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My little sister Sarah (who takes after me and takes all my clothes) has started a blog about her own style! Here is an intro and her blog at http://thefinestthings1.blogspot.com/!!!!!!
Sarah posing at my University's Free Expression Tunnel

Sarah posing at my University's Free Expression Tunnel

Hi guys! So I was overcome with the urge to create a blog since I’ve been following Scott Schuman’s “The Sartorialist” and watching The Rachel Zoe Project online, which I’m totally in love with. Both of my sisters have been blogging for a while now, and I have finally joined the ranks.

Title explanation: My friends Angela, Bobby, Mo and I started a club called the “Finest Things Club” after viewing The Office’s “Finer Things Club”. It is a highly cultured book club featuring works of author’s around the world. Bored with the few hangout options the Raleigh/Cary area offered, we started a similar club, but instead of reading, we do “cultured activities” on the weekends such as outdoor movies at the museum, tea parties, and street painting festivals.

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New York Times’ Screen Test – Alber Elbaz for Lanvin. Thank goodness for Lanvin for the world would be filled with mere trends and no innovation.

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Ever wonder how to say some of those designer names? No Ralph Lauren is American… here is an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal. Enjoy!

Q: I felt pretty out of it when I asked a saleswoman about the handbags of “Bottega Veneta” — and she promptly corrected my pronunciation — to VEN-e-ta instead of ven-ETT-a. Can you give us a little glossary on how to say foreign fashion names like Nicolas Ghesquière? And how about Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan — are their surnames stressed on the first or last syllable?

A: I remember when American consumers in the 1970s routinely butchered the names of their imported cars — blithely unaware of the correct pronunciation of Renault (ruh-NO) and Peugeot (puh-ZHO). We’ve come a long way since then, saying foreign car names like Hyundai with ease. But these days, there are a host of new designer names tripping us up, as globalization and the democratization of fashion bring brands from all over the world — once limited to the couture cognoscenti — to regular folk.

Most of the first French names to appear in the U.S. were a cinch, like Dior and Chanel. But a lot of the names in play today need to be spoken with a real lilt , like Jean Paul Gaultier (zhan paul GO-tee-AY), Alber Elbaz for Lanvin (al-BEAR el-BAHZ for lon-VAN), and Nicolas Ghesquière (NEE-ko-la guess-KYAIR).

Mamma mia! The Italian names can play tricks on you, too — such as Bulgari (BOOL-ga-ree), Ungaro (OON-ga-ro), Versace (ver-SAH-chay) and Zegna (ZANE-ya). And from Spain comes the tricky Loewe (LO-ee-VAY). (To hear every last nuance of pronunciation, check out the audio tutorial at WSJ.com/Fashion.)

Even some American designers can leave you tongue-tied. Last year, Target shoppers were faced with the challenge of pronouncing Proenza Schouler (pro-EN-za SCHOOL-er), when the American duo sold a collection that included $49 bustier tops there.

Don’t worry that you’ll sound affected. Why not try to get it right? The more syllables, the more delicious it sounds: I just love to say the name of Swiss watch maker Vacheron Constantin (va-sha-RON con-ston-TAN).

But don’t force a fashion-y flourish on American designers whose names sound just like they look: It’s Ralph Lauren (rhymes with “foreign”) and Donna Karan (sounds like “Karen”).

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When America was experiencing a booming economy, the idea of luxury translated to excessive procurement. Vera Wang available at Khol’s, Karl Lagerfeld designed for H&M, and Luella licensed for Target with little varience in highend branding. The very definition of fashion trickled down with such amazing speed that Zara’s business model became an intreguing research opportunity for Harvard Business school. It was almost as if the traditional bound laggards adapted before the innovators could create.  

Time of Adoption.

Process of Adopting New Fashion.

I wonder if tonight’s House rejection of the $700 billion dollar rescue plan (a Republican decision), will create a halt on bridge line retailing by securing a distinct separation of class consumerism.

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Clothes are my medium.

Like an artist I would like to equate my moments of expression with the medium of clothes. I braved myself out of black to wear an impressionist ruffle number from BCBG. I was at The Thompson Hotel in SoHo this weekend while sipping on Gin Saketini’s conversing nonsensically with Sun. Let me know what you think of my butterfly-esque top.

The Thompson Hotel

The Thompson Hotel

 

The night started with Gin Saketini.

The night started with Gin Saketini.

My Sun channeling Bon Chic Bon Genre!

My Sun channeling Bon Chic Bon Genre!

My BCBG top.

My BCBG top.

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Da Milano il mio amore!

Now that I have downloaded the Style.com application to my iPod I can’t stop reading the reviews and looking at all the new pictures from the Milan show!!! Here is what I loved!!!

PRADA

At first I couldn't figure it out, then I hated it's simplistic crinkled shined fabrics, then I started to really love it!

MILAN, September 23, 2008 By Sarah Mower

There was something fabulously Italian about all this shameless reveling in femininity. The fifties overtones, with the high chignons, the ruched bras, and swishing rear action in the below-knee pencil skirts, managed to channel the heyday of Cinecittà without cliché. Best of all, this is a collection destined to look even better on a woman with a real body than it does on a teen model. And that, Mrs. Prada surely knows, really is “what counts.”

BLUEMARINE

I absolutely loved the detailed beading of Anna Molinari for Bluemarine. Perfectly stunning.

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Live, breathe, and love fashion like me? A new application on iTunes for your iPhone/iPod touch lets you watch videos like you are at the front row of the Gianfranco Ferré runway show in Milan!

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