The People and Things of JENNYFLEURLOVES
by Joshua Langston
On Joshua: blazer- Pierre Balmain, shirt- Topman, belt- DSquared, jeans- Nudie, shoes- UNIF, cuff- Balenciaga, bag- Proenza Schouler
Thursday night I was invited by Jennifer Gray, owner of JENNYFLEURLOVES Boutique, to her store’s first ever fashion show. The boutique is located in the heart of Yaletown and is filled with a wide array of sought after brands you wouldn’t normally see in Vancouver. Jennifer and her daughter, Shaughnessy Chow-Domos, take the time to scour designers and trends from around the world to hand pick the items they carry in store. They boast brands like UNIF, Vlieger and Vandam, Jeffrey Campbell, One Teaspoon, Keepsake and Religion.
Owner of JENNYFLEURLOVES, Jennifer Gray
[on right] Shaughnessy Chow-Domos
I arrived to Barcelona nightclub armed with my DSLR, my gorgeous date Clarissa Gallaccio of Clarisky Business and my own curiosity. Parked outside the venue was the infamous “HauteWheels” van: a portable shop for the fashionista on the go. This boutique on wheels has been popping up all over the city and grabbing great attention from many a Vancouver fashionista.
Joshua and Clarissa
The show was divided into three segments: swimwear, street wear and evening wear. This mother/daughter team spent countless hours leading up to the show, putting together 45 looks composed with items that can all be found in their store. This huge labour of love was supported by the renown fashion stylist Nicolette Lang-Andersen.
I was fortunate enough to go backstage before the show to watch all the final details be put in place. I maneuvered past the clouds of hairspray and models swaying to the music, and it got me REALLY excited. Backstage, I met more members of the team putting the awaited show together. Megan West, fashion writer for @PTShoeCrew, was assisting in the backstage production and Mandy J Ross was waiting to take the stage as the evening’s host.
JENNYFLEURLOVES has teamed up with British-born fashion designer Dominique Hanke of Hive Mind Millinery. I took a moment to speak with Dominique about this exciting collaboration (and it’s no secret that my absolute favorite accessories to wear are hats and fascinators!).
Using traditional millinery methods and contrasting them with fresh modern spirit, Hive Mind Hats creates looks for their customer that are chic yet daring. Dominique was wearing a hat adorned with feathers, flowers and a large animal skull. This hat was like nothing I had ever seen, and it took everything in my power not to snap it right off her head!
After snapping up a frenzy backstage photos, I jumped through the velvet curtain and headed back to my seat. I was seated in a private booth along the front row of the runway with Clarissa and we were joined by Rachel McHollister of SocialModPR. Felix Tavira of Yuki&Bee was also in attendance, snapping photos and lighting the room up with his smile. I managed to sneak in a quick catch up with the lovely Randa Solloum of Oy&Co right before the show. We chatted as we anticipated the start of the show…
Photo credits: Kuna Photography and Joshua Langston