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November 2008

[11.28.08]

Vera Wang


 
Vera Wang

Runway photo: Anthea Simms

Bag One
Vera Wang’s Spring ready-to-wear collection exposed a new pièce de résistance: her first handbag collection. Sure to wow her die-hard fans, the two styles, Niki (calfskin or hand-painted leather festooned with heavy metal and crystal motorcycle chains) and Postman (floral embellishment in brown pebbled leather or basket weave print with mosaic embroidery) were inspired by the vibrancy and naiveté of French artist Niki de Saint Phalle. “I love the mixing and matching of materials, like leather with Swarowski crystals. It’s a girl meets street attitude,” said Wang. The collection will be available at the new ready-to-wear store on Mercer Street in New York City in early 2009.
Emily Huggard


[11.27.08]

Dolce & Gabbana’s Stone eyewear collection


 
Dolce & Gabbana’s Stone eyewear collection

Sparkle & Shine
Let your eyes do the sparkling with Dolce & Gabbana’s limited-edition Stone eyewear collection. Bejeweled with 112 Swarovski crystals and crowned with a precious stone, the sunnies comes in seven styles including an airy white frame with turquoise detailing, just in time to accent your spring attire. Available at Ilori in Toronto and select Dolce & Gabbana boutiques across Canada.
Emily Huggard


[11.26.08]

Ron White Heidi


 
Ron White Heidi

Well Booted
What’s the ultimate euphoria for the style-savvy Canadian gal? Finding the perfect winter boots. Ron White kicks off their first Boot Headquarters’ event from November 27 to December 7, including a $65-discount card with any purchase of $200 or more and 50 percent off select boot styles including Cole Haan and Stuart Weitzman.
Emily Huggard


[11.25.08]

Matthew Williamson
Matthew Williamson and a look from his new H&M collection Matthew Williamson Spring ’09. Photo: Anthea Simms

H&M Does it Again
Get ready to rock the party circuit next spring donning a killer Matthew Williamson frock—at a price you can actually afford. The British designer, known for his bright, party-girl designs, is the latest to collaborate with mass-tige giant H&M. The Matthew Williamson for H&M capsule collection will arrive at select H&M stores on April 23, followed by women’s and men’s summer designs worldwide in mid May. This is also Williamson’s first foray into menswear. We’re already counting down the days!
Laura Flanagan


[11.25.08]

Freya lingerie


 
Freya lingerie

Find Freya lingerie at Secrets From Your Sister

Seductive Shopping
‘Tis the season for sexy lingerie. Following the recent opening of their new Eglinton location, Secrets From Your Sister has found another way to tempt us into the bedroom with 75% off the price of sale bras and other delicates until December 7th. P.S. Does your man need a nudge to start his X-Mas gift shopping? Direct him to their new website featuring a Q&A section and fashion show videos sure to peak, and keep, his interest. 560 Bloor Street West (416-538-1234) and 2501 Yonge Street (416-482-8007).
Emily Huggard


[11.24.08]

Ewanika


 
Ewanika

Work It
Looking to revamp your workplace wardrobe? For ten years, Toronto-based clothing haven, Ewanika, has provided a refuge from mass retailers with tailored and seasonless designs combining glamour with uniform. The store’s spring collection fêtes a decade of era-inspired designs with a nod to the early American sportswear of Clair McCardell, which designer Trish Ewanika calls “chic with an edge.” 490 College Street, 416-927-9699.
Emily Huggard


[11.21.08]

Nelly Furtado


 
Nelly Furtado

Illustrious toppers
Toronto-based advertising agency, Taxi, has kicked off the EBay auction of its 15 Below Jacket, signed by bold-faced names such as Kim Cattrall, Nelly Furtado, Kid Rock, Jon Stewart and Rush. Designed by Toronto’s Lida Baday to clothe the homeless during the cold winter months, every jacket will hold a personal item chosen by each celeb including a Sex and the City script autographed by the cast and a signed first edition R.E.M. Hello Book. Funds raised from the auction will be donated to The Salvation Army of Canada for their work with the homeless. The auction runs until November 30th. www.15belowproject.org
Emily Huggard


[11.20.08]

Sonia Rykiel


 
Sonia Rykiel

Runway photo: Anthea Simms

Although we’re kinda jealous of the sales she’s obviously been scooping, we love the quirky vibe of this Sonia Rykiel Boule de Noel snow globe. Decked out in her own Rykiel Fall ’08 striped knit, this little lady is the perfect addition to any fashionette’s desk. —Laura Flanagan


[11.19.08]

Twelve Beds of Christmas


 
Twelve Beds of Christmas

Canine Designs
Plush bedding isn’t solely for the two-legged kind. Head to the second annual Twelve Beds of Christmas Charity Auction for the Humane Society at Circa Nightclub where illustrators and designers such as Bernice Lum, Brandon Steen and Matt Robinson have created one-of-a-kind satin snooze pads for the furry friend in your life. www.twelvebedsofchristmas.com
Emily Huggard


[11.19.08]

Levi’s Spring 2009
Anthea Simms

Jean Machine
Two icons of our youth—Beverly Hills 90210 and Levi’s—are centre stage again in a surprising collaboration with House of Holland designer Henry Holland. The London rebel rouser has teamed up with Levi’s to create a six-piece unisex jean collection for Spring 2009 inspired by the ’90s cult TV show. Available exclusively at Selfridges in the UK, Holland incorporated textured pieces in cheeky fabrics such as bold polka dots and bright florals. We think Brenda and Kelly would, like, totally approve. —Laura Flanagan


[11.18.08]

Jewellery by Karen


 
Jewellery by Karen

Bold Baubles
Accessories addicts already know that the Spring 09 runways were chock-full of statement necklaces and giant gems. Keeping up with the trend is Hamilton-based bauble designer Karen McFarlane. Her Spring line of wearable art, Jewellery by Karen—think fresh water pearls, jade and bone flowers and pewter toned leaves entwined with glass—features dramatic evening pieces, daywear and a new bridal collection with an exotic and luxurious twist. –Emily Huggard


[11.17.08]

Gucci Tattoo Heart Collection


 
Gucci Tattoo Heart Collection

Heart Attack Wear your heart on your handbag with Gucci’s new white version of its charitable Tattoo Heart Collection. In support of their fourth annual campaign to benefit UNICEF, twenty five percent of the sales made from the line—adorned with a striking crimson heart tattoo and the iconic Gucci symbols—will be donated to support programs for children affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa. What’s more, style goddess of the moment, Rihanna, will model the accessories in this season’s campaign. Available at Gucci stores across Canada from November 19-January 31.
See more of Gucci’s goodies

Emily Huggard


[11.16.08]

Adriana Lima


 
Adriana Lima

Inguna Butane


 
Inguna Butane

Adriana Lima in Martin Katz’ diamond bra Model Inguna Butane getting made up pre-show.

Saturday
The hotel is buzzing with activity. From my lounge chair by the pool, I watch models going into the tent – Lindsay Ellingson, Noemie Lenoir, Inguna Butane, Julia Stegner, Alessandra Ambrosio. I see all of the girls again later in the afternoon when I go into the oceanside ballroom where they’re getting primped and polished. With their bare faces and hair in curlers, many look like pretty girls who wandered into the wrong room. It’s astonishing to watch Carmen Kass’ makeover from bespectacled beach bum to knockout pool babe. As the models try to eat lunch and get their hair done, reporters shove microphones and cameras in their face. The newbies take it all in quietly while Heidi Klum and Adriana Lima – two of the contract Angels – hold court batting their lashes and giving good quote.

Adriana is draped over the bust displaying the $5 million bra she’ll be modeling tonight. Made by jeweler Martin Katz, the Black Diamond Fantasy Miracle Bra, is adorned with close to 3,900 gems (yes 3,900) including two lavish black diamond drops weighing a total of 100 carats. Why?? Good question – anything to get press, I guess, and it’s actually quite stunning instead of the tacky monstrosity one might expect.

I sit down with Sharen Turney, the company’s CEO, who tells me that tonight’s spectacle cost $10 million to produce but will be watched in 90 countries by 2 billion viewers on December 3rd. Good investment I’d say. (Victoria’s Secret also owns La Senza in Canada.) Sharen tells me to expect the opening of two Victoria’s Secrets and Pink boutiques later this year in Canada.

The show is held in a massive tent constructed just for tonight over one of the swimming pools. I’ve been to hundreds (seriously) of fashion shows in my career but I’ve never seen a turnout or staging quite like this one. The front row of my section alone includes Deborah Harry (imagine what Madonna will look like in 15 years), photographer Bruce Weber, the Kardashian sisters, Jason Lewis, Michelle Trachtenberg, Terrence Howard, Seal and Lenny Kravitz. P. Diddy stops by for a group hug. Most of the starlets and wannabes in the crowd are wrapped in Herve Leger bandage dresses and teetering heels.

Slick dancer, singer and all ‘round gorgeous entertainer Usher opens the show. Next, led by Adriana Lima, the girls come streaming out dressed in brief lingerie that’s hidden by wings, feather sculptures, floral cages and metallic leather body pieces. The ribbon tied and metallic heeled shoes are by Pierre Hardy whom I spot down by the pool earlier. They prance down the Swarovski sprinkled runway encouraging us to clap and shout – the opposite of the grim concentration I saw on Valli’s girls just two nights ago. Heidi Klum is the crowd favourite, especially with hubby Seal who leaps up to photograph her as she mouths “I Love You!!” to him.

In addition to the outrageously styled costumes and overall grand spectacle, what’s so unique about the Victoria Secret show is the diversity of the models. Moms like Klum and Angela Lindvall share the runway with Paris catwalk regulars including the newest Angel Doutzen Kroes and Sessilee Lopez. The girls are curvier, happier and infinitely sexier – they’re women here, not just clothes hangers. Julia Stegner seems to struggle though under the weight of her silver cobweb and rose bush wings. Earlier today, stylist Todd Thomas, told me the pair weighed close to 40 pounds! There are two wing designers and three wing assistants listed in the credits. Heidi closes the show in a ruffled bra and panty with a giant red sequined bow on her back. Pink fireworks explode in the pool area outside the tent and top Angels, Heidi and Adriana, skip off the runway. This will go down as one of my favourite fashion shows and entertainment spectacles. Catch it on CBS December 9th.
-Lisa Tant


[11.15.08]

Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey

Friday In Miami It’s hot and breezy when I arrive at the newly renovated (to the tune of one billion dollars!) Fontainebleau Hotel just north of the trendy South Beach neighbourhood. Frank Sinatra hung out here and flicks like The Bodyguard and Scarface were shot here. It’s a zoo as last minute touches leave the hotel in a spin. Workers are busy creating walls of cream rosebuds and boxwood boughs for tonight’s grand opening party. Nothing works though – from my room’s Internet connection to the machine that codes the room keys.

When I meet Heidi Klum downstairs in the Vida juice bar, workers are yanking bubble wrap off chairs and scraping tables across the floor. It’s distracting – we both laugh that they’ll drag us away in a minute – but Heidi is warm and engaging. I relate my story of last night’s Valli models struggling in their skyscraping heels. She tells me that she prepared for her first Victoria Secret show eleven years ago (she’s now a gorgeous 35-year-old Mom) by practicing in the highest heels she could find from a New York drag boutique. You’ll have to wait until FLARE’s February issue for the rest of my interview with her.

I head over to Lincoln Road to escape the chaos of the hotel. Miami feels depressed. Few people are around and many of the shops on the trendy shopping strip are holding closing out sales. When I head back to the hotel, it’s even crazier here and I have to go through several security checks before I can get to my room. I spot a motley crew of characters in the lobby – Maple Leafer Tie Domi, Gossip Girl Michelle Trachtenberg, gossip guy Shinan Govani, indie queen Chloe Sevigny, Hollywood princess Gwyneth Paltrow, and Desperate Househusband Kyle McLachlan toting a baby.

I pick up a package with a zillion different tickets, wrist- band, lanyard and security clearance. I’m told to guard everything – it may be stolen and sold for $1000. Hmmm – I entertain the idea of a new pair of Louboutins for 5 seconds and then decide to stash the wallet of goodies in my bag and stay for the show.

Later that night, Robin Thicke opens the party. He sweats up a storm as he croons to the crowd but we’re all waiting for the headliner: Mariah Carey. Mimi shows up just after midnight and looks…surprisingly pedestrian. She’s wearing a stretchy black mini dress and python pumps but she looks like another Miami babe in search of a party. Her voice, though, is heavenly.
-Lisa Tant


[11.14.08]

Giambattista Valli Spring ‘09


 
Giambattista Valli Spring ‘09

Heidi Klum in Victoria’s Secret


 
Heidi Klum in Victoria’s Secret

Giambattista Valli Spring ‘09
Photo: Anthea Simms
Heidi Klum in Victoria’s Secret

Haute Fashion to Hot Bodies

Foie gras to cotton candy. Serious intellect to joyous fun. This past week, I experienced opposites of the rarified fashion spectrum. Last Thursday night in Toronto, the ROM (the Royal Ontario Museum) hosted its third annual Material Ball by staging the Spring ’09 collection by Giambattista Valli. I first saw this sweet confection last month during Paris Fashion Week.

The collection’s ribbon bunched rosettes, stiffened bell skirts and acres of tulle are deliriously uptight but breathtakingly beautiful – once you look past the models faces frozen in terror for fear of falling from their 6” heels. The maestro himself took his catwalk bow dressed in a black velvet suit with a cream satin shirt and pearls to frame his delicately pretty Roman face. Check out our profile of Valli in the March issue of FLARE.

I’m catching caught an early morning flight this morning to Miami for a 180 degree shock – and I don’t mean the weather. By contrast, the Victoria Secret show (staged Saturday night) is like a high-kicking yodeling Vegas spectacle. Its runway is an explosion of T&A with household name models, including the gloriously delicious Heidi Klum, known worldwide as “Angels”.

The fashion snob in me adores the Valli aesthetic – however much he may torture the models (sorry!). The pop culture junkie inside is screaming in anticipation about my first “Angels” runway show.
-Lisa Tant


[11.14.08]

Moschino plush pink satin piggy bank


 
Moschino plush pink satin piggy bank

Pigging Out
The plummeting economy got you pinching your pennies? Do it in style with Moschino’s plush pink satin piggy bank. Just in time for the holidays and in the spirit of saving, the Italian fashion house will sell Percy the Pig at Moschino boutiques next month. –Emily Huggard


[11.13.08]

My Tagalong Emergency Valet


 
My Tagalong Emergency Valet

Organized Living
Is your life littered with sticky notes of overdue reminders? Be the ordered gal you’ve always admired with My Tagalong’s Emergency Valet, a handy kit packed with an eco-chic tote, notes, a decorative tampon tube and a 911 tin complete with items such as tweezers, a nail file and band-aids. Even more clever is the company’s’ Purse-Onifier, a handbag insert with a multitude of compartments so you can change handbags without the drama. Now, who’s got it together? Across Canada at The Bay. –Emily Huggard


[11.12.08]

ATTENTION SHOPPERS!

Joeffer Caoc Sample Sale


 
Joeffer Caoc Sample Sale


[11.12.08]

War Child bracelet

Charmed, We’re Sure
Nothing beats an on-trend bauble with a cause. Montreal accessories label, Spring, has designed a chic leather bracelet accented with a petite silver brick charm representing the tagline “One Brick at a Time,” in support of War Child, a charity supporting war-affected children and their families around the world. All profits from the $5 bracelet are donated to the cause. –Emily Huggard


[11.11.08]

Fashion Takes Action


 
Fashion Takes Action

Fashion Takes Action
“Green” has become such a buzzword that nearly every player in the fashion game has gotten on board in one way or another. So what happens when they all descend on the distillery district in toronto? Voila, Fashion Takes Action, an annual charity gala and catwalk show that’s dubbed itself “the Greenest Fashion Event in Canada.” The Saturday night event , now it its sophomore year, aims to inspire the chic set into seeing the fabulosity of all things earth friendly – from fair-trade flowers to eco accessories made with recycled materials – there was range of lovely green goodies on site that the crowd could bid on through silent auction. Sure there was an eclectic mix of people – from the birkenstock clad-eco freaks to the fashionettes in their louboos – but everyone got along famously once all the fashions made their way down the runway. Fledgling designers like Evan Biddell, Greta Constantine and Aime Luxury all crafted their own green gowns and accessories and by the end of the evening, the entire crowd was clinking their organic 360 vodka infused cocktails together and a good night was had by all. That’s the power of going green. –Aya McMillan

Fashion Takes Action


 
Fashion Takes Action


Photos: Dominic Chan/Fashion Takes Action


[11.10.08]

Pringle of Scotland


 
Pringle of Scotland

Plush Partnership
Luxury British knitwear label, Pringle of Scotland, unveiled a parade of fabulous footwear on their Spring ’09 runway, created with edgy New York accessories label, Sigerson Morrison. Constructed of Italian nappa leather in an airy array of cream, grey and dusty rose shades, the sandals—with drapy straps tied or snapped up the ankle—played on the collection’s delicately ruffled and brush-stroked cotton frocks. The Sigerson Morrison for Pringle line will be available in Sigerson Morrison stores and select retailers in February. –Emily Huggard


[11.7.08]

Izzy Camilleri Cadbury
Izzy Camilleri’s African Queen look crafted out of Cadbury milk chocolate

Sweet Designs
Anna Wintour and Willy Wonka could have been seatmates at last night’s Cadbury Chocolate Couture Fashion show, where pret-a-manger rather than pret-a-porter was the catch phrase. Ten of Canada’s fashion darlings created outfits inspired by the globe out of Cadbury chocolate. From Eugenia Designs’ sexy chocolate-coated El Toreador to a cocoa-dusted trapper jacket by Toronto’s Philip Sparks, creativity was definitely on the menu. –Elizabeth Cabral


[11.7.08]

Dr. Rey’s Shapewear


 
Dr. Rey’s Shapewear

Shapely Designs
Dr. 90210 plastic surgeon, Rob Rey, is the go-to guy for lifting, tucking and trimming Tinseltown’s leading ladies. The reality-TV star has now teamed up with Australian lingerie designer Bruno Schiavi to launch a surprisingly breathable and ultra-effective shapewear collection called Dr. Rey’s Shapewear. The cinching, smoothing and sculpting line—including the Bottom Enhancer Panty, which mimics a buttock implant—is designed to hide and disguise your imperfections (muffin top, anyone?) and improve your, ahem, assets, without surgical enhancement. And the best part? Each style is about half the price of those department store brands. Uplifting indeed. – Emily Huggard

Available exclusively through the Shopping Channel www.theshoppingchannel.com or go to www.drreyshapewear.com for more information.


[11.6.08]

Leila Moss
Leila Moss

Best Day Ever
Ladies, it’s official, Alexander McQueen is designing for Target! The new diffusion line, called McQ Alexander McQueen for Target, launches in March as part of their new Designer Collaborations series and is based on the British bad boy’s own secondary McQ line. McQueen has taken rocker Leila Moss, lead singer of Nineties Brit band The Duke Spirit, as his muse for the collection, creating a covetable and lust-worthy offering of slim skirts, bubble dresses, studded jackets and even swimwear and cotton voile scarves all in a muted palette and imbued with a rebellious punk vibe. As if we needed another reason to shop south of the border! —Laura Flanagan

Runway photography, Anthea Simms

Alexander McQueen Spring ’09


 
Alexander McQueen Spring ’09

Alexander McQueen


 
Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen Spring ’09 Alexander McQueen

[11.6.08]

Maria Cornejo


 
Maria Cornejo

Back in Black
We heart Maria Cornejo’s effortless and layered confections. Reflecting on a decade of timeless collections, the Chilean-born designer has reworked a selection of her most symbolic pieces to form a capsule collection for Holt Renfrew. The ten distinctive black dresses—mirroring the geometric and organic consistency of seasons past—will be part of the Zero + Maria Cornejo Resort 09 collection, available at Holt Renfrew stores across Canada now.– Emily Huggard


[11.5.08]

Spring ’09 Narciso Rodriquez


 
Spring ’09 Narciso Rodriquez

Decision ‘08
While we’re thrilled this morning for our U.S. neighbours, we admit it has a little more to do with sartorial choices than the state of the union. After several turns on the campaign trail in Thakoon, J. Crew and H&M, Michelle Obama won our hearts (again!) last night when she took to the stage in a Spring ’09 Narciso Rodriquez frock. Forward thinking aside, a First Lady that can rock a dress that debuted on the runway a mere eight weeks ago—now that’s a welcome change. —Laura Flanagan

Runway photo: Anthea Simms


[11.5.08]

Maison Moschino


 
Maison Moschino

Plush Slumber
Care to snooze in the lap of luxury? Bringing new meaning to stylish accommodation, Moschino has unveiled the concept for Maison Moschino, their boutique hotel scheduled to open next year in the old neoclassical railway station on Milan’s Viale Monte Grappa. Spread over four lavish floors, the dreamy spot will be home to 54 rooms and 15 suites—each designed with a fairy-tale theme including a room dripping with red rose petals—a bar, restaurant, gym and spa. – Emily Huggard


[11.4.08]

Hermès Cape Cod Grand Hours watch


 
Hermès Cape Cod Grand Hours watch

A Moment in Time
We all know staring at your watch does not make that teeny hand tick any faster—or slower when you want to savour the moment. Hermès’ new Cape Cod Grand Hours watch plays on the elusiveness of time with a nifty mechanism—the movement of the hour hand speeds up or slows down at different hours of the day, while the minutes and seconds are marked off at the traditional pace. With handcrafted finishing in rose and white gold, opaline dials and a transparent case-back, the concept of time never looked so good. – Emily Huggard


[11.3.08]

WinterTrax


 
WinterTrax

Solid Footing
Don’t let a little snow flurry stop you from strolling the streets in a killer pair of heels. Just slip a pair of WinterTrax traction shoe covers over your Louboutins. Secured in place by a strap that wraps around the heel of your shoe, clever steel coils provide edges to keep you graceful on snow and ice. – Emily Huggard

wintertrax.ca for more information.


 

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