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Flare Report Archives - November 2007


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Flare Report Archives
November 2007

Friday, November 30, 2007

The colour of the season? Green.
Direct Energy estimates that Ontarians alone will spend nearly $11 million in electricty lighting their holiday lights over the month of December. So, we thought we’d pass along their simple energy-saving tips so you can start a “green” holiday tradition:

1) Turn down the heat a few degrees.
2) Dim the lights and enjoy your holiday meal by candlelight.
3) Decorate your home using LED bulbs.
4) Wrap gifts in reused paper or fabric gift bags.
5) Don’t open the oven door to peek at what’s cooking. 6) Use your dishwasher (you’ll save your nails and end up using 37% less water).
7) Buy miniature decorative lights, which use about 70% less energy and last longer than bigger bulbs.


Friday, November 23, 2007

Prada Teddy Bear Tricks Prada Travel Tricks

Tricked Out
On the lookout for stylish stocking stuffers? Prada has launched two new—and très cute—lines of trinkets just in time for the holiday season. First launched in 2004 in the form of robots, lipstick and stilettos, Prada Tricks are now available in miniature teddy bears fashioned from faux fur and retro travel pieces inspired by magnets designed by the house’s founder, Mario Prada, in 1930. Each one comes with key ring and a snap lock, making them perfect adornments for those bags, belts and cellphones waiting under the tree. $130–$225. www.prada.com

–Janna Zittrer


Friday, November 23, 2007

Eye Candy
Feast your eyes on a new kind of a bling: luxe lenses for the fashionably four-eyed. Designers from Balenciaga to Club Monaco are transforming their visions into debut collections of stylish specs that are, ahem, out-of-sight.

–Janna Zittrer

 

Tiffany & Co. www.tiffanyandco.com
Chanel www.chanel.com
Club Monaco www.clubmonaco.com
Proenza Schouler www.proenzaschouler.com
Balenciaga www.balenciaga.com
Banana Republic www.bananarepublic.com


Thursday, November 22, 2007

Courvoisier’s Limited-Edition Succession J.S. Cognac, $4,500, 700 ml

Lingering Notes
Decadence was the top note at the Courvoisier Cognac tasting Wednesday evening. Sitting tableside with Toronto’s most notorious gastronomes at Bymark, we sipped Courvoisier’s finest cognac’s paired with an equally delectable menu created by chef Mark McEwan. The XO Imperial ($210, 700 ml) awakened our palates with a trio of tantalizing appetizers, including a velvety smooth Lobster Bisque with Cinnamon Foam. Building momentum, Initiale Extra ($475, 700 ml) warmed us into spirited discussions in between bites of the main—Duck Breast with Butter Braised Lobster. And igniting our tastebuds into sensory overload was the limited-edition Succession J.S., topping off at $4,500 a bottle and suitably paired with a triumph of sweet delicacies that left us curling our tongue’s for more. The only missing note? The masterful man behind the scenes, chef McEwan (our guess is he went home early to enjoy the XO-infused goodie bag).

Available at select LCBO stores or www.lcbo.com

– Zdenka Turecek


Thursday, November 22, 2007

View from inside the Nivea Spa The Nivea Spa, Hamburg

Adventures in Berlin
By Carlene Higgins

It’s true—sometimes beauty editors get all the breaks. I spent last week in Hamburg, Germany, uncovering the history of Nivea skincare. After plant tours, seminars and a facial at their first ever spa (where Hamburgers wait up to one year for an appointment!), I learned how devoted the Europeans are to the venerable brand. Can you believe over one million products are pumped out a day in their plastics division alone? That’s a lot of face cream.

After a two-hour long train ride, I was off to Berlin to check out the formerly divided city and to explore the nightlife. Mitte is the place to be. The area boasts the chicest boutiques (try Corner for labels such as Balenciaga and the well hidden Apartment for lesser known up-market duds). It’s also home to an unsuspecting looking resto called BORCHARDT, where the lobster bisque and Caesar salad with jumbo prawns are heavenly. A fellow traveler and I ran into Diane Kruger, FLARE’s May 2007 cover girl there. She looked amazing (her hair was suitably twisted into a Heidi-esque updo that looked simple and angelic). If you ever go, be sure to round the corner to Newton bar (named after photographer Helmut Newton) for a drink and a cigar from the humidor. You can enjoy them under a wall-length photo of fashionable nudes.


Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Tiffany Mark Award 2007 winners Dr Eric Hoskins and Dr Samantha Nutt with Andrea Hopson (centre) Vice President, Tiffany & Co. Canada

The Tiffany Mark Awards
Tiffany’s Toronto store sparkled with more than just diamonds on Wednesday night as 100 guests crowded the jewel box boutique to honour Doctors Samantha Nutt and Eric Hoskins. The occasion was the presentation of the 2007 Tiffany Mark Award which is given to Canadians who have impacted the local, national and international communities. Samantha (our honoured speaker at last year’s FLARE Volunteer Awards) and Eric (recently named to the Order of Canada) are the Executive Director and President of War Child Canada. Together they have pioneered innovative ways to develop and support overseas projects that have benefited thousands of children in conflict and post-conflict areas around the world, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Darfur and Congo.

The dynamic duo were honoured by their friends, including CTV’s Seamus O’Regan and singer/songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk, as they received plaques and stunning Tiffany Mark watches.

-Lisa Tant


Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Andrea Brueckner pebbled-cowhide Market Totes, $98–$398.

Rock the Tote
Step up your style quotient but not your carbon footprint with Andrea Brueckner’s Market Tote. The Canadian-born purse pro and celeb favourite (Jessica Alba and Lindsay Lohan are fans) designed the eco-friendly and ethically conscious bags with our dear planet in mind, choosing local practices and resources over cheap foreign labour and materials. Consider it green living made easy— now the real challenge will be choosing just one. www.andreabrueckner.com

-Janna Zittrer


Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Better than chocolate?
Peanut butter and jam. The Hills and catfights. Chocolate and fashion. Some things just go so well together. That’s what Cadbury’s annual Chocolate Couture Collection Fashion Show is all about, combining Canada’s hautest design talent with the most delectable of treats. Last night’s event at the Carlu was a savory display of ten one-of-a-kind fashions created entirely with Cadbury chocolate. Before the show began, the fashistarian was treated to a bevy of sweet sensations: chocolate sushi, milk chocolate and caramel fondue fountains replete with fresh fruit and shortbread cookies and, of course, handfuls of Cadbury’s delectable confections (yes, we did empty out our handbags before entering the premises). The catwalk show itself presented everything from a Marie-Antoinette inspired chocolate tracery gown from design doyenne Pat McDonagh to a super sweet cropped swing coat with chocolate hand beading from fresh-on-the-scene designer Phoebe Gao. All the ladies who lunch swooned over Sunny Choi’s chocolate leopard print ensemble, complete with a real-life caramel poodle, and Izzy Camilleri’s va va voom Vegas show girl get up had the audience hot and bothered as the finale look was complete with air brushed chocolate feathers and beads. Definitely a night where chocolate fantasies became a reality.

-Raquel Lowe


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Great minds think alike.
A funny thing happened at the FLARE offices today. We saw our Associate Editor Karen Kwan floating around the halls. Then later we saw Jenny, our hard-working fashion intern, running around the office. Then we put these chicettes together and what did we get? The must-have piece of the season: Joe Fresh’s silver pleated skirt. At an unbelievable $24, we suggest you get yours now before the rest of FLARE’s staff snags ‘em.

-Aya McMillan


Friday, November 16, 2007

More from Los Angeles…
By Lisa Tant

“Pearls are moon tears fallen to the bottom of the sea.”

Those lyrical words bring Yohji Yamamoto’s new jewellery collection for Mikimoto to life. Called “Stormy Weather”, the innovative sculptural groupings of pearl and metals (silver, gold and white gold) were first introduced in Paris during the July couture shows. I stopped by the Beverly Hills Mikimoto boutique on November 12 to help celebrate its North American debut.

Of the three groups—Moon, Drops and Le Cri (inspired by Edvard Munch’s The Scream)—my favourite was Moon with its long brushed metal necklace studded with pearls graduating in shade from milky cream to dark grey. Drops pieces are modeled after rain drops (of course) with tiny pearls captured in the bow, or diamonds dripping down the centre. Le Cri, with its bolded twisted metal shapes, is the most masculine group.

And since it’s LA, a handful of celebs showed up including Ali Larter (from Heroes) and Dana Delaney (the newest addition to Desperate Housewives). Yet the real stars of the show were the severe yet surprisingly feminine dresses from Yamamoto’s current Spring 2008 collection. One strict black dress featured an asymmetric hooped skirt while another was interpreted in lush bold florals. Only red-carpet worthy for the most fearless fashionista. Tilda Swinton, (currently starring in Michael Clayton with George Clooney) are you listening?


Friday, November 16, 2007

House Calls
Yves St. Laurent just put his French farm on the market for a cool $17.8 million. (So those $950 Tribute boots you just bought are looking like a steal…)

-Aya McMillan


Thursday, November 15, 2007

Trend Alert: Fashion Bevvies
Attention, statement makers: it’s time to let your tipples do the talking.

Potable luxury is all the rage with these designer-decked, limited-edition bottles:

  1. Evian Prêt-à-Porter and Evian Haute Couture by Christian Lacroix, starting at $6, are the perfect holiday-party accessory. www.aquadistribution.com
  2. Finé Japon thermal artesian water, in a bottle by Canadian design star Karim Rashid. www.colette.fr
  3. Piper Heidsieck Rosé Sauvage by Viktor & Rolf, $90, channels the design duo’s surrealist sensibility. www.piper.viktor-rolf.com

– Janna Zittrer


Wednesday, November 14, 2007


Flight of Fancy
Stay chic at 40,000 feet. Givenchy has designed a line of duvets and cushions for Singapore Airlines’ new in-flight suites. The ultimate in haute travel, these lavish loungers are soaring proof that style knows no bounds.

– Janna Zittrer


Wednesday, November 14, 2007


 

Adding Fuel to the Fire
Diesel is set on global domination by opening its largest store in the world—online.  The Italian label has teamed up with Yoox to create an interactive gallery store which uses the latest cinematic effects to showcase 3-D models twisting and turning in the label’s looks. The Diesel Style Lounge now offers a massive range of more than 1,000 different items starting with this season’s collection of apparel, accessories and underwear, as well as denim styles previously available only in Tokyo, London or New York.  The site also offers users the chance to personalize products—the “dress”, for example, that sits over Diesel’s Fuel for Life fragrance can be specifically designed to suit the girl you want to buy it for. And with the e-commerce site up and running, the fashion brand can turn its attention to launching its new lingerie and swimwear collections, as well as a kidswear line that is being designed by none other than John Galliano. Talk about a combustible partnership.
Check out the new site at www.diesel.com 

-Aya McMillan


Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Letter from Los Angeles
By Lisa Tant

I’m in LA this week and I love it as much now as I did when I was a fashion student here in the 80s! What’s not to love about sunshine and a laid back lifestyle when it’s freezing cold and rainy in Canada? I’ll be honest though, it’s much better now that I’m on an expense account. I could dress like my favourite Material Girl on a student’s budget back then but getting around town is expensive and the shopping is, well, amazing!

Hot Shop:
It’s been around for a while but the Prada store on Rodeo Drive is one of my favourites in LA. From the strict concrete entrance, you walk over mannequins peering up at you from a plastic “cave” under the sidewalk. Head up the stairs for a brilliant selection of the season’s most innovative clothes and shoes. It’s always the first place I check out when I’m here.

Best Treats:
Every fashion editor I know puts a stop at Magnolia Bakery high on her list when visiting New York. She might tell you that she’s going to 11th and Bleecker to check out the Marc by Marc Jacobs store but I’ll guarantee she’s going to score a cupcake at Magnolia first. Now LA is getting into the act with Sprinkles on Santa Monica Boulevard. Which one is better? Lineup: It took me less than 5 minutes to pick up a Vanilla Milk Chocolate cupcake at Sprinkles. I’ve waited more than 15 minutes—lined up around the block—at Magnolia. Store: Magnolia is like an Auntie’s bakery—crowded, dusty with flour, people yelling. The cupcakes are displayed in the window—sometimes on plastic plates or Tupperware. Sprinkles is very Zen with minimal wood shelving and clear easy-to-read descriptions of their gourmet cupcakes which are housed behind sneeze-blocking glass.
Cupcake cost: $2 at Magnolia; $3.25 at Sprinkles. The treats: Sprinkles are perfectly formed and frosted—like all the plastic surgery women you’ll see at Neiman’s. And they’re super yummy. I’ll bet my pug, Harley, would love the frosting-free ones for dogs. I’ll give them the taste edge over Magnolia’s but for my money, there’s nothing like the experience of licking the homemade frosting off a Magnolia cupcake.

Must-see exhibit:
The highlight of my trip so far has been the Murakami exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art. You’ll know Japanese artist Takashi Murakami from his collaboration with Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton. His cherries, smiling sunflowers and multi-coloured logo prints covered LV bags a few years back—and remain sought-after. Murakami’s style draws upon traditional Japanese sources but the pieces really knock you out when he incorporates popular culture in the form of anime (animation) and manga (comic books).

You’ll find more than 90 pieces of artwork in the warehouse style museum in downtown LA (it’s the Geffen Contemporary location on N. Central Avenue). It’s a mix of fiberglass sculptures, painted canvas and videos, including Kanye West’s current and super brilliant Graduation. But don’t expect a fun time for kiddies like a few of the freaked out parents I saw here. At the beginning, art lovers are greeted by two cyborg style sculptures—one a waitress squirting milk from her supersized boobs and the other from his flaming penis. Super kawaii it’s not!

But apart from that, you’ll see Murakami’s famous smiling balloons, sunflowers and characters all rendered in a pop art “superflat” style. The whole thing—especially the rooms filled with smiling sunflowers—will put anyone in a good mood.

Always the super-savvy marketers, Louis Vuitton has a boutique of limited edition Murakami pieces here including $275 coin purses, $550 diary covers and bags that start at $700. There was a crowd of salivating shoppers when I stopped in and the $960 bags had already sold out! I wanted a limited edition print from the museum’s gift shop but at $750, I think I’ll put it on my Christmas list!

Don’t miss this truly exhilarating exhibit that closes on February 11, 2008. Be prepared to drive or take an expensive cab ride ($50 from West Hollywood), it’s totally worth it.


Monday, November 12, 2007

Soft Spot
Wrap yourself in My Pullover’s luxe knits. The brand-new e-commerce site stocks 100-percent cashmere, sourced straight from Scotland and sold exclusively in Canada. If the soft fabrics and rich colours of designers such as Hawick Cashmere and Belinda Robertson don’t tickle your fancy, be sure to make use of the store’s made-to-order service. Just pick a style and a colour (there are more than 100 to chose from), and let My Pullover take care of the rest.
www.mypullover.com

– Janna Zittre


Friday, November 09, 2007


En Pointe
How do you top the best-selling flat of all time? Why, improve on it, of course! Putting a new twist on an old classic, Salvatore Ferragamo has launched the Varina, a chic update to the house’s iconic design, the Vara low-heel pump. Available in patent leather and satin, the grosgrain-ribbon-trimmed flat comes in a rainbow of hues and has already been snapped up by starlets such as Drew Barrymore and Kirsten Dunst.

– Janna Zittrer


Friday, November 09, 2007

We couldn’t agree more….
Get clicking! Brit bag designer Anya Hindmarch has relaunched her website. AnyaHindmarch.com

– Aya McMillan


Friday, November 09, 2007


 

Arm Candy
Badgley Mischka Mark debuted their glam new watch line this week. The design duo have created a bejeweled collection of whimsical timepieces – think thick leather cuffs, eye-catching adornments and totally unnecessary baubles (we, of course, love unnecessary baubles). Look out for the range, which is priced between $350-$1,200, when it hits stores next spring. And make sure you’re on time for that one.

– Aya McMillan


Friday, November 09, 2007

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Stella’s Knickers
In this month’s issue of FLARE, we told you about Stella McCartney’s new lingerie line but at press time, we couldn’t share the images with you. Well, now we’ve got the ’em!

– Aya McMillan


Thursday, November 08, 2007

Margherita wool and felt lamb Pier Luigi wool and felt poodle with bows
Biagio Adagio velvet turtle with buttons Ettore fun fur goosling with leather and wood detailing

Toying Around
After its sell-out success last year,  Moschino is again launching its range of adorable, limited-edition soft toys in time for Christmas. Made from velvet, felt and ribbons, Margherita the lamb and co will exclusively be on the shelves of Moschino standalone stores worldwide from the end of this month.


Wednesday, November 07, 2007

It’s Giller Time
The arrival of winter and the upcoming holiday season means it’s Giller time! FLARE’s Features Director Elio Iannacci and I headed to the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto for the year’s glitziest literary party. Bookish style is looking more glamourous than ever—best dressed included presenters Lisa Ray (from the film Water), Kelly Rowan (from The O.C.), and Carolyn Weaver, host of Fine Print. But the real news was another brilliant Canadian book to add to your must-read list. For the 14th year, Jack Rabinovitch, founder of Canada’s most prestigious literary prize, announced the winner of the best Canadian fiction book. This year, the $40,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize was awarded to crowd favourite Elizabeth Hay for her novel Late Nights on Air. Hay’s book is set in a small radio station in Yellowknife. “I’m so lucky that I’ll probably be hit by a truck tomorrow!” laughed Hay in her acceptance speech. Bookish types on hand included literary titans Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro, broadcasters Seamus O’Regan and Jian Ghomeshi, gossip guy Shinan Govani, and actors including Gordon Pinsent.

For more great books to cozy up to this season, check out the shortlist of finalists:
– Michael Ondaatje for his novel, Divisadero, published by McClelland & Stewart
– Daniel Poliquin for his novel A Secret Between Us, translation by Donald Winkler, published by Douglas & McIntyre
– M.G. Vassanji for his novel The Assassin’s Song, published by Doubleday Canada
– Alissa York for her novel, Effigy, published by Random House Canada

 – Lisa Tant 


Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Unleash the Beast
Hey ladies! Don’t forget, Roberto Cavalli’s collection hits H&M stores this
Thursday, and while the Italian stallion may have made animal prints a style
staple, let’s try to keep the stampeding to a minimum.

Here’s what we’re on the prowl for:

 – Janna Zittrer


Friday, November 02, 2007

Toasting Theyskens
We squealed as soon as we received the gorgeous invitation. Last night FLARE‘s fashion team headed to Holt Renfrew’s feting for Nina Ricci designer Olivier Theyskens. Editors and VIPs packed the 2nd floor where the entire spring 2008 collection was on full display. We swooned over gorgeous silks, fancy feathers and a breathtaking colour palette before our tête-à-tête with the guest of honour (mmm deep breath, I thought I might possibly faint a bit). The 29-year-old Belgian designer is hauntingly beautiful, magnetic and darkly romantic—or what we’ve since called a ‘man-gel’—but with a sweet sense of humour as we joked about Halloween and his niece’s costume (the substance isn’t as important as we were more captivated by the way he said it in his darling French accent). Champagne, petit fours and dreamy frocks…yes ladies, it was one enchanted evening.

– Aya McMillan


Friday, November 02, 2007

Purr-fect Purses
Young Hollywood favourite Rebecca Minkoff has partnered with Sanrio to design a limited-edition collection of Hello Kitty bags. The four purses feature details of the anime icon along with Minkoff’s signature glazed leather and polished hardware. http://shop.sanrio.com

 – Janna Zittrer


Friday, November 02, 2007

Trend Alert!
Super-luxe phones

If you’ve got $800+ burning a hole in your pocket, the LG Prada phone is now available at Holt Renfrew. Or check out these equally opulent dazzlers:

24-karat gold iPhone Giorgio Armani-Samsung Mobile with LCD touch screen Vertu Signature Rose Gold Pink Sapphires

 – Janna Zittrer


Thursday, November 01, 2007

Sweet Charity
Marni has taken artful design to a new level that has us saying “Ciao, bella!” The Milanese fashion house commissioned more than 7,000 self-portraits by school children from some of the world’s poorest cities and selected six of the drawings to create limited-edition T-shirts available throughout the holiday season. Proceeds will go directly to those schools that took part in the initiative in the form of educational and development projects. Now that’s what we call a charitable fashion plate. www.marni.com

 – Janna Zittrer


Thursday, November 01, 2007

Gown of Glory
Calling all brides! The hautest salon in the city (actually all of Canada) is having a sample sale on the 9th and 10th. White, Toronto has gowns from the most coveted designers at over 50% off. So whether you end up with an Anne Barge, Monique Lhuillier, Carolina Herrrera, Nicole Miller or Elizabeth Fillmore, you’re sure to find the perfect dress at the WHITE, er right price. Be sure to bring your girls because those super cute (yes really) bridesmaids frocks are on sale too!

Call to RSVP 416-849-9196,  info@whitetoronto.com  www.whitetoronto.com

 

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