FLAREIntern Blog Archive

FLAREIntern Blog Archive
February 2008

Friday, February 22, 2008

Notes on New York Fashion Week

Taking it to the Street
Alexander Wang
Alexander Wang has people talking, and three words come to mind; sexy, tough, street smart. Downtown cool kids and powerhouse duo – designer Alexander Wang and stylist/muse Erin Wasson are so harmonious in their collaboration; they seamlessly blend menswear proportions with a feminine aesthetic. Wang balances this juxtaposed look by layering loose and lean pieces together – skinny trousers with an elongated vest and loose tee, or a lean tank with an oversize blazer. While the collection has a serious edge to it, each individual piece is entirely adaptable and can be taken from the office to the street.

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Pronounced Precision
Proenza Schouler
Design duo Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez were inspired by folding paper airplanes while on a road trip to Texas. The point is, one needs to be conceptually open minded to appreciate this collection. The exquisite construction of this collection was visible in its strong shapes – structured curves, crisp tiers and precise folds. In other instances the designers were evidently fascinated with the inner workings of the garments; splicing fabrics and exposing shiny interfacing. Colours were rich in jewel tones of sapphire, copper, amber and aubergine and paired with sequin details or contrasted against colourful hosiery and pumps. The collection was a standout – it was young, fresh, modern and clearly demonstrates their creative vision.

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Additional NY Fashion Week Highlights

Zac Posen

Zac Posen
With the models’ hairstyles referencing Mickey Mouse ears, it was evident that Posen’s collection toyed with ideas of fantasy and fetish. While practicality wasn’t apparent with the number of sheer pieces shown, his impeccable tailoring definitely translated throughout. Layering is essential to making the sheer looks wearable – why not try a transparent tuxedo jacket over a LBD? It’s sure to liven up your office look.


Geek met chic at Thakoon. Pattern clashing looked pretty and edgy at the same time with floral prints mixed with muted grey plaid pieces and colourful cardigans. Thakoon was consistent with this effect, mixing edgy biker gloves into ladylike outfits and softening some of the bolder looks with sheer silk scarves. The hairstyles the models wore gave the overall look a modern feminine feel.

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs
A soft palette of neutrals combined with a relaxed shape was a conservative departure from his previous collection. The collection took a controlled, structured and “calm” approach as the designer stressed. His main focus was on coats – massive volume was added on the back through deep vertical folds, but basic pieces were also given a luxe treatment. Otherwise there were no gimmicks and minimal embellishments. While he may have called the look soft-core it was still incredibly bold.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Louis Vuitton jumpsuit
Stephanie with Louis Vuitton jumpsuit

I’ve been interning in the fashion department for the past two weeks. It’s busy, busy! I’m working with the fashion interns in the fashion closet where we’re lucky enough to get a first look at all the styles that are called in for upcoming photoshoots. We’ve received some amazing looks from Louis Vuitton, Stella McCartney, Chanel and Prada. A rich blue jumpsuit with orange buttons from the Louis Vuitton runway was a favourite among the interns.

Typically there are four interns working in the fashion closet which makes it really fun. Interns are responsible for logging in all the pieces that editors have called in from design showrooms and keeping track of where its coming from and being returned to. We organize all the items we receive on racks for run throughs. Run throughs are important because editors look at the clothing, shoes and accessories we have received to determine what will work for their stories. Working in the fashion closet is a great experience because you start to build relations with PR representatives for designers from Montreal, New York and Paris. You also gain valuable insight about the editors about wearable trends of the season and learn about the editorial process from beginning to end.

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Ashley with a hand painted Dolce & Gabbana gown — a hit with the fashion interns! An example of how the accessories are laid out when we receive them. The hallway lined with clothing and shoes for an upcoming photoshoot.
Prada skirt
Here I am with a Prada skirt.

I’ve really enjoyed working in the fashion closet. I love to see what samples are sent to us as possibilities for stories. It’s fun to watch all the interns get excited about certain pieces. Today we received a dress from Stella McCartney that had everyone oohing and aahing. Seeing the runway styles in person is so exciting. It took 3 people to carry the Dolce & Gabbana gown down the hall. Now that’s not something you do everyday!


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