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Canadian Gossip Girl Star Jordan Alexander Is Something to Talk About

Jordan Alexander has some very big — and fashion-forward — shoes to fill as part of the Gossip Girl reboot coming to HBO Max this year. But she has done her best to turn any jitters into an advantage. “I always try to channel any intimidation I might feel into an energy that empowers me rather than makes me cower,” says the Vancouver-born, Toronto-raised talent over the phone as a siren wails faintly outside the window of her New York apartment. She moved to the Big Apple when shooting for the show began last year, although she says she hasn’t been able to fully explore it due to the pandemic.

Photography by ARKAN ZAKHAROV. Jacket, $1,190, and top, $725, Acne Studios. Bottom hoops, $160, Mounser. Drop earring (on right), $85 for a pair, Jenny Bird. Earcuff (on left), $120, Jennifer Fisher.

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Nordstrom SPACE Partners With Dover Street Market Paris + More Fashion News to Know

Nordstrom SPACE and Dover Street Market Paris partner to highlight emerging global designers

ERL, designed by Eli Russel Linnetz.
Photography courtesy of Nordstrom SPACE x Dover Street Market Paris.

This week marked the launch of Nordstrom SPACE and Dover Street Market Paris’s exclusive partnership. With a goal of discovering nascent creatives and independent labels all over the world, Nordstrom SPACE will house all seven indie brands under Dover Street Market Paris — Vaquera, Rassvet, Weinsanto, ERL, Liberal Youth Ministry, HFD and Youths in Balaclava — in an exclusive retail experience. Youths in Balaclava, a Singapore-based creative collective, serves as a platform to rebel against political inequality through unisex streetwear, while Rassvet, meaning sunrise in Russian, aims to mirror a new dawn in Russian youth culture. These special pop-ups will last for six weeks starting April 5, and can be shopped online at nordstrom.ca and in-store at Nordstrom Vancouver, New York … Read the rest

A New Must-Have Lightweight Moisturizer + More Beauty News This Week

Goop Beauty’s latest launch, GOOPGLOW Glow Lotion, is Apple Martin-approved

 

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On the hunt for a new moisturizer to take you from spring to summer without being too heavy or sticky, but that’s still nourishing enough for all of the weather changes that lie ahead? Look no further than the latest launch from Goop, GOOPGLOW Glow Lotion (say that 10 times fast), a lightweight moisturizer formulated with spirulina enzyme, kakadu plum and vitamin C. Clinical testing on the latest launch from Gwyneth Paltrow’s brand shows promising immediate and long-term results, like improved texture, smoothness, and hydration. Want to learn more about the launch? You can check out how Gwyneth’s daughter, Apple, uses the product in her morning routine. “It gives me a little…I don’t know — it feels like silk going on your skin,” she says.

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18 Face Masks to Wear This Spring and Summer

It may be 2021 but with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it’s crucial to continue wearing face coverings when we leave the house. Now that the weather is finally warming up and we enter our second spring in the COVID era, black and grey masks are feeling increasingly monotonous. Luckily, fashion designers have drawn inspiration from brighter, sunnier days to bring us summer face masks that are nearly impossible to feel grumpy in. Tanya Taylor’s offerings have transformative powers, with prints and colours that scream Palm Springs and just dare you to have a bad day while wearing them. Fellow Canadian label ai Toronto Seoul, on the other hand, took a more practical point of view, using a quick-absorbing and fast-drying Aersosilver antibacterial yarn — which is ideal for those sporty spices breaking a sweat outside while masked up.

With the pandemic continuing to keep us on our toes, we’ve rounded … Read the rest

Meet the Founder of Non, the Denim-Centric Label That’s “Conscious by Design”

Like many of us over the past year, Pete Hellyer — founder of Non, a denim-centric label based in London — has been searching for meaning. With 15 years of experience in the e-commerce and digital realms of the fashion industry, he found his client-based work was becoming more sporadic as the pandemic’s hold intensified. “I had a lot of free time, and there was a lot of uncertainty,” says Hellyer, who had worked as creative director for businesses including Ssense and The Outnet before going freelance.

To bring a little cheer into his life, Hellyer — who, again like many of us, found himself primarily wearing loungewear throughout lockdown — decided to treat himself to a pair of jeans. “I live in denim,” he notes of his typical attire. “I’m one of those people with a uniform [of] a white tee and jeans.”

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Princess Diana’s Iconic Short Hairstyle Was a Spontaneous Decision

Princess Diana graced us with many iconic looks, but perhaps none more lasting than the trademark short hairstyle she sported during the final years of her life. It turns out, the signature look was the result of an impulsive haircut.

In a new video for British Vogue, legendary Scottish hairstylist Sam McKnight opened up about his relationship with the late royal and how that iconic look came to be. The pair met for the first time on a shoot for British Vogue, during which they had a “really lovely day.” While playing around with her hair, McKnight recalls making it look short under the tiara she was wearing. “I faked it a bit,” he says.

But Princess Diana surprised McKnight — who has also worked with the likes of Lady Gaga and Kate Moss — at the end of the shoot when she asked him what he would … Read the rest

Nordstrom Beautycycle Has Officially Launched in Canada

It’s about to get a lot easier to recycle your beauty products in Canada thanks to the Nordstrom Beautycycle program.

Starting today, the retailer will accept empty beauty product packaging, regardless of brand, at any Nordstrom Canada store. The goal is make sure that hard-to-recycle packaging isn’t sent straight to landfill. (Of 120 billion units of plastic packaging produced globally by the beauty industry, less than a mere nine percent is actually recycled.)

The move makes Nordstrom — which first launched the program stateside last year — the first major retailer in Canada to offer a catch-all beauty-focused recycling program.

So how does it work?

In Nordstrom beauty departments nation wide, customers will find TerraCycle Zero Waste boxes where you can simply drop off your empties. Once full, the contents will be sent off to the the recycling company to properly be cleaned, sorted and recycled.

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From Marc Jacobs to Dolly Parton, Here’s What Celebs Are Wearing to Get Vaccinated

Sure, you could wear a t-shirt and leggings to get a shot in the arm, but folks like Marc Jacobs, Dolly Parton and Jeff Goldblum are here to provide some delightful alternatives for vaccination day. Sporting everything from a blinged-out face mask to a velvet robe, these celebrities have made getting their COVID-19 vaccines a veritable style statement. (And honestly, who can blame people for wanting to make an event out of anything that gets you out of the house?)

Although adults, including politicians, celebrities and athletes, began receiving their vaccines as early as December 2020 in the U.K. and January 2021 in the U.S., each country has its own vaccination roll-out plan, including for us Canadians, with the elderly and essential workers receiving priority at the time of publication.

So while it may be some time still until we all get our moment in the chair, in the meantime … Read the rest

Jewellery Brand Oremme Launches a Gold Recycling Program + Other Fashion News to Know

With Earth Month around the corner, we can expect to see many brands launching new sustainability-minded products and initiatives in the coming weeks. For example, Toronto-based jewellery brand Oremme just introduced a first-of-its-kind recycling program for customers in Canada and the U.S. Read on to find out what else is happening in the fashion world this week!

Oremme introduces a gold recycling program

Photography courtesy of Oremme

Toronto-based, hand-crafted jewellery label Oremme — which is already a member of the environmental initiative 1% for the Planet — wants your unwanted gold jewellery. Why? So it can be melted down for future use. The brand just announced its Gold Recycling Program, which asks customers to send in gold jewellery that they no longer use for a store credit (based on karat weight); Oremme will then melt the gold down to use in new pieces.

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Regé-Jean Page Is Not Returning for Season 2 of Bridgerton

This article was originally published in February 2021. 

If you’re anything like us, you recently spent a solid eight hours living in Lady Whistledown’s world, enraptured by actor Regé-Jean Page’s spoon-licking and imagining what life would be like as a Bridgerton duchess.

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Based on a series of young adult books by Julia Quinn, the first season of Bridgerton revolved around the life of dashing duchess-to-be, Daphne Bridgerton, and her hard-headed, eventual husband Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings. The world of 19th century England bustles around them, with the fanciest of clothing, the juiciest of gossip, the most dramatic of balls and, of course, the most fiery of romances. The first season dropped in December last year, and the word is we have more jaw-dropping Regency-era fashion, steamy sex scenes and casting diversity to look forward to in the upcoming second season.

Until it’s released on Netflix and … Read the rest