Sad news for Prince Louis and Princess Tessy, guys: They're getting a divorce.
Who are Prince Louis and Princess Tessy, you might be asking? Well, Louis is the third son of the current Grand Duke of Luxembourg. (If you don't know who that is either? Yeah, we had to wikipedia this one too). He is not, however, in line for the throne because he gave us his rights when he got married ten years ago at age 20, three months after the birth of his and Tessy's first child (scandal!).
Louis, 30, and Tessy, 31, have two sons together, and have asked (via an official letter from the tiny European country's monarchy) for privacy at this time.
Miaou's "Brigitte" jeans.
Prepare to gain a new appreciation for grommets.
The story of Alexia Elkaim's new denim label Miaou (pronounced "meow," in case you were wondering) is a bit like the plot of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. "I wanted to make a pair of jeans that fit all of my friends," says Elkaim, who was inspired by a pair of jeans she picked up a flea market in Paris. "I thought 'let me see what I can do with this pattern.'"
Elkaim, who previously worked as a music editor at CR Fashion Book and then as a casting agent, is quick to admit that she's not a "denim girl," explaining that her jeans are meant for someone who prefers to wear dresses. "My jeans are novelty pieces, maybe you could wear them everyday, but you don't see jeans like this everyday."
Elkaim photographed her friends for the lookbook, and struck gold when her first design, the Brigitte – a high-rise, tight fitting jeans with rope and grommet embellishments – were spotted on Bella Hadid. "Celebrity seeding is everything," says Elkaim, whose Instagram DMs blew up after photos of Bella in the jeans appeared on The Daily Mail in November of last year. "She's the only celebrity I sent my jeans to, and they look great on her. I'm glad it was successful."
And what about the jeans' most prominent feature, those strategically placed grommets? Elkaim's answer is simple: "I think grommets are sexy and cool." The other standout feature of Miaou jeans is the lack of a waistband. According to Elkaim, this allows the denim to hug the body without pinching.
Elkaim is slowly working her way up to a full collection. For now, she's released the Tommy, a jean with a looser fit through the leg as well as a pinstripe pant that's very Wall Street-meets-Clueless. Each pair features those now-signature grommets, through which you can thread a glittery chain or a colourful satin tie.
When asked to give advice to anyone dreaming of starting their own line, Elkaim emphasizes focusing on one product: "Make it the best product you can, so when people look at it they will associate you with your product – that's when you know you have a brand. A brand is known for something, always."
Don't know your TFSA from your RRSP? Confused about whether you should save or pay back your debt? Trying to save for the future but feel like you never have anything left over after your bills, bills, bills?
Us too. Which is why we turned to finance expert and Amex spokesperson Rubina Ahmed-Haq for a little personal finance question-and-answer session.
It's totally anonymous and could be answered during our upcoming Facebook Live.
Over 2,000 of you answered the really, really personal questions from our ELLE Canada Sex and Relationship Survey. Now it’s your turn to look under the sheets. What have you always wanted to know about sex and love (but didn't want to ask)? Is there anything we didn't include in our survey?
Our expert panel – including relationship expert Cynthia Loyst and Jessica Wood from the University of Guelph – will attempt to answer your questions during our upcoming Facebook Live on Monday, Jan. 23. Think of it as an educational girl talk. It’s also totally anonymous, so ask us anything. For real.