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The Fashion Blog - August 2008


The FASHION Blog
August 2008

[8.29.08]

Miuccia Prada Fall/Winter 2008


 
Miuccia Prada Fall/Winter 2008

Miuccia Prada Fall/Winter 2008

A LACE ODYSSEY You already know that lace is THE fabric for fall. Miuccia Prada gave the ultimate ladylike fabric a serious makeover with striking colours and a little shine. The head to toe look, however, can be a bit daunting for some and just mumsy on others. The solution: accessories!! Click here for a roundup of some chic extras that take on the trend. Aya McMillan

Runway photography by Anthea Simms


[8.28.08]

Louis Vuitton Murakami designed Monogramouflage tote


 
Louis Vuitton Murakami designed Monogramouflage tote

ATTENTION SHOPPERS

Dear Edmontonians,

We wish we could check out the newly renovated Louis Vuitton store with you. We heard it’s super pretty with its cumaru wood flooring (très exotique, no?), Daumier print glass and well, the over 2,000 square feet of LV goodness. We’re also quite jealous to hear that there’s a massively increased selection of bags and accessories (including the new Murakami designed Monogramouflage tote) and, of course, LV’s always covetable women’s shoes. You’ll have to send us pics when it opens next Wednesday and if you want to pick us up a little somethin’ something’ then, by all means, be our guest.

Love,
FLARE xoxo


[8.27.08]

Sandra Backlund


 
Sandra Backlund

LINE WE LOVE Sandra Backlund knows knits. Extravagant, complex and utterly sublime, her hand knitted and crocheted creations electrified us as soon as we saw them. Despite working under the radar for the past few years, the Swedish designer has been tapped as Franca Sozzani’s protégé in Italy and toiled over a range at Louis Vuitton. Her collection isn’t available in Canada just yet but we’re willing to save our pennies for the jaunt.

Go to sandrabacklund.com for more information.


[8.26.08]

Ryan McGinley


 
Ryan McGinley

PICTURE THIS Feel like getting caught in the last bits of a summer dream? Take a glance at the dreamy photos of Ryan McGinley. Aritzia plucked up the award-winning snapper (who still uses his friends as his subjects) as the latest talent in its artist series. His youthful pics are the main event for Aritzia’s fall/winter ’08 creative campaign, gracing gift cards, shopping bags and boxes. The pretty packaging is just one more reason to shop till you drop. Like you really needed another one. Visit aritzia.com for more information. Katie Gordon


[8.25.08]

Yves Saint Laurent prints


 
Yves Saint Laurent prints

THE LOOK OF LOVE Care to own a piece of Yves Saint Laurent’s legacy? Montreal’s L’Affichiste Gallery has managed to get their petit mains on YSL’s personally designed prints. The master couturier crafted them between 1988 and 1998 as Christmas gifts for his closest friends and muses (i.e. Lou Lou de la Falaise and Betty Catroux), and feature everything from Andy Warhol images to his iconic bows. Talk about collector’s item—there are only a few of the posters left and they start at $700 (which, if you think about it, is way more affordable than a Muse bag or Le Smoking suit!)—who else is booking their flight to la belle provence?

Click here to view Yves Saint Laurent’s work.


[8.22.08]

Lutz & Patmos


 
Lutz & Patmos

KNIT WIT We’ve always had a girl crush on Kirsten Dunst. The starlet is known for her quirky and cool ingénue style and now she’s bringing it to the people with uber-chic sweaters she created with Lutz & Patmos. FLARE sat down with Tina Lutz and Marcia Patmos, the design duo behind the cult knitwear brand to discuss what Kirsten is like, what they’re inspirations are for fall and what’s next. Click here for the full interview. Aya McMillan

Lutz & Patmos is available at Hazel in Toronto. Go to lutzandpatmos.com for more information.


[8.21.08]

Jewel Power


 
Jewel Power

Jewel Power “Affordably-priced haute couture” is normally a fashion oxymoron—but not for Canadian TV and radio host, Terri Michael, and her jewelry line, Stoned Originals. Michael creates gorgeous handmade accessories using high quality materials (think Swarovski crystal and semi precious stones) with custom sizing at non-bank-breaking prices. Even more impressive is Michael’s commitment to helping women in need—a large portion of every sale goes straight to a women’s shelter in each customer’s area, helping eight shelters across North America. Visit stonedoriginals.com for a list of shelters and buying info. Katie Gordon


[8.20.08]

Smart Set


 
Smart Set

SMART CHOICE Current shopping mall stores in their bland and white glory are not exactly the atmosphere in which to foster our skills as fashionistas. Smart Set agrees. The company has redesigned several of its change rooms with an electric purple and charcoal colour combo and clever cubby-style slots to store everything from your purse to your Olsen-size Starbucks. The new design is inspired by the uber cool look of Japanese hotels and also features a catwalk-style walkway so you can strut your stuff in Smart Set’s best…sounds like shopping heaven!

Check out the new design at these locations:
Fairview Pointe Clare (Pointe-Claire, QC)
SmartCentres Scarborough (Scarborough, ON)
Fairview Park Mall (Kitchener, ON)
The Bay Centre (Victoria, BC)

Katie Gordon


[8.19.08]

Gabrielle Chanel in 1928


 
Gabrielle Chanel in 1928

Gabrielle Chanel in 1928

“A fashion that does not reach the streets is not a fashion.” –Coco Chanel

Bonne Fete Coco Today marks the 125th birthday of arguably the most influential couturier that has ever lived: Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. Women the world over have Madame to thank for popularizing a multitude of trends that we continue to embrace—the LBD, ropes of pearls, quilted handbags, black-tip ballet flats, tweed jackets and, of course, Chanel No. 5.

Her personal life also continues to fascinate the public: at least three bio films are in the pipeline—played by Shirley MacLaine, Audrey Tatou and Demi Moore—and a new book by photographer Douglas Kirkland will be published this month. Coco Chanel: Three Weeks/1962 is an account of the time Kirkland spent photographing Coco at her Paris atelier opposite the Ritz in 1962 and features never before seen pictures of the mother of haute couture’s fastidious working methods.

Chanel once said: “May my legend prosper and thrive. I wish it a long and happy life.” There is no doubt in our minds that she got her birthday wish. She has herself become a timeless classic.

Aya McMillan


[8.15.08]

Olsenhaus Pure Vegan


 
Olsenhaus Pure Vegan

PURE & SIMPLE Elizabeth Olsen is decidedly different from every other Olsen you’ve heard of. Her new shoe and bag line, Olsenhaus Pure Vegan, provides a chic eco option for accessories addicts seeking to avoid the animal alternative. We’re already coveting several styles from the line, which have a totally of the moment artist-inspired aspect to it—a DIY vibe without the risk of actual DIY. Visit www.olsenhaus.com to purchase. Katie Gordon


[8.14.08]

Samantha Ronson


 
Samantha Ronson

GRAND OPENING It’s not uncommon to rub shoulders with the beautiful people here in Montreal, but it’s not every day you get to engage in some first-class celeb-spotting. So imagine the Hollywood high at last night’s H&M flagship opening downtown, where A-list DJ Samantha Ronson spun tracks for the journalists and fashion players in attendance. Perhaps you’ve heard of Ronson? She’s the gender-bending, fedora-sporting, all-but-officially-confirmed girlfriend of Lindsay Lohan.

Guests couldn’t help but wonder where LiLo was last night, but luckily for SamRo, they were too busy snapping up boyfriend blazers and playful-print skirts to spend much time ogling and pondering.

H&M’s flagship store opens today at 12 p.m. Head there ASAP—the fast-fashion chain is rewarding the first 250 customers with gift cards valued between $10 and $200. 1100 rue Ste-Catherine O.

—Janna Zittrer


[8.13.08]

Nymphenburg Porcelain


 
Nymphenburg Porcelain

EXTREME MAKEOVER As part of its 260th anniversary, Nymphenburg Porcelain has commission 16 of today’s most influential designers—from Esteban Cortazar of Emanuel Ungaro to Viktor & Rolf—to create “Couture Edition” clothes for their figurines. Each designer doll was hand-painted with the intricate new designs and only twenty-five replicas of each have been made. If you sneak a peak at them while they were on display during the couture shows in Paris, you can always pick up a copy of the Collector’s Book—400 copies will be made available next month. We suggest pre-ordering—this is one costume change you won’t want to miss!

Go to www.nymphenburg.com for more information. Click here to see a selection of the porcelain figures and the inspiration designer behind them.

Runway Photos: Anthea Simms


[8.12.08]

Armani Exchange


 
Armani Exchange

A STORE IS BORN Nothing tickles our fancy more than a new place to shop—so when we heard that Armani Exchange was opening three Ontario stores, we were ecstatic! Now open at Vaughn Mills, Yorkdale Centre, and the Eaton Centre, the 3,000+ square foot boites have plenty “in-store” for shoppers—like a 10 ft. high video wall, sleek (read: flattering) lighting and luxe wood finishes to display AE’s covetable clothes and accessories. All the new features and contrasting themes like light vs. dark help show off the products and are all meant to complement the sophisticated A|X shopper. A boutique built for us? Guess we’ve found the new “it” destination for August…Katie Gordon


[8.11.08]

NATALIA BRILLI


 
NATALIA BRILLI

LABEL LO-DOWN: NATALIA BRILLI We’re obsessed with Brilli’s leather creations. The Belgian designer (and former Rochas accessories director), crafts sculptural accessories and curious objects in lambskin for a look that’s fresh, provocative and totally of-the moment. Look out for her savage chic capes and clutches next season as well.

Available at Gravity Pope in Vancouver, Reborn in Montreal and Holt Renfrew in Toronto and Montreal.

Aya McMillan


[8.8.08]

Betsey Johnson Fall/Winter 2008


 
Betsey Johnson Fall/Winter 2008

Betsey Johnson Fall/Winter 2008

BONNE FETE BETSEY! Ladies, it’s time to don your frothiest fuchsia-infused punk princess party gear because this weekend, Betsey Johnson is celebrating her 30th birthday! The New York based designer is commemorating 30 rose-colored years in fashion with a series of fetings at all her boutiques (think pink champers, cupcakes and cotton candy) and an anniversary collection including limited edition bags, baubles and stilettos. Living proof that some things do get better with age. Aya McMillan

Runway photography by Anthea Simms


[8.7.08]

KILLER HEELS We got a kick out of Karl Lagerfeld’s witty take on women’s shoes. The Kaiser’s most recent designs for Chanel—a lightbulb and pistol heels—are fun, fabulous and totally OTT. We can’t wait to see what he comes up with next. Aya McMillan

Chanel Pre-Fall Collection


 
Chanel Pre-Fall Collection

Chanel Cruise Collection


 
Chanel Cruise Collection

Chanel Pre-Fall Collection Chanel Cruise Collection

[8.1.08]

Little Doe headpieces


 
Little Doe headpieces

DAYDREAMIN’ While looking for the perfect summer accessory, we found ourselves ditching our fedoras for something on the more light and whimsical side. Designer Chase Cohl, a Canadian living south of the border, has us indulging our hippy-chic ’60s summer fantasy by creating Little Doe headpieces. From feathers to flowers, the looks you can create with these pieces adorning your head are pure poetry – which is exactly what Cohl has spent the last few years in New York studying. No wonder the line feels so free-spirited. Plus, each headpiece is made-to-order, one of a kind, and handmade. Visit www.littledoeislove.com to purchase. Katie Gordon


 

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