What’s on the Elle Editors’ Radar for June
All the functional essentials we're after atm.
by : ELLE Canada- Jun 3rd, 2021
When FENDI and visual artist SARAH COLEMAN get together, something exciting always happens. Their latest collaboration, a capsule collection called FF Vertigo, is a new interpretation of the iconic Italian brand’s double-F logo, and it gives a psychedelic slant to sporty clothing, bags and accessories. The playful line drops on May 20, just in time for summer.
Reebok x Cardi B
REEBOK and CARDI B have joined forces once again for a colourful capsule collection. In addition to the new shades of Club C Cardi sneakers (a reinterpretation of the fitness brand’s cult model), the American rap icon—inspired by the 1990s and her summers spent on the Coney Island boardwalk—has infused select athletic-apparel pieces with her daring style. The result reflects the star perfectly: incredibly sexy and decisively cool.
What could be better than three steamy summer days—and nights— spent singing, dancing and falling in love in the Washington Heights borough of New York City? In Lin Manuel Miranda’s latest movie-musical extravaganza, IN THE HEIGHTS, directed by Crazy Rich Asians’ Jon M. Chu, we’re taken on a whirlwind ride through this predominantly Dominican-American neighbourhood. With a stunning ensemble cast, including Anthony Ramos, who’s in the film version of Hamilton, and Mexican actor (and Hollywood newcomer) Melissa Barrera, this is a spectacularly beautiful tale about the Latinx experience, the importance of community, not giving up on your dreams and the power of love.
Out on June 11, HBO Max
Follow the Rainbow
Take two things we absolutely love—colour and jewellery—put them together and what do you get? COREY MORANIS. We’ve fallen hard for the Toronto-based Canadian jewellery designer’s pretty handmade Lucite loops, knots and twists, which come in a rainbow of shades and an array of styles. Not only do her pieces look like works of art but they are sure to spark joy in anyone who wears them.
Future brides, take note: If you’re dreaming of softness and sophistication for your big day, say yes to Canadian- Australian brand SILK LAUNDRY’s new bridal collection. Creative director Katie Kolodinski founded the company to celebrate minimalist silk essentials, and every timeless ivory-white piece from the bridal line—including the signature slip-dress, fluid pants and slinky blazers—could not be more fitting.
In its latest collaboration with COCO CAPITÁN, Biotherm is celebrating its ongoing Water Lovers commitment and a recent partnership with Monaco’s Oceanographic Institute. We spoke with the Spanish multidisciplinary artist about the new project, which is close to her heart.
The ocean is very present in your work. When did this interest start?
“I grew up in Cadiz, Spain, and I went to the beach almost every day. I would explore the shore, observe marine fauna and collect seashells. I’ve never forgotten that feeling—the elation of being there.
When did you first realize that the ocean was threatened?
“I was scuba diving in the Caribbean and saw kilometres of bleached coral, and the only life forms were urchins and jellyfish. I had watched documentaries about it, but it’s a whole other story when you experience it.
For your collaboration with Biotherm, you asked “How do you breathe without the sea?” and this will be printed on limited editions of three popular products. Why those words?
“I’m just inviting people to ask themselves ‘What will happen if we stay on this course?’ I also want to highlight the fact that the ocean not only has beautiful scenery but is also essential to our existence, since plankton and many micro- organisms purify the air and produce over 50 percent of the oxygen we need. We have to take care of our oceans.”
This season’s peekaboo trend is not just for clothing—you can carry it on your arm too. BEMBIEN founder Yi-Mei Truxes spotted the perfect basket-weave bag on a New York street and, thanks to the fashion know-how she acquired during her six years at Vogue, managed to track it down to a small village of artisan weavers in Bali. With the aim of supporting weaving communities all over the globe, the accessories brand creates vintage-inspired handbags—think breezy rattan, leather panels and chunky weaves—that are perfect for everything from a sunny day at the beach to date night in the city.
Michelle Zauner, the artist better known as JAPANESE BREAKFAST, is giving us a reason to celebrate on June 4 with the release of her third album, Jubilee. After the moody and grief-riddled tracks on her previous records, Psychopomp and Soft Sounds From Another Planet, the Philadelphia-based singer propelled herself out of the darkness to deliver tunes that are full of lightness and live up to the celebratory title. The album’s first single, “Be Sweet,” is dancey and hopeful—a sign of the musician’s new wave of inspiration.
New York-based MARA HOFFMAN—known for colourful pieces, strong silhouettes and coveted swimwear—has been moving toward sustainable practices since 2015 and is taking part in forward-thinking initiatives in order to give its garments a second life. The company has already donated 433 kilograms of damaged goods to the Renewal Shop—which fights waste by taking in unsellable inventory and upcycling it into fresh pieces—and has recently created Full Circle, giving fans a chance to buy and sell used pieces from the clothing line via the brand’s website. So whether it’s a restored wrap-skirt or a pre-loved pair of pants, you know it will be stylish and sustainable.
New to Canadian shelves, Swedish unisex-cosmetics line COLEKT pays tribute to its homeland’s architectural heritage and rich natural world with luxurious vegan colognes and skincare products made with hand-selected ingredients. Small-batch formulas fill minimalist bottles made out of recycled glass, redefining luxe in a way that puts eco awareness centre stage.
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