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Meet the Models
It’s not every day that two major models step into our studio,
and even more rare that both call Canada home!
We were excited to sit down with Elizabeth Davison and Steph Smith in order to learn a little bit more about these lovely ladies who brought our Twik transition collection to life in front of the lens. Read on as they let us in on how they got their start, a few highlights from their careers so far, and what they love about life in the Great White North.
E L I Z A B E T H D A V I S O N
What was your dream career as a child?
Elizabeth: I wanted to study bugs. When I was a young kid, I always really liked them. My mom loves telling this story: I think I was in Grade 3. I came home and I was super proud. That day had been a really good day for me. I opened up my backpack and I had put 36 snails inside.
How did you get your start in modelling?
Elizabeth: I was 13 and my auntie called my sister and I over to this job that she was doing, because she does hair. She was like, “Just come and see what I do for a living.” So my sister and I went to the industry event and the guy running it walked up to me and just signed me on the spot. It was super instantaneous.
I didn't really know what I was doing.
We’ve had your sister modelling with you in the past.
What’s it like to model with your sister?
Elizabeth: I actually love it because we are such good friends. It’s funny because you’ll go on set and you’ll be working with [another model], and they’ll be like, “Pretend she’s your best friend, or pretend you’re sisters for the day,” but it’s actually nice when that’s true. We work really well together, so they’ll tell us to be natural and it will turn into a really nice shot. When I work with her is really the only time I get to see her.
Who inspires you? The person doesn’t necessarily have to be involved in fashion.
Elizabeth: That’s a tricky question. I think it changes for the different places I am in my work or in my life. I would say my mom. I feel like that’s a pretty safe answer, but it’s a true one. I can always count on her and she’s been through so much. If I ever need help or if I ever need support and encouragement, I can talk to her and it’s good.
How would you describe your personal style?
Elizabeth: My personal style changes all the time depending on my mood. I can go for a total “Little House on the Prairie” look one day, and then the next day, go for business casual. I like changing it up, but I do like simple, classic style.
What have been some highlights of your modelling career so far?
Elizabeth: The first time I did Chanel, I was freaking out. They do your hair and your makeup all in one room, take you to get dressed, and then you're brought into a third room and that's where Karl is. I had prepared myself to see him, but I don't think you can ever fully be 100% ready to see someone like that. It was cool, because when I walked into the room, he ended up just being a super sweet guy. He wasn't intimidating at all. I really loved doing the show because it was such a nice atmosphere.
I also think that the very first show I did when I was 15 was a highlight. It was an exclusive for Alexander Wang. I was also freaking out, but it was really fun because the music is super pumped up, everything is very intense, and you don't really know what to expect.
Do you have any favourite Canadian designers?
Elizabeth: Erdem! I love Erdem! I know that he is London-based now, but he is the sweetest man and I love his sister. It is so sweet that they still work together. And it is so much my style, like when I said I have that “Little House on the Prairie” look. His clothes feel like a costume to me because they are still very much gorgeous and chic, but with a character to them, and I love that so much. He's definitely my favourite. I did his lookbook one time
and I was so happy the entire day.
Can you tell us a bit about where you grew up in Canada and what that was like?
Elizabeth: I actually grew up all around Canada.
I was born in Vancouver, I stayed there for 2 years, and then I went to Ontario for 7. It’s always been more in the country, so we’ve had horses, we’ve had chickens, we’ve had dogs—we’ve had everything! But, even though I spent most of my childhood in Ontario, I feel more like I’m from Alberta. That’s where I go back to now when I visit my parents. It’s so nice because my town has 150 people. It’s so small, so everyone is so close. And it’s the middle of nowhere, so I really do feel like I can escape big city life where everyone knows me and go to a place where I can just be anonymous in a way,
and it’s a super nice feeling.
What's the best thing about living in Canada?
Elizabeth: I would say the country. It feels so genuine. Because I'm a total country girl, when I'm coming home, it feels like I'm coming home. I'm really proud to be Canadian.
Has being Canadian influenced your career at all?
Elizabeth: Kind of, because everyone just assumes I'm really sweet. It starts a lot of conversations because then they can joke about what accents I do and do not have. I think it's an initial way to be liked, because they automatically connect Canadians with really nice people. No one hates Canadians.
S T E P H S M I T H
What was your dream career as a child?
Steph: A bunch of different things. I switched around so much.
I wanted to be a doctor, a lawyer, just everything.
How did you get your start in modelling?
Steph: I went into an open call at Elite in Toronto and they signed me.
I did some test shoots, went to New York, met agencies, signed with Women, and went from there. I was 15 and excited.
I really wanted to do it.
Who inspires you? The person doesn't necessarily have to be involved in fashion.
Steph: I think a lot of different people with what they are doing.
I'm not sure there's any one person in particular.
What have been some highlights of your modelling career so far?
Steph: Probably the beginning. The beginning was really awesome
because I opened the Proenza Schouler show, and then did Miu Miu, and just did a bunch of really awesome stuff. So that was very exciting. And then there’s always those pinch-me moments when you book a client that you really wanted to work with.
Do you have any favourite looks from the runway that you've worn?
Steph: The Prada looks are always awesome, as well as the designs from Prabal Gurung. They're all beautiful.
Do you have any favourite Canadian designers?
Steph: Erdem is great obviously, like Elizabeth said. I love Mikhael Kale. I'm actually wearing a sweater from him today. He's one of the first Canadian designers that I walked for in Toronto Fashion Week, so that was really cool. And he's the nicest person ever too.
Can you tell us a bit about where you grew up in Canada and what that was like?
Steph: I was born in Montreal actually, in Pointe-Claire, and then when I was about 3, we moved to Kitchener, Ontario. I moved around a lot, but it was good. I have some good friends and my boyfriend now lives there too, so it’s good.
What's the best thing about living in Canada?
Steph: I mean, health care! I don't know, I think it's a lot calmer and less go, go, go, which is nice. It's always great to go to New York and I love it there as well,
but it's always nice to get home and relax.
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Ambition, Amour & Joie de Vivre: An Interview with Jill Lecours Grimard
It's Wednesday morning and we have a meeting with Jill Lecours Grimard. April's sunshine keeps us warm as we head off towards the studio of the watercolour artist and founder of Amour & Joie de Vivre.Read Article
A Conversation with Catherine Simard
To celebrate our Creating an Echo collection, influencer and globe-trotter Catherine Simard became our i.FIV5 photography ambassadress for the second time in a row.Read Article
I.FIV5 x CPAWS | Exploring Lands of Hope
With our eco-friendly I.FIV5 collection called “Creating An Echo,” we hope to shine a light on the environmental issues that we at Simons care so deeply about.Read Article
Into the Blue: A Salute to Yves Klein
Klein felt canvases, sculptures, and even sponges covered in monochrome colours worked best to awaken our awareness of the infinite because, similar to being in a meditative trance, they could transport the viewer out of the present moment and into a metaphysical realm. According to Klein, monochromes liberated anything from its physical form and allowed the viewer to experience immateriality.Read Article
Jaipur Collection: Textiles Full of History
The Pink City, the royal city, the cradle of the gemstone trade, the crossroads for fabric artisans…Read Article
Celebrating Female Leaders for International Women's Day
At Simons, we experience the magic that happens when women work together and support each other, since our company is primarily made up of women. Today, more than ever, we are proud to promote women leaders.Read Article
What to Wear to a Wedding
The invitation has arrived! You're getting ready to attend a celebration of love that promises to be unforgettable. But what will you wear?Read Article
Behind the Scenes: A Visit to Maison Jean Longpré
Twice a year, our team in charge of artistic direction at Simons Maison sets out to select a house to act as a backdrop in our seasonal decor catalogue.Read Article
Ornaments & Origami
Assembling our window displays for the holidays is an early sign that the season for making merry is just around the corner.Read Article
A Stunning Table Setting
Are you familiar with the expression “eating with your eyes?” Whether it's a hearty meal or a more formal fête, taking your seat around a table that's beautifully set and divinely decorated can definitely influence your dining experience.Read Article
This fall, Simons is extremely proud to be teaming up with the Breast Cancer Foundation. The Foundation's spokesperson, Mitsou Gélinas, and four of its ambassadresses agreed to model for one of our photo shoots and to share with us what it is that gives them strength, courage, and hope.Read Article
VOLCOM X GEORGIA MAY JAGGER
Volcom recently made the journey over to London to meet their muse, international model Georgia May Jagger, and propose the idea of working together on their latest project: a brand new collection.Read Article
Dazzling and down-to-earth is how we would describe Canadian model Tiffany Meia. Featured in our latest Twik photo shoot, she's not only garnered tons of followers on Instagram, but also contracts with world-famous brands like Levi's, The North Face, Tiffany & Co., and Nike. We recently sat down with her to discuss her career, family, and goals.Read Article
The Summer Party That'll Be a Smash Hit!
The yard to stage left, the garden to stage right… Outside is where the season's most critically acclaimed celebration will be taking place. On with the show!Read Article
The National Portrait and a New Age for Art
The final phase of the nationwide 3DCanada project is finally being revealed! Admire the finished piece at the Ottawa Art Gallery from June 19 to August 19, 2018.Read Article
Hats off to Smithbilt
The legendary Calgary hatmaker keeps a time-honoured tradition alive and current.Read Article
Luis Barragán – Brilliance and Beauty
One of the things we love about fashion is the way it can instantly alter your mood.Read Article
The groom's clothing guide from Simons
Got engaged? Here are a few style tips for the next 3 big steps you need to plan for…Read Article
Thousands of people will be there. Listed on the line-up are dazzling performances, lots of music and fun, new friends, and that feeling of being part of an utterly unforgettable experience.Read Article
Family Influence Meets Future Impact
Beauty equals power – especially when it's a subtle approach to sustainable consumption like Winnipeg native Bronwyn Seier's beautiful and ethereal collection.Read Article
Put on Poetry with Designs from Lemaire and Tran
Season after season, Lemaire delivers unpretentious and pared-down collections, where luxury is found in the rich materials used and the structured, elegant cuts.Read Article
When it comes to caring about the environment, we've got a lot in common with Simon Nessman, the face of our Spring/Summer 18 Men's Designer Campaign.Read Article
The Colourful Creativity of Marni
Creative, avant-garde, adventurous, meticulous, and unique: Marni's sophisticated and surprising style has been charming fashion fans since the brand's very beginning.Read Article
Opening at Galeries de la Capitale
The first net-zero energy store in CanadaRead Article
It's hard not to get star struck sitting down with someone like Nova Orchid. Shining just as bright as her celestial namesake, this Montreal model shot to sartorial stardom by rocking the runway for some of fashion's foremost luminaries, like Chanel and Sonia Rykiel.Read Article
As the magic of the holidays envelops us – in every city and town across the country, there are Canadians gifting something very special to our communities.Read Article
The Warmth of Winter
If Canadian winters are long and harsh, they're also impressive, unique, and host to a number of magnificently rich moments. This is what inspires the proud Canadian coat brand, Quartz Co.Read Article
Winter in the Windows
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... This seasonal song is certainly ringing true at Simons as we recently installed our stunning window displays for the holidays. What's waiting for you as you pass in front of the glass? Snowy scenes presented in pale pinks and gorgeous light greens!Read Article
Simons Featured in Sharp Magazine
Sharp Magazine recently met with a few faces from our men's buying team at Simons. Discover a bit about these trend hunters who travel to cities around the world, looking for the best of the best in menswear.Read Article
Art and Sole
Saute-Mouton is the brainchild of a family of passionate, skilled artisans. It's 33 people who work tirelessly to make sleek and comfortable boots to face the biting cold of Canadian winters. And it is a company that is fundamentally proud to be Canadian.Read Article
Raising the Barre for Art & Culture: Ballet BC's Emily Molnar takes us into the future of ballet
When Emily Molnar took over as artistic director of Ballet BC, the Vancouver-based dance company was on the brink of bankruptcy – another cultural institution that had yet to find its footing in this new, fast-moving digital world.Read Article
Exclusive NV Unisex Collection at Simons
For the fall/winter 2017-2018 season, Simons produces its very first NV unisex collection.Read Article
From Sea to Sea
Close your eyes and imagine yourself on the magnificent St. Lawrence River or the majestic Pacific Ocean that runs along Canada's West Coast.Read Article
The power of simplicity
Vitaly is proof of the power of simplicity. This Toronto-based lifestyle brand creates high-quality clothing and accessories with an urban look and rebellious attitude. Its goal is to elevate the everyday with carefully placed details, while letting clean, structural lines do all the talking.Read Article
Decorating on a student budget
Scrolling through a myriad of gorgeous, inspiring home decors on Instagram or Pinterest, we often find ourselves dreaming of transforming our own home with the latest trends. One, tiny problem? The budget.Read Article
These Bags Are Made For Walking
True symbols of adventure, bags are our best companions on any journey, whether big or small. It's not surprising then that Jamie and Lyndon Cormack, two brothers passionate about travelling, chose them as their main product when they founded Herschel in 2009.Read Article
A Tailor-Made Legacy: Personal Vision - It Runs in the Family
Weaving a new vision: Xiaoyi Li, CAFA Simons Fashion Design Student Award, is the future of fashion for a conscious generation.Read Article
Simons: A Great Canadian Family
Their story is of an unconditional love for fashion, a tale that started in Quebec City in 1840 and that has continued ever since.Read Article
A thrilling new legacy: Simons and Chad Fike team up for the Stampede
Teams of glossy thoroughbreds pulling wagons at breathtaking speeds, dodging barrels as outriders gallop alongside in a complex waltz – It's a thrilling experience. The fascinating choreography of chuckwagon racing, which debuted as a sport during the 1932 Calgary Stampede, draws a huge crowd that often includes celebrity spectators such as Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.Read Article
Swimwear for adventurers at heart
It's always June somewhere… There's always somewhere in the world with good weather, bright sunshine, and warm, welcoming water. This mantra is an invitation to escape and a driving force behind June Swimwear. The brand's mission is to give women the desire to travel and surf, as well as the freedom to dream!Read Article
Bags for Today and Tomorrow
Molly Spittal's studio looks like it belongs to a sculptor: raw materials waiting to take shape, special tools for producing precise work, and large windows that cast light on even the tiniest detail. With her hands, she can make the perfect bag, an understated and functional piece that will last for years.Read Article
Celebrating fashion from here
The CAFA gala, an event run by some of the biggest names in fashion, recognizes outstanding achievement and emerging talent in the Canadian fashion industry.Read Article
La marée basse (low tide) and all its treasures
Travel to the heart of the Magdalen Islands with this collection of natural art that invites you to look at the riches of the sea in a whole new light...Read Article
Spring Blooms on LIBERTY FABRICS!
Discover Liberty London, the prestigious print house that's reinvented its unique floral art every season since 1875. Simons presents its own exclusive collections that feature the oh-so-British label in Contemporaine for women, in Le 31 for men, and in its Simons Maison department for the home.Read Article
Making products that make people happy!
Step into an imaginative world where unique decor accessories transform spaces into great places to live.Read Article
A collection that breathes joie de vivre
A Sunday afternoon spent by the water in a swimsuit and shades... Hard not to smile imagining this scenario! This feeling is what drives the creators behind the brand Everyday Sunday daily."Relax and enjoy" is their motto!Read Article
Knowledge Cotton Apparel: An eco-friendly collection!
A Scandinavian menswear company with highly responsible environmental practices.Read Article
Let's celebrate our ability to help one another!
to promote International Women's Day, Simons would like to show our support for three organizations that work to help women in need of a hand getting ahead and getting out of difficult situations.Read Article
Well-being with Adrianne Ho and Franky Cammarata
Adrianne Ho, originally from Toronto, and Franky Cammarata, a Los Angeles native, are two international models that have numerous magazine covers and prestigious collaborations to their credit.Read Article
Simons presents Jonak, exclusively in Canada at Simons
Spotlighting an experienced and well-recognized family business that designs superior quality women's shoes that are as chic and on-trend as they come.Read Article
Hopehanger, T-shirts made of 100% pure hope!
An exclusive new line of clothing created by two parents looking to help contribute to autism research.Read Article
Cloth & Clay to fabulous Nordic nations
This British company is making its grand entrance into the home fashion scene, offering an array of luxury duvet covers and cushions.Read Article
Discover the outdoor clothing brands that are taking action to promote sustainable development.Read Article
Swedish Stockings: an eco-friendly collection
The Swedish brand makes tights and nylon stockings from recycled threads.Read Article
Fogo the Beautiful
Our team spent a few days on Fogo Island for a photo shoot in a magical setting.Read Article
This is it! We're now located in our nation's capital. Today, Thursday, August 11, Simons' expansion across Canada continues with the opening of our thirteenth store in Ottawa!Read Article
Go sporty or retro for a chic back-to-school look!
Actress Vanessa Pilon, the bubbly young host of VRAK.TV, can count us here at Simons among her biggest fans.Read Article
Back to school at Djab with Jay Le Barbier and Martin Langelier
Whether you like it or not, back-to-school is just around the corner. This year, we've decided to come back with a bang! No corners have been cut and we've got everything from Instagram collaborators to thematic galleries and prizes to win.Read Article
Getting the most from your outdoor excursions
There is no better way to enjoy summer than by being out in the fresh air!Read Article
The OSQ and Simons
The Orchestre symphonique de Québec (OSQ) is performing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony: a seminal work in the history of music!Read Article
With summer just around the corner, the bluebellgray collection could not be making a better-timed debut. The brand's signature watercolour graphics will take you to a summery world of colour and artistry.Read Article
Mural by Melissa Del Pinto
Montreal-based painter Melissa Del Pinto has welcomed us into her studio to show us a world where birds are larger than life.Read Article