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It’s official; our favourite Upper East Siders are getting a reboot. It was just announced yesterday that Gossip Girl will be returning to the small screen 8 years after the original show’s finale. But, before you get too excited, this reboot will not be following the original cast. This time, a new group of obscenely rich and privileged teens will be at the centre of New York City’s go-to website for gossip. It will be interesting to see how 2000s era Gossip Girl translates to our hyper connected society. For one, Serena van der Woodsen’s flip phone would be switched out for a sleek iPhone X, and no doubt Instagram would be the be-all-end-all of Blair’s rein as ‘Queen Bee’.
Here’s everything we know so far:
There will be 10 hour-long episodes.
The official summary for the series reads as: “eight years after the original website went dark, a new generation of New York private school teens are introduced to the social surveillance of Gossip Girl. The prestige series will address just how much social media—and the landscape of New York itself—has changed in the intervening years.”
A release date has not yet been set for the new series.
When it does air, it can be viewed through HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s new streaming service, which is set to launch in spring 2020.
Joshua Safran will write and executive produce the new show.
Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz, the show’s original creators, will act as executive producers on the project.
I like wine, but the memes and hashtags about drinking it make me cringe, especially the ones related to motherhood. But when I saw the limited edition rose-hued glass bottle that houses my favourite facial mist, Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir, suddenly Rosé All Day didn’t sound so lame.
Since meeting the brand’s co-founder Mathilde Thomas nearly ten years ago, I’ve become a fan of the French brand known for its skincare infused with antioxidant-rich polyphenols and resveratrol from the grapevine cast-offs of Château Smith Haut Lafitte, her parents’ winery in Bordeaux. But the fragrant mist featuring essential oils like rosemary, orange blossom and mint is what I reach for the most. I spritz in the morning before I apply my skincare, and use it as a setting spray after makeup. I keep a bottle at my office desk and, come summer, I practically drain a bottle every few weeks to cool off after riding my bike around in peak humidity, my face perspiring like Billy’s in Stranger Things. (It’s extra refreshing when you store it in the fridge.)
I also love a good origin story, and Beauty Elixir has a magical one: while strolling along the Seine, Thomas ducked into an old book shop and stumbled upon a small book of beauty and wellness recipes, including one for an anti-aging elixir used by the Queen of Hungary in the 17th century. The story goes that this tonic not only made the Queen’s skin glow, but her youthful appearance attracted the attention of the King of Poland, who was almost half her age. Thomas gave the recipe to her chemists and asked them to reproduce it to the letter, with the exception of one new ingredient: the brand’s signature grape extract.
Because it’s made with 100 percent natural ingredients, “it’s like a bottle of wine,” says Thomas on the phone from Paris. In fact, the formula can differ slightly depending on when plant ingredients were harvested, and the product’s vintage. It also changes over time: newly bottled Beauty Elixirs smell more of the mint, rosemary and [lemon-scented herb] melissa, while myrrh and benzoin grow stronger with age.
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When it debuted in 1997, Thomas wasn’t expecting it to become a cult favourite. “It was a very bizarre product, with orange essential oil floating at the surface, and you had to shake it because I didn’t want to use an emulsifier,” says Thomas. “It would never have been born in a big cosmetic company. It would never have made it through the [focus groups]. It’s too strange.” Indeed, even in Thomas’ native France, where French thermal waters dominate pharmacy shelves, it’s not the brand’s top seller, because many “people don’t understand a multi-tasking mist.”
Meanwhile in North America and the UK, fashion designers like Jason Wu (he designed a previous limited edition bottle), makeup artists and celebrities like Caudalie spokesmodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, have helped Beauty Elixir rise in popularity. Legend has it that while en route to the airport, Liv Tyler turned her car around when she realized she had forgotten her bottle at home. It’s a carry-on hero for the gen pop too, with the added bonus of being both a shield from airplane germs thanks to antibacterial rosemary essential oil, and just generally making the cabin smell more pleasant.
You can also spritz it on your bed linens, or use it when you need a pick-me-up or to quiet your mind. (Thomas sprays it on the back of her neck, or on her fingertips before massaging her temples.) And while it’s a genius way to deal with Three O’Clock Face, or keep cool by the pool this summer (if you’re feeling extra, put it on ice like they do at the brand’s in-store events) you don’t need to wait for a special occasion. After all, it’s Rosé o’clock somewhere.
In the past year, Billie Eilish has gone from being a niche teen pop artist to one of the most bankable rising stars in the music business. In May, Eilish appeared in video for Calvin Klein’s #MyCalvins campaign extolling the virtues of her baggy wardrobe. Now, the “Bad Guy” singer has landed her first-ever high fashion campaign, as the face of MCM for the F/W 2019 season.
Photography Courtesy of MCM
In the campaign images, Eilish is sporting her signature blue hair and oversized clothing alongside a series of MCM accessories. Dirk Schönberger, MCM’s global creative officer, told WWD that he chose Eilish as a model because of what she stands for. “For me, she’s a bit of a role model for younger generations, even though she would probably hate the word.” Eilish is open about who she is, and always encourages others to express themselves without holding back. “She’s a game-changer: Not only is she disruptive, but it also feels like she can’t be corrupted. It’s not a marketing trick: She is that person. She really stands out in the current music scene,” he continued.
By choosing Eilish as a spokesmodel, MCM appears to be specifically courting the Gen Z demographic, who tend to view identity and gender as fluid subjects. “You don’t have to be a boy. You don’t have to be a girl. You don’t have to wear something specific to that title,” Eilish elaborated on her style of dress to WWD.
Photography Courtesy of MCM
The campaign will be officially released starting July 18th, while Schönberg’s first full collection for MCM will be introduced for spring 2020.
If you’ve been to any outdoor concert, workout class or networking event in the past couple of years, chances are you’ve been handed a little carton of Flow water. On a mission to replace plastic water bottles with eco-friendly containers, the Canadian company just landed a big name in its corner: Shawn Mendes.
The Grammy-nominated singer, who has been a fan of the water brand since 2015, has just been announced as the brand’s sustainability ambassador, as well as a new partner and investor in the business.
“I am incredibly excited to work with Flow Alkaline Spring Water alongside my manager Andrew Gertler, as partners, and to become the face of a brand that promotes sustainability and positivity in the best way possible,” Mendes said in a statement.
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But Mendes isn’t just serving as a celebrity face for the brand. He’s also launching an effort to make his 2019 North American tour more sustainable, swapping out plastic water bottles for Flow’s recyclable and sustainable packs backstage at all his concerts. The company, whose cartons are made of paper and plant-based materials, estimates that this move will prevent over 70,000 plastic water bottles from ending up in recycling plants or landfills.
Mendes’s 2019 tour will also be offsetting all carbon emissions (an estimate of over 2000 tonnes) with the help of Reverb, a company focused on helping lessen the environmental footprint of touring. In partnership with Flow, his team has also pledged to select sustainable catering and hospitality partners for the tour, to donate excess food and toiletries to food banks and shelters, to recycle and compost all their waste, and to engage his fans in environmental education programs.
“For a long time I’ve wanted to use my platform to encourage people to use more sustainable products,” said Mendes. “With Flow, the hope is together to inspire positive change in the world, and as much as humanly possible, to help maintain the natural beauty of our planet for our generation, and for generations to come.”
Italophiles, this one’s for you: Bottega Veneta just released their latest fragrance, Illusione, wholly inspired by the allure of Italy. “Illusione is a getaway,” says Amandine Clerc-Marie, a second generation perfumer who worked on the female fragrance, alongside Annick Menardo. “I imagined the smell of a siesta in the summer, the contrast between the warmth of the skin and the freshness of the water.” It’s a mix of citrus, bergamot and blackcurrent, with woodsy undertones and green fig—so basically, what the Italian villa of our collective vacation home fantasies might smell like. “I thought a lot about the  French movie, The Swimming Pool, with Romy Schneider and Alain Delon,” says Antoine Maisondeau, the nez who worked on the men’s version. “We needed something very fresh in the start to give this feeling of holiday, but we also needed something sensual: pine woods, Cyprus—I can’t think of Italy without thinking of Cyprus—and cedar notes. I thought about how Italians treat lemon in cooking—never too acidic, never harsh, so I added tonka bean and vetiver.”
The appropriately steamy campaign is headed up by Canadian model Simon Nessman and Vittoria Cerriti, who grew up in a small town about an hour north of Milan. Here’s what they had to say about Italian allure and the newest scent from the Bottega Veneta family.
Photography courtesy of Bottega Veneta
On Illusione: “The fragrance has strong notes of citrus and also a strong woody smell, with balsam and white cedar. I think all of that comes together and creates a very refined and elegant scent. When I think of Italy, I think about the countryside and sunshine and forest and for me, that’s really what this scent evokes. Maybe not like a rugged Canadian forest—rather a much more refined and manicured countryside.”
Favourite Italian city to visit: “I like Rome. Obviously, it’s an iconic city but I’ve spent a fair bit of time studying architecture and to be able to walk amongst these incredibly iconic buildings and architectural features for me is a special thing.”
Espresso order: “Whenever I go to town, I try to take time to stop in and have a coffee to stay. My go-to order would be a caffé latte.”
On Italian allure: “I think Italians, generally speaking, have a very sophisticated, elegant style that’s also very relaxed and easy. And obviously the sensuality. Italians are very passionate. There’s a really strong connection to food in that culture as well—good food, elegant style, and a strong connection to sensuality.”
Photography courtesy of Bottega Veneta
On Illusione: “It has a really fresh scent. I love that it’s inspired by Italians and all the scents you smell when you come to Italy. It’s a mix of grapefruit, orange blossom, fig leaves. At my parent’s lake house, we have this giant fig tree and it reminds me of those summer days.”
Favourite Italian city to visit: “I love Florence. I actually went there for the first time a year ago. I was still living in New York back then, so going to a place where it’s so green and the people are just, you know, Italian, it was great. There’s so much history in Florence that it’s just nice to feel close to where I belong.”
Most cherished memory growing up in Italy: “I grew up going to Lake Garda in the summer and it’s known for its olive trees. They make really good oils there. The scent of Illusione kind of reminds me of that—the olive trees and the freshness that the summers would give me. Those were the best days of my summers growing up, spending time with my family, with my cousins, playing all day in the middle of nowhere on the lake. I just came back to Italy after being in New York for four years and I can say I’ve never been happier—just the calmness that there is here, and the amazing food.”
Favourite Italian foods: “Like everyone, pizza. Italian pizza is just the best and I’ve really missed it living in New York City. Pizza, burrata, pasta—those were my favourite dishes growing up and they’re still my favourite dishes today.”
Molly Spittal is one busy woman. Since 2013, she’s been the powerhouse designer and founder of The Stowe, a sparingly designed leather accessories brand, and also helps manage the Decade Building, an artsy Montreal warehouse that’s home to The Stowe as well as other homegrown designers like Eliza Faulkner and YUUN and hosts everything from pop-up shops to photoshoots to album release parties. And because apparently she’s not busy enough, Spittal just founded Decade Studio, a sumptuous denim brand that uses 100% organic cotton denim for jeans that break in softly over time. “The reason why I wanted to focus on denim was because I had a lot of really strong opinions about it,” she says. “It’s definitely my medium.” Decade Studio jeans are built for women with “renaissance proportions,” aka small waists and big hips; Spittal used her own body as a starting point to tailor the fit of the jeans.
If you got tired just reading that last paragraph, I don’t blame you. We caught up with Molly over the phone to figure out how she manages to make her very busy life work for her.
The first thing I do when I wake up is look at my phone. Our handbags are made in Spain, and our denim is made in Portugal, so I start communication with my factories and production managers over there immediately when I wake up. I make sure all my posts are ready to go for social, because I manage all of the social for my businesses. I definitely scroll Instagram just to get my juices flowing a little bit. I’m not one of those people that hate social media. I think that people try too hard to separate their life and their social media. I’m not bothered by scrolling as much as I do. I don’t count my screen time. It’s part of my job and I enjoy doing it. It’s inspiring, as long as you are following the right stuff.
I have a young miniature Chihuahua and she is the best thing ever. Her name is Pina, and she’s super small, so we just go for a short walk around the block. I’ve only had her since January, so I’m still kind of learning how to have a dog.
I tend to my garden every single morning. I’m very garden obsessed. I check on everything, and water all my flowers. It’s definitely my happy place.
Then I shower and ride my bike to work. I ride my bike everyday.
Photography Courtesy of Decade Studio
Arrive at work. [The Decade Building] is actually a repurposed loading dock, so I open up the big garage doors to let the light in, turn on the music, and get the coffee going for everybody.
My to-do list is endless. I’m learning from Matt, my long-term partner and business partner, who has “email hours.” He does two chunks in a day, so between 10am and 1p, he just answers emails, and then he doesn’t answer emails again until between 4pm and 5pm. I do a lot of customer service for the brands because as the designer, I’m most knowledgeable about the product, so I email with customers and answer DM’s for both The Stowe and Decade Studio.
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Lunch is something that we normally all do together. (Editor’s note: Decade Studio is run by Molly, her partner Matt, and their friends Ezra and Morgan.) Matt and I cook at home a lot so we bring lunch. There’s also not a lot around the building. If anyone was to open a little sandwich spot in Outremont, they’d probably become a millionaire. That’s a good idea actually; maybe that’s our next project. We built a lunch table in the backyard and we hang out with the dogs and chitchat.
I kind of change gears in the afternoon. My creative brain starts flowing after 1:30pm or 2pm. That takes up the rest of my afternoon with emails here and there. We also get a lot of customers coming through our showroom to try on the jeans. They’re pretty steady, especially in the summertime. It’s really nice; the value of the face-to-face interaction with my customers and getting that direct feedback from them is immeasurable.
Photography Courtesy of Decade Studio
I try to cut my day off around 5:30pm. But because I work in a giant two-story garage sometimes my friends will roll up on their bikes after they’re leaving their office, and they will cruise by for a beer. It’s like heaven. I ride home with Pina, and she rides in my basket, which is pretty cute.
We make dinner most nights, or we sit in the park and I turn off pretty much right away. I have so much going on every day that I really need to take my evenings for myself. We love to sit in the park, and it’s so cliché, living in Montreal, but we eat a lot of baguettes and cheese, a little bit of wine in the park after work is just the perfect way to unwind.
Workout gear retailer Lululemon is known to team up with the buzziest of fitness studios and athletes (read: SoulCycle, pro-surfer Malia Manuel) for exclusive capsule collections, so its latest collaboration with Hollywood-endorsed Barry’s Bootcamp comes as no surprise. (I mean, it was only a matter of time.)
The “Stronger As One” Lululemon Barry’s Bootcamp collection contains 30 pieces for women and men, which come in a palette of black, grey, dusty pink and of course, Barry’s signature red. (The franchise’s studios are infamous for casting an elusive, and strangely flattering, red glow on clients, which tends to make the HIIT workout a bit more bearable.) Standout pieces in the lineup include a pair of leggings replete with perforated detailing, sleek bike shorts and a metallic windbreaker for post-Red Room torture.
According to the Vancouver-based activewear company, the collection—their biggest one to date—took over a year to create. However, we’re positive it was worth the wait. The “Stronger As One” Lululemon Barry’s Bootcamp collection ranges from $38 to $188, and will be available on July 23 at lululemon.com, select Lululemon stores and all Barry’s Bootcamp locations.
It’s official! The Canadian YouTube celeb, LGBTQ+ activist (and our August 2017 cover star!) Gigi Gorgeous has officially tied the knot. The beauty guru married her long-time girlfriend: activist, model and fashion designer Nats Getty, on July 12 at the Rosewood Miramar Beach in Montecito, California.
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Gigi wore a dreamy white strapless Michael Costello gown and worked with the designer during the process, People said. Gigi also had two other outfit changes throughout the night, which were also custom Michael Costello looks. Nats looked dapper in a white suit with black detailing, designed by her own fashion label, Strike Oil. Despite Gigi’s famous beauty guru talents, her makeup was done by Hilary Montez, and hair styled by Irinel de León.
There were reportedly just over 200 guests in attendance, between friends, family, and industry personalities. Gigi’s father walked the bride down the aisle, as members from the fashion, beauty, YouTube and LGBTQ+ communities, from Caitlyn Jenner to Trisha Paytas, were there to celebrate the newlyweds.
Gigi rose to YouTube stardom in 2013 after sharing her personal stories and coming out as transgender on her YouTube channel. She later met Nats in 2016. The two started dating, and Gigi came out again on her YouTube channel as lesbian. Nats popped the question to Gigi in 2018 during a proposal of epic proportions in Paris, after dating for approximately two years.
Between Gigi’s large beauty guru platform, Nats’ fashion accomplishments, and their combined interests and work in LGBTQ+ activism as a transgender lesbian couple, the two are without a doubt making their mark on the creative industry as a whole.
“What I think is so amazing about Gigi and me, us together as a pair, as a couple in a relationship, is that no matter what we’re doing, if its me supporting her, her supporting me in whatever endeavour, we’re a team and we have so much fun together,” Nats told ABC News earlier this year. “I can’t wait to see what life continues to throw at us.”
Emmy nominations in recent years have become a bit of a drill, with Game of Thrones, Veep, Better Caul Saul and This Is Us predictably scooping up most of the nods. This year, though, had some wildcard energy, with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences nominating a bunch of fresh names and faces: Natasha Lyonne’s Russian Doll got some love, as did Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag (all five of its leading/supporting/guest actresses got noms but Andrew Scott’s Hot Priest didn’t, which, blasphemy!), and Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us. Beloved Canadian sitcom Schitt’s Creek FINALLY got its due, with nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series, Contemporary Costumes, and nods for both Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara.
Read on for the full list of 2019 nominees, who in just a few months will start gearing up for Moira Rose’s favourite season.
Better Call Saul
Game of Thrones
This Is Us
LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Billy Porter, Pose
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us
LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Laura Linney, Ozark
Mandy Moore, This Is Us
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Robin Wright, House of Cards
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Gwendoline Christie, Game of Thrones
Julia Garner, Ozark
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve
Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones
Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Alfie Allen, Game of Thrones
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul
Michael Kelly, House of Cards
Chris Sullivan, This Is Us
GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black
Cherry Jones, The Handmaid’s Tale
Jessica Lange, AHS: Apocalypse
Phylicia Rashad, This Is Us
Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away With Murder
Carice van Houten, Game of Thrones
GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Michael Angarana, This Is Us
Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us
Michael McKean, Better Call Saul
Kumail Nanjiani, The Twilight Zone
Glynn Turman, How to Get Away With Murder
Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale
The Good Place
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag
LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Anthony Anderson, black-ish
Don Cheadle, Black Monday
Ted Danson, The Good Place
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Bill Hader, Barry
Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Sian Clifford, Fleabag
Olivia Colman, Fleabag
Betty Gilpin, GLOW
Sarah Goldberg, Barry
Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Anthony Carrigan, Barry
Tony Hale, Veep
Stephen Root, Barry
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Henry Winkler, Barry
GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Jane Lynch, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Sandra Oh, Saturday Night Live
Maya Rudolph, The Good Place
Kristin Scott Thomas, Fleabag
Fiona Shaw, Fleabag
Emma Thompson, Saturday Night Live
GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Matt Damon, Saturday Night Live
Robert de Niro, Saturday Night Live
Luke Kirby, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Peter MacNicol, Veep
John Mulaney, Saturday Night Live
Adam Sandler, Saturday Night Live
Rufus Sewell, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Escape at Dannemora
When They See Us
Bandersnatch: Black Mirror
Deadwood: The Movie
My Dinner With Hervé
LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Amy Adams, Sharp Objects
Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora
Aunjanue Ellis, When They See Us
Joey King, The Act
Niecy Nash, When They See Us
Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon
LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Mahershala Ali, True Detective
Benecio del Toro, Escape at Dannemora
Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal
Jared Harris, Chernobyl
Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us
Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Patricia Arquette, The Act
Marsha Stephanie Blake, When They See Us
Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects
Vera Farmiga, When They See Us
Margaret Qualley, Fosse/Verdon
Emily Watson, Chernobyl
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Asante Blackk, When They See Us
Paul Dano, Escape at Dannemora
John Leguizamo, When They See Us
Stellan Skarsgard, Chernobyl
Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal
Michael K Williams, When They See Us
REALITY SHOW HOST
James Corden, The World’s Best
Ellen DeGeneres, Ellen’s Game Of Games
Marie Kondo, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo
Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, Making It
RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race
REALITY SHOW COMPETITION
The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
RuPaul’s Drag Race
VARIETY SKETCH SERIES
At Home With Amy Sedaris
I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman
Saturday Night Live
Who Is America?
VARIETY TALK SERIES
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
The Late Late Show With James Corden
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
OUTSTANDING VARIETY SPECIAL (PRE-RECORDED)
Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live From Liverpool
Hannah Gadsby: Nanette
Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé
Springsteen on Broadway
Wanda Sykes: Not Normal
Hilary MacMillan has always been a trailblazer. In addition to her bold ‘FEMINIST’-emblazoned bomber jackets and her decision to go cruelty-free in 2018, the Canadian designer will now offer extended sizing on her collections. Beginning with the Spring/Summer 2020 season, select pieces in her collection will go up to 4X and size 22.
According to a statement, MacMillan says it was always her goal to offer extended sizing but “as an independent fashion brand, the timing had to be right and the consumer demand had to be there.” Thanks to the popularity of the brand’s Feminist jackets – which are already offered up to a size 4x – as well as customer requests for extended sizing, MacMillan determined the time was now. The Spring/Summer 2020 collection collection will debut at Toronto Fashion Week on September 3rd, 2020 and go on sale March 1st, 2020.
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While offering extended sizing should be par for the course for big brands who have plenty of access to capital and a highly sophisticated supply chain, it’s a huge deal for a small independent Canadian brand to be able to offer extended sizing.
“The average North American woman is plus size, and I’m so happy that MacMillan realizes and is now showcasing that collections shouldn’t stop at one size,” says writer and body-positive activist Ama Scriver. “Fat folks (like myself) are paying close attention to the brands and designers who are designing for us and inviting us to the table. We will continue to fight for radical inclusion in the fashion industry. It’s been a long time coming, but we want to spend our cash with the brands and designers who include us.”
That said, we’re looking forward to the day when announcing an extended size range is no longer a newsworthy announcement.