Flare Report Archives - April 2008

The FLARE Report

Flare Report Archives
April 2008


Lego block barrettes, belts and rings

Lego block barrettes, belts and rings

SPLURGE VS. STEAL The Spring 2008 Marc by Marc Jacobs show thought outside the toy box by featuring Lego block barrettes, belts and necklaces. A brilliant homage to geek chic, the accessories are at once nostalgic, futuristic and a whole lot of fun. For a more accessible version, check out Thera’s new collection of Lego rings on Priced at $160 each, the Toronto based bauble brand reclaims the toy blocks and fashions them into a sweet eco-chic alternative. Aya McMillan



ATTENTION ALL SHOPPERS Book your blackberries for some spring shopping this weekend when the Toronto Clothing Show hits the Better Living Centre at Exhibition Place. Featuring 300 booths showcasing independent designers across Ontario, plus fashion shows and sample sales on major labels, you can pay one admission ($8 online, $10 at the door) and shop all weekend. Don’t miss the opening night party this Friday. Visit or call (416) 516-9859 for more info. Zdenka Turecek


Day clutch by Zina Eva
Day clutch by Zina Eva

A BRAND NEW BAG We love bags. Finding the latest one called IT is even better. Zina Eva is the latest on the accessories scene since its coming out party in 2006. It’s got all the chic accoutrements you’d come to expect from a luxe line—handmade details, exotic skins, rich textures—but the most fabulous thing about the line is that it’s completely customizable. Pick your colour, finish and style and you’ve got a brand new and utterly unique little number in about two weeks. Need more ideas? The “Day Clutch”, also known as “The 4-Way Clutch”, features a hand-carved guayacan wood handle and can be worn four different ways. And just to tempt your senses, they’ve also got wallets and shoes in the works. Raquel Lowe

Available at Pravda in Edmonton, AB, Alexandria’s in St. Jacob’s, ON and J.J. Orr Design Collection in Burlington, ON.


Marchesa's design for Fendi
Marchesa’s design for Fendi

CARB COUNTING Is bread back in fashion? Who knows. But baguettes are back at Fendi. In celebration of the tenth anniversary of its iconic bag, the Italian fashion house tapped style setters Scarlett Johansson, Kim Cattrall, Marchesa, and the Misshapes among others to customize one-of-a-kind baguettes. They retail for $2,500 each on and are available on a first come first serve basis starting today with proceeds donated to charities selected by each designer. Talk about good bread! Aya McMillan



ON POINTE Close your eyes and imagine yourself a prima ballerina—then head to the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto to see their all-new exhibit capturing the art of ballet through ballet slippers. Don’t miss the video illustrating the grueling yet glittering practice of being a ballet dancer, plus see shoes worn by famous dancers that just might make you kiss your ever-so-comfortable ballet flats in the a.m. Zdenka Turecek


Lu’s shoes
Brigit by Anyi Lu

HAPPY FEET Born of a background in engineering and competitive ballroom dancing, shoe designer Anyi Lu comes by her knowledge of comfort in footwear authentically. Constructed with a dancers needs for fit, support and flexibility, Lu’s shoes are where form meets function. The liners have nappa-wrapped poron (created by NASA) and the sole is leather with a rubber tap. Available exclusively at Ron White in Canada—Lu’s shoes are part of the All Day Heels selection due to their technical supportive properties. We say, look good, feel good. Raquel Lowe


Reproduction puffed sleeve dress

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES Our favourite childhood fable is back. The literary classic Anne of Green Gables celebrates its 100th year anniversary with a fashionable tribute in the Spadina Museum’s Historic House and Gardens in Toronto. Starting April 19, the exhibit will feature Gabelesque items, such as a reproduction of Anne of Green Gables’ famous puffed sleeve dress (shown) designed by Ryerson fashion design student Katelyn Van Massenhoven. Check out the book Looking For Anne that inspired the showcase. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, head to PEI where year-long cultural events will take place to commemorate the beloved fable. Zdenka Turecek


Short Trench and Bamboo printed Wrap   Banana Republic's new green label
Short Trench, $195 and Bamboo printed Wrap, $90   Banana Republic’s new green label

BR GOES GREEN Banana Republic is hitting the G spot just in time for Earth Day. The mega-chain’s new capsule eco collection just hit stores and one look at the line will make you green with envy. In addition to the renewable and sustainable fabrics like bamboo, soy and organic cotton, Banana Republic has also incorporated recycled packaging and energy-saving light bulbs into all its stores. What’s more, from April 22 to 27, Banana Republic is donating 1% of all in-store sales, to Trust for Public Lands, a non-profit national land conservation organization. Eco-chic indeed! Banana Republic’s Green Collection is available at Banana Republic’s Robson Street Store in Vancouver. Aya McMillan


Rag & Bone Spring Summer 08

LABEL L0-DOWN David Neville and Marcus Wainwright are the super talented, super cool, and super under-the-radar label Rag & Bone. The New York based label has a major following among downtown darlings and Hollywood’s hipsterati (Sienna, Drew, Kate Bosworth and Moss) always flock to their shows. It doesn’t hurt, of course, to have one of the world’s top makeup artists, Gucci Westman, for a wife and collaborator, as Neville does. Known for their luxe urban sensibility and a distinct nod to sleek menswear silhouettes, the duo were in town recently to promote their spring line and sat down with FLARE for a little tete a tete. The interview was fun, the clothes fabulous, but we can definitely say were still smitten by their British charm. Click here for a snippet!

Aya McMillan


Ipanema platform sandals

RED ALERT The girl from Ipanema may be tall and tan and young and lovely, but sadly she’s also totally nameless. Abel Munoz, on the other hand, is a Toronto boy who’s making a name for himself with the debut of his new accessories line. Learning his craft at the ARS Arpel Institute of Shoe and Accessory Design in Milan, Munoz moonlights as a deputy art and beauty director at Kontent Publishing by day and designs his vintage-inspired shoes and bags for the style obsessed. His spring collection, available at Ron White, includes cross body bags and leather glads but we’re coveting the demure yet sexy Ipanema platform sandals in lipstick red. Available online at or go to for more information. Aya McMillan


A look from Daks' AW08 collection by Giles Deacon   Giles Deacon's tough chic bag for Mulberry
A look from Daks’ AW08 collection by Giles Deacon   Giles Deacon’s tough chic bag for Mulberry

DEACON FOR DAKS RIP Just got word that Daks has axed Giles Deacon’s luxe line to refocus on its core RTW lines. The British wunderkind produced three seasons for the brand and fall 08 marks the end of the collaboration. Unfortunately, the line was never available in Canada but we can’t help but wonder if it would have had more success internationally if they had just let Giles work his magic on their accessories, similarly to his super chic partnership with Mulberry. Aya McMillan

Photography by Anthea Simms


Runway image by Anthea Simms   A rendering of the new H&M Tokyo flagship.
Runway image by Anthea Simms   A rendering of the new H&M Tokyo flagship.

BIG IN JAPAN H&M just announced their new designer collaboration and I for one couldn’t be more thrilled. The Swedish fast fashion giant is teaming up with Japanese Rei Kawakubo of Comme Des Garcons. The fearless fashion savant will be designing a range of (deep breath) womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, accessories, and a unisex fragrance. The masstige collection hits H&M in Tokyo (where the retailer is launching its first Japanese stores) at the beginning of November and then will roll out worldwide a few days later. We just hope the new looks are a bit more wearable than this season’s collection. Aya McMillan


Gap's classic white shirts

THEY’RE BA-ACK! Gap’s classic white shirts are making their return. For the sophomore rollout of its Gap Design Edition limited edition program, the US mega-chain has tapped 3.1 phillip lim, Band of Outsiders, ThreeAsFour, Michael Bastian, and Philip Crangi. Each designer (and CFDA nominee) worked with Patrick Robinson on the project, with items priced at under $100. Lim’s collaboration resulted in four pieces: a tie-neck shirt, a bell-sleeve ruched shirt, and a layered sleeve top, all at $78. Band of Outsiders designer Scott Sternberg created a patchwork tunic for $88. Threeasfour’s Gabi, Adi and Ange, meanwhile, designed a camisole for $78 and a cutaway dress for $88. Fair warning ladies: make your way to Gap stores when the collection hits shelves on the 15th because these lovelies are gonna fly. Aya McMillan


Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi
Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi

CHANGE OF A DRESS Gianfranco Ferré has tapped Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi of Malo and 6267 to take over the house’s design reigns. The creative director duo is replacing Lars Nilsson who left to head to Chloe. Nilsson just recently flew the Chloe coop to be replaced by a friend and former assistant to Phoebe Philo. And finally, Alessandro Dell’Acqua is heading to Malo now that the creative post there is vacant. Don’t ‘cha just love musical chairs? Aya McMillan


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