Best and Next

Looking back at all the fabulousness of 2007, and what’s to come in 2008

Best and Next
Looking back at all the fabulousness of 2007, and what’s to come in 2008






Editor, Elio Iannacci; Photography, William Baker (Kylie Minogue); Text, Alexandra Breen, Carlene Higgins, Karen Kwan, Aya McMillan, Katrina Onstad and Erica Timmerman

KYLIE MINOGUE2007: Just when the dance floors started boring the beats out of us, the Australian popster simply known as Kylie turned out a new album called X. Having the glitter balls to survive cancer and a much-ado public breakup with actor/model Olivier Mar-tinez (not to mention the pressure to revive her career), Ms. Minogue rose to the occasion with a disc filled with high-energy pop that includes a So You Think You Can Dance kick (“Speakerphone” and “Like a Drug” will make your hips fly). Read the exclusive interview with FLARE in the January 2008 issue, where Kylie talks about living life in the comeback lane.


MADONNA2008: A new film about the growing number of orphaned Africans (which she is directing, not starring in), a new book (Confessions, to be published this summer), a new album (her last with Warner Bros., which contains at least one Timbaland/Timberlake–produced song), a rumoured fragrance and the start of her $120-million business deal with Live Nation puts Madge back in the spotlight. Natch, a reinvented image will be part of the package, affecting our coming sense of style.

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Mika, photographed by Andrew MacNaughtan

BEST BREAKOUT SINGER MIKA2007: The Beirut-born pop dandy came out of nowhere and hit it big with his infectious candy-coated chart hits “Grace Kelly,” “Relax, Take It Easy” and “Love Me.”

LOOK OUT FOR PATRICK WATSON 2008: Although Montreal’s latest indie band Patrick Watson proved to be veritable virtuosos last year by snagging the coveted Po-laris Music Prize for their disc Close to Paradise (a Rogers-sponsored award given to an artist who has created an album of monumental musical merit), 2008 has the quartet releasing a brand-spanking-new disc and touring Europe with The Cine-matic Orchestra, who create some of the finest atmospheric pop known to man, woman and groupie.

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iPhone, courtesy of Doug Rosa/Apple

BEST iPod Touch 2007: Easier music surfing. Faster key response. Slicker look. Although we were enamoured with our iPods already, the Touch touched us.

NEXT iPhone2008: Apple’s iPhone is coming to Canada in a big way. Expect everyone to ditch their boring black-and-white mobiles for a sleek Apple version that is filled with options.

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DRAGONETTE2007: Galore, the debut album by this fashion-forward band (fronted by Toronto’s Martina Sorbara), not only earns FLARE’s best pop album of the year award but Dragonette’s sexy disco-meets-electro visuals and sound have given us something more to rave about.
Fritz Helder & The Phantoms

FRITZ HELDER & THE PHANTOMS 2008: With song titles such as “Makin a Scene” and “Lagerfeld Lady” (and a look that is very Project Runway), this Toronto-based pop-dance troupe is set to glam up the new year.

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Model photography, Anthea Simms

Top Fashion Moments in 2007

SHADY LADIES Drew, Sienna, Gwen—name the Hollywood hipster and you can bet they were rocking retro white sunglasses.

NU RAVE Clubland-inspired designs by Balenciaga and Proenza Schouler made fashion headlines, and U.K. dancehalls such as Boombox (filled with crowds wearing House of Holland neon T-shirts, right) got the world back to raising the roof with glow sticks in tow.

HANDBAG HYSTERIA British designer Anya Hindmarch’s “I’m Not a Plastic Bag” phenomenon was truly a tote to remember. Hindmarch’s envi-ronmentally friendly canvas bag—on the market for a mere $18—sold out globally in weeks (and in an hour and a half in Canada).

For more fashion picks of this year and next, pick up the January 2008 issue of FLARE.

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The Hills

Lingo that got top nods

“Hater.” R&B singer Jill Scott resurrected the word to great effect in her hit song “Hate on Me.” (The song includes the lines “Hate on me, hater/now or later.”) According to the Urban Dictionary, it means “A person who simply cannot be happy for another person’s success.”

“Major,” popularized by Posh, is used to express the enormity or importance of a person, place or thing (e.g. Soccer coming to America is major).

“Random,” repeatedly used on the TV show The Hills to tag wacky, odd or irregular humour.

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Celebrity photography, Jon Kopaloff/

The HairStyle 2007: The bob. Katie Holmes, Rihanna and Posh each turned out a definitive Bobarella look that had hair-itics of all lengths and textures going for the chop.

Celebrity photography,

Worst Bad Hair Day 2007: Britney’s tragically bald skull first, followed by Amy Winehouse’s skyscraper-high beehive hair-don’t.

Model photography, Anthea Simms

The New Do Model 2008: Freja Beha’s androgynous shaggy cut.

For more beauty highlights of this year and next, pick up the January 2008 issue of FLARE.

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Rug, Marni, The Rug Company.


1. Intensely patterned wallpaper.
2. A rug glam enough for your Jimmy Choos.
3. High-gloss lacquered furniture in black, red or white.
4. A statement chair that screams personality.
5. Collectible (and witty) ceramic vases.
6. Art you love on your walls.

1. Plain, boring beige walls.
2. Neutral wall-to-wall carpeting.
3. Dull chocolate-stained faux-Wenge furniture.
4. A not so “classic” leather club chair.
5. Dime-store glass vases.
6. Cheaply framed posters.

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Pierre Hardy’s colour-blocked shoe, photographed by Daniel Harrison.

“It” Shoes 2007:
The colour-blocked heels from A-list labels such as Pierre Hardy and Balenciaga.

“It” Shoes2008:
We’re betting on the surrealist look à la Marc Jacobs. His and Prada’s fantastical footwear ruled the Spring ’08 collections.

For more must-haves of this year and next, pick up the January 2008 issue of FLARE.

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Rocha (Photography,

1. FLARE cover girl Coco Rocha. The Richmond, B.C., native was the talk of Paris when she opened and closed Jean Paul Gaultier’s plaid-themed Fall ’07 show with a high-stepping Celtic jig.

Deyn (Photography, Anthea Simms)

2. Agyness Deyn. With a punk do and iconoclastic new-wave style, this Brit shot to the top of the season’s “it” list.

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Best Michael Lee-Chin Crystal 2007:
With a crystal-palace entrance designed by architect Daniel Libeskind (left), Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum’s edgy (pun intended) design grabs your attention.

Next Art Gallery of Ontario’s face-lift 2008:
Canuck architect Frank Gehry finally brings his famous expansion to the Canadian people. Look for it in Toronto this fall.

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Witherspoon in Nina Ricci (Photography, Kevin Mazur/

Top Red-carpet Looks2007:

1. Reese Witherspoon looked radiant in a billowing Nina Ricci gown by Olivier Theyskens at the Oscars.

Alba in Dolce & Gabbana (Photography, Paul Lovelace/Rexusa)

2. From Jessica Alba to Gisele Bündchen to Anne Hathaway, Dolce & Gabbana’s satin corset-style was the frock of choice.

For the red-carpet designer of this year and next, pick up the January 2008 issue of FLARE.

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Gossip Girl

Best Drama 2007:
Ugly Betty We just can’t get enough of the chicly challenged intern from Queens. The show has some serious fashion-imitating-life moments (believe us, we know!).

Next 2008:
Dirty Sexy Money Rich, famous and filled with scandal, this drama orbits around a billionaire family named the Darlings who act out more than the Hiltons.

Best Guilty Pleasure2007:
The Hills It’s the drama between Lauren Conrad (aka LC) and Heidi Montag and the show’s Teen Vogue slant that have us addicted.

Next 2008:
Gossip Girl As 90210 and The O.C. proved, we’re suckers for the trials and tribulations of good-looking rich kids.

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Best Chic Chick Lit2007:
Eat, Pray, Love We’re not the only ones who fell in love with the New York Times bestselling memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert. Julia Roberts has already signed on to star in the film adaptation and Ryan Murphy (Running with Scissors) is set to direct.

Next 2008:
Gods Behaving Badly Thirty-one-year-old Marie Phillips’ highly entertaining novel features Greek gods taking a stab at life in the 21st century. Aphrodite is a telephone-sex operator; Apollo is a TV psychic; and Artemis is a dog walker. Hiltons.

Most Stylish Book2007:
Bob Richardson This is the first book dedicated to the career of fashion photographer Bob Richardson—the man who inspired the work of Steven Meisel and Bruce Weber. More than 350 pages fill this hardcover edited by Richardson’s son, Terry.

Next 2008:
Belladone Island Victoire de Castellane designed jewelry for Chanel for 14 years before moving to Dior to create the house’s first fine-jewelry collection. This stunning hardcover is divided into two sections: the first documents de Castellane’s Belladone Island creations, inspired by the poisonous belladonna plant and photographed by Guido Mocafico. The second follows the unveiling of the collection at the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris.

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Maca martini


The Best Martini on Earth 2007:
The antioxidizing pomegranate crushed the juice out of ’06’s cranberry splash. The biggest hit at London’s swanky Savoy hotel was this pom-infused libation.

The Folie Martini
2 oz. passion fruit vodka
1 oz. passion fruit purée
1/2 oz. pomegranate juice
Splash of lime juice

The Best Martini on Earth 2008:
Gurus at the Gramercy Park Hotel in NYC say it’s all about maca in ’08—a martini made with elderflower.

Maca Martini
2 oz. Sagatiba Pura (cachaça, a Brazilian alcohol)
1/2 oz. elderflower cordial
1/2 oz. freshly pressed lime juice
2 1/2 oz. apple cider
Garnish with apple and mint.

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The Other Boleyn Girl

Best Costume Drama2007:
Blessed with a model-esque star, costume designer Jacqueline Durran exquisitely draped Atonement’s Keira Knightley in the summer sheaths of Second World War England. If you rent the movie in ’08, take note of the scene in the library (her emerald-green dress steals the show).

Next Costume Drama2008:
Another Oscar-favourite costume designer, Sandy Powell (Shakespeare in Love), works her period-piece magic with whalebone bodices on Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman in The Other Boleyn Girl, due in theatres in February.

Best Canuck Actress Ellen Page 2007:
Page has become the poster girl for some of Canada’s edgiest homegrown films (Hard Candy, The Tracey Fragments). However, her latest flick, Juno-a romantic comedy about a teenage girl faced with an unplanned pregnancy after her first sexual encounter—has proved she’s definitely got mainstream appeal.

Next Rachel McAdams 2008:
She’s been on Hollywood glam sabbatical, and 2007 marked her breakup with Canuck heartthrob and Notebook costar Ryan Gosling, but McAdams is finally coming out of the shadows. With two films in 2008—the first is the highly anticipated Time Traveler’s Wife with Eric Bana; the second, State of Play, alongside Edward Norton—McAdams could be this year’s Reese Witherspoon.

Best Period Piece Elizabeth: The Golden Age 2007:
Nine years after the first Elizabeth, do-no-wrong Cate Blanchett came back with the sequel, a costume drama, with costumes that made the film well worth the wait. Too bad about the plot.

Next Australia 2008:
Baz Luhrmann’s (Moulin Rouge, Romeo and Juliet) latest movie is set during the Second World War, starring Nicole Kidman as an aristocrat and Hugh Jackman as a rancher who raises livestock. Luhrmann’s sweeping cinematic visions of grandeur will no doubt attract any Moulin Rouge–loving lady to the cinemas.

Best Canuck Up-and-Comers Seth Rogen and Michael Cera 2007:
Having starred, executive-produced and/or written two of last year’s most loved comedies—Knocked Up and Superbad—Rogen is becoming the Canadian answer to Will Ferrell. Rogen shares our vote with Cera, the 19-year-old we adored in Arrested Development and who hit the silver screen last year with Superbad and Juno.

Next Christine Horne 2008:
Toronto rising theatre star Horne makes her feature-film debut in The Stone Angel—based on the novel by Canadian author Margaret Laurence—playing the young version of Ellen Burstyn’s character, Hagar.

Most Anticipated Sex and the City 2008:
Our favourite four NYC women swathed in more fashion than Patricia Field! We can’t wait!

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Product photography, Gabriel Steele

Slowest workout 2007:
Fitness experts touted the benefits of weight training, enhanced by the long, slow (might we say agonizing?) lifts and squats guaranteed to get your limbs shaking. It’s a portable workout: you can do some of these moves even without weights. Just try doing pushups to a count of 10—each—and see how far you get.

Fastest workout 2007:
Word on the elliptical was that all you really need is a good 30 minutes a day, glistening with your compatriots in the sweatshop. H.I.T fitness (which uses one bicycle-like contraption to deliver your daily dose of cardio and tone all your parts) reduced that to four minutes. We’re not convinced, but the dedicated members in one downtown Toronto studio swear by it. Make up your own mind when the company expands into other Canadian cities in 2008.

Trendiest workout 2007:
Thanks to workouts such as “Spynga,” there’s no need to cycle on Mondays and hit the yoga mat on Tuesdays. It’s all about multitasking.

Trendiest workout 2008:
This year, get ready for your gym to start offering workouts that tone your body and mind at the same time. If you can spell “metabolism” while strengthening your core, you’ll get the idea.

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