S/ rounds up the best in show for fashion, art, beauty, and film
Discover the fantastic and frightful world of Guillermo del Toro at his first Canadian exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Undoubtedly one of the most inventive filmmakers of his generation, del Toro is infamous for reinventing the genres of horror, science fiction, and fantasy. Organized thematically, the unique exhibition features a glimpse of the creative process, from visions of del Toro’s childhood to exploring death and the afterlife. “At Home with Monsters” brings together the elements from del Toro’s films with a diverse range of media. The exhibition includes sculpture, prints, costumes, and ancient artifacts all culled from Bleak House, del Toro’s creative haven located in Los Angeles. Along with these works, the retrospective is accompanied by a fully illustrated, 144-page catalogue available for purchase. “del Toro believes we need monsters. To him, the imperfections of monsters are found in all of us,” says Jim Shedden, co-curator and the AGO’s manager of publishing. The fascination with terrifying yet vulnerable monsters is a way to explore the imagination of del Toro. “At Home with Monsters” is on view at the AGO from September 30th, 2017 until January 7th, 2018.
FASHION HAT TRICKS
From the head-to-toe dressing of days gone by—think along the stylish lines of Marianne Faithfull— to oversized, hip-hop-influenced caps at Marc Jacobs, designers put a lid on fall with statement chapeaus. At Marni, designer Francesco Risso looked to the 1970s with black latex pirate hats topped in fun red shag. The downhome prairies inspired the fuzzy baseball caps at Coach, and at Gucci, creative director Alessandro Michele mined the treasures at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, England, coming up with a menagerie of eccentric, aristocratic designs, including a bejewelled pink cloche.
BEAUTY FACIAL FUEL
Give dull, fatigue-stricken skin a pick-me-up with Clarins’ eighth generation of Double Serum, its best-selling skincare hero since 1985. Reformulated and repackaged, this potent, anti-aging formula is enriched with turmeric extract in combination with 20 different plant extracts, including ginger lily, goji berry, horse chestnut, and kiwi. With its innovative double-vial bottle—one chamber is water-based, the other oil-based— each united drop delivers the perfect number of actives that deeply penetrate into the skin to rev up skin cells’ five vital functions: regeneration, oxygenation, nutrition, hydration, and protection. The result is firmer, smoother, and more even-toned skin in just four weeks.
FASHION PACKING HEAT
All-American fashion house Michael Kors is the epitome of jet-set style, and this season has a new carryall that’s a must on any packing list. Understated and elegant, the Bancroft bag was inspired by a market basket the designer spotted while vacationing in Corsica. Made in Florence, Italy of smooth, European-sourced leather, the gold-accented handbags are available in four sizes, including a tote, a weekender, and a cross-body satchel. It’s just the right companion for a last-minute jaunt to the Mediterranean, or wherever your heart desires. Bon voyage.
BEAUTY LASH OUT
A step often skipped backstage was one of this season’s most coveted beauty looks. Makeup artists got crafty with super-strong and fluttery lashes, giving models’ eyes the killer attention they deserved. At Tadashi Shoji, the vibe was Twiggy 2.0, with lower doll-like lashes faked with glitter and liner, while Emilio Pucci followed suit with chunky electric hues. Whatever your style, get ready to pump up the volume.
ART FROM YVES WITH LOVE
Having served as important sources of inspiration for the late Yves Saint Laurent, Paris and Marrakech will be home to two new museums this October in honour of the designer’s incredible legacy. Located close to the Jardin Majorelle, a Moroccan garden purchased by the iconic couturier and his longtime partner, Pierre Bergé, the STUDIO KO-designed, terracotta-hued Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech will conserve 5,000 haute couture garments and 15,000 accessories, sketches, collection boards, and photographs. The Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris will take over the famous couture house on 5 avenue Marceau where Saint Laurent spent nearly 30 years designing his collections. There, visitors will experience an ever-changing rotation of retrospective displays, including an inaugural showing of approximately 50 designs alongside accessories, sketches, photographs, and videos. The Paris museum is set to open on October 3rd, 2017 and the Marrakech museum on October 19th, 2017.
DESIGN RAW POWER
For Canadian designer Troy Smith, reusing and recycling goods is always an important factor. In his latest collection, Crazy Glass, Smith showcases the extent of how to play with both glass and metal to create colourful and functional works of art for your home. In order to keep the glass the main attraction of his pieces, Smith removed unnecessary extras before adding elements such as liquid resin and Starphire glass. In using rare and raw materials, each piece becomes unique in itself and can never be mimicked.
ART CULTURE CLUB
Club 57 shifted New York’s social scene from Soho to the East Village, becoming the center of counterculture and creativity in the ’70s and ’80s. Experimenting with new modes of art, performance, and music, the basement club grew into an alternative space where art-school misfits and art-scene legends, the likes of Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, intersected. This October, the Museum of Modern Art is celebrating the long-lasting influence of Club 57, with a major exhibition and film series that explores and expands on the interdisciplinary spirit of the post-punk club. “Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983” is on display from October 31st, 2017 until April 1st, 2018.
FASHION JEAN JEANIE
For more than 10 decades, Levi’s has created iconic clothing that is universally loved and become a master in deconstructed denim. The obsession for pre-loved jeans and individual expression has inspired the brand to create a line that remasters classic designs. Levi’s Fall 2017 Altered collection features unique pieces that speak to the process of customization. The timeless 721 and 501 skinnys come to life with twisted seams, covered coin pockets, and darts with finishes ranging from washed blacks to tinted indigos. The options are endless when it comes to creating a personal style with Levi’s denim, and the Altered collection has done all the work for you. Distressed to embellished, it’s time to embrace self-expression.
BEAUTY FEAST YOUR EYES
When it comes to aging—hello stubborn fine lines and wrinkles—the eyes have it. The thinnest, most fragile skin on the entire face, the eye contour is under constant stress from the more than 10,000 micro-muscle movements it experiences daily. Thankfully, Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix is here to the rescue. Packed full with two types of plumping hyaluronic acid, the fast-absorbing, silky formula acts as a strengthening cushion to help soften the impact of these muscle movements, while working overtime to calm puffiness and minimize dark circles.