La Dolce Vita

La Dolce VitaCos

The Cos spring/summer 2024 mainline and Atelier collections were presented this past spring in Rome at the Italian capital’s historic Corsie Sistine. On the runway, fluidity reigned supreme, with drapey fabrics, big volume, off-the-shoulder tops and sheer elements that highlighted the loose, unstructured silhouettes—and it was all in a palette of neutrals punctuated by pops of red. Among the more detailed Atelier pieces, the statement looks showcased hand-pleating, sliced leather, hand-painted finishes and fishtail skirts. Overall, the brand continues to offer its clients comfortable, wearable pieces that demonstrate a strong point of view and an elevated street style.

Dynamic Duo

Dynamic DuoJean Paul Gaultier Scandal Absolu Eau De Parfum Spray and Scandal Absolu Pour Hommes Parfum Concentré Spray

($162 for 50 mL and $168 FOR 100 mL)

Mischievous, enchanting and unabashedly sexy: That’s how one could describe Jean Paul Gaultier’s new fragrance pair, Scandal Absolu. The fresh additions to the Scandal franchise revolve around chestnut, mirabelle plum and sandalwood for him and fig, tuberose and sandalwood for her. “This fragrance embodies a strong presence—a woman who commands attention. You feel her, she fills the room [and she is] utterly confident,” explains perfumer Daphné Bugey, the nose behind the feminine scent. “Jean Paul Gaultier has always celebrated all forms of beauty, transcending norms and conventions.” Whether worn solo or together, these new scents promise to leave behind a trail of wild sensuality wherever they go.

Club Class

Club ClassLiam Macrae (JJJJound)

The CAFA-award-winning Montreal design studio JJJJound has once again teamed up with Reebok to launch an elevated version of the iconic Club C 85 tennis shoe. “This time around, the team wanted to create a suede version of the Club C that feels timeless and applicable for the next decade,” says Justin Saunders, the brand’s founder, in a press release. The sneakers are available in three colourways with desaturated tones inspired by dusty stonework, machine- cut marble, coastal sands and winter snowscapes, the idea being that they’ll integrate seamlessly into any wardrobe.

Goth-Girl-Movie Summer

Goth-Girl-Movie SummerPhotography courtesy of Lionsgate (The Crow).

Bill Skarsgård and FKA Twigs in The Crow.

This summer brings darker viewing options for the moody types who love both Gothic poetry and some serious ass-kicking. Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga (out May 24) takes audiences back to the post-apocalyptic world where gasoline is gold and armoured jalopies rule. This film is a prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road, now widely regarded as an action-movie masterpiece. Anya Taylor-Joy stars as the titular character, Furiosa, who’s trying to get home through the desert wasteland as two warlords battle it out for dominance. A Quiet Place: Day One (out June 28) is a prequel to the first two movies, both created and directed by John Krasinski, about alien monsters that hunt via sound. This instalment was co-written by Krasinski and directed by Michael Sarnoski (Pig), stars the brilliant Lupita Nyong’o (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever) and Joseph Quinn (Stranger Things) and shows us how this silent nightmare began. And finally The Crow, which flies into theatres on August 23, is a remake of the 1994 movie of the same name, whose soundtrack dominated many a mid-’90s dimly lit teenage bedroom. Creepy yet hot Bill Skarsgård stars as the back-from-the-dead superhero avenging the murder of his lover, played by FKA Twigs.

Get Curly

Get CurlyAveda

From $47.

It’s time to let your waves, curls and coils live freely, thanks to Aveda’s be curly advanced collection, which relies on vegan peptides derived from plant proteins to give bounce and health to hair. “The hydrolysis process breaks down these proteins
into small, potent peptide components, whose diminutive size facilitates penetration into the hair, delivering unparalleled strengthening benefits,” explains Christine Hall, vice-president of R&D at Aveda. The collection—which is made up of seven products, including a co-wash, a curl enhancer and a mask—is for wavy, curly and coily hair types from 2A to 4C, and it took more than four years of research and consultations in salons around the world to develop it. The result? Cutting-edge vegan hair care that strengthens and hydrates the hair fibre while taming frizz and adding shine and definition to curls.

Life’s a Picnic

Life’s a PicnicUniqlo

Uniqlo’s latest collaboration with Finnish lifestyle-design house Marimekko welcomes the summer season with big, bold open arms. The limited-edition collection, titled Joyful Summer Picnic, showcases six iconic Marimekko prints— including archival ones from the 1950s through to the 1970s—that are sure to spark joy with their graphic patterns and abstract designs in bright, cheerful colours. Choose from items such as dresses, T-shirts, skirts, bucket hats, slip-on shoes and, of course, the TikTok- viral Round Mini Shoulder Bag to add a fresh update to your warm- weather wardrobe.

East Coast Style

East Coast StyleDave Howells (Melanie Jacqueline)

Nunatsiavut Inuk artist Jessica Brown was working in Toronto and taking in the city’s fashion scene when she realized there was an opportunity to bring a similar idea back home to St. John’s. Alongside filmmaker Roger Maunder, photographer Dave Howells and communications expert Tera McDonald, Brown will launch St. John’s Fashion Week (SJFW) this summer (August 7 to 11). Hosted by filmmaker, activist and artist Sarain Fox, the event will highlight both Indigenous and local designers and businesses, like Lesley Hampton, Melanie Jacqueline and Always in Vogue, and emerging talents, such as Stitched by April, and it has partnered with Indigenous-owned beauty brand Cheekbone Beauty. “Balancing representation is vital to me, as our team strongly values inclusion,” says Brown. “Personally, not seeing myself represented while I was growing up fuelled my desire to make a difference. To showcase Indigenous fashion, SJFW will spotlight Indigenous designers, infuse Indigenous themes and elements into the fashion shows and offer a platform to empower Indigenous creators in the industry.”

Ready-to-Wear: Two New Toronto Openings to Take Note Of

Ready-to-Wear: Two New Toronto Openings to Take Note OfLoewe

Canada’s first Loewe store recently opened its doors in the city’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre, offering men’s and women’s ready-to- wear collections as well as accessories, eyewear, jewellery, perfume, candles and more. In a space inspired by the Spanish brand’s Casa Loewe retail concept, these luxury products are intentionally interspersed with pieces of art and furniture, evoking the look and feel of the home of a collector. In the elegant and eclectic store, you’ll find Berlin club chairs and Utrecht armchairs, a Noguchi paper lamp and artworks by international artists, such as British painter Eliot Hodgkin and German photographer Jochen Lempert—all displayed alongside fashion must-haves, like the now iconic Loewe Puzzle bag.

Saint Laurent

Over on Bloor Street West, Saint Laurent’s new store reflects the brand’s elevated take on modern luxury. Behind the 1970s-inspired concrete facade, shoppers can discover the French house’s collection of women’s and men’s ready-to-wear and accessories as well as unique furniture, including a Carlo Scarpa sofa, a pair of Carl Gustaf Hiort af Ornäs armchairs, Osvaldo Borsani side tables and two tall sculptures by Canadian artist David Armstrong Six.

Off Beat

Off Beat

Award-winning Canadian-born British writer Rachel Cusk, who’s known for her visionary writing style, will delight her fans this summer with a new novel, Parade, out on June 18. The story delves into the world of an artist named G who lives multiple lives, genders and identities, digging deep into what it really feels like to exist.