LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
Enough to spend way more money than I should for such a minimal item I will wear only a few times a year. But high Lycra content, gallery worthy prints, savvy cuts and a shop pro who can eyeball my curves and make the most of my middle-aged situation all help take the sting out of this annual downer.
I don’t care how young or toned you are, swimwear shopping sucks.
So with confidence-boosting as a mission, our Swim Therapy theme was born. Contributor Marilisa Racco found reassurance from Canadian swimwear insiders in “Suiting Up” (page 38), while executive editor Jacquelyn Francis got inspired by two women who earn their living doing something many of us avoid: being photographed in monokinis and maillots (“Body Talk,” page 42). And throughout our pages you’ll find lots of mood boosters and beauty tips to help you look and feel great from your surfer cool strands to your pedi-perfect toes.
If our cover girl, Ashley Benson, ever felt selfconscious at the beach she surely cured that when she played a bikini-clad badass in the 2012 romp Spring Breakers. Her next film, Pixels, has her cast as a sword-fighting video game warrior, but at our shoot Benson was anything but combative. “Even though she’s been working in Hollywood since she was nine, she is genuinely wide-eyed and excited and not at all jaded,” reports features editor Elio Iannacci, who interviewed Benson for “Beyond Pretty” (page 122). Benson’s style is totally So Cal, too—she arrived on set in boots and a beanie, despite the L.A. heat.
While much of our team was, uh, swimming in thoughts of summer, I was working my way through a stack of stories in preparation for an interview with Karl Lagerfeld (“King Karl,” page 105). At 79 (give or take, depending on the source), Lagerfeld is as sharp, opinionated and energetic as ever. And as lobby designer for the Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos in Toronto, he is not just lending his name and cashing the cheque (rumoured to be in the millions) but dictating every detail as he would a collection for Fendi or Chanel. Genius is a term used too loosely in the fashion world, but in summing up Lagerfeld, it’s probably the most accurate word there is.
Enjoy your Canadian summer, splurge on a gorgeous swimsuit and let us know what you think of this issue at let[email protected]