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✨ Happy weekend! Today is Saturday, August 24, 2019, and you can feel a little less badabout eating a frozen pizza for dinner tonight.
The end of summer (sorry!) and fall denim trend reports always go hand in hand, but this year, the biggest trend in jeans has nothing to do with how they fit. With the climate crisis top of mind, sustainability is a key tenet for any brand hoping to stay in shoppers’ good books. Traditionally, the denim industry has been far from it: major water and resource waste, environmentally-damaging chemical pollutants, and poor labour practices were (and for a large part, still are) commonplace in the making of our true blues. But, there is good news: brands and manufacturers both big and small are working to reform their practices in the name of Mother Earth — and we’re being rewarded with some kicka$$ jeans (and clearer consciences) because of it.
• What Else You Need to Know
With more brands starting to do better, many are quick to toot their own horns with grandiose claims that they may or may not live up to. Here are a few you can trust:
- Australian-based Outland Denim is on a mission to end human trafficking and slave labour. The Certified B Corp. was founded with the primary purpose of giving Cambodian women (who’ve been saved from traffickers or are living in poverty) a sustainable career path working as seamstresses, along with providing liveable wages, training and access to personal development initiatives. Fabrics, packaging, and other raw materials are also ethically sourced with the environment in mind.
- For the relaunch of its in-house denim collection this month, Club Monaco partnered with Spanish manufacturer Tejidos Royo to make use of its industry-leading “waterless” textile production technology, which uses 65% less water in the dyeing process and 90% less chemicals than traditional manufacturing methods.
- Canadian brand Frank & Oak just introduced its Circular Denim collection, made entirely from post-consumer recycled fabric. Old used jeans are collected and tossed into a recycling machine that grinds them up, turning up to 1,700 pounds of denim fabric per hour into fluffy cotton fibre that’s then respun (with a bit of virgin fibre added for structural support) into new yarn, and woven into fresh denim.
- Reformation approaches sustainability in a multitude of ways, from using water- and chemical-reduced production methods to swapping newly sourced cotton for deadstock fabrics that would otherwise be destined for a landfill. As a company, the brand invests in green building infrastructure and releases quarterly sustainability reports for full transparency on its practices.
— SHOP THE TREND —
• Mod World
If you pine for the prints of the swinging ’60s, H&M’s latest collaboration is for you. This past Thursday, it released a limited-edition collaboration with the house of British scarf designer Richard Allan, who was best known for his iconic geometric and op-art prints. Following the design house’s heyday from the 1960s to 1980s, Allan’s daughter Cate relaunched her father’s company in 2014, reviving his original prints and patterns (think houndstooth, paisley, and chainlink motifs). For the collaboration with H&M, his scarves have been reinterpreted yet again as dresses, skirts, T-shirts, blouses, jumpsuits, leggings and yes, more scarves. Fashionista
• Subtle Statement
Stila is stepping up its foundation game with its latest launch. The brand’s new Hide & Chic Fluid Foundation($51) mixes ingredients like plant collagen from five roots and veggies, baobab seed extract, and Irish sea moss for a “humidity-proof” formula that it claims firms skin, boosts hydration and protects against “external impurities.” The resulting texture is lightweight and breathable with buildable coverage in 30 shades. The foundation hits Shoppers Drug Mart and Murale stores this week, along with a new spin on the brand’s liquid eyeshadows. While its totally #extra shimmery, glittery, metallicand holographic shadows are fan favourites, Stila’s toning it down for fall with new Suede Shade shadows ($31) in eight shades with a finish that’s just ever so slightly shy of matte. Stila
🌟 PRO TIP
The best way to keep your dishes exciting throughout the week is to store everything disassembled in the fridge, and piece together the day of.
– Jill Donenfeld and Tiana Tenet of The Culinistas, an NYC-based private chef service, share how to reap the benefits of meal prepping without getting bored. When components are stored separately, they say, it allows you more freedom to mix and match dishes and repurpose any ingredients you end up with leftovers of at the end of the week. Coveteur
• A Great Escape
Casa Delphine opened in travel hotspot San Miguel de Allende in Mexico in April, but this fall is when things will really heat up. The luxe boutique hotel (rates start at US $265/night in the high season) just announced a series of pop-ups and events that will delight foodies, new age spirits and wellness seekers alike. A monthly dinner series will welcome guest chefs from near and far (starting with Mexico City, NYC, and LA) to the venue’s kitchen to serve up exclusive multi-course menus to hungry guests. A tarot card dinner series hosted by professional tarot reader, historian and psychologist Miguel Canseco will draw on the city’s connections to Mexican folklore and mysticism. Wellness retreats are also upcoming, with a five-night meditation retreat scheduled for January 2020, followed by a four-night “wellness and fermentation retreat” (complete with cooking classes) in February to nourish you from the inside out.
• Meal Planning
Culinary and travel authorities Food & Wine and Travel + Leisure are thinking globally with a new joint best-of list. The sister publications just released their inaugural ranking of the world’s best restaurants, curated by a previously anonymous critic, revealed to be James Beard Award-winning writer Besha Rodell. The list is broken out by continent, with 30 restaurants making the grade globally, and is anything but pretentious. Case in point: For North America, the top honour goes to Alfonsina in Oaxaca, Mexico, which is run by chef Jorge León and his mother, and is located on the ground floor of their family home. (We’d link to the menu, but the restaurant doesn’t have a website… or a phone — just DM León on IG for a table.) Other restaurants worth the cost of plane tickets: Mil in Moray, Peru; 4Roomed The Restaurant in Cape Town, South Africa; Attica in Melbourne, Australia; Burnt Ends in Singapore; and Antichi Sapori in Montegrosso, Italy. Food & Wine / Travel + Leisure
• Diet Lessons
Samsung is intent on competing with Apple and Fitbit with its new edition of the Galaxy Watch Active. The upgraded smartwatch will ship on Sept. 27 (but Canadian preorders started this week!) just six months after the original version was launched, and attempts to fill in some of the gaps left by the first: touch-enabled bezel rotation controls (rather than mechanical), a flatter face, and improved fitness tracking sensors. The new heart rate monitor has double the sensors of the original for faster and more accurate readings, and the accelerometer and GPS sensors got a big boost, too. A future update will bring a real-time electrocardiogram feature to monitor irregular heartbeats. Bonus: It also comes with a portable battery pack for emergency charging. Android Central
OTHER COOL SH*T
• Don’t Call It a Comeback
This year, Target is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its first-ever designer collaboration. (The inaugural collection was a line of kitchenware designed by renowned architect Michael Graves.) To mark the milestone, the department store is digging up the best of the best from its archives, reissuing a limited-edition collection of nearly 300 of the bestselling pieces. The Anniversary Collection includes items across all categories — from apparel and accessories to home décor and kitchenware — and includes designs by Isaac Mizrahi, Altuzarra, Anna Sui, Hunter, Jason Wu, John Derian, Lilly Pulitzer, Marimekko, Missoni, Philippe Starck, Rodarte, Zac Posen, and more. The collection drops Sept. 14 in stores and online (yay for cross-border shipping!), but that’s not all; a commemorative coffee table book by Rizzoli is due out Sept. 3, and a documentary on how the brand’s collaborations disrupted traditional retail will be released this fall. Fashionista
⚡️ STRAIGHT TO THE POINT
• Fast friends Taylor Swift and Stella McCartney have paired up on a fashion collection inspired by Swift’s new album, Lover.
• Banana Republic is throwing its stylish felt fedora into the ring of brands offering subscription clothing rentals (in the U.S., at least).
• Gen Z idol Millie Bobby Brown is starting her empire at the ripe age of 15 with a vegan makeup and skincare line named Florence by Mills. According to a countdown on her new brand’s Instagram Story, the collection is set to launch tomorrow.
• Hedi Slimane is going big with his rebrand of Celine’s beauty division, debuting La Collection Celine Haute Parfumerie, a range of 11 unisex fragrances due out in October.
• Tim Hortons is following in Starbucks caffeinated footsteps, now offering delivery in the Greater Toronto Area through SkipTheDishes.
• Let’s Taco ‘Bout It
We know it’s a marketing gimmick, but it’s a really, really good one.
Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re off to test out this questionably delicious — but obviously healthy — smoothie trend.