WATCH: Ellen DeGeneres interviewed the 'real' Canadian immigration minister about all those Americans who want to move here
By: Sarah Laing
As you'll recall from our previous coverage, 'how to move to Canada' is a hot Google topic in the United States at the moment, and astute political journalist Ellen DeGeneres is not one to let the opportunity for a scoop pass her by...which is why she got an exclusive statement on the matter from the secretary of the Real Canadian Bureau of Immigration on the matter.
Disclaimer: ELLE Canada is no way endorses the opinions of this 'Guy LeBleuBlah'.
Vanvouver Fashion Week: 5 minutes with the designers of Y-Z Studio
By: Elaine Jyll Regio
Couple and design duo Yangsen Hsu and Zachary Wu of Y-Z Studio on the inspiration behind their Spring 2017 collection.
How did you two meet?
Zachary Wu: “Through a friend of a friend. One day they approached me and said ‘Hey, you should know this guy.' We met up and after three days we started dating and it’s been four years now. Yangsen does more more of the styling while I'm the classically trained designer.”
How do you go about building a collection together?
ZW: “Basically we think of the main topic of the collection and then grab materials that suit it. For example, this seasons theme is ‘social anxiety disorder.’ How we transform this idea is that we search for hashtags and keywords online and then we think about how to turn them into shapes and details of the collection. We have a contrast in style – I'm more sophisticated and Yangsen likes street style and really colourful looks and we combine that together.”
I saw hashtags like “delete me” and “unfriend me” on some of the looks. Do you personally relate to those hashtags?
ZW: "Yes. I have social anxiety and I get annoyed when I go on social media and see people wanting others to worship them. And that’s why I want to use the hashtag ‘unfriend me’ because I don’t care anymore. I don’t want to feel pressured when I’m using social media because it was supposed to be a place where you could express yourself. Now you have to think about what should I say, or shouldn’t I say. We collaborated with an artist based in Taiwan named Sic Lee and he created some graphics that we put on the backs of the blazers and T-shirts that reference the collections theme.”
What was your thought process behind the headphones and phone chargers that you used to accessories some of the looks?
ZW: “Like I mentioned before, social media has taken over our lives and we are so preoccupied by it. So by wrapping headphones and chargers through some of the pieces we expressed how you can’t be separated from [social media] – but in a sarcastic way. On one of our jumpsuits you could actually see an outline of a phone right on the pocket. Our brand is all about facing the day-to-day with some sarcasm."
Where do you see yourselves taking this brand?
ZW: “This is our fourth collection but our first Fashion Week, so this is a big step. We studied in Taiwan and as you know, it’s a really small island so it’s not easy to get our brand out there so that’s why we’re here. London Fashion Week would be the next level.”
Who is the woman you design for?
ZW: “We have a very specific type of woman in mind when designing. She's an independent thinker and you don’t have to persuade her to buy anything, she knows what she wants.”
If you could choose a song that represents your emotions post-show, what would it be?
ZW: “The post-show atmosphere would definitely be the song HONNE & Izzy Bizu – 'Someone That Loves You.'”
Author: Elaine Jyll Regio
Source: Vancouver Fashion Week
Sep 22, 2016
Vancouver Fashion Week: 5 minutes with designer LillzKillz
By: Elaine Jyll Regio
The inside scoop on Vancouver-based reworked vintage designer Lillea Goian of LillzKillz.
It's day three of VFW and even though there's barely five minutes to spare between shows, I took the time to sit down with spirited 18-year-old designer Lillea Goian of LillzKillz to chat about vintage, fast fashion and the see-now-buy-now trend.
What was your inspiration for the collection?
"I really take inspiration from what’s on my mind. I just think about the things that I like and if I find something else that I’m interested in I try and find a way to incorporate it. The main theme of the show was sequins and motocross gear. I saw someone online wearing really vibrant motocross pants and I thought [they] were cool, but that I could find a way to make them even cooler."
You re-work vintage pieces with original artwork. Do you create the art before working on the collection, or vice versa?
"I don’t make the artwork myself. I incorporate [the work] of friends of mine who want exposure. I’ve used the work of two artists so far who suited the themes in my past shows. My friend Aidan did the artwork for this show. I thought it really suited it since it’s very graffiti-like. I usually just work with my friends because I like helping people as much as I can. If I had the opportunity to get help from somebody I would take it."
What do you look for when choosing vintage pieces?
"I always look for things no one else would be interested in. I feel like a lot of vintage stores cater to a certain market and I feel like a lot of the time buyers go for the ripped jean, T-shirts, leather and camo jackets. It’s so bland! So I go searching in places that no one else would go to find the brightest things. I feel like vintage stores should have something for everybody. Everyone appreciates vintage at some level and it sucks when it’s catered to specific people."
Where do you find inspiration?
"I’m 18 so I don’t have a lot of opportunities to go places for inspiration. If anything, I get inspiration from what’s on the Internet. I’m constantly looking online for street style from different fashion weeks. Instagram is pretty big but I also go through personal style changes that affect my designs."
What are your thoughts on the see-now-buy-now trend?
"I think it’s smart to show things the season of because fast fashion companies take your ideas and re-work them for less and I don’t think that’s fair. People put in so much energy, time and emotion into their designs and to have someone steal it is so unfair. So I do my absolute best to wear vintage pieces and make them new in my own way. That’s what I can afford at this point in my life. If I could afford expensive designer clothing I would be all over it."
Who is going to play Britney Spears in the Lifetime movie?
By: Michelle Skelsey
The Britney Spears's Lifetime biopic Britney is one step closer to our TV screens. The full cast was announced on Buzzfeed and we've gathered images of all the actors so you can see how they size up to the real thing.
Britney will be played by Natasha Bassett.
Nathan Keyes has the role as Brit's most famous ex Justin Timberlake.
Clayton Chitty will star as ex-husband Kevin Federline.
Fierce matriarch Lynn Spears will be portrayed by Canadian (yay!) Nicole Oliver.
Montreal's Matthew Harrison will bring to life the role of dad Jamie Spears.
Childhood friend and husband of 55 hours Jason Alexander will be played by Vancouver's Kelly McCabe.
Another Canadian, Tamara Thorsen, will star as Jenna Dewan Tatum. She was an NSYNC backup dancer and rumored girlfriend of JT.
And finally, Wade Robson, Britney's infamous backup dancer, will be portrayed by Markian Tarasiuk of Vancouver.
Olivier Rousteing strips back the armour and brings breezy new silhouettes to Balmain.
It looks like the #BALMAINARMY is back, but with a whole new wardrobe.
Creative director Olivier Rousteing’s vision was to “strip back all nonessential armor” this season. That meant the runway featured a lot less heavily embellished body cons and lot more flowing, vacation-ready silhouettes.
Set in Paris’s Hôtel Potocki, the runway reflected this new mood, with a canopy of foliage hanging from the ceiling to create a jungle scene.
Olivier Rousteing kept up his diverse, superstar casting this season, and the show included top models like Gigi Hadid, Natasha Poly, Jourdan Dunn, and Stella Maxwell.
Of course, it wouldn't be a Balmain show without a Kardashian presence. This season, Kim, Kourtney and Kris were in attendance, and their influence still showed on the runway in a few underboob-baring pieces and snake print elements.
It's safe to say we're loving Balmain's new direction.