Wel­come to Septem­ber

ELLE (Canada) - - Be­hind The Is­sue -

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.

Vanessa Craft Editor-in-Chief Follow me on In­sta­gram and Twit­ter @vanes­sacraft. What do you want to see in the mag­a­zine? Tell us at edi­tors@ELLECanada.com or #Tel­lELLECanada.

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