MEM­ORY LANE

Elle (Canada) - - Editors Note -

I’ve been blessed—or per­haps cursed—with a rather hazy mem­ory. I tend not to rem­i­nisce, and look­ing at old pho­to­graphs of­ten makes me melan­choly. Since I was a kid, it has al­ways been about “What’s next?” or, if I dis­ci­pline my mind, “What’s now?” I thought of that the other day while en route to a wed­ding-themed event at the Shangri-La Ho­tel in Toronto. It was the first warm spring evening, and the cab driver—like all good Cana­di­ans—was elated by the shift in weather. “It’s good that we for­get the cold,” he said, “be­cause if we didn’t, we couldn’t en­joy the warm days.” “Yes, mem­o­ries can in­ter­fere with mo­ments,” I added, to which he replied, “Some­times, yes, but it’s also how we know who we are.” His philo­soph­i­cal—and con­tra­dic­tory— quip res­onated with me: At what point does memo­ri­al­iz­ing our past hin­der who we can be­come? It’s an idea that fea­tures edi­tor Aliyah Shamsher raises in her piece “Retro­ma­nia: Where Did All the New Ideas Go?” (page 84). “Some­where be­tween what was and what could have been lies a hazy ex­er­cise in re­mem­brance and make­be­lieve—and this is pre­cisely where nos­tal­gia lives,” she writes. But does this hazy state in­duce or hin­der in­no­va­tion? (You will have to read her piece to find out.) Other sepia-hued sto­ries in this month’s nos­tal­gia-themed is­sue in­clude the in­ter­view that fash­ion fea­tures edi­tor Lisa Gui­mond did with Bar­bara Atkin, Holt Ren­frew’s fash­ion direc­tor (“The Won­der Years,” page 58). From Franco Moschino’s and Tom Ford’s last shows to Madonna’s barech­ested romp down Jean Paul Gaultier’s run­way, Atkin has seen more fash­ion mo­ments than most and has left her mark as one of Canada’s style ar­biters. In “Time Warp” (page 136), man­ag­ing edi­tor Christina Reynolds heads to Napier, New Zealand, to at­tend its world-fa­mous Art Deco Week­end. Then there’s the “ELLE Canada Ed­i­tors’ Guide to a Stylish (& Sane) Wed­ding” (page 77). While beauty direc­tor Vanessa Craft is a newly minted bride, I had to forge back two decades to re­call a few de­tails from my own wed­ding. I hadn’t thought of that day for quite some time, but it came back to me at the Shangri-La din­ner, when the band played Neil Young’s “Har­vest Moon.” That was a tune I lis­tened to re­peat­edly in the days lead­ing up to my wed­ding. It’s a ten­der song that is very much about be­ing in the mo­ment—but know­ing that the mo­ment is only pos­si­ble be­cause there has been a beau­ti­ful past. Noreen Flana­gan Edi­tor-in-Chief Fol­low me on Twit­ter and Instagram @noreen_flana­gan We love hear­ing from you! Please write to us at ed­i­tors@ ELLECanada. com.

If you can’t find a bathing suit that makes you pine for the beach in this month’s Fash­ion Moves (page 50), you should live in the Arc­tic year-round. For a lit­tle added in­spo, watch the videos that bring th­ese hottest looks to life us­ing the free viewa app.

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