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Elle Canada December/January 2018-19

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behind the issue

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welcome to winter

IT’S A REFLECTIVE TIME of year—and not just because everyone is covered in sequins. I recently realized, in the midst of party season, that my favourite thing about going out is getting ready. I love the anticipation and the preparation ritual. I clear all the other inhabitants of my home out of my space so I can prepare for the evening without interruption (kids, husband) or judgment (cat). I hit up my closet like Cher in Clueless while considering all the factors: dress code, guest list, weather, transportation—even whether I require a sit-down or stand-up ensemble. I text incessantly with friends, exchanging shoe selfies for approval. I blast my party playlist and sip champagne between perilous, dramatic swipes of liquid eyeliner. It’s one of the rare times I have to…

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word up

NEXT GEN As a recent graduate of the fashion communication program at Ryerson University, I’m finding it a challenge to know what to do next. I would love to see a “Breaking into the Industry” article in an upcoming issue of ELLE Canada. We all have passions and dreams, but to fulfill those dreams, we need to work hard and have a plan. I believe that your magazine has always been a beacon for those of us in fashion programs. I want to thank all the editors for their work. And I’d especially like to thank editor-in-chief Vanessa Craft for her Editor’s Note in the October 2018 issue. It gave me the motivation to keep pushing forward. Because of it, I will continue to trust my vision. Latasha Millette, email WOMEN AT…

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS Luxury Italian brand Bottega Veneta has opened its first Canadian flagship boutique, at Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre, just in time for the holidays. Think 437 square metres of glorious leather goods (handbags! luggage! shoes!) for both you and your loved ones. Or just you. UP TOP! We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: The world needs more hats. Helping the cause (aside from Pharrell and the Queen)? Heirloom by milliner Samantha-Tara Mainville, who handcrafts pieces—from embroidered berets to straw baseball caps—in her Montreal studio. (From $160, heirloomhats.com) CITY OF STARS Sadly, we can’t promise you an IRL Gosling sighting when the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performs the music of La La Land live on November 17. Far, far more likely? Us tapping our feet in our seats and covertly hiding our tears…

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soo joo park

SECONDS INTO OUR convo with Soo Joo Park—just after Chanel’s seaside-inspired spring/summer 2019 show, for which the model sat front row—we find ourselves swimming in a crowd of her fans. Ever the chill California girl (despite having modelled for every major fashion house in the biz), Park graciously stops to say hi to everyone. Here’s what she said in between all the excitement. THE CHANEL WOMAN IS… “She is a woman who likes to take risks and chances. I think she’s quite adventurous, and she likes to push the boundaries a little bit. That’s the spirit of who Gabrielle [Coco’s given name] was, and that still flows through [the brand] today.” ON DIVERSITY IN FASHION “There’s still a long way to go, but it’s getting better. On the runway, there are so many different women…

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party city

WHEN I THINK BACK to all the parties I’ve hosted over the years—raucous housewarmings, cheerful Friendsgivings and cathartic Galentine’s nights—the precious ritual of getting ready is just as memorable as the champagne-fuelled shenanigans that followed. Hosting a party can be stressful—worrying about the inevitable mess, the playlist, last-minute cancellations—but flicking through the hangers in my closet and debating what to wear before anyone arrives is pure anticipatory joy. A hostess outfit must be many things: It should appear glamorous but spontaneous—as seemingly easy and unfussy as a rustic fig galette; it should look good from every angle in case there are candid photos; and it should be memorable (at least to the wearer). I don’t recall much of my 2014 New Year’s Eve get-together except the swishy beaded vintage top I…