"A couturier must be an architect for design, a sculptor for shape, a painter for color, a musician for harmony, and a philosopher for temperance." ~ Cristobal Balenciaga

Friday, June 20, 2014

Take Me Back To Manhattan

Hello Readers!

So, at long last, after traveling through Spain, Italy, Turkey, & Egypt, I've returned to NYC!  The lovely Hotel Belleclaire was kind enough to generously sponsor me again during my visit.  Situated in the Upper West Side, their location is ideal.  It's close to Lincoln Center, Central Park, the subway, & lots of restaurants & stores.  It's also not too noisy a location, which is nice & unusual for NYC.  It was such a nice place to come back to after the meetings of the day.  I was so lucky to have the chance to partner with them again!  Here are some photos of the visit, including one of my Corinne Monique pieces on display in the hotel lobby :)

above the clouds

Upper West Side

my fashion crew

Hotel Belleclaire lobby

Corinne Monique fashion installation

such pretty orchids


view from Central Park

Garment District

Well, that's it for now...more to come!  Thanks again to the beautiful Hotel Belleclaire!

Until we meet again,



Wednesday, June 4, 2014

I Don't Think You're Ready For This Jelly

Hello Lovelies!

It's finally Spring!!!  & Summer will be soon approaching!  In honour of the warmer weather, I thought I'd share a post on my Corinne Monique Spring/Summer 2014 collection with you :)

The collection, entitled 'Medusozoa' & shown during New York Fashion Week, was inspired by my trip to the tropical Caribbean last Spring for Tobago Fashion Week.  It was my very first time visiting the Caribbean & it had a big impact on me.  The 'Medusozoa' collection continued my debut 'Year of the Serpent' collection's focus on a sense of exoticism, but this time centered on the colourful and exuberant carnival celebrations or fetes of the islands.  The collection also drew inspiration from the equally exotic & beautiful sea life in the Caribbean ocean, especially the jellyfish.  Medusozoa is the scientific name for the strikingly exquisite yet fearsome & poisonous jellyfish, alluding to the powerful & intelligent mythological character Medusa.  Medusa is the embodiment of all things feminine, having qualities & symbolism similar to the serpent, & the term also means ruler or queen.  Like the jellyfish, Medusa is said to have been ravishingly beautiful as well as terrifying, turning men to stone with one glance.