Q&A with Elle Canada’s Editor-in-Chief Noreen Flanagan

As the new year is soon approaching, we know some of you are ready to make some big changes. Whether it’s eating healthy or starting a new project, the new year means a fresh start. It’s a clean slate.

What about your wardrobe? Are you ready to put a brand new spin on your style? Maybe you’re looking to take some fashion risks or fine-tune your already fab style. This is the time to make it happen – and we’ve got just the lady to help you out.

Editor-in-Chief of Elle Canada Noreen Flanagan is picking her favorite fashions for BTR December 27 – January 2.

New year. New you. Time to elevate your sense of style.

Q: It’s time to think about the holidays and all the parties that follow. What style of dresses do you predict will be huge?

A: There aren’t many months of the year when you can get away wearing sequins and bright colours. With all the amazing options this party season, I urge women to leave the LBD behind and step out in some gorgeous aqua or cherry red sequins. Our December cover girl Alana Zimmer looks stunning in her sequined shift dress from Arthur Mendoza. Expect to see even larger sequins than what we’re accustomed to. E.R.A Vintage Wear has some stunning skirts and I love the resin-disk dress (UNTTLD) we ran in our December issue. The iridescent disks at Prada were by far the poshest sequins this season.

Q: One of the best parts about winter fashion is choosing a hot new coat. What are your favorite trends for outerwear?

A: Definitely the cocoon silhouette. The Jil Sander coat dress was my absolute favourite this year. A close second was the fitted wool coat dress from Miu Miu. The other key trends were jackets with a strict, classic cut (Celine) and ’60s tailored styles that are belted and accentuate the female form (Burberry Prorsum). Earlier this year I interviewed Laura Lusuardi, the fashion director for Max Mara. She’s been in the business of making coats for more than 40 years and she’s still incredibly passionate about them. When I asked her about her first Max Mara jacket she tracked down an archive photo and said: “You know that feeling you have when you desire something so intensely that you simply must have it? That’s how I felt about that coat.” So, I hope that everyone finds a jacket this season that inspires that kind of love (We deserve it living in such a cold climate. Call it fashion compensation.

Q: What type of shoes will keep you warm yet really fashionable for the upcoming colder months?

A: It really depends what I’m up to. When I’m walking in the ravine across the street from my house, I’ll likely be wearing my new rubber/canvas boots from Cougar. For work, it’s my knee-high leather boots from Stuart Weitzman or my new little Prada ’60s throwback booties. Snowy walks in the city require my suede boots from La Canadienne.

Q: Do you have any suggestions for accessories worth splurging on at the moment?

A: I’m always game for a little holiday bling! It’s a time to be bold, so break out the giant drop earrings, metal cuffs and rhinestone cocktail rings (Real diamond frosting is divine, but not mandatory). The mood is retro-deco this season.

Q: In terms of colors, what have you noticed all over the runways this season?

A: Designers were having an orange crush this season—everything from a subtle burnt hue to vibrant citrus. But green was definitely considered the “it shade.” Think olive, khaki, pine and forest with a splash of emerald and turquoise. Chartreuse, one colour I have a soft spot for, also popped up on a number of runways (Proenza Schouler’s vinyl jacket caught my eye, as did Fendi’s chartreuse tights). There are no seasons in colour now—anything goes.

Shop her picks for today – found in these events:

XOXO, U.S Polo, and Etienne Aigner, Yoon sweaters, JBW Boutique , and 4 Now Fashions.

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