Sunday, December 19, 2010

How to: Pronounce Designer Names

This post is dedicated to one of my friends, you know who you are. She went to New York and when she came back she said she saw a "Gucky" store.
"You mean, Gucci?" I asked.
"No, Gucky" She replied, confident.
"I think it's called Gucci." I encouraged.
"I'm pretty sure it's Gucky" She insisted.
"It's Gucci, not 'Gucky"."
Our conversation went on like this for a while.
Later she asked if a bag was "Pray-da" (Prada), and once I had corrected her she asked, Wait, it's not pronounced 'Channel' (Chanel) either, is it?" .
I know I already did a designer pronunciation post, but this is a continuation. Obviously, I did not cover every designer, so here are some tips to help you pronounce designer names or avoid trying to.

  1. If you have no clue how to pronounce the name, say "is that, oh, um..." as if you briefly forgot the name. The other person may fill in if the name.
  2. If you have some idea of how to pronounce the name say it quietly and quickly so any mistakes are barely audible.
  3. Take your chances, pronounce the name wrong and hope the other person doesn't know that designer or how to pronounce the name.

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

When and What To Buy

The other day someone asked me if it was a good idea to buy lace tights/leggings, at this point, it isn't a good buy. The season is almost over (long gone in the fashion industry) and lace tights/leggings were a must have this fall, but in the spring they wont be. At this point it is important to buy eternal style items like LBDs (little black dresses), classic holiday scarves, etc. Things that never go out of style, and are on sale now. The best time to go shopping for the hottest items of the season is right after trends have developed. You get a few key pieces that will make fashion practically effortless and add on pieces as the season goes on. In the middle of the season it is sometimes good to buy some more key items, but not too many. Never buy those key pieces at the end of the season, they wont last you long.
I'm sure you have heard the saying "shop in your own closet first", maybe you haven't heard it before-but that isn't the point. As I have said many time before, just as history repeats itself, fashion repeats itself. Of course, not the exact same thing happens, just as it doesn't in history, but modern fashion is based of of past fashions. Each season, look in your own closet first, maybe you have some items that you wouldn't have been caught dead in two years ago, but now are at the height of fashion. You can modify your old clothes yourself if you feel they are too old or way to 80s (for example).
Bottom line, don't buy current fashion items at the end of the season.
The Fashioneur

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Tommy Hilfiger Ad

I love this ad!

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Under 100: Great Holiday Gifts

I am doing a different version of Under 100each item in the set will be under 100 dollars in this holiday gift version. All of the items in the set are listed below the set with website links.

Apple iPod shuffle 2 GB
$46 -

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

High Fashion, Low Price: Thrift Stores

Each season, fashion from past years is brought back, but modified. This winter, the 50's and 80's were a big inspiration for the fashion industry. Leggings, big hair, big shirts, neon colors, clashing patterns-you can see the resemblance, but there is a huge difference. The past influences the future, in all aspects of life-including fashion.
One of the reasons I am so interested in fashion, is that it is a sort of metaphor for life, or a visual of life. For example, the past influences the future, and you can really see that in fashion. Fashion is a way for us to express ourselves, it is something we can see, that has more meaning than just beauty. It is a form of art that can show you the past and present. Fashion is something that we all see, but all interpret differently.
Thrift stores are a great place to find inexpensive clothing from the past and sometimes the present. If you modify thrift store finds, as the fashion industry does, you can be at the height of fashion, without emptying your wallet. If you find the original source, you can get it for less,  like I said in my High Fashion, Low Price: Military Inspired post. Since you probably don't have a time machine, a thrift store is a great way to stay on top of fashion, without the high price.

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

High Fashion, Low Price: Eternal Style

"Fashion fades, but style is eternal" -Yves Saint Laurent
The other day, a girl asked me for some fashion dos and don'ts. I quoted Yves Saint Laurent and then explained that fashion will always change, and since it is a form of art, you cant really label it as "fashionable" or "unfashionable", just like you cant label a painting as "artistic" or "unartistic". What it is will change from person to person. Each season, new trends develop, so something could be "so last season" making it out of fashion, but not unfashionable in everyones mind. Classics like the Little Black Dress are great examples of eternal style, it never goes out of style.
Right now, stores are getting rid of there fall merchandise and it is all on sale, 40%, 50%, 60%, even 70% off in some stores. If you go shopping, look for eternal style, not fashion from this season. It will last you for a long time, it will never go out of style.
The Fashioneur

Saturday, November 20, 2010


Last year UGGs were often symbolic for a fashion disaster, but this fall, UGGs are fashionable (and comfortable). This season alone, UGG has created many new styles, it even teamed up with Jimmy Choo.

This is the UGG and Jimmy Choo and some different types of UGGs

lassic Tall Grey Boot
190 GBP -
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149 GBP -
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Ugg Mokassins Dakota Grey
139 EUR -
Cardigan tops »

UGG® Australia Coquette
$100 -
Slip on slippers »

UGG Logo

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