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Elle Canada March 2019

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behind the issue


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editor’s note

LATE LAST YEAR, the ELLE Canada team hosted an event where we highlighted the most influential trends for spring 2019. When our slide-show presentation landed on bike shorts, which were omnipresent on the New York, London, Milan and Paris runways, including Chanel’s and Fendi’s, the audience’s trepidation was more than a little obvious. But wait, we explained: They’re being paired with structured blazers, which give a strong line and silhouette. Cue crickets. We countered: Think of them simply as short leggings—versatile and great for layering! And, we added, style icon Princess Diana made them look so chic. By the end of our discourse, we’d gained a few supporters, but the room was split—a great reminder of how subjective style is. If there’s anything more polarizing than bike shorts, it has to…

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THE MARVELLOUS MR.MUGLER Not many people can say they have dressed Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Diana Ross and Celine Dion. Then again, not many people are Thierry Mugler. Couturissime, an exhibition dedicated to the renowned Paris designer, opens this month at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and provides an insider peek into 140 of his futuristic, avant-garde creations. GOOD VIBES ONLY Stressed out? Our go-to when we need to chill (so, often) is The Wolf and the Hawk incense (from $4.25 each, thewolfandthehawkincense@gmail.com). Handcrafted and all natural, the sticks evoke the soft, smoky smell of a campfire—because who is ever tense around a campfire?—with scents ranging from cinnamon and white sage to patchouli and cardamom. VERIFIED Forget what your Grade 11 self thought. Science is cool—not least when it helps us find skincare products that…

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jason wu

YOU CAN TELL A LOT about a person by the way they pack their suitcase. Jason Wu is a methodical folder (he gets it from his dad, he says) but a messy unpacker. “I just pull out what I need and leave,” laughs the Taiwanese-Canadian, who is the go-to designer for style stars such as Diane Kruger and Michelle Obama. Wu is also a St. Regis Connoisseur (a.k.a. brand ambassador)—hence the butler service at the luxury hotel chain is his fave. “They make it feel like home,” he says. Then again, Wu is used to living out of a suitcase. And we see more Air Miles in his future: He’s opening stores in China this year. At the unveiling of the St. Regis Toronto, we got him to stay in…

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side by side

For spring/summer 2019, Blumarine’s Anna Molinari paired bike shorts with gowns and cocktail dresses with sneakers, describing the collection as “a new balance between sensuality and effortlessness, tailoring and comfort.” This luxury-streetwear-glamoursport mix is the ultimate embodiment of the season’s opposites-attract message. Here’s to rejecting the rules and embracing contrasting ideas—subtle yet loud, escapist yet practical or some other lovely contradiction. PALETTE Neon One of spring’s key colour messages? Don’t hold back. Designers showed looks in riotous hues, like Day-Glo green, look-at-me fuchsia and punchy orange. At Balenciaga and Cushnie, models donned a single stunning shade from head to toe, while Jeremy Scott opted for a mix-and-match approach, pairing contrasting hues for maximum impact. If you dress to get noticed, your time is now. PALETTE Neutral Prefer that your clothes speak softly rather than shout? Many…

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modern muses

THE ARCHETYPAL MEET-CUTE between fashion designer and muse is the stuff of legend. The most famous example is that of Jane Birkin and Hermès’ Jean-Louis Dumas. Birkin was on an Air France flight when her bag fell over and spilled its contents. Dumas, who was seated beside her, remarked, “You should have one with pockets.” Birkin replied, “The day Hermès makes one with pockets, I will have that.” “But I am Hermès,” Dumas pronounced, “and I will put pockets in for you.” The love child of this rendezvous, of course, is the famous Birkin bag. (I don’t know about you, but were my purse to somehow disgorge its contents midflight, I can assure you the incident wouldn’t result in an Hermès bag being named after me.) The (flagrantly glamorous) designer-muse storyline…