The Top 15 Canadian Fashion Risk Takers Of All Time
The Top 15 Canadian Fashion Risk Takers Of All Time
Canadians are known for plenty of amazing things—being polite, dominating hockey, making the best maple syrup—but taking fashion risks? Not so much. That said, you’d be surprised at the number of stylish Canuck trendsetters making headlines. . Supermodels who jig and won’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day, pioneers in androgyny and punk-princess style and icons of television history are but a few of the sartorial risk takers who call Canada home. Here are our top 15 Canadian fashion risk takers of all time. What do you think: are they style winners or losers?
Take a quick peek at her Instagram (@dotwillow) and you’ll see why there’s really no one cooler than Mississauga, Ontario’s Daria. She sails the high seas, practices photography and lives in the Irish countryside, all while starring in high-profile campaigns for Lancôme, Céline and Mango. Can you say #girlcrush?
Over the years, the Grammy-award winning songstress from Timmins, Ontario, has rocked everything from personalized NHL jerseys to sequined jumpsuits. But pulling off he most vampy leopard-print ensemble while hitchhiking through the desert? That do impress me much.
The Toronto-based actor and star of Dracula Untold loves to make a bold statement on the red carpet, from floral-print Erdem dresses to couture gowns by Armani Privé. This angelic beauty can clearly do no wrong.
One of the original supers, in 1990, the St. Catharine’s native famously announced she doesn’t “get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day.” With her ever-changing hairstyle and unmistakable cheekbones, Evangelista embodies the Versace-clad decadence of the early ’90s. She’s our everything.
Rachel McAdams has complemented her starring roles in new cinematic classics like The Notebook with A-list gowns by designers Zuhair Murad, Romona Keveza and more. The London, Ontario-raised starlet took her famous Mean Girls-mantra “On Wednesdays, we wear pink,” to the next level when added petal-pink highlights in 2007 and had everyone calling their colourists.
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The designer twins behind ready-to-wear label Dsquared2 export their brand of haute Canuck chic to the runways of Milan every season. Runway cameos by Rihanna, tour ensembles for Madonna and raising international awareness of the Canadian tuxedo are the kind of style statements we can get behind.
Coco Rocha has become a household name thanks to her is a face known to many modelling international beauty ads with Yves Saint Laurent and fashion campaigns with Longchamp and Canadian brand Jacob (RIP) to name just a few. We love her not only because she’s Canada’s style sweetheart but also because she actively campaigns for models’ rights and is outspoken against the excessive use of Photoshop. Oh, and she once did a mean Irish jig down the runway at Jean Paul Gaultier—in Paris. Knock us over with a feather.
Hailing from Victoria, Nelly Furtado flew onto the scene in 2000 wearing boot-cut jeans, Adidas Superstars and a tank top in her adorable video for “I’m Like a Bird,” predating the normcore movement by a good 14 years. Now that’s trend setting. We’ve watched her expand her musical chops while growing and evolving her signature look, staying true to her original BC-girl vibe.
In 1995, Alanis Morissette and her leather pants had fans endlessly speculating as to who was the inspiration behind her massive hit song “You Oughta Know.” She never told. A few years later, the singer-songwriter from Ottawa cemented her icon status in the video for “Thank You,” in which she sported nothing but her signature wavy brown mane. Talk about brave.
No Toronto Fashion Week show is complete without a front-row appearance by model and former Canada’s Next Top Model judge Stacey McKenzie. Originally from Jamaica and raised in Toronto, McKenzie keeps the Canadian fashion set guessing about her next bold street-style moves by wearing outfits by Balmain and the like.
Our hearts will always go on for Celine. Her incomparable voice and 30-plus year career is legendary around the world. And her wedding to her manager and now husband René Angélil was one for the style books. We love her stylish brand of opulence that’s just short of over the top. J. Lo, eat your heart out.
Avril Lavigne has been at the centre of her fair share of tabloid controversy over the years, but one thing we can all agree upon is her ushering in an era of punk-princess style. Spiked bracelets, a trucker hat and a whole lotta attitude were her must-have accessories. Sk8er Boi sold separately.
She almost needs no introduction: Kim Cattrall showed the world how to be sophisticated and sexy through her roles in HBO’s Sex and the City and again in new HBO Canada show, Sensitive Skin. Who could forget all of the bright colours, low-cut blazers and designer accessories (minus one Birkin bag) she wore as PR maven Samantha Jones?
Montreal’s Jessica Paré created watercooler history when she sang “Zou Bisou Bisou” to her husband Don Draper on Mad Men. The quaint, yet sultry, performance immediately went viral while her sheer black dress continued to inspire a ’60s revival.
Alberta’s k.d. lang made waves in 1993 when, shortly after coming out, she appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair in a barber seat being groomed by Cindy Crawford. Her closet full of menswear-inspired suits brought her own style of androgynous dressing to the forefront of pop culture.