We in­vited three bloggers into our #ELLECanadaCloset to take on a style chal­lenge with our top spring picks from Nord­strom. Check out “Fash­ion Math” (page 50). Dur­ing the shoot, I raided the racks for this month’s Editor’s Note shot.

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Even be­fore Fernanda Ly hit the Louis Vuit­ton run­way wear­ing a leath­­er skirt, pink moto jacket and anime-es­que tiara, Ni­co­las Gh­esquière set the scene for his fu­tur­is­tic-in­spired col­lec­tion with a voice­-over sound­track from the Minecraft trailer. “Let’s go wher­ever you want to go... build any­thing you want. Build your own lit­tle com­mu­nity. Pro­tect your­self with the strong­est armour that you can craft. No­body can tell you what you can or can­not do. With no rules to fol­low, this ad­ven­ture is up to you.” Gh­esquière kicked off his fash­ion ad­ven­ture with a trippy light show that felt like we were be­ing sucked into a vir­tual world in­hab­ited by manga war­riors with a kick-ass sense of style. “It’s re­ally about travel to the fron­tier of the dig­i­tal world,” he told re­porters back­stage. “I love the spirit of the house and its his­tory, but I’m also here to look for­ward.” He wasn’t the only de­signer in a fu­tur­is­tic mood. Sim­i­lar ideas were on show at Chanel, Edun, Prada and Mai­son Margiela. But were th­ese col­lec­tions pre­scient in the way that Paco Ra­banne’s were in the late ’60s, or were they merely flirt­ing with the con­cept through clever styling? Clara Young ex­plores this in “Prac­ti­cal Magic” (page 86). Ra­banne, who, along with Pierre Cardin and An­dré Cour­règes, launched the idea of fash­ion fu­tur­ism, in­ter­est­ingly never con­sid­ered his work in such a prophetic light. “We can only be deca­dent—you copy the past or are con­tem­po­rary,” he fa­mously told The New York Times. Or, as Young sug­gests, he clearly had no is­sues with the fu­ture of­ten be­ing a ren­di­tion of the past. That’s some­thing that our cover sub­ject, rap­per Iggy Aza­lea, is cer­tainly hop­ing isn’t the case. Af­ter a dif­fi­cult year—in which she found her­self em­broiled in a se­ries of nasty race-in­spired so­cial-me­dia feuds—she is ready to move for­ward with her much- an­tic­i­pated se­cond al­bum, Dig­i­tal Dis­tor­tion. Aza­lea told fea­tures editor Aliyah Shamsher that she would like to “Men in Black mem­ory-erase 2015.” Af­ter read­ing “Iggy Re­boot” (page 64), you may have a slightly dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive on how things went down for the con­tro­ver­sial rap artist. “We live in a dig­i­tal age of dis­tor­tion where we’re all dis­tort­ing each other and dis­tort­ing our­selves and our per­cep­tion of who we all are, and none of it is re­ally ac­cu­rate any­more,” she says. Aza­lea sug­gests that her lat­est work is mood­ier but her de­sire was to cre­ate mu­sic that makes her fans happy. While we were putting this fu­turethemed is­sue to­gether, I got into the habit of check­ing my daily horo­scope by our long-time as­trol­o­gist, Ge­or­gia Ni­cols. For to­day, she told me that there might be a few power strug­gles over how money is be­ing spent but cau­tioned me not to take the bait be­cause to­mor­row is go­ing to be a lovely day. It was a fit­ting foot­note to this month’s theme, be­cause the chance of hap­pier, lovely days ex­plains our en­dur­ing faith in, and fas­ci­na­tion with, the fu­ture.

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.

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