What’s on Our Pop Culture Radar This December

Nov 26 2018 by
Categories : Movies & TV

What’s on the ELLE editors’ radar right now. 

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    A night at the symphony, must-have fashion, a cute collab and more.
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    © Courtest Bottega Veneta

    Luxury Italian brand Bottega Veneta has opened its first Canadian flagship boutique, at Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre, just in time for the holidays. Think 437 square metres of glorious leather goods (handbags! luggage! shoes!) for both you and your loved ones. Or just you. 

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    Tired of always being the one who keeps everything humming along at home? (We feel you, Cinderella.) In Fed Up: Emotional Labor, Women, and the Way Forward, journo Gemma Hartley explores ways to address this imbalance and make emotional labour a job for everyone. Leave it on your partner’s nightstand—you’ll thank us later. 

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    We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: The world needs more hats. Helping the cause (aside from Pharrell and the Queen)? Heirloom by milliner Samantha-Tara Mainville, who handcrafts pieces— from embroidered berets to straw baseball caps—in her Montreal studio. (From $160, heirloomhats.com

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    Spanish jewellery brand UNOde50 wants you to wear your heart on your... ears (or your neck or your wrist). Each gold- and silver-metal design in the brand’s new “Eternal” collection plays with chains and links to represent the bond of unconditional love. (From $160, unode50.com

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    Question: What happens when you combine two of fashion’s current obsessions—nostalgia and logomania? Answer: Fendi’s latest capsule collection. The luxury house teamed up with Instagram collage artist @hey_reilly on a playful line that riffs on Fila’s iconic logo font. (Price upon request, fendi.com)

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    You had us at “butler service.” St. Regis, which pretty much invented the luxury-hotel game, has opened in Toronto, its first Canadian location. In addition to your own personal Mr. Carson, the hotel offers a full itinerary of extras, from nightly champagne sabering to swish spa treatments to afternoon tea to all the whisky you could want at LOUIX LOUIS, the opulent 31st-floor bar. You may never leave the hotel.

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    It’s the most wonderful time of the year...for your social life. But holiday parties and holiday boozing and holiday snacking (we love/hate you, Nanaimo bars) can leave skin puffy and dehydrated. Spoil it with Clé de Peau Beauté Limited Edition Collection Féeries d’Hiver, which contains a luscious combo of retinol and antioxidant-rich rosemary extract, wrapped in the prettiest package. ($700, at Holt Renfrew, holtrenfrew.com)

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    Academy Award-winner Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity) is making the move to Netflix. The director's latest, Roma, is a semi-autobiographical story that follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a live-in domestic worker for a middle-class family in 1970s Mexico City. The black-and-white Spanish-language film—which hits the streaming service on Dec. 14—is said to be Cuarón's most personal project to date. See you at the Oscars.
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    No one else sounds like Jessie Reyez, so we couldn’t possibly pass up the chance to catch the homegrown talent when she caps off her North American tour with dates in Montreal, London and Toronto. The only thing that could make the night better? An appearance by Reyez’s friend and fellow Torontonian Daniel Caesar. Daniel, if you’re reading this… 

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    Leave it to LV to make scented candles so stunning you won’t want to burn them. Work up the nerve and you’ll be glad you did. The candles come in four different scents, from the fresh Île Blanche to the made-for-December gingerbread-y Dehors Il Neige. ($200 each, louisvuitton.com)

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    Your morning coffee needs a little more colour. Starbucks' newest collab with L.A.--based lifestyle brand ban.do adds a cute, floral wallpaper-esque pattern to your favourite drinkware. The limited-edition collection doesn't stop at new mugs, either; staple ban.do accessories, like a notebook set and pencil pouch, are available as well. 
Categories: Movies & TV