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Elle Canada May 2021

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3 min
it’s thanks to jenna!

IN 2006, I STARTED working for Quebec’s Châtelaine magazine as the editor in charge of the lifestyle pages. Lise Ravary, the editor-in-chief at the time, gave me the mandate to democratize the fashion section. Basically, she wanted our readers to be able to decipher fashion trends and the elements of style so they could implement them in their wardrobes with ease. It was necessary to deviate from the usual eccentric looks of fashion magazines like Vogue—feathered hats and long skirts with trains are gorgeous but not very practical on the subway—without falling into boring basics or exorbitantly priced designer pieces. (Who can afford a $1,500 sweater?) My mission was to create photo shoots with attractive, affordable looks that had the following qualities: sought-after without being elitist and trendy without being pretentious.…

1 min
seeing red

INSTAGRAM INSPO @GEEGEECOLLINS “I don’t know whether it’s her brush strokes, her minimalist style or her colour palette that reminds me of Picasso, but I’m crushing hard on Atlanta-born artist Gee Gee Collins’ work right now.” PHOTOGRAPHY, MAUDE ARSENAULT (J. PIETRACUPA)…

6 min

Serpent STYLE Italian label BULGARI—best known for its coveted jewellery and accessories—is collaborating with Greek designer Mary Katrantzou on a line of handbags and minaudières (available April 15). “I feel that the Bulgari woman and the woman I design for have a lot in common,” says Katrantzou. “They are both strong, daring and elegant.” The collection, Serpenti Through the Eyes of Mary Katrantzou, incorporates the iconic elements—luxury materials and snake-head hardware—that made Bulgari’s Serpenti Forever an instant success, and the designer, known for her jubilant and poetic maximalist prints, brings to life a message of optimism, rebirth and change. bulgari.com Lip Service Combining the intense pigmentation of a lipstick, the radiance of a gloss and the moisturizing power of a balm, Chanel’s new ROUGE COCO BLOOM lip colours have arrived just in time…

2 min
fresh air

REMEMBER THE EARLY DAYS OF QUARANTINE, when there was a sense of novelty to our new laissez-faire-comfort reality? But much like all-day access to endless TV streaming and sparkling new WFH set-ups, the freedom to wear nothing but leisurewear lost its lustre; it was the very definition of too much of a good thing. Slipping on a pair of bike shorts and cable-knit socks with a crisp cotton blouse (with no one on Zoom being any the wiser) went from wondrous workaround to uninspired illusion in a matter of months. Even dropping a few hundred dollars on a machine-washable cashmere sweatsuit—something that would’ve been considered an indulgent purchase only a year before—couldn’t ignite the same dopamine-driven joy it once did. So, why the apathy? Well, comfort, at its core, is only…

1 min
on the ball

We’ve officially entered a tennis renaissance. (It is, after all, the ultimate socially distanced sport.) The revival was nowhere more apparent than at Lacoste, a brand whose sartorial conventions were built on the jeu de paume. Since taking the helm in 2018, creative director Louise Trotter—an under-the-radar talent with a knack for reviving somewhat stale heritage brands—has dissected and distilled the tennis uniform into its purest form: ultra-sophisticated sportswear. Trotter’s offering this season, a 20-look collection drenched in feel-good nostalgia, was ripe with modern amendments: an arts-and-crafts approach to construction (note the track jackets transformed into pants in the Lacoste photo above); Wimbledon whites worn with kicky pops of vermilion, lemon yellow and hunter green; and outside-the-box embroidery fashioned by couture house Maison Lemarié (with standout loose threads dangling from…

2 min
the cult of telfar

SINCE LAUNCHING HIS BRAND IN 2005, Telfar Clemens has gone against the grain in a luxury industry that caters to the privileged few. The Liberian-American from Queens, N.Y., has blazed his own trail by designing an inclusive unisex collection each season. The word “inclusive” is a little overused these days, but it has been an integral part of this brand’s vocabulary from the get-go with its “It’s not for you—it’s for everyone” mantra. Thanks to this vision, Clemens received the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, which recognizes emerging talent, in 2017 and was named 2020 Accessories Designer of the Year at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards. He owes this prestigious win to one of his most popular creations: the Shopping Bag. Launched in 2014, the bag propelled him into…