What's On Our Pop Culture Radar This October
by : Patricia Karounos- Oct 3rd, 2019
Judy had us at Renée Zellweger. The Oscar winner stars (and is unrecognizable) in the new Judy Garland biopic. The film follows the iconic performer as she arrives in London for a series of sold-out concerts in 1968 was – almost 30 years after The Wizard of Oz made her a star and one year before her tragic death. And yes, that really is Zellweger’s own singing voice.
Sustainability champion Stella McCartney has teamed up with Hunter to create the most eco-friendly version of the heritage brand’s wellington boot yet. Made from ethically sourced natural rubber from Guatemala and lined with Yulex – a material that has the same strength and elasticity as neoprene but produces 80 percent less carbon dioxide – the boots are a combination of material innovation and forward-thinking design. ($615, stellamccartney.com)
Subtlety is overrated. Sometimes we want big, audacious, look-at-me fashion. That’s why we’re excited to sweep into Versace’s new Canadian flagship in Toronto for its signature brand of gilded glamour. The glitzy 3,000-square-foot space spans two levels, is adorned with lavish details of marble, metal and velvet and has a three-dimensional rendering of the Italian fashion house’s iconic Medusa logo on the ceiling. (106 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto)
The latest collection from Swiss watchmaker Rado borrows from Le Corbusier’s colour theory for its limited-edition True Thinline capsule. In nine vivid hues based on the legendary architect’s 63-shade colour palette designed to be complementary in any combination, the slim watches are made of high-tech ceramic, making them lightweight and scratch-resistant. Each hue embodies different moods and characteristics, so you can pick one that feels true to you. ($2,600, rado.com)
When decorating for fall, go green. Vancouver-based decor and lifestyle brand Anara is the best option for feel-good home shopping. Manjot Bains and Johanna Robertson, the duo behind the Canadian brand, design products in-house and then source sustainable textiles and natural dyes and fibres in India. We love their luxe, elegant throws and pillows that you’ll want to lounge with all day. (anaradesignco.com)
If you’re on the West Coast, go check out the Cindy Sherman exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery (opening October 26). It’s the first retrospective of the boundary-pushing American photographer’s career in Canada in 20 years and features selected works from every one of her series since the ’70s – including the defining Untitled Film Series, which subverted stereotypes.
There was life before Rihanna launched Fenty Beauty – her groundbreaking and pandemonium-inspiring makeup line – and there was life after. Having received much-deserved attention in 2017 for the huge shade range of its mattifying foundation, which is perfect for oily skin, the brand is now preparing to unveil a new hydrating foundation (in the same 50 shades) for those with skin on the drier side. We don’t deserve you, Riri. ($45 at Sephora, sephora.ca)
On the hunt for a new designer bag? Or lost the love for the one currently being neglected in the back of your closet? Marketplace app Poshmark, now available across Canada, allows users to easily buy and sell using just a smartphone. Like going to the mall with your BFFs (if you ha d40 million of them), it’s also social: You can share your favourite deals or get style advice. (poshmark.ca)
Since being discovered by Solange Knowles at a background-vocals audition (nbd), Toronto-born singer-songwriter Eva Tolkin has been steadily making her mark on the pop world. After touring with artists like Robyn, Lykke Li and Blood Orange, she’s ready to take centre stage. Her second EP, Truthfully, puts her there.
Time to break up with your local barista. Nespresso’s new Essenza Plus will eliminate the need for your daily a.m. coffee stop. It features a very convenient one-touch order button (which connects to the brand’s app on your phone, allowing you to order capsules with a single click) and a dedicated hot-water spout for making the perfect Americano – or cup of tea, if that’s more your thing. ($249, nespresso.com)
Much like a post-summer escape to a beachside Mediterranean resort, Wanted Girl – the new fragrance from Azzaro – is irresistible. The scent combines notes of fresh pomegranate with an exclusive ginger and orange blossom co-distillation. Sweet notes of dulce de leche and vanilla tonka bean finish it off with a sensual touch. “It’s floral, but it evolves, which makes it really day to night,” says New Zealand-born model Georgia Fowler, who is the face of the scent. Spritz lightly and prepare to feel like you’re back on vacation. ($97, at drugstores and mass-market retailers)
Sometimes all you need is a little imagination…and good tailoring. At least that’s the ethos behind Rentrayage. In an effort to make more sustainable clothing, founder Erin Beatty spliced together second-hand and vintage garments for the label’s first collection this fall. The result? Quirky and playful designs that feel as modern as they are sustainable. (From $165, rentrayage.com)
Nova Scotia-born author Johanna Skibsrud quickly earned her place in Canada’s literary canon when she became the youngest-ever writer to win the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2010 for her debut novel The Sentimentalists. This month, she publishes her first essay collection, The Nothing That Is. Written over a decade, the insightful book tackles “nothingness” in art.
Meet your new favourite local artist. Toronto-based singer-songwriter Maddee has already made waves, emerging on the same scene as Charlotte Day Wilson and BADBADNOTGOOD and by opening shows for artists like Lil Yachty and Willow Smith. Now, she’s ready to take the spotlight on her own, with the launch of her debut EP Red Mind, out on October 17.
Popular streetwear label Atelier New Regime has teamed up with Red Bull Music Festival (stopping in Toronto from October 17 to 23 after a weekend in Montreal last month) for a new capsule collection celebrating the relationship between music and fashion. The limited-edition collection features music fest staple pieces, like a comfy, water-repelling windbreaking, to statement-making colour-blocked varsity jackets. (From $100, ateliernewregime.com)
If you’re missing old-school soul music, look no further than L.A.-born, England-raised Celeste. After releasing a five-track EP showcasing her timeless voice and intimate songwriting earlier this year, the Brit can finally be seen in concert in Toronto and Montreal this month (on October 23 and 25, respectively). You won’t want to miss it.
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