This was a strange year to wear clothes. From full French plush hibernation to vaxxed girls’ summer patio looks to an interrupted fall / holiday glam season, it’s been quite a disconcerting journey and the contents of many wardrobes are likely still sitting at an 80 per cent. cent unused. But the 10 ultra-inspiring walk-in closets shown below show that true personal style never wanes, whether you have a party list to attend or just getting ready to go for a walk. What follows is inspiration, really, to rejoice in the fashions of some of the most creative and thoughtful dressing rooms in the country. Let the list of best dressed Canadians begin!
A tireless advocate for Indigenous designers and communities as the founding director of Toronto Indigenous Fashion Week, Sage Paul wears her heart on her sleeve. She also wears Indi City jewelry, separations printed with artist Caroline Monnet’s artwork for the IFWT capsule collection featuring Simons, and clothing by Evan Ducharme, among many indigenous designers and creators. And she makes her own pieces – she designed a dress for director Danis Goulet’s premiere of TIFF and on the cover of Kit in July 2020, Paul wore earrings made from ermines tanned by her husband’s uncle. “When I use them, I feel the love of the family, the care of the family and also the gratitude for the materials that come from the animals.”
It’s hard to find a photo of Judith Bradley where she isn’t wearing a perky hat, huge vintage glasses, loads of bangles, a bright red lip, and a smile so wide that you can’t help but absorb her joy. Model, actress, and fashion fan and advocate, she’s always interesting to look at (have you seen her tattoos?) And it’s a joy to see her on the pages of a magazine or on the streets of Toronto alike.
Dan Levy needs no introduction at this point, but suffice it to say that the move of the creator of “Schitt’s Creek” to Los Angeles and the acquisition of a major contract with Netflix has not affected the designer IQ of his wardrobe one bit. There’s been a lot of Jonathan Anderson’s Loewe lately, from a patterned sweatshirt to launch his new book with his father, Eugene, to strappy leather pants and sumptuous fabric to sit front row at the designer’s show in Paris. But the most special piece has to be the Loewe look Levy wore to the Met Gala in May, adorned with an image of two men kissing by the late artist David Wojnarowicz.
Mouna Traoré has had some important years in acting: you’ve probably seen her in “Self Made”, the story of pioneering beauty entrepreneur Madam CJ Walker, “The Umbrella Academy” or “Murdoch Mysteries” (and soon, ” The Porter”). She’s also a rising red carpet star, in a snail-print Aajiya suit on the famous red stairs at the Cannes Film Festival in October, a Horses Atelier Alchemical coat among Canadian pines in September, and a wraparound leopard print. . bikini on a Winnipeg summer day.
Having released her debut novel “Happy Hour” in Canada last year, writer Marlowe Granados released it internationally this year, sporting a variety of classic and designer styles to do so (she once wrote: “I’m always one to choose to dress good and not down. ”) Favoring the ’90s silhouettes and pieces of Italian and French icons like Prada, Missoni, Lacroix and Moschino, she always looks like she’s dressed to have a good time and maybe write about it later.
You can feel Joanie Pietracupa’s sincere love for style and an equally sincere desire to change the narrative through her refreshingly unedited selfies. The Montreal-based magazine editor wears a cheery assortment of sequined, fluffy, ruffled, and ruffled outfits, and it all adds up to a great resource for shopping brands that offer size-inclusive: psychedelic print stretch dresses from Asos or plaid prairie-style dresses, Eloquii jeans, a candy pink flight suit from Canadian boutique Femme Fatale, which offers sizes from XL to 5XL. Not to mention, she’s a major hair inspiration with those glorious curly bangs.
Afiya Francisco is a source of ideas to dress well on a daily basis. Regardless of what the former fashion editor wears, whether it’s an Alaia cloud-shaped white shirt over straight leg jeans, a Freed teddy coat with useful boots, or a sharp blazer over a cozy hoodie, you can imagine yourself wearing it to make your own styles. tasks of daily living, but looking much, much more groomed than usual. You may be picking homegrown kale, hanging out with your two kids, or just slipping through your enviable serene Scandinavian home, but you always dress according to this (very helpful) rule of thumb: 80% simplicity, 20 % of experimentation.
An advocate of the slow fashion movement, Edmonton-based Alyssa Lau founded New Classics, a sustainably minded electronic retailer, offering vintage, low-waste, handcrafted pieces that never look crunchy. Lau herself wears them well, from a pair of square-toed chocolate brown patent leather boots from genderless brand Suzanne Rae to pistachio ribbed loungewear from Seoul-based brand A Memento.
Timberlost’s Lauren Wilson might just be the fanciest florist in Canada (though that booming category has plenty of competition). Whether understated or voluminous, your plant and flower arrangements always feel a bit wild, with bursts of color and asymmetrical, experimental shapes. And her style is just as charming: soft blazers, often in shades of peony or pink, silky tunics, patterned and quilted cotton jackets, and colorful Loeffler Randall waterslides, many of which are finds from Toronto’s VSP Consignment, all paint a nice picture.
It is a pleasure to observe the colorful and life-affirming costumes that Vivek Shraya makes. The artist, musician and author of “People Change” and “I’m Afraid of Men” wears vibrant dresses from the beloved NorBlack NorWhite brand, and a magpie nest worthy of 80s dream dresses with metallic sequins. Smoky eyes, face gems, and a myriad of hair styles complete the glamorous image.
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