FLAREIntern Blog Archive

FLAREIntern Blog Archive
January 2008

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

It’s day 5 at FLARE and it’s been a really exciting experience so far! I thought I’d give you an update on what I’ve been doing at my internship.

I was thrilled on my first day at the office to be surrounded by wall size photographs of past FLARE covers. It was amazing to see all the models, actresses, singers and other talented women who have graced the covers of FLARE throughout the years. As I looked around I felt so lucky to have the opportunity to be a part of the FLARE family. I met Editor-in-Chief Lisa Tant and Publisher Orietta Minatel—both whom are such inspirations to me. I received an outline of my schedule and learned that I would have the chance to intern in several departments including Beauty, Fashion, Entertainment and Marketing. I’ll have the chance to see how these departments operate and will be assigned daily tasks by the editors.

This past Friday, I interned in the Beauty Department where Associate Beauty Editor Carlene Higgins showed me an upcoming story she was working on about international beauty trends. She came up with a list of products that could be featured for this story and I pulled them from the beauty closet along with the press kits that detail their prices and any information that might need to be used. The beauty closet has an incredible amount of products to choose from. I have seriously never seen so many kinds in my life! I can’t wait to see what products will be chosen and how the story will look in print!

Yesterday I attended a beauty photo shoot. It was interesting to watch the set come to life with the input of so many talented people, including the hairstylist, makeup artists, models, editors, stylists and photographer. Check this story out in the upcoming April issue! I had the chance to interview hairstylist Greg Wencel about the looks he created for this shoot. My first webisode will give you a glimpse of what it’s like to be behind the scenes where all the magic unfolds!

Today I will be transcribing the interview I did with Greg so I better get started. It’s always an exciting day at FLARE so check back for more updates soon!


Monday, January 21, 2008

Anyone who has ever shopped with me knows my love for all things Calvin Klein. I see the letters CK and I swoon. While I love the minimalist style of the runway collections, it’s the overall aesthetic of Calvin Klein that appeals to me even more so. I admire the effortless beauty of the models who look like they are barely wearing a smudge of chapstick.

While I was interning in the beauty department on Friday and pulling products from the beauty closet for an upcoming international trends story, I learned that Calvin Klein has recently launched a cosmetics collection. Interning in the beauty department prompted to me to go do a little research of my own about beauty products. At the end of my day at Flare I headed off to The Bay’s beauty counter to test out the products for myself!

As featured in the February issue, the CK Calvin Klein Infinite Hydration Moisturizing Foundation can give you that glowing look the models show off. However the cosmetician informed me that I didn’t need foundation and instead she dusted the Subliminal Purity Mineral Based Loose Powder sparingly across my cheeks and nose to even out my complexion from any impurities and redness caused by the winter weather. Second she applied the Delicious Luxury Crème Lipstick which has amazing moisturizing results on my dry lips. Followed by a sweep of blush and a coat of mascara I turned to the mirror to see just the results I had hoped for! The look was distinctly Calvin Klein with glowing skin and flushed lips. The products in their sleek minimalist packaging had me excited too!

What is your winter beauty look?

My Calvin Klein picks:


Subliminal Purity Mineral Based Loose Powder in Translucent ($35.00)
Delicious Luxury Crème Lipstick in Naievete ($23.00)
Delicious Light Glistening Lip Gloss in Radar ($23.00)
Splendid Colour Unstoppable Nail Enamel in Phoenix ($10.00)

Friday, January 11, 2008

Only 2 more days until I start my internship with FLARE!

I just picked up the February issue on the newsstand today and I’m excited to read about the direction designers are taking next season. It’s refreshing to shift from Fall’s heavy knits and grey palettes to florals, prints and bright colours.

Here is my take on the top 5 trends for Spring 2008:

Art Inspired Florals
Dolce and Gabbana sent hand-painted organza ball gowns inspired by Julian Schnabel down the runway, while Dries Van Noten mix-matched a kaleidoscope of ethnic floral prints. Balenciaga featured looks using saturated floral patterns on sculptural three-piece suits and Thakoon took an abstract approach by showing graphic florals on boyish shorts and shirts. With this trend came a bountiful selection of florals in all sizes and details, each expressed with the designer’s unique vision.

Romantic and layered, yet graphic and modern, designers like Chloe, Luca Luca and Jil Sander made these sheer looks possible for day to day. Using airy organza and sheer tulle, the looks were more demure than revealing. By pinching the waist with belts (as seen on BCBG Max Azria’s runway) one can highlight an hourglass silhouette while creating delicate textures.

The New Minimalism
Instead of challenging femininity with androgynous proportions, designers drew attention to the female form with neutrals and womanly palettes as well as body-conscious fabrics. Dior showed fluid evening dresses and Calvin Klein featured long T-shirt dresses with nothing to distract from the sleek silhouette. Versace made goddess like dressing look easy by restraining from prints and adornments on her silk jersey dresses and drapey jumpsuits and focusing on simplistic glamour instead.

Boyfriend Dressing
Boy-meets-girl was a key theme with designers isolating menswear classics and incorporating them into ladies’ styles. Boyfriend blazers, bowtie blouses and tailored trousers were defining pieces with this look. Stella McCartney and Jenni Kayne threw boxy blazers over feminine frocks. Ann Demeulemeester featured a slouchy and layered aesthetic of elongated vests and coat jackets while Proenza Schouler made masculine elements incredibly body-conscious by cinching belts over trenches and military vests while leaving the hemline short.

Statement Shoes
Forget ‘it bags’. Designers have put footwear on the forefront with bold styles that break the rules. From Miuccia Prada’s fantasy inspired heels to Marc Jacob’s surrealist venture into deconstructed styles, it’s certain that footwear is no longer taking a supporting role. It’s time to make a dramatic statement with imaginative and inventive styles like those from Marni, Balenciaga, and Miu Miu.

What will you be wearing for spring?

Talk to you later,


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