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July 2008

[7.31.08]

Luella Bartley Spring/Summer 08


 
Luella Bartley Spring/Summer 08

Luella Bartley Spring/Summer 08
Photo: Anthea Simms

LUELLA’S TONIC LONDON-based designer Luella Bartley has collaborated with Tonic, the socially and environmentally conscious label, to create four specially-designed Ts as part of its Every T Counts initiative. Inspired by the organization for which it is raising money, 30 per cent of each bamboo blend shirt will go towards supporting one of four organizations; Alive & Kicking UK, Friends of Paradis des Indiens, SaveNature.org and Global Fund for Children. “I love how the proceeds from the Ts go to all sorts of different causes, from helping kids in Columbia with dental care to protecting coral reef in the Pacific,” Bartley explained. Designs include the Pagan Sun, a robin, a stag and the Scary Douglas T – all in Luella’s typically cool and quirky style.

The Luella Bartley for Tonic t-shirts, $52 each, will be available at Aritzia stores in Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary on August 4th. Click here to see all 4 styles. Aya McMillan


[7.30.08]

MiMi+You Necklace


 
MiMi+You Necklace

STATEMENT MAKERS “Where did you get your necklace?!” That’s the question that will follow you as you strut around the city in a MiMi+You creation. Canadian sisters Mina and Mitra Mortazavi have created a complete collection of one-of-a-kind statement pieces that are not for the faint of heart. Their fall collection is divided into unique categories of inspiration: the 1920s, Russian Royalty, Nu Vintage, and their bespoke line, Made-to-Wear.

Visit mimiandu.com to purchase, and prepare for the fashionably jealous stares. Katie Gordon


[7.29.08]

Alicia Keys in Omnipeace tshirt


 
Alicia Keys in Omnipeace tshirt

GIVE & TAKE Omnipeace, is seriously celebrity-approved: Everyone from Posh & Becks to songstress Alicia Keys (a recent FLARE cover girl!) have been seen sporting their line of charitable tees and accessories. Founder Mary Fanaro designed the pieces to raise awareness of extreme poverty in Africa and donates 25% of the proceeds to the Millennium Promise, a charity that provides impoverished Africans the tools to become self-sufficient. (Since 2005, Omnipeace has raised over $150,000 for the non-profit organization!). The covetable tees range from $65-$95, and its luxurious cashmere scarves sit at $207— better grab your fave looks now before the celebs beat you to it!

Visit omnipeace.com to purchase. Katie Gordon


[7.28.08]

Mango Spirit Necklace


 
Mango Spirit Necklace

THAT’S THE SPIRIT Spanish hot house Mango just designed the ultimate necklace for women. Note: it does an undeniable hit’n’run—with a hit for donating its proceeds to the Woman project (just one of the non-profits the label supports)—and a run for helping 50,000 women from the poorest villages in the Anantapur region of India run their villages with courage and strength. Grab your MNG Spirit necklace at any nearest Mango location across Canada while supplies last, $19. Zdenka Turecek

The Woman project is a women’s development initiative being carried out by Vicente Ferrer Foundation in Anantapur, India.


[7.25.08]

Polar Ice Vodka


 
Polar Ice Vodka

TRUE CANADIAN SPIRIT Polar Ice wants to help you start the weekend in true Canadian spirit. The country’s fave vodka maker just launched 2 new flavors: Arctic Berry and Northern Maple and we couldn’t be more proud. For a cool Canuck libation follow this recipe:

MAPLE SIDECAR
Fill cocktail shaker with ice
1 oz. Polar Ice Vodka Northern Maple
½ oz. orange liqueur
1 oz. lemon juice

Shake and strain into a martini glass lightly dusted with sugar and cinnamon.


[7.24.08]

Mischen


 
Mischen

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED We just got word that one of our favorite Canadian designers is making her debut at New York Fashion Week. Winnipeg born Carla Knapp started her super chic label Mischen (German for “mixed-up”) 2 years ago and has been feeling the love ever since from buyers, the press and Hollywood’s hippest. We’ll be cheering on the fashion ingénue when she presents her first formal presentation at the collections on September 5th.

Visit www.mishenclothing.com for more information

– Aya McMillan


[7.23.08]

Swarovski Atelier


 
Swarovski Atelier

A SPARKLING IDEA Every up-and-coming designer is looking for a chance to truly shine, and Swarovski obliges this fall with Atelier, a collection of crystal accessories certain to generate plenty of luster. The company has given total creative reign to Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders (see his Obi rings above), Giles, Subversive’s Justin Giunta, and Canadian-born Pippa Small, among others to create their own limited-edition ranges of necklaces, bracelets, and brooches hitting stores this fall. Inspiration was as varied as the final products themselves—Saunders incorporated elements of everything from Star Wars light sabers to Brancusi sculpture, while Giunta’s designs were inspired, “ironically, by the art of making clothes.” The third incarnation of the Atelier series hits stores in early September. – Aya McMillan

Christopher Kane Black Collection ring


 
Christopher Kane Black Collection ring

Giles Eek multiple key ring


 
Giles Eek multiple key ring

Pippa Small rock crystal cuff


 
Pippa Small rock crystal cuff

Christopher Kane Black Collection ring Giles Eek multiple key ring Pippa Small rock crystal cuff
 
Justin Giunta for Subversive pearl choker


 
Justin Giunta for Subversive pearl choker

Doo.Ri necklace


 
Doo.Ri necklace

Justin Giunta for Subversive pearl choker Doo.Ri necklace
 

[7.22.08]

Tiffany & Co


 
Tiffany & Co

FEELING BLUE Tiffany & Co just announced that it’s opening its second Toronto store next spring. Located at Yorkdale Shopping Centre, the 6,200 sq ft bauble haven will feature a 25 ft-high facade with a Mondrian-like stone pattern, an Absolute Black Zimbabwe marble arch and Atlas clock above the entrance. Of course it will—this is Tiffany, after all. Aya McMillan


[7.21.08]

Joeffer Caoc resort collection


 
Joeffer Caoc resort collection

RANDOM THOUGHTS “I firmly believe young pretty girls should be doing groceries in a glamorous sequin gown and updo at one in the morning at a sketchy convenience store in Regent Park accompanied by an aloof, super-hot lead singer of a band…”

P.S. Make sure you buy lots of chocolates when you get the munchies…he is part of band, remember…”

Designer Joeffer Caoc’s theories on life.

P.P.S. The Toronto-based designer just wrapped up his first resort collection (pictured). Look out for it in November!


[7.18.08]

Givenchy Fall/Winter 2008


 
Givenchy Fall/Winter 2008

Givenchy Fall/Winter 2008

CHAIN EFFECT Anthony Nak, one of our fave fine jewelry labels, just debuted a new line of chain link jewels called 0108. The 30-piece collection was conceived on January 8th of this year (hence the clever name), and features a chic mix of silver, 18K gold, leather, silk, diamonds and semi-precious stones. Co-founder Nak Armstrong, who has a background in fashion, designed the luxe extras to not only be on trend but to also complement your closet: “We always felt ourselves as much a fashion house as a jewelry collection—it’s different and directional.” The best part is that the baubles retail for under $800 (a steal for fine jewels) and, since chain necklaces are set to be a big trend for fall (see Givenchy, Chanel and 3.1 Phillip Lim), there’s never been a better time to join the chain gang. Aya McMillan

Rutilated quartz and 18K gold chain earrings


 
Rutilated quartz and 18K gold chain earrings

 
Sterling Silver and leather necklace with knotted leaf


 
Sterling Silver and leather necklace with knotted leaf

Rutilated quartz and 18K gold chain earrings   Sterling Silver and leather necklace with knotted leaf

0108 by Anthony Nak will be available next month at Holt Renfrew across Canada.

Runway photography by Anthea Simms


[7.17.08]

Fendi Baguette Frame


 
Fendi Baguette Frame

OUR DAILY BREAD The baguette is the bread and butter of any style hound’s accessory collection. No, we’re not talking about carb-laden baked goods, but the Fendi Baguette, a late-90s favorite that sparked the It Bag phenomenon (thanks in no small part to Carrie Bradshaw’s exhaustive collection). Fendi is marking the bag’s 10th anniversary by expanding on the collection with more figure-friendly (and wallet friendly!) carb lust than ever: The Baguette Frame. Sure to ignite a feeding frenzy anew, the sunnies comes in ten vibrant hues each with those all-important interlocking double “F” symbols and hit stores next month. Aya McMillan

P.S. Check out the 10+ Fendi baguette (named in celebration of the label’s next ten years, rather than the ten past) turns buyers into designers—the all-white “blank canvas” comes with a set of pantone markers, so each bag becomes an original piece of Fendi history. Originally retailing for $5,500, the covetable clutch is now on sale at Holt Renfrew’s Fendi boutique for around $600.


[7.16.08]

Manhattan Tote


 
Manhattan Tote

BLAME CANADA Prepare to get your national pride on for Canuck handbag company PFYH Alpaca Inc. and debut collection by co-founder and designer Bridget Reid. PFYH (that’s “Peace for your Heart”) recently won the 2008 Independent Handbag Designer Award for the “Most Socially Responsible Handbag” demonstrating its commitment to giving back to the Peruvian shepherd families who produce the baby alpaca fleece used in the line. The luxe Manhattan Tote sells for $710, and like all PFYH bags, a portion of each sale goes to the Mirasol Project to fund the construction of schools and programs for impoverished Peruvian children. Katie Gordon


[7.15.08]

Isabella Oliver


 
Isabella Oliver

GREAT EXPECTATIONS Oh, sure, it’s a miracle. And of course you’re all aglow. And it goes without saying that you’ve never been so happy in your life. But none of that changes the fact that being pregnant means you can’t fit into any of your clothes. Enter Isabella Oliver. A fave of hot mamas like Angelina and Jessica Alba, the maternity line just entered the Canadian market, and—we swear—it’s the chicest prego-garb we’ve seen yet. Gorgeous goddess dresses, on-trend tops, ultra-flattering jeans and sweet coats and jackets are more MILF than potato-sack schmattes. What’s even better? The looks are actually affordable (between $30 and $300) and they offer online shopping (‘cause the last thing you want to do is haul your newly gained pounds around the mall). So good luck with the pregnancy. Now go stress about more important things. Like getting your name on the preschool waiting list. Aya McMillan


[7.14.08]

FROM NEW YORK: GAP’s Holiday Fashion Preview
Argyles and plaids, jeans and knits all top Gap’s holiday wish list. At a press preview in New York City last week, Patrick Robinson, Gap’s Executive VP of Design, unveiled the company’s top picks. Patrick’s design philosophy is all about layering – an easy striped cardigan and puffa jacket top a cable knit mini dress. Add a couple of scarves, some ribbed tights and chunky books and you’ve got Gap’s relaxed new look. The feeling is polished street style – comfortable but very cool. Read my exclusive interview with Patrick, one of the nicest guys I’ve met in the fashion industry, in Flare’s October issue.

The first holiday shipment arrives at Gap stores on September 29th. A bigger gift bag arrives on October 20th. Mark your calendars!

Lisa Tant

GAP's Holiday Fashion


 
GAP’s Holiday Fashion

GAP's Holiday Fashion


 
GAP’s Holiday Fashion

GAP's Holiday Fashion


 
GAP’s Holiday Fashion

Love the mix of stripes
and knits.
Perfect for a cold winter work day. The buffalo plaid jacket dresses up your weekend look.
 
GAP's Holiday Fashion


 
GAP’s Holiday Fashion

GAP's Holiday Fashion


 
GAP’s Holiday Fashion

GAP's Holiday Fashion


 
GAP’s Holiday Fashion

Winter white has never looked better. Love this bag! An easy look for holiday parties.

[7.12.08]

Superheroes Fashion & Fantasy

SUPERHEROES With the success of the film Iron Man and Batman: The Dark Knight hotly anticipated, the current exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York—Superheroes Fashion & Fantasy—couldn’t be better timed.

It’s perfect for the fashionista and the comic geek within you. I love how it mixes current fashion collections—you’ll see designs by Nicolas Ghesquière for Balenciaga, John Galliano for Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana and Jean Paul Gaultier—with actual movie costumes including the suit worn by Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man, and Christian Bale’s Batman get-up. And layered into the exhibit is the history and social implications of comics—brilliant.

The Met truly does produce the best interpretative fashion exhibits. Another smart touch—all of the wigs and headdresses were designed and styled by Julien d’Ys, the famed Parisian stylist. The exhibit is small but impressive—catch it before September 1st. And go early in the day so you can really inspect each look!
Lisa Tant

P.S. Rumour has it that next year’s Costume Institute gala theme at the MET will be “the muse in fashion”. How inspiring!

Amazing Fantasy


 
Amazing Fantasy

 
Galliano


 
Galliano

Amazing Fantasy, No. 15, August 1962 © 2008 Marvel Characters, Inc. Used with permission.   John Galliano, Spring/Summer 1997 © copyright Patrice Stable/Courtesy of John Galliano
 
Wonder Woman


 
Wonder Woman

 
Christian Dior Haute Couture


 
Christian Dior Haute Couture

Wonder Woman, No. 305, July 1983 © 1983 DC Comics. All Rights Reserved.   Christian Dior Haute Couture by John Galliano, Spring/Summer 2001 Courtesy of firstVIEW
 
Catwoman


 
Catwoman

 
Dolce & Gabbana


 
Dolce & Gabbana

Catwoman, No. 1, August 1993 © 1993 DC Comics. All Rights Reserved.   Dolce & Gabbana, Spring/Summer 2007 Courtesy of Chris Moore

[7.11.08]

Sarah Jessica Parker


 
Sarah Jessica Parker

BELTED BLISS Been running your Manolos ragged looking for awesome items from Sex and the City: The Movie? Look no further: the uber-haute black studded belt slung round Carrie’s waist for most of the film has been replicated for your shopping pleasure. Stylist Patricia Field has recreated the vintage accessory and is selling it via pre-sale (the real deal won’t be out till mid-July) on PatriciaField.com for $120 – hurry up and click your way to fashion glory! Katie Gordon


[7.10.08]

Preloved


 
Preloved

Runway photo: George Pimentel

LOVIN’ IT Toronto chicettes rejoice! Preloved just reopened its doors after a fire tore through the shop last spring. The Queen street staple also managed to save its fall collection from the blaze and, as L’Oreal Fashion Week showed, Preloved is back and chicer than ever!

Preloved’s new store is located at 881 Queen St. West.

Katie Gordon


[7.9.08]

itSlastik


 
itSlastik


CARE-A-LOT You ditched boho-chic for eco-chic. Traded in your SUV for a Prius. And you’ve seen An Inconvenient Truth more times than Al Gore. So why, pray tell, are you still toting your groceries in plastic? Whatsurbag has the missing piece to your green makeover. They’re reusable shopping bags, called itSlastik, are made out of a super stretchy recyclable material and come in a range of colours and fabrics (we’re partial to the metallics and tie-dyes). The people behind the bags are serious about sustainability: crafted in New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina Survivors, the company donates part of their profits to a local charity that help the homeless. See? It’s so easy being green.

For more information visit www.whatsurbag-usa.com


[7.8.08]

Secret’s Light Tights


 
Secret’s Light Tights

BRIGHT LIGHT File under “What took them so long?” Secret has brand new hosiery that was specifically designed for mild temps. With their revolutionary design, Secret’s Light Tights are perfect for air-conditioned offices and all you super polished boardroom babes.

Secret Light Tights, $9, are available next month across Canada. Call 1-877-273-2738 for local retailer.


[7.7.08]

Gucci Fall/Winter 2008
Gucci Fall/Winter 2008
Runway Photo: Anthea Simms

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GUCCI Fancy nabbing yourself a front row view at the show of one of fashion’s legendary labels? Then be sure to log onto the Gucci website tomorrow when, as part of the brand’s 70th birthday celebrations, it broadcasts its cruise 2009 show live from Rome. Not only will you get the chance at playing fashion editor for a day, a performance from Goldfrapp is on the cards, as well as an apperance from actress Claire Danes, who is the new face of Gucci’s fine jewelry campaign.

Log on to www.gucci.com

Tune in tomorrow, July 8, at 8pm local time to be part of the action. —Aya McMillan


[7.3.08]

PARIS COUTURE: CHANEL
By: Lisa Tant

Lisa Tant
Lisa Tant blogs from Paris

Recession? Who cares? That word held as much interest as “budget” this week in Paris. Four days of couture collections kicked off on Monday and the super-rich arrived to shop, shop, shop. These are the customers who expect their bling to be real and their clothes to fit precisely. You won’t find them combing the “soldes” (sales) racks.

For those who peg haute couture as a dying industry, think again. Thanks to an influx of nouveau mega-wealth from Russia, the Middle East and Asia, couture is stronger than ever. Chanel, one of the most popular houses, reported its best season ever in January – pretty impressive when a suit starts at $20,000 and dresses are commonly $100,000+.

Daphne Guinness
Daphne Guinness

I’m here by invitation of Chanel to join other international fashion editors, clients and a handful of celebrities for the Winter 2008 couture collection. Patricia Arquette, Leigh Lezark from The Misshapes, and Claudia Schiffer are here but most of the paparazzi excitement flaps over fashion eccentric (and aspiring fashion designer and film director) Daphne Guinness. I watch her leaving the Ritz Hotel where she teeters over the cobblestones in 7” Louboutin “limo” pumps, and a gold sequined yoked Chanel micro mini dress cinched with a perforated leather corset belt. Her skunk stripe hair and jeweled silver rings shaped like glove fingers top it all off. Fabulous!

Karl Lagerfeld
 Karl Lagerfeld

At the Grand Palais, I catch up with Karl Lagerfeld before the show. “I am well!” he cries out to the stampeding photographers. And he looks amazing in a black tux with tails, white starched shirt collar and super-skinny black jeans over boots. With his silver mesh fingerless gloves and silver ponytail, he seems truly ageless. “What’s the meaning of the tubes?” I ask pointing to the dozen silver organ-style tubes soaring from the runway to the glass roof. “The collection looks like this,” is all he’ll tell me before switching seamlessly back to French and then German for waiting editors.

The show is indeed all about tubes and architecture. Silhouettes are softly rounded and cropped sharply above the knee or long and lean. Tube-like sequins fall from yokes and tube-styled ruching nips in the waist of jackets and dresses. Diagonal tucking shapes evening dresses and accordion style sleeves look like gothic buttresses or tightly swirled puffs. Highlights include tweed suits glistening with a subtle shower of crystals; mink or chinchilla hems softening short skirts; a long pearl grey gown with its hood packed with handcrafted rosettes; and just about every one of the stunning cocktail dresses. The palette is grey, smoke, black and violet with a few hits of pink – like a stormy yet sensual rainy day. The detail is breathtaking to the very last outfit – the ultimate bride dressed like a fluttery white bird in a tulle headdress and cape.

Chanel model

These women like their jewellery real so accessories are kept to a minimum – matching tweed shoes with Lucite heels, dainty fingerless gloves punctuated with medallions, and a few whimsical face frames.

Each of the models wears a banged and bobbed wig – eerily similar to front row regular Anna Wintour. The makeup is pretty with silvery grey eye shadow extending from lash line to brows and balanced by pretty natural pink lips.

Photos from the couture show press package, all shot by Karl Lagerfeld.
Hair by Odile Gilbert
Makeup, Chanel.


[7.2.08]

Valentino
Portrait of Valentino Garavani © DR

RED CARPET KING It’s no wonder A-listers and royalty flock to Valentino for their red carpet gowns and suits. Take a closer look yourself if you happen to be in Paris before September 21. Valentino: Themes et Variations is an exhibit highlighting the Roman master’s designs from the early 60s to his last couture collection shown this past January. Each display features a different theme including florals, fur, animal prints, volume, texture and his all-important evening signature – the colour red. Valentino wasn’t a minimalist – the evening gown designs are a flurry of ruffles, tiers, lace, sequinned appliques and embroidery. Yet the pieces that I really love are dead simple like a red column with a draped back and single jewelled clasp on one shoulder. The pieces that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis favoured focused on these simple lines in luxurious fabrics. The last case is a confection of some of his prettiest pastel gowns all from his last ready-to-wear collection – the show I saw last October. Like a sinfully sugary dessert, it’s a fitting finale for such a rich exhibit. I’m curious to see how Alessandra Facchinetti, who has taken over the design reigns, will fare in her first couture collection for the label. Just imagine trying to step into his shoes – it would be kind of like attempting to jog in the newest 7 inch stilettos.
-Lisa Tant


[7.1.08]

Dovima et les éléphants, Robe du soir de Dior, Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, 1955.   Twiggy, coiffure de Ara Gallant, studio de Paris, janvier 1968.
Dovima et les éléphants, Robe du soir de Dior,
Cirque d’Hiver, Paris, 1955.
  Twiggy, coiffure de Ara Gallant, studio de Paris, janvier 1968.
Photographie Richard Avedon © 2008 the Richard Avedon Foundation

MASTER OF FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY If you’re in Paris this summer, don’t miss the retrospective of fashion photographer Richard Avedon’s work. I saw a similar exhibit in New York at the time of his death (2004) and have never seen a more comprehensive and thought-provoking collection from any major photographer since. While Avedon was best known for his energetic fashion shoots – a style he pioneered for Harper’s Bazaar and American Vogue – the most stunning shots in the exhibit are black and white portraits of ordinary Americans, many from the South. These aren’t air-brushed beauty queens or aspiring models but farm labourers (including a 13 year old snake skinner) and KKK members. Check out the 270 photos at the Jeu de Paume, Concorde (1, place de la Concorde, 8th) until September 28. www.jeudepaume.org

-Lisa Tant


 

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