The Duchess of Cambridge had the sweetest moment with a fellow mom.
There's a reason we never see pictures of the Royal Family hugging the people they meet: it's actually against protocol. And, let's be honest, we would never let them go.
But Kate Middleton couldn't resist breaking the rules to console a tearful fellow mum at the Place2Be Wellbeing in Schools award ceremony.
The DoC was there to give a speech supporting the children's mental health organization when she met 13-year-old Ethan Knapton. While he was telling Kate about his struggle with autism and Asperger syndrome, his mother Ceri couldn't help tearing up. Kate then did what any other mother would do: reached out and hugged her.
Ceri Knapton told The Daily Mail: "The Duchess just leant over and said to me 'I've got to give you a hug as a mum.' I couldn't believe it, it was such a kind gesture."
Estee Lalonde visits the ELLE Canada closet. Credits: Danielle Campbell
A few weeks back we had Youtube sensation Estee Lalonde into the ELLE Canada Closet to play a little game of Fishbowl Frenzy! Don't forget to pick up our January 2017 issue to see an exclusive portrait of the Internet star...and now IRL author of a new memoir / life advice book, Bloom.
Quick, off the top of your head...what would you say is the most used # on Instagram? In Canada specifically? No, it's not #poutine. Or #iheartjustintrudeau. Or #iheartjustinbieber for that matter either.
It is, according to official stats from Instagram HQ....drumrolll...
Sorry. Turns out the Big Smoke is the centre of the universe. JK!
The runner up, however, is literally heart-warming, because it's #love.
Here's the complete top 10.
Haute joaillerie, a.k.a. bling as only Chanel can do it.
The delicate scent of wheat will forever remind me of Paris. This summer, Place Vendôme was transformed into one of Coco Chanel’s favourite things: a wheat field. During Haute Couture Fashion Week, the designer’s namesake fashion house commissioned French artist Gad Weil to create an installation of a million painted wheat stalks arranged in lacquered boxes. It was all in celebration of the brand’s latest high-jewellery collection, Les Blés de Chanel.
Coco considered wheat, a universal symbol of prosperity and regeneration, her lucky charm. She had many wheat-inspired pieces in her apartment at 31, rue Cambon, including Salvador Dalí’s “Wheat Ear,” which was a gift from the artist. So it’s fitting that the 62-piece jewellery collection was inspired by the life cycle of the grain, from the young stalks of early spring to the fully formed golden sheaves of harvest season.
The day before the jewellery presentation, I attended the Chanel couture show, where Karl Lagerfeld recreated the real Chanel atelier, complete with the petites mains (the talented couturiers who physically create the collections) working quietly on garments as the models walked past them.
Source: Olivier Saillant
After the show, I chatted with actress and model Hari Nef, a transgender woman who is a muse to many fashion designers. “The industry is hungry for new ways of seeing, new ways of being, but I think couture needs to adapt and move toward inclusivity,” she said. “If I saw anything today, it’s that everyone can relate to beauty.”
Before I left Paris, I walked through Place Vendôme one more time to run my fingers across the tops of the elegant wheat stalks. As they stirred in the breeze, I inhaled their mild perfume and looked across at the Ritz, where Coco used to stay. I imagined her looking out and smiling.
The 18-karat-white-and-yellow-gold “Fête des Moissons” necklace (above) set with a 25-carat intense-yellow diamond, is something right out of a fairy tale.
The 18-karat-white-gold and diamond “Brins de Diamants” ear cuffs (above) would pair well with everything from a white tee to your favourite LBD, as would the 18-karat-white-gold and diamond “Légende de Blé” brooch (below).