While in New York, it is mandatory to accept the request of Chanel for their private Haute Couture appointments. There is really nothing like getting up close and personal with couture. The art that goes into couture, still to this day leaves my mind in awe. The nearly infinite hours, countless details – It really does make you look at clothes like art (if you didn’t yet). Art that not only looks beautiful but makes you feel beautiful. Every time I get to attend these Chanel appointments it not only brings me back to that magical trip and experience Chanel selected me to be a part of last year in Paris at their Métiers d’Art but it also rejuvenates my appreciation for fashion, the industry and the art that goes into it.. On that note, let’s reminisce.. Miss this video!

Reminiscing – Here is the video footage I captured from that magical trip & experience I was so lucky enough to be a part of with Chanel… So many great memories from a private fitting, to the shopping center show, all the way to the outsides of Paris to the private Haute Couture ateliers where all the magic happens!! Magic!

There’s really only one way to correctly describe that moment when it’s 4:00PM on a Tuesday and you are arriving at your private appointment at the Chanel Corporate Offices in New York for your up close and one on one walk-through of Chanel’s most recent Haute Couture collection. That one way, or more if anything word is #DEAD.. No kidding, it’s MAGIC!.. Chanel’s Fall/Winter 2014-15 Haute Couture collection crazily embodies all that Haute Couture is. The powerful details, the craftsmanship, the unique and other-wordly embroidery, and the overall presence of the house. I had the honour of getting all up in it with these pieces and can’t even really explain just how magnificent the work behind these pieces are. From the concrete, yes, Karl used concrete as embroidery on some of these pieces to the plastic laminated lace, every inch of every textile was thought out and created to make fashion lovers around the world dream.. Enjoy these photos and remember to stay tuned for my #HPPrint Live Print photos that will come to life with exclusive videos from my experience at my Chanel Haute Couture appointment…

Words, video, images.. These things can barely capture the energy or describe the experience and feeling of travelling through the exclusive couture ateliers of the Chanel group while in Paris this past season, in March. LESAGE & LEMARIÉ, the embroidery and feather/detail specialists and coutouriers that do work not only for Chanel couture but for various other fashion houses couture collections opened their doors to us and gave us a once in a lifetime tour of, well, IT ALL… It was such an honor to be able to see the works of art we see walk down runways come to life and be hand sewed together with hours and hours of work and love going into each design. This was such an other-worldy experience and really increased my level of appreciation for fashion as an entity. The precision, patience, accuracy and overall skill that these individuals have been mastering for years, some even more then I’ve been living is simply astounding. I know I said that nothing besides really being there can justify the experience but please take this photos and really imagine yourself there and the feeling of seeing fashion really coming to life! Thank you for this wonderful experience and opportunity Chanel… Bisous Jay

Just when you thought the #STRUTwithCHANEL #STRUTavecCHANEL posts were over think again, there is still so much from this amazing experience.. here is a little video the talented Matt Adam put together of the experience with some footage I shot while in Paris.. The video features quick little snips of what is to come from the Ateliers, Lesage, Lemarié & Massaro as well as some of the epic Chanel Shopping Center runway show and then a little sneak of Mademoiselle Chanel’s apartment! This is just a teaser of what is still to come from my experience… Discovering the world of Chanel…!! Enjoy and stay tuned!!! XOJAY