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Elle Canada July - August 2021

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2 min
the winds of change

MAKE NO MISTAKE: I would have preferred to live without this (cursed) pandemic. The past 18 months have been filled with challenges, pain and tremendous loss for everyone. But as this storm starts to slowly clear—at least we hope it’s clearing—I can’t help but think about how the crisis rattled our cages. And in some ways, it felt good. Are you one of those people who changed their lives and reorganized their priorities in the past year and a half? I don’t have enough fingers to count those around me who decided to make a 180-degree turn and jump into politics, move to another region, open a business, make a film or write a novel. And while not all of my friends have made radical changes, I feel like they’ve…

1 min
all smiles


5 min
front row

Power POP After smashing the music world with her 2019 debut, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, full of whisper-singing and dark-as-night anthems, BILLIE EILISH is back with her second album, Happier Than Ever, set for release on July 30. Though she has ditched her toxic-waste-green-and-black hair for a softer, dreamier platinum-blond look, the 19-year-old superstar’s lyrics—like those in the first single, “Your Power”—are just as haunting. The track’s video, set against a monochrome sand-coloured backdrop, zooms in on Eilish getting slowly suffocated by a boa constrictor as she sings about a problematic relationship. billieeilish.com SHOP CANADA SWIM FAN NETTLE’S TALE is a favourite for its inclusive sizing and sustainable approach to swimwear. The Vancouver brand is known for its fab collabs, including limited-edition pieces made with ethical-apparel line Free Label. This…

1 min
summer essentials

1. Get soft, defined, bouncy curls with this hybrid formula; it combines the moisturizing power of a cream with the soft hold of a gel—all without that crunchy effect. Kérastase Curl Manifesto Gelée Curl Contour ($49, kerastase.ca) 2. With its magnolia and orange-blossom bouquet brightened by notes of grapefruit, bergamot and white musk, this fragrance is both complex and playful. Nuxe Prodigieux Floral Le Parfum ($70, shop.shoppersdrugmart.ca)…

3 min
summer of lust

ONE NIGHT DURING MY ENDLESS QUARANTINE MOVIE BINGES, I came across Jamón, Jamón, a steamy Spanish flick from the early ’90s that melds soap drama with eroticism and…ham. It was Penélope Cruz’s film debut and the first time she had shared the screen with her now husband, Javier Bardem, which, as you might imagine, yielded some very sexy results. In one scene, the two are making eyes at each other from across a crowded club, where the music is pulsating, the sweat is dripping and the desire is palpable. It’s just the kind of moment that many of us have longed for since the ban on human contact began early last year. (Is it any wonder that “WAP” was last summer’s anthem?) In the most optimistic take on our situation,…

2 min
lady of leisure

Like Tony Soprano and Fran Fine before me, I’ve taken to wearing an oversized terry bathrobe from the moment I wake until I deign to take a reasonable mid-afternoon shower. It makes me feel like I’m on vacation, especially when it’s paired with one of my last few sets of pilfered hotel slippers (from a time when I actually visited hotels). In a sense, I am on a vacation—from reality. Even in the second year of a pandemic that has rocked our lives and our senses of style, business hours feel like mere suggestions and entire weeks fly by in a blur. Summer is providing a bit of a sexy respite, but I like to think I’m embodying the same “anything goes” approach that was expressed across runways this season,…