle-eyed fashion fans may have also noticed a sprinkling of brooches on the fall 2018 runways, like at Roksanda, Louis Vuitton and Versace. But Maggioni thinks it would be a stretch to herald 2018 as the year of the brooch. Statement earrings 2.0 they are not. Today’s apparel trends—unstructured, off-the-shoulder silhouettes and light fabrics—are part of the reason the brooch remains untouched in our jewellery boxes. “Women wear fewer fabrics that would substantiate the weight of a brooch,” says Frank Everett, senior vicepresident and sales director of the luxury division at
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Thanks to a new crop of disruptive brands, pioneering designers and increasingly vocal customers, fashion is (finally) becoming more size inclusive. Just don’t call it a trend.
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A model wears Zero + Maria Cornejo for 11 Honoré.
HEN FRIENDS Patrick Herning (a fashion public-relations pro) and Kathryn Retzer (a former magazine editor) set out to launch 11 Honoré, an online luxury destination for sizes 10 to 24, they tapped into their fashionable network. “Patrick and I literally went door to door down 7th Avenue in New York, with no name for the company and no working website, and signed 14 designers,” says Retzer, who was inspired to start the site after struggling to find a wedding-guest dress that would fit her size-16 mother. Michael Kors, Monique Lhuillier and Zac Posen were some of the first names to join the e-comm start-up. Then Mary Katrantzou, Juan Carlos Obando and
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many more followed. In less than a year, 11 Honoré grew its designer roster from 14 to 70. Some, like Christian Siriano, were already known for catering to a broad range of sizes when they came on board, while others, like boho-cool brand Baja East and laid-back glam label Adam Lippes, found a platform to sell clothing above a size 12 for the first time. “The straight-size customer has plenty of options. We don’t need to compete with Barneys or Net-a-Porter,” explains Herning. Although 11 Honoré carries many of the same designers as the big luxury e-comm players, it has a refreshing point of difference: inclusion. “For us to truly be disrupters, we need to provide our customer with options that don’t exist anywhere else, to serve the customer that is not currently h
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being served,” says Herning. To that end, 11 Honoré stocks everything from no-nonsense workwear (think Michael Kors blazers and Jason Wu shirtdresses) to swimwear (sporty colour-blocked pieces by Cynthia Rowley and Chromat) to stunning eveningwear (including a standout lavender chiffon gown by Reem Acra). With every sale and every new designer that joins, the duo behind 11 Honoré is proving that there is, in fact, a customer base for a pleated tulle dress by Jonathan Simkhai above a size 8. And that customer base is here to stay. “This isn’t about a trend; this is a global fashion movement,” adds Herning.
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Sarah Ahmed, the founder of direct-to-consumer denim brand Warp+Weft, is a little obsessed with numbers. She can name the percentage of U.S. women above a size 14 off the top of her head (67), and she regularly wakes up at 5 a.m. to check the company’s analytics to see what’s selling best. (Currently, it’s a high-waist, wideleg style that Ahmed says is perfect for the office.) This attention to detail and reliance on real-time customer data landed Ahmed on Forbes’ 30-under-30 list. The styles, from a high-rise skinny to a relaxed vintage fit, are available in sizes 00 to 24. And those sizes are tested on the average wearer. “Models, whether petite or plus, have otherworldly proportions. We test on real people. The bigger the feedback loop, the better the product,” she says. But it’s not just the approach to sizing that’s getting attention—Ahmed’s pieces, which are manufactured in the brand’s own factory, are also easy on the environment thanks to a low-water, lowenergy manufacturing process. Talk about good jeans.
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Few among us love shopping for bras—including Heidi Zak, a Google alum who turned her disdain for the outdated model into an innovative online underwear brand called ThirdLove. Since launching in 2013, the brand has developed half-sizes for bras—an industry first—and now boasts 70 sizes. The company is also trying to democratize the shopping process. ThirdLove’s bras cost the same no matter the size (which often isn’t the case with bras above a D cup), and there’s no separation from the “standard” sizes. “We thought long and hard about what, if anything, to call them, and we asked our customers what they wanted. The resounding answer was that they did not want a ‘plus’ label,” explains Zak. “We want to enable women to choose how to define themselves, and your size is just that—your size.”
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3 SIZE-INCLUSIVE FASHION LABELS ON OUR RADAR IF YOU LOVE PLAYFUL FEMININITY: Tanya Taylor Toronto native Tanya Taylor has become one of New York Fashion Week’s hottest tickets thanks to her unique flowery prints and easy approach to ladylike dressing. In 2017, Taylor began to expand her size range to go up to 22. Now the designer produces about 10 styles in an expanded range, but that’s only the beginning because, Taylor stresses, “we absolutely believe that two friends who are different sizes should be able to shop together.” IF YOU LOVE THOUGHTFUL GLAMOUR: Tome “We let our woman inform the clothes we make, not the other way around,” says Ramon Martin, one-half of the NYC design duo behind Tome. The elevated label (whose sizes run from 0 to 22) is known for asymmetrical layers and its bold use of colour and print. Inclusivity is at the core of the brand, which is evident in its “Portrait of Women” project, an ongoing photo series that spotlights inspiring women from all backgrounds. IF YOU HATE BOWS: And Comfort According to San Francisco-based And Comfort’s Karine Hsu, plus-size fashion hasn’t always catered to minimalists. “There’s a lot of stuff with ruffles and florals that’s made of polyester,” says the CEO. So when Hsu set out to launch her own brand, she turned to Instagram to ask her future customers what they wanted (practical apron dresses, versatile outerwear) and put the emphasis on quality fabrics like organic cotton and cashmere. This grassroots approach didn’t end there: Even the brand’s fit models were crowdsourced from Instagram.
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This month, we uncover the secret to “millennial volume” (read “touchable, weightless hair”), a dreamy new scent and the beauty innovations that are changing the world.
COVE R S TA R OUR PICKS OF THE NEWEST CONCEALERS. 1. BEST TO USE IN LIEU OF FOUNDATION: Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer ($36). Swipe over areas of redness (the cheeks, around the nose and chin); it blends out easily with a brush.
3. BEST FOR FAKING CLEAR SKIN: M.A.C Cosmetics Studio Fix 24-HOUR Smooth Wear Concealer ($24). This makeup-artist-tested and -perfected brand comes through with a highly pigmented product that will cover any pimple. (We tried it.) 4. BEST FOR LOOKING LIKE YOU GOT EIGHT HOURS OF SLEEP: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Liquid Concealer ($38). This is the perfect hybrid of concealer and highlighter. Use it under the eyes and across the cheeks for the classic Charlotte Tilbury glow. (Think Amal Clooney at the Met Gala.) For details, see Shopping Guide.
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2. BEST FOR AMATEUR MAKEUP ARTISTS: Cover FX Power Play Concealer ($36). Each shade is exactly 3 percent darker than the previous one, with options for pink, neutral and olive undertones. A stark-white shade is available for further customization.
“THE HIGHER THE HAIR , the closer to God,” or so the saying, often associated with Dolly Parton, goes. And if that’s the case, then the models at Valentino haute couture (see previous page) were positively angelic. As much as we love this fantasy hair, the reality is that “volume” hasn’t been synonymous with “towering” for quite some time. The millennial notion of volume is closer to body‚ hairstylist and Pantene ambassador Danilo tells me during a recent visit to Toronto. “We call it ‘zero hair’ or ‘naked hair’ in the editorial business. Ten years ago, it would have been volumized visually, like this,” he says, lifting my hair an inch off my head to demonstrate. “Women don’t want prom or wedding hairdos now; they want a cool-girl look. You can wear a ball gown and do nothing with your hair and it passes as stylish.” Part of achieving this seemingly understyled look is having healthy hair, and if there is anyone who knows how to maintain that, it’s Danilo: He has been responsible for Gwen Stefani’s root-free blond for years, sometimes colouring it twice weekly. When I say that Stefani’s hair looks healthy in spite of that, he corrects me, saying it is healthy. He attributes this in large part to using leave-in conditioner as a styling product. “It’s how I counter the heat and get that beautiful finish to hair,” he explains. The main thing, though, is scalp health. Simply put: “If you don’t have a healthy scalp, you won’t have good hair,” says Danilo. Hair isn’t gaining anything if you avoid a good wash, he tells me. He recommends gentle—but effective— cleansing, particularly for clients who are overly attached to their bottles of dry shampoo. Coming from the man responsible for designing the iconic flowing braid and lifted roots seen on Elsa (yes, the animated character from Frozen), it’s advice we’re willing to heed.
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right now (see: fall shows like Sandy Liang, Michael Kors and Oscar de la Renta). Winky Lux Flower Bomb lip balms ($18 each) react with the pH levels of your skin for a subtle pink glow. And, yes, those are real chrysanthemums in there.
“I saw this girl walking down the street in NYC with lightblue eyeliner on—it was 10 o’clock in the morning and she just looked so effortless. Who knew that was possible with blue liner?” – PATRICK TA, global colour artist for Shiseido, on the origin of his renewed obsession with colour cosmetics. He has plenty of options to work with: Japanese beauty giant Shiseido used input from 1,000 women to revamp its makeup line, introducing 20 new products in 115 pigment-packed shades.
EDITOR’S PICK “As part of my ongoing efforts to de-clutter my life, I ruthlessly edit the products I carry around in my purse. Crème de la Crème ($37) hand cream from new Canadian brand Céla always makes the cut. It somehow manages to be supremely hydrating without being greasy in the slightest—a win in my book.” VICTORIA DIPLACIDO
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Your Hair’s Surprising New Secret Weapon. YOU’D NEVER GO A DAY without washing your face (we hope!). But when it comes to washing our hair that often, we tend to be more hesitant. “A lot of women hold back because they feel that washing too often will damage their hair,” says Dr. Jeni Thomas, Pantene principal scientist. “But for some women, especially women with finer hair, going a few days without shampooing interferes with getting the look and feel of the hair they want.” The solution? Daily washing with gentle ingredients, like micellar water, that you’ve already seen in your favourite skincare lines. Skin and hair share some of
the same genetic building blocks. And experts say that hair is just as susceptible to the effects of the environment (sun, pollution, product buildup, etc.) as skin—maybe even more so. “Skin has some built-in mechanisms to help purify cells, whereas hair doesn’t,” says Thomas. Washing daily can prevent that buildup. No matter how often you choose to wash your hair, be sure to pay as much attention to the scalp as you do the actual strands. Research shows that a healthier scalp equals healthier hair. “Focus the cleansing action at the scalp first, and then you can massage it down the lengths of hair,” says Thomas. Then get ready to turn heads.
Everything you need to know about micellar water. WHAT IS IT? Micellar water contains micelles, tiny, hardworking, water-rich molecules that soak up oil and product buildup without damaging hair. (They’re too big to penetrate the hair fibre.) “They absorb excess oil and dirt from the fibre but only on the surface, which is the secret to gentle cleansing,” says Thomas.
WHERE HAVE I SEEN IT BEFORE? Your face cleanser. Micellar water is far more gentle and hydrating than your old-school foaming face wash because there’s no need to rinse it off. (That’s why it’s a favourite backstage at fashion weeks.) Recently, the same technology has been incorporated into haircare. Because micelles are water soluble, they rinse away product and buildup easily.
WHEN CAN I USE IT? Every day! It’s that gentle.
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YOUR BIGGEST HAIR QUESTIONS ANSWERED How often should I wash my hair? That depends on your hair texture but also your lifestyle (e.g., how many spin classes you hit up each week) and your preferred look (e.g., lived-in versus freshly blown out). If you prefer to wash your hair every day, be sure to use a gentle cleansing formula, like Pantene Pro-V Micellar Gentle Cleansing Water Shampoo. It contains micelles, cleansing spheres that pull grime, dirt and oil off hair without damaging the hair ﬁbre.
Should I change up my hair-care routine seasonally? When the thermometer dips, so too does the moisture in the air, which can make hair staticky and dry. Use conditioner every time you wash your hair and a deep-conditioning treatment at least every other week—more if your hair feels parched, says Justin German, Pantene consulting stylist. After applying conditioner, use a wide-tooth comb to comb through, starting with the ends. This will help detangle without causing any breakage.
Where should I apply conditioner? Pantene Pro-V Micellar Gentle Moisturizing Milk Conditioner is lightweight enough to apply from the tips to the roots, which can help prevent future damage, according to Thomas. “People think of conditioning as reparative so they only apply on the parts of the hair they think need it,” she says. “But if you apply all over, you can keep that natural structure of the hair intact for longer. And that means more good hair days in general.” We can certainly get behind that.
How important is the temperature of the water I’m shampooing in? It’s pretty crucial, according to German. “Cold water is not as effective as warm water in removing buildup, impurities or residue on hair.”
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WOMEN HAVE LONG been curious about the ingredients in their beauty products. Lately, though, it seems like we have collectively graduated from Skincare 101. Take this recent comment left under a photo on skincare brand Drunk Elephant’s Instagram page: “Is the zinc Umbra coated, presumably with the triethoxycaprylylsilane also shown in the ingredient list?” (The answer is yes, and the question was responded to directly by the brand’s director of R & D.) The desire for technical beauty information has led to some unlikely stars on social media: chemists. Rather than reviewing products based on sensory aspects or offering tutorials, a growing number of Instagrammers are breaking down the science behind skincare. “I’ve seen massive growth over the past year or so,” says Michelle Wong, Ph.D., a science educator based in h
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Sydney, Australia, of her Instagram account, @labmuffin beautyscience, where she takes a critical look at commonly held skincare beliefs, such as the notion that all synthetic chemicals should be avoided. “I’ve been really impressed by how detailed the questions have become. I’ll do a post about something I thought only I would care about, given my medicinal chemistry background, but it turns out that a lot of my followers want to know as well.” Stephen Alain Ko (@kindofstephen), a Toronto-based cosmetic chemist and formulator, has racked up a following of almost 30,000 people who are interested in his evidence-based approach to common skincare questions. In the United States, San Franciscobased chemical engineers Victoria Fu and Gloria Lu (@chemist.confessions) leverage knowledge they gained working with anti-aging and acne product formulations to decode ingredient lists for their 32,000 followers. “Part of our motivation to keep Chemist Confessions going is the belief that only an educated consumer base can change the market landscape,” says Fu. “We already see changes happening now—things like choosing packaging that better protects the formula, which means it requires fewer preservatives. Or making more environmentally conscious decisions with ingredients, like sun filters, and biodegradable packaging.”
ingredient acts as a reset button for your aged skin and replenishes your dermal chakra....’”
WHAT QUESTION DO YOU GET ASKED THE MOST? SAK “Whether or not combining two skincare products renders them useless or ineffective. The answer is that there is no solid answer, unless the two products have been studied.” WHAT GENERAL ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE TO CONSUMERS LOOKING AT AN INGREDIENT LIST? MW “Don’t be afraid of ingredients with tricky names; it doesn’t mean they are dangerous or worse for you. Butylene glycol and ethoxydiglycol are complexsounding but very safe solvents used in cosmetics that act as humectants [helping skin retain moisture]. Natural ingredients are not necessarily safer or more efficacious.” HOW MUCH CAN YOU REALLY LEARN ABOUT A PRODUCT FROM READING THE INGREDIENT LIST? MW “It doesn’t tell you how the ingredients are combined, which can make a huge difference in terms of how the product works—like how well the active ingredients penetrate your skin or how well sunscreen ingredients cover your skin and protect you from the sun. Uncooked cake batter would have the same ingredient list as the final baked cake.”
“Don’t be afraid of ingredients with tricky names; it doesn’t mean they are dangerous.”
WHICH COMMON BEAUTY CLAIM/UNCLEAR PHRASING FRUSTRATES YOU THE MOST? Stephen Alain Ko “‘Studies show’ or ‘Research shows.’ Often, the results have only been demonstrated in cells in a petri dish, which doesn’t necessarily translate to humans applying the product to their skin. This information is often left out and can be misleading to a consumer.” Michelle Wong “Using the phrase ‘chemical-free’ to mean natural. Everything is made of chemicals, including nature!” Gloria Lu “When brands combine science fiction with dramatic prose—something along the lines of ‘Harvested from a rare flower that blooms once a decade, this rare, hyper-concentrated, nutritious gem of an
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IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT SKINCARE INGREDIENT SHOULD EVERYONE HAVE IN THEIR ROUTINE? GL “Everyone’s skin is different. Even skincare superstars like niacinamide [a.k.a. vitamin B3, which improves the appearance of pores, among other things] can be irritating to some. For hydration, we would recommend glycerine and hyaluronic acid for their reliable efficacy and low irritation potential.” MW “Sunscreen. There’s so much science behind it. It’s the best anti-aging product. In a large clinical trial, daily usage was found to reduce the chance of cancer. My favourite sunscreen filters are the newer ones: Tinosorb S and Tinosorb M.”
VAT I O
THE MOST INGENIOUS PRODUCTS THAT HAVE COME ACROSS OUR DESKS THUS FAR THIS YEAR.
Jules Zecchino, cofounder of BioMimetic Laboratories, which created ERASA SKINCARE, spent decades developing some of Estée Lauder’s greatest skincare innovations. With XEP-30 Extreme Line Lifting and Rejuvenation Concentrate ($250), he wanted to tackle various issues (like pigmentation and wrinkles) that are usually relegated to separate product lines. Linda Evangelista, who liked the product so much that she joined the company, told us she uses it in lieu of Botox and credits it with getting rid of her melasma.
The way CBD is being discussed in beauty circles lately, you’d think it was the greatest skincare breakthrough since retinol. We investigate the science behind its skin-healing claims. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid, one of many chemical compounds found in cannabis plants, which include marijuana (high THC) and industrial hemp (less than 0.3 percent THC). CBD itself is non-psychoactive; it contains negligible amounts of THC, the cannabinoid that gets you high. WHY AM I SEEING IT IN BEAUTY PRODUCTS? In skincare, CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties may help repair the skin barrier and reduce skin inflammation by regulating the body’s immune response and alleviating itching and dryness. Milk Makeup uses hemp-derived, CBD-infused cannabis oil as a vegan alternative to beeswax to thicken eyelashes and eyebrows. WHAT DOES SCIENCE SAY? It’s murky. “The reality is that we do not know if CBD actually does work in skincare products,” says Dr. Gurbir Dhadwal, MD, an instructor in the department of dermatology and skin science at the University of British Columbia. “Currently, there are no wellcontrolled peer-reviewed published studies on CBD specifically for skin conditions.” Most of the available data is from cells in petri dishes or uncontrolled human studies, he says. We do know that CBD binds to receptors in the skin that alter gene expression, which in turn helps lessen inflammation, says Dr. Robert Dellavalle, MD, who is working on a randomized controlled trial of oral CBD for seborrheic dermatitis on patients with Parkinson’s disease. But, he says, “these effects are sometimes dependent on the concentrations of CBD, so further testing is needed.” I WANT TO GIVE IT A TRY. WHERE DO I GET IT? When the Cannabis Act comes into effect on October 17, you’ll be able to find cannabis oil containing CBD intended for topical use at provincially or territorially authorized cannabis retailers or at federally licensed sellers of medical cannabis. LAURA SCHOBER
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SO WHAT IS CBD, EXACTLY?
Scientific studies on BIOEFFECT’s barley-based replica of human epidermal growth factor (EGF) show near-mythical results. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study done by a third party, users saw a whopping 60-percent increase in skin thickness and a 30-percent increase in skin density. The Iceland company’s latest launch, EGF + 2A Daily Treatment ($320), pairs its EGF with ferulic and azelaic acids to counter free radicals caused by pollution and sunlight. is the first to release a product with RE30, a breakthrough peptide that re-pigments grey hair by stimulating melanin-producing enzymes and blocking naturally produced hydrogen peroxide from stripping colour. There are limitations: It works best on those who are just beginning to notice greys, with less than 30 percent of hair affected. Phyto RE30 ($59) must be misted on hair daily for three months to see results. (Note: One bottle is a onemonth supply.) For details, see Shopping Guide. h
MAGICAL REALISM The future of hair care is here.
What will hair care look like in 2050? Pretty damn cool, based on a recent trip I took to the L’Oréal Paris Global Hair Research Centre in Saint-Ouen, just outside of Paris. It’s ground zero for innovation at the beauty behemoth, and I was among the first journalists to access this hub of infinite hair wisdom. I chatted with consumer-insights specialist Julia Sarhy and international innovation director Stephan Glasser, both of whom research changes in things like demographics and climate to determine what we might need from hair products in the future; for example, worldwide water shortages would create the need for quick-rinsing shampoos and conditioners. Get rid of the need to rinse entirely with L’Oréal Paris Magic Shampoo ($10), a water-free dry-shampoo formula, available now. The most mind-blowing tidbit I acquired: L’Oréal is aiming to 4-D-print hair follicles with biotech company Poietis. Unlike 3-D printing, where you build an inanimate object, the goal of 4-D printing, also called bioprinting, is to print cells so that you end up with functional tissue—in this case, a working hair follicle. When it happens, it will be a boon for research, says prolific hair biologist Bruno A. Bernard, Ph.D. I’m more interested in the practical outcomes. “Imagine being able to bioprint your own hair, doubling or tripling the density,” suggests Sarhy. We’re still far away from making this happen—but if there’s ever a waiting list for a trial, sign me up. VICTORIA DIPLACIDO
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PRINT SHOP For the first time, 3-D printing is being used to produce beauty products—namely, Le Volume Révolution de Chanel mascara ($45)—on a mass scale. Bristles are printed within mere millimetres of one another to minimize clumping.
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T N OVA
TAKE YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE TO THE NEXT LEVEL.
1. The OG sonic cleansing company has a new look. The Clarisonic Mia Prima ($129, left) and Mia Smart ($229), a premium model with options for cleansing, firming and makeup application, are outfitted with sleek ergonomic handles, thanks to help from the design firm behind Beats by Dre. Two new brush heads were optimized for more effective cleansing after the R & D team made an observation about how the brush was moving dirt around on the face. “We always talk about the brush oscillating back and forth over very short distances very quickly, and
we thought that when you added water, it was pushing dirt away from the brush,” explains Dr. Robb Akridge, one of the inventors of the Clarisonic. “It does do that, but when you actually put the brush on the skin, that water is pushed down and then pulled up in the middle like a vacuum. So it’s not just moving the dirt away from the skin; it’s actually lifting it up.” To accentuate this, the brand widened the space in the centre of the bristles to create a larger vacuum and added elastomeric fins (think soft rubber) to help guide the dirt away. Talk about a clean sweep.
2. Imagine if a sheet mask emitted
gentle vibrations and alternated blasts of cool and warm air to boost absorption. That’s pretty much the genius Foreo UFO ($349). 3. The next best thing to having your face in the hands of aesthetician Melanie Simon at one of her three California offices is taking her technology home with you. Pick from six preprogrammed “electrical cocktails” of microcurrents that come with the Ziip Beauty Device and Golden Conductive Gel ($645), designed to tighten, brighten and clear skin. (It’s totally painless.)
LIGHT YEARS Your screen time could be damaging your skin.
It’s gauche to be glued to your phone all day. But if you need another reason to disconnect, know this: Your tech might also be aging your skin, thanks to the high-energy visible (HEV) light that screens emit. According to research from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, that HEV light, or blue light, generates free radicals that can damage skin. “These free radicals can cause inflammation, increased production of pigment, wrinkles, uneven tone and texture and sagging skin,” says Dr. Julia Carroll, a Toronto-based dermatologist. For those of us who just can’t quit our phones, skincare brands—like Estée Lauder, with its new Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex ($80)— are creating antioxidant-rich products to fight blue light. “[Antioxidants] like vitamin C neutralize the free radicals that can potentially contribute to skin damage,” explains Carroll. And keep wearing sunscreen, ideally one that’s formulated with physical blockers like zinc or titanium. It’ll help protect you from blue light along with fending off those dreaded UVA and UVB rays. TARA MACINNIS
Beauty products we’re coveting now.
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1. Caraway seeds provide a warm, earthy aspect to Serge Lutens’ latest fragrance. L’innommable Eau de Parfum Spray ($450 for 100 mL). 2. Voluminous lashes are but a few swipes away with NARS Climax Mascara ($30). 3. Knesko Skin founder Lejla Cas performs a reiki ritual over every shipment of products to infuse them with chi energy. Skeptical? The skincare ingredients in Nanogold Repair Natural Collagen Eye Mask ($22)—like marine collagen and niacinamide—offer tried-andtrue benefits. 4. Despite its name, Urban Decay Lo-Fi Lip Mousse in Frequency ($26) feels more like a powder than a mousse—although it’s not drying in the least. Ignore the applicator that comes with it and use your fingers to dab product on moisturized lips for a wash of colour. 5. Consider the new Sisley Le Phyto Rouge Lipstick in Rouge Monaco ($72) a marriage between your most pigmented lipstick and your favourite hydrating balm. 6. Ingenious Montreal-based company Nannette de Gaspé (you’ll know it as the inventor of dry face masks) has developed a complete skincare line. It’s all excellent, but the Essence Noir Polish ($95), which has three types of exfoliants—physical, chemical and enzymatic—is a must for those who love a good scrub. For details, see Shopping Guide.
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beauty Honeysuckle flourishes at Miserden, a classic country estate in the Cotswolds.
The next best thing to owning a manor house? A spritz of this undeniably English perfume. ON THE TWO-HOUR DRIVE from London, blooms only once a year. So, to capture the scent, Roux England, to the pastoral Cotswolds, I surmise that the recruited renowned nose Anne Flipo and a team familiar with Headspace, a technology that analyzes the air area is to summering Brits what the Muskokas are to around a flower. The group made their way to an arborOntarians: a beloved, and decidedly posh, country esetum in the Cotswolds and arrived at sunrise only to find cape. It was here—amid the gently sloping hills, picthat the scent was not particularly strong. “We waited, turesque homes and streets too narrow for two-way and the scent evolved and changed throughout the day,” traffic—that Kate Moss married Jamie Hince (now her says Roux. “By 5 p.m. we had a few scents, but I thought, ex) in 2011. When I arrive on a sunny afternoon in early ‘What if it evolves again?’” The crew headed back out May, rumour has it that the soon-to-be-wed Prince Harry at midnight with a bottle of champagne from their hotel and Meghan Markle are spending the weekend here. The to help pass the time during the hour-long scent-capturlocation is a quintessentially English retreat and, I learn, ing process. The resulting note (on which Jo home to a quintessentially English flower: the Malone London has a lifetime exclusive) revinelike honeysuckle. “Anytime you ask an flects the many layers of the flower—bright, English person about honeysuckle, you’ll get sweet and warm. Flipo paired it with davana, a 20-minute story about the honeysuckle in an herb, to create a true chypre scent, which their grandparents’ garden or the honeysuckle is defined by the contrast between floral and they discovered while on a walk in the woods,” mossy notes. “When I had my makeup done laughs Celine Roux, the French-born head of today, the makeup artist smelled the fragrance global fragrance at Jo Malone London. The and said it reminded her of her childhood in floral note was an easy fit for the British perJo Malone London fume house but not an easy get: It does not ex- Honeysuckle & Davana Eau the Cotswolds,” says Roux. “I said: ‘It’s honde Cologne Spray ($184 eysuckle! I’m so excited you feel nostalgic.’ She ist naturally in perfumery (honeysuckle is too for 100 mL). For details, see Shopping Guide. told me, ‘If that was the goal, it worked.’” delicate to extract an oil from), and the flower
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By V I C TO R I A D I P L AC I D O
REMEMBER WHEN “WHAT DO YOU want to be when you grow up?” was the most thrilling question you could be asked? It’s time to reignite that passion. We’ve compiled advice from some of the most boss businesswomen and experts we know so you can slay at work—no matter your job situ, age or outlook.
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Taking care of business Myths to let go of if you want your job to be more rewarding.
YOU HAVE TO
STAY UNTIL 9 P.M. EVERY NIGHT TO
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SUCCEED. Bill Gates
once said he’d hire a lazy person to do a difficult job because they’d find an easy way to do it. That’s extreme (and not recommended), but studies have linked fewer working hours to higher productivity. If you’re always putting in extra time, think about your motivation for staying late. If it is to impress your boss and look busy, consider that putting in overtime can make it seem like you can’t manage the tasks you’re given during the day. Your boss also doesn’t want you to burn out, so look for alternative ways you can make a good impression, or, if you need it, ask for support. Tip: Arriving earlier
at work makes an impact because you can (a) answer emails before everyone else has logged on, (b) prioritize your to-do list and (c) have a cup of coffee before the chaos starts.
BIG ACHIEVEMENTS ARE THE ONLY WINS THAT COUNT. Focusing
solely on major achievements, like a promotion or raise, can leave you feeling demotivated. Hone in on the daily tasks you achieve that are successes in their own right. Did you speak up in a meeting when you are usually too shy to do so? Tweak a process that has made workflow easier? Take note of it. Tracking small achievements improves motivation and
triggers the reward circuitry in our brains so we feel more upbeat.
AGREE WITH EVERYTHING YOUR BOSS SAYS. Francesca
Gino, a professor at Harvard Business School, ran a study in which one group spoke their minds to colleagues and the others agreed with everything their co-workers said. The ones who expressed their own opinions felt more confident and engaged in their work, and, as a result, their bosses were more impressed with their performance. Here’s how to express your dissent politely but firmly: Don’t disagree when emotions are high, and show your colleague that
you respect her before offering a compromise—like “Great idea, but what if we tried X”—and frame your point so it doesn’t seem like you’re attacking her ideas but rather working toward a collective goal.
YOU NEED TO SACRIFICE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE TO FIT INTO AN OFFICE ENVIRONMENT.
You may have to tone it down a bit, depending on your title, but, for the love of Gucci, do you. We love made-in-Canada minimalist line Grayes, which creates office-approved wardrobe staples—like a grey blazer dress or the dream black cigarette pants—that you can make your own with jewellery, shoes or a scarf. h
Your career checklist for every decade.
There are over behaviour at the Yale School of Management, found that people—from custodians to lawfive million twentysomethings in yers—who saw their work as a personal Canada, which means there are calling were more satisfied than those who just over five million twentysomeclocked in and out. So choose wisely. things wondering at this exact moment “What am I ! doing with my life?” OWN YOUR That’s totally normal, SUCCESS Consays Kali Rogers, Keep a Google gratulations: You’ve founder of L.A.-based doc detailing all reached the point in Blush life coachyour wins at work. That way, when it your career when you ing. After years of comes to asking objective measures no longer feel like for a promotion or of success—exams, you’re making things raise, you’ll actually essays—we’re pracup all the time. With remember that time tically set up to feel that often comes the you brought in that major business aclost, she says. To help, inevitable ennui of a count and have confocus on setting yourworld of water-cooler crete successes to self up for the long convos and soulshow your superiors. haul with education sucking spreadsheets. and experience. “Get This decade is also the the job on the other side of the hardest for work-life balance as world, that graduate degree, that many people are starting families. internship,” says Meg Jay, clinical Try not to focus on “having it psychologist and author of the all”—that can lead to burnout, bestseller The Defining Decade. which can trickle into your personal life. “If you’re miserable and “Use these years before marriage burned out at work, you’re going or kids or mortgages to get experience, skills, jobs or degrees.” to be miserable and burned out at home too,” says life and health PRO TIP Don’t chase the money. Admittedly coach Dr. Susan Biali Hass.
How to Build a Successful (and Happy) Career
that’s a difficult task in a society that equates
home, I was always doing something: publishing a paper, teaching a class, presenting at a conference. That keeps your skills and your resumé current and your confidence high.”
Welcome to the power years. This is the start of your peak-earning period. The downside? You might start to feel as angsty about life as you did when you were 16. Here’s why: Women tend to covet more meaningful careers than men, says Souha Ezzedeen, professor of human resource management at York University. “So there’s often the question of ‘Am I making a difference?’ especially around the 40s.” It doesn’t help that changing careers feels so much scarier and more difficult now than it did when you were 25 because there’s so much more to lose. Taking classes and leadership workshops can help you stay motivated at work while also setting you up to move up the corporate ladder. PRO TIP Stay on your boss’ radar. You should be scheduling biannual meetings with
success with the size of your bank account
PRO TIP Keep working, even if you’re not
her to discuss your career progression and sal-
(and in a time when there’s a rapidly increas-
working. “The best advice I received as a
ary, says Keshia Khan, director of marketing
ing cost of living), but research shows that a
woman in my 30s was to never have a blank
(Americas) for Hays Specialist Recruitment. She
sense of purpose in your career may leave
year on my resumé,” says Jay. “That meant
also recommends planning “stretch” projects
you feeling richer than any bonus. Amy
that even when I may have been working less
(challenges to see how well you perform tasks
Wrzesniewski, a professor of organizational
in the office because of babies or toddlers at
that are above your pay grade) during these
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sit-downs. Adds Jay: “If you want to be paid more in your 50s, then you need to have more to offer in your 50s. For many, this will come through seniority and leadership positions, so be sure you are moving into those in your 40s. Own being the expert.”
TAKE A BREAK
Studies show that the average Canadian doesn’t use up all their holiday time, and when we do, about threequarters of us have our smartphones (a.k.a. access to work email) on us. Vacations are not only good for your mental health but time off has been linked to increased productivity.
Who’s the boss? Hopefully you—which is great, but it also means you’re a top earner and a target, so keep learning and hustling every day. “This may be the last full decade of your career, so be sure you are taking on the projects and issues that matter to you the most and saying no to those that wear on your body and your brain,” says Jay. It’s also the time to focus on the legacy you want to leave behind, which may mean stepping up your mentoring game. PRO TIP Trust your team. With age comes experience but also a tendency to default to tried-and-tested ways of solving problems instead of exploring new solutions. “Power aggravates the problem,” notes Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino in her new book, Rebel Talent. “As we climb the organizational ladder, our ego inflates and we tend to feel even more threatened by information that proves us wrong.” Instead, listen more to those around you and encourage their ideas. A smart team will ultimately make you look good.
ELLE X MIT Going to fashion school with ELLE sounds like the plot of a Devil Wears Prada prequel (Miranda’s college years, perhaps?), but, we assure you, this is very much real life. We’ve partnered with MIT for a second year for the ELLE International Fashion and Luxury Management Program. The six-month seminar teaches future Karls and Natalie Massenets the ins and outs of the industry with classes in Madrid, Paris, NYC and MIT’s Sloan campus in Cambridge, Mass. h
ELLE Guide The
Make it work Why you should treat your job like a relationship.
Visit ELLECanada. com to learn how your favourite CEOs, designers and disrupters have dealt with failure.
HAVE “THE TALK” with your boss about where things are going. Couples should discuss where they are and where they’re heading, and it’s the same at work: You should express what you want. “If you’re dying to be put on a specific project, say so. If you want a raise, say so. Your boss isn’t a mind reader,” says Sarah Vermunt, a Toronto-based career coach, former business professor and author of Careergasm: Find Your Way to FeelGood Work. Come prepared. Make sure you have the receipts to prove you are ready for the promotion or change you are asking for.
CONSIDER THAT YOU COULD BE BETTER OFF FLYING SOLO. Non-traditional workers, in-
Fisher, an expert on the chemistry of romantic love, believes dopamine is one of the feel-good chemicals that drive relationships and that novelty (i.e., trying new things together) can trigger the release of it. To keep work similarly stimulating, “sometimes a new project, different collaborators or even a lateral change will do the trick,” says Vermunt.
cluding freelancers, make up almost 30 percent of the workforce, reports Randstad Canada—and the trend is only expected to grow. “For some, striking out on their own can be even better than finding the perfect match,” says Vermunt. You can make more money, and having such diverse sources of income can make you feel more economically secure. WING SZE TANG
HACK YOUR CAREER USE
Never again will you have to force your roommate to mock-interview you ahead of a big meeting with your boss. The interview-coaching app Prosper supplies common questions and even one-on-one consultations with personal career coaches to ensure that you don’t pull a Michael Scott in front of your next hiring committee.
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READ Okay Fine Whatever by Courtenay Hameister. This memoir meets self-help book by the former radio host and producer—who quit her dream job because it made her so anxious—will definitely make you lol and feel like you’re not the only one who’s sometimes totally lost.
You know that friend who always seems to have the answers? When she gets sick of you texting her for career advice, press play on the podcast Being Boss, hosted by Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson.
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How to Build a Successful (and Happy) Career
MAKE AN EFFORT TO KEEP IT SPICY. Biological anthropologist Helen
The ELLE Canada team on their biggest career lessons.
VANESSA CRAFT @vanessacraft editor-in-chief “Be known for who you are, not just what you do.”
The art of the detour It’s okay to quit if something isn’t working. WHETHER IT’S DROPPING a bad boyfriend/girlfriend, a toxic friendship or an all-wrong job, you need to edit your life to get closer to what you want, says Avery Francis, head of talent strategy at Bright + Early, an HR consultancy firm in Toronto. Staying in a role you outgrew two years ago out of loyalty to your firm? So bored at work you spend most of your day online shopping? “You’re failing in another way—failing to put yourself, your dreams and your happiness first,” adds Francis. That’s not to say you should storm into your boss’ office tomorrow and quit. Think “clarity first, strategy second,” says career coach Sarah Vermunt. That means once you decide that you want a new job, instead of applying randomly to postings out of desperation (you risk rebounding into the wrong role—again), pause to figure out what you really want. It’s not easy: Almost all of Vermunt’s clients hate their jobs but have no idea what they’d rather do. As an exercise, she has them separate their “career ingredients” into a love list and a hate
list so they can determine which aspects of their nine-to-five they want to keep or ditch. Getting clarity will also help you avoid being pushed into a role you never asked for. “Unfortunately, many organizations promote high-performing employees into management even when they have no desire to manage people,” says Vermunt. If climbing the ladder isn’t right for you, or maybe you do want to move up but into another position, you can turn it down gracefully, she adds. Express gratitude for being offered a promotion, and then take the opportunity to articulate what kind of dream job you’d be super-stoked to do instead. If that dream job doesn’t live up to your expectations, that’s okay too. “People change. You’ll change. If a job is no longer for you, quitting is okay,” says Francis. When it’s time to move on, leverage those around you who believe in you: Write down what you’re looking for, and think about who in your network can help you get there. “Embrace the change. Lean right into it as far as you can.” WST
@jedtallo art director “When something ends, it’s not always terrible. My career took off after the magazine I worked for at the time folded. It was scary—I had just signed an apartment lease—so I started freelancing and got to meet and work with truly talented people.”
CARLI WHITWELL @carliwhitwell managing editor “I love crossing things off a to-do list— productivity is my jam!—but an editor taught me that sometimes the best inspiration comes when you let a story or an idea percolate for a day or two.”
CIARA RICKARD @ciara_rickard production & copy editor “I tend to be quiet and avoid being ‘pushy’ in work situations, but I learned pretty early on (and I’m still learning) that sometimes you get overlooked if you’re not making people take notice. It goes against my nature, but now I try to be more vocal—and even a little demanding.”
LIZ GUBER style editor “Most of my failures have come from ignoring my gut instinct. The lesson I’ve learned from these experiences is to trust myself more. And just because I’m really nervous about an opportunity or a job doesn’t mean I won’t be good at it. For me, insane nerves power my best work. I’ve come to accept that it’s just how I’m wired.”
LDEN DAYS AGAIN?” my sevenyear-old sighs as he catches me curled up on the couch. “You were watching that yesterday.” “This is totally different!” I protest. “That was 19th-century England. This is 17th-century France. Look at those dresses! How could you mistake this for working-class London?!” Hello, my name is Leah, and I have a problem: I’m obsessed with costume dramas. If it takes place before the 1970s, I’ve watched it—nay, devoured it. Downton Abbey may have started a casual love affair with empire-waist gowns and white gloves for many, but I’ve been in way deeper and for way longer.
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I remember raging furiously against the dying of the light (i.e., bedtime) when I was eight because I wasn’t able to catch the end of some movie-of-the-week about the Salem witch trials. I gobbled up North and South, a 1980s series set during the American Civil War. And, yes, I count myself among the legions of crazed Outlander fans who call the dark days between its seasons “Droughtlander.” Blessedly, that drought will be over next month with the start of season four. But I’m also counting the days (Too. Many. Days!) until the return of The Crown, Victoria and Call the Midwife, among others. Do I need a life? Like, one that takes place in 2018? Why am I—and many other fair ladies of my
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Leah Rumack reflects on the unlikely feminist appeal of the period drama.
acquaintance on the Internet—so fixated on these shows? To wit, dear readers, my theories.
T H E M E N And, oh, what men. Tom Hardy’s James Delaney is a glowering, grimy tower of sex on the London-set drama Taboo. Cillian Murphy shreds hearts with his gangsta acumen (plus, cheekbones!) as Tommy on Peaky Blinders, Matt Smith dashes about in sexy retro cars as the young Prince Philip in The Crown. They have accents and snappy vintage wardrobes, and they are Very. Bad. Boys. GET IN.
R E L AT E D T O T H E M E N : T H E S E X Now, I’m not a girl who needs a PBS-approved drama to watch a sex scene—that’s what Google is for. But it certainly doesn’t hurt that some of these historical dramas are famous for their titillating bits. Outlander in particular is known for this—many a meme has been made about Jamie’s O-face, but, personally, I rather enjoy it when time-travelling nurse Claire gets hers. When you watch a beautiful woman have what looks like a very convincing climax in the context of a loving relationship, you suddenly realize you’ve rarely seen that before on TV (or rarely seen it done well). And if you’re in the mood for some beautifully-art-directed, all-orientations debauchery, you should watch Versailles. Apparently there wasn’t much to keep the Sun King’s bored nobles occupied other than a lot of naughty, naughty French things, with a splash of macarons and murder on the side.
T H E LO O K Let’s be real: We come for the drama, but we stay for the dresses and the decor. Would The Crown be half as delicious without the hundreds of note-perfect historical costumes? The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, about a 1950s housewife who goes into standup, is a virtual catalogue of the New Look perfection. And how do they get out of all those fantastic frocks on Versailles and Outlander so quickly? The painstakingly executed sets are also key for any respectable decor-magazine-loving viewer. Who didn’t covet those mid-century-modern offices in Mad Men? And I could stare at the gorgeous royal interiors in Victoria all day long. Then again, I’ve been known to caress the door of an objets shop in Paris, exclaiming to completely uninterested passersby: “Did you know this used to be a monastery in the 1300s?” You don’t get a lot of that kind of architectural history in Canada, so I have to live vicariously through my good friends in the TV box.
T H E E D U C AT I O N I feel virtuous when I watch these shows because I’m not just mindlessly consuming soap operas—I’m learning about history. I’ve actually absorbed a fair amount of information from TV, and my stories have sent me running to the Internet many times to fact-check hotly debated issues, like “Did poor Prince Ernest ever find love even though he had syphilis?” (sort of), “Did Prince Philip really have an affair?” (probably) and “Did Prince Bertie really have a specially made threesome chair?” (yes). I’m also now a veritable encyclopedia on Western religions, wars, philosophical movements and, my favourite, hideous medical treatments. But, of course, all these things are just the backdrop to the juicy stories of the characters’ lives, which brings me to the final reason I love the costume dramas.
G I R L S , G I R L S , G I R L S The best thing about these shows is how they treat women’s personal stories— and the myriad ways women had to manoeuvre within the constraints of their era—as the main dish. There’s Victoria (queen), Harlots (prostitutes), The Crown (queen again for the win!) and Outlander (time-travelling feminist), but the best example of this is Call the Midwife, my favourite show of life. Call the Midwife is about a badass gang of progressive nuns and no-nonsense midwives who deliver babies and dispense free health care in an impoverished area of 1950s and ’60s London. Sort of a Downton Abbey meets Degrassi Junior High, each episode features our trusty band encountering social issues vis-à-vis the patients who come into their lives each sob-stained hour. Storylines have been built around alcoholism, racism, PTSD, domestic abuse, incest, sex workers’ rights, disabilities, life before access to birth control (spoiler alert—it wasn’t good), adoption, teen pregnancy, life before legal abortion (spoiler alert—it wasn’t good!), stillbirth and the radical justice that universal access to health care can foster, to name but a few. The most interesting thing about all of these series is the way the culture of a time dictates the intimate corners of women’s day to day, and there’s nothing more intimate than a show that always features at least one dramatic birth. The takeaway? These wildly popular “chick shows,” often derided as gauzy bodice rippers— mostly by men who think comic books are much more worthy subjects—are some of the most political dramas around. I say “Long live the olden days!”
Is the gamification of dating destroying our love lives?
GROWING UP, I hated video games. I would play with Lego while my (mostly male) family and friends sat in front of their screens for hours, obsessing about getting to the next level in Mario Kart or throwing down their controllers when their mortal enemy in Street Fighter finished them with a killer roundhouse combo. Fast-forward a couple of decades and here I am again, this time faced with a new kind of video game, one that I can’t simply ignore: the dating app. It goes like this: At level one, we swipe yay or nay on potential suitors based on a 300-character “bio” (often consisting of obscure song lyrics) and some curated photos with sedated Southeast Asian tigers. One use of the wrong there/their/they’re and all points are lost and that person is blacklisted. If the app-lationship progresses to level two, we mutually follow each other on social media, expressing romantic interest through a series of strategic likes and perhaps—if
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we’re so bold—a winky-face emoji. This double tap is our generation’s love language—but the same fickle finger can easily unfollow, block or delete a person who has sent a shady DM (minus 10 points) or whom we simply deem no longer worthy of our time (TKO). In level three, we take the binary-code passion to real life, but nine times out of 10 there’s no connection and it’s game over—and then on to the next player. If it feels so pointless, why do I—and 36 percent of Canadians—still play? Well, there’s the obvious: In our increasingly online world, it seems to be the easiest way to connect with someone. And whether it’s Bumble, Tinder or Hinge, the gamelike interfaces of these apps seem to appeal to my generation’s goldfish-like attention span. In fact, the apps stimulate the same neurochemicals that are activated when we play video games, according to experts. “The way the interface is made
“SAVE THE DATE,” CARLI WHITWELL; PHOTOGRAPHY, GEOFFREY ROSS
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up—the things that happen when you get matched— person says it first. And apps aren’t solely to blame for it’s almost like you’re winning a prize,” says Professor the gamification of dating: The pop culture we consume (e.g., The Bachelor) encourages us to treat dating Jooyoung Lee, a sociologist who lectures about sexualas a series of tests and pursuits after which the winner ity in the era of #MeToo at the University of Toronto. gets lifelong sex, love and partnership. Dating apps just The app’s “You have a new match!” message triggers leverage a very natural instinct, argues Carbino. She says us to want more of that addicting affirmation. That the that when we’re looking at somebody, even just their options seem limitless is equally enticing, and even more photograph, we’re engaging in a psychological process so when the app—like the League (the go-to for flush known as “thin-slicing,” in which we yuppies) or celebrity fave Raya—promises better, more interesting, more sucmake quick judgments about people— cessful and more attractive candidates. including whether or not they’re a match SAVE THE But in the same way that you can for us. And studies show that the impresDATE sions we develop in the first three secheartlessly blast away enemies in video Easy ways to up onds can be as stable as the ones we have games, Tinder and the like can also make your Tinder game. after three hours. (Although that doesn’t the person on the other end of the swipe necessarily mean these impressions are seem disposable. “Because we have CONSIDER GETTING HEADSHOTS. spot-on—we may just be clinging to unthis online catalogue, we erroneously Yes, you will feel stupid, but the team at online dating app the League noticed conscious biases.) think that there is a never-ending seleca 30-percent uptick in profile views So where do we go from here? If the tion of people who could be better than that had professional photos. Blackand-white photos also scored high, game is inevitable no matter the format, the last,” says relationship expert June according to Amanda Bradford, the how do we at least give ourselves the Morrow, author of Love Lessons From a League’s founder and CEO. best shot at winning? Morrow’s advice Lap Dancer. These seemingly infinite opDO. NOT. POST. PHOTOS. WITH. tions make it so tempting to keep playing is to avoid going online if you’re feelYOUR. EX. Also, no sunglasses—at least in the majority of your pix. ing lonely or angry: Chances are you’re the game, and if someone doesn’t quite STOP WITH THE “I LIKE TO TRAVEL; I looking for some sort of validation from tick all the boxes, you simply let the text LIKE DOGS” BIO. “If you’re spontana stranger. She also suggests meeting thread die out. (Flash back to the time eous, weave that into your profile,” sooner rather than later to avoid getTinder Chris ghosted me when he realsays Bradford. “Share that your perfect first date is buying a plane ticket ting overinvested before testing your inized, after hours of chatting, that I was at the airport. Yes, it will increase your person attraction. And, perhaps most the one on the left, not the right.) rejection rate, but you’re also increasing the quality of the people you’re important of all, she stresses that online It’s also easy to forget that there are matching with because they’re excited rejection is not personal rejection; it just people with actual human emotions on to date that kind of person.” means you’re not a fit for each other. the other side of the screen. But Dr. Jess DRINKS ARE ALWAYS A GOOD “We’re not good for every job in the Carbino, Bumble’s in-house sociologist IDEA. “Meet at 8 p.m. at a bar or a restaurant so you can eat if the date’s world, and not every piece of clothing (dubbed the “Dr. Ruth” of the swipegoing well,” says Bradford. “And sit looks good on us, so why should every right generation), argues that ghosting is at the bar—that way you can touch arms and see if there are sparks. guy be a match?” she asks. less about the medium and more about It also gives you another person to And maybe that is what’s at the heart our social accountability (or lack thereinteract with (the bartender), and you of). “Historically, we were introduced of my dating-app cynicism: I’ve been can see how your date acts in front of other people.” Bar not your scene? to future spouses through institutions taking the game too personally, seeking Get thee to a Jays game. The brains in which we were already embedded, validation from an infinite pool of posbehind Happn app—which allows you to match with people you have sible rejectors and taking every misstep like churches and neighbourhoods,” she literally crossed paths with—noticed as a reflection of my personal worth. says. Today, connections in our networks that usership spiked 60 percent during And I’ve gone all in too early. While I are fewer or don’t exist at all, so we have baseball season and also during NHL and NBA playoffs. hate the idea of emotional distance, preless culpability for treating somebody DON’T WAIT FOR HIM OR HER TO suming a connection too soon is sure to poorly than we would if we’d been introMAKE PLANS. “Incorporate your amp up the emotional trauma when I duced by a friend or co-worker. date into what you were going to do anyway—like if you were going to a get to level three and realize there’s no Still, it’s true that dating has always museum or a restaurant you wanted IRL sizzle. My key lesson? Playing the been something of a game—whether it’s to try,” says Bradford. “That way, you game can be fun—but making a true waiting three days to call someone or feel like your time is well spent, even if it’s not well spent with that person.” connection means getting real. only saying “I love you” after the other
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If fall’s adventurous fashions could talk, they’d say “Get outside.” Whether you channel that freewheeling spirit with utilitarian-chic, ready-for-anything outerwear or some artful florals is up to you.
MacramĂŠ dress (Dior). Dior Backstage Glow Face Palette ($55)
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This is Jennifer Lawrence.
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Cotton-tulle dress, cotton and elastane bra and underwear and yellow-gold, diamond and onyx necklace (Dior). Dior Addict Lipstick in Bright ($43). For details, see Shopping Guide. Stylist, Isabel DuprĂŠ; makeup, Fulvia Farolfi; hair, Jenny Cho; nails, Jenna Hipp; styling assistant, Laura Sophie Cox; set design, Jesse Nemeth
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T JUST 22, Jennifer Lawrence had the world at her feet, with an Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook, nonstop film offers and scores of adoring fans thanks to her talent and charm. (Remember her endearing admission of her penchant for hamburgers and reality TV?) Six years later, having been launched firmly into stardom by roles in two mega-franchises (X-Men and The Hunger Games) and three Golden Globes, Lawrence chooses to work in both mainstream movies, like Passengers and Red Sparrow, and edgier films, such as Mother!, a dark collaboration with Darren Aronofsky. Although she’s known for her ambition and workaholic nature, the 28-year-old actress and Dior ambassador recently decided to change pace and is taking the time to explore something other than acting.
Certain feminists have criticized you for being okay with standing out in the cold in a light dress when you were promoting Red Sparrow while the men around you were all wrapped up. How do you feel about that? “I think it’s irresponsible. There’s a real conversation going on right now about the pay gap between men and women. Obsessing over that dress—that I chose to wear, just like I choose everything I wear—sabotages this important cause. Personally, I see feminism as a fight for economical, political and social equality. It has nothing to do with what you do or don’t decide to wear.” Have you gotten used to being constantly observed and judged? “I don’t know if you can ever get used to it. I try not to place too much importance on what’s written about me by people who don’t know me. There are some wonderful people in my life—I have wonderful friends who really know me. As I get older, I realize that those are the people I don’t want to disappoint.” Have you always preferred making films to going on vacation? Were you upset by the critical failure of Mother!? “Oh, no—I’ve changed. When I was younger, I didn’t “If you had told me back then that the film was going know what to do with my life apart from work. I was focused on my career, and, thanks to that, it’s now possible to be so badly received, I would have made it anyway. for me to take a break, to say no to certain It’s my favourite out of all the films I’ve things and to not have to read every script made. I know it will stand the test of time I’m sent. I can slow down and cultivate because it’s great cinema. I’ve never been other aspects of myself.” so committed to a role before, never given For example? so much to the camera. On-set, I could “I’ve become passionate about politics. I feel my body changing just before each think that the election drastically changed take, as though my knees were giving way something in me, and I’ve taken an intera bit under my weight. It was a spiritual est in corruption and also deregulation. experience. It changed me.” Joy, the newest perfume from Dior, I work closely with Represent.Us, an You’re going to be the face of Joy by Dior, the opens with notes of bergamot, mandarin and florals like rose and anti-corruption association, and I try to first new Dior perfume since J’Adore, which jasmine, settles into woodsy sandalkeep informed. I’m also busy decorating is almost 20 years old. Were you a part of wood and cedar and then dries into the loveliest musk. The choice of my house in New York and looking after the creative process? that last, crucial ingredient was all Pippi, my chihuahua mix.” “Yes, I went to meet François Demachy Jennifer Lawrence. “She loved the You are attached to play Zelda Fitzgerald in [the Dior perfumer-creator] in his laboramusk,” Dior’s long-time perfumercreator François Demachy tells us tory in Paris, and he made me smell all the upcoming biopic by Ron Howard. What via a translator of his and Lawrence’s the different raw materials he was thinkattracted you to the character? meeting of minds (er, noses?) in his Paris lab. “This is one of the reasons ing of using. We decided on something “She was a force of nature. She flouted I picked the musk and that direction lemony and floral with sandalwood in convention. She wrote incredibly well, she [of the scent],” he adds, noting that it—it’s a charming, feminine perfume had a vast imagination and her love story musk has been underused in the canon of Dior scents. He should know— that’s musky but discreet. I’m really hapwith F. Scott Fitzgerald was downright Demachy has been with the fashion py with the result.” fascinating. They were made for each house for 12 years, and he attends every runway show, which, he says, What are your first perfume memories? other, but they also destroyed each other. inspires his scents. Fragrance, he “It was a Dior perfume—go figure! My I’ve never had a relationship like that— adds, is as much a statement as fashmother wore Miss Dior, and her pillow, luckily I’m attracted to calmer scenarios— ion. “Perfume can amplify your personality,” he says. “It really belongs bathrobe and clothes all smelled of it.” but it doesn’t mean that I don’t find them to you. It’s like clothing. It’s a part of What was your first perfume? fascinating.” you.” Surely Lawrence would agree. In any case, she can’t seem to get “Curious by Britney Spears. [Laughs] I got What’s the secret to a calm relationship? enough of Joy. “When I saw her two it when I was 14, and until Joy came into “Think before you speak! That’s one of days ago, she was requesting more bottles,” laughs Demachy. my life, it was my favourite perfume.” the most important things I’ve learned.”
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thanks to delicate pastels and inky hues.
Leatherâ€™s hard edge is softened this season
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Leather coat (HermĂ¨s), leather boots (Salvatore Ferragamo), leather bag (Simon Miller) and bronze ring (Faris)
Leather shirt (Salvatore Ferragamo), leather skirt (Marni), enamelled-sterlingsilver necklace (Simon Miller) and suede boots (Pierre Hardy). Chair (Thonet, at Klaus)
Leather jacket (Miu Miu) and silk and viscose shirt (Dion Lee)
Leather jacket and shorts (Chanel), faux-leather turtleneck (Colovos), leather belt (Roberto Cavalli), leather pouches (Simon Miller) and leather boots (HermĂ¨s)
Leather jacket (Rudsak) and leather skirt (Salvatore Ferragamo)
Leather shirt (Gabrielle Colangelo), leather hood (Salvatore Ferragamo) and cotton hoodie (Lacoste)
Leather top (Manokhi), leather skirt (Kenzo) and leather and metal necklace and metal cuff (Stuart Weitzman)
Leather blazer (Simon Miller), satin trousers (Jason Wu), acetate sunglasses (Adam Selman x Le Specs) and bronze necklace (Faris). Chair (Emeco, designed by Philippe Starck, at Klaus)
Leather dress and boots (Alexander McQueen). Model, Lexi (Elite Model Management); hair and makeup, Susana Hong (P1M.ca/NARS); manicure, Nargis Khan (P1M. ca); digital technician, Jeff Jamieson; styling assistants, Ena De Armas and Erica Ngao
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What does one wear with this seasonâ€™s florals? Matching makeup, naturally.
PURPLE REIGN When youâ€™re wearing a flower as a necklace, a sweep of highlighter and groomed brows are enough for a beauty look. Try: Maybelline New York FaceStudio Master Holographic Prismatic Highlighter in Purple ($13) and Maybelline New York TattooStudio Brow Tint Pen ($15). 14-karat-gold earrings and 14-karat-gold and quartz stud earrings (Mejuri)
WHAT IN CARNATION The secret to getting gloss to stay on your eyelids and not crease? Well, there is no secret. It’s going to move—you just have to go with it. A good lipstick, on the other hand, won’t budge. Try: Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick in Tourne ($28). 14-karat-yellow-gold and pearl studs (Laurie Fleming) and 14-karat-gold earrings (Mejuri)
GROW OP Our take on nail artist Tracyleeâ€™s floral look from Rodarteâ€™s spring/ summer 2018 show required Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish in Sheer Fantasy ($14), Essie Nail Polish in Chillato ($9), a striping brush and a steady hand. Dabble in the yellow-liner trend with Maybelline New York Lemonade Craze Eyeshadow Palette ($18).14-karat-gold and diamond earrings (Mejuri) and tulle neckpiece (Prada)
Use a makeup brush to blend and buff eyeshadow (like on Serguelen, left) or your finger to create painterly strokes (like on Sasha, right). Try: Tom Ford Shadow ExtrĂŞme in Emerald Green and Sapphire Blue ($44 each).
HEAVY PETAL Take the guesswork out of creating a monochromatic look by using the same product on lips, eyes and cheeks. We love YSL BeautĂŠ Rouge Pur Couture The Slim ($44). Tulle top (Jason Wu) and 18-karat-gold earrings (Birks). For details, see Shopping Guide. Models, Serguelen (Folio) and Sasha (Elmer Olsen Model Management); makeup, Grace Lee (lead makeup artist for Maybelline New York); hair, Andrew Ly (TEAMM); manicure, Rita Remark (global lead educator for Essie); styling, Elaine Jyll Regio; florist, Gunnar Floral; digital technician, Jeff Jamieson
Utilitarian workwear gets a playful, sporty twist.
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Polyester puffer coat and nylon leggings (Junya Watanabe Comme des GarĂ§ons), plastic and polycarbonate sunglasses (zeroUV) and cotton socks, stylistâ€™s own
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Polyester coat and scarf and leather and rubber sneakers (Versace). Opposite: Padded vest, wool pants, nylon top, tulle top, neoprene sneakers and nylon clutch and bag (Prada) and plastic and polycarbonate sunglasses (zeroUV)
Wool and neoprene coat (Preen by Thornton Bregazzi) and cotton-jersey turtleneck (CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC, at Ssense)
Wool, nylon and cotton coat and skirt, wool and polyurethane gloves and rayon and nylon socks (Sacai) and nylon windbreaker (Marc Jacobs, at Ssense)
Vinyl trench coat (Christian Cowan), tulle top and silk top and trousers (Denis Gagnon) and leather and technicalfabric sneakers (Louis Vuitton)
Polyester and viscose top, acetate, elastane and polyamide shorts and polyblend bib (Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh) and plastic poncho (stylistâ€™s own)
Nylon poncho (Adidas), viscose and polyester turtleneck (Marc Cain), vinyl and wool trousers (Assembly New York), leather and rubber sneakers (B2, at Browns Shoes) and Mylon sunglasses (Mykita + Maison Margiela)
Neoprene, nylon, jersey and leather jumpsuit and cotton and metal belt (Suzi Lee), leather boots (Naked Wolfe) and leather, palladium-plated-metal and brass necklace (HermĂ¨s)
Wool coat and cotton dress (Sportmax)
Nylon metallic windbreaker (Nike) and polyester and viscose top (Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh)
Cotton coat and silk dress (CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC)
Viscose and nylon tops and cotton and silk trousers (Marni) and leather boots (Naked Wolfe). For details, see Shopping Guide. Model, Nova (Dulcedo Management); hair and makeup, Andrew Ly (TEAMM); prop stylist, Kristen Lim-Tung; digital technician, Spencer Robertson; styling assistant, Emily Black. Shot on location at Fronterra Farm (fronterra.ca) in Prince Edward County, Ont.
Faux-leather jacket, Marshalls ($30, marshalls.ca)
Plastic sunglasses, zeroUV ($13, shopzerouv.com)
Leather skirt, Winners ($130, winners.ca)
Faux-leather boots, Jeffrey Campbell ($275, jeffrey campbellshoes.com)
Cashmere and leather top, Agnona ($3,750, agnona.com)
Leather bag, Lancaster ($233, at farfetch.com)
Leather overalls, Alice McCall ($724, alicemccall.com)
From our pages to your closet. Leather boots, Dr. Martens ($185, at Little Burgundy, littleburgundyshoes.com)
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Leather handbag, Marni ($3,210, at Holt Renfrew, holtrenfrew.com)
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SMALL WONDERS We’re constantly being told to “live large” or “think big”—but right now, we’re all about downsizing. As these perfect tiny hotels, destinations and experiences prove, good things come in very small packages.
northern Iceland may sound daunting, but braving the cold is well worth
Staying at a big, buzzy luxury hotel has its pros— we could write a novel about all the people-watching we’ve done in lobby bars. But sometimes all those rooms, all those suitcases and all those bodies squeezed in with you in the elevator on your way up to your 33rd-floor room can make you feel like just another face in the revolving door of guests. Meet the new generation of boutique hotels: small, intimate spots with only a handful of suites and infinite thoughtful extras to make you feel like you very well could be the only person there...or even on the planet.
the thrill of the outdoor geothermal pool, which gives you a front-row seat to the northern lights.
FOR AN ESC APE FROM T H E N O N - S TO P N E WS CYCLE... At Tongabezi Lodge in southern Zambia—where Harry and Meghan are rumoured to have holidayed—the only Wi-Fi is in the main house, which is just fine because you’ll never be on your phone anyway. Best bet: Stay in the property’s secluded tree house. Reachable only via a hidden path, the open-plan suite (one of only nine villas on the property) features a king-size bed, a private deck and an open-air claw-foot tub, all perched among the branches of three ebony trees. The front of the room is entirely open, making it feel as if it blends into its surroundings—without sacrificing any of the luxury.
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in northern Iceland, will make you
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dozen or so luxe eco-friendly
adventure activities (Heli-skiing! Whale-watching!), or opt to never leave
cabins that make up the
the fireside in your suite. (There are just 13 on the property, all with major
Sacromonte Landscape Hotel
hygge vibes—think textured walls and Moroccan wools.) A winter trip to
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at Deplar Farm, but the stunning scenery at this remote luxury lodge, opened in 2016 in the Fljót Valley
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PHOTOGRAPHY, LEONARDO FINOTTI (SACROMONTE), CITY FOODSTERS (TONGABEZI LODGE) & DIEGO PADILLA (IGNACIA GUEST HOUSE)
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The bucolic setting of Deplar Farm (left) and the almost invisible Sacromonte Landscape Hotel (below)
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“Smaller airports tend to have lower fees, so they can be appealing to travellers looking to save money,” says Barry Choi, travel expert. “Many budget airlines in Europe, Asia and now Canada are starting to offer more routes from these smaller destinations.” Think John C. Munro airport in Hamilton instead of YYZ or Abbotsford International versus Vancouver. “Keep in mind that they may be farther away from the city you plan to visit, so you’ll need to factor in time and transportation costs,” adds Choi.
Marlborough Lodge and grounds (left) and a suite bed at Ignacia Guest House (right)
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once crumbling mansion that was renovated into five ultra-modern suites
an electric buggy, catch some R & R by a private pool, indulge at the
last year—is the ideal place to rest your Nikes after a day spent touring
farm-to-table restaurant or just sip wine on a hilltop terrace—you can do
the Mexican capital’s never-ending roster of architectural and design
it all at the sustainable resort, which opens this fall.
wonders and foodie destinations. Also key: It’s
hectares of land (including vineyards) in southeast Uruguay (about 45
located in Colonia Roma, the city’s vibrant gas-
FOR GOSSIP GIRL T YPES WHO WA N T A B R E A K FROM THE CIT Y...
tronomic centre. Still hungry? Cooking lessons
GrayBarns, an upscale spot
courtyard under the 70-year-old orange trees.
are offered by the same couple who make your complimentary breakfast from scratch daily, which you should definitely eat in the
on the meandering Silvermine River in Connecticut, is idyl-
FOR INDULGING YOUR INNER HEIRESS... Grab
lic year-round but especially
your tiara and head to Marlborough Lodge, a luxe 10-suite property in
in fall. (Imagine an IRL Stars
sprawling wine country outside Blenheim, New Zealand. Originally a
Hollow but with way more
Victorian convent built in 1901, the newly renovated lodge is set on six
privacy and no meddling
hectares of gardens and (oh, yes) vineyards. (We recommend partaking
Taylor Dooses.) The bougie inn started life as a textile factory before
in the private wine tastings.)
thriving as a hotel in the ’50s and ’60s, playing host to A-listers like
Stay in the Kingfisher Suite—it
Elizabeth Taylor and Lauren Bacall. The classic-style property (again,
was originally a nun’s chapel
very Lorelai Gilmore) reopened last year, boasting just six king suites,
and still features the original
the restored original post-and-beam structure and a rustic-themed resto
arched windows, vaulted
called Tavern (whose house-made pasta is calling your name). And
ceiling and stained-glass win-
GrayBarns keeps growing: Its opening-soon country store, Mercantile,
dows but with a contemporary
will let you take the inn’s old-money vibes back home.
and minimalist interior. h
Not only is Sol Cinema a tiny,
EL PEQUEÑO Its name translates to “the tiny,” but the just-opened
adorably kitschy mobile movie theatre, it’s
Cuban-inspired speakeasy in Montreal’s Old Port serves up major fla-
also powered by the sun: Solar roof pan-
vour in mostly-rum-based bevvies, like mojitos, daiquiris and, of course,
els give it the juice to play movies day or
night. Travelling around the United Kingdom, Ireland and beyond, the 1960s holiday trail-
THREESOME TOLL BOOTH
er screens films on environmental issues (are
get into this nook in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that fits just three people—
you sensing a theme here?), and it has plush
you, a friend and the bartender. It’s so top secret, you only learn the exact
There’s currently a wait-list to
seats that can accommodate up to eight people.
location the morning of your pre-scheduled visit.
LISBON Second-hand bookstores have a kind of magic—even more
so when you have the place to yourself. Which is pretty much inevitable
nostalgic spot in Melbourne dedicated to the golden era of cocktails—
at Livraria Simão, a shop so small that the owner has to step outside when
zero chairs too. The “broom-closet-size” speakeasy touts itself as the
he has a customer. But he still manages to keep some 4,000 books in his
first standing-only bar Down Under. Be sure to wear your Balenciaga
space, on varying subjects and even in varying languages.
N E W YO R K
Mmuseumm is all about exploring the world
You’ll find zero artisanal drinks at this
With 22 seats, this newcomer to the Calgary
through everyday objects from around the globe—foreign toothpaste,
bar scene is a bit bigger than the rest of the hot spots on our list, but it’s a
a bread-bag clip, a pudding cup. It’s housed in a former freight eleva-
must-try. Cozy up with a glass of wine or whisky (they offer blends from
tor down a random alley in lower Manhattan and measures a mere
everywhere from Oregon to Japan) at the pink-onyx bar while listening
five square metres.
to Tom Petty on the vintage record player.
Miss Boon’s Fabulous Vintage Shop carries everything from
BAR PIANO This never-empty spot in Tokyo’s bar-filled Shibuya
DVP wrap dresses to straight-out-of-Mad-Men retro styles. The only catch
district is so small that it doesn’t even have a website. The vibe feels
is shopping is by appointment only—but you’ll appreciate that exclusivity
very Marie Antoinette meets Alice in Wonderland—think fuchsia lighting,
when you’re the only person in the one-by-three-metre store.
chandeliers and vintage-looking portrait walls.
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Clockwise, from far lower left: Sol Cinema; Mmuseumm; Miss Boon’s Fabulous Vintage Shop; the kitchen at the Heather; Bar Americano; a table for two at Battuto; Bar Annabelle
taking up the main floor of the owners’ century-
T H E H E AT H E R
Seats: 12 Look no further for the epicentre
old farmhouse, is so internationally popular that it’s booked solid for the rest of 2018.
of Hamilton’s foodie boom than the Heather in up-and-coming Barton Village. Husband-and-
ALDER ROOM Edmonton. Seats: 12
wife duo Matty and Meg Cowan opened their
You have to buy a “ticket” (from $85 a per-
exclusive resto in 2016, highlighting local and
son) in advance, but that gets you an inventive
10- to 20-course tasting menu focused on local
The best Italian cuisine is simple and authentic,
seasonal foods. You won’t know what you’re
and that is Battuto’s mandate. This former snack
THE BITE HOUSE Forks Baddeck,
eating until it’s served, but you know it’ll be
bar is now a sleek, minimalist restaurant serving
N.S. Seats: 12 This family-run establishment,
up handmade pastas, antipasto and tiramisu. h
SHOP Canvas jewellery holder, Bag-all ($39, at shopbop.com)
Quebec City. Seats: 20
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Bluetooth tracker, Tile ($39.95, at Indigo, chapters.indigo.ca)
Mini brow rescue kit, Tweezerman ($38.50, tweezerman.ca)
Traveller set, Poketo ($210, poketo.com)
Clockwise, from top left: Skylodge Adventure Suites; a PurePod in New Zealand; Petrin Tower in Prague; Mustique; L.A.’s Cactus Store; underwater dining at the Conrad in the Maldives; a PurePod at night; a villa at the Conrad
directions) to get to these eco-friendly clear
the Maldives that opens
SKYLODGE ADVENTURE SUITES, SACRED VALLEY, PERU Eat, sleep
cabins peppered throughout New Zealand,
next month, doesn’t
but it’s sooo worth it. The pods, 20 square
exactly qualify as tiny.
and stargaze in an intimate Perspex pod sus-
metres in size, boast all the amenities of a five-
But since a small part
pended above Peru’s famous Sacred Valley
star hotel (including meals if you order ahead
of it is underwater—a
with views that feel straight out of Avatar. A
but not including Wi-Fi—the goal here is to
bedroom, bathroom and
heads-up for acrophobics: You have to scale
disconnect) with the bonus of complete and
small sitting area are set
400 metres of mountain or take a zipline to
utter immersion in nature. Even the glass floors
five metres below sea
get to your private suite.
level, a cur ved clear ceiling the only thing separating you from
PUREPODS, NEW ZEALAND You have
to walk into the bush (don’t worry, there are
ISLAND, MALDIVES So, the Muraka, a villa in
SHOP Steam iron, Rowenta ($50, at Hudson’s Bay, thebay.com)
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Flounder, Sebastian et al.—and it’s gorgeous, it had to make our list.
TRAVEL ESSENTIALS SO SMALL THEY CAN FIT IN YOUR CARRY-ON.
22-karat-gold-plated-sterling-silver bracelet, Coordinates ($650, coordinatescollection.com)
Canvas lanyard bag, Tory Sport ($125, at Holt Renfrew, holtrenfrew.com)
Instax Square SQ6 Instant Camera, Fujifilm ($160.24, at Best Buy, bestbuy.ca)
THE (TEENY-TINY) MUST-TRY (OR -BUY!) LIST DATE-NIGHT RESTO Don’t let the
the charm of that other tourist spot but without
GeoCities-era website fool you. The restau-
the hordes. Come for the views, stay for the
rant Solo Per Due—which translates to “just
day and have a picnic in one of the five sur-
for two”—serves up delicious fresh pasta on
the daily in a cozy candlelit space in a town
PLANT STORE L.A.’s Cactus Store will
satisfy all your hipster cacti whims—and it does
ISLAND Just 500 people live year-round
it in a space that’s smaller than your bathroom.
on Mustique (where Princess Margaret, the Queen’s sister, used to party with the Rolling
PERFUME There are more than 100 fra-
Stones and where Kate Middleton and fam
grances to choose from at the lavish Guerlain
regularly vacation). It’s privately owned, but
perfumery on rue Saint-Honoré in Paris. But if
you can visit if you have buckets of ducats and
you have the time—and $60,000—why not
a VIP connection or two.
make your very own scent on-site following a two-hour private consultation with one of the
Go to Nantucket in
house’s legendary noses.
autumn. Most of the sunburned sightseers will have gone home by then, so you’ll feel like a
local. Stay in the newly opened Lilly Pulitzer
excessive, sure, but when it’s made with
cottage at the iconic White Elephant hotel.
A $390 sundae sounds
hibiscus-champagne sauce and silver and gold
TOURIST SPOT Petrin Tower, often re-
leaf, like the one on offer at the Baccarat Hotel
ferred to as Prague’s “little” Eiffel Tower, has all
New York, it’s probably worth it.
Ceramics stage a comeback. By C A R L I W H I T W ELL Ceramic and 14-karatgold pendant and gold-tone stainlesssteel chain, Goye Artiste Céramiste ($46, at etsy.com)
Porcelain teapot, Indigo ($34.50, indigo.ca)
Concrete table, Concrete Cat ($2,925, concretecat.com)
Ceramic bowl, Parceline ($30, at etsy.com) Ceramic and 22-karat-gold mug, The Pursuits of Happiness ($60, thepursuitsofhappiness.com)
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I HAVEN’T THOUGHT much about pottery since my brief stint as a member of my middle-school ceramics club. (I blame the 7 a.m. starts for my not sticking it out.) But with our collective thirst for nostalgia anything, it was perhaps inevitable that this art form turned decor trend—which goes back thousands of years, way before that scene in Ghost— would eventually resurface. And, unlike the misshapen cat I made in ’97, today’s ceramics (and pottery, which is a type of ceramic) are sleek, minimalist and undeniably chic. Think matte lavender teapots, avant-garde vases and high-gloss plates. “This is not your grandma’s pottery,” says Caitlin O’Reilly of Cylinder Studio in Prince Edward County, Ont., whose contemporary pieces have a Kinfolk-magazine-meets-Tom-Ford feel. O’Reilly sees this revival in part as a pushback against our digital existence, a sentiment that ties into the homespun arts-and-crafts vibe seen in fall collections from Stella McCartney, Coach 1941, Dior and others. It can take an artist weeks to perfect a piece, which is typically made from one of three types of clay— porcelain, stoneware or terracotta—and then glazed and kiln-fired. No two mugs or serving platters are alike. “Each piece contains the fingerprint of the maker,” says O’Reilly. Mérida Anderson, of Montreal-based YYY Collection, agrees: “There’s a connection there. People love the idea of drinking out of a handmade cup or eating out of a handmade bowl.” Thanks to websites like Etsy (which has helped artists turn their pottery hobbies into successful side hustles), there are more lines to shop than ever before. Even your favourite luxury home brands are hopping on the ceramics bandwagon; my dream penthouse is filled with Gucci vases from the house’s fledgling decor line. I can’t think of a better investment, unless it’s to enroll in a pottery class— afternoons or evenings only, please.
STYLING, ELAINE JYLL REGIO; PHOTOGRAPHY, MAYA VISNYEI
Ceramics by Cylinder Studio
The hottest international dining spots are in your hotel.
PA R I S
L’Hôtel du Collectionneur
Visit the recently renovated Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris, a mere 20-minute walk from the hotel.
The three terraces at l’Hôtel du Collectionneur’s new eponymous restaurant are so liberally peppered with trees and plants that one could easily forget they are in the centre of one of the world’s busiest metropolises. Inside, the focus turns to texture and design: Marble tabletops, velvet sofas and luxe carpeting anchor the space. The menu (which changes weekly) is equally indulgent. It’s a mash-up of that legendary French gastronomy (hello, sweet darling cream and butter) and flavours from around the world: prawn ravioli with beans; sea-bream sashimi in a yuzu-ginger marinade with pickled daikon turnip; vegetarian cannelloni with zucchini and mushroom caviar and a Parmesan dressing. Magnifique, non? CIARA RICKARD
EDITO Stay in one of 12 new suites that boast classic design with modern extras like heated bathroom floors.
PHOTOGRAPHY, COURTESY THE BLOOMSBURY (DALLOWAY TERRACE)
The simple neo-Georgian exterior of the Bloomsbury belies the grandeur of the recently renovated luxury interior. It’s how I imagine all well-appointed British homes are decorated—with a strategic use of floral wallpaper and vibrant paint alongside cozy seating that creates a livingroom-like vibe that says “Sit down and stay awhile.” That sentiment is especially true for the hotel’s eating spaces, which include a restaurant, two bars and a juicery. At the Dalloway Terrace restaurant, wicker chairs and marbletopped tables are backed by a wall of flowers that runs from the floor to the black-and-white tented ceiling. The Coral Room is, well, very coral and the ideal spot for a long, boozy brunch. The dimly lit basement bar feels wonderfully conspiratorial; drinks are named after the 20th-century writers and artists who made up the scandalous Bloomsbury Set, which included Virginia and Leonard Woolf. VICTORIA DIPLACIDO
Do not even think about leaving before trying one of the fishbowlsize artisanal gin and tonics in the adjacent Bar Figueroa.
As far as the ELLE Canada team is concerned, there’s only one way to beat jet lag: with comfort food. On a recent jaunt to DTLA, we ate plenty—including fried chicken with jalapeno potato salad, fries and braised greens—at Basque-meets-Mediterranean resto Breva. Helmed by L.A. super-chef Casey Lane, Breva is in the buzzy Hotel Figueroa. The boutique property, which opened in 1926, was restored into an urban oasis that melds its Spanish architectural roots with a sprinkle of gothic chic. Think exposed wood beams and Spanish tiles with quirky extras, like a coffin-shaped pool. Despite our long day of travel, we lingered at Breva for dessert—a mille feuille with honey-mascarpone cream—before falling into our king-size beds, dreams of carbohydrates dancing in our heads. CARLI WHITWELL
Scorpio OCT. 23 – NOV. 21 Your world is so bright you’re gonna need shades! The Sun, fair Venus and lucky moneybags Jupiter are lined up in Scorpio this month. This makes you cheerful, playful, charming, diplomatic and, yes, rich. Good things will come your way. Your only challenge is with home and family. But you’re positive and strong—you can handle this.
NOV. 22 – DEC. 21 This is a spiritual month. Powerful planets are “hiding” in your chart, stirring up your deepest feelings about values and what is truly important. You’ll be attracted to mysticism, spirituality and astrology. This is because you want answers to big questions. Fortunately, Mars will make you bold about going after what you want.
SEPT. 23 – OCT. 22
If you can smell money in the air, that’s because 2018 is your year to boost your income, and this month is the best of the year! Think about a better-paying job, or look for a side hustle. Meanwhile, you’re buying beautiful things. (Libra is the hautecouture sign, didn’t you know?) The timing is perfect because you want to party and take a vacation.
This is the most popular month of the year for you, so everyone wants to see your face. Enjoy friendships. Make plans to go for lunch or dinner or see a movie. Join clubs and groups. Your interactions with others will beneﬁt you this month. Meanwhile, you’re ambitious to work for money—and spend it.
JAN. 20 – FEB. 18
FEB. 19 – MARCH 20
MARCH 21 – APRIL 19
APRIL 20 – MAY 20
This is the luckiest month of the year for you. You’ll impress others, especially bosses, parents and VIPs. Your reputation is solid, which is why you may enjoy a promotion or achieve a dream. Get plenty of exercise to blow off steam because, with Mars in your sign, you’ll be coming on like gangbusters. Don’t be aggressive; be focused.
Do everything you can to expand your world because this is what will make your heart sing. Grab every chance to travel. Take courses to learn more and enrich your life. Meet people from other cultures. You’re putting the ﬁnishing touches on yourself before next year, when you’ll shine and put your name up in lights.
This is a passionate month—especially between the sheets. Money and assets are also important; you’ll beneﬁt from someone’s wealth. Ask for a loan or mortgage. Your partner might start earning more. Grab whatever comes your way because soon you’ll be travelling and exploring opportunities in publishing, medicine and the law.
Partnerships are blessed now, and you are fortunate to have meaningful bonds with loved ones. This is a great time to get married or begin a new relationship. Meanwhile, your professional ambition is piqued; this is good because you must prepare yourself for 2020—which is set to be your time to stand out.
MAY 21 – JUNE 20
JUNE 21 – JULY 22
JULY 23 – AUG. 22
AUG. 23 – SEPT. 22
You’ve decided to manage your life better. You’re reﬁning techniques and trying to be more efﬁcient to make your actions count. You want bang for your buck. Relationships at work are good. You might get a raise, which is perfect because you want to travel. Continue to work to improve your health and your job.
It’s party time for Cancerians! Accept invitations. Relationships will ﬂourish, and a new romance will begin for many. Enjoy the arts and sports events as well as playful times with family. This is also a good month for ﬁnancial speculation and even better for a vacation! Partnerships will be challenging, so you may need a break.
You’re focused on home and family because you want to improve where you live or move to something bigger and better. You’re excited about redecorating and entertaining. Your family might expand this year, along with your real-estate assets. Family relationships are rewarding, which is important and meaningful to you.
October is a busy, fast-paced month for you. You need to communicate with someone because you have something to say. It’s also a strong time if you write, teach, sell or market because you can make money from your words. Privately, you’re hoping to ﬁgure out what you want to be when you grow up.
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TEXT, GEORGIA NICOLS; COLLAGE, MICHAELA WONG
DEC. 22 – JAN. 19
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AS FAR AS FASHION reputations go, Miu Miu’s is a quirky one that was earned via feminine, vintage-inspired clothes that occasionally veer into tough-girl territory. The fall collection shown in Paris was a perfect example. Enter Elle Fanning sporting XL outerwear, a mussed-up beehive and plenty of smudgy eyeliner. The entire retro-grunge lineup was a little bit ’60s, a touch of the ’80s and proof that the most interesting fashion moments are the ones that can’t be neatly defined. Here’s to having your oversized leather cocoon coat and pretty satin party shoes too.
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TEXT, LIZ GUBER; PHOTOGRAPHY, GETTY IMAGES
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