ELLE (Canada) - - Insider - Noreen Flana­gan Editor-in-Chief Fol­low me on Twit­ter and In­sta­gram @noreen_flana­gan We love hear­ing from you! Please write to us at ed­i­tors@ELLECanada.com.

This month’s is­sue ex­plores the re­turn of lux­ury—es­pe­cially its un­abashed cel­e­bra­tion on the in­ter­na­tional run­ways this sea­son. The ex­trav­a­gance at Dries Van Noten, Lan­vin and Marc Ja­cobs re­flected an un­apolo­getic op­ti­mism that car­ried through to the spring/sum­mer 2016 shows. The more luxe col­lec­tions have the added bonus of at­tract­ing the most im­pres­sive A-list front row. When you en­ter th­ese hal­lowed venues, which are of­ten or­nate and dimly lit, you im­me­di­ately no­tice a me­teor shower of light sur­round­ing dif­fer­ent clus­ters of celebri­ties. The only way to find out who’s be­hind this wall of light is to stealth­ily make your way into the mix. I was on a mis­sion at the re­cent shows to cap­ture some front-row cat­nip for ELLE Canada’s Snapchat. The Elie Saab show al­ways draws bold­face pa­trons, so I knew I had to be ready to snap my 10-sec en­coun­ters. (This was my first time snap­ping—thanks to some coach­ing lessons from my nephew Liam—so I wasn’t en­tirely con­fi­dent in my tech­nique.) Then I spot­ted my first sub­ject: Kris Jen­ner. I fran­ti­cally pressed the red record but­ton and pushed my way into the band of pho­tog­ra­phers who sur­rounded one of the world’s most fa­mous mo­magers. It wasn’t a su­per-close snap, but it was good enough. While I was fum­bling to post the clip to our story, the pho­togs moved on and I was left stand­ing in front of Jen­ner and Corey Gam­ble. I was about to flip my iPhone 6s in her face and snap a real up-close-and-per­sonal clip, but in­stead I de­cided to have an up-close-and-per­sonal ex­change. I reached out my hand and in­tro­duced my­self, say­ing how pleased we were to have her daugh­ter Kylie on our De­cem­ber cover. Mamma K, as I called her on my snap, leaned to­ward me and smiled. “Thank you for giv­ing Kylie this won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity,” she said, her face vis­i­bly re­lax­ing. “How did she do? Are you happy with the images? When are they out?” I as­sured her that her daugh­ter had been amaz­ing—and so en­gaged in the live cover—and that we were ap­pre­cia­tive. I wished her well and stepped back into the dark­ened side of the room to take my seat. Jen­ner was soon en­gulfed by an­other “flash­bulb” mob. Dur­ing the week, I saw her ex­pertly and pa­tiently pose for pro­fes­sion­als as well as self­ieseek­ing fans at many shows. At Hermès, we sat across the run­way from each other. Like her fel­low seat­mates, she had her highly cov­etable Birkin bag placed by her side. Al­though this tele­graphed the lux­u­ri­ous life she en­joys, I couldn’t help but won­der if lux­ury—even for her—might be those rare mo­ments when she’s away from the lights. With the hol­i­days ap­proach­ing, I wish all of you a lux­u­ri­ous cel­e­bra­tion—whether that means in­dulging in some of the 85 gifts you’ll dis­cover in our “Hol­i­day Gift Guide 2015” (page 101) or sim­ply hav­ing the lux­ury of time to do things that in­spire you and spend time with the peo­ple who gen­uinely light up your life.

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