...and he'll never reveal her name.
Over the course of our 15-minute conversation, New York-based designer Adam Lippes shifted positions seven times—sitting forward, leaning back with his legs crossed, tucking one leg under the other. For some, this might read as restless, but Lippes was energetic and present as he discussed his spring collection, his mentor (the late Oscar de la Renta) and the true meaning of luxury. We sat still and took it all in.
ON HIS SECRET MUSE
“She’s a friend of mine, but she doesn’t know she’s my muse. We have a secret mood board that gets hidden when she comes by the studio.”
ON LESSONS LEARNED
“My aesthetic is very different from Oscar de la Renta’s, but the core values are not. I want to make clothes that make women smile. And so did he. I learned everything about fashion from him.”
ON SLOW LUXURY
“If something took time to create, then chances are it’s luxurious. Like time spent with family or a dinner that took six hours to prepare—that’s a luxurious dinner.”
ON DRESSY CASUAL
“I’ve banned the word ‘gown’; I do long dresses. I think the word is ‘ease’; I try to do something that’s comfortable but also dressed up. Comfort doesn’t have to be sloppy.”
ON HIS SPRING COLLECTION
“There are lots of gathered asymmetrical hems and a play of stiff and soft. We make what we call an ‘opera coat,’ [made of] silk jacquard in 12 different colours. You can wear it with jeans and a T-shirt to the grocery store or out to black tie at night.”
On your marks, get set...BAKE! The CBC is launching a Canadian version of the Great British Bake Off.
The cult hit Brit show—which is just week after glorious week of amateur bakers vying for the ultimate crown of Star Baker while being super supportive of each other—is being given a Canuck iteration, with casting for the Canadian show aka The Great Canadian Baking Show announced today. (Fun fact: 23 other countries, including Australia and Ireland, have their own home-grown spin on the format already).
So if you know your frangipane from your frangipani, have a passion for crafting sculpture out of bread, make a killer butter tart and want to do it all in a tent, you're going to want to sign up here.
May the best baker win!
Here's a comforting thought: There's very little chance you will do anything as high key cringeworthy as what Warren Beatty did last night at the Oscars.
Unless you were planning on announcing the wrong winner for Best Picture, too?
The moment—immediately pounced upon as #OscarGate—still seems a bit surreal. At the time, while still on stage, Warren explained that he opened up the envelope to find a card that read "Emma Stone, Lalaland". Beatty, clearly feeling something was wrong, can be seen checking in the envelope for another card, before consulting co-presenter Faye Dunaway, who just went for it and announced: "Lala Land!".
Cue everyone in that case rushing the stage, celebrating, and then a man coming up to the microphone saying: "Moonlight has won best picture. This is not a joke."
In the hours that followed, we're getting further details on how something like that happened. According to PWC, the accounting firm that handles the maintenance of the secrecy of the winners, released a statement that basically said: We messed up, he was given the wrong envelope, and we're launching an investigation to see how that happened.
And while, yes, thinking you won best picture and then having it taken from you literally while you're accepting the award sucks, LaLaland did have an otherwise succesful night: Emma Stone won best actress and Damien Chazell became the youngest best director winner at 32.
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And more things we learned about the charming star of Before I Fall.
Zoey Deutch is surprisingly perky for someone who is in the middle of a gruelling Toronto press day for her new movie, Before I Fall, (in theatres March 3) But, as I quickly learn during our phone convo, that’s her default setting.
She’s kind and complimentary (she loves Toronto, loves the warm weather streak we've been having, loves ELLE Canada, etc.) and hilarious (we’re on speaker phone and there's a bunch of people in the room with her whom I can hear stifling their giggles.)
In fact, the actress – whose mom is Back to the Future star Lea Thompson and dad is Pretty in Pink director Howard Deutch – seems totally unlike her Before I Fall character Sam. Quick Before I Fall plot synopsis: Sam is a popular girl-type who dies in a car crash and is forced to live her last day over and over. Think Groundhog Day with an existential crisis and with really chic chunky knits and tuques.
Image by: Elevation Pictures
Here are five more things we learned about Deutch during our chat.
She loves Drake “Normally I am, generally speaking, a conservatively dressed human, but I was scantily clad my first day in Toronto in the hopes that I would run into Drake in the lobby of my hotel. The address of my hotel is….. [Laughs]
She is super self-deprecating “What is one word I'd use to describe myself in high school? Hormonal. You were experiencing so many different things at times, and it was so emotional and so difficult to navigate.”
She's PUMPED to be surrounded by so many talented women “The movie is based on a book written by a woman (Lauren Oliver). A woman wrote the screenplay (Maria Maggenti); the director, Ry Russo-Young, is a woman and the movie is about relationships between women!”
She gets life – and she’s only 22 “I feel like it would be impossible for me to have had the opportunity to play this great part and be a part of the story without doing a lot of self-reflection. It just reminded me to not take things for granted and to continue to appreciate my family. You can never say I love you too many times to your mom and dad. Also, to actually appreciate routine and understand the privilege [like my character has] of being able to wake up every day with a roof over your head and a mother that loves you and a toothbrush and a breakfast. There is something to be said about the privilege of routine. Taking nothing for granted."
Watch the Before I Fall trailer here: