Fashion Director of FLARE Magazine for 8 years, Elizabeth Cabral’s success continues as an award-winning stylist and creative director with a roster of A-list clients—think Kirsten Dunst and Jennifer Lopez. Lending her creativity to brands such as Burberry and Holt Renfrew, Elizabeth provides us with insight into fashion’s top tends.
AS THE STYLIST FOR THE RECENT FALL/WINTER CAMPAIGN, WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE PART ABOUT WORKING WITH SQUARE ONE?
EC: My favourite part of working on this exciting project with Square One was the team! There was such a variety of talented individuals on set, from Sean and Hilary to Sophie Elgort, who directed the video and Scott Lipps who photographed the campaign shots. It’s always a pleasure working with people who are at the top of their game. And of course, I spent my formative teen (and shopping) years in Mississauga, so Square One holds a special place for me. I’ve witnessed it grow and evolve in to a world-class luxury shopping centre.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU COULD NOT LIVE WITHOUT?
EC: Well, my son and my husband are without a doubt my most treasured gifts, but if we’re talking about something tangible, I could not live without FaceTime! As a working mom and stylist, I’m constantly traveling so it is invaluable.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR FASHION STYLE IN THREE WORDS OR LESS?
EC: Avant Chic!
INSTAGRAM OR SNAPCHAT?
EC: Instagram. I haven’t figured out Snapchat yet. I’m not so sure about content that just POOF! Disappears. I mean, what’s the point?
WHAT’S THE LAST THING YOU DO BEFORE GOING TO BED?
EC: I’ve just recently started, but I take four minutes to try to meditate and do some positive manifestation exercises. I’m all about good energy right now.
WHAT ARE THE TOP 5 TRENDS IN YOUR INDUSTRY RIGHT NOW?
EC: There’s a lot of change in the fashion/style industry and I think people are definitely less concerned with specific “runway” trends and more focused on shifts in the industry in general. For example, tech is a huge obsession for fashion! Everyone is trying to figure out how to incorporate it in their business models.
I also think social consciousness is very prevalent. Companies and individuals are aware of what’s happening in the world on a grand scale and asking themselves what they can do to make positive change.
Individuality is another so-called trend: not being afraid to be yourself and stand out from the fashion herd. And of course everyone is obsessed with branding themselves whether it’s through their social media channels or what have you. It’s definitely about making a name for yourself and having the world know it.
LIVING OR DEAD, WHO IS YOUR FASHION ICON?
EC: That’s a tough one. I admire various people for different reasons, but two at the top of my list are Carine Roitfeld and Rei Kawakubo.
DO YOU HAVE A BEAUTY TRICK THAT YOU LIVE BY?
EC: I’m literally no-maintenance when it comes to beauty, but I do swear by Armani’s Luminous foundation and washing my face before bed—and drinking tonnes of water.