Editors' Picks: Summer Reads, the Met & More

One exhibit, two hot summer reads and a racy R&B album from the people behind the pages and posts of FLARE and FLARE.com


Here at FLARE, we have a lot in common: a love of fashion, beauty, magazines, culture and general wordsmithery. But as we rush around putting together the magazine and this website, we don’t always have time to share the minutiae of our passions. What do we binge-watch on a rainy weekend? What album is on iPod repeat? What movies make us cry? Hence, Editors’ Picks was born.  A weekly column where you can get to know the people who bring you FLARE—and maybe we can get to know one another a little better, too.

This week, we’re sharing a MET Museum must-see, two upcoming summer reads and one soul singer who’s making a comeback.


Truc Nguyen, Fashion Editor

I stopped by the Met Museum’s PUNK: Chaos to Couture exhibit last week and was very impressed by the selection of punk-inspired runway pieces on display. It was great to see iconic and controversial looks such as John Galliano’s “homeless chic” newspaper dresses and Maison Martin Margiela’s plastic shopping bag frocks up close and personal. A must-see if you’re in New York this summer.


Michelle Higgins, Copy Editor

Curtis Sittenfeld and Jeannette Walls wrote two of my all-time favourite books—Prep and The Glass Castle, respectively—so when I got my hands on both of their new novels on the same day, it was like Christmas. Sittenfeld’s Sisterland features identical twins with a psychic gift—only one wants nothing to do with her powers, and the other is literally broadcasting hers to the world. Walls’s The Silver Star reads like a Glass Castle lite, following two scrappy young sisters who are abandoned by their mother. I grew up the middle child of three girls—with all that entails—so the theme of sisterhood spoke to me. Reading these stories made me want to go home and give both of my sisters a hug. Ha, just kidding.

Sisterland comes out June 25; The Silver Star comes out June 11.


Alicia Cox Thomson, Managing Digital Editor

I still remember when I bought Voodoo by D’Angelo in 2000. It’s an album without time; play it today and it still moves with unmistakable groove. Yes, the song and video for “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” are scorching. I’m sure there’s more than a few 12-13-year olds whose parents can thank that track for, well, you see where I’m going here. But my standout was always “Devil’s Pie.” The constant beat just trips along and it includes a sample from Teddy Pendergrass. You just can’t go wrong with Teddy. (D’Angelo plays Toronto tonight, can’t wait!)