While those of those on the east coast were trying our best to keep out of the humidity, Alberta’s fest-ready were embracing the sunny kickoff of the annual Calgary Stampede. The 103-year-old tradition brings together an eclectic mix of Native, western and Canadian traditions making it a natural spotting zone for great street style.
This year, we teamed up with the folks at Free People to capture the most stylish moments from the Calgary Stampede. From lace dresses paired with vintage boots to distressed denim mixed with plaid, this year’s Stampede was a perfect destination for catching smokin’ street style snaps. Beauty wise, loose waves and braids were a favourite among Stampede goers, and cool sunglasses made a statement in almost every outfit- completing the laid back summer vibe.
Browse the gallery below to check out our favourite shots of the action.
Do I even need to do this? Is it a statement if I don’t? Maybe I genuinely enjoy removing patches of hair off my body. Maybe I’m not so much conforming to standards of beauty as I am masochistically enjoying a rainy Sunday afternoon. People used to go to church, now they do this. I do this.
I do this because I’m a wom-human being and I enjoy grooming myself. Monkeys groom. Cats groom. So many species groom. To pamper is to be one with nature. It isn’t an act of superficiality, it’s determinism.
No one cares about my face or if I wax it. I’m the only person who will ever notice. Not true: gay men usually tend to notice. But what does it even mean when a gay man notices your facial hair? Is it a compliment, secretly? It doesn’t matter. This is about my personal, subjective opinion, which is definitely not influenced by my social atmosphere.
My nervous system is about to detect pain, am I ready for that? Am I ready?
You know who had a great moustache though? Frida Kahlo. I could be like Frida. Or JD Samson. She is hawt.
It feels ritualistic, really. My mom and my aunt would beckon me to the wax pot and we would gather around it like witches. Just like how they beckoned me to the piercing gun and blasted holes into my four-year-old head, (what a fascinating anthropological scene!) They passed this wax pot down to me and now I must fulfill their legacy. Every three months/whenever I remember I have it, I must pour burning hot liquid onto my face and surrender to the pain.
You know what the real problem is? I don’t have ENOUGH facial hair. It’s too thick to go unnoticed but too sparse to feel truly inspired. How can I achieve such dermatological tenacity? Change my diet? Supplements?
Maybe someday I will produce thicker facial hair but for now I’m stirring a vat of wax with a Popsicle stick, ready for takeoff.
Should I do a countdown? No, just get it over with.
Three… Don’t think about it, just do it, go!
Wow, look at all those beautiful hair follicles. I’m like a farmer harvesting crops of… my upper lip.
It’s gotta get done. You’re disgusting. You’re ancestors were disgusting and now you’re disgusting. There’s no way to not-be-disgusting unless you RIIIIPPPPPP a hundred hairs off your face.
Someday humans will be totally unrecognizable.
How should I do my eyebrows? I never know how to shape them. My eyebrows don’t even look real. They’re so arched they look like caricatures of eyebrows- permanently surprised. What if I had super thin eyebrows, like a chola? Maybe I should just remove all of my eyebrows and paint them on instead. Would that be so terrible? I could find out. I’ve never done it before. Either way it would be an experience. I’d learn from it. Grow from it…
I don’t care. I’m spending way too much time in here. This is why it’s maybe good to go to an esthetician. LOL. My control issues though.
Patches of hair in the shape of Japan. That didn’t even hurt. It’s amazing how many nerve endings there are around the lips compared to the forehead. It’s amazing how tweezing seems to hurt way more than waxing. What mystery and wonder is this short life. The feeling of reward as I stare at this canvas strip full of hair is paramount. God is real.]]>
With Canada and the U.S. in holiday mode last week, Europe got most of the celebrity action. The Magic Mike XXL posse began its European leg of the tour (wardrobe A-game in tow, naturally), while Paris Fall 2015 Couture week kicked off this past weekend. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was the talk of the show, when she arrived in a barely-there dress inspired by the designs shown on the Atelier Versace Fall 2015 runway. Miu Miu also caused quite a stir, with the unveiling of its Croisiere 2016 collection and celebration of its first-ever fragrance at the makeshift “Miu Miu Club.” Hollywood darlings like Amber Heard, Elizabeth Olsen and Kiernan Shipka all showed up at the fête, dressed in the best of Miu Miu (and Prada).
Across the chunnel, London hosted the Serpentine Gallery’s annual summer party, where a Louis Vuitton-clad Kate Hudson rubbed shoulders with the artistic crowd. One of the night’s hosts, Christopher Kane, dressed Alexa Chung and Poppy Delevingne. While Chung looked lovely in the “Couples Lovers” lace dress, Delevingne stepped out in a sultry sheer look from the same collection. And speaking of a Delevingne, Cara is still busy promoting her most recent film Paper Towns. Yesterday, the model/actress continued her leggy ensemble streak down under and worked a Dion Lee look paired with a sleek hairstyle and striking orange eyeshadow.]]>
On Sunday June 5th the adorable Princess Charlotte was baptized at Church of St Mary Magdalene. It was the first time all four members of the Royal Family were seen out together, and they were all certainly dressed for the occasion. The Princess was dressed in a custom handmade gown of Honiton lace (the same worn by Prince George), lined with satin made by Queen Elizabeth II’s dressmaker, Angela Kelly. Prince George wore a smocked set by Rachel Riley, identical to the outfit his father wore to meet Prince Harry in 1984. And speaking of throw-backs, the retro black and silver pram carrying Charlotte to the church in Norfolk was also used in the past for the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Royal outing without an incredibly fashionable appearance by Kate Middleton. The Duchess of Cambridge wore a bespoke Alexander McQueen cream coatdress, paired with a cream hat by milliner Jane Taylor. Kate also selected her Russell & Bromley 5th Avenue shoes and accessorized with her Mappin & Webb Empress Pendant and matching Empress Drop Earrings. Pippa Middleton also looked fabulous for the occasion, wearing an Emilia Wickstead dress.
In addition to the stunning style choices and cute family photos, we also got to hear an exciting announcement from the Royal parents. Princess Charlotte’s godparents were announced: Adam Middleton, Laura Fellowes, James Meade, Sophia Carter, and Thomas van Straubenzee, an assortment and friends and relatives of the Duke and Ducchess. Though they all have their individual ties to the parents, royal commentator Victoria Arbiter noted that all the godparents share a similar bond with Will and Kate, and that “each has a long, in some cases life-long connection to William or Kate. Trust and loyalty are at the core.”
Not only were the godparents happy to wish Princess Charlotte and her parents the best on this special occasion, but thousands of Brits from the Norfolk area also arrived at the church to catch a glimpse of the Royal Family. This was the first time such a senior member of the Royal Family’s christening involved the public in any way, and it was much more publicized than Prince George’s in 2013. From donning a designer gown to being loved by fans and photographers alike, it looks like little Princess Charlotte is already following in her mother’s footsteps.
In between primping and posing, Gadot opened up to features editor Elio Iannacci on her iconic role, the plethora of films that she’s starring in and her thoughts on attaining that whole work-life-balance thing. Here’s a sneak peak of the story, which drops on newsstands on July 13, 2015.
On being Wonder Woman:
“Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d grow up to be in a movie playing someone who influenced as many women as she has.”
On her time serving in the military:
“The army wasn’t that difficult for me. The military gave me good training for Hollywood.”
On striving for the best:
“Nowadays being a woman is hard, because we have to be the best wife, best mother, best worker, best everything!”
On her approach to acting:
“I always think about how I would behave if I were in their shoes.”
Fashion has been experiencing a serious case of nostalgia of late, with designers throwing back to everyone from Cher to Cher Horowitz on the runways this season. While psychedelic prints prevail at House of Holland, Emilio Pucci and Jeremy Scott‘s Spring 2015 shows, a fondness for ’90s is still going strong at Calvin Klein and Marques Almeida.
Topshop will be continuing the nostalgic trend, delving into its own back pages to offer affordable fashion pieces from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. Inspired by the brand’s original designs, Topshop Archive will feature a collection of 33 limited edition pieces reissued from a vast collection of irreverently cool British pieces. Classic ’70s smock dresses return for lazy summer days, prom gowns bring back the ‘80s, while a ‘90s lurex halter dress and maxi rave coat complete a collection of cult classics reborn for a new generation.
Ironically enough, Topshop Archive will combine our generation’s love of vintage clothes and modern technology with the collection’s social campaign, #BringThatBack, encouraging shoppers to post images across social media of their most-loved Topshop pieces for the chance to, you know, bring them back.
The collection ranges from $40 to $140 CAD and will be available globally on July 23rd 2015 and in Canada at Topshop at Hudson’s Bay Yorkdale and Vancouver Downtown stores.
Browse the gallery below for a sneak peek at Topshop’s Archive collection.]]>
Unless we’re talking about cosmetic waters (aka essences), H20 doesn’t really have our back. Sure, we like it when it means our skin is hydrated, or when we want that wet hair look. But in those cases it’s on our terms. When it isn’t, it can be a beauty bully; in the form of sweat, tears, humidity or rain, water makes short work of our beauty efforts. It’s why anti-frizz products and long-wear makeup exist. And don’t even get us started on sunscreen. “Reapply after swimming” is the fine print written on every sunscreen bottle ever. That’s because water breaks down sun protection, leaving us exposed after a dip.
But apparently water wants back in our good books. As evidenced with a crop of products designed for use in the shower, and a sunscreen that actually works better after a swim.
See the shower beauty products that you need to try below.]]>
Miranda Kerr has teamed up with Swarovski to create a collection with the jewellery brand. The Australian model has been the face of the brand since 2013 but this is the first time she has dabbled in the design side of things. “It’s such a wonderful opportunity to be able to work with a brand that I know and that has such a strong history and has all of these amazing resources, and the technology and the experience,” Kerr told WWD.
The collection consists of two lines, Diapason and Duo. The Diapason line focuses heavily on more classic and romantic designs and Duo is more about layering and creating your own look with multiple pieces. Duo is also divided into categories: Brilliance, Love, Joy, Spirit, Strength, and Grace, with symbols to reflect each mantra. “Every symbol in the collection is very important and personal to me,” said Kerr. One such symbol is the evil eye, which is the model’s favourite and represents “living your life with confidence.” Kerr will also appear in the ad campaign, which will be shot by Inez & Vinoodh.
The line will be available in Swarovski stores worldwide starting Fall 2015 (just in time to make everyone’s holiday wish lists) and will range from $69 to $299.]]>
A couple weeks ago, makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic posted a photo of a child decked out in makeup on Instagram, and people weren’t happy.
“My future daughter #SoCute,” he captioned, inspiring a choir of commenters to remind him that children don’t need makeup, that makeup on children is a type of abuse (let’s dial it down), and that children wearing makeup is ultimately criminal. Is the little girl wearing too much makeup? I personally think so. But I also think our relationship with makeup varies depending on our experiences with it, as well as how we grew up viewing it.
I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup for a very long time. As far as my parents were concerned, even at 12 I was too young, and I had my whole life to wear makeup, so too bad. To me, this was nonsense, so I reacted accordingly.
Whenever my best friend and I got dropped off at the mall, we’d go into Zellers and buy all the Lip Smackers we could find. The Dr. Pepper colour was slightly tinted (therefore becoming my favourite because it was technically tinted balm), and after breaking down that first barrier with my mom and dad, I eventually graduated to nail polish, as long as it was clear, which I embraced happily.
But what confused me was that my relationship with makeup wasn’t always so controversial. When I was little, my aunts would do my makeup at my grandparents’ place for fun, and it was “cute” and “hilarious” and I got attention, which I loved because attention is great. When my mom did her makeup, I sat in the bathroom and watched her, enamoured with her powders and eyeshadows, and excited for the day I could also wear perfume-smelling blush like a real grown-ass lady.
But things change in your tweens, especially when you become particularly self-conscious and worry that like the girls around you, maybe you should also be wearing lipstick. After all, “it was the nineties.” And if movies and TV I also wasn’t allowed to watch (but watched at neighbours’ houses when I could because #YOLO) taught me anything, it was a really great time for dark, matte hues. Also, boys seemed to like the girls wearing dark, matte hues, and I wanted them to like me, too. Which meant makeup had become less a fun, cool thing, and more “the thing I need to wear to become a woman worthy of male attention.” Woof.
So finally, when I was 13, the embargo lifted. I was a teenager. My youth had been preserved, and my parents rescinded. I could wear tinted lipstick without fear, and invest in coloured nail polish (especially with sparkles because it was 1998), and I could even pick up a compact. I was a woman, according to me, and easily mistakable for my heroes Sabrina Spellman and/or Emily from Student Bodies because of my poise and sophistication. Also, boys kind of talked to me, sort of. My Bonne Bell cosmetics were doing the trick.
Unfortunately, as tween years morph into teen years, my self esteem, like many girls’, collapsed. Now, clinging to the power of being able to wear whatever makeup I liked, I wore all of it all the time: dark lipstick, caked-on foundation, eyeliner, eyeshadow. I felt pretty-ish, but I also felt I was doing what I had to do. I thought boys would like me if I wore makeup. Even though some overtly told me that I shouldn’t wear as much. (Those kinds of boys are what we call “total dicks.”)
It took me well into my twenties to find a balanced relationship with makeup, mostly because we tend to preach “less is more” despite some of us simply enjoying lipstick, eyeshadow, or whatever it is you want to wear. By the time I realized I liked wearing makeup because putting makeup on is fun (meaning: I now separated makeup from the male gaze), I was 27 and very tired. Finally, I realized there are too many things to worry about as an adult in general, so whether or not a guy likes my lipstick is not one of them.
But part of me wonders if my relationship with makeup would’ve been different had it been a thing I was allowed to experiment with during my formative years. Until I wasn’t allowed to have it, I saw makeup as part of a ritual; as a way of bonding with other women, or having fun with colours or “getting ready.” Maybe in an attempt to preserve my childhood, the makeup embargo propelled me into a misunderstanding of how cosmetics are viewed and used. They don’t have to be about covering up “flaws” or making yourself conventional-looking—you can use makeup to express and/or arm yourself, too. I didn’t learn that until 15 years after I started using it.
So while Dedivanovic’s photo made me uncomfortable, what makes me most uncomfortable is the shame we’re throwing at the photo’s subject. To us, she’s a little girl masquerading as a woman. But to her, she may have had a blast playing dress-up one afternoon, and hasn’t thought about it since. Maybe her parents have already taught her that makeup is about dressing up and having fun. Maybe she’ll avoid the bear trap of “camouflaging one’s flaws.” Maybe she’s going to have a healthy relationship with cosmetics and her own self-worth. Maybe we just quit policing altogether because all we’ve seen is one photo.]]>
Being photographed in your swimsuit requires nerves of steel, but for two Canadian-born swimwear models, it’s just another day at the office. Kim Cloutier has appeared in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit while Justine LeGault shines in plus-size retailer Lane Bryant’s #ImNoAngel campaign. We asked these mermaids to dish on all things water world.
How soon after you started modelling did you become known for your lingerie and swim work?
“One of my first jobs was for swimwear label Angela Jones. I hadn’t been modelling very long and I didn’t want to do any lingerie or swim. I was more comfortable with swim because in my mind it was OK. With lingerie, I had a difficult time putting myself in front of the camera for everyone to see.”
Do you have to work hard to keep your body in swimsuit shape?
“I’m naturally thin, but if I eat whatever I want and don’t work out then my body’s not ready for a shoot. I watch what I eat once in a while, but I don’t go crazy either—I do love eating. When I’m in New York, I box and work out. When I’m not in town, I carry my jump rope.”
Have you ever lost a modelling job because you were too slim?
“I’ve lost one because I was too big.”
Too big on top or too big in general?
“Too big in general. When I first started modelling, food was my comfort when I was away from home. I gained a little weight and I lost jobs because of that. My breasts are larger than most models, and I’ve lost some jobs because of that, too.”
Does Kim Cloutier like her body?
“Like everyone, you can always find something to work on. I’m happy with what I have; I wouldn’t change it.”
You appeared in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. What was that experience like?
“It’s one of the best shoots. The exposure is ridiculous. There are two red carpet events. There are autograph signings. Your name is on every picture that you’re in. That never happens! It can open a lot of doors.”
You’re in Adam Sandler’s new movie “Cobbler.” How would you compare being in a major film with appearing in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit?
“I’m older now so I appreciated the movie more. Sports Illustrated was amazing, but for the red carpet events I was nervous to talk to people. I spoke English but wasn’t really bilingual.”
Have you ever had a negative body image experience on set?
“When I was younger, an agent grabbed my love handles and told me, ‘You could lose a little bit of weight.’ I’m not with them anymore.”
Do you have to prep any differently for a swim shoot?
“Not really. Maybe I work out a bit harder if I know I have a swim shoot coming up. But I’ve found my balance—everything in moderation.”
How many swimsuits do you own?
“I only have three.”
What’s your go-to swimsuit when you’re going away?
“My purple triangle bikini.”
Has your body changed at all since you started modelling?
“I’m in better shape now than I was when I was 20. It’s usually the opposite.”
If the Mad Men series had continued on into the ‘80s, there surely would have been an episode where Joan folds her curves into a Donna Karan bodysuit.
Karan’s abrupt exit this week from the company she founded in 1984 brings the second dawn of fashion feminism to an official close. The first was when Coco Chanel liberated women from corsets.
LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, which bought Karan’s brand for $243 million US in 2001, announced that the Donna Karan label will fold, but DKNY will live on under streetwear darlings Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow, founders of Public School.
Back in the ‘80s, before Casual Fridays opened the door to T-shirts and capris, everyone dressed up for work. As more women began climbing the corporate ladder, they (and others grasping for the lower rungs) did so in modified menswear. If you were hell-bent on a career, your closet was filled with suits that were stiff and structured. Tailored shoulders and peaked lapels sent a solid message: I mean business.
Then along came Karan with her 7 easy pieces—a mix and match concept that offered comfort and practicality, without sacrificing seriousness.
Her crepe jackets, skirts and trousers had a soft fluidity and were layered over bodysuits and opaque tights inspired by dance leotards. Her version of corporate dressing had an ease of movement that allowed women to feel sleek and sexy—a new form of empowerment that, before Karan, did not exist. She brought luxury to the boardroom, not “look at me” ostentation, but the silent satisfaction that comes from feeling the finest cashmere against your skin.
We’ve come a long way from needing to dress like men in order to be taken seriously at work. But Karan was the first designer to really get that women were busy and ambitious, because as a mother and a designer, she was too.]]>
At midnight last night, Rihanna released the highly anticipated video for BBHMM and reminded us that there’s nothing she can’t do. Literally. Like, she may murder you. The video is directed by Rihanna and Megaforce, and features nudity, murder and fun yacht parties. Remember when we thought the We Found Love and Pour It Up videos were wild? LOL. R.I.P to our innocence.
It’s worth noting that the BBHMM video happened to be released on the same day that she was named the best-selling digital artist of all time by the Recording Industry Association of America, making it a truly crazy 24 hours for Rih. And for her fans! (Are you emotionally exhausted? Same.)
Browse the gallery below to see the best moments from Rihanna’s BBHMM video and learn why you should never make badgalriri madgalriri.]]>
Anyone who watched Revenge knows that Ashley Davenport might have been a social climber but she also had killer style (hello, Lanvin and Alaïa). Lucky for Ashley Madekwe, who played Davenport in the series, the latter wasn’t much of a stretch for the 31-year-old Brit actress, as she routinely flexes her sartorial muscle on red carpets and on her style blog, Ring My Bell.
We caught up with Madekwe to talk about her recent collaboration with Reebok and cult cosmetics brand FACE Stockholm (#ReebokClassicxFaceStockholm). Available at select retailers worldwide and on reebok.com starting July 1st, the limited edition collection features the brand’s classic styles (Freestyle Hi, Classic Leather and Princess Spirit) with a bright, bold update thanks to FACE Stockholm’s palette of shimmering metallics, colour-block pastels and noir brushstroke designs that mirror mascara. Madekwe’s love of sneakers and street style make her the ideal choice for this starring role. Something tells us we’re going to be seeing a lot more of this gorge up-and-comer, so we’ve created an Ashley Madekwe cheat sheet to keep you in the know.
1. Her first acting gig was at 16.
“It was a film called Storm Damage for BBC. My mom didn’t want me to work until I was old enough not to have a chaperone.”
2. She just celebrated her third wedding anniversary with husband (and Salem co-star) Iddo Goldberg.
“We’re good friends, we really enjoy each other. I think that’s important—and talking! Communication is key.”
3. She has a style blog called Ring My Bell.
“I do a little bit of beauty, like what’s in my bag right now and what I’m using for skincare, but usually I just keep people up to date with what I’m wearing.”
4. A strong red lip is her beauty signature.
“It’s my favourite thing to do to amp up a look. FACE Stockholm has a great shade called Express—it’s matte but doesn’t dry out your lips at all.”
5. She is a serious sneakerhead.
“I used to work in a sneaker shop called Offspring on Carnaby Street in London for a couple of years. I was one of the only girls working there. I know how to style my sneakers because of that.”
6. She loves to rock an LBD with her trainers.
“I think we all love to be comfortable, secretly. I wore a little black dress and Reebok white classics at The Reebok Classic x FACE Stockholm launch event and I was so comfortable all night.”
7. She’s embraced the L.A. lifestyle.
“I love to go hiking and I love doing Pilates. Now when I’m traveling I do Ballet Beautiful workout videos in my hotel room. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten more athletic.”
8. Daniel Day Lewis is her dream co-star.
“He would be the ultimate. Everybody is on their A-game when he’s on set.”
9. She is a theatre geek at heart.
“It’s been a while since I’ve been on stage so I’d love to do a play next. I’d love to play Lady Macbeth—I don’t know what that says about me.”
Browse the gallery below to see Ashley Madekwe’s Reebok Classic x FACE Stockholm campaign.]]>
Read on to hear Cyndi Lauper’s take on painful footwear, her respect for Donald Trump, and Joni Mitchell drag queens.
So you’re launching the M4D3 collection and you also wrote most of the music and lyrics for the musical Kinky Boots. Do you have a favourite pair of shoes?
CL: I have a pair of Michael Kors wedges that have slats. I also like the new sandals I got because they’re comfortable. Some shoes kill your feet, but those are comfy. These don’t kill your feet either. (Cyndi points at her shoes. She’s wearing a precarious pair of six-inch red wedges with a talon-like heel.)
That’s incredible. Do you have a favourite shoe designer that you’re obsessed with?
I love Miuccia. She’s made some good ones that I like. Miu Miu, Prada. Manolo of course, you always have to go back to that. As I get on in life, I feel that some men who design shoes that really hurt should be forced to wear them for 8 hours, and then come back to the drawing board.
The shoes in the M4D3 collection look super comfortable. How did the collaboration between M4D3 and True Colours come about?
We were looking to sell something to help the [True Colors] fund. Everybody else sells vitamin water or something. I don’t know anything about vitamin water, but I do like shoes. So I think it was through Lisa [Barbaris, Cyndi’s manager]. All of a sudden they were showing me prototypes. I was like, “Can you switch this?” I thought it was cool. They’re a walking shoe. People should walk.
Were you involved in the designing?
Yeah. I said, “I want a shoe I would actually wear.” But you can’t go too crazy because you want them to be successful. You have to ask, “What’s going to be the most successful shoe?” Because you want to make money for True Colors. I like that denim sneaker, that’s my favourite.
Do you ever wear sneakers?
Yes, of course I do. The kind of sneakers I wear for walking are two sizes too big and they’re men’s shoes, so they look a little clown-y. My toes are long and everything always squashes my feet.
In the 80s, you were known for your wacky, awesome style. Would you say that your style has changed over time?
I think I’m very demure now. (Note: Cyndi has bright pink hair and is wearing a punk-inspired plaid blazer, leather skinny pants, and the aforementioned talon shoes.) I do not want to look conservative, in any way, shape, or form. But I think I look very demure.
You were one of the international grand marshals of the Pride parade that happened in Toronto this past weekend…
I [was]! I [went] as Marie Antoinette in her underwear.
Have you ever seen any Cyndi Lauper drag queens?
No, I haven’t actually. I’m not big like Tina Turner. There are a lot of Tina Turner drag queens. I did see a Joni Mitchell one once. They played dulcimer too. I almost died.
You’ve always been outspoken, whether it’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” or advocating for homeless queer youth. What inspired you to start the True Colors fund?
There was a need. [It’s estimated that 40% of homeless youth are LGBT.] Lisa and I were doing the True Colors tour, and at the end of the tour we realized that we just couldn’t leave everybody hanging. So we did the fund, and the kickoff for the fund was going on the Donald Trump show. That was a trip. That’s one good thing Donald Trump did. He supported the LGBT community by having me on and we won some money that we put towards the True Colors Fund.
What would you say has been the highlight of your career?
Winning the Tony, working with Harvey [Fierstein], that was a big thing. The Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. That was big because I always had to fight to get my own songs on my own album. So it was a big deal for them to recognize me as a songwriter. I don’t know if they recognized me as a songwriter because I won the Tony [for Best Original Score]. I was the first woman to win it. But who cares.
I know that Canada has a special place in your heart, and you spent some time here hitchhiking in your early 20s. Can you tell me a little more about that?
I was lucky. It was a fortunate time. I’m still alive. I wouldn’t recommend it for kids to go do it now, because it’s a different time. But I went to Canada to do a tree study with my dog. I went to find myself, to prove that I could do something. And after that I wound up moving to Vermont, which is not far from Canada. But the people here were always very kind to me. I wanted to become a resident, but I didn’t have anything and I didn’t know what the heck I was going to be.
Where is your favourite place that you’ve ever travelled?
Well I just came back from the south of France. That was pretty damn great. You’re going to think I’m so lame, but I always go back to New York. There’s no place like home.
Is there one thing you’d like to do that you haven’t done yet?
I would like to take a little trip with my son, just me and my son. I haven’t been able to do that yet. But we’ll see.
Kim Kardashian has just landed her most unexpected gig yet—weather girl. Thanks to the brilliant minds at BRAVÒ, you can now get a weather report for any city in the world, along with a photo of Kim Kardashian dressed for that specific temperature. The app, dubbed Kim.Guru, serves as both a URL thermometer and an outfit prompter (what more could a girl need?).
Curious as to what Kim would wear to a casual brunch in Paris, France? Probably a skintight pencil skirt and matching crop top, but just type in Paris (or any other place on earth, for that matter), and voila! You now have daily outfit inspiration from Kim Kardashian herself, according to what the weather’s like that day. In other words, you’ll never have a bad outfit day again. Sure, it is probably easier to dress for the weather when you can afford to buy a new outfit for every different day, city and weather condition, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a few style notes from the reality star when we’re getting dressed in the morning.
Browse the gallery below to see what Kim Kardashian (and you!) would wear in different cities around the world.]]>
Happy Cancer season! This time of year, in its most balanced expression, is about abundance, generosity, self-care, empathy, and tenderness. In its least balanced expression, Cancer season shows us a world where there is not enough for everyone. Practice generosity now because it is what will help to balance out the scales across our globe. I promise that if you extend yourself towards others you will find yourself equally supported in ways you may have never anticipated.
On the 25th, Venus will go retrograde. Like Mercury retrograde, this doesn’t actually mean the planet is moving backwards, only appearing to do so from our perspective because of the shape of the orbit. The symbolism of this time has been incredibly significant in the past several thousand years. It is a time to compost the old and unneeded aspects of ourselves, the parts that we don’t wish to carry forward as we become a new version of ourselves at the end of the retrograde. It is a time to descend into what seems deathly terrifying in order to return with a different kind of wisdom.
Illustrations by Stefanie Ayoub. Horoscopes by Aerin Fogel. For personal birth chart consultations, visit Aerin’s website.
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With Canada Day quickly approaching, we’ve got red accessories, fireworks and road trips on our minds. While being comfortable is a must if you plan on spending a few hours cooped up in a vehicle with your friends, it doesn’t mean that style needs to be sacrificed.
Whether you prefer a cozy pair of boyfriend jeans, a light dress, or a versatile outfit that can be worn from day to night, our Style Panel shows us how they pack for a stylish summer road trip.
Question 139: With Canada Day weekend quickly approaching, what are some of your favourite summer road trip essentials or outfit? Read the answers now! »]]>
Although we consider ourselves adventurous when it comes to things like the style choices and new foods, there are certain times when we play it safe. Like nail polish, for example. We tend to opt for the safe route and stick to shades of reds and nudes to save us from the potential hardship of a rushed polish change for a shade that better goes with an OOTD.
But as the inspirational quotes on our Instagram feed inform us, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” So it’s time to accept the fact that your polish might not always go with what you’re wearing, and that’s okay. In fact, the right shade can lend an unexpected element to your otherwise basic look.
And so, we’re highlighting five new designer nail polish shades that are cool, chic and seriously different from any other colour you’ve ever worn. Give them a whirl, because after all, “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all”.]]>
Over the weekend, The Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens threw its second annual Gatsby Garden Party, where guests transported themselves back to the roaring ’20s, channeling the likes of Daisy and Tom Buchanan, Jordan Baker, Nick Carraway, and Mr. Gatsby himself for a night of croquet, jazz, and of course, a costume contest.
This year’s event gained the most attention it has ever seen, after more than 20,000 people clicked ‘attending’ on the event’s Facebook page. With that amount of attendees, one would think that it was Jay Gatsby himself who threw the party. From flapper dresses to feathered hats, see how guests went back in time for a night of glamour.
Browse the gallery below for the best photos of the Gatsby Garden Party 2015.]]>
With so many labels to keep up with across the fashion capitals, it can be easy to forget that we’ve got some pretty stellar designers right here in our own backyard. Canadian fashion has been cultivating its cool factor for the past few years with a plethora of homegrown talent coming to fruition and launching coveted niche brands.
From soft, supple leather handbags, to premium t-shirts, to luxuriously blended organic skincare, Canadians know a thing or two about creating quality products. In honour of Canada Day we’ve rounded up some of our favourite local talents who are doing great things from coast to coast. So pull up a Muskoka chair, crack a brew, and enjoy the best that our beautiful country has to offer!
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Although temperatures are rising and summer is now in full swing, the fashion world is always one step ahead of us, meaning designers have already unveiled bold coats, dresses, and all-around lush pieces we can’t wait to get our hands on this fall—and they’ve called in some big names. We’ve already seen music legend Cher wear an equally legendary floor-length, pleated black gown for Marc Jacobs Fall 2015 campaign, while 14-year old Willow Smith donned a more youthful version of the dress. Ciara got down in the sand for Roberto Cavalli’s Fall 2015 campaign, and last but certainly not least, Rihanna transported us to a world of dark enchantment as the face of Dior’s fall campaign.
While Jeremy Scott also tapped a huge celeb, Katy Perry, Versace took a different route, featuring supermodels Karlie Kloss, Caroline Trentini and Lexi Boling who showed off their talents in primary colours for the brand’s fresh and sophisticated fall campaign. Meanwhile, Steven Miesel photographed Maddison Brown, Hailey Gates, Mia Goth, and Stacy Martin for Miu Miu’s Subjective Reality Fall 2015 campaign. Outsiders are made to feel as though they are a part of the campaign’s reality, as a bystander is captured mid-gesture, a car window partially frames the street, and models meet the camera’s gaze as if interrupted mid-sentence by the lens of the photographer.
To help us keep track of the abundance of Fall 2015 ads, we’ve rounded up our favourites. From Moschino’s street-chic shots to Bluemarine’s floral arrangements, here are some of the best Fall 2015 ads right now.]]>
Aside from the shorter hemlines, poolside hangouts and patio drinks, summer also promises us the biggest blockbuster movies. And when there are new movies, there are premieres. In other words: red carpet heaven.
Black seemed to be the shade du jour for A-list stars. Our former cover girl Elizabeth Olsen amped up the glam factor with her Dior ball gown during the Avengers: Age of Ultron promo tour in Tokyo, while Sandra Bullock gave off playful vibes via her custom Minion pumps at her premiere. And though we often hit the snooze button on little black dresses, Amanda Seyfried pleasantly shocked us by teaming her Mugler LBD with a side of cornrows at the LA premiere of Ted 2. Let’s just say it was anything but boring.
However, for this season’s most-anticipated movie premiere, Magic Mike: XXL, colour was definitely on the wardrobe agenda. With a hot male cast like this one, you would think the ladies might have been overlooked, but that was definitely not the case. Even among the suited up Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello and Matt Bomer, the female stars still managed to command everyone’s attention with their standout looks. With Jada Pinkett Smith and Elizabeth Banks opting for lemon hues and Amber Heard looking fab in a purple Monique Lhuillier dress, we say brava ladies.
From Rihanna‘s golden suit at the 2015 BET Awards to Jennifer Lawrence‘s chic summer look while out and about in New York City, we present you this week’s top 10 best-dressed celebs.]]>
Did you know that summer in Edmonton means the sun doesn’t fully set until 11 pm? On Friday night at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, The Works Golden Summer Gala kicked off The Works Society’s 30th annual Art & Design Festival with 400 guests, and the aptly named event captured the season (and the dress code) in all of its glory. It’s arguably the city’s most stylish affair of the summer, and this year gold-themed gala was hosted by chairs Sydney Young and Sarah Chan (Edmonton’s First Lady, who had Mayor Don Iveson at her side) in the enchanting Empire Ballroom and Terrace.
To date, the gala has generated over $7.3 million in funding invested into 64 The Places Public Art & Design projects installed throughout the downtown area, and has awarded 206 scholarships and 223 internships and education certifications for students in the field of art, culture and design. Live art performances at the event were created by Capital City Burlesque, Tony Olivares (spray painted in metallic gold, á la Goldfinger), DJ Andrea Why, and local band of the moment, The Wet Secrets before a scenic river valley, manicured gardens, and a hotel rich with history.
While the female style set sipped on champagne and donned crop tops, midi skirts, culottes, and chic black ensembles—many dressed by Anna McDonough, the founder of Coup Boutique—their male counterparts were not upstaged, wearing plaid suits, floral and pastel shirts and colourful bow-ties. Fashion designers, style bloggers and artists collided for what is sure to be a style sighting hard to rival during the vacation-heavy months to come. But if this is what a vacation from festival dressing looks like, we hope this golden summer never ends.]]>
Rihanna has been taking her sweet time lately when it comes to…literally everything. Her last album came out back in 2012 and her latest, R8, was supposed to drop by the end of 2014. Has that happened? Nope. Her latest single, BBHMM (“Bitch Better Have My Money,” for those of you who are infrequent visitors of the internet) came out back in March and now, finally, three months later, the trailer for the video is out.
The video was directed by Megaforce and Rihanna, and from what we can see so far, features our girl kidnapping a chic housewife (and her dog) and lugging her away in a trunk. Surely we’re not alone in saying that being kidnapped by Rih sort of sounds like a dream come true.
Watch the trailer above and keep your eyes peeled for Rihanna’s BBHMM video , which comes out this Thursday, July 2nd.]]>
Despite the weekend’s nonstop torrential downpour, Pride 2015 was as fun-filled as always, with a number of blowout bashes competing for attention at any given moment across the city.
To kick off the weekend, the popular monthly party Big Primpin, landed its biggest venue yet, with 1,000 sweaty bods swarming the Harbourfront Centre for its special pride edition, Fit Primpin.
The event’s headliner, NYC emcee Jay Boogie rocked the crowd in nothing but jean shorts and a silk robe, while performances by Seth Fornea, Jared LeBlanc and Tyomi Banks kept things similarly scantily clad.
Peep our photo gallery for a snapshot of the night’s festivities.]]>