Welcome to September
WHAT DOES IT MEAN to have a signature style? And how does one create it? These are the questions we’re reflecting on in this issue. In recent years, many of us have subscribed to the oftperpetuated idea that a covetable trademark look is synonymous with effortlessness. The women we romanticize dress in crisp white shirts—always finished with a haphazard French tuck and often set off with a stack of perfectly mismatched limited-edition bangles—and seem to put their looks together easily without a second thought. Perhaps, we think, she just pulled that blouse off the back of a chair in her Capri villa.
I have no idea what this is like. I have always invested a significant amount of effort and consideration into my clothing choices—much to my mother’s chagrin during those socially significant back-to-school shopping trips. I knew those choices were integral to communicating who I was—or, more often, who I wanted to be. Since my love of fashion was solidified during my coming of age in the ’80s and ’90s, my style is a reflection of their trends—edgy, urban and high glam. But the definitive mix didn’t come without a lot of trial and error.
In The ELLE Guide: How to Find Your Signature Style (page 72), writer Olivia Stren asks if the concept of effortless style is misguided. Some of the most influential style icons right now—think Cate Blanchett, Rihanna and Meghan Markle—have a highly considered sartorial message. They intuitively understand that powerful women take control over almost every facet of their lives, including fashion. It’s something our daring cover star Tracee Ellis Ross eloquently expresses in our story on page 88. “In hindsight, I now know that I [grew up watching] a woman in her full power and glory, who utilized her agency,” she says of the impact her mother, Diana Ross, had on her as a child. “That’s what clothing, style and fashion represented to me—a uniform for greatness.” Sounds about right to me.
3) NYC-based model NATALIELUDWIG enjoyed playing tourist in Niagara Falls between takes for our fall-trends fashion shoot, “On the Road” (p. 98). It was the first time the Vancouver native had ever been to the falls, and the road trip kicked off a busy week: She flew to Boston the next day for her university convocation.
2) No sunglasses? No problem for market editor/office cool girl ELAINE JYLL REGIO, who manages to look chic even while squinting outside Milk Studios in L.A. Regio styled Tracee Ellis Ross for our cover story (p. 88) and says that the actress’ “energy and laugh are bright and refreshing and totally fit with all the colourful clothes we had on-set.”
5) Another day, another city for our jet-setting beauty editor, VICTORIA DIPLACIDO. This time, she flew to L.A. to hang out—and drink rosé—with newly minted Kérastase ambassador Emily Ratajkowski at the Chateau Marmont. (We’re not jealous, not even in the slightest.) Full story on p. 38.
1) We can cross “eavesdropping on LUPITA NYONG’O and SAOIRSE RONAN” off our bucket list. For “In Conversation” (p. 62), beauty editor Victoria listened in on the two actresses as they discussed their new roles as co-faces of Calvin Klein’s latest fragrance, Women. The verdict? They were professional and intelligent chatterboxes—they didn’t want to get off the phone.
4) Writer FLANNERY DEAN, who’s based in Hamilton, Ont., comes clean about her obsession with action movies in “Bring the Noise” (p. 80). Hint: It all began in 1987, with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Predator.
6) Editor--in-chief VANESSA CRAFT and cover star TRACEEELLIS ROSS give their best “blue steel” on the set of our cover shoot (p. 88). Major props to them both for donning these neon Canada Goose puffers in the middle of June in California. Heroes don’t always wear capes, guys—sometimes they wear winter jackets.
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