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Flare Report Archives - March 2008


The FLARE Report

Flare Report Archives
March 2008

MONDAY, MARCH 31

Iconic America


 
Iconic America

HILFIGER’S AMERICA Patriotic to a fault, American designer Tommy Hilfiger has penned a book entitled, Iconic America, out in stores now. An eclectic mix of over of 400 images that one associates with America today, Hilfiger has bunked convention and placed the likes of Andy Warhol with Ed Sullivan and Ben Franklin and George Gershwin together. Developed by Tommy Hilfiger and advertising guru George Lois, responsible for the redesign of the MTV logo, the book is meant to be a juxtaposition of American society today. Covering everything from the Declaration of Independence to Playboy and Mickey Mouse, the designer has covered all his bases. To coincide with the launch of the book, Hilfiger has also designed a special capsule collection of Ts and sweatshirts, featuring similar pop culture references. For every item sold from the collection, a portion of proceeds will be donated to UNICEF. Craving for more eye candy? Check out the video on the making of the new book. Aya McMillan


FRIDAY, MARCH 28

Annie Thompson


 
Annie Thompson

ATTENTION SHOPPERS. Annie Thompson is closing shop. After more than 25 years in fashion and retail, the Toronto design denizen is shutting her Queen Street store to explore other art projects, including exhibits at the Carriage House Gallery in October and the New Gallery in February as part of a fundraiser for the Artists’ Health Centre Foudnation. You can also look out for Annie when she shows her new installation at Alternative Fashion Week next month. Aya McMillan


THURSDAY, MARCH 27

Toronto Alternative Arts and Fashion Week


 
Toronto Alternative Arts and Fashion Week

ENTER THE UNDERGROUND ART WORLD Mark your calendars on April 9 to 11 when over 120 independent artists join at the Fermenting Cellar in the Distillery District for the city’s third annual Toronto Alternative Arts and Fashion Week—also known as [FAT]. See traffic-stopping design. Hear innovative music. And experience cutting-edge photography, installations, and live performances each night of the festival. DETAILS Tickets sell for $20 @ the door. Advance tickets are $15 @ The Rage 13 Kensington, Urban Textures 44 Gerrard St. West, or Magpie 884 Queen St. West. Festival runs April 9, 10 and 11 from 7:30 pm to 1 am at 55 Mill Street, Building 6. Visit getfat.ca for more info. Zdenka Turecek


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26

Struts


 
Struts

FASHION DILEMA SOLVED Remember the days of catching your pants beneath your heels? Those days are a thing of the past, thanks to Struts —the clever invention of a working class mother with a particular love affair for backless shoes. How do they work? Just peel and paste the tiny adhesives inside the back of your pants whenever you wear sandals or backless heels and voila—no more pant hem trappings. Sold in packs of 5, Struts are available at www.out-ease.com for $12.95. For shipping to Canada, call (916) 719-7015. Zdenka Turecek


FRIDAY, MARCH 14

Pierre Hardy Shoes


 
Pierre Hardy Shoes

THE HARDY BOY WHY: Couture footwear at Gap prices. Need we say more? The wait is over, chicettes: As we told you in our exclusive story in FLARE’s most recent issue, Pierre Hardy’s Gap collection is finally in Canada starting Monday. The Parisian cult cobbler, who also designs for his own eponymous label, Balenciaga and Hermes, is responsible for converting countless women (including many a FLARE editor) into accessories addicts. Your feet will be perfectly prepped for spring with the four styles, which include a peep-toe wooden wedge with chambray print, a 70s style strappy platform and our favourite, a metallic gladiator sandal. Get them at the 7 locations across the country.

Toronto: Eaton Centre, Bloor St. and Yorkdale Mall
Montreal: Eaton Centre and 1255 St. Catherine St.
Vancouver: Pacific Centre and Robson St.


THURSDAY, MARCH 13

TOKYO POP


 
TOKYO POP

TOKYO POP I may be a little biased here but in when it comes to style, the Japanese have it in spades. From Gwen’s Harajuku girls to Marc Jacob’s obsession with all thing anime, it’s clear that they’ve got some chic cred—which is why you might want to check out Tiffany Godoy’s Style Deficit Disorder (Chronicle books). The new fashion book is all about the Harajuku district in Tokyo. With pieces from Patricia Field and John Galliano, as well as hundreds of street style shots that would make even The Sartorialist jealous, Style Deficit Disorder is a must for the fashion obsessed.
Aya McMillan


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12

LOVE flats circa 1991


 
LOVE flats circa 1991

SOLE DESIRE His signature red-soled shoes are the crack of the accessory world and now you can embrace your Louboutin addiction by heading to the museum. For the first time Christian Louboutin will have a solo exhibition at the Museum at FIT, courtesy of the Fashion Institute of Technology. The aptly entitled, Sole Desire: The Shoes of Christian Louboutin (March 13th – April 19th) documents the career of the cult cobbler, from his work with Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent to present day. A must-see exhibit for shoe fetishists everywhere. Visit fitnyc.edu for more information.
Aya McMillan

The Museum at FIT
Fashion Institute of Technology
Seventh Avenue at 27th Street


TUESDAY, MARCH 11

Rakku shoe wheel


 
Rakku shoe wheel

PLASTIC FANTASTIC Remember jelly shoes? Those fun-flexi-everyone’s-fave childhood shoes? Well Melissa shoes are the new versions for grown ups and they’re now available in Canada. A cult favourite in their native Brazil—the plastic shoes aren’t just plastic shoes. Way more comfy than old-school jellies, they’re made from recyclable PVC in a socially responsible factory (where 99.9 percent of waste is recycled). Wear the spindly gold slip-ons estate sale shopping, then take the summer of love-worthy wedges out dancing. Most fanciful styles are the result of collaboration with some serious designers (like Alexandre Herchcovitch, Karim Rashid, and Dame Vivienne Westwood). To see styles, go to melissa.com.
Aya McMillan


MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2008

Rakku shoe wheel


 
Rakku shoe wheel

SPIN CYCLE It might be possible to be too rich, or too thin, but you can never have too many shoes. But where to put all your addictions? Enter the Rakku shoe wheel. An absolute must for footwear freaks (um, that’s you), it holds up to 30 pairs of your Lou-boos. There’s also a pod version that holds a dozen but we’re coveting this new pink version. So go ahead, show off your lovelies. Brings new meaning to public display of affection, no? $50 at www.rakkudesigns.com or available at Home Outfitters nationwide.
Aya McMillan


FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 2008

Lisa Tant


 
Lisa Tant

Lisa Tant blogs from London

WHEN IN LONDON, it’s best to do as the Brits do and make time for afternoon tea. I took mine with some girlfriends from Procter & Gamble at The Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge, where afternoon tea-Pret-a-Portea-is inspired by the current season’s fashion collection. What could be better than Blue Flower tea with cakes and “fancies” in the colours of the season and style of fashion designers? Looks like a clever fashionista has been giving the Berkeley’s chef tips from the fall 08 shows!


 

I loved the lime cremeux with lemon mousse inspired by Nina Ricci, the Missoni striped madelaine with banana and vanilla bavaroise, and the Yves Saint Laurent sharp smoking jacket cookie. The Hermes vibrant orange and ginger petite Kelly bag was irresistible. Indulge too much though and you’ll never be able to shimmy into one of their pencil-thin designs. Everything is served on striped fine bone china by Paul Smith.


 

A cuppa tea and fancy will give you enough fuel to hit the shops. London is a shopper’s mecca-make that a very expensive destination for those with an unlimited credit card. International labels are more costly than at home. For example, a Diane von Furstenberg dress I bought for $375 at Holt Renfrew costs 265 pounds at Selfridges. A pound will cost you approximately two dollars so save them for something you can’t get at home. Yet even a trip to Topshop is questionable once you do the math. All of the trends are here-bright floral prints, embellished tops and dresses, the Kate Moss collection-but the quality is hardly worth the price.


 

For pure selection, head to Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge or Selfridges. Both department stores feature a full range of designer fashion in addition to terrific home décor and men’s selections. I love the café on Harvey Nichols top floor. Another of my favourite shops is Liberty (close to Oxford Circus) where you’ll find rolls upon rolls of classic Liberty print fabrics-think peacock feathers and floral bouquets-and an updated range of Liberty merchandise including some sleek shiny silver handbags and Pucci-esque bathing suits. For your designer fix-including Burberry’s iconic plaids and chic new studded accessories, Alexander McQueen’s sharp suits, and an eye-popping selection of Prada shoes-head over to New Bond Street.

Lisa Tant


THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2008

Stella McCartney for LeSportsac

STELLAR SUIT Designer Stella McCartney is at it again. She joined forces with LeSportsac to launch a collaborative accessories collection, available this month. The collection is totally eco friendly (complete with recycled fabrics and hardware) and focuses on multipurposed travel bags, luggage, baby accessories and totes for mother’s with young children. Makes sense coming from a yummy-mummy of three. Visit www.lesportsac.com/stella to order. Aya McMillan


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2008

Burberry jewellery

BODY ARMOR This season, the urban warrior is well adorned: Burberry just launched its first formal collection of jewellery! True to its rock ‘n roll aesthetic, the baubles feature metal studs, chains and Celtic ‘luxury warrior’ details. They range from $195 to 1,600 and are available through the British fashion house’s e-commerce sight, burberry.com. Aya McMillan


TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 2008

Metallic jazz shoes
Metallic jazz shoes designed by Proenza Schouler

REPETTO AFTER ME You may not have had the discipline to become a prima ballerina (toe shoes? Ouch!), but we’re betting you’re gonna love these pretty ballerinas. Repetto, the legendary French dancewear company, is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a travelling exhibit that just made its way to Montreal. Some 60 international cultural and creative icons (think Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler and ultimate gamine Kirsten Dunst) have whimsically used their talents to customize a pair of Repetto classic ballet slippers, jazz shoes, pointe shoes, or a tutu for the feting and for the launch of The Repetto Foundation, a partnership with UNESCO to provide support to dance and ballet schools in need throughout the world.

The complete collection debuted last October 2007 at the Repetto flagship boutique in Paris. The two-week window installation is on display at Rosenstein Paris before departing to London, Milan, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Sydney, Singapore, and Geneva. The grand finale? All of the unique items will be auctioned in October at a gala event hosted by UNESCO in Paris to benefit The Repetto Foundation. Rosenstein Paris is located on 2148 De la Montagne Street T: 514-287-7682

Aya McMillan


MONDAY, MARCH 3, 2008


Tootsie Shoppe
 
Foot Thong by Mic
Tootsie Shoppe   Foot Thong by Mic

END THE PANTY LINE Sexy skivvies and knickers are so last week. The new lingerie do jour is for the feet. Pretty, frilly and fabulously girly, these sweet treats are the perfect thing post V-day. And contrary to your current uncomfy thongs and push up bra beliefs, they’ll convince you that some unmentionables are totally worth mentioning. Aya McMillan


 

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