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2 min
give what you want

“I believe that in the end it is kindness and generous accommodation that are the catalysts for real change.”– NELSON MANDELA I DON’T KNOW if it’s because of our endless winter of discontent, the feeling of going around in circles with the same people (our family “bubble”), our weariness in the face of this ongoing pandemic or the too many hours spent on Instagram hearting the happiness of others, but people, it seems, are being less kind. Between the cacophony of horns honking behind us when we have the gall to stop to let a pedestrian cross the street, the nastiness online toward certain media personalities (too many to name here), the constant criticism of the government, regardless of the decisions they make (when we all know that it must not be…

1 min
dance party

AT A TIME WHEN WE COULD ONLY IMAGINE how good it would feel to dance with abandon with our friends, we were collectively drawn to Isabel Marant’s spring/summer 2021 runway show. As models walked to a techno remix of Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” outside at the Palais Royal in Paris, dance collective (LA)Horde gave an electrifying colour-coordinated performance. Exuding the pent-up energy and emotion that we’re all experiencing, the choreographed show quenched our thirst for freedom, movement and closeness. We could not help but be inspired by the hopeful takeaway: The party will come back and no doubt be bigger and better than ever. We cannot wait. TEXT, JOANNA FOX; PHOTOGRAPHY, INES MANA…

6 min
ghetto girls

AS A JEWISH GIRL growing up in Montreal, Judy Batalion saw Hannah Senesh—one of the few female resisters in the Second World War—as a role model for female Jewish bravado. In her fifth-grade Yiddish class, Batalion read that the 22-year-old joined the British paratroopers in Palestine to fight the Nazis and later returned to Europe to help the resistance. “Hannah didn’t succeed in her mission, but she did succeed in inspiring courage,” says Batalion. “At her execution, she refused a blindfold, insisting on staring down the bullet. Hannah wasn’t afraid of looking the truth right in the face. She lived and died for her convictions.” Batalion didn’t know it at the time, but Senesh’s story would set her on a path that would lead to her telling the stories of…

3 min

Aries MARCH 21 – APRIL 19 It looks like this is your month, Aries. Not only do you have luck on your side but you’re also feeling more confident than usual—and we’re all our best selves when we’re feeling confident. How you take advantage of this fortunate circumstance is up to you, but I know you’ll do it with your usual intelligence and finesse. And remember to be patient. I know playing it safe is not your game—it goes against your very nature—but try it anyway, won’t you? The brilliant results might even make you change your ways. TAURUS APRIL 20 – MAY 20 Oh, Taurus…if only you knew then what you know now. But let’s be honest: Your winter would’ve been deadly boring otherwise, so thank your instincts for leading you astray. Especially since…

4 min
make it pop!

1. Flashy yellow, green or orange “Go big or go home!” says Deziel. “Obviously, a full head of aqua or bright yellow doesn’t suit everyone, and it requires a big investment in terms of money and time—up to seven or eight hours at the salon—but it’s worth it if you’re looking to make a statement.” 2. In small doses “The ‘money piece’ technique [highlighting the hair that frames your face] lets you bring in some light or play with bright colour contrasts around the face via the fringe or a specific part of your hair.” 3. Pastel shades “They’re super popular on TikTok and flattering for most complexions, but they require bleach and regular touch-ups with a colourist.” 1. L’Oréal Paris Hydrofuge Infallible Pro-Last Eye Pencil in Cobalt Blue ($12, lorealparis.ca). 2.…

2 min
trend report

INTO THE blue Denim, the humble wardrobe staple, has gone haute. Even demure shapes—dresses, kimonos, fitted jackets—have got the blues this summer. Ditch the double denim for triple and try spliced and patchworked styles, because this season, more is more. DISCO star Saturday-night fever took over the runways in a blur of sequins, oversized metallic paillettes, exaggerated ruffles and shimmering Lurex. With these radiant rose, silver and gold creations, designers wanted to show us that there is a light at the end of the tunnel—and it’s brighter than ever. New UNIFORM For the past year, comfortable, sporty clothing has been a part of our daily lives. This season, our wardrobe, ready for reinvention, will spring from its couch zone and hit the streets. At Miu Miu, the nonchalance of a track suit was paired with…