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Lisa Tant is out as editor-in-chief of Flare magazine

After weeks of swirling rumours, multiple sources have confirmed that Lisa Tant has left her role as editor-in-chief of Flare magazine, and Elle magazine’s Miranda Purves will be taking over. Tant will serve as publisher of Hello Canada magazine, effective immediately. Rogers Publishing could not be reached for comment.

UPDATE: Rogers has confirmed via press release that Tant will be serving as publisher of Hello Canada as of July 3. Purves will take over as editor-in-chief of Flare tomorrow.

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Canada’s Best Beauty Talent, episode 8: the great side pony slip-up of 2012

Canada’s Best Beauty Talent, Episode 8

The judges are at odds in this results episode of Canada’s Best Beauty Talent, which is kind of exciting. Coco Rocha loves Matt and Jenna’s wet hair and cat eye makeup, but “the mean one,” Flare editor-in-chief Lisa Tant, is not into it at all. YSL makeup artist  Eden Bluestein and Tant think Marcia didn’t brow block correctly (they feel it doesn’t look smooth because  she hasn’t combed the brows enough), while photographer Max Abadian digs the treatment. Everyone’s full of opinions this week—we even get to hear a post-judging rant from Isabelle, who thinks the judges are approaching the competition like it is some big joke. In full melodramatic mode, she goes so far as to refer to doing hair as her raison d’etre.

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Like Joe Fresh? Like Hunger Games? Now you can have both (no murder involved)

Joe Fresh has announced that, much like every young adult (and old adult reading young adult fiction on the TTC), it’s a fan of The Hunger Games: the company recently partnered with the popular franchise. Hungry Hungarians who want to see the Toronto premiere of the film are in luck, because Joe Freezy wants to set one person up with a flight (if required), a hotel, two tickets to the red carpet premiere and a $500 gift card for Joe Fresh (perhaps to buy the skirt Coco Rocha wore on the cover of Flare magazine, or maybe the Finnish flag dress Andrej Pejic sported for Fashion?). While it would be more appropriate to have a Battle Royalestyle brawl for the tickets, it appears all you have to do is enter online.

(Images: Hunger Games, screengrab; Joe Fresh, Jenna Marie Wakani)

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Coco Rocha doesn’t advocate airbrushing (okay, she does, but only sometimes)

Everyone wants to look good, right? What “good” means depends on the person, but for Coco Rocha, it means not having pimples or dark under-eye circles in photographs. An advocate for young models, an endorser of Photoshop-free campaigns and a Diet Coke enthusiast, the Toronto-born supermodel is this month’s Flare cover girl, and she wants us to know she’s proud to be Canadian: “Canada has been a huge support for me in my career, so I definitely like to come back and support our industry here. I think it is really important to let people know about the support.” She also wants us to know that her online presence is a way for her to point out inaccuracies and express her opinions (for some reason, she leaves out her interest in commenting on torontolife.com), and that people should take her as she is—unless, of course, she has dark circles or pimples. This is, of course, our roundabout way of saying she looks great in that Joe Fresh skirt and Ashley Rowe top.

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Dealuxe owner Joanna Track poaches another employee from the Fashion masthead: Susie Sheffman

Susie Sheffman

Earlier last week, Joanna Track—former owner of Sweetspot and current owner of e-tailer Dealuxeannounced that Fashion magazine’s market editor, Jordan Porter, had joined the Dealuxe team. Today, a similar announcement was made: Fashion magazine’s fashion director, Susie Sheffman, will be taking the same title at Dealuxe. We spoke to Sheffman, who said she always thought she’d be carried out of Fashion in a pine box, but a fabulous opportunity came a knockin’. We presume that means more money and fewer restraints, which is why most people change jobs, but we’re wondering who at Fashion might be next to drink the Dealuxe Kool-Aid. Or has Track moved on to Flare?

(Image: Jason Hudson)

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Flare magazine wasn’t the only Canadian pub at New York Fashion Week, despite tweets to the contrary

Toronto has three major Canadian fashion publications—Fashion, Flare and Elle Canada—and, as in any good sector, the goal is always to be number one. Yesterday, the fight for the top spot seemed to have been clearly won by Flare, with fashion director Liz Cabral tweeting from Proenza Schouler’s show at New York Fashion Week, “will be the only Cdn magazine at tonights Proenza Schouler show. No reception @ the venue, look for tweets right after!  #nyfw.” We found this particularly surprising, considering Fashion magazine’s beauty director, Lesa Hannah, was a Canadian fashion journalist given access to report on beauty for the Schouler show backstage—which means at least two of the three Canadian fashion bibles were in house. Cabral showed no regret for her hubris, considering her many tweets were left public for the rest of the night, but this morning, without an apology or correction, all whispers of Flare’s access had been deleted.

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See the New Labels competition collections, because they’ll all be sold at TNT in Yorkville this fall

Ashtiani named winner at TFI’s New Labels (Image: George Pimentel)

Last week’s New Labels showcase at the Design Exchange brought out boldface retail names like Holt Renfrew’s Natalie Lecomte, The Bay’s Nicholas Mellamphy and TNT. Unlike LG Fashion Week, where buyers have seen everything months prior, this was a first look at emerging designer goods, and it prompted TNT to scoop up a selection. Coming this fall to the Yorkville retailer will be pieces from finalists Caitlin Power by Caitlin Power, Ashtiani by Golnaz Ashtiani and Narces by Nikki Wirthensohn. See each designer’s full collection after the jump.

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