By Charisse Ang
Another season, another fantastical Prada mash up. With her Spring 2013 collection, Miuccia Prada blended sixties op art prints, silhouettes alongside Japanese inspirations like geishas, harajukus and judo. The result? Unexpectedly-covetable everything.
And while the split-toe judo-inspired platforms may still be making their way into our hearts, Prada’s Spring 2013 sunglasses have made it to the top of our must-have list. Embellished to the point of floral perfection, Prada featured a variety of shades in black, white and red, which were adorned with 3D florals in variotions of the same shades. Must. Have.
And the price tag? Okay, more like must make our own version. In three easy steps (and for under $20), we made our own flowery pair. So without further ado, let’s DIY those seriously dreamy sunglasses from Prada Spring 2013!2 months ago
The clock is ticking, and if you’re still scrambling to create a Halloween costume it may be time to switch efforts over to your nails. Halloween nail art is an ideal, last-minute way to dress up for this candy-filled holiday and there are plenty of options that take almost no time or effort to do. (Seriously!) First option: do-it-yourself decals. Sally Hansen has a complete series of Halloween-themed Salon Effects nail polish strips, meaning in less than ten minutes your fingers can go from plain to patterned. For those who are more comfortable with nail art, dress up each nail with a Day of the Dead skull, Jack-O-Lantern face or black cat. This week Nail Corner combined Halloween decals with nail art for a somewhat spooky and definitely festive manicure.6 months ago
If the name Erika Bearman doesn’t ring a bell, the Twitter handle @OscarPRgirl certainly will. The newly turned blonde beauty (insider info: blondes do have more fun according to Bearman) came to visit Holt Renfrew last week and gushed about working for fashion legacy, Oscar de la Renta and the movie Truth or Dare. Seriously, if you want to hang with Bearman, it’s highly recommended you watch that film first. It has shaped her entire life (her words, not ours!)
With only a clutch in tow, Bearman showed how to edit a bag to only the essentials but just because it’s small doesn’t mean it didn’t pack a punch. We learned that in Oscar PR Girl’s world, “bigger is better and more is more” when it comes to her cellphone and eyelashes. And if you expected Bearman to be a total girly girl because of ODLR’s signature frothy gowns, you would be mistaken. The face behind the handle loves men’s scented fragrances and even wears Old Spice.
From men’s scents to Jacqueline Kennedy to Korea, Bearman had us captivated by her every word so read on and snoop around her clutch to learn all things Oscar PR Girl.»1 month ago
Beauty Fix: How to do a frizz-free blowout on the most humid of days and more answers to your beauty questions
Every week our Beauty Fix columnist takes on your questions about makeup, skincare, hair and more. Have a beauty question we haven’t answered? Email us at email@example.com.
How do I make my at-home blowout frizz-free in the summer?
Something key to remember is that the environment in which you blowdry your hair has a large impact on how your hair will react to heat styling. It’s advisable to blowdry your hair in a dry environment, i.e. not the bathroom you just steamed up with your shower! Next, make sure your hair is actually completely dry when you have completed the blowout. Any damp areas are likely to react to the air temperatures around you, which seldom results in smooth strands. Always finish hair with an anti-humidity spray, such as Oribe Imperméable Anti-humidity Spray ($44, at Donato Salon & Spa), which utilizes copolymer technology to shield hair from the impact of humidity, and also contains a UV filter to protect hair.
I’m not comfortable going without foundation, but on a hot day my oily skin makes it a challenge to keep my foundation in place. Any recommendations?
This is a common problem for so many people, especially when seasons change. I think anyone can relate to feeling a bit naked with no makeup applied on a day-to-day basis, but there’s no need to throw in the towel just yet. With the right products, your makeup won’t be melting off your face much longer! Enlist a mattifying primer like Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector ($44, sephora.ca), to your routine. It’s silicon-free (no heavy feeling on the skin), and contains EverMat, a trademarked formula that works to control sebum production while tightening pores—all good things! Once that’s settled into your skin (give it a minute or two), apply Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation ($64, sephora.ca) to the areas you feel you need coverage the most. This particular foundation is a liquid-to-powder formula that dries down to a velvety finish without looking dull or flat, and contains anti-aging ingredients, which are certainly welcomed if you are wearing foundation on a daily basis.
I feel like my eyeshadow looks fine when I apply it, but then it doesn’t really have as much impact after a few hours. How do I fix this?
First of all, you should definitely be using an eyeshadow primer whenever you want your shadow to go the distance for you. Once your primer is applied, reach for something that will add dimension to your overall look—the more dimension, the more impact! Chanel Stylo Eyeshadows ($36 each, at Chanel counters) are an intriguing new range of shimmer cream shadows in stick format. These bright pigments will add a bit of shine to your eye makeup routine and the application is sublime. The texture and consistency will cool your lids when gliding onto skin but the colour will not budge once set—so you’ll pleased with how they perform during the sticky-heat of summer months.
I understand properly cleansing skin is important, but wipes don’t really cut it on my lazy days. How can I still cleanse my face without a slew of steps to complete?
I think a lot of people can relate to this sentiment! Everyone wants camera-ready skin, but to actually take care of skin properly requires a significant amount of effort, time and consideration of products and practices used! I’ve never been a fan of quick cleansing with facial wipes, because they never seem to really take everything off my skin, so I turn to the next best thing: a multi-functioning cleanser, which serves as a makeup remover, cleanser and toner in one. A favourite is Estée Lauder Perfectly Clean Triple-Action Cleanser ($32, esteelauder.ca), because the airy foam is remarkably effective in removing makeup—long-lasting formulas included. This cleanser does so without stripping skin, as it contains a complex of blue algae (which is vitamin- and mineral-rich), Zinc PCA (which controls oil production) and milk thistle (which adds moisture to the skin).
I gravitate towards green fragrances, but would love something new for summer. Any suggestions?4 days ago
Always! I think it’s important to expand your olfactory horizons little by little with each fragrance that you engage in. Try something that’s more citrus than green in terms of freshness, so it won’t be a complete compromise for what you already have an inclination towards using. I recommend L’Occitane Thé Verte & Bigarade ($75, loccitane.ca), which is a new scent that you will reach for constantly, starring orange essential oil from Tunisia and green tea extract from Japan, resulting in a bright, fresh fragrance that is delightful on anyone. (Bonus: this fragrance is actually unisex!)
It’s only day three of the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival and the glamour just keeps on coming. In keeping with the trends we saw throughout this year’s award season, many shades of champagne are coming down the Cannes red carpet. Standing out from the set are two raven-haired stars, Eva Longoria and Rooney Mara. Donning different styles of form-fitting gowns at their respective Cannes events, both of these leading ladies flaunted their amazing figures and classic beauty on the red carpet.
Though she was not the star of today’s premiere of Le Passe (The Past), Eva Longoria definitely knows how to make an entrance at the Grand Palais at Cannes Film Festival. As one of the brand ambassadors of L’Oréal Paris, Longoria looked every bit of a golden girl in a heavily embroidered gold gown by Zuhair Murad, from the Spring 2013 Couture collection. Complete with a floor-sweeping train and a low cut back, the ex-Desperate Housewives actress gracefully worked the red carpet showing off her toned back (and her Celtic tattoo!) while posing for the cameras. Allowing her intricately designed dress to steal the spotlight, she finished off her look with cat eyes and neutral pink lips, with her hair tied back in a low ponytail.
Besides the film premieres and photo calls, the Cannes Film Festival also hosts a number of parties, including last night’s Calvin Klein Women In Film party. Right on the heels of being named the face of Calvin Klein’s new fragrance, Rooney Mara celebrated with the fashion house alongside Carey Mulligan and Nicole Kidman. Departing from her usual all-black or all-white dress code, the Academy Award nominee surprised us in a simple-yet-elegant champagne-coloured cocktail dress by Calvin Klein and a pair of Prada peep toe nude heels. She accessorized with a simple Jennifer Meyer bracelet on her forearm. With her hair slicked back into a neat bun and a touch of pink on her lips, Mara shared a softer and more feminine side we hope to see more of.1 day ago
Topshop has launched a music festival style collection with Kate Bosworth: See all 21 Topshop Festival items now
Just in time for this summer’s music festival season, Topshop is launching an interactive campaign called Topshop Festival. Inspired by the energy of the ever-growing popularity of British music festivals and its fashion, the campaign includes music, movies and, of course, must-have products. Even better, Topshop turned to Kate Bosworth—a Coachella devotee who’s always embraced the festival fashion trend—to help create some items for the collection. It’s not a collaboration, per say, but more of a Bosworth-approved edit of the Topshop Festival collection.
Working with the Topshop design team, Bosworth created items that extend the actress’s style and work hand in hand with the Topshop brand. The special 21-piece collection consists of signature pieces ranging from neon printed shorts, fur lined vests, gladiator sandals and even feathered wings. And before you click through to our gallery of all the Topshop Festival items—you may have already seen them: Bosworth wore many of the items at this year’s Coachella festival.
If acquiring Kate Bosworth’s impeccable festival style is not exciting enough, the actress also stars in a short interactive film that will launch on Topshop.com. The interaction is the best part: every item Bosworth is wearing in the film can be clicked, shared and purchased! Now that’s taking shopping to a whole new level. And for Toronto-based fans of festival style, select pieces from the collection are now available at Topshop Queen Street and Yorkdale.1 day ago
Rooney Mara has once again teamed up with David Fincher, but this time it’s for a campaign for Calvin Klein’s newest women’s fragrance, Downtown Calvin Klein. Described as a perfume for “women that live by their own rules,” Mara’s no-nonsense persona and demure, moody looks make her a natural choice for the face of the brand.
The perfume—which is described as a balance of feminine woodsy scents with soft floral notes—hits counters in July, just as the Fincher-directed campaign will debut on television screens across the country. Mara and Fincher have worked together on both The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and The Social Network and the short film for Downtown Calvin Klein will have a similar cinematic appeal. The black and white campaign (which is set to Yeah Yeah Yeahs song “Runaway”) shows Mara traversing through New York City and “living in her own world, breaking away from the ‘expected.’”
But until it debuts, the only glimpse we have is through the Downtown Calvin Klein campaign image, which shows Mara with slicked back hair, a subtle smoky eye and—in keeping with the season’s trend—velvety smooth skin.1 day ago
Lana mania continues! As our Summer Issue hits stands, we’re celebrate our cover girl Lana Del Rey yet again with all 7 stunning shots from our epic photo shoot in Malibu.1 day ago
ALWAYS IN FASHION
26 Letter from the editor
30 Behind the scenes
32 Letters from our readers
36 NEWS Banana Republic heads to the Hamptons, Ferragamo says buongiorno Toronto, Comme des Garçons has a heart-to-heart with Converse and Louis Vuitton’s latest little luxury.
38 FLASHPOINT Stylish women across Canada step out in tropical hues and all-over prints.
42 EXCLUSIVE Bernadette Morra travels to Scotland to uncover the blustery inspiration behind Chanel’s pre-Fall tweeds and tartans.
46 Q&A Fashion fantasy and pint-sized couture: Enter Viktor & Rolf’s designer funhouse with Sarah Casselman.
50 WEDDING Swathed in a custom-made haute couture gown, designer Tanya Taylor ties the knot in a fairytale setting.
54 SWIMWEAR From retro one-pieces to nouveau print bikinis, five Canadian swim labels prove why they’re seaworthy.
60 RUNWAY This bud’s for you: Fresh floral prints have sprouted on the ready-to-wear scene.
63 THE LIST Get packing! Your guide to summer event dressing and beach-ready swim trends hot off the runways.
78 THE FIX A toe-transforming pedicure; multicolour mascaras; next-level beach waves; what’s new in sunscreens; and more.
82 MAGNIFIED Examining the neon-lipped “ethereal athlete” look on Missoni’s Spring 2013 runway.
84 FRAGRANCE Three classic summer scents and the beaches that inspired them all.
86 BODY Both a buzzword and a burden, cellulite has been occupying our consciousness since the ’70s—so what’s changed?
90 ESSAY A bucket, a Daisy and a cabinful of campmates: Olivia Stren recalls her vaguely traumatizing
94 EXCLUSIVE A new skincare-infused foundation doesn’t just sit there on your face; it earns its keep.
98 SKIN Taking up the fight against stress-related skin damage, a new salve acts like a tension ball for your skin.
100 FRAGRABCE In tribute to the epicentre of France’s perfume industry, a new collection of scents captures the smells and spirit of Grasse.
107 VOICES Many Canadians can’t wait to bare their legs and shoulders to the sun, but for a growing number of women, showing skin is complicated.
112 RX Hothouse workout wear and gadgets to get you moving outdoors culture
115 INTERVIEW Fashion photographer Jeff Burton reimagines the rose.
116 JETSETTER The most stunning places to stay in South Africa, Nicaragua, Los Angeles and Palm Springs.
128 ROUNDUP The best festivals, books, films and music of the season.
138 CENTRAL AIR Photographed by Gabor Jurina.
148 LANIA MANIA Inside the sensual world of Lana Del Rey, pop music’s queen of sadcore. Photographed by Mark Williams and Sara Hirakawa.
159 IT GIRL Chanel PR coordinator Géraldine Eckhart oozes Parisian chic in Montreal this summer.
160 NOTES The coolest names and stores to know across the country.
174 FOCUS Our guide to the splashiest swimwear and beachy-keen extras across Canada.
192 BUY IT Where to buy everything in this issue.
194 PATRIOT LOVE A detailed look at a summery ensemble in a tricked-out textile by Montreal-based label Tavan & Mitto.
A Muslim who works at Bikini Village– what could be more Canadian than that?
When we asked writer Maryam Siddiqi to talk to women about how they balance fashion and faith (“Feel the Heat,” page 107), little did we know the stories she would uncover.
A Brazilian who moved to Montreal and converted from sleeveless and strings to Orthodox Judaism. An Ontario woman who dons different outfits for her parents, in-laws, husband and friends. Clearly summer, for some, is complicated…far beyond deciding whether your new sandals should be gladiators or platforms.
The other eye-opener in this issue is how much success Canadian designers have had selling swimwear. In “Catch the Wave” (page 54), senior editor Sarah Casselman profiles five brands making a splash on the international scene—led by Montreal’s Shan, which has 125 employees and distribution in more than 25 countries. We’ve also aimed to make your swimsuit shopping smoother with market editor Caitlan Moneta’s roundup of the best new suits (“Bathing Beauties,” page 72) and our Focus guide to the country’s swimwear retailers (page 174).
And don’t miss our two powerhouse fashion spreads. “Central Air” (page 138) sets breezy dresses and vibrant prints against the diverse beauty of Nicaragua. And “Lana Mania” (page 148) stars the compelling Lana Del Rey, who endured a 4:30 a.m. wake-up call to start hair and makeup for our 10-page story. Del Rey was a total pro, eating her lunch of spaghetti and chocolate milk alongside our team, and hanging in till her interview with features editor Elio Iannacci wrapped at 6:30 p.m.
That’s just one example of the long days that went into this issue. Please let us know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org days ago
This season it’s all about the statement lip. Moving away from the darker hues of fall, designer after designer sent models down the spring runways wearing vibrant shades of lip colour. From Prada to Rochas to Dries Van Noten, the statement lip was certainly the beauty statement of the season.
When done right, the statement lip can look stunning, but it can be tricky to find the right colour for your skin tone. And when you’ve found that perfect colour, how do you make sure it stays on all day (or night) long? Luckily, with a little help from the Beauty Panel, we have all the tips and tricks you’ll need to find the best lipstick out there—and to keep it on your lips.
Challenge 11: The statement lip is a big trend this season. How do you make your lipstick colour stand out and last? See the answers now! »
Colour-wise, bright-pink, fuchsia and coral tones top the list of the best lipsticks to try this season, with Maybelline’s new Vivids collection and Obessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ bright liptars appearing in many of our panelist’s answers. If you’re already well-versed in wearing bold lipstick colours, why not take your look to the next level with an ombré application? Bold n Beautiful Makeup’s Janella Panchamsingh, Alison Leong from Alison*Elle and Tess Lopez from Makeup By Tess all show you how to apply two colours at once for an on-trend look. Plus, Sandra D Sobon from Moms Makeup Stash has a great tip on how to ensure easy application of bold lipstick colours. Ready to read about the best lipsticks and bright colours for spring? Read on.
Have a beauty question you want to see the panel answer? Send it our way at email@example.com. Read on for the answers to this week’s challenge and for more goodness, get to know all contributors on our Beauty Panel hub page.
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It’s the second day of the Cannes Film Festival and the glamour continues on the red carpet with the premiere of Sofia Coppola’s film The Bling Ring. Though Emma Watson does not play the main character of the film, she definitely took centre stage turning heads today at her first Cannes 2013 event. Donning two different outfits for day and night, the Brit actress effortlessly pulls off both her looks.
At The Bling Ring photo call earlier today, Emma Watson, who showed no signs of her alter ego Nicki, wore a burgundy outfit by Christopher Kane, which consisted of a burgundy crop top with feather trimmings and a matching skirt from Kane’s Fall 2013 collection. Watson showcased her natural beauty by keeping her makeup at a minimal and hair tied back in a neat bun. She finished off the look with a pair of sky-high black suede stilettos.
Although The Bling Ring cast appeared to be dressed in a similar black and white theme for the evening premiere, this ex-wizard worked her magic on the red carpet. Playfully blowing kisses at the cameras, Watson changed into a form fitting floor-length Chanel gown with a black sequined bodice and an ivory white skirt. Following her earlier beauty routine, she kept her hair and makeup simple and accessorized with three simple cartilage earrings.2 days ago