Sunday, August 3, 2008

The Fab Five

Forgive my absense lovelies, but I've been neck deep in Driver's Ed. Today I went to my school to pick up my certificate of attendance, (scholarly delved in argyle of course) however I missed the deadline--which means I may not be able to get parking. I have a meeting with my principle tomorrow afternoon though, so wish me luck!

  1. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 is out tomorrow. I plan on attending the late show clad in pajamas with my own sisterhood. Take your best friends and have a night out. With school quickly approaching, Lord knows we deserve it. I encourage you to bring a blanket along with your own soda and snacks in a large tote. Everyone knows those prices at the theatre are insane!
  2. Magazines are reporting a dip in sales this year. With our terrible economy, I doubt anyone is surprised. Meanwhile, however, People is still on top. It must because of those adorable Brangelina twins. Did I just say Brangelina? That's pop culture for you. But let's hope our favorites like Vogue and Elle get well soon!
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I recently received my copy of Nylon with Mischa Barton on the cover. It was their annual denim issue. Having 4 hours to wait for an administrator to tell me he will meet with me the next day, I was able to flip through some pages. I've got to say though, it's hard to read about 200 pages strictly dedicated to the different forms of denim. I will say I enthusiastically gushed over the last page quirkely entitled "My Bleu Heaven". The shoes, the scarf, the Marc Jacobs! I'm definitely in heaven!


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Did anyone catch the Teen Choice Awards? I caught E's Fashion Police before settling into bed. Although in many cases I don't agree with some of their commentary, this time I've got to say I'm a little disapointed with Ed Westwick. With such a stylish character on Gossip Girl, you'd think he would've cleaned up a little more. I guess that's Young Hollywood for you. Your thoughts?

5. Spring/Summer 2009 Fashion Week is coming up. Honestly, I'm desperately awaiting on favorite designers Phillip Lim and Alber Elbaz to steal the show. Having met Lim personally at last years Teen Vogue Fashion U, I can safely say I'm not worried. His spring and summer lines are always his most popular, and I'm ready for some summer made boy-cut blazers. What show are you most excited about?

Again I apologize for the lack of posting. I love hearing everyone's feedback and criticism so please, let it rip. Thank you so much for everyone that has added me to your blogrole and I promise to add your blogs soon. Keep commenting and most importantly, keep reading!

Le Chic Garçon

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

No Fear of Chic

School. The word itself sends shivers down even the bravest student's spine. As the hour of reason quickly approaches, we find ourselves digging through sample sales for coveted pre-fall items at fabulous discounted prices. Dresses, skinnies, cardigans, oh my! While bouncing between stores, we search for just one piece such as a schoolboy blazer or even skinny-style khaki pants that will compliment various looks. We look for items that will make us unique, both to ourselves but also to our teachers so they may catch a glimpse of who we are through what we wear.

But, what my dear readers, stops so many other girls in your own school (who for the most part wear monotonous outfits viaHollister Co.) from getting these fantastic deals you're finding downstairs at J. Crew or Club Monaco? It's of course because the real teen frenzy is upstairs at Abercrombie & Fitch. Peer pressure much?

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Vogue did an article last year on "No Fear of Chic" in which abandons all fashion "rules" through which society is built upon. They encourage one to, if they please, lounge in a ballroom gown by Oscar De La Renta or go for coffee in Chanel Couture. Why not? These foundations can be applied to the principles of buying outfits for school. For the most part, many girls do not want to be "singled out" for what they're wearing in fear of rejection by peers. "What if someone thinks this schoolboy blazer is too manly?", "What if these heels make me look like I'm trying too hard?" This thought process can prevent girls from buying what they truly know is in style. In many cases, teen girls refuse to wear heels unless the occassion calls for them. Why is this? Why so scared?

It is fear of chic. The only explanation. Although many girls read magazines like Teen Vogue which religously pairs heels with outfits for editorials, it is simply the fear of taking a risk that stops many girls from dressing up for school. It's time for it all too end.

It is time to gain the confidence it takes to wear whatever you want to school, and be proud to do so. It is true, not everyone will like what you're wearing, but that's life. If someone doesn't like it, that's fine, because you do, and that's all that matters. When I walk in to school I pray to see girls wearing lovely outfits paired with confident heels or scholarly flats. Never be afraid to show people who you are through your style, because I cannot stress enough, through personal experience, that your toughest critic is, and always will be, yourself.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Hiatus until July 29th!

Hi guys!

I know I havn't updated in awhile, and that's because I've been very busy hosting a French exchange student at my house! Please come back on the 29th for a brand new post. Please, keep checking back daily. I will update at least every other day and do not want to have to annoy people on forums to attract attention! If you have any questions, I will continue to check the comments of the blog! Thanks!

Le Chic Garcon

Saturday, July 5, 2008

J'adore: Doo.Ri

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Doo-Ri Chung has recently cememented herself amongst fashion's elite--so why is it then, that girls like Gossip Girl Taylor Momsen have never heard of her? Unlike many designers before her, Doo-Ri does not obligate herself in means of becoming wealthy and famous. Although it would of course be a plus, Doo-Ri maintains the focus many wealthy people are known to lack in which requires one to dedicate themselves entirely to a collection. Perhaps it is for this reason that Doo-Ri spent four years in the basement of her parents dry-cleaning business designing now illustrious collections.

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Her styles are by definition posh yet by all means wearable. Doo-Ri herself has promised to stand by her slim-fitted take on the Little Black Dress--perhaps an ode to Audrey Hepburn or a device in which will characterize her line for generations to come. Either way, I can only say, I love it! The only thing that sets a designer apart from many is through their dedication to what is classic while also staying consistent with trends. It is this equal balance that truly defines a fashion designer.

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Luckily, Doo-Ri has reached that milestone and has even surpassed it. Not only does she maintain that equal balance, but she takes risks in fashion that are necessary to reach into the more trendy market. I applaud the designer for her take on Fall's Classic Peacoat--a leather trench-coat hybrid that encorporates a cloak-like neckline and a flattering cinched waist. And I'm not even mentioning her recently unveiled first Resort collection for 2009 as well as her new Fall 2008 Doo.Ri line for shoes. Bravo, Doo-Ri, bravo!

I challenge you all to go to and browse the Doo.Ri collections. Not only does she stick steadfastly with her clientele by reinvention, one line never appears to be congruent to another. Hopefully, those of you planning to attend Teen Vogue Fashion U will meet with designer Doo-Ri Chung to discuss her inspirational story of how she went from Geoffrey Beene's lead designer to being a private dressmaker into being head of her own fashion line and Vogue's CFDA 2006 winner. Those who are not attenting Fashion U, I recommend ordering Seamless, a documentary on the finalists of the CFDA Fashion Fund Award which includes Doo-Ri among other now well-known designers. Proenza Schouler anyone? Yes, please!

Le Chic Garçon

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Oscar, Oscar, Oscar!

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First bellowed by Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker, Oscar De La Renta has become more than just a household name, but a full-fledged red carpet classic. Praised in 2007 for his bubble dresses, Oscar brings home the gold once again with his beautiful evening gowns in an assortment of lovely prints and hues. Kicking off Spring style with Resort 2009, De La Renta shows his dedication to nature through leaf-like ruching and eclectic attention to detail.

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De La Renta pronounced "It is a very happy collection." As our economy continues to capsize and more and more people are left without jobs, we Americans definitely need a collection that looks to the future, and who better to take us there than Oscar himself? After all, he has been known to be very much of trendsetter who continues to reinvent the past but always give patronage to the future. Perhaps we can look at Oscar's collection in the way citizens look to superheroes, however trade Utility Belts for lovely, large earth-toned ones and bullet-proof spandex for heroic yet very voluminous skirts. I think with this collection, many women across the land will be calling, "Oh Oscar, save me!"

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High-waisted bottoms, sculptural tops and florals galore, De La Renta knows just how to take us from our Dries-tastic autumn into Spring '09 while maintaining an easy-going transition yet also alluding to Fall's high-fashion edge. What better way to transition into spring than with slim yet chic shift dresses? I just have one thing to say: "Oscar darling, you've done it again!"

Le Chic Garçon

PS: I apologize for not updating these past few days. My relatives came in this week and I've been working very hard on my Teen Vogue Fashion U application. I hope to see some fellow bloggers meet up for some 5th Avenue shopping after our fabulous seminars where we meet some of fashion's hardest hitters! In the mean time, don't forget to comment!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

The Fab Five

Taking note from Miss Couturable and of course Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, I've decided to create a series of 5 things that have intrigued me (which hopefully will also intrigue you) over the past week. These things will be incorporated into The Fab Five which will be featured every Sunday.

  1. Strolling through Barnes & Noble, I made my way over to the Fashion section in which I found the Details Men's Style Manual. The book, a guide on what men can wear with what, definitely piqued my interest. I quickly made my way up to the counter where the manual itself held a somewhat hefty sticker price (at least for a modest size book): $30. Seeing as it was written by Details head-honcho himself Daniel Peres, I had no problem paying. A simple how-to on everything from V-necks to swimming trunks, I recommend every guy own one. Ladies, do your boyfriends a favor and purchase one today. He'll thank you in the long run.
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  2. Full-Finger Rings? Sounds fabulous! Rihanna was seen at the BET Awards sporting the Vivienne Westwood creations. Your thoughts?
  3. J. Crew is having their final sale. Think the last 20% off was nice? How about cashmere sweaters for $39.99? Yes, please! Perfect for the Pre-Fall transition. Hit the sale before all the preps get word.
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  4. The Prada Fall Collection for shoes & handbags opened on this week. The Nappa A Hobo caught my eye while browsing the site. I would describe the bag as a licorice-graphite colored hobo with ruching that makes it appear to have flower detailing. At $2,120, let's see how long it takes Blair or Serena to trot down 5th Avenue with one.
  5. Vh1's You Outta Know Artist Adele has come out with a quite catchy song, "Chasing Pavements." It's got hints of pop and soul among its addicting lyrics. If you're looking for a motivational song and are looking to "dig deep," I recommend purchasing it on iTunes or listening to it on her Myspace.

I just want to thank everyone for all the comments you've given me on my introduction. I do appreciate all of my readers and hope you will all continue to check back daily. Let's keep those comments rolling!

Le Chic Garçon

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Keep your memories close, your friends closer

It is that time of year in which the friends you have now become more and more despondant--even after frank, desperate attempts to try to reach them. You've heard your older friends talking about their best friends drifting away, and even your parents--the ones you know are there to protect you, tell you it's inevitable. Summer, what you've been longing for while your head has been burried in homework and reading assignments, has taken the form of all in which is evil: seperation.

Those with and without transportation can relate. The feeling that although you talk to eachother online or on the phone, not seeing one another is tearing your friendship apart--not to mention making every phone conversation short and awkward. You quietly ask yourself "What happened? All of our memories...does that person even care that we're drifting apart?" The truth is, that person is asking themselves the same thing too.

Not only is giving up your dreams not an option, giving up your friends is simply unthinkable. It is time to intervene. Go to a little boutique and ask if they can engrave some sort of friendship necklace or bracelet. Or, make your way over to the nearest department store and purchase a bottle of Clinique Happy with a picture of you and your friend to have imprinted into the bottle. Even has friendship portrait necklaces in which you can have a picture of you and your friend placed into it. Do not wait for a birthday or holiday to give your friend the gift, as it is time to act on your friendship now.
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From personal experience, losing friends is never worth it. The memories you and your friend have will be there when you dream and will haunt you when you're vulnerable. Take the effort to give them the gift, as the gesture alone will be a reason for you both to meet up. Every time they see the friendship necklace or even smell the perfume, they'll think of you. Although memories are dear, they're not tangible. They can't be there to comfort you when you feel like you're all alone as a best friend can. Look to the future with your friend as you value the past. Praise, cherish, and remember the memories you have shared together, but never forget to continue to plan future memories. Keep your memories close, but keep your friends closer.

Le Chic Garçon

Friday, June 27, 2008

Introduction: Le Chic Garçon

I'm a 16 year old impetuous fashionista living in a suburban town where the only fashion references are that of the adoration of Juicy Couture. A place where world-reknowned designers like Yves Saint Laurent or Miuccia Prada are commonly uncelebrated--not to mention mispronounced. Somewhere where you, my dear fashion bloggers may call suburban Georgia--or, Fashion Hell. I will not say I know everything about fashion, however I will say that I proudly display my affection for the art that comes only with years of study and, of course, shopping. In a school filled with Hollister tees and Juicy tracksuits, I stand out, proudly clutching my assortment of various fashion publications while making my way to studious AP classes. Enlivened by what is beautiful in life, I'm here to blog about my journey to becoming a pave pounding New York fashionista while documenting all the roadblocks and challenges that face me ahead. Oh and did I mention I'm a boy?

I'm here to proudly push my designer loafer through the door of a majority-ruled woman's world, where men like Vogue's Hamish Bowles and Andre Leon Talley are a rarity. Given the fact that I have a long road ahead of me, there's nothing better than documenting my struggle to become one of fashion's elite, all while fighting off the books assigned by numerous AP classes and relishing in the beauty that is runway collections and various outfits and accessories I may come across. The ultimate light at the end of the tunnel, I'm writing to prove that no matter what happens, giving up your dream is just not an option. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said "The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going." I do not only dream by this quote, I live by it.

Le Chic Garçon