One of the highlights of being a fashion blogger is undoubtedly attending fashion weeks across the globe. While attending Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York last September was one of the most memorable experiences not only during my time in fashion, but in my life, it was an experience that I sadly couldn’t repeat this season due to academic commitments. Fortunately, Rightster and IMG Fashion reached out to me and asked if I wanted to provide a live stream of MBFW Fall 2014 season, making me (and you!) feel a little bit closer to all of the sartorial action. Given the weather and the scattered location of many shows this season, being at home wearing my most comfortable clothes while watching the shows doesn’t sound like too awful of an idea to me.
My trip to New York City feels as if it happened a lifetime ago thanks to the last few weeks brimming with changes, some of which have been happening in my own life and others that have been occurring within the Montreal fashion industry. I originally neglected blogging due to the demands of my program, but I ended up taking a bit of a hiatus in order to evaluate the changing role of fashion bloggers and the Montreal fashion industry. I have no intentions of quitting the fashion industry completely, but I am re-thinking how I want to continue to be involved in the fashion world – something I thought I had all figured out a long time ago. That’s what I loved so much about this trip to New York - I was able to get some (literal) distance from everything that bogs me down in everyday life and gain greater insight as to how I want my future to look. Here’s to a few weeks left in 2013 and a brand new year to tackle life with more wisdom, passion and optimism.
I’ve been back in Montreal for a week and a half since my week long trip to New York, but quite frankly it feels as if a lifetime has passed since I was in the Big Apple. I’m back into one of those inevitable phases of life where it seems as if there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything accomplished, regardless of how much one cuts back on socializing, sleeping and all those other great things in life. Add to that mix about 9 hours of sunlight and increasingly frigid temperatures and life can easily feel overwhelming and and dreary. Fortunately, I have lots of fond memories from my second stay in Midtown where I was able to forget about life in Montreal and comfortably wear what I presume will be my last jacket-less look of the year. One of the many things I enjoy about fall from a sartorial standpoint is the necessity of reinterpreting summer pieces to work for cooler temperatures. As much as I loved wearing this crop top this summer on its own, throwing a blouse with a geometric pattern underneath it gives it a completely new feel that I will definitely be repeating throughout winter.
After an three amazing days with little sleep and plenty of excitement while in New York for New York Fashion Week, you would think that by my fourth and final day in the Big Apple I would want to take it easy. Not so – in between several meetings and packing to return home to Montreal that afternoon, I was able to squeeze in and attend one of my favourite shows out of the entire week: the Diesel Black Gold Spring 2014 runway show. Given my past work with Diesel and geniune adoration of the brand, I was especially excited to see what direction the brand would take for Spring 2014.
After covering the opening and closing days of Montreal Fashion Week, I was off bright and early Saturday morning to New York to cover New York Fashion Week for the very first time. It’s always been a dream of mine to be able to cover one of the international runway circuits for my own blog, but truthfully I didn’t think I would be able to do so for another year or two due to school, money, and blog metrics. With all of those doubts aside, I truly can’t explain how overwhelmed with happiness and joy when I received confirmation letters for a few show invites and parties. I like to think all of those long afternoons finding the perfect light for photos and late nights editing photos are finally paying off, little by little.
|Crazy Bangladesh Restaurant off of 1st Avenue|
|The Upper West Side (from Central Park)|
|Picasso, at MoMA|
|The ceiling of the Bangladesh restaurant!|
|Inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art|
|Shoes and Clutch: Urban Outfitters; Book: Metropolitan Museum of Art: Scarf: Aritzia|
|Josie Maran Argan Oil Lip Treatment; Jurlique Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer; Laura Mercia Tinted Moisturizer in Bare Radiance – all from Sephora in Times Square|
|Dress: Artizia; Black Tank: Artizia; Everything else as cited above|
Just got back from NYC at 5am this morning, then slept 6 hours in my own cozy bed (buses are worse than airplanes to sleep in, in my opinion!). I had a wonderful 5 days in New York, but at the same time I’m glad to be back in Canada – New York is so loud and busy! Not to say I won’t be busy in the next 2 weeks…in fact, my posting might become infrequent as I have several important exams coming up soon!