House of French

March 6, 2009

Internet Problems

Filed under: Misc. — xfrenchx @ 3:12 pm

Hey everyone! So my internet was down for a few days and has now been restored! I apologize for the delay, I had had many things planned for this week and I hope to resume where I left off.


January 19, 2009

Celebrity Designers Steal the Runway

Filed under: Misc. — Tags: , — xfrenchx @ 11:13 pm

I have always had this huge obsession with clothes. I know that I’m not alone, that most women love clothes too, but I always found my interest in apparel to exceed that of others around me. Growing up my family didn’t have a lot of money, or the luxury of buying their children everything they wanted; so my middle sister and I would attempt to make Barbie outfits out of our old clothes, usually producing an ugly off-white tube dress made out of a sock, or a floral skirt sewn on the outside with sloppy stitches exposed, from an old church dress that no longer fit us. Another favourite hobby of mine was to skip through my Archie books to any page with Betty and Veronica, and try to draw their outfits. When I was around 12 years old, I drew my first real fashion sketch; I had turned my hanging robe into a very cute coat. It was actually one of the best drawings ever – something natural flowed out of me, and I still to this day have not gotten back that natural skill; I only use technique and measurements. It didn’t really occur to me until I was about 17 years old that I actually wanted to be a designer; that I had obviously wanted to a designer since I was a little girl.

As someone who dreams to one day show my collections in the biggest fashion cities, I happen to be against and in fact angered by the sea of rich celebrities who choose to invade our world of fashion (when I say “our” I mean any person in the world who actually dreams of being a designer and only a designer). It may seem silly to others, but to stand by and watch a bunch of rich actresses or singers steal a spot in the industry that I am actually passionate for. Besides the fact that these women have already found tremendous success in their chosen field and have no need to design, they are not even trained! This is what really gets me. These celebs are cashing in on merchandise that they have not even created themselves; they have no training in design, patternmaking or sewing and on top of that they don’t have to learn and then struggle for success because they get it automatically. It’s also unfair to the designers, patternmakers and sewers who are behind the creative process themselves, and having some spoiled rich woman slap her name on their work; they are not being credited for their success and hard work. Today, the list of celeb designers is quite large, and I have a very sinking feeling it’s not going to end anytime soon. Among the list of already famous designers out there, I believe that only three of them are real (and by real I mean trained) designers; those being Nicky Hilton who studied fashion design in College, Lauren Conrad who also studied design, and Beyonce who I believe was taught by her mother, who is one of the creative forces behind their Dereon label.

Nicky Hilton – as I said the younger Hilton sister actually studied design, first at the Fashion Institute of Design where she most likely graduated with some sort of Diploma, and then went on to study at Parsons School of Design, but did not recieve her Degree because she left. It doesn’t really matter that she didn’t ger her fourth year; it’s the exact same as graduating with a Diploma, except a Degree just “looks” better. This girl knows how to do everything that any other designer can do as well, and maybe she didn’t have to work hard for it, but hey neither did Stella McCartney! Nicky’s first job in the fashion industry had her working in Japan designing handbags for Samantha Thavasa from 2002 until 2005. She launched her first independent label in 2004, an affordable collection of fashion forward clothing under the name ‘Chick’. She then went on to launch a more mature, high fashion label under her full name ‘Nicholai’.

Lauren Conrad – I guess you could kind of say she was a celeb before she studied design since she was on Laguna Beach but I didn’t really consider that to make her A-List or anything. She was more famous from The Hills, when she was attending FIT for fashion; but I was never really clear on her exact course. I say this because when I was attending college, I had to carry around bags upon bags weighing at least 50 pounds, filled with supplies. I never saw LC carrying design supplies, never saw her sketching, never saw anything about design on The Hills; but I could be wrong about what she actually learned. Either way, she has her college credentials and that’s all that matters.

Beyonce – As far as I know, Beyonce has never studied design, but her mother has all the skills needed, and used to design all the costumes for Destiny’s Child. I believe Beyonce would have picked up her skills in design from her mother. Maybe she can’t be a whole part of the creative process, but she has said that she is always a part of the design, and would never put out clothing designed by another person and slap her name on it. I think I can give her the benefit of the doubt.

The following celebrities are the ones I belive do not have any training in design. These celebrities are the ones I feel are invading an industry that they don’t belong to, and industry that they have no knowledge about; liking clothing and knowing the latest trends has little to do with making clothing, and I’m pretty sure these women can’t design, sew or make patterns – therefore they are not designers. If I am mistaken, and anyone knows whether one or more of these celebs have training, please let me know so I can fix my mistakes.

– J.Lo

-Rachel Bilson

– Jessica Simpson

– Sarah Jessica Parker

– The Olsen Twins

– Madonna

– Hilary Duff

– Gwen Stefani

– Kimora Lee Simmons

– Paris Hilton

– Penelope Cruz and her sister Monica

– The Kardashian Sisters

– Victoria Beckham

– Sienna Miller

– Mandy Moore

– Kate Moss

– Amanda Bynes

– Lindsay Lohan

– Fergie

– Pamela Anderson

– Milla Jovovich and friend

October 20, 2008

Fashion Rules You Can Break

Filed under: Misc. — xfrenchx @ 9:18 pm

There are a few old rules out there that you can now break! Fashion insiders are saying yes to some old faux pas!

Emma Roberts in Sass & Bide Dress & Fendi Shoes

Emma Roberts in Sass & Bide Dress & Fendi Shoes

#1 – Fancy your LBD. It used to be wrong to wear your favourite classic to important formal events, but your little black dress just might work provided it has some sort of glamorous detail such as a big bow or sprakly embellishments. This Sass & Bide dress worn by Emma Roberts has a big enough bow to excuse this little mini.

#2 – Sandals aren’t only for summer. Instead of putting away those sexy sandals you bought for the warm weather we hardly got this year, pair them with some black stockings for the fall. It doesn’t matter if they’re strappy or maybe just have a peep toe, they all look great and trendy. If you’re more daring, go for the bright, coloured stockings of this fall.

#3 Matching is boring! Last season was all about matching your tights with your shoes or your outfits. This season is all about bold colour combinations.  You don’t want to match, but you also don’t want to clash. A classic red pair of shoes against a neutral palette, paired with an aqua blue purse may sound flashy but it looks beautifully chic. The key is to pick colours that compliment each other, and with a little research you will find that most colours do work together, providing that you choose the right shades and tones. Also, as said above, matching your stockings to your shoes this fall is out – although an exception is made for black shoes with black stockings.

#4 – Colourful lace. For years fashion insiders considered it tacky, but this season the biggest designers featured this timeless fabric in fall’s classic palette of oranges, browns and teals. Of course white and black lace are smart and trendy choices this fall – but who wants to be boring?

#5- Out with the old, in with silver & gold! This old fashion faux pas is old news to the world of fashion. Gold and silver are new best friends this season, and wearing mixed jewelry is modern and trendy. This rule also applies to your wardrobe, including mixing less obvious “metals” like browns with greys. Oh yeah and the shinier, the better!

Guess by Marciano $79

Guess by Marciano $79

#6 – Wear horizontal stripes. Forget all that advice about horizontal stripes making you look wider. When done right, they can actually accentuate your body in a good way. Smaller striped work best as with any stripe that is spaced properly. Colourful stripes like on this adorable Guess top give the illusion of broken lines when they’re actually not. Pairing a comfy striped sweater dress with black stockings is the most falttering combo of this season, but go ahead and have fun!

#7 – Be glamorous at work too. Go ahead a throw on a sparkly top underneath your suit.  This is a good option for women who feel that their work clothes are a little boring. If your work environment is strict, go for something a little more understated, perhaps in deeper colours. If your boss is a little more lenient in your work attire, you could probably get away with trying something a little more flashy, like a berry pink glitter cami.

#8 – Ban your belt loops. Belts were found all over the runways – but not on pants. Using a belt around your favourite jacket or shirt is hot this fall, and not to mention flattering for everyone. The important part is where you put it. You want to find the thinnest part of your “waistline” between the hips and bust area. Depending on your figure, this could be higher or lower than other women. Placing a belt in the right spot can give the overall appearance of an hourglass shape. Keep in mind your figure when choosing a width as well; if you’re petite, you may want to go for a smaller belt that matches your body. Wide belts are a great way of covering up bulges as well.

Diane von Furstenberg, Fall 2008

Diane von Furstenberg, Fall 2008

#9 – Paint the town pastel! No longer strictly for spring, pastels were appearing all over runways. Try them in the 80’s inspired silhouettes of the season, pairing them with the classic neutrals for a soft feminine touch. Bow front blouses in light blues and mint greens add an aura of elegance to your work outfits.

#10 – Mixing prints. Who says you can’t wear tweeds and plaids with other prints? As long as you do it right, mixing prints can be fun and chic. Try a pretty girly print with a neutral, understated tweed, a la Diane von Furstenberg.

#11 – Wear White After Labour day! Perhaps the oldest and most ridiculous fashion rule, this old saying actually just started as a seasonal faux pas, and was quickly considered a rule by people all over the world! Well fashion insiders said goodbye to this rule many years ago, and are urging others to follow suit. While wearing full on white or white pants in the fall/winter can look very tacky, choosing the right whites are always chic no matter what the temperature! White blouses and accessories are a great way to brighten up your mood during the not-so desirable cold months, and if the weather isn’t too slushy you can even pull off some chic white boots.

#12 – Dress up the season. With many trends repeating from last fall (you didn’t think fashion changes THAT fast did you?), dresses and skirts are one of them. With all the leggings and stockings to choose from, why put away the most fun part of being a girl just for some stupid snow? This doesn’t mean all of your skirts and dresses will work (forget the really summery stuff!), but even some of your floral dresses can be carried into this season. It’s pretty safe to say that this fall, dresses/skirts are bigger than pants/sweaters!

Nicole Miller Jewelry available at

Nicole Miller Jewelry available at

#13 – Something’s Gotta Match! – With all the mis-matching styles out there this season, designers had to anchor it with something. This fall, say hello to matching jewelry! Basically since the 60’s hit, it has been considered boring and matronly to have jewelry sets that you wear together. This is defaintely still the case for most pieces – think pearls, diamonds etc … However, having a necklace and bracelet set that is bold and eye-catching is anything but boring.

#14 – Who needs sleeves? Spotted all over the runways for fall, sleeveless jackets were all the rage. There is nothing new left for fashion to create, so designers are playing around with the basics, and we’re getting some pretty chic results. Calvin Klein, DVF and Phillip Lim were all showcasing the new way to wear a coat. This doesn’t mean you’ll be going cold this winter! The season is all about layering, so stick a chunky knit turtleneck under that jacket and pair it all with some big scrunchy gloves for an ultra-urban look.

#15 – Mix up your hemlines. It used to be considered tacky if your dress/skirt wasn’t the same length as your coat, but that old rule has now been thrown out the window. When your coat and your skirt are the same length, it looks prim and classy; but it’s fun to play with hemlines, and fashion is now moving towards a more playful, less put together look. For a sexy look, try a trenchcoat over a mini and your legs will be the focal point of everyone’s stares.

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