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Jumbo Screen Capital of the World

New York, New York

What’s wrong with playing tourist once in a while right? No matter how often I’ve had the pleasure of visiting New York, the playground that is Time Square always feels like a return to childhood. Actually maybe that’s just me, because I do hear a lot of folks complaining about naked cowboys and pick pockets…in any case I find it all enchanting. During our trip to the big apple for fashion week, we lived very close to the mega screen hub and took the time to give it a visit. We went with one very specific purpose in mind, being to ride the indoor ferry wheel at Toys’R’Us. To my dismay the world’s biggest toy store had shut its doors, and been replaced with a GAP billboard. You think thats disappointing to hear now, imagine my sad face after walking around the same 3 blocks for 45 minutes looking for it, like a set of keys I had misplaced…I swear it was right here!?!

All was fine with the world after we found the quarter life equivalent for the beloved toy store, you might have heard of it, it’s commonly referred to as Sephora. Just like that all the heartache and grief triggered by the loss of the giant stuffed animal section had been erased. I also spent all my money on bottom eyelash mascara and a sheet mask made of eggs…maybe I should go back to shopping in the Barbie section…feels like a better long term investment. Time Square also has a Hard Rock and a Disney Store, so you know its a sure thing in the good time department. We had a beautifully touristy day followed by the Georgine show, and a night on the town. It may have hurt the next day, but you know it was all worth it of course. What can I say there’s just no city like New York kids.

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“You got buns with that coffee!”…Just one of the many charming comments you may hear while strolling through Time Square

Bottega Venetta sunnies, vintage Helmut Lang jacket, Adidas sweatshirt, Topshop dress, Dior bag, and Nike “Air Force Ones”.

Jean-Pierre Braganza Spring/ Summer 2015

2014-09-12 at 09-07-46 London Fashion Week Day One

One month ago already, Peter and I headed to London in a moment’s notice after being invited to spring/summer 2014 fashion week. We spent our first day in Big Ben’s home walking the streets and enjoying the tourist attractions that are Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square. Well, that and sleeping off the jet lag…not the best method if you ask me. Finally we ended our night an Nobu eating next to one of my many favourite British models, Jourdan Dunn. The next morning it was time for business as we headed to the LFW headquarters in Somerset House’s beautiful courtyard. The street style was obnoxiously wonderful and bold, as even fur wasn’t considered taboo despite the warm climate. Nothing was off the table.  I felt almost underdressed heading into the tents, as if I hadn’t gotten the “less is definitely not more” memo, but man did I enjoy the show.

We headed into Jean-Pierre Braganza’s ARCHITECTONIC SS14 presentation and my lovely husband took the roll of photographer, as I admired the geometric, color-blocked, cutout, silk, and embellished looks walking before me. Jean-Pierre’s concept for the garments; an apocalyptic interpretation of Matthew Barney’s film River of Fundament, the decay of Detroit’s industry. This came across with images of chrome and motorcycle parts imprinted on pieces like silk blouses and a cotton jacquard sweatshirt with matching skirt. Many of the pieces derived from theme, and were an eclectic mix of streamline ensembles that would be worn off the runway and into the streets. I know I would have loved to borrow that cutout mini dress with impressive lapels for our evening out. A cool colour pallet, bold lines, interesting prints and appropriate use of embellishments will surely make this a well sold collection. As we headed out of the show we got another look at the lovely Ms. Dunn making her way through Somerset House hoarded by photographers. We then headed back to the St. Martin’s Lane hotel for a quick change and prepared for the day’s next show… 2014-09-12 at 09-10-14 2014-09-12 at 09-06-05 2014-09-12 at 09-07-05 2014-09-12 at 09-08-03 2014-09-12 at 09-03-31 2014-09-12 at 09-09-55 2014-09-12 at 09-05-26 2014-09-12 at 09-12-49 2014-09-12 at 09-04-57 2014-09-12 at 09-09-04 2014-09-12 at 09-12-18 2014-09-12 at 09-06-06 2014-09-12 at 09-14-33 2014-09-12 at 10-17-07 2014-09-12 at 10-11-47 2014-09-12 at 10-12-09 2014-09-12 at 10-12-26 2014-09-12 at 10-13-19 2014-09-12 at 10-18-38 2014-09-12 at 10-16-56 2014-09-12 at 10-19-27 2014-09-12 at 10-21-48 2014-09-12 at 10-22-20 2014-09-12 at 10-24-38 2014-09-12 at 10-27-54 To’ally Bozzin’ ‘Bout Bein’ Hea’

Tom Ford “Campbell” sunglasses, Dior “Mise En Dior” earrings, Chanel necklace, gloves, watch, ring, boy bag, and boots, Cartier(similar) and David Yurman (similar) bracelets, Fendi Fur Monster, Topshop sleeveless jacket, and Helmut Lang knit dress.

Marchesa Fall 2014

2014-02-12 at 17-34-23 New York Fashion Week

A little over a week ago I had the chance of attending my favourite designers’ Fall 2014 show at the New York Public Library. There is something unattainable and life-changing about the notion of sitting front row at any form of performance, so to do so at NYFW to view my most adored couple of designers new garments live before my eyes, and sharing that moment with Anna Wintour was a surreal experience. The collection was breathtaking. There is a reason Marchesa has always resonated with my personal aesthetic, even though evening wear is not part of my every day ensembles. There is something  whimsical, and opulent about each gown and garment that feels otherworldly. Season after season their concentration on the most luscious and dreamlike fabrics and materials from tulle, to fringe, to lace, to illusion panelling, always feels so cleverly designed and beautifully executed, it becomes obvious why no other evening wear designers can rival their red carpet aesthetic. I have always stated that if I were to dip my foot in the design pool these are the kinds of garments I would dream of making. Many shows use production for theatrics, with dripping chocolate walls, and Kardashian nipples,  but with a presentation like Marchesa the drama clearly originates from the “oh so” intricate work put into each and every piece. This season Georgina and Keren took us to the Scottish Highlands, with their take on tartan (metallic dip-dyed lace) and even deconstructed kilts (burnt orange and black Chantilly lace). The colour palette resembles shades of an evening bomb fire in the fields, and the static hair and use of cornrows adds a contemporary element to what is another timeless collection from the lovely designers. Do not even get me started on the shoes..  2014-02-12 at 17-27-40 2014-02-12 at 17-26-37 2014-02-12 at 17-27-24 2014-02-12 at 17-26-02 2014-02-12 at 17-26-12 2014-02-12 at 17-27-20 2014-02-20 at 09-16-39 2014-02-12 at 17-26-07 2014-02-12 at 17-26-55 2014-02-12 at 17-25-58   2014-02-12 at 17-22-11 2014-02-12 at 17-22-34 2014-02-12 at 17-22-56 2014-02-12 at 17-23-25 2014-02-12 at 17-24-17 2014-02-12 at 17-24-54 2014-02-12 at 17-25-17 2014-02-12 at 17-26-14 2014-02-12 at 17-26-41 2014-02-12 at 17-27-35 2014-02-12 at 17-27-51 2014-02-12 at 17-28-08 2014-02-12 at 17-28-23 2014-02-12 at 17-28-58 2014-02-12 at 17-29-12 2014-02-12 at 18-54-28 2014-02-12 at 18-59-01 What’s New Pussycat

Maison Michel ears (similars), Helmut Lang fur neck warmer, J. Crew necklace (similar), Marchesa Voyage jacket, Lush dress, Saint-Laurent ‘Sac de Jour’ bag, and Christian Louboutin leopard boots.

Stuntin’ Like My Daddy

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We spent this past weekend at my country house, and let’s just say Narnia has got nothing on the Laurentians, let me tell you. The entire property was surrounded by snow banks so huge they could have sank the titanic…well if they were ice and not snow, but you get the picture. Being an extremist I kinda adore a completely polar setting over being in the slightly warmer city . It’s all or nothing, arctic or beach, that’s how I like it. Another great thing  about being at our country residence is all the treasures that can be found when rummaging through my parents closets. I mean, I don’t know when in the 80s my father wore this Mickey Mouse bomber but it’s making me wish I was born back when he was badass…and wore fucking Mickey Mouse bombers.  One World One Mickey…I mean come one, that shit was meant for me. Oh, and I haven’t even gotten to the good part, are you ready….it’s reversible. Your mind has now been blown. After we came back from buying a PS4 in town we took a little stroll around the property and I couldn’t help but putting it on. My father is not a slim jim but let me tell ya’, it fits like a glove…kinda makes me rethink my body confidence… _MG_4541 _MG_4578 _MG_4568 _MG_4574 _MG_4579 _MG_4566 _MG_4591 _MG_4549 _MG_4561 _MG_4544 Some Risky Business Posing

Tom Ford Campbell sunglasses, Vintage Mickey Mouse bomber, BCBG necklace, Equipment shirt, Helmut Lang sweater (similar), Elizabeth and James tuxedo pyjama pants (similar), Gucci Canada bag, and Ugg boots (similar).