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Elle Canada September 2020

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8 min
when came to town

Vanessa CRAFT ELLE Canada Launched in 2001 What was happening at the time? “Twenty-four Canadians died in the 9/11 tragedy, and with U.S. airspace closed, more than 200 planes were diverted to Canada; later, in 2013, this became the subject of a Tony Awardwinning Broadway musical, Come From Away. Women were earning 73.5 cents for every dollar made by their male counterparts—the eighth-highest gender wage gap out of 34 industrialized countries. ELLE Canada launched in 2001, when I was in my mid-20s. I remember thinking how chic it was to have a French word in the title of a magazine, and I thought it was important for readers to get that international fashion flavour.” How did it feel when you first discovered ELLE? “I remember, as a teenager, seeing a shoot with Veronica Webb by Gilles…

2 min
mic. carter

BEFORE MIC. CARTER BEGAN TO DESIGN, he would cobble outfits together with pieces from fast-fashion chains and second-hand stores. It was often an uncomfortable experience for him and resulted in a lot of stares because he is, in his own words, “very tall and very Black.” This lack of welcoming shopping spaces inspired the Toronto-based genderqueer designer to launch L’Uomo Strano—which is Italian for “the strange man”—a feminine gender-nonconforming label. With a vision inspired by Afrofuturism and a sense of community, Carter creates pieces that are the ultimate form of glam selfexpression. “I want to make clothes that have people feeling like their most authentic self,” he says. He also strives to impact his students with this sentiment. In addition to teaching full-time at an elementary school, Carter developed and taught…

4 min
finding our way

THE IMPORTANCE OF many of the little rituals that punctuated my daily life shifted irreparably this year. The spritz of perfume that capped off my morning, a hit of subtle scent that announced I was ready to face the world, suddenly seemed pointless as we entered the tumultuous period of sheltering in place. And when restrictions were eased, sure, I was left with a renewed appreciation for my family and for my health—but I also had so many nagging questions: Do these gestures of self-care still serve us? Do these luxurious customs have a place in today’s world, in which we are soberly wrestling with indisputably more important issues? I thought about those questions while considering the beautiful flacon of the newly launched fragrance My Way by Giorgio Armani. After all,…

1 min

For details, see Shopping Guide. Model, Chiara Scelsi (Women Management); makeup, Giulia Cigarini (Close Up Milano/Deciem); hair, Astor Hoxha (Close Up Milano); fashion editor, Charlotte Deffe; styling assistant, Maria Vittoria Silvestri…

7 min
playing dress-up

A WEEK BEFORE THE United Kingdom announced official COVID-19 lockdown measures in March, London-based brand J.W.Anderson celebrated the opening of its first flagship store in a still-thronged part of Soho. I wore a gold and silver lamé dress from its spring/summer 2020 collection that had dramatic flailing sleeves and a plunging neckline, which is what I like to call “medieval extra.” I was in a neon-lit bar standing shoulder to shoulder with close friends, yelling over the music. It was a bacchanalian night in the best way possible—we had already sensed that it would be our last hurrah before a new reality set in. As someone who is usually overly dressed up with somewhere to go, overnight I found myself housebound with nowhere to go. I’d gone from a life of…

3 min
shade shifting

MAKEUP ARTIST PAT MCGRATH usually packs around 87 trunks to take to the shows. Eightyseven! This is a regular source of comfort to me. Whenever I have trouble falling asleep, I think of these suitcases arriving at baggage claim—sliding down the ramp one after another, each coming to a stop on the belt with a soft, soothing thump. Or when I need cheering up, I imagine what’s inside those bags: millions of Swarovski crystals, mad-scientist-neon pinks, crushed pure lapis lazuli from Japan. For years, on every trip she has taken, McGrath has been collecting unique pigments from around the world. “My team and I would formulate and customize recipes with exact percentages of various colours,” says McGrath, who launched Pat McGrath Labs in 2015 to share these recipes. “I would…