Flare Report Archives - December 2007

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Flare Report Archives
December 2007

Monday, December 31, 2007

Eco-chic New Year

After a season partying in heels and then dashing about to all of the amazing holiday sales, my feet were in desperate need of some TLC. The Organic Manicure ($50) and Pedicure ($85) at the Stillwater Spa in Toronto sounded like the perfect treat—and it’s in step with my New Year’s Resolution to live a “greener” lifestyle. All products used, including the polish (normally the last thing one would think to be environmentally friendly) are vegan and free of toxins and parabens, including the organic cotton pads. While the treatment may be eco-chic, it still needs to measure up to the regular services offered at the Stillwater. The basics of the service were all superb but the results a little disappointing. The polish, which needs no base coat, only comes in four shades (pale pink, two reds and one dark red) and didn’t last past three days. I’ll give it another shot in the summer and keep my fingers crossed for more colours.

Lisa Tant

Monday, December 24, 2007

Santa Gets Personal

Editor-in-chief Lisa Tant opened up her Secret Santa present this year, only to find a personalized Warhol-style picture for her boudoir. It seems Mr. Claus made an e-stop at to order the pretty wall hanger, before landing at FLARE to unload his goodies.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Jet Set Jimmy

Ladies, time to call in the Gulfstream because baby’s got a brand new bag that’s definitely worth the jaunt. Enter Jimmy Choo’s Jet Set collection—complete with a limited edition crocodile tote and mink blanket, it’s definitely designed with the jet-set chicette in mind. Sure, at $28K it might be a bit steep but the cost of being the envy at the arrival gate? Priceless.

Raquel Lowe

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Twinkle those ivories Karl style

If you were tortured by after-school and Saturday morning piano lessons (I’m having flashbacks here), Steinway & Son’s newest offering may appease those bad memories. To commemorate their anniversary, the Kaiser himself, Karl Lagerfeld, has designed a stunning red and black stain finish piano framed with bold angles in the body and legs. Practicing scales has never looked so chic.

Raquel Lowe

Monday, December 17, 2007

Trend Alert: Wearable art

Jimmy Choo magazine clutch inspired by Richard Phillips

From it-bags to must-have jeans, the art-world’s masters are leaving their mark on spring fashion. Recalling his hit collaboration with Stephen Sprouse and Takashi Murakami, Marc Jacobs enlisted artist Richard Prince to craft some wait-list worthy essentials for Louis Vuitton. Jimmy Choo took went pop for spring by joining forces with pop artist Richard Phillips to produce a tote and clutch emblazoned with Phillip’s iconic portraits. Illustrator Francois Berthoud brought his high impact imagery to Notify’s newest tanks and t-shirts, and controversial artist Damien Hirst teamed up with Levis to design the latest for the denim obsessed (complete with mini rhinestone skulls ‘natch). Get ready ladies, next season will definitely be the one to wear your art your sleeve.

Francois Berthoud for Notify Damien Hirst for Levi’s Warhol Factory X collection Richard Prince for Louis Vuitton Handbag Project

Raquel Lowe

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Attention Shoppers!

Aya McMillan

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Agent Ooh La La

In this month’s issue of FLARE, we told you about the opening of the first Agent Provocateur boutique in Canada. While rumours are swirling that Lily Allen is going to be the new face for the luxe lingerie line, AP is zeroing in on a new erogenous zone by teaming up with Kurt Geiger to add another delicious range to its offering: shoes designed to compliment a women’s outer and underwear. Entitled Pure Sex, (what else?), four styles of the eight-piece range will be available in Canada which runs the gamut from chic strappy court Belle ($295) to the sexy secretary Irma bootie ($570). Visit for more details.
1026 Alberni St., Vancouver, 604-258-7943

Aya McMillan

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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

The GAP’s Goodies
She may have relinquished her status as creative directory of Mulberry(just 2 months shy of starting the new job—quelle horreur!), but Katie Grand is keeping busy. The GAP tapped the British fashion editor and stylist to curate a special collection of RED clothing and accessories for World AIDS Day. Cult designers Giles Deacon, Pierre Hardy, Stephen Jones, and Proenza Schouler’s Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough were each asked to develop fabulous new versions of their respective brand’s iconic products.

Mulberry Bag Proenza Schouler

The must-have line-up of pieces went on sale at the Gap’s London and Paris flagship stores, as well as Colette in Paris, and Dover Street Market on Dec. 1, to commemorate Worlds AIDS Day. In recognition of the occasion, 50 percent of profits from the sale of the products will go to the Global Fund to help fight AIDS in Africa, with a focus on providing anti-retroviral drugs to women and children affected by HIV and AIDS.

FLARE had the opportunity to sit down with accessories designer Pierre Hardy, who was thrilled to contribute to the collection. The cult cobbler who made his name with Dior, Hermes and Balenciaga crafted a scarlet suede flat cut exquisitely to show off just the right amount of toe cleavage. for a snippet of our fabulous interview….

Aya McMillan

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Monday, December 3, 2007

A Win-win Situation
A huge congrats goes out to Montreal raised designer Erdem Moralioglu. Coming off his spring collection, the London based wunderkind—who hob-knobbed with Agyness Dean and Stella McCartney et al at the British Fashion Awards—just picked up the British Fashion Council’s $100K Fashion Enterprise Award. Even better? His label, Erdem, was finally picked up in Canada and is available exclusively at the haute new Yorkville boutique Hazel. FLARE hearts Erdem and, apparently, the feeling is quite mutual as he still brags about being featured in the mag back in 1999 when he was still a student at Ryerson. He even told me that his mother went out and bought at least a dozen copies. for a snippet of our fabulous interview….

Photos: Anthea Simms

Aya McMillan


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