Ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have stolen the hearts of Canadians everywhere, winning ice dance gold at this year’s Olympics in PyeongChang. As the pair skated onto the rink to begin their routine, a familiar voice echoed through the Gangneung Ice Arena. “You have the best costumes,” yelled Saturday Night Live’s Leslie Jones, enthusiastically live-tweeting the competition. And she was right.
Although the pair are known more for the unmistakable chemistry that shines through their expertly executed routines, they’re also pretty great dressers — on and off the ice. It’s only natural, then, that Virtue has designed an eyewear collaboration with BonLook. Like her, the glasses are timeless, effortless and chic, likely a nod to her other style icons, Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly.
We were lucky enough to sit down with Tessa before PyeongChang to chat about the collection, her personal style and which celeb she’d love to see rocking her frames.
Congratulations to you and Scott being named Canada’s flag bearers for the PyeongChang Olympics.
Who was the first person you told when you found out?
The whole thing was extremely top secret, but thankfully we were able to tell our families and a select few members of our support staff – namely, our mental prep coach, Jean-Francois Menard, and our osteopath, Dave Campbell. It was incredibly special because many of our family members were in Vancouver to cheer us on at Nationals, so sharing that news with them was overwhelmingly emotional and powerful.
Do you feel you have distinct style on and off the ice?
I definitely have a distinct style, but the whole notion of being able to express myself through fashion — and showcase different moods and facets of my personality — has always fascinated me. I’d say my style is classic and refined, with a bit of a twist. I’ve always adored Audrey Hepburn, and her style has undoubtedly influenced my aesthetic, both on and off the ice. On the ice, I typically go for clean lines, and minimal designs so as not to detract from our skating.
We love your new collab with BonLook, have you always been interested in eyewear?
I’ve always loved sunglasses, and in fact, would often try to purchase a pair while traveling so as to commemorate the trip. BonLook has opened up a whole new world of accessories to me with optical frames – they’ve filled that gap in the market that makes eyewear accessible, allowing people to choose specific frames to coordinate with certain outfits or looks. It’s brilliant. Not to mention, their marketing campaigns are always eye-catching and inspiring.
Who would you love to see rocking your glasses?
I would love to see Emma Watson don a pair of TV x BonLook frames. What a remarkable, empowering (and empowered) woman!
Do you have any beauty tricks/fashion advice for glasses-wearers?
My advice is to take risks with fashion – be fearless, and be you.
How has your personal style evolved through the years?
My life is all about extremes – I’m either in workout wear or black tie ready! I’d stay my look has evolved in the sense that I’m better able to mix and match high-quality, high-end pieces with fun, funky, inexpensive elements. Often it’s that juxtaposition that makes things more interesting, and personal.
Describe your style in 3 words.
Classic. Tailored. Edgy.
Who are your style icons?
Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Olivia Palermo, and my mom, Kate!
Do you have a favourite ice dancing dress…and one that you absolutely hated?
From my own collection? Hmmm, I’ve no doubt made some questionable choices over the years. My favourite dress is a black and cream tango dress – lots of layered cream silk ruffles, black crepe bodysuit, mesh fingerless gloves – drama! My least favourite dresses didn’t even make it to the ice!
Thanks Tessa, looking forward to watching you compete. You make Canada proud!
Thank you for such kind words – it truly means the world to me. We certainly hope to make Canada proud, and feel extremely grateful to head off to PyeongChang with the maple leaf on our backs, and in our hearts.