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[3.31.09]


 

Fall Preview: French Connection

It’s true, spring has yet to even warm up, but after a whirlwind of Fall/Winter collections we’re on to sourcing the hottest trends for next season. Our fashion team will be previewing collections from all the best labels and sharing the top picks with you.
First up, our Senior Market Editor Tammy Palmer checked out what’s new at French Connection.

“The first group of trend items showed body-con dresses – a grey tonal striped short sleeve is on my list! The A-line mini dress has proven to fly off shelves so they’ve continued with the shape in studs and bright colours. Sporty knee length coats in earthy reds and mustards, plus swingy empire waist and bubble shapes in uptown tweeds will be surefire hits.”


[3.30.09]


 

Radiant Revival

The fashion world has been feeling nostalgic lately. Revivals have hit the runway by storm – from Halston to the 1980s – and the House of Vionnet is next on deck. Madeline Vionnet-inspired looks are going to be key this fall – she was the master of draping, which will be seen on skirts and even coats – but the label itself will be back in the fold, too. June will see the re-launch of the Vionnet label spearheaded by former Valentino GM, Matteo Marzotto in collaboration with Gianni Castiglioni of Marni. With these Italians on the job and the fact that Vionnet invented the bias cut, we have high hopes that this revival will be one of the most flattering around.


[3.26.09]


 

Toronto Shopping Newsflash

If like us, you fall head over heels for Marni and Dries Van Noten season after season, and you live in the GTA, you are in luck this weekend. This Saturday and Sunday only, Cathy B is hosting a moving sale with brilliant savings on clothes, jewelry, bags and more from the aforementioned quirky designers alongside Prada, Helmut Lang and a plethora of designer denim. March 28 and 29,11am to 6pm. 112 Warren Road.


[3.25.09]


 

Designer in Residence – Toronto Edition

Are you a fashion designer looking to follow in the footsteps of such Canadian greats as Joeffer Caoc, David Dixon and Arthur Mendonça? Then be sure to head to the Toronto Fashion Incubator’s Resident Program Open House on April 2nd. The program offers affordable workspaces with the support of industry consultants, TFI’s executive director Susan Langdon and other residents in a co-operative environment to jumpstart young designers (Caoc et al. took up residence early in their careers). Plus, for a limited time the first three months of rent is 25% off.


[3.24.09]


 

Photo: Jeremy North–Lewis

Madame and the Muse

Coco Rocha and her famously fiery red locks made a fabulous appearance at the Women X Women event at Fashion House in Toronto last week during LG Fashion Week. Clad in a Greta Constantine vest straight off the FW 2009 catwalk, she joined the crowd to admire the work of Canada’s up and coming female fashion photographers. The exhibit showcased fashion photography featuring women, celebrating the relationship between female photographers and female subjects. “It was the chance to expose these artists to the media and community and create some buzz for these women who are peppered with raw talent,” says Kate Mullin, co-founder and a former FLARE intern. “Women X Women was our first event, but definitely not the last.”


[3.23.09]


 


 

Reese rocks Rodarte

Ms. Witherspoon chose the perfect futuristic ensemble for the Los Angeles premiere of her new animated flick Monsters vs. Aliens. We love this silver mini from Rodarte’s Fall/Winter 2009 collection. Looks like she’s found her new red (or blue) carpet go-to.


[3.20.09]

Newsflash!

Creating a collection, for any designer new or established, takes a tremendous amount of hard work, creative vision, and money. And in Canada it’s extremely important to support and foster the talent we have right here at home. So it was an exciting afternoon today when the Fashion Design Council of Canada announced it’s plans to launch the FDCC Designer Development Fund over a lovely lunch. The $10,000 bursary will be awarded to one designer or design team during Spring 2010 LG Fashion Week this October. An independent panel will review submissions and select one recipient each year. This is the first time the FDCC has launched an initiative that other fashion capitals like London and New York have offered over the years. Designers get working on those submissions! Good luck!

-Elisa Kosonen


[3.20.09]

Emily & Ashley


 
Emily & Ashley

Gems of Note
With the current bombardment of statement jewelry, it’s nice to find pieces that are a bit more personal and have a story behind them. That’s where sisters Emily and Ashley Green step in. Their line of fine jewelry, Emily & Ashley, is inspired by their grandmother and the ways in which members of their family wore her pieces.

“We loved how everyone could wear the same piece, but everyone could reflect their own individual style in the way they wore it,” Emily explains. The collection includes stackable bangles, monogram necklaces and colourful trend-driven baubles.

The duo count SJP, Debra Messing and Demi Moore as fans, but are most excited to see someone they don’t know wearing the line. “One time when I was walking down the street I saw the most elegant looking woman wearing such a chic outfit,” Emily recalls, “then I looked and said, oh my god, she has on one of our necklaces. And I called my sister right away. She had the best style, she was stunning. That’s the best.”
Available exclusively at Holt Renfrew.


[3.19.09]

Miss Sixty


 
Miss Sixty

Toon Tees
Olive Oyl isn’t necessarily the first character you might think of as a superhero. She’s always getting kidnapped by Bluto and is easily overcome with emotion at the sight of a certain sailorman. But for Miss Sixty, the beanpole stunner is the perfect star for their first Superheroine collection of t-shirts. It’s Olive’s sassy attitude (when you think about it, she’s a total flirt) and flair for the dramatic that parallels the personality of the Miss Sixty girl. However you identify with her, if the t-shirts make you look as fierce as Flare covergirl Sasha on the runway we’ll be stocking up.


[3.18.09]

Diesel


 
Diesel

Diesel Hits T.O.
Dreaming of the perfectly stonewashed denim from Diesel Black Gold’s Spring runway? Us too. Thankfully, Torontonians don’t have to wait too much longer for dream jeans. Diesel is opening its first flagship in Yorkville this April. The multi-level store will house all of Diesel’s rock chick wares, alongside menswear and kids collections.


[3.17.09]

Tammy Palmer


 
Tammy Palmer

Shop with FLARE
Craving a little more Flare in your living room? Then turn on the TV March 19th and tune into The Shopping Channel’s Fashion Views. Our Senior Market Editor, Tammy Palmer will be sitting down with Brian Bailey and David Dixon to dish on Spring’s hottest trends. More episodes are in the fashion forecast, so be sure to check out the listings for her next appearance. Plus, Tammy will be blogging all season on her top picks and shop smart tips on theshoppingchannel.com.


[3.16.09]

Holt Renfrew


 
Holt Renfrew

Shop the Flashback
Holt Renfrew is embracing fashion’s current love affair with the 80s with a chic redesign of the Bloor Street flagship’s contemporary floor. Colour and whimsy rule the space with a kaleidoscope of acid neons and Rubik’s-cube primaries complementing the hues of collections by cool kids like Alexander Wang and 3.1 Phillip Lim. Plus on Saturdays this month it turns into a hotspot with DJs, graffiti artists and some surprise performances on the schedule. Putting the fun back into shopping? Totally.


[3.13.09]

Lane Crawford


 
Lane Crawford

Snap Happy
We love it when one of our own becomes an international sensation. Lane Crawford, Hong Kong’s answer to Holt’s, has tapped Tommy Ton, FLARE’s own fashion week street style shutterbug to photograph their newest ad campaign. Ton follows in the pioneering footsteps of The Sartorialist, who shot DKNY’s current campaign, in a cross-over trend that speaks to the influence of style blogs like Ton’s Jak&Jil. In conjunction with the Spring campaign, which launched last week, Ton will also be a guest blogger on their newly launched website. www.lanecrawford.com


[3.12.09]

Lacoste


 
Lacoste

Logo Love
Lacoste is doing its part to ensure we can all still say with glee, “In a while crocodile.” The notorious amphibian, and star of their signature logo, is an endangered species and the sporty heritage brand has joined an initiative to help biodiversity conservation and safeguard against extinction. Lacoste is the first international brand to partner with the Save Your Logo campaign which supports the conservation and protection of the real animals that are used as brand logos. So wear your polos proudly as a friend of the crocodile. Visit to www.saveyourlogo.org for more information.


[3.11.09]

Jay Godfrey


 
Jay Godfrey

Canadian Catwalk
Escaping the chill of winter, Canadian designer Jay Godfrey flew south to an unlikely part of Florida to show his vibrant Spring collection in his first ever runway presentation. While Palm Beach may not be a fashion capital, it was the perfect setting for a fair weather staples such as primary colour minis and is home to the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation which hosted the show as part of their 10th annual benefit.


[3.10.09]

Post-it Dispensers


 
Post-it Dispensers

Style Memo
For some girls it’s shoes, for others it’s office supplies. But this stylish idea is sure to win over both fashionistas and cubicle divas. Three Canadian fashion design icons, Brian Bailey, Marie Saint Pierre and Wayne Clarke, have created three Limited Edition Post-it Dispensers ($20) for 3M Canada that will accessorize your desktop with flair. 10% of proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Available at Staples and other major Canadian retailers.


[3.9.09]

Kim Gordon


 
Kim Gordon

Sonic Chic
Leave it up to visionary Marc Jacobs to predict fashion’s future. Kim Gordon, lead singer of 90s band Sonic Youth, gave a surprise performance at Marc’s Fall 08 runway/concert and this season she is debuting a hip collaboration line with Urban Outfitters called Mirror/Dash. The affordable collection of slick dresses and slouchy tees is the perfect warm-weather weekend uniform.


[3.6.09]

Cartier


 
Cartier

Runway Bling
The bowl cuts at the 3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2009 show during New York Fashion Week may have had the fashion pack gawking, but it was the subtle sparkle of diamonds that had our attention. Cartier debuted their new line of Trinity jewels on the catwalk. The collection includes bracelets, earrings and the return of the celeb-beloved classic Trinity ring (worn by David Bowie and Madonna). Über-chic clothes and diamonds together at last? Now that’s a girl’s best friend.


[3.5.09]

Payless


 
Payless

Affordable Fierceness
Payless has been racking up the fashion cred lately. Continuing collaborations with Alice + Olivia, Lela Rose and Abaete had the footwear chain all over Fall’s runways. But it was their newest addition, Project Runway’s Christian Siriano, that caused a real stir with his Rodarte-inspired spiked platforms. For a sneak peek of the upcoming collection, which hits stores in the fall, click here.


[3.4.09]


Beyond the Rack


 
Beyond the Rack

Click and Save
Looking for a little exclusivity? Head to Beyond the Rack, a brand new member’s only online shopping destination. Brands such as Robert Rodriquez, Rich & Skinny and Juicy Couture will be on offer for sample sale prices with their limited release, limited time sales. Miss Sixty is the current brand on offer, and starting today (March 4th) Diesel will be on deck. It’s your lucky day Flare.com readers: click the following link and enter the invitation code PSFLARE30 to join the club. www.beyondtherack.com.


[3.3.09]

Peter Pilotto


 
Peter Pilotto

Photo: Anthea Simms

Open for Business
Online shopping just keeps getting better. Opening Ceremony, the hip boutique that has Chloë Sevigny on their design roster, has just launched their worldwide online store. Their cool in-house line is up for grabs along with Boy for Band of Outsiders, Alexander Wang and London’s hot up-and-comer Peter Pilotto. www.openingceremony.us


[3.2.09]

Ophelie Hats


 
Ophelie Hats

Hat Pack
Another Canadian is making waves across the pond. London’s legendary Victoria & Albert Museum tapped Montreal’s Ophelie Hats to design pieces inspired by the exhibition Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones, which opened to millinery fans last week and runs until May 31st. Ophelie’s creations, which include sweet floral headbands and a retro leopard beret, are on sale now at www.vandashop.com.


[3.01.09]

Rebecca Taylor

Taylor Made
We’re smitten with Rebecca Taylor’s signature boho-chic floaty frocks but are swooning over the designer’s debut accessories line. The multi-stranded star necklace, stackable rings and soft suede open-toe booties are just some of the items we’re pining for. Available in stores next month. www.rebeccataylor.com.
Emily Huggard


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