Bon Chic Bon Genre
My Favorite Designer!!
No, GG has not gone French! While I’ve studied 7 1/2 years of French, my site would not be complete without me raving about my very favorite fashion line. I can’t say enough about this line!! BCBG’s Max Azria has been my favorite designer for six years . . . and counting. It all started with a little red velvet halter dress I purchased for a wedding in 2003. This dress fit like a glove without hugging too tightly; moreover, it was comfortable and spawned many a compliment. Since that first fateful find, I’ve purchased (and received gifts of ) many BCBG dresses, shirts, sweaters, pants, shoes, and handbags. I wear BCBG pieces, on average, three times a week. BCBG is my go-to apparel when I’m pressed for time and don’t have a chance to answer the infamous “What Shall I Wear” question – I know that if I grab a BCBG piece, I’ll look polished and refined. I even attribute BCBG to one of the bonds between my sister-in-law and me. I became very excited when I discovered we shared BCBG as a fave; today, scavenging a local BCBG boutique is a staple activity we share whenever I’m in town to visit.
BCBG is an acronym for the french phrase bon chic, bon genre—or good style, good attitude. This illustrates the vibe of the line. Designed by Max Azria under the close supervision of wife Lubova, the label hosts legions of celebrity clients, 475 retail boutiques worldwide, inclusions in major department stores such as Nordstrom and Macy’s, and a slew of offshoots – including the more casual BCBGeneration (which my daughter enjoys!), the more upscale Max Azria Collection, and BCBGirls footwear. Dresses and mix-and-match separates are the brand’s bread and butter: youthful but not cutesy, easy-to-wear, and with a bit of an edge. Clients include Paris Hilton, Angelina Jolie, and Sarah Martineau. I personally have had the surprise pleasure of spotting two specific pieces that I own on television celebrities: Misha Barton sported the same matte-jersey pink mini dress on “The O.C.;” Eva Longoria sported my blue wrap top on “Desperate Housewives.” It’s fun to spot your own clothes on celebs! With all this famous following, you’d think the clothing would cost an arm and a leg to purchase. Not so – this is the one upscale clothing line with the midscale price tags. In fact, I can almost always scoop up a stellar piece (or two or three!) in the surprisingly stocked sales racks. Purchasing BCBG is a win-win!
On GG’s Wish List for this Season!!
Every season, I “doggy-ear” my catalog’s favorites before I head for the boutique. Here are the dresses I just bought this weekend. I’m very happy and proud to say I purchased each at Macy’s or Lord & Taylor’s @ 30 – 50% each!!!
Grading Girl gives BCBG an A+ for timeless class and elegant, easy-to-wear style. In fact, I wore a black cotton BCBG dress when I shopped for these . . . the third time this week that I donned BCBG. I see myself continuing to be faithful to this line for a long time to come. Thank you, Mr. Azria!