Probably one of my.. IF NOT.. My favourite collections from New York Fashion Week!! When I saw the crystal pieces come down for the final three looks YOU already know I started shaking in my boots! I literally have never needed anything more in my entire life then I need that crystal jumpsuit on Jasmine Tookes!
It’s with absolute and undeniable pride and surety, that I can fully state that this is by far one of my favorite Canadian based RTW collections I have ever seen.. It is real, real, cool, it’s fashion and it’s ready to wear. It is the definition of style and it’s is something that needs to make it’s way to New York, London or Paris VVVVVVVVVVVVERY soon!! I love the fluidity and softness of the collection but also the rough-around-the-edges vibe it undoubtedly makes you feel… The heavy strength behind the jackets, coats and vests but then the sharp and light lines that accompany the dresses, blouses, etc. And can’t forget the accessories, from the leather goods to the dainty but punctual jewelry. I love it all… I am sickly obsessed with the crop military-esque black leather jacket (above) and can’t wait to harass Chloe & Parris (the designers behind the label) to wear it one day haha!! I am so proud of my friends!! Congrats on an amazing collection guys!!!
Check out this dope video of the Beaufille Fall/Winter 2015 collection in motion..
The exact second that Rihanna started playing I knew it was love!~ Like something out of a whimsically chic, fantasy turned reality and not so fiction fairy tale, Karl Lagerfeld turned the Grand Palais into one of the most dreamiest and haute-est supermarket’s that the world has ever and probably WILL ever see, with a collection that shantae’d it’s way down the aisles equally inspiring and consuming all of us present at the show. This Fall/Winter 2014 runway show was MY VERY FIRST CHANEL SHOW and what a way to be introduced to the world of Chanel! The collection was a gorgeous and beautifully done mix and mash of colors, textures, and some of the most inventive accessories that played with the theme of the show to a T. Check out some moments I captured from my view at the CHANEL Fall/Winter 2014 runway show ..
I am so excited to be here at London Fashion Week with American Express to experience just how LUXXE the Amex Insiders concierge service works! This is my first time in London EVER so I am so excited to be getting to do this the right way with this experience! First show up this fashion week was the talented Christopher Raeburn’s Fall/Winter 2014 womenswear runway show which hashtag literally served up woodland hunter girl chicness with a side of earthy-toned prints and fur accents to bring it all together. This season Christopher also included a digital print he created with inspiration from AMEX Insiders in the collection! Side note, the bulky back-pack situation is now solidified as a MUST c/o Raeburn’s designs! Between the furry textures and pops of bright colors I was very pleased to have the chance to watch such a cool collection make its way down the runway for my debut London Fashion Week experience… As an added plus I got the chance to ask Christopher a few questions about fashion, life and his collaboration with American Express! See more pictures from the show and read it all below and stay tuned for more from the Amex Insiders experience!!
4 Questions with Christopher Raeburn
1. How you start in design and what was the moment you decided to go full force with it? I studied fashion at Middlesex and then the Royal College of Art, but really it was my interest in military design and my discovery of all the excess military garments and materials that exist that started a fascination with the idea of reinvention. I wanted to create a new modern aesthetic evolving the original garment into something statement and stand out. Exploring sustainability as a concept isn’t something we set out to do, but it’s really very important to us and it just makes good sense.
2. What is the center focus of this season’s collection? What is the inspiration behind your design aesthetic? Inspired by the Ragnar Axelsson exhibition ‘Last Days of the Arctic’, I wanted to explore the idea of disappearing landscapes, wildlife and culture of the arctic pioneers. In womenswear in particular I think the shapes and silhouettes really come through.
3. Who is the IT individual to design for? Maybe a celebrity, a fashion icon, anyone? One of things I love is seeing many different kinds of people wearing our clothes; Tinie Tempah has been a great supporter and then we’ve also had people like Hilary Alexander the former Fashion Director of the Telegraph who has worn our clothes or Blake Lively who wore one of our jackets in US Vogue back in 2010 – all amazing people from massively different backgrounds and it’s great to have this kind of broad appeal and to make clothes that people of different ages and from different backgrounds really love to wear.
4. What do you see for the future of your design house? To continue to develop and be recognised for our intelligent design and the craft of Remaking, and to continue to establish a unique aesthetic derived form this way of working. We want to grow and develop but in a sustainable and organic way that allows us
also some questions answered about the collaboration with American Express Fashion Insiders
1. What are the key elements to the American Express Insiders’ outfits this season? The key elements to the outfits are bespoke capes in a green and black tartan for men and our seasonal print for women. As you might expect, they are very practical; reflective of the military references that are always present in our collections, reinterpreted and modernised. strong functionally, yet beautiful and dynamic aesthetically. The capes are teamed with our signature quilted raglan sweaters in black and classic simple trousers and shoes to let the capes shine.
2. What did you want to convey in the design and style of the Amex Insiders outfits? We wanted to bring to life the seasonal concept of arctic exploration and capture the aesthetics in the AW14 collection. We wanted the Amex Insiders to be a part of the show, part of the collection. Further to that, there are the practical requirements; they need to stand out and be visible around Somerset House. They need to be appropriately dressed in every sense – for the time of year, so bearing in mind the cold, wind, rain potentially – as well as wearability, them being on their feet all day, all of this was considered in the design process.
3. How does it differ creating an outfit for the ultimate concierge, to the ‘Christopher Raeburn’ customer? The combination of practicality and functionality with a strong aesthetic are the very things that are important to us when designing a collection, so not massively different, just perhaps a different expectation of how they will be worn and enjoyed!
Call me crazy and say what you want over the fact that I am actually even considering thinking about the end of this year. Not for a glossy New Years or a super chic Christmas gift. No HUNTIEEE, I am gagging because I have just been struck by the Fashion Cupid and have fallen DRUNK IN LOVE over this coat from Michael Kors’ Pre Fall 2014 collection. This is it, if you follow me on social media you’ve probably been subjected to my cries and outbursts over why I can’t find the perfect cocoon-esque coat situation. Well, here it is! Time to go obsess now #SURFBOARDTT
Here are some dark and intoxicating moments from the Julius Fall/Winter 2014/15 menswear show that I had the pleasure of attending during Paris Men’s Fashion Week a couple weeks ago now (wow hot damn, does time go by ever so quickly!). I loved how just plain out dark and to the bone the show was, the actual show elements for the runway were quite intense from the screeching music to the ever so equally intense strobe lights. It was quite the experience.
Way to many things I wanted to jump on the runway and take right off the models at the show.. But what else could you expect from Versace! Lights, camera, action, COWBOY? I loved this very metro-vintage-western flare in some of the looks from this seasons menswear collection. The baroque pattern embellishments mounted on strong pops of color were done just right and naturally I was digging the monochromatic looks. This was such a good debut experience for me, getting to see Versace in it’s element was such a treat!
Neil Barrett’s Fall/Winter 2014-15 show was really an exceptional way to kick off my first men’s fashion week last night here in Milano. Neil has such a great eye and talent for maintaining such a strong masculinity in the structure, texture and overall aesthetic of his clothing but blending it so precisely with such diverse designs and techniques. He to me pushes menswear in the direction it need be! What a show!
Here are just a few backstage shots from just before the Neil Barrett Fall/Winter 2014-15 runway show last night out here in Milan where I am reporting live from this season! The collection was astounding and just so much of what men want. I am so excited to be here and so excited to be experiencing some of my favorite designers and exceptional menswear fashions right from the source! Lots more to come. Can someone say thunderbolts and lighting!!!!
With the snow finally hitting the streets of Toronto, and probably the rest of the GTA for that matter, I thought it would only be fitting to pick some of my favorite boots from one of my favorite brands, Michael Kors! I am teaming up with Michael Kors this Winter & Holiday season to share some of their must-have items for the cold and for the perfect gift (even if it’s all for yourself!!) So, that being said, here are some of my favorite boots available in-store and online right now! Naturally they’re all black lol but you know, oh-so-chiiic!! ALSO don’t forget to tag your Michael Kors holiday finds & fave’s with the #CelebrateWith & #MKHoliday hashtags!!! OK, so starting at 1:00 o’clock and going clock-wise here are some of my fave winter boots from Michael Kors!!
1.Cindra Side-Zip Ankle Boot – $450
2.Janell Buckle-Heel Ankle Boot – $550
3.Mina Quilted Leather Knee Boot – $695
4.Wesley Heeled Gladiator Boot – $395
5.Blake Buckle Boot – $265
6.Arley Leather Ankle Boot – $225