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FASHION’S NEW ATTITUDE Unleash your creative spirit: goth glamour, power beauty and inspiration from Toronto’s most talented artists
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IN THIS ISSUE
Laura deCarufel @Laura_deCarufel @LauradeCarufel CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Jessica Hotson @jesshotson SENIOR EDITOR
Alex Laws @LexLaws
Rani Sheen @ranisheen
DIGITAL & SPECIAL PROJECTS EDITOR
Michelle Bilodeau @mbilodeau ASSISTANT DIGITAL EDITOR
Carly Ostroff @carlyostroff ASSISTANT FASHION & BEAUTY EDITOR
Natasha Bruno @Natashajbruno ASSISTANT EDITOR
Veronica Saroli @vsaroli
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Sonya van Heyningen @svanh7 Kristy Wright @creativewithak DESIGNER
Amber Hickson @amblynncreative
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The top 14 things to do this week.
ecently, when I was out for dinner, talk turned to how Toronto has come into its own. It feels like the place to be now, not a paler version of L.A., or a politer version of New York, something to dismiss, somewhere to outgrow. (Guys, we owe Drake a lot.) The best part of the 6ix is its people, and this issue is all about celebrating their creative spirit. Fashion designers pose with their muses in “#SquadGoals” (page 21), while visual artists take the monochromatic trend for a spin in “Bold Vision” (page 16). “The Craft” (page 30), photographed by Andrew Soule and helmed by creative director Jessica Hotson, spotlights some of the season’s most jaw-dropping gothic fashion: handsewn lace, intricate embroidery, a line of seed pearls wandering gracefully down a skirt. Beauty is the thread that unites them, and it’s also woven into the fabric of the city, from the Gaudi-inspired interior at Bar Raval to the jewel-like pastries at Nadège to the bluish grey of storm-tossed Lake Ontario. Toronto is an inspiring place to live, and it’s never felt more alive. I hope we’ve captured that energy here. Let me know what you think—connect with me @Laura_deCarufel and @TheKit and @TheKitca with #TheKitCompact. I always love hearing from you.
7/ THE STOP Shop (and refuel) in newly hip Rosedale.
9/ MOST WANTED Perfect facial oils = works of art.
11/ NOW TRENDING Trends to try, products to buy, pieces to lose your mind over.
14/ IN STORES NOW 10 fashion essentials.
15/ TREND LESSON Insanely cool coats.
16/ GIRL GANG Artists model monochromatic dressing.
18/ SHOPPING CHALLENGE Borrowed from the boys.
19/ TEST DRIVE Next-level shoe love = making a pair by hand.
21/ 6IX STYLE Toronto designers dress their muses.
25/ THE HANDBOOK Your guide to kicking ass at work—in every way.
Hania Ahmed, Sehee Jee, Richelle Kingsland, Stefanie Mastrodicasa, Elissa Matsushita, Inga Nakiene, Marissa Rowles, Anali Torrez The Kit is Canada’s 360˚ beauty and style leader © 2015, The Kit, a division of Toronto Star Newspapers Limited.
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30/ THE CRAFT
Laura deCarufel, editor-in-chief
Adrian Armstrong, Eden Boileau, LeeAndra Cianci, Jenny Charlesworth, Barbara Czarnecki, Anne T. Donahue, Jill Dunn, Fiona Green, Laura Gulshani, Andrea Janus, Ivy Knight, Heather Marrin, Colleen McCarten, Luis Mora, Lauren Pirie, Michelle Rosen, Carlyle Routh, Julia Seidl, Maryam Siddiqi, Andrew Soule, Sheri Stroh, Rita Tesolin, May Truong, Robert Weir, Norman Wong, Sandra Yang
Fall’s bewitching velvet, leather and lace.
36/ THE HAUL Beauty obsessions.
37/ BEAUTY SCHOOL The coolest hair colour trends are child’s play.
38/ FIRST PERSON
MOOD BOARD: BEHIND THE COVER
PHOTOGRAPHY: CARLYLE ROUTH (DECARUFEL); PETER STIGTER (RUNWAY). HAIR AND MAKEUP BY MICHELLE ROSEN/JUDY INC (DECARUFEL). DECARUFEL’S TANYA TAYLOR DRESS, HOLT RENFREW
Vanessa Taylor @vanessa_tweets
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“I had my lips done— so what?”
Khaleesi’s (rightful) Iron Throne inspired our intricate crown illo by Lauren Pirie (@lapirie).
39/ REAL TALK Funny women discuss dressing for the stage.
40/ SPOTLIGHT Janelle Monáe on Star Wars and stardom.
We loved the gothic glamour (and black lips!) on the Fall 2015 runways.
Spellbound nostalgia: The Craft (1996), four teen witches with major attitude—and the best chokers.
HERVÉ LÉGER BY MAX AZRIA DRESS, $10,238, HERVELEGER.COM. EDDIE BORGO EARRINGS, $175, HOLT RENFREW. SWAROVSKI NECKLACE, $459, RING, $169, SWAROVSKI
41/ #NOWFOLLOWING Meet three model DJs.
42/ LAST WORD OCAD students’ creative ways to save $$$.
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Remember back in May when Rebel Wilson tweeted “I’m bringing out a clothing line in November! #RebelforTorrid & if you’re too skinny for it, you can buy the bag”? This month, Wilson’s first fashion collab officially launches at Torrid at the Toronto Eaton Centre (220 Yonge St.).
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Just in time for Remembrance Day, Byredo’s latest scent honours World War I front-line nurses. Rose of No Man’s Land—a term of endearment used by soldiers—is a warm mix of roses, papyrus and amber. Pick it up at Holt Renfrew (50 Bloor St. W. and Yorkdale Shopping Centre).
F R E Q U E N T: RITZY BOUTIQUE Ditch your topper at the coat check and sip complimentary bevvies while browsing the goods at La Boutique Noire (90 Yorkville Ave.). The upscale shop is home to unique picks from Theonne, Halston Heritage and Dannijo jewellery.
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Apple cider vinegar + maple syrup/honey + ginger = Switchel. Yuck, right? Nope. The elixir tastes like crisp cider but is credited with godly powers like curing hangovers and beelining electrolytes into your system. Enjoy it in the morning via CideRoad products from Summerhill Market (446 Summerhill Ave.) and in the evening, gussied up with Appleton Estate Reserve, Domaine de Canton, gingerpeppercorn syrup, lime and ginger beer at Boralia (59 Ossington Ave.).
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UNTIL JANUARY 2016, DERMALOGICA IS PULLING OUT ALL THE BEAUTY STOPS WITH ITS POP-UP SHOP AT BAYVIEW VILLAGE (2901 BAYVIEW AVE.). ENJOY A ZEN MOMENT AT THE SKIN BAR VIA A MICROZONE TREATMENT.
November 10 It’s round 2 at the Giller Prize for Heather O’Neill, whose nod for Daydreams of Angels comes a year after The Girl Who Was Saturday Night.
November 19 Want to win denim for life? (Um, obvs.) This is the last date to enter Jean Machine’s contest. The winner will be announced on December 3.
November 14–22 The National Ballet of Canada opens Karen Kain’s 10th season as artistic director with William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.
THE 6IX INDEX 14 super-fun ways to love Toronto now
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style and sport Charles Le Pierrès of Judith & Charles recently created Charlie’s Foundation, an NGO that combines teaching tennis and English to children in the Dominican Republic. Here in Toronto, the brand opened a Yorkville boutique at 87 Avenue Rd.
ENJOY: BEAUTY BY THE PINT The alchemists at Carlsberg have turned their golden brew into brewtifying beauty products (shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, grooming goods) out this month and available at thirstforgreat.com.
November 21–22 Head to Opelle’s semi-annual sample sale at its College Street showroom to browse backpacks, handbags and duffles at 70 per cent off.
WORLD 1, MILLENNIALS 0
Don’t be alarmed, but unseen forces are conspiring against you and your waistline. Scientists at York University (and one at the University of Alberta) discovered that if someone in 2008 exercised and ate like someone the same age did in 1971, our contemporary would be about 10 per cent heavier. If you need us, we’ll be at Equinox’s new Best Butt Ever class (199 Bay St.).
November 22 Put on your most creative outfit—and best dancing shoes—for Grimes’s Toronto tour stop at the Danforth Music Hall.
Until November 30 All throughout November, update your look at Josephson’s 80th-anniversary sale. Designer frames are up to 70 per cent off the regular price.
TEXT: VERONICA SAROLI. PHOTOGRAPHY: GETTY IMAGES (WILSON, GRIMES); TORONTO STAR (O’NEILL); ISTOCKPHOTO (ROSE, HONEY, GINGER); GEOFFREY ROSS (CREAM); FLICKR.COM/BRITISHREDCROSS (NURSES); JUDITHANDCHARLES.COM (LOOKBOOK); COURTESY OF NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA/KAROLINA KURAS (BALLET)
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Take the Yonge subway one stop north of Bloor and stroll uphill. This once-prim chi-chi ’hood now has serious swagger: cult beauty boutiques, curated shopping and coffee worth travelling for By Natasha Bruno
Illustration by LeeAndra Cianci
1. THE ALCORN SALON, 1222 YONGE ST. Owner Tony Masciangelo is hairstylist royalty in the 6ix, with a top-tier client roster of stylists, socialites and fashion editors. (The hype is justified. Trust.)
2. THE NARWHAL BOUTIQUE, 8 PRICE ST. This luxe, laid-back store is a hidden gem. Literally: Its entrance is down an alley. Inside, it’s packed with sartorial treasures including Golden Goose sneakers and T By Alexander Wang crop tops.
3. DELINEATION, 1110 YONGE ST. PHOTOGRAPHY: CARLYLE ROUTH (EDITOR HEADSHOTS). HAIR AND MAKEUP: MICHELLE ROSEN (EDITOR HEADSHOTS)
A fave of beauty connoisseurs for more than three decades, this part salon, part boutique offers revitalizing hair treatments and hard-to-find items, like the cult-classic Mason Pearson hairbrush.
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4. 6 BY GEE BEAUTY, 6 ROXBOROUGH ST. W. At this bright, airy store started by the three sisters and mother behind Gee Beauty (next door), swoon-worthy accessories and apparel flank
rare fragrance brands including Le Labo. (Its Rose 31 scent is a life-changing experience.)
5. WANT APOTHECARY, 1070 YONGE ST. Co-owners, designers and brothers Byron and Dexter Peart stock their perfectly curated shelves with niche fashion and beauty lines such as Tomorrowland, Byredo perfume and Want Les Essentiels de la Vie, the duo’s own line of leather accessories.
6. COLOUR LAB, 1013 YONGE ST. Father-and-son team JeanCharles and Raphael Azran devote their salon to killer dye jobs. (No cuts or blowouts here!) But they won’t leave you dripping: After you’re rinsed, help yourself to the fully stocked blow-dry station free of charge.
7. THE BLACK CAMEL, 4 CRESCENT RD. If this is just a sandwich joint, a Chanel tweed is just a jacket. Succulent beef brisket, mouth-watering pulled pork, gourmet toppings and handmade sauces—every juicy bite is worth savouring.
A. Room 2046 1252 Yonge St.
“I can easily kill an afternoon perusing owner Kumala Nio’s eclectic clothing and home accessories. Go on a Thursday, when the store serves up gourmet donuts.” —Natasha Bruno, assistant beauty & fashion editor
B. Boxcar Social 1208 Yonge St.
“Great for coffee or drinks, this is my ultimate meet-up spot. The relaxed atmosphere and staff make me happy to lounge at any time of day, while devouring a charcuterie platter.” —Amber Hickson, designer
C. Greenhouse Juice Co. 5 Macpherson Ave. “I’m a huge fan of cold-pressed juices, and this place has the best flavour combinations in town. So what if I spend my life savings on coconut milk?” —Carly Ostroff, assistant digital editor
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To celebrate the union of beauty and poetry, Toronto poet Damian Rogers lent us a verse from her latest book, Dear Leader (Coach House Books):
ART DIRECTION: SONYA VAN HEYNINGEN
Are you illuminated? At the bottom of the Pacific, microscopic monsters chase every bioluminescent organism twinkling in the brink. In my youth, I too was a magnet, and I did not dim for decades.
Locally made oils so lovely your skin will want to write them a sonnet
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Photography by Adrian Armstrong
A perfectly balanced, quick-absorbing face oil is a triumph of alchemy. Too much of one nut, vegetable or seed oil, and the formula sits heavily on the skin; the wrong combination of aromatic essential oils, and it can irritate, not illuminate. Mikayla Tran, 26, approaches the blending process with an “artistic appreciation for how the ingredients harmonize with one another.” The Mississauga entrepreneur launched Poetic Blends this year with three formulations—made with ingredients sourced from suppliers who don’t use chemical crop sprays, preservatives, dyes or fragrances—each designed to target different needs. The Hero Oil soothes blemish-prone skin with apricotkernel and calendula oils, while the Timeless Oil is made of richer stuff like rice bran and sea-buckthorn oils for dry or aging complexions. The Ghost Oil contains no essential oils, so it smells like nothing and vanishes into irritable skin. The first ingredient in all three is squalane, derived from olive oil. “It helps transport the nutrients of other oils into the skin faster,” says Tran, “which I find absolutely mesmerizing and even poetically beautiful.” We do too. —rani sheen POETIC BLEND THE TIMELESS OIL, THE GHOST OIL AND THE HERO OIL, $50 EACH, POETICBLEND.COM
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NEED IT NOW Emoji-inspired shoes? Um, yes, please. With this season’s colourful patches, playful decals and interchangeable Velcro stick-ons, your #OOTD can always match your mood.
PHOTOGRAPHY: ADRIAN ARMSTRONG (EMOJI SHOES); PETER STIGTER (RUNWAY); GETTY IMAGES (MO’ MONEY); ISTOCKPHOTO (KNIVES, BOOKS, METAL)
CLOCKWISE FROM CENTRE: MINNA PARIKKA HIGH-TOPS, $498, CHIARA FERRAGNI FLATS, $398, CHIARA FERRAGNI SNEAKERS, $398 (WITH FOUR INTERCHANGEABLE VELCRO EMOJIS, ALSO AT BOTTOM LEFT), B2 SNEAKERS, $198, CHIARA FERRAGNI FLATS, $398, ALL BROWNS SHOES AND B2 STORES
Trends to try, products to buy, pieces to lose your mind over
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nars x steven klein Horses in swimming pools, gruesome medical masks and impeccably dressed robots—fashion photographer Steven Klein is known for creating fantastical, surreal tableaux, often featuring the makeup artistry of François Nars. Now the talented duo have collaborated on a new project: a makeup collection out this month, complete with lipstick, nail polish, shimmering shades of blush and collectible palettes emblazoned with Klein’s photos. In a word: essential.
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Knife pleats, chic metallics and librarian-approved lengths—this is your wear-it-now-untilNew-Year’s-Eve fashion must-have.
If you'd like to show support for prostate cancer research during November but aren't up for growing (or letting your BF grow) a moustache, pick up Bite Beauty’s Mauvember lippie ($28, sephora.ca)—all proceeds go to the Movember Foundation.
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NARS STEVEN KLEIN DUAL-INTENSITY BLUSH IN VENGEFUL, $55, AUDACIOUS LIPSTICK IN REDEMPTION, $36, NAIL POLISH IN NIGHT CREATURE, $25, NARSCOSMETICS.COM
TOPSHOP SKIRT, $130, HUDSON’S BAY. TED BAKER LONDON SKIRT, $205, TEDBAKER.COM
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The look: A romantic mix of soft velvet, severe necklines and reams of lace. How to wear it: Build your look around one amazing piece: a dramatic lace dress, a witchy laceup boot or a workday blouse with a super-high neckline.
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A LESSON IN GLAMOUR BY MARC JACOBS “I was thinking about what my next fragrance would be, and the word decadence came to mind. It gave me this idea of a character who was young but sultry—she would sit on the floor in her evening dress and drink champagne with cherries. It’s an irreverent sense of glamour; it’s a little bit off. So she can be in an evening dress, but she can still be sleeping on the floor and laughing with her friends. That’s decadent behaviour.” MARC JACOBS DECADENCE EAU DE PARFUM, $115 (50 ML), THEBAY.COM
NYX COLOR MASCARA IN (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP) PURPLE, PINK PETALS, PERFECT PEAR AND BLUE, $10 EACH, NYXCOSMETICS.CA
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The latest line to ride the Korean skincare wave into Canada, Laneige analyzes the chemical components of water types (mineral, spring, etc.) to find the properties that perform best for each of its products. Modelled on sparkling water, this light-as-air cleanser looks like shaving foam and feels super-fresh on your face. LANEIGE BRIGHTENING SPARKLING WATER FOAM CLEANSER, $30, SEPHORA.CA
TEXT: NATASHA BRUNO (WHITE-WINGED). PHOTOGRAPHY: PETER STIGTER (RUNWAY, HAIR FACIALS); GETTY IMAGES (JACOBS’ HEAD, THE BLONDS, KENDALL); KEYSTONE PRESS (KRIS); REX USA (KIM); ISTOCKPHOTO (LACE). ILLUSTRATION: LAURA GULSHANI (AMATEUR NOSE, VICTORIAN MOOD); M-A-G-N-E-A.COM (SCANDI STYLE LOOKBOOK); AMBER HICKSON (NYX)
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Catnip to beauty bloggers, vloggers and Instagrammers the world over, L.A.-based makeup brand Nyx is known for outthere colours (lime mascara!), trend achievers (strobing, anyone?) and innovative formulas (ombré blush is in the works). The almost overwhelmingly full collection—mostly under the $10 mark—is available at the brand’s first free-standing store in Canada, at Mississauga’s Square One, with another to open on Queen West this month.
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RUDSAK DRESS, $175, RUDSAK.COM. PINK TARTAN BLOUSE, $228, PINKTARTAN.COM. LE CHATEAU SHOOTIES, $170, LECHATEAU.COM
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It’s a thing: hair facials Just as there’s no skincare substitute for a facial, hair loves a pro treatment. Among a glossy new batch: Kevin Murphy Treat.Me is customized for scalp, ends and areas of damage—like the T-zone of your head. (Try it at Evolve Hair Studio, 40 Fort York Blvd., evolvesalon.ca.) Plarmia from Japan penetrates deep into the hair’s internal structure (Dat Salon, 984 Queen St. W., datsalon.com) and L’Oreal Professionnel Pro Fiber anchors in a repairing molecule for long-lasting shine (Brennen Demelo Studio, 316 Adelaide St. W. brennendemelo.com).
MAXIMAL: PAINT-SLICKED EYELIDS AT KENZO Makeup artist Aaron de Mey first cut into his makeup brush with scissors to create an imperfect edge before sweeping on a white gel-cream shadow across the entire top lid. He then drew the shadow out and up past the tail of the eyebrows. M.A.C PRO CHROMALINE IN PURE WHITE, $24, MACCOSMETICS.CA
MINIMAL: GRAPHIC FELINE FLICKS AT THE BLONDS After tracing the upper lash line with black liner and extending the stripe diagonally upward past the outer corner, makeup artist Kabuki added a thick white line for a contrasting, doublelined cat-eye. ANNABELLE STAY SHARP METALLIC WATERPROOF KOHL EYELINER IN SNOW WHITE, $10, ANNABELLE.COM
Club Monaco has teamed up with Magnea Einarsdóttir—an Iceland-based, Central-Saint-Martins-trained knitwear designer—to create a five-piece collection using traditional Scandinavian knitting methods. The result is a clean Kinfolk-style black and white palette in wear-me-all-weekend silhouettes. MAGNEA FOR CLUB MONACO SWEATER, $475, HAT, $279, CARDIGAN, $695, CLUBMONACO.COM
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B A L M A I N A R M Y #BALMAINNATION TOOK OVER H&M (AND OUR INSTA FEEDS THANKS TO #HAUL SNAPS) ON NOVEMBER 5. HERE, WE TAKE INSPIRATION FROM THE BALMAIN SUPER-FAN KARDASHIAN-JENNER CLAN ON HOW TO WEAR FALL’S HOTTEST COLLAB
MATRIARCH: KRIS JENNER
BREADWINNER: KIM KARDASHIAN
Negotiations and power lunches call for all-eyes-on-me graphic prints.
When your outfit is viewed by 50 million pairs of eyeballs daily (via @kimkardashian), keep things klassy in a double-breasted jacket.
THE AMATEUR NOSE A local pastry chef sniff-drives a scent created by Parisian macaron legend Pierre Hermé the nose: Nadège Nourian, Nadège Patisserie, 780 Queen St. W. the scent: L’Occitane Pierre Hermé GrapefruitRhubarb Eau de Toilette, $65 (75 mL), ca.loccitane.com the notes: Grapefruit, rhubarb accord, lemon, clove the verdict: “The rhubarb balances it out. You can’t smell it, but it's there. We do that in recipes: add something that nobody will taste, but it balances the other flavours.”
M O GU L-INTHE-MAKING: KENDALL JENNER Red carpets, runways and plenty of photo ops demand a sharp shoulder and some impressive beading. BLAZER, $549
IN STORES NOW HIGH-SHINE OXFORDS
The Oxford dictionary should define oxfords as “comfy, chic amazingness.” This metallic pair would also appear under Y for yep.
Channel your inner Wonder Woman with a cuff on each wrist—or stick with one and harness your regular superpowers (like being first in line at Starbucks).
FOREVER 21 SHOE, $33, FOREVER21.COM
This cocoon number is a super-modern take on the camel coat Ali MacGraw wore in Love Story. (Google-image it immediately. Right?) LINE COAT, $695, TNT TORONTO
ERIN TRACY CUFF, $180, ERINTRACY.CA
ESSENTIAL POUCH To carry your #musthaves. (Obviously.) BANANA REPUBLIC CLUTCH, $50, BANANAREPUBLIC.COM
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People who wake up before the alarm clock, these are your new trousers. KATE SPADE PANTS, $345, KATESPADE.COM
Fashion editor Vanessa Taylor selects the gotta-have-’em pieces to pick up today. On the November shopping list: fuzzy knits, flashy oxfords and ruby slippers
Just as the “Jenny from the Block” heeled Timberland boot was a thing, these hikers are a good idea—promise. Just don’t go hiking in them, ever.
This carryall nails three trends in one: fuzzy shearling, winter pastels and a chic top handle. That’s just good fashion math. MULBERRY BAG, $2,160, MULBERRY.COM
CALL IT SPRING BOOT, $80, CALLITSPRING.COM
Meet your new evening shoe. (Resist the temptation to quote The Wizard of Oz.)
TOPSHOP HEEL, $83, HUDSON’S BAY
Fool everyone into thinking you’ve made an effort—but you’re really just wearing a super-comfy sweater.
Forget trying to figure out the latest way to tie a scarf—this piece instantly adds major drama, no YouTube tutorial necessary. JOE FRESH SNOOD, $34, JOEFRESH.COM
ANN TAYLOR DRESS, $149, ANN TAYLOR STORES
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Real talk: f you’re going to spend serious cash on a coat, make sure you’re obsessed with it. Stack the odds by falling for fall’s hottest trends By Julia Seidl
The look: Voluminous furs (both real and faux), shearling and anything shaggy. The coat: Imagine wearing this crazycozy cocoon coat while waiting for the chronically late College streetcar. And it’s –20°. (Sold?) How to style it: Pair teddy-bear textures with contrasting finishes like smooth leathers. Where to wear it: Gallery hopping, Queen West shopping, to work every cold day for the next 10 years.
THE KIT PICK
CLUB MONACO COAT, $1,995, CLUBMONACO.CA. JOE FRESH SWEATER, $29, JOEFRESH.COM/CA. TOPSHOP SKIRT, $240, THEBAY.COM. FRENCH CONNECTION BOOTIES, $158, CANADA.FRENCHCONNECTION.COM
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The look: High-shine PVC and noticeme treated leather. The coat: This gorgeously glossy cape also hits this season’s waistgrazing silhouette. How to style it: Choose croc or embossed textures and pair with a colourblocked dress and block-heeled boots. Where to wear it: Out for drinks (read: $20 splurge cocktails), to any event at the Four Seasons Centre, date night at Alo (that tasting menu is beyond). MIU MIU JACKET, $3,196, NET-A-PORTER.COM. MARNI DRESS, $3,315, MODAOPERANDI.COM. TOPSHOP BOOTS, $225, THEBAY.COM. LOEFFLER RANDALL BAG, $798, NORDSTROM.COM
MICHAEL KORS PHOTOGRAPHY: PETER STIGTER (RUNWAY)
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The look: Tapestryinspired textiles— think rich jacquards and bold brocades. The coat: Consider this topper your shortcut to refined boho chic à la Jude-Law-era Sienna Miller. (#neverforget) How to style it: Layer on the prints for a ’70s-inspired spin on the trend. Where to wear it: Saturday strolls at the St. Lawrence Market, perusing produce in Kensington, owning the brunch line at the Federal.
THE KIT PICK
TORY BURCH COAT, $1,686, TORYBURCH.COM. H&M DRESS, $60, HM.COM/CA. 3.1 PHILLIP LIM BAG, $1,180, SHOPBOP.COM. MICHAEL KORS BOOTS, $1,120, SHOPBOP.COM
BOLD VISION Eight kick-ass Toronto artists model monochromatic dressing in the prettiest palette of the season
JACQUELINE POIRIER, 31, PAINTER
By Ivy Knight Photography by Norman Wong Styling by Vanessa Taylor 16
The artist-in-residence at the Ritz-Carlton, Poirier paints on plates (@crazyplatelady—Al Pacino is a fan). “With so many commissions, it’s hard to find time to do what I like, so I often find myself painting after hours just to get my creative juices flowing.” COS DRESS, $250, COS. LOUISE ET CIE SHOES, $195, SHOEBOUTIQUE.CA
SARAH SANDS PHILLIPS, 31, PAINTER, PRINTMAKER
DANIELLE HESSION, 30, MIXED-MEDIA ARTIST
Award-winning artist Sands Phillips’s exhibit Eye Rhymes is at General Hardware Contemporary until December 5. “I take colour so seriously. That’s why I always wear black: I save all the colour combining for my work.”
Hession splits her time between mixed-media art practice and creating custom artwork while working with the local design firm Maast Studio. “Once I start making art, time flies and all of a sudden it’s dark out.”
BANANA REPUBLIC SHIRT, $370, PANTS, $95, BANANAREPUBLIC.CA. WILLIAM RAST SHOES, $235, TOWNSHOES.COM
H&M SWEATER, $60, SKIRT, $250, SELECT H&M STORES. WILLIAM RAST SHOES, $235, TOWNSHOES.COM
HAIR AND MAKEUP BY SANDRA YANG, JUDY INC.
JENNIFER MURPHY, 41, COLLAGIST
MARJAN VERSTAPPEN, 25, SCULPTOR, LARGE-SCALE ILLUSTRATOR
Murphy has shown her collage work from New York to Vienna. Her Birds canvas hangs in the front lobby at the Drake Devonshire in Wellington, Ont. “I like wearing pockets, because I usually have my scissors and my tape with me! I’ve been making collages since I was a kid.”
New Zealand native Verstappen earned her master of fine arts at OCAD and now runs a gallery, Younger than Beyoncé, which is a launching pad for artists under 33. “I was never the best at drawing in school. I wasn’t even second best. I just really, really wanted to do it. You have to be hungry.”
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ASHLEY MCKENZIE-BARNES, 31, PAINTER
McKenzie-Barnes specializes in portraits and also works as an art director and curator. “Artists are free spirits, and we don’t like to work on the clock. It’s not a job where you wake up at 9 a.m. and bang out a piece on command. We’re not 9-to-5ers.” BANANA REPUBLIC CARDIGAN, $95, BLOUSE, $95, BANANAREPUBLIC.CA. OLD NAVY PANTS, $40, OLDNAVY.CA. LOUISE ET CIE SHOES, $195, SHOEBOUTIQUE.CA
ALËNA SKARINA, 29, ILLUSTRATOR
Born in Siberia, Skarina moved to Toronto in 1999. She is an award-winning illustrator and fine artist and mother to a baby girl. “My daughter changed my life. I’m trying to squeeze in painting time between breastfeeding and taking care of her.” WILFRED DRESS, $145, TOP, $85, ARITZIA.COM. WILLIAM RAST SHOES, $235, TOWNSHOES.COM
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“Adding in luxe basics like this super-soft white tee dresses down the look.”
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2 “These suspenders have Saint Laurent appeal for a fraction of the price.”
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BOY CRAZY CHALLENGE
FALL 2015 INSPO
MY STYLE BUDGET
WHY I CHOSE THIS TREND
MY SHOPPING STRATEGY
“Approximately $150 a month, when I stick to budget, which doesn’t happen often.”
“The runways were full of good reasons to take a cue from the guys: It started in New York with Ralph Lauren’s three-piece leather suit and continued in Paris, with Saint Laurent’s suspendered models. Stella McCartney, Chloé and Louis Vuitton also proved that anything boys can wear, girls can wear better.”
“To recreate the trend on a $500 budget, I pulled key pieces from th e wo r l d of m e n s we a r a n d reimagined them with a fem spin for my everyday wardrobe.”
Shop fall’s menswear trend for $500
MY PERSONAL STYLE “A h e av y ro t a t i o n o f all- black separates , s t ate m e nt sh o e s a n d investment bags.”
LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN
Assistant digital editor Carly Ostroff, 28
Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Chloé, Saint Laurent
MY DREAM SPLURGE “I could come up with an excuse to wear Stella McCartney’s star oxfords every day.”
1. Katharine Hepburn championed masculine dressing in Sylvia Scarlett (1935) and, like, every day IRL. 2. Briefcase-inspired purses on Valentino’s Fall 2015 runway. 3. Shirt + tie = a key look for Ralph Lauren Fall 2015. 4. Singer Lou Doillon, daughter of Jane Birkin, sports minimalist mens-wear in Paris, 2013. 5. Original gender bender Madonna in 1989’s “Express Yourself” video. 6. Stella McCartney’s Fall 2014 star oxfords (OMG). 7. Model Binx Walton in a relaxed-fit two-piece suit at Stella McCartney. 8. K.D. Lang performing in 1997. 9. Chloé’s Fall 2015 pastel take on the trend.
“Skinny jeans make for a modern addition to a classic Le-Smoking-inspired suit.” FOREVER 21 JEANS, $22, FOREVER21.COM
“Diane Keaton broke all the Oscar red carpet rules in oxfords like these.” BANANA REPUBLIC OXFORDS, $128, BANANA REPUBLIC
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BOOT CAMP As assistant editor Veronica Saroli discovers, hand-sewing your own pair of shoes is quite the workout
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The Art & Sole Academy, 20 Leslie St., Toronto
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Craft beer! Local pickles! Homemade bitters! It’s a (total) scientific fact: Artisanal things taste better. But what about fashion: Do handcrafted clothes look better too? And what if you’re the one who made them? Recently, I had the opportunity to find out. Despite the fact that I’m a person who walks around with staples in her hems, my editor asked me to take a shoemaking class, one of Toronto’s trending DIY-craft workshops. As a major fan of footwear, I was curious to know exactly what goes into making a pair of shoes. (And I secretly pictured myself as a female Daniel Day Lewis taking off to Florence to apprentice with a cobbler circa the late ’90s.) The workshop, run by seasoned shoemaker Jennifer Allison at Leslieville’s Art & Sole Academy, promised a pair of handmade shoes in exchange for two precious Sundays. First step: I had to pick a style of shoe that I would be guaranteed to like 16 hours (16 years?) later. I settled on a classic desert boot: comfortable and slightly mod—something Steve McQueen would wear to a cottage.
carefully drew on the materials and cut out our pieces, and sanded and skived (shaved) our “stiffeners,” which are basically harder pieces of leather inserted to give the shoe structure. “It’s very difficult to find quality shoes in the market these days,” Allison told me, noting that companies often forgo the internal components of the shoe that our class spent hours wrestling with. The following Sunday came the real work. Using a huge needle, I sewed the top panel to the base of the shoes—by hand— which caused areas of my back to tense and stiffen and purplish mounds to form
“I SETTLED ON A CLASSIC DESERT BOOT: COMFORTABLE AND SLIGHTLY MOD— SOMETHING STEVE MCQUEEN WOULD WEAR TO A COTTAGE.” Next, I went material shopping at the Leather & Sewing Supply Depot on Spadina Avenue—a surprisingly challenging outing for reasons that included crotchety salespeople and being spoiled for choice. Still, I managed to pick up just over four square feet of cowhide and pigskin. While surrounded by animal hide, it struck me that I’ve never this deeply considered what my shoes are made of (pigskin is super-soft, hence it’s perfect for lining boots). Armed with my leather and more than a few nerves—these kicks had to be ready for their magazine close-up (no presh)—I arrived for class and took a seat at a long wooden table. My classmates included a middle-aged British man, a woman making boots for her husband’s birthday and a teenage boy who aspires to be a shoe designer. The first objective was making the pattern using a wooden foot known as a last. Then we
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The class: Basic jewellery making at Anice Jewellery, 176 Augusta Ave. and 102 Ossington Ave. Bragging rights: Come away with cool new pieces like hand and head chains, created by reimagining old jewellery. The commitment: Two hours, $20.
The class: Leather handbags at the Make Den, 50 Carroll St. and 1244 Bloor St. W. Bragging rights: Make a tote bag, backpack, bucket bag or clutch. The commitment: Eight hours, $160.
Insta snaps from @artandsoleacademy: sketches, materials and ballerina flats in progress.
on my thumbs and index finger. (The teenage shoe designer inserted a private note between the leather layers before he sewed his together. Sweet.) I cursed loudly when I accidentally sanded through the leather in two places, then told myself they just looked “lived-in” already. For a moment, I questioned whether the shoes were worth the trouble, compared with the facile gratification of swiping my plastic. But then I got into the groove. I hand-sewed the leather, liner, stiffener and sole together, and I used a sewing machine and an electronic sander, without even hurting myself. When I’d finished—and wiped the flecks of electrically sanded rubber sole off my face—I felt so gratified. Don’t get me wrong; they’re not perfect, but I wouldn’t trade my desert boots for all the Charlotte Olympia heels in the world.
The class: Skincare at Rowan Homespun, 2196 Queen St. E. Bragging rights: Create natural skincare including toners, facial masks and body scrubs. The commitment: Two hours, $60 to $75. 19
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BY ANDREA JANUS
I’ll admit it: was nervous about the prospect of having a microscopic needle prick my face dozens of times a minute and insert platelets from my own blood into the holes. But I was curious about this treatment that athletes like Rafael Nadal have been using to heal faster from injuries, and that is now being enlisted to smooth skin. Platelets heal injuries by sending platelet-derived growth factors to the wounded area, and when applied to the skin via tiny punctures with a microscopic needle, these same growth factors can reduce lines and wrinkles and
even out tone and texture. I wasn’t looking for help with wrinkles, but I do have very oily skin, enlarged pores and redness, and my skin was a little flaky and dull. I spent a sunny morning at Verso Surgery Centre in Oakville, Ont., to see what all the fuss is about. After drawing a vial of my blood, my aesthetician, Veronica, returned 10 minutes later with what looked like a ghoulish vial of Neapolitan ice cream: my red blood, my yellow platelets and a white gel that acts to separate the two, all lined up. Continued on page 6
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S O U T H
THE DESIGNER: LAURA SIEGEL, 27 Siegel studied at Parsons School of Design in New York and London’s Central Saint Martins before launching her line of luxe boho daywear in 2011—think effortlessly draped dresses and tunics teamed with handcrafted knits and one-of-a-kind prints, all made in collaboration with artisans from rural villages.
HER MUSE: Alexandra Weston, Holt Renfrew’s director of brand and creative strategy.
THE CONNECTION: Siegel and Weston met in 2011, when Weston was still planning the H Project at Holts, an in-store concept sh o p fe atu rin g so cia lly co n scio u s designs from around the world. It now features pieces from Siegel.
SIEGEL: “Alexandra visited my studio in New York, and I found it really exciting that someone in the retail landscape was putting such an emphasis on showcasing products that have a story—especially products that are making an impact in the world.”
WESTON: “Laura is intimately connected to the people who make her clothes, and she values the importance of creating quality pieces using traditional artisanal craft. I fell in love with her commitment to humanity and influencing positive change through fashion.”
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UP NEXT: Siegel’s Spring 2016 colour story was inspired by a photo the designer took in India: “There was this beautiful sunset—the clouds were soft greys with really subtle tones of pink.” Spring is Siegel’s largest collection to date (65 styles!), and it features an organic-cotton ikat print, as well as a new ultra-flattering wide trouser silhouette.
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Designer Laura Siegel (right) and Holt Renfrew’s director of brand strategy, Alexandra Weston, both wearing Laura Siegel Spring 2016.
Top Toronto designers dress their muses (adorbs!) and offer a sneak peek at Spring 2016 By Vanessa Taylor | Photography by Luis Mora
Designer Sid Neigum and Susan Langdon, executive director of the Toronto Fashion Incubator, wearing Sid Neigum Spring 2016.
THE DESIGNER: SID NEIGUM, 27 Alberta-born Neigum founded his eponymous line in 2009 and quickly became known for his epic all-black and all-white co l l e c ti o n s . H i s s i g n atu re: s c u l p tural folds blended with asymmetric detailing to create wearable works of art.
HIS MUSE: Susan Langdon, executive director, Toronto Fashion Incubator. THE CONNECTION:
Neigum met Langdon at TFI when he competed in —and won—the 2012 TFI New Labels contest. H e wo r ke d c l o s e ly with L a n g d o n throughout the competition and they stayed friends afterwards.
NEIGUM: “When we met, we had a lot of similarities: Susan started out in fashion with her own line and she had tons of advice. She’s been my mentor ever since.”
“ I love Sid ’s architectural elements, the geometric cut, the black p a l et te a n d th at th e re ’s a s tro n g Japanese influence.”
UP NEXT: Neigum continues to explore a 3-D modular origami theme, which results in spectacular shape-defying silhouettes . “ There are a hundred dif ferent types of modular folding origami for paper—so I’ll start by doing a technique that way and then translate it to fabric,” explains the designer. And he added colour to his Spring 2016 collection. Minimal colour, that is: “I felt that even though I wear black throughout spring and summer, a lot of retailers want some colour variation. I tried out some blue and a greenish colour, too.”
“WHEN WE MET, WE HAD A LOT OF SIMILARITIES: SUSAN STARTED OUT IN FASHION WITH HER OWN LINE AND SHE HAD TONS OF ADVICE.” — SID NEIGUM
THE DESIGNERS: CHLOÉ AND PARRIS GORDON (27 & 25)
THE CONNECTION: It’s clear that the impeccable sense of style and love of fashion of their relations has shaped the Beaufille designers.
LINE: BEAUFILLE When the Gordon
C H LO É : “ My gra n dm a a n d my mom both dress every day like it’s meaningful, like they’re going somewhere. They both take a lot of risks in what they wear.”
CORINNE: “It’s the creativity that I love, seeing how they put together these different looks.”
UP NE X T:
sisters created their clothing line in 2009, they already had a refined cool-girl aesthetic: beautifully tailored classics with a ’90s twist. They’re known for lingerieinspired slip dresses, loose trousers and slouchy-cut trench coats.
THEIR MUSES: Eve Gordon, mother, and Corinne Hansen, grandmother.
“It ’s never about what everyone else is doing. They try to go the opposite way—it’s more about what they’re feeling and what they fall in love with.”
EVE: “How fortunate am I that I get to wear these amazing designs? I love the coats and trousers. There’s a good balance of fit and relaxation in the clothes, so you always feel good in them.”
“This season we reinvented all the Beaufille staples like oversized trench coats, vests and trousers, which are huge sellers for us,” says Chloé. “We also wanted
to use more resilient fabrics, so that you can travel with them and they don’t wrinkle. Even for us, travelling with our sales team, we can’t bring a steamer and iron our stuff.” Parris sums it up: “At the end, we looked at the collection and were like, ‘This is Star Wars in the ’70s—retro futuristic.’”
From left: Designer Chloé Gordon, mom Eve Gordon, grandmother Corinne Hansen and designer Parris Gordon, all wearing Beaufille Spring 2016.
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LIKE A BOSS
We curated 22 super-stylish #workhacks to help you love your 9 to 5 as much as your 5 to 9—whether you’re starting your first job or settling into your corner office JUICE UP First things first: Bad days start with dead phones. Keep yours kicking on the go with these genius Mezzi bags that have built-in chargers. Which means you can totally continue that conference call in the Cos dressing room. HANDBAG $1,645, CLUTCH, $290, MEZZI.CA
ELEVATE YOUR EVERYDAY BAG The key to a perfect work carryall: practical size and a wear-with-everything colour. (Swapping bags every morning = soul death.) Here, options for every paycheque Intern
OLD NAVY BAG, $24, OLDNAVY.CA
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Big meeting, no mirror? Try this on-the-go touch-up: Apply in the centre of your lips and finger-blend to outer edges to fake polished perfection All-business beige
Slip this sleek pouch into your bag so you can move from desk to dance floor at, like, 5:01 p.m.
ART COUTURE LIPSTICK IN 233 CREAM SKIN, $22, DRUGSTORES
Power red M.A.C COSMETICS M·A·CNIFICENT ME! LIPSTICK IN MY INNER FEMME, $20, MACCOSMETICS.CA
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We asked Rachel Zoe, Derek Lam and Tommy Hilfiger for expert advice on how to look so good you get the gig the moment you walk into HR by carly ostroff
Put a moto jacket on the back of your chair instead. There, now you’re ready for anything
1. WEAR ELEGANT WHITE
“You can never go wrong with a tailored jacket or suit. Depending on the fabric, you could do a white suit in the winter. It’s so chic.” —Rachel Zoe, designer & stylist
Instant cool girl CLUB MONACO JACKET, $995, CLUBMONACO.COM
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2. EMBRACE BOLD HUES
“Colour is a play on being polished. It’s great if you’re going into a creative field or a law firm—if it’s not too risqué to wear orange.” —Derek Lam, designer
3. KEEP IT CLASSIC
“Simplicity is really important—if you wear something that is too wild, it could turn people off. You’ll feel confident if you feel comfortable.” —Tommy Hilfiger, designer
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UP YOUR EMOJI GAME
Hair need not be a casualty when the snooze button wins the war
Super-quick shortcuts to pressing co-worker convos. (Hey, if Shakespeare were alive today, he’d totally be writing in emojis... ) I have a meeting with the boss:
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It doesn’t matter how dishevelled your hair is if it’s wrapped in a black silk ribbon tied at the nape, like at Chanel—in fact, fly-away texture improves the look. A stretchy black headband would also do the trick.
PULL IT UP HIGH
When grease is at bacon-sandwich level (sorry), it’s time for the big guns: extra dry shampoo and Isabel Marant’s high bun. Use your fingers to rake hair back and leave ends free for messy texture that looks intentional.
GO LOW AND OFF-CENTRE
We all know the ponytail is God’s gift to bad hair days, but the one at Acne Studios ups the ante with a masculine side parting and sleek low positioning. A bit of hairspray on a brush ensures all-day smoothness. —Rani Sheen
20 pairs of jeans 15 slouchy sweaters 25 T-shirts 12 pairs of boots 7 pairs of sneakers
GET INSPIRED BY GENERATION Z Teen sisters Taylor and Ally Frankel took a time out from their textbooks to create a makeup line
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North York sisters Ally (far left) and Taylor Frankel run the rapidly expanding makeup brand Nudestix, which they founded last year with their cosmetics engineer mom, Jenny Frankel. (They’re launching into Asia next month.) The siblings are involved in everything from product development to onstage demos for Sephora staffers to running the @nudestix social media accounts, where they document their uber-cool #OOTDs (typically flared trousers, a T-shirt, a leather jacket and white Birkenstocks “with socks!” for Taylor, 19, and boyfriend jeans, Adidas sneakers and a Michael Kors trench for 16-year-old Ally). Working and living together has its benefits: “We have triple the wardrobe since we’re all the same size,” says Taylor. They share a strong work ethic, too. “When you’re on stage, you’re on,” says Ally. “You don’t need to go to the bathroom, you’re not tired, and you don’t slack.” —rani sheen. photography by kayla rocca
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DO: Make your account private if you’re posting pics not for your boss’s eyes. DON’T: Engage in Insta blindsiding. If you have news that affects your job, tell your boss first. DO: Play nice. When a coworker follows you, follow them back.
STOCK YOUR TOP DRAWER Beauty-editorapproved pick-meups to keep you fresh and profesh
NEAL’S YARD WHITE TEA FACIAL MIST, $24, NEALSYARDREMEDIES.CA
GARNIER FRESH CLEANSING CLOTHS, $7, DRUGSTORES
MARVIS JASMIN MINT TOOTHPASTE, $12, HOLT RENFREW
L’ORÉAL ELNETT TRAVEL SIZE HAIRSPRAY, $8, WALMART.CA
ANNA SUI OIL CONTROL PAPER, $26, BEAUTYBOUTIQUE.CA
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EXPAND YOUR VISION Photographer Nettika Berthelot’s career path came into focus when she stepped out from behind the camera
THE GIG: ARTIST REPRESENTATIVE FOR COUP & CO. As a child Nettika Berthelot would sneak into a family friend’s photo studio and spend hours flipping through slides. After studying photography at Ryerson and working as a freelance fashion photographer, Berthelot hung up her camera gear and co-launched Coup & Co., an agency repping some of Toronto’s most in-demand photographers, directors and stylists. “I realized my role was behind the artist—not behind the camera,” says Berthelot, 29, who now manages client relationships and bookings on
the reg. She still looks every inch the artist in her all-black ensembles and stacks of silver jewellery, which she amps up for client parties or gallery openings. Berthelot benefits from knowing first-hand what it’s like to be an artist, but running her own business as a twentysomething gave her plenty of important experience, too. “We’re quite young to be working with some of the greatest talent in Toronto,” she says. “It’s nerve-racking and a crazy amount of work, but I love it.” —jenny charlesworth. photography by may truong
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You’ve probably spent $1.4 billion on lame takeout this year. (Us, too.) Chef Justin Cournoyer of Actinolite, 971 Ossington Ave., dishes on how to upgrade your leftovers 1. Pop leftover potatoes and veg into a casserole or shepherd’s pie. 2. Think beyond the carrot. Seasonal root veggies like beets, turnips and celery root make great snacks or salad add-ons.
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3. Avoid wilting sandwich lettuce— instead, add grilled greens like rapini, kale or collards for healthy, crunchy deliciousness.
REMEMBER EVERYONE STARTS SOMEWHERE Empires are built, not born. Three fashion and beauty mavericks share their big breaks LAURA MERCIER Founder, Laura Mercier Cosmetics, lauramercier.com “A great makeup artist asked me to be his assistant. I started on the spot and went on to work with photographers like Steven Meisel. Then I spent eight years doing everything with Madonna.”
FOLLOW YOUR BLISS Looking to escape your cubicle? These out-of-the-box jobs—ranked in order of amazingness—actually exist: 1. Hotel-bed tester 2. Waterslide rater 3. Ice cream taster (#joy)
DANIELLE SNYDER Founder and designer, Dannijo, dannijo.com “Bergdorf Goodman took my line on consignment, and, in our second week of business, Beyoncé bought a statement necklace. She wore it on tour all over the world.” JIN SOON CHOI Founder, Jinsoon Hand and Foot Spas and Jinsoon Nail Lacquer, jinsoon.com “When I came to this country I needed to survive, so I got into nails. This photographer asked me if I could do a test shoot. We did seven different nails and The New York Times Magazine picked it up.” —Carly Ostroff
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Internships are like job test drives: You get a feel for the gig and make contacts that help kick-start your career. (Sometimes you even get hired.) We asked our awesome interns to share five ways to create a killer impression
UBER INTERNS The Hills’s Lauren Conrad and Whitney Port.
DO: Wear something simple on your first day and then assess if your wardrobe should be more Silicon Valley, Scream Queens or Suits.
DON’T: Waste money on takeout. Bring food from home and go for a walk (sitting is the new smoking).
DON’T: Maintain an umbilical-cord connection to your phone. Dial #hotlinebling instead of your friends (remember your headphones).
DO: Take a lunch break—no one wants to listen to your stomach growl.
DO: Keep up on your pop culture—your Gen-Z know-how will be an asset.
DON’T: Spam your boss’s inbox with the latest on celebrity Snapchats—unless Kim K has twins.
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80+ tops 41 pairs of shoes 29 blazers & jackets 18 dresses 18 pairs of pants
HAVE THE GUTS TO START OVER Jennifer Saull left her TV career behind and followed her heart into law
THE GIG: ENTERTAINMENT LAWYER
BE THE GIRL WHO ALWAYS HAS THE RIGHT SHOE Keep these kicks under your desk and consider yourself covered for every possible scenario
The TTC necessity SWIMS BOOTS, $89, DAVIDSFOOTWEAR.COM
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MANAGE YOUR BAD BOSS Terrible managers may be hilarious on screen, but in real life they’re the worst. Here’s how to handle them so they don’t manhandle you by jill dunn THE THUNDER STEALER
Katharine Parker (Sigourney Weaver) in Working Girl How to deal:
Make sure your exchanges are in writing. If ideas are floated in a meeting, send a follow-up email ironing out details. Extra insurance: Copy another team member.
THE PASSIVEAGGRESSIVE BULLY
Bill Lumbergh (Gary Cole) in Office Space How to deal:
Passive-aggressive communication is super-toxic. Firmly but politely ask him how you can help him achieve his goals—this will let him know that you’re not a doormat.
THE WANNABE BFF BOSS
Michael Scott (Steve Carell) in The Office How to deal:
Set clear personal boundaries and assert your position so that you don’t become his partner in crime. (No weekend drink nights.) Don’t reciprocate any oversharing.
THE POWERHUNGRY DIVA
Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) in The Devil Wears Prada How to deal:
Show her that your role is to make her look good. Execute every task, however menial, with excellence. Email ideas so you communicate clearly and she can read them at her convenience.
ASK FOR (AND GET) A RAISE
The power-lunch essential
We know—it’s a doozy. Here, real talk from Manjit Minhas, CEO of Minhas Breweries and Distillery and the new star of Dragons’ Den 1. Get to the point Don’t beat around the bush. “All it does is annoy the person you’re asking and make them think you think they don’t value you. When you feel you deserve something, your boss usually does, too.” 2. Time it right “Employees often don’t know the intricacies of salary levels and payroll decisions.” Do your
research so you don’t ask for a raise right after your company announces a stock freefall. 3. Be flexible Sure, your goal is a pay hike, but if that’s not possible, see what else is. Extra vacation? A title change? “I couldn’t commit to a salary increase, but I was able to give bonuses.” —maryam siddiqi
FOREVER 21 SHOES, $40, FOREVER21.COM
The fashionable flat MIU MIU FLATS, $850, HOLT RENFREW
PARTICIPANTS WHO HAD NEVER ASKED FOR A RAISE, IN A RECENT U.S. STUDY BY PAYSCALE
The foolproof heel ZARA HEELS, $119, ZARA.COM
The party starter SOPHIA WEBSTER HEELS, $555, SSENSE.COM
WEAR SNEAKERS TO WORK (REALLY ) So, this is the greatest thing to happen since December 13, 1989 (Taylor Swift’s birthday): Running shoes are officially a chic office option. Two rules: Invest in low-cut socks and pair them with trousers and midi skirts (no minis, please). Oh, and keep them clean—like spotless. 28
PHOTOGRAPHY: REX USA (WORKING GIRL, OFFICE SPACE, DEVIL WEARS PRADA), KEYSTONE PRESS (THE OFFICE ), PETER STIGTER (STREET STYLE)
OWN THE WATER COOLER Listen to a podcast on your commute and make a splash with your smarts. Top of our list: In Buzzfeed’s “Women of the Hour” Lena Dunham talks sex, love and friendship with 15 inspiring women, including novelist Zadie Smith, filmmaker Sam Taylor-Johnson and actress Emma Stone.
After six years of working as a TV producer and constantly hearing “Your lawyer will deal with that,” Jennifer Saull took “an incredible leap of faith” to become one of the behind-thescenes wizards: an entertainment lawyer. She’s never looked back. “I love my job because I’m answering all the questions I had for years about how projects get made from a business rather than creative standpoint,” explains the 35 -year-old Toronto native. Saull’s wardrobe, however— heav y on animal print, jeans and blazers—has remained more cool than corporate. “If you don’t utilize fashion as a form of expression, you’re missing out,” she says. Another bonus: “I think it puts creatives at ease to not have a ‘suit’ in the room.” —eden boileau.
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e m b e l l i s h t h i s The next jewellery trend is all about in-your-face glam, from the ornate facial bling at Givenchy Fall 2015 to septum rings spotted on cool girls Rihanna and FKA Twigs. a r t i s t
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Toronto designer Rita Tesolin created this custom nose ring for us. (#obsessed) ALEXANDER MCQUEEN DRESS, $3,500, SSENSE.COM. ALEXIS BITTAR EARRINGS, $500, HOLT RENFREW. RITA TESOLIN NOSE RING, PRICE UPON REQUEST, RITATESOLIN.COM
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Designers cast a moody spell this season, as gothic Victoriana ruled the runway. The fabrics may be fancy— delicate lace, sumptuous velvet, heart-stopping silk— but the attitude is pure punk Photography by Andrew Soule Fashion direction by Vanessa Taylor Styling by Fiona Green 00
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Meticulously placed embellishment teamed with fraying raw edges—in a monochromatic colour palette, the more-is-more rule applies. CALVIN KLEIN COLLECTION COAT, $5,925, CALVIN KLEIN. MIKHAEL KALE DRESS, $3,995, HOLT RENFREW. STUART WEITZMAN BOOTS, $998, STUARTWEITZMAN.CA. WINNERS EARRINGS, $17, RING, $30, WINNERS
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Max out the regal appeal of a high neckline by pairing it with a structured velvet suit. Masculine tailoring and ultra-fem ruffles— talk about a power couple. THE KOOPLES BLAZER, $795, PANTS, $365, TNT. MARSHALLS BLOUSE, $600, MARSHALLS. CAROLE TANENBAUM VINTAGE COLLECTION EARRINGS, PRICE UPON REQUEST, CAROLETANENBAUM.COM
p u n k p r i n c e s s The best way to ensure that this ruffled lace dress looks gothic, not girlie, is to pair it with edgy footwear. (Or superedgy footwear, as seen here.) Sparkle, embellishment, bows? Save it for your jewellery. MARC BY MARC JACOBS DRESS, $990, SSENSE.COM. STUART WEITZMAN BOOTS, $1,050, STUARTWEITZMAN.CA. LANVIN NECKLACE, $2,290, HOLT RENFREW. EXPRESSION RING, $14, THEBAY.COM
f u l l t r a n s p a r e n c y Sheer madness? We kind of love it—the exquisite lace pairs prettily with a floaty peasant top. Anything see-through requires a completely opaque undergarment. Be strategic and keep the rest of your look subdued, with higher necklines and lower hemlines. a r t i s t
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Textile designer Colleen McCarten lent us these textural wall hangings, created from recycled inner tubes. CHLOÉ BLOUSE, $2,650, HOLT RENFREW. TOME SKIRT, $995, THE ROOM. FORTNIGHT UNDERWEAR, $62, LYNNSTEVEN.COM. EDDIE BORGO EARRINGS, $225, GIVENCHY BRACELET, $1,015, HOLT RENFREW
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At first glance, you see the sweetness of the floral embroidery, the folded tweed lined with pearls. Look closer, though, and you’ll notice the raw edges and asymmetric ruffles cascading down the skirt. Sometimes the most powerful looks just sneak up on you. b e a u t y
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A blackened berry lip is a refined but emphatic punctuation point to a fanciful outfit. Try Rituel de Fille lipstick in Forbidden Fortune Teller, $30, the Cure Apothecary, 719 Queen St. W. SIMONE ROCHA DRESS, $3,380, THE ROOM. CAROLE TANENBAUM VINTAGE COLLECTION NECKLACE, RING, PRICES UPON REQUEST, CAROLETANENBAUM.COM
HAIR AND MAKEUP BY SHERI STROH FOR PLUTINO GROUP/GREENBEAUTY.CA. CREATIVE DIRECTION BY JESSICA HOTSON
THE BEAUTY DESK Beauty editor Rani Sheen opens endless parcels before sorting and storing their contents, but it’s the products she doesn’t put away we really take note of
1. BODY BOOST
“I won’t rest till I find the exact red lipstick shade on my 6ix-made wallet from the Leather Atelier.”
made in Ontario with vetiver from Haiti (where it’s an important export). Half of the proceeds goes to Artists for Peace and Justice, which provides education and health care programs in the country.
AVEDA SHAMPURE DRY SHAMPOO, $39, AVEDA.CA
NATASHA KOIFMAN X AROMACHOLOGY TWENTYSIX EAU DE PARFUM, $75, HUDSON’S BAY
2. GET FRESH This dreamy natural skincare company makes all kind of divine botanicalrammed elixirs, like this gentle but super-active overnight exfoliating treatment.
2 “The Granny Smith is the queen of apples. #thatisall”
KYPRIS BEAUTY MOONLIGHT CATALYST, $98, THECUREAPOTHECARY.COM
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Fall calls for nail colours as deep and dark as the early dusk (neon coral just doesn’t work the way it did on the dock). This rich teal offers an inky alternative to standard burgundy. CERAMIC GLAZE IN SORCERY, $10, SHOPPERS DRUG MART
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Maison Kitsuné, the very cool Japanese/ Parisian retailer of lettered sweatshirts and knits emblazoned with foxes (the brand’s mascot), makes Shu Uemura’s skincare equally adorable this fall.
Cosmetic and general genius Charlotte Tilbury —who told me she wears makeup to bed— has come up with this double-ended eye cream/ illuminator wand (in five shades) so we can all fake a great night’s sleep. CHARLOTTE TILBURY MINI MIRACLE EYE WAND, $55, HOLT RENFREW
7. BLOT NOW From the makers of the egg-shaped foundation sponge comes a flat, washable blotting sponge that wicks away shine even in the hardto-access creases around your schnozz. Two of them come in a mirrored case. BEAUTYBLENDER BLOTTERAZZI, $28, SEPHORA.COM
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These powderymatte pencil/ crayon/stylus hybrids deliver intense Barbiepink realness to your lips that really lasts.
This citrusy, grassy scent is
L’ORÉAL PARIS LE MATTE, $10, DRUGSTORES
SHU UEMURA X MAISON KITSUNÉ ULTIME8 SUBLIME BEAUTY CLEANSING OIL, $48, HOLT RENFREW
6. EYE KNOW, RIGHT?
THE LEATHER ATELIER POUCH, $150, THELEATHERATELIER.COM
Photography by Adrian Armstrong
The best-smelling shampoo in the universe can now be used anywhere. The late-breaking dry shampoo version of Shampure is an ultra-fine powder that massages easily into flat or greasy roots for a hit of oomph.
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For the chance to win a colour service and blow-dry worth up to $300 at Medulla & Co. (809 Queen St. W., medullaco.com): 1. Colour in this pony’s tail with your dream dye job. 2. Post it on Instagram or Twitter with #TheKitCompact. Visit thekit.ca/colouring-contest/ for rules and regs.
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We round up the trending inspo and tips that’ll make your next DIY dye job child’s play
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The latest at-home hair dyes are designed to let you colour your hair like a pro.
By Jill Dunn
PHOTOGRAPHY: FLICKR.COM/ERICAJOY (PONY); GETTY IMAGES (TRENDS)
This sweet hue is a good way for warm blonds like Rita Ora (above) to switch it up. Don’t be afraid to try this one at home: “Mix a teaspoon of pink semi-permanent colour into your conditioner so it looks slightly darker than pastel,” says Carolyn Mila, pastel-happy colourist at Medulla & Co.“Apply to towel-dried hair and leave on for 10 minutes. Boom: rose gold.”
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RIP beachy faded ends. “I haven’t been a fan of ombré for a couple of seasons, and now when I see it on the street, it looks tired,” says Duffy, a London-based runway hairstylist and Vidal Sassoon’s global ambassador. He suggests choosing one darker and/or warmer shade in fall, like Lily James (above), when skin is paler. This is an easy DIY dye job: Check out the tips below to get the best from your box.
Shimmery opal hair is the mermaid pastel trend’s cooler younger sister. You have to start with a pearl platinum base, then subtly layer on very pale pinks, blues and greens. It was pioneered by Aura Friedman, an N.Y.C.based colourist—check out her Instagram feed @auracolorist (and Coachella street style, above) for inspo. The difficulty level is high, so show the pics to a pro and let her make your hair glimmer.
Just like its namesake biohazard, this look has splashes of indigo, eggplant and ruby that shine in the light against a dark base. (Friedman popularized this look, too.) It’s a good way for brunettes, like model Irene Kim (above), to have some fun; no need to bleach hair to get the effect. “Vibrant semi-permanent shades are best, like neon-yellow, magenta and blue,” says Mila. Apply randomly, leave on for 20 minutes and rinse.
This is one for the salon (and for when you have reading to catch up on). Highlights are expertlevel, and colourists are upping their game with écaille balayage, a.k.a. the tortoiseshell technique, which refers to painted golden pieces with darker tones throughout (see Jourdan Dunn, above). Pros are even contouring with highlights or babylights: for instance, lighter hues around the chin and ears to soften the jawline.
This is great if you’re not sure you want to commit to raspberry hair— the dye fades out in about 28 washes. The pinpoint tip on the bottle allows you to easily squeeze and blend the ammonia-free liquid along your hairline and part. CLAIROL NATURAL INSTINCTS CREMA KERATINA, $9, DRUGSTORES
This permanent dye comes with a brush and mixing tray, so you can apply it like the experts. Paint the dye on at the roots, then blend it through the lengths, just like colourists do. VIDAL SASSOON SALONIST ATHOME PERMANENT HAIR COLOUR, $16, DRUGSTORES
POWDER ROOM PRO Colouring your hair at home is easier than ever with innovative formulas, expanding colour lines—and these expert tips Wait for day 2 hair: Natural oils can protect your scalp from being irritated by the dye, so wait a few days after washing. But if your hair is overloaded with product, you’ll need to wash it first or the dye won’t penetrate, says Duffy.
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Stock up: A common cause of patchy colour is simply not using enough product. If you have thick or below-the-shoulderlength hair, you’ll need two boxes.
Paint small sections: Divide hair into one-to-two-inch sections and paint both sides. “That way the colour doesn’t just lie on the top; it penetrates,” says Mandy MacFadden, colourist with Pureology Canada.
Keep it dry: “The one thing that affects colour fade the most is water, so leave your hair a little longer between washes,” says Duffy. (Dry shampoo is your BFF.) When you do lather up, use a sulphate-free shampoo or try a cleansing conditioner.
This new wash-out colour lasts for two to three shampoos and comes in pink and purple, too. Apply on dry hair (no need to rinse). GARNIER COLOUR STYLER, $14, DRUGSTORES
LIP READING As a new generation of celebs come clean about having a little work done, writer Andrea Janus explains the thought process behind her own enhanced pout
filler (which would normally cost $600) to add some temporary oomph to a non-existent upper lip that has been the bane of my existence since I bought my first lipstick at age 13. It wasn’t that I was ashamed of how my lips looked or that they made me feel particularly insecure. I just didn’t like them, and I was excited at the prospect of a safe and not-too-painful way to make them look better. “The big myth is that most people are doing these procedures to be unusual, to look like celebrities,” says Yorkville plastic surgeon
basis of other people’s perceptions, or to attract male attention? It’s the same condescending insinuation that comes up when women are criticized for wearing makeup or heels (I wear both, a lot). I was raised by a feminist who fought to get her education and have a career, and who did it with perfect nails that she painted herself, every week. The ease with which I made the decision to get my lips done, just for me, comes from that influence. Which is why I bristled when Amy Schumer devoted part of her recent Saturday Night Live monologue to lamenting the fact that young women look up to the Kardashian clan, claiming that the sisters consider the faces they were born with “a light suggestion.” They’ve changed their faces and/or bodies, so they’re disqualified from being taken seriously? For the spotlighted Kardashians, Jenners and Azaleas of the world, the way they look is a professional asset, so getting work done may be a career move, or a signal of status (“like having the latest Gucci bag,” in Torgerson’s words). For me, it’s simpler. There was something I didn’t like about my face, I had an opportunity to change it, so I did.
“IT WASN’T THAT I WAS ASHAMED OF HOW MY LIPS LOOKED OR THAT THEY MADE ME FEEL PARTICULARLY INSECURE. I JUST DIDN’T LIKE THEM.”
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Dr. Cory Torgerson, who also says that only a small subset of prospective patients request Jenner’s lips or cartoonishly big breasts. “Most people just want to be ‘average.’ They have something that to them doesn’t quite look right. We’re all a little bit conformist.” One may wonder: Did I have needles jabbed into my face in an effort to conform? But doesn’t that presuppose that I mindlessly make my choices about my appearance on the
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Can you pair the natural and boosted lips (above) to their owners?
KIM KARDASHIAN (8), JAMIE CHUNG (4), BELLA THORNE (6), TAYLOR SWIFT (5), RIHANNA (7), KYLIE JENNER (2), IGGY AZALEA (9), JESSICA ALBA (1), ANGELINA JOLIE (10), PRIYANKA CHOPRA (3)
“There’s nothing wrong with having bigger lips and feeling great about them,” says Torgerson, who admittedly stands to gain from this perception. But I agree: I love my new lips (now that the bruising and swelling have gone away), and my opinion on the topic is the only one that matters to me. I don’t know if anyone else even has one—if they do, they haven’t offered it. I had drinks with two acquaintances hours after the procedure and I felt like I had two mini pillows attached to my face. I emailed later to explain, and both said they hadn’t noticed. When I lost a few pounds after I began walking to work, plenty of colleagues commented. But a new set of lips? Crickets. I didn’t go out of my way to tell friends and family, but their silence did get me thinking: Is it just that my lips are now “average,” overlooked by the untrained eye? And should I have gone bigger? Like Azalea, I’m not ashamed that I’ve made a change to myself. And you know what? I can’t wait to do it again.
PHOTOGRAPHY: GETTY IMAGES (CELEBS AND LIPS)
When millennial starlets are openly acknowledging their lip injections and implants, you know that there’s a sea change in plastic surgery culture. It wasn’t that long ago that women in Hollywood routinely pleaded the Fifth or outright denied that they’d had a little nip and tuck, no matter how obvious. “Denying it is lame,” rapper Iggy Azalea, 25, recently told Seventeen, confirming that she’s had her nose made smaller and her breasts bigger. “I don’t think you should be ashamed if you made a change to yourself.” Meanwhile, 18-year-old reality star Kylie Jenner is building an empire around her injectableplumped lips. She debuted them at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards and stayed quiet while rumours swirled until this past May, when she copped to enhancing them, on an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. During a scene in which she evades a reporter’s question about them, she says in a voice-over, “I want to admit to the lips, but people are so quick to judge me on everything.” This past summer, I considered myself lucky when I was offered a non-invasive procedure of my choice at the Plastic Surgery Clinic (67 Scollard St.). So many flaws, so many fixes! In the end I opted for Juvederm
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Does wearing lipstick make you less hilarious? (No, obvs.) Four Toronto comics talk about the politics of performance By Anne T. Donahue When Amy Schumer recently accepted her Emmy for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series, she thanked the most important people in her life, including “the girl who gave me this sort of a smoky eye.” That turned out to be makeup artist Andrea Tiller, whom Schumer reportedly told beforehand that she’d get a shoutout if she won. Tiller thought Schumer was joking, Schumer was not, and the rest is beauty history. This is the way we’re accustomed to seeing our favourite comics now: glammed up and at the top of their game. Mindy Kaling, Chelsea Peretti, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer are prominent enough to earn accolades for their turns in The Mindy Project, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Broad City (respectively), as well as their distinctive senses of style, like Kaling’s penchant for sequins or Glazer’s affinity for short shorts. But finding a signature look is a process, especially when you’re trying to make an audience laugh. Comedians’ aesthetic evolution takes place while they hone their craft onstage, not in the relative privacy of an office cubicle. Here, four funny women spill on how they dress for maximum confidence.
PHOTOGRAPHY: GETTY IMAGES (CELEBRITY)
Amanda Brooke Perrin, 27, stand-up comic, writer and performer
CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: CHELSEA PERETTI, AMY SCHUMER, ABBI JACOBSON, ILANA GLAZER AND MINDY KALING
Ann Pornel, 31, improviser, writer and sketch comedian
“I always wear my glasses onstage because one time I went on without them, and I had dressed up a bit, and another comedian said, ‘You can’t go onstage looking hot!’ and then I bombed. Maybe it was just him psyching me out—which, like, that guy can suck it—but it’s always in the back of my mind now. I used to dress down when I first started doing stand-up because I wanted to be ‘one of the boys,’ but now I dress however the hell I want. I’m getting more confident with how I present myself as my writing gets—hopefully—stronger.”
“ Being onstage can be intimi d ati n g , s o I th i n k it ’s su p e rimportant to make yourself feel as empowered as you can. And if wearing glitter eyeshadow makes me feel like a strong, powerful goddess, then I’m gonna wear the shit out of it. I used to wear all black onstage because I wanted to be able to play any character. But then I realized I’m a good enough performer that the audience won’t care what I’m wearing. It’s my goal to be so good that what I look like doesn’t actually matter.”
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Jhanelle Dennis, 26, stand-up comic
“ W h e n I s t a r te d , I w a s s e l fconscious about everyone looking at me, so I’d always wear makeup. But now half the time I don’t wear it. I’d sometimes worry about the audience thinking I’m too anxious about looking pretty, when I want it to be about the jokes. I’m afraid of my hair sticking up and out, Dragon Ball Z style, which it does a lot. My hair is chemically/ thermally straightened, so when it’s looking bad, I’ll just throw a hat on. I’m pretty new to stand-up, so I’m still growing and figuring out what parts of me I really want to show.” CATCH HER IN #IRL AT COMEDY BAR (945 BLOOR ST. W.) ON NOVEMBER 21.
Sara Hennessy, 32, stand-up comic, actor and comedy writer
“Onstage, I keep my look extracasual because I’m paranoid about the audience looking too much at my outfit and not listening to me, so usually I’ll wear jeans and a T-shirt. If my bangs start to look greasy, I powder them up, but not too much, or I look like I’m playing the grandmother in a communitytheatre production of Little Red Riding Hood. In the future, I’d like to dress more glam: huge hair, sequins, feathers. I’ll spend all the live long day prepping and not give a care what anyone thinks of how much effort I put into my future-me look.” CATCH HER ON HER NEW ALBUM, TROUBLE IN SARADISE, ON ITUNES.
Pop star, beauty icon and sci-fi fan—is Janelle Monáe the coolest girl in the galaxy? (Spoiler alert: Totally.) By Michelle Bilodeau
Did you watch Star Wars as a kid? “I used to watch it with my grandmother a lot. I was intrigued by the characters and the amount of design and costuming. That has influenced my work—from Metropolis, which is like the Godfather of science-fiction films, to Star Wars.” Who are some of your style and beauty icons? “I love Princess Leia. She has impeccable style and she’s a leader. I also admire Dorothy Dandridge—she’s a timeless beauty. When I think about beauty, I also think about what that person does with their time. So, Michelle Obama is, hands down, one of my icons. She’s someone I’ve come to know. She’s genuinely beautiful and cares about the next generation of women.”
ONE BRAIDED UPDO, THREE WAYS From a galaxy far, far away to the Chanel Cruise 2015 runway to the 2015 CFDA Awards red carpet, where Monáe’s do was out of this world.
What does it mean to you to be known as someone who gives her all on stage? “It always feels good to be respected for your talent and your hard work. I don’t take that for granted. When I have all these platforms, I want to do something that inspires a young girl like myself—growing up, having dreams, not knowing if anyone believed in her, being a nerd. I’m
always doing it for that reason, because I remember what it was like when nobody believed in what I was doing. I had to show them that it could be done.”
WEIRD SCIENCE Monáe breaks down the most sci-fi snaps from her 670K-follower Insta feed (@janellemonae)
How did you accomplish that? “Through hard work, perseverance—it’s in my DNA. My grandmother was a hard worker, my mother was a hard worker. There’s a line of women in my family who work hard to make sure that the next generation is protected.” Do you have any pre-performance rituals? “I actually watch films. I also exercise—I try to do cardio because I’m high-energy when I’m on stage. I also do yoga and meditate. I try to have as much fun as I can with the people around me because I don’t want to go into a performance with a bad attitude.” What you wear is very much part of your persona. Do you ever dress down? “I definitely own sneakers and sweats, because I’m a versatile girl—I can play with the boys, I can play with the girls. I’m a complete person, but I only allow that side of me to be seen by my loved ones.”
Replicate Monáe’s space-age look from her Star Wars campaign shot with shimmery blue shadow on the inner and outer corners and a swath of iridescent champagne down the centre of the lid.
FORWARD THINKING “These are all newcomer artists, and we were of course inspired by the future. This is the galaxy man. He represents our culture and how we are all obsessed with what’s next.” The cover for The Eephus, the latest EP project on Monae’s Wondaland Records.
WELCOME HOME “I saw it and I was like, ‘This is my house.’ It’s like, if you go in, you’ll go down into another world.” Pierre Cardin’s Palais Bulles in the French Riviera.
FUTURE SELF “She’s stylish, and she came into her age very well. It makes you wish, ‘Can I please be this fine in the future?’” COVERGIRL BLOOM EYE SHADOW QUAD IN BREATHTAKING BLUES, $11, DRUGSTORES
Rason, a Maasai beader, in a Karen Walker eyewear campaign.
PHOTOGRAPHY: PETER STIGTER (STREET STYLE); GETTY IMAGES (CFDA AWARDS); COURTESY OF CHANEL (RUNWAY)
Janelle Monáe knows how to make an entrance. The Grammy-nominated musician glides into a Manhattan loft space, looking futuristically cool in a neon-orange jumpsuit and her signature pompadour. It’s a fitting look: We’re in New York to talk about Monáe’s Star Wars-themed CoverGirl campaign—the beauty giant has teamed up with the mega film franchise as Star Wars: The Force Awakens makes its way to theatres next month. “Science fiction is a huge part of my music,” explains the 29-year-old singer, noting that her first album was called The ArchAndroid. “The collaboration felt organic.” Read on for Monáe’s thoughts on her strong work ethic, when sweatpants are appropriate and, of course, Princess Leia’s legacy.
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Today’s multi-talented models don’t just show up at the party–they DJ it By Veronica Saroli
CHELSEA LEYLAND, 27
ALEXANDRA RICHARDS, 29
@chelsealeyland BASED: London DJ CLIENTS: Burberry, Versace A DJ for five years, Leyland initially honed her skills at bashes thrown by Ben Watts (dude about town and Naomi Watts’s brother). She recently starred in DKNY’s Resort 2015 campaign.
EVA SHAW, 25
@officialalexandrarichards BASED: New York DJ CLIENTS: YSL Beauty, Fendi The daughter of Keith Richards and Patti Hansen, Richards started modelling at age 14 (remember her Tommy Girl ads?) and began spinning six years later, after learning the ropes from her DJ roomie.
@evashaw BASED: Toronto DJ CLIENTS: Hakkasan, Las Vegas; Marquee, New York Shaw has appeared in top-tier mags (like Purple Magazine) and walked the runway for Toronto fashion stars Lucian Matis and Pink Tartan. She started mixing eight years ago using the equipment of her then boyfriend.
PHOTOGRAPHY: GETTY IMAGES (CELEBRITIES); INSTAGRAM (CARA, MILK & BONE, THE BEACHES); FACEBOOK, PHOTO BY BRENDAN GEORGE KO (WEAVES)
“I play all genres of music from all eras and I listen to so many different things. I think that’s how you educate your brain and how you become even better.”
“I love my country, reggae, rock ’n’ roll classics. Listening to new pop music is a bit harder for me because I’m not drawn to that world, but I’m accepting of it.”
“I ALWAYS COVER MY LEFT EAR [WITH HEADPHONES], SO I’LL TAKE THE EARRING OUT. I’VE GOT SIX PIERCINGS ON THE RIGHT SIDE.”
“I love Sandro; that’s kind of my uniform at the moment—a Sandro velvet backpack to carry my DJ equipment in.”
“I’m a big believer in looking after your gut, because if you do, your skin looks better. My dermatologist makes a face cream that I swear by called 37 Extreme Actives. It’s the cream that allows my skin to survive on the airplane.”
“These other girls are turning it up! I’m like, ‘Man, I’ve got to start dolling myself up for jobs.’ It’s the evolution of this business.”
JOSH “THE FAT JEWISH” OSTROVSKY (PICTURED), POPPY DELEVINGNE, LIZZY JAGGER
“I LISTEN TO HIP HOP A LOT WHEN I’M NOT WORKING, BECAUSE I LISTEN TO SO MUCH ELECTRONIC MUSIC WHEN I AM.” “I really like crazy sneakers. And I almost always wear biker gloves—sometimes I lose one and just wear one. I’m a little OCD with cleanliness—I think that’s how it started.”
“MY ESSENTIALS: MAKEUP, SUNGLASSES AND COCONUT WATER.”
THE SQUAD Mia Moretti, Hannah Bronfman, Harley Viera-Newton (pictured)
Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki, Showtek
“LOSING YOU” SOLANGE KNOWLES
“Maybes” Mount Kimbie (James Blake Remix)
“Sun Goes Down“ David Guetta & Showtek (Eva Shaw Remix)
TUNE UP: CANADIAN CONTENT
Need-to-know homegrown stars with major international buzz
MILK & BONE
“Here,” the debut single from the 19-year-old Brampton native, has racked up 13 million YouTube views. The other four tracks on Cara’s debut EP Four Pink Walls are just as chock full of infectious melodies.
This indie-rock quartet (named after its founders’ ’hood) opened for Kings of Leon in Montreal in 2013 and released its second EP, Heights, last year.
Montreal musicians Laurence Lafond-Beaulne and Camille Poliquin mix plucky vocals with trippy electro beats. They recently performed at David Lynch’s Paris club, Silencio.
Named one to watch by Rolling Stone, Weaves is a gritty vocal-led, guitarheavy band fronted by Jasmyn Burke, a former music journalist.
LISTEN: “FOUR PINK WALLS”
LISTEN: “LITTLE PIECES”
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At Big Hit Studios (66 Sudbury St.) you can punch it out for $40 at an unlimited week of boxing classes wearing a sweet pair of free Everlast boxing gloves.
At the Queen Street Warehouse (232 Queen St. W.) and El Furniture Warehouse (410 Bloor St. W.), you can probably afford anything on the menu: It’s all under $5. (And that includes the truly delicious Union Street Noodle Salad.)
“I like Village Idiot (112 McCaul St.) and also Coffee Exchange (109 McCaul St.)— it has cheap coffee and bagels!” —Dahae, 24, studying painting and drawing
Who says you can’t frequent a fancy French resto? Just make it La Société (131 Bloor St. W.) on Thursday nights after 5 p.m and milk the buck-ashuck deal. Bonus: The crab legs are also a dollar.
Make Wednesday the new Friday with half-price bottles of wine at Me & Mine (1144 College St.) or $5.05 martinis at Hey Lucy (295 King St. W.).
FITNESS & WELLNESS
Chill out for free at Meditation Toronto (College and Shaw Library, 766 College St.). Bonus: peace of mind about your bank balance. Catch an offshore wave (or three) during two weeks of unlimited indoor surf classes for $45 at Surf-Set Toronto (2481A Yonge St.).
Bypass the usual entrance fee every Wednesday evening at the AGO (317 Dundas St. W.). Psst…OCAD students get in free anytime.
“I shop Chinatown and Kensington Market for organic, affordable produce.” —Katya, 20, studying graphic design
Get the full treatment—wash, cut and style—for $36, from a hairstylistin-training at the Aveda Institute Toronto (125 King St. E.). Savings: $89
“Moksha Yoga. I get their newsletters, and they send out great deals and specials all the time.” —Melissa, 23, studying advertising and furniture design
Nurture your inner Picasso at the Ben Navaee Gallery (1111 Queen St. E.), which hosts a free life-drawing class every Tuesday.
“My friend and I just went to Bloor Hot Docs cinema. It was an awesome night, and our tickets were only $12 each.” —Natasha, 19, studying fine arts
“A lot of art students go to Gwartzmans on Spadina and College for affordable supplies.” —Jenna, 22, studying sculpture and installation See a new flick at Rainbow Cinemas (80 Front St. E.) on a Tuesday for a mere $5. Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II, anyone?
PHOTOGRAPHY: KAYLA ROCCA (STREET STYLE); GETTY IMAGES (SURF); INSTAGRAM.COM @MEANDMINETO (WINE), @BLITZFACIALBAR (BLITZ FACIAL BAR), @MSLEAMICHELE (MEDITATION), @AVEDAINSTITUTECANADA (SUPER DEAL), @ELFURNITURETO (SALAD), @COMMONSORT (COMMON SORT); ISTOCKPHOTO (OYSTER, PASTELS)
How to live large and spend small? We polled OCAD students for their most creative ways to save $$$, so you can focus on having fun By Heather Marrin
Join the Blitz Facial Bar Frequent Facial Series: Book any six facials (at 803 Queen St. W. or 1133 Queen St. E.) and get a Blitz & Glow—including a cleanse, mask and massage—for free.
STARVING ARTIST SURVIVAL GUIDE
“Black Market: It’s just around the corner from OCAD and almost everything is $10.” —Cristina, 21, studying painting and drawing
EATING & DRINKING
“I get great deals at the H&M, Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters sale sections. And students always get 10 per cent off at Topshop.” —Chelsey De Venz, 19, studying painting and drawing
Bring last season’s designer scores to Common Sort (1414 Queen St. W. and 800 Queen St. E.) and get store credit equal to the price your items will be sold for—or get half the value in cash.
BEAUTY & FASHION
File under “perks of getting older”: Show I.D. at any Sephora store on your birthday and get a free set of Nars lip pencils.
| NOVEMBER 2015 | THEKIT.CA
Our Creative Spirit issue spotlights power beauty essentials, gothic fashion and inspiration from Toronto’s most talented designers and arti...
Published on Nov 9, 2015
Our Creative Spirit issue spotlights power beauty essentials, gothic fashion and inspiration from Toronto’s most talented designers and arti...