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Elle Canada Summer 2020

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2 min
behind the issue

1. In “Your Money’s Worth” (p. 48), Montreal-based writer CAITLIN STALLPAQUET gets real about how the pandemic has forced us to slow down and rethink our spending habits—and why that’s not a bad thing. But even with a more watchful eye on her own budget, there is still one thing Stall-Paquet will indulge in. “Good wine,” she says. “With my leisure expenses nearing zero, I feel like I can live a little in this department. My best friend and I have been nerdy and drinking the same wine over video chat 2. We can’t stop staring at Calgary-raised artist LAUREN TAMAKI’s gorgeous illustration accompanying our story on grooming during a pandemic (“The Last Blowout,” p. 34). Has COVID-19 changed her own beauty habits? “In the ‘before times,’ I was just going…

2 min
editor’s note

OUR PLANS FOR THE SUMMER may not be what we originally had in mind, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be memorable and joyful. I’m in a reflective mood, so I’m going to prioritize creativity for creativity’s sake by playing around on the piano or writing without a template. Here’s what a few members of the team will be getting up to over the next couple of months. “Since I can no longer take the much-anticipated trip to Spain I had planned, I will be bringing Spain to me. I will endeavour to learn how to make paella—and when that plan inevitably fails, I’ll support a local restaurant and order some from them.” VICTORIA DIPLACIDO, digital director “After months indoors, I want to spend as much time outside as possible: hiking, eating on…

4 min

SASHAY AWAY Hello, queens. The long-awaited Canadian adaptation of RuPaul’s Drag Race is finally here. “We’re nice, but we’re also coming to win; people don’t think that Canadians [can bring it], but these [contestants] do,” says model Stacey McKenzie of her gig as one of the show’s judges. Prepare for the sure-to-be-iconic moments the drag queens will serve when Canada’s Drag Race hits Crave on July 2. VIRTUAL REALITY What do you do if a major exhibition of your work gets postponed because of a pandemic? Well, if you’re Canadian photographer Barbara Cole, you move the showcase online. Known for ethereal underwater photography that explores mental health and the transformation of self, Cole transformed the expansive career retrospective into an in-depth show on her site, accompanied by videos and interviews. Take a scroll…

3 min
past perfect

I REMEMBER WHERE I was standing. It was May 2006, and I was attending a publishing convention when I felt a splash of hot coffee on my calves. And I remember what I was wearing: a Chloé prancing-horse skirt that I’d purchased on a financially delusional whim five years prior. This was an item deeply of its time—low-slung, sheer, clingy. A convention is no place for a skirt of this calibre or style, which could explain the karmic coffee punishment. The spiller offered to pay for dry cleaning, but I knew the skirt’s best days were behind it. And yet here we are, 14 years later, and it’s still taking up precious space in my closet. There’s no way I’m getting rid of an item that’s triply iconic—for my own life,…

1 min
wave makers

Ocin This Vancouver label’s minimally designed beach basics are made using recycled polyester from plastic bottles and recycled nylon. As part of the brand’s commitment to protecting the environment, a portion of the proceeds are donated to an ocean conservancy organization each year. OCIN.CO Minnow Bathers Conscious design is at the heart of this Toronto-based swimwear studio—it only produces one collection a year. Each spandex suit is handmade locally in small batches using 78 percent recycled plastics to reduce fabric waste, and one dollar from every sale is donated to the Ocean Conservancy, a non-profit that advocates for ocean policy. MINNOWBATHERS.COM PALM Eliminate that drawer full of underused swimwear thanks to this Australian label’s elegant made-to-order styles. They even come with a lifetime warranty that covers the repairs for normal wear and tear. PALMSWIMWEAR.COM Evarae Dreaming of…

1 min
hats on

BRUNCH ON THE DOCKS Nothing says OOO like the lake and Caesars. Wear this Western-inspired hat with a flowy maxi-dress. Lower the brim to keep the sun—and Slack notifications—out of sight. POOLSIDE LOUNGE Make leisure time the ultimate priority with a statement brim. The sporty elastic guarantees that the hat stays in place all day—just like you lounging on your fave chaise. BONFIRE ON THE BEACH Pair this patchwork bucket hat with an equally playful swimsuit—look for fun textures and necklines. Don’t forget a portable cocktail for carefree vibes all night. OUTDOOR PICNIC Accessorize this romantic take on a classic silhouette with a basketful of charcuterie, baguettes and chic orange wine—everything you need for a summer Friday.…