WATCH: Morgan Freeman's dramatic reading of 'Love Yourself' is everything
By: Sarah Laing
If you don't want to be a better person after this dramatic reading of Justin Bieber's 'Love Yourself' (are those tears of disappointment?!) by the voice of God himself, Morgan Freeman, then well..you probably are better off sleeping on your own.
CELEBRATE CANADIAN WOMEN’S 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST RIGHT TO VOTE
Join ELLE Canada for an evening of empowerment, strength and inspiration as we salute Equal Voice Toronto’s efforts to advocate for gender parity.
Second in the ELLE INSPIRES event series, join us and listen to stories of influential Canadian women who are changing the lives of women and girls nationwide.
HONOUR THE EVE AWARD RECIPIENTS
Recognize Equal Voice Toronto’s prestigious EVE AWARD recipients for their exceptional contributions to promoting the election of more women to Parliament.
PLUS! All guests will take home an amazing GIFT BAG valued at $100!
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Tuesday, October 18
7 – 9 p.m.
St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts
27 Front St. E., Toronto
FARAH MOHAMED Founder and CEO of G(irls)20, which has a commitment to creating 100 million new jobs for women and promotes the economic and educational empowerment of girls and women. She has been named one of the BBC’s “100 Women” and is one of Women of Influence’s “Top 25 Women of Influence in Canada.”
EVE AWARD RECIPIENTS
JENNI BYRNE Was political adviser to former Prime Minister Stephen Harper and known as his “single best political organizer.” She is also former director of political operations and deputy national campaign manager for elections. She was adviser to the chief of staff while working for Harper’s office.
ANNE MCGRATH Identified as one of the 100 most influential people in government and politics in Ottawa and an activist in labour, student and women’s movements. She is the first female parliamentary secretary to the first female premier of Alberta, Rachel Notley.
KATIE TELFORD Chief of staff to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau–the first female to hold this position in Canada–she also led Trudeau’s Liberal leadership campaign. She had been deputy chief of staff to Stéphane Dion and worked as a senior consultant at a public government relations firm in Toronto.
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.'”
What does one wear to meet your couple BFF's when they're arriving for a visit to your home? Well, when that couple are royals, and you're there in your capacity as the Prime Minster's wife, it's got to be good.
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau kept things Canadian last night, wearing aubergine Tanya Taylor to welcome Will and Kate to Canada. If you're looking to copy Sophie's look, too bad - the dress is apparently a custom piece.
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.