Is Canada the New Style Capital?
All signs point to "oui."
It's Canada Day, which means somewhere in the Great White North, Drake, Celine Dion and Justin Bieber are holding hands and singing "Oh Canada" while wearing hockey jerseys and drinking pure maple syrup. (Or something like that, we're sure.)
To celebrate our northern neighbors, Pret-a-Reporter is taking a look at style icons — including stars and stylists alike — who have made their mark on the fashion world.
However, as we were doing our research, we couldn't help but notice that Drizzy and the Biebs are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to stylish Canadians we admire. Not to mention, Canada's Hudson Bay company, which already owns Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor, recently acquired American startup Gilt Groupe, and Canadian retailer Aritzia is scheduled to open their first Los Angeles outpost this fall.
All of this begs the question: Is Canada the next fashion capital? Read on below and decide for yourself.
TWO RYANS AND A RACHEL: From left: Ryan Reynolds, Rachel McAdams (in Valentino) and Ryan Gosling. (Photos: Getty Images)
Our two favorite Ryans (Reynolds and Gosling) are both consistently recognized on Hollywood's best-dressed men's lists, thanks to their daring ensembles (see above: Gosling's emerald green suit and Reynolds' modern take on the skinny tie). Their fellow Canadian gem, Rachel McAdams, is another A-lister whose ladylike style manages to walk the fine line between chic and edgy.
TASTEMAKERS: From left: Jessica de Ruiter, Karla Welch and Joe Zee (Photos: Getty Images)
There are plenty of Canucks keeping Hollywood in tip-top style shape, too. The clients of Kemal Harris (who outfits Robin Wright — and, as of season three, her onscreen counterpart Claire Underwood on House of Cards), Karla Welch (the mastermind behind Justin Bieber's punk noveau look) and Jessica de Ruiter (whose A-list clientele includes Drew Barrymore as well as sisters Erin and Sara Foster of Barely Famous) have these style-makers to thank for their sharp looks. And let's not forget that Joe Zee, the former Elle creative director who now serves as the editor in chief of Yahoo Style, is also Canadian.
DAPPER DESIGNERS: Jason Wu and DSquared2 designers Dean and Dan Caten. (Photos: Getty Images)
Jason Wu is one fashion player who has certainly made a statement in the industry. In addition to his eponymous label, the Canadian-born designer has been at the helm of Hugo Boss since 2013, and dressed the likes of first lady Michelle Obama and January Jones. Twin brothers Dan and Dean Caten of DSquared2 also have made their mark, dressing music stars including Jennifer Lopez at the 2015 AMAs and Nick Jonas for his Future Now tour.
MODEL BEHAVIOR: From left: Coco Rocha, Daria Werbowy and Linda Evangelista. (Photos: Getty Images)
OG supermodel Linda Evangelista as well as Daria Werbowy and Coco Rocha all call Canada their home country.
PRETTY IN POLITICS: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire. (Photos: Getty Images)
Even Canada's prime minister, Justin Trudeau, and his wife, Sophie Gregoire, have an impeccable style game. Whether they're dressed in posh ensembles while tending to their diplomatic duties, posing for Vogue in designer digs or opting for more casual ensembles at the Toronto International Film Festival (see above left), the couple is always on point. (And it doesn't hurt that Trudeau looks just like a Disney prince, too.)
OH, CANADA: From left: Drake, Justin Bieber and Celine Dion. (Photos: Getty Images)
Canada's sweetheart, Celine Dion, is, of course, a national treasure. That being said, we'd be remiss not to mention Drake — who has (almost) single-handedly made Timberlands cool again — and Justin Bieber as influential style icons. Because whether you love or hate the Biebs, his massive fan base means he's setting trends, for better or worse.