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Elle Canada September 2020

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behind the issue

1. “An Unwanted Education” (p. 80) is a powerful excerpt from Toronto-based writer ETERNITY MARTIS’ memoir, They Said This Would Be Fun. What is the bestselling author reading? “Shame on Me by Tessa McWatt,” she says. “It’s beautifully written, and I saw so many parallels between Tessa’s identity as a multiracial woman and my own. The opening pages gave me goosebumps.” 2. Torontonian LAURA FISHBAUM grew up fascinated by the ever-changing fashion industry, so it’s safe to say her role on our team as a design assistant has been years in the making. She also has a very covetable wardrobe. “My favourite accessory is my black crocodile Alexander McQueen wallet,” she says. “It was my first ‘adult’ purchase, and I use it every day. It has a timeless look but, at…

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editor’s note

Editor-in-Chief Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @vanessacraft. FASHION’S NEW YEAR is signalled not only by the arrival of the latest collections but also by a pervasive mood of reflection and reinvention. Even before I formally knew anything about fashion, I knew that the start of the school year gave me an unmissable opportunity to present as the person I was meant to be—changed, transformed, better. (Cut to a shot of me wearing a pink shawl-neck sweater-dress and my signature black beret.) But this year, for the first time, September feels less like a call for a glow-up and more like an ear-piercing klaxon for an urgent and complete reset—a do-over coupled with the recognition that we are living through a momentous time in which unacceptable realities about human rights, racism, the environment,…

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Globetrotters It may not be safe to travel just yet, but Paris-based luxury clothing and accessories label Kilometre is offering another way to see the world. The brand uses vintage shirts as a blank canvas for intricate geography-inspired embroidery—maps, coordinates, sketches—to create one-of-a-kind pieces that aim to transport wearers to places like Madrid, Ojai and Tokyo. Each product even comes with a “passport” so the wearer can learn more about the destination. (FROM $116, KILOMETRE.PARIS) SHOP CANADA On Repeat If Canadian R&B artist Emanuel isn’t already a fixture in your regular rotation, may we politely suggest that you rectify that? His debut single, “Need You,” quickly racked up over 1.5 million streams and was lauded by Idris Elba. The singer-songwriter left us wanting much more after dropping his first EP, the rich and intimate Alt…

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strong suit

PRINCESS DIANA’S PINK VERSACE skirt and blazer, Ally McBeal’s kooky miniskirts, Hilary Banks’ blazers in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air…of all the iconic 1990s trends to make a comeback, the skirtsuit has been sadly overlooked—a sartorial wrong that’s finally being put right this season. But instead of it being another prim, matchy-matchy moment, designers have maxed out the skirtsuit’s potential for joyful self-expression, disrupting its association with a homogenous workwear uniform in favour of a celebration of femininity, individuality and power. On fall/winter 2020/2021 runways, everyone from Michael Kors to John Galliano (at Maison Margiela) put their own signature spin on the skirtsuit. (That would be preppy and postmodern, respectively.) Luxury houses Fendi and Hermès both presented leather versions, while LVMH prizewinner Thebe Magugu’s soft-pink style contributed to the South African…

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vive la vivienne

Since her debut in 2018, Vivienne has become synonymous with the innovative craftsmanship and savoir faire of Louis Vuitton. Over the years, the whimsical character has been reimagined as a collector’s item and featured as a recurring motif in special pieces such as music boxes and playing cards. This season, the house will unveil the Malle Maison Vivienne, a hard-sided trunk that opens into a multi-storey abode for Vivienne (complete with miniature furniture), in addition to holiday-inspired leather goods, key chains and figurines. Here are three things to know about this playful set of collectables. 1. MONOGRAM-INSPIRED Vivienne gets her distinctive face-framing petals from Louis Vuitton’s emblematic flower, which also appears in its original form on her eye. 2. LEATHER NAMESAKE She’s named for the cowhide leather, known as VVN, used by…

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all connected

The thing that’s most important to me during this time is making sure that my community stays healthy and happy. I derive energy from knowing that people are good and growing. It’s predominantly progressive women and women of colour who follow me on social media, and I need to make sure that we continue to rally together, stand up for the things we believe in and know that we’re not alone. All CONNECTED Faux leather, Storets ($82, storets.com) Viscose, polyester and polyamide, H&M ($50, hm.com)– BROTHER VELLIES creative director Aurora James on creating a supportive online community…