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What do you say when someone asks “How are you doing?” I think I would answer that I’ve reached my maximum Zoom capacity. After 455 Groundhog Days, I no longer have any idea how to make life interesting. I jog, have coffee, Zoom, reply to emails, make calls, Zoom, say no to my kids when they want to go “chill” with their friends, Zoom, make dinner, eat, watch TV, sleep. Oh, and load and unload the dishwasher—twice. During a virtual get-together with friends the other day, we asked each other what we were looking forward to besides the pandemic ending. Beyond vague short- and medium-term projects, there’s not much to get excited about. We can’t even look forward to small gatherings outside or eating on the terrace of a favourite restaurant just…

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flower power


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HIGH Art When FENDI and visual artist Sarah Coleman get together, something exciting always happens. Their latest collaboration, a capsule collection called FF Vertigo, is a new interpretation of the iconic Italian brand’s double-F logo, and it gives a psychedelic slant to sporty clothing, bags and accessories. The playful line drops on May 20, just in time for summer. fendi.com REEBOK x CARDI B REEBOK and CARDI B have joined forces once again for a colourful capsule collection. In addition to the new shades of Club C Cardi sneakers (a reinterpretation of the fitness brand’s cult model), the American rap icon—inspired by the 1990s and her summers spent on the Coney Island boardwalk—has infused select athletic-apparel pieces with her daring style. The result reflects the star perfectly: incredibly sexy and decisively cool. reebok.ca New HEIGHTS What…

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kathryn bowen

It’s not surprising that in a period rife with global crises and uncertainty, we reach for nostalgia as a way to cope. As we yearn for the “before times,” dated references are reshaped by our current realities and take on new meaning. For Toronto-based designer Kathryn Bowen, a pandemic-prolonged stay at home led to her digging up a childhood wardrobe of competitive-figure-skating dresses and training outfits, and the functional stretch fabrics—a distinctive hodgepodge of velour, mesh and jersey—and retro logos ended up providing the inspiration for her latest collection. In merging a youthful sentimentality with elevated sophistication, Bowen reflects on the continual non-linear process of forming one’s identity. It’s a journey that’s also being taken by Bowen’s eponymous label, which she launched in 2018 after returning from studying in London, England.…

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this magic moment

IN THE VIDEO FOR HER SONG “GOOD DAYS,” SZA dreams that she is a plant dancing in a forest while surrounded by giant undulating mushrooms. It’s a delightful scene that perfectly captures the blur between reality and fantasy that magic mushrooms are known for inducing. As psilocybin (the hallucinogenic chemical found in some mushrooms), LSD and ketamine become approved for research and, in some instances, therapeutic use, psychedelics are also being explored in the mainstream, by everyone from author Michael Pollan, who writes about them in his book How to Change Your Mind, to Goop staff, who fly to Jamaica to experience a magic mushroom retreat in an episode of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Netflix show The Goop Lab, to hip-hop artist A$AP Rocky, who has spoken publicly about his experimentation with…

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let’s get ethical

OTTOLINGER The epitome of cool, Berlin-based sensation Ottolinger showcased a spring/summer 2021 collection that featured unfinished knits and sports-inspired attire that would make any Berghain bouncer step aside. Made from locally produced recycled or organic fabrics, the brand’s garments are fundamentals for the see-and-be-seen fashion set. ISA BOULDER Artisanal crochet is no longer a grandmas-only affair, thanks in part to Isa Boulder. The Indonesian up-and-comer has won our hearts with her feminine knits and delicate lingerie, and it’s a bonus that everything is sourced and made in her home country. UGO PAULON New kid on the block Ugo Paulon has been working with Ottolinger, crafting one-of-a-kind upcycled padded heels for the latter’s runway looks. The London-based designer just signed a deal with retailer LN-CC and will be bringing recycled footwear into the luxury sphere. NANUSHKA We’re loving…