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Bigger Fish to Fry

Montreal, Canada

Sometimes it feels inappropriate or out of place to go on living my usual routine and publishing work, when it feels so futile in comparison to the chaos of the world around us. I love what I do and find it brings me joy and serves a purpose bigger then the way the job title shallowly depicts it,  but it’s feeling extra trivial today. So instead of going on a spiel about how cozy I was in my fluffy pink jacket, I ask you to take this time to educate yourself about how you can contribute. Sharing scary headlines on our Facebook feeds, and posting outraged statuses to our friends and followers, is actually a good start. Raising awareness and humanizing these issues is a big part of it, but what else can WE, as individuals, do to help. That’s what I’m doing today and I implore you to do the same. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like feeling powerless to changes that are affecting the people closest to me, so I’m going find a way to get my power back. Until then, remember to always love, and be kind to one another. Anger and hatred is what brought us here in the first place.

Saint-Laurent sunglasses, Stella McCartney jacket, Joyrich turtleneck, Topshop jeans, Gucci bag, and Christian Dior boots.

My Date With Jonathan

2015-10-22 at 13-26-59 Montreal, Canada

Last week I had the immense pleasure of meeting my favourite CFDA/Vogue nominee Jonathan Simkhai days before the verdict dropped and the winners of the fund were announced.  Today, I am so very glad to post about our time together, because as predicted, he very deservingly took home a win last night at the awards. As one does when meeting someone who’s work you respect and admire, I was a tad anxious heading into Holt Renfrew for my fitting with the infamous creator of the “Inseparable Separates”. His work had been so prominent in celebrity culture and well received by the fashion community that I couldn’t help but fear that his current relevance and recent acclaims might make him too cool to handle. Thankfully I couldn’t have been more wrong. Jonathan is the kind of calming, warmhearted presence you need on every bad day. His smile is infectious and even his shy boy persona cannot conceal his kind spirit . His character alone would be deserving of all of his recent praise…but then I met the clothes.

As Jonathan picked Fall looks for me, I couldn’t help but be hypnotized by pieces I had recently seen in Vogue from his recent Spring collection. The romantic technical lace, and embroidered macramé, in figure-skimming silhouettes had me dreaming of being in Lake Como, where the designer had researched fabrics for his collection. Having seen them presented on the runway with low top sneakers, made me feel that perhaps Jonathan and I were kindred spirits. As I cuddled up in his floor length soft lambswool cardigan, our conversations went from the recent tasks the fund had him execute, to his everyday muses, to our common styling goal of never letting an outfit take itself too seriously. After trying on almost everything the store was carrying, we settled on 2 inseparable separates parings, one of the Spring looks pictured in Vogue’s CFDA spread, and since I refused to remove the impossibly soft cardigan off my body, we figured I’d have to take that home too. I am so thrilled to have had a chance to spend time with, let alone be styled by this incredibly talented designer and his wonderful team. I was right when predicting his win, so I’m not going out on much of a limb here by saying that  Jonathan Simkhai will join the ranks of the great CFDA winners of the past, and be the household name he deserves to become. 2015-10-22 at 12-17-32 2015-10-22 at 12-19-53 2015-10-22 at 12-19-13 2015-10-22 at 12-16-53 2015-10-22 at 12-18-31 2015-10-22 at 12-19-27 2015-10-22 at 12-20-49 2015-10-22 at 12-45-06 2015-10-22 at 13-07-40 2015-10-22 at 13-08-25 2015-10-22 at 13-08-35 2015-10-22 at 13-09-29 2015-10-22 at 13-26-50 2015-10-22 at 13-19-28 2015-10-22 at 13-41-49 JonaFAN…see what I did there

Dior “Abstract” sunglasses, Nasty Gal Kozmic Ribbed knit maxi dress, Louis-Vuitton bag embellished with  Anya Hindmarsh stickers, and Stella McCartney platform oxfords.

Jonathan’s Fall collection and pre-order for his Spring collection are available here 


BCBG MaxAzria Spring Summer 2016

2015-09-10 at 10-08-32 (1) New York, New York

It’s already been a week since we left New York and all the chaos and magic its fashion week had to offer. Every occasion where we attend I become incredibly excited to view collections live, yet a little anxious due to the inevitable impending stress about to be imposed on my being. Alteration whatsup! This year was a little different thankfully, perhaps I’m becoming used to the process, but I’ve learned to give a little less of a fuck and stop taking the experience so seriously, and now it’s a ball!

The first show we got to attend was BCBG Max Azria in the new “main tents” at the Arc Skylight. After braving the rain and traffic, it was so lovely to be put in a sunny state of mind while viewing the collection which was somewhat reminiscent of what The Beach Boys’ wet dreams might have been like. Lana Del Rey’s High By The Beach, could not have been more perfectly picked as the collection’s theme song to accompany the tie-dyed knits and sweaters, intricate patchwork fabrics and richly textural embroideries all cut in easy silhouettes and layered in unexpected ways. As for colours; crisp whites, water-washed blues, golden yellows and shell pinks transitioned into pigment-dye indigo, henna and olive with touches of gold. Impossibly cool California beach vibes were present in every look, and being a fan of the bucket hat since my early 2s, I could not have been more pleased to see one on every model’s head.

My favourite look was a bit of a surprise even to me, as it consisted of women’s board shorts,  which I had rarely seen “work” when translated to a feminine aesthetic…but man did it ever look so very fucking cool. I’ve always been attracted to menswear inspired anything. From tuxedos to Calvin tighty whities, I just feel most confident, cool, and effortless when dressed like one the boys, therefore these board shorts will deffs be in my closet come next spring. It was so great to see a brand which began my fashion awakening in my tween years, embrace the urban “So-Cal” aesthetic and surf/skate culture I have grown to worship and has become embedded in my every look. Don’t we all just want to be California girls? 2015-09-10 at 10-09-43 2015-09-10 at 10-08-44 2015-09-10 at 10-05-49 2015-09-10 at 10-08-32 2015-09-10 at 10-10-01 2015-09-10 at 10-09-33 2015-09-10 at 10-04-20 2015-09-10 at 10-04-47 2015-09-10 at 10-07-09 2015-09-09 at 16-32-06 2015-09-10 at 09-52-43 2015-09-10 at 09-33-45 2015-09-10 at 09-34-03 2015-09-10 at 09-34-22 2015-09-10 at 09-34-40 2015-09-10 at 09-35-01 2015-09-10 at 09-35-20 2015-09-10 at 09-35-36 2015-09-10 at 09-35-54 2015-09-10 at 09-36-12 2015-09-10 at 09-36-29 2015-09-10 at 09-37-22 2015-09-10 at 09-37-41 2015-09-10 at 09-37-59 2015-09-10 at 09-38-16 2015-09-10 at 09-38-33 2015-09-10 at 09-38-52 2015-09-10 at 09-39-42 2015-09-10 at 09-40-17 2015-09-10 at 09-40-35 2015-09-10 at 09-41-11 2015-09-10 at 09-41-28 2015-09-10 at 09-42-42 2015-09-10 at 09-44-17 2015-09-10 at 09-44-53 2015-09-10 at 10-47-07 My hair truly didn’t care for the humidity

Marc Jacobs shirt, Alice + Olivia culottes, braelets from David Yurman, Cartier and Hermes, Apple Watch, Louis-Vuitton Petitie Malle, and Stella McCartney platform brogues.

Thank you to Peter Reid, my better half/photographer, for being a trooper and standing in the back to shoot some photos of the show

Are you there Summer? It’s me, Claude.

2014-03-07 at 12-04-41 Miami

And here I am..blonde as ever! As mentioned in my previous post, this is version 2.0 of the lighter locks after a very unfortunate first try. This whole hair transformation all started when I viewed The Wildfox Lagoon lookbook shot by The Cobra Snake, and decided I wanted to be a Mermaid when I walked down the isle in a couple months time. So there it is, my first half fish moment…I think I may invest in a weave for full effect for the big day. We shall see my friends. Until then, enjoy me over accessorizing for our beach day in Miami. 2014-03-07 at 11-44-28 2014-03-07 at 11-40-03 2014-03-07 at 11-49-59 2014-03-07 at 11-42-29 2014-03-07 at 11-47-37 2014-03-28 at 10-22-16 2014-03-07 at 11-57-21 2014-03-07 at 11-57-35 2014-03-07 at 12-09-00 2014-03-07 at 12-07-03 2014-03-28 at 10-42-37 2014-03-28 at 10-44-10 2014-03-28 at 10-37-28 Bad to the Blonde

Monster Diamond Tears headphones, Nasty Gal frames, J. Crew necklace (similar), Anna Dello Russo for H&M cuff, Stella McCartney for Adidas sheer tracksuit (bottom), and Wildfox bathing suit.