Haute Couture is something of a phenomena for me.. I say this because a couple years back I had the pleasure of being a guest of Chanel and travelling to Paris to experience the Lesage & Lemarie couture ateliers where I really got to see, learn and feel the passion and artwork that goes behind creating couture pieces.. The endless hours of embroidery, the insanely precise attention to detail and of course the beautiful and untouchable work that ends up being produced..
For Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2017 Haute Couture collection (that I am sure we ALL unapologetically glued our eyes to during Couture Week) Karl Lagerfeld ‘transposed the ambiance of 31, rue Cambon without copying every detail.’ Inspired by the very things that are iconic Chanel… One main part being the mirrors that reflect the grand staircase leading up to the CHANEL Haute Couture salons, makes this collection one of my favourite Chanel Haute Couture collections to date, and that is pretty monumental for me considering that Chanel’s Fall 2010 Haute Couture collection has not only been a favourite from the brand but has been one of if not my most favourite Haute Couture collection in GENERAL!! I loved the super metallic and slick vibes.. It was such a contrast of such futuristic elements but with classic silhouettes.. I loved how Gatsby from the future, everything felt!
This season Karl Lagerfeld maintained his mastery at blending fabrics to create such unique textiles for the garments… I saw a lace laminated in a sort of plastic intertwined into a jacket that you would never notice until you really looked and felt.. The extreme sequin tuxedo literally had me wishing I could find prince charming already and plan my fitting for my wedding look #YASSSSS!! There were so many overwhelming moments for me because YOU KNOW how much I love sparkle and shine when done so, so tastefully!! This was literally yet another dream-like-state-inducing-experience c/o of my friends at Chanel!!! See more pictures below and be whisked away to another reality with me.. Even just for a moment!! Enjoy!! Xx
2017 is in full swing and it’s so crazy that we are already in February… Where the hell did January already go!? Am I at the point in my life where days fly by, time moves faster? If so, which I think I am because #WELLDAMN.. I am training myself to look outside the window more, smell the air more, smile at people more because all these moments we get that we overlook are, before you know it, going to be gone, and truthfully so, so will we.. So one of my big goals for 2017 is to quite literally in every way possible “Stop and smell the roses” just that much more… Anyways.. Here is a quick little snap from behind the scenes during the cute little photo-shoot I did the other day with NYX Cosmetics here in Toronto WHICH EVEN IN BLACK AND WHITE you can LITERALLY still SEE MA HIGHLIGHTER POPPIN ON MY CHEECK BONES LIKE YASSSSSSS GAWD!!!!! Now.. time to pack my bags and off to the next!! Stay tuned for where 🙂 XOJAY
“You can have a girl jump around and have everything beautiful, or you can choose to tell a human story that highlights someone you love,” told Brandon Maxwell about his Spring 2017 campaign.. And that this did, literally hooked my eyes to the screen from that beginning March on the Detroit streets to the closing of the divider at the end… Designer, Brandon Maxwell enlisted his close friend and muse Riley Montana to share a glimpse of her self showcasing her Detroit roots.. Captured by filmmaker Jessy Price the eye-opening mini fashion film showcases not only the humble roots of a fashion power’s muse but of course also the gorgeous clothing of designer Brandon Maxwell’s Spring 2017 collection… Enjoy
It seems as though I’ve been missing in action for the last XYZ amount of time.. I am kind of dumbfounded as to how just over this past weekend I fully immersed and then equally as fully, fell in love with Sampha! Of course, I am familiar with all the songs he has been featured in or sampled from but after getting some good listening in.. This is now one of my top #FEELS artists! I am so excited for his album to drop February 3!… ALSO just found out that Sample is coming to Toronto in a couple weeks! You can check for tickets here!! IN the mean time.. Enjoy!
I think one of the biggest surprises that hit the mens fashion week runways was definitely the collaboration between Louis Vuitton & Supreme! I think it quite literally broke the fashion industries & hype-beasts alike internet lol!!! It was in a fashion + street-lovers sense… SENSORY OVERLOAD!! Here are some exclusive behind the scenes images I got from the Louis Vuitton Press Release to share with you guys!
I am freakishly mesmerized by this coat that shows during John Galliano’s Spring 2017 couture collection for Maison Martin Margiela…. The piece, which showed in Paris just a few days ago now, during the couture shows shares a face moulded and embroidered from tulle on a simple long coat which I just can not take my eyes off of… Quite frankly I find this is just simply genius and the epitome of wearable art… This is really John Galliano re-asserting himself as one of THE creative forces in fashion… I literally wish to have been able to see this move down the runway… I feel, this moment just needs.. Well… a moment!
IF you know me then you know I love a good pairing of visuals and music so before we carry on with any reading PLEASE press play on the music video below to set the ambiance!!!! O.k. Now that that is taken care of.. I am SO happy because after all these years of going to Paris I NEVER got to do this.. Such a simple little stop on the way to an event that made me literally the happiest.. I have always wanted to snap some photos at the Palais Royale, in Paris and just see it in real life, feel it with my own eyes and spirit and I finally got to!! Another thing that I am super excited about is the full acknowledgement of really finding my sense of style and look for the new year.. My style has really changed over the years, from frumpy and layery to confused and street chic to now what I call…. a…. very androgynous, sexy leather biker, casual but always cool vibe!!! This trip has been like a dream for me because I’ve been able to do it as the new and current me.. AS the me that is this dark and sleek creature, who loves to wear make up and get glam and who is just a lot more young, wild and free!!!… It’s crazy because the older I’ve got the younger and more liberated I feel.. That I must say is truly a blessing of age, aside from of course knowledge, wisdom and experience but it’s crazy because when I think about it I probably wouldn’t of let those attributes reach me without this new liberation so it all comes down to that!! UGH!! PARIS JUST GOT ME FEELIN MAGICAL!!!!!!!! Stay tuned for more!! Xo Jay
When I saw this J.CREW coat I just new that I had to give it some sort of me in some way! It just screams BIG PAPA TO ME lol!!!! So I paired it with a casual and cool, relaxed and kinda urban vibes look and voila.. It felt right at home on my shoulders! With the streets of Paris as the back-drop, this was definitely a moment!!!!
This trip has been like a dream… Being back in my favorite cities and doing what I love to do!! The city been so exciting between getting to see all my favourite places again and also seeing some shows, designers, familiar faces I haven’t seen in years! It’s so good to be back.. Another plus about this trip is the sense of ease that I’ve been able to have courtesy of my CIBC Air Canada AC Conversion Prepaid Visa Card! Whether it’s been on the go, in between shows, before a night on the town or whatever! I have been able to manage my funds and currencies all on one card from wherever I’ve gone.. I am not just saying this but the CIBC Air Canada AC Conversion Prepaid Visa Card has seriously changed my whole travel game.. In the past, I’ve had to bring a certain amount of cash with me and in some cases under-budgeted for the night or the other way around, I over budgeted and literally LOST my money! Can you imagine the nauseating feeling of literally loosing hundreds of dollars with so many more days to go! #UGH.. Yikes right!?.. With the CIBC Air Canada AC Conversion Prepaid Visa Card you are able to reload your funds from an app right on your smartphone or tablet and exchange your Canadian dollars to 10 different currencies (AUD, CHF, EUR, GBP, HKD, JPY, MXN, USD, TRY & CAD)!!! The way it works is, it locks in foreign exchange rates when you load a currency so you don’t have to worry about fluctuating rates when you travel and you aren’t charged any additional fees when you use the card (excluding ATM fees) – so you’ll know EXACTLY how much you’re spending on every single transaction! Plus, if you ever do need to make an ATM withdrawal, the card will allow one free withdrawal per month, per country. You can use it in 45 countries around the world wherever Visa is accepted, including online!! This card & technology (which comes with chip and pin security, tap-and-pay, and isn’t linked to my personal bank accounts) has really helped manage and budget my funds on the daily and feel secure while here in Paris which has made the trip that much better!! If anything ever happens to the card, or if I lost it for example, it comes with an emergency card replacement service, emergency cash service and protection from unauthorized use, so I know I’m covered and will still have access to cash when I need it. Oh, and did I mention? It’s free! Or $15 if you want it couriered to you. That all said… I have so much more to share from this beautiful trip so STAY tuned as there is much much more to come!!! XOXO BISOUS JAY
AS my obsession with interior design grows (yeah, that is homeowner talk, I know…) so does my obsession with furniture and accents.. I guess they go hand in hand.. I have always had a love for mouldings on walls and ceilings and this year I definitely want to add these kind of details, however, a little less rococo and a little more minimal, to my space. I can’t wait to start sharing my space with you guys when I feel it is more complete… I am like 50% there!!