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


breathing said...

Hi, I found your blog through this Doo Ri entry. I completely agree with your bold and smart comments/reviews! I linked you from my site!

Zai said...

heyy, this is russ right? (from tv lol)
id never heard of doo ri until i read this, you write really well!
im gonna link you on my blog if you dont mind?

(ps. its eclectic)

Nay'Chelle said...

I've been a fan of Doo.Ri for a while. Her story has always made me like her a bit more than some others. Once again, great writing.

La Femme Chic said...

ooh! i simple adore your blog! i love Doo.Ri.

p.s. I've tagged you