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Afew weeks be­fore we shipped last year’s “Made in Canada” is­sue, I in­ter­viewed Lidewij Edelkoort, the über-in­tel­lec­tual Paris-based trend fore­caster. We talked about the death of ec­cen­tric­ity and how it would be fol­lowed by an “em­bry­onic mo­ment” in which we’d all re-en­er­gize in prepa­ra­tion for a re­vival or re­nais­sance. “We’re fed up!” she said. “We need to go bonkers! We want to be happy.” She sug­gested that Cana­di­ans—with our gen­er­ally pos­i­tive mien—were slightly ahead of the trend. Edelkoort seems to be spot-on in her pre­dic­tions if the fall col­lec­tions are any in­di­ca­tion of so­ci­ety’s new un­con­ven­tional mood. Fash­ion scribe An­ders Chris­tian Mad­sen wrote in i-D that de­sign­ers were in­tro­duc­ing an ec­cen­tric—or “kooky”—sen­si­bil­ity into their de­signs. You ex­pect that kind of de­light­ful and manic ex­pres­sive­ness from Man­ish Arora, Moschino and Jeremy Scott, but it was a lit­tle sur­pris­ing to see Alexan­der Wang in­tro­duce an ec­cen­tri­cally gothic twist (Franken­stein boots and chain-mail shifts) into his work. And what about the sub­ver­sive and quirky stylings at Dior? Here at home, de­signer Mikhael Kale deftly brought a zany touch to his ex­quis­ite cre­ations. (See “One to Watch” on page 38.) Case in point? The jacket I’m wear­ing in the photo on this page. This plas­ti­cized tweed coat, with its char­treuse Mon­go­lian-fur trim, cap­tures a whim­si­cal artistry that Peggy Guggen­heim would have em­braced for its bo­hemian op­u­lence. Kale told Char­lotte Her­rold, our as­so­ciate fash­ion editor, that he lives by the motto “Life is too short to en­ter­tain monotony.” Hear, hear! Another Cana­dian artist who has a loyal fol­low­ing of ec­cen­tric-ac­ces­sory fans—in­clud­ing Ri­hanna and Kelly Os­bourne—is Holly Dy­ment. (See “Made in Canada” on page 36.) “It’s all in­stinct, art, tak­ing a chance and be­ing brave,” the jew­ellery de­signer told Lisa Gui­mond, our fash­ion fea­tures editor. This is the same ad­ven­tur­ous spirit that al­lowed our cover girl, Carly Rae Jepsen, to shed that all-too-Cana­dian habit of be­ing “a lit­tle too nice.” (See “Me, My­self & I” on page 54.) Af­ter some time away from the mu­sic scene, Jepsen is re­turn­ing with a new al­bum—and a new state of mind: “I think I’ve learned a lot about my­self. Even learn­ing that I could say ‘no’ or that I didn’t have to be the ‘yes girl’ all the time was a re­ally im­por­tant les­son.” Or, as Edelkoort might sug­gest, Jepsen is let­ting her­self go a lit­tle bit bonkers. Isn’t it time we all let loose, break a few con­ven­tions and set our own path?

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