Geeky Chic
2 years ago
The Genteel is launched!!

It is with great pleasure and tremendous excitement that we announce the launch of our online fashion and design magazine, The Genteel ( www.thegenteel.com ). It’s almost hard to believe we’re finally here. We have come a very long way in such a short amount of time. My partner, Irene, and I have worked very hard to create a product that is founded on our deep passion for fashion, journalism and life! And here we are, curtains drawn back. We could not be more thrilled and proud of our baby. 

This online magazine is the definitive source for informed men and women such as yourselves, who desire global, in-depth, and intelligent stories on fashion and design. 

We could not have done it alone. Our global team of contributors shape The Genteel. On a daily basis, the publication dispatches thought-provoking and insightful articles from the streets of Oslo, Toronto, Beirut, Moscow, United Arab Emirates, Seoul and beyond. Today a contributor from Tokyo joins us! 

I always said that The Genteel is to be viewed as a fashionable “
Economist” publication. Our daily bulletin includes stories told through the lens of Business, Culture, Society, Design, Best Kept Secrets, Commentary and Street Style. 

At this point I invite you to visit The Genteel [ 
www.thegenteel.com ] and enjoy a new perspective on global fashion and design. We also encourage you to “Like” our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/TheGenteelMagazine and follow us on Twitter @thegenteel as we will be promoting stories as they come in. 

Sincerely yours, 

Mona Chammas 
Editor-in-Chief, The Genteel


3 years ago
Seeking male correspondents for The Genteel

The Genteel magazine editorial calendar for September and the first two weeks of October is packed! Though we’re missing male contributors as the line up is dominated by female correspondents (not a bad thing!) If you or anyone you know is interested in contributing to The Genteel, please let us know at contribute@thegenteel.com. Local (Canada) or international. For more information on The Genteel, see previous post

Thanks

Mona

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Mona Chammas

Editor-in-Chief

The Genteel

3 years ago
Unveiling of The Genteel

Hi all, 

You’ll notice a slight hiatus on Geeky Chic. This is because i’ve been busy with the production and editorial line up for The Genteel, my new online fashion magazine to be launched on September 20th. A little about The Genteel for those of you who are new to the idea. 

The Genteel is bringing something fresh to fashion publication. We’re all about bringing quality fashion journalism to our readers through an international lens of business, culture, society and design. We are global in scale, reporting from the ground-up, beyond the fashion hubs of Paris, New York, London and Milan. We (as writers, readers, fashion enthusiasts, life-long learners and engaged citizens) would love to find and read content of this depth and subject matter, and we strongly believe there are readers and writers who feel the same. What does this mean for this blog? Well, it will eventually dissolve. Good news is we are bringing it with us to The Genteel as a street style column. I am heading up The Genteel as Editor-in-Chief, and Irene Kim, my business partner, as Editor-at-Large

Since we are a global magazine, not only are we looking for international writers, but local writers who want to scale their repertoire. We’re are also about stories that discuss fashion in various contexts across cities. In addition, part of our vision is to be a platform from which writers can build their brand and profile. 

Anyone who is interesting in joining our growing network of foreign correspondants can e-mail contribute@thegenteel.com. Please send us your storie ideas and pitches. We’d love to hear from you. 

Otherwise, see you on September 20th! 

3 years ago
On turning 30: A tipping point

Today I turned 30, and while I’ve knowingly beaten that fact into most of your heads, it’s a monumental age for me for so many reasons. When I was but a youngling I would often gaze out the window of my overly cramped and tiny school bus wondering what it would be like to be 30. I also had this provoking sensation that I was meant to do something tremendous. I felt different as a child, and obviously I didn’t know what that meant at the time or what it would translate to. All I knew is that I did that weird thing in the bus when I would just shut you out, peer out and wonder about my life. I guess that’s not such an uncommon thing to do when you’re a kid who’s insanely introverted. Nevertheless, I felt different and at times was labeled weird, which in retrospect is a compliment.

Little did I know when I was 11 or so that whatever that feeling of being different was would ALL unfold in my 20s. In light of this, I’d like to dedicate some time to virtually pen an ode to my 20s.  Oh, 20s. You have been so harsh and so kind. You gave me my first experience away from my parents, far, FAR away at 21. You made an independent out of me. You outed me to my family at 22. You gave me my first, honest relationship the same year. It ended in turmoil. The next one ended similarly, and so did the one after that. Good times! You also taught me to love deeply for the first time, and so on. You made me move to 4 different cities across oceans, on my own, and to move homes 8 times.  You taught me to get far, very quickly. I got hired a WHOLE bunch of times, and got fired once. You taught me to follow my dreams, by starting a business, which brings me passion and happiness beyond what I thought would be the case when I was 11, contemplating 30.

Want to know why else turning 30 is momentous? I’ll tell you. When I was 11, I was petrified of my father. Those of you who grew up with me in that sleepy island of Cyprus know how scary he was when he would yell at us from within his bedroom that overlooked the pool, where we would jump and splash around, for disturbing his daily siesta. At 20 I was distant from him, and he from me.  There was love for sure, but distance undoubtedly. I remember one day in my early 20s I made fun of my father for sticking to archaic ways of running his publishing business. I wanted him to go digital, and he just didn’t get it. So what he proposed instead was for me to run his publishing house using technology to evolve and innovate. How do you think I responded to that proposition? Yep, I dismissed the idea before it could settle. My father always peppered in the notion of me becoming a journalist when I was younger. I said no. He offered me his publishing company based on in depth reporting on oil economy and country risk profiling in the Middle East. I said, hell no! And now, my friends, I am 30. My father and I have never been this close. I am also the owner and CEO of a publishing company. I am the Editor-in-Chief of a global online fashion magazine to be launched late September. Have I come full circle? Perhaps. What I do know is I ran away from something my father put in front of me for 28 years, until that one pivotal year in which I yielded. In fact, I came to what seemed most natural to me on my very own, in my very own way. I’ve never felt more connected to my Dad even though we don’t speak regularly.  You know what? I’ve never felt more connected to myself.

So, yes, turning 30 is momentous and I plan on milking it for as much as it’s worth. Here’s to an epic 30 years ahead! I truly love and cherish all who have supported me on my journey to get here.

Yours,

Mona…

Your daughter

Your friend

Your colleague

Your Editor-in-Chief

Your sister

Your cousin

You aunt

Your CEO

Your future girlfriend

Your future wife

3 years ago
This lovely French woman’s silhouette furnished by the loose fitting silk shirt and trousers was sheer comfort in the blistering heat. Sure she was covered head to toe, but she looked abundantly more comfortable in her own skin that most of us sweat buckets on 5th Ave.
In fact, I always wondered what a lady would like if she wore clothes out that resembled chic pajamas. Now, I do! If one could wear pajamas on 5th Avenue, these would be them. Though practically invisible in this photo, the trousers were decorated with the most delicate white pattern. It reminded me of a porcelain object, softly dotted by paint. I especially love how you could just see her legs through the fabric, but not much. Very sexy in a smoke screen sort of way. I think this woman looked fantastic without much effort, really. 

This lovely French woman’s silhouette furnished by the loose fitting silk shirt and trousers was sheer comfort in the blistering heat. Sure she was covered head to toe, but she looked abundantly more comfortable in her own skin that most of us sweat buckets on 5th Ave.

In fact, I always wondered what a lady would like if she wore clothes out that resembled chic pajamas. Now, I do! If one could wear pajamas on 5th Avenue, these would be them. Though practically invisible in this photo, the trousers were decorated with the most delicate white pattern. It reminded me of a porcelain object, softly dotted by paint. I especially love how you could just see her legs through the fabric, but not much. Very sexy in a smoke screen sort of way. I think this woman looked fantastic without much effort, really. 

3 years ago
Heidi, who works at the Ralph Lauren store in Soho, New York, was just too good to miss. So much to the fact that I pulled her outside for a quick photo opp and a chat. Her all encompassing Ralph Lauren outfit was resplendent in detail and geo-era influences. I mean look at the dress. The detailed patchwork reminded me of an art canvas, where material replaces paint, and an amazing melange of colour and texture comes to life. It’s worth noting that each patch was made individually and then combined.  Such inspired work by Ralph Lauren, whose vision for this dress rise from Indochine.
What’s great about Heidi’s style is the range she’s chosen to wear from Ralph Lauren. Often is the case that sales clerks from boutiques bear a homogenous look from the brand they represent. Not Heidi, though. She’s managed to unite both the orient and Lauren’s wild west styles with the denim jacket, vintage cowgirl shoes and belt from Lauren’s runway collection. Sublime. 

Heidi, who works at the Ralph Lauren store in Soho, New York, was just too good to miss. So much to the fact that I pulled her outside for a quick photo opp and a chat. Her all encompassing Ralph Lauren outfit was resplendent in detail and geo-era influences. I mean look at the dress. The detailed patchwork reminded me of an art canvas, where material replaces paint, and an amazing melange of colour and texture comes to life. It’s worth noting that each patch was made individually and then combined.  Such inspired work by Ralph Lauren, whose vision for this dress rise from Indochine.

What’s great about Heidi’s style is the range she’s chosen to wear from Ralph Lauren. Often is the case that sales clerks from boutiques bear a homogenous look from the brand they represent. Not Heidi, though. She’s managed to unite both the orient and Lauren’s wild west styles with the denim jacket, vintage cowgirl shoes and belt from Lauren’s runway collection. Sublime. 

3 years ago
Toronto Street Style: A Saga of Girl Crushes

Like Mona, I have had my share of girl crushes before, but have you ever had a family crush? You know, where you have had to think twice about breaking-up with an ex because you would have missed his/her kin? Melissa and I spotted Stefanie and her family (mother, father, aunt and uncle) taking a stroll on a hot Sunday afternoon in Toronto. We started chatting, and as it turns out, all are involved in the arts in one way or another - actors, interior designers, screenwriters.They were all very warm, the ladies very fashionable (sorry dad!) and also very supportive of our upcoming magazine, The Genteel!

Naturally, creative expression runs through Stefanie’s veins – she studies fashion design, shuffling between Toronto and Paris to learn and develop her craft. She looked positively angelic in a radiant summer white dress, with a chic gamine cut to match! Her pop of colour a la clutch and scarf completed her look perfectly. Stefanie, I am looking forward to following your work!

Writing by Irene Kim, photos by Melissa Sung

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The Goods: 

Dress, Line
Shoes, Aldo (not shown)
Bag, Louis Vuitton
Scarf, Ted Baker
Sunglasses, Ray-ban
 

3 years ago
Ever spot someone and wish you two were friends? When I saw Nicole and spoke to her for 2 minutes, I did. Park for a second the fact that her rocker chic aesthetic and her magnificent jawline are totally disarming. It’s that she looks like she can own a game changing night out on the town, and one should be so lucky to join the ride. 
Alright, style talk. I seldom use the word fierce, wary of sounding like a clichéd fashion writer, though I will make an exception this time because the occasion is so fitting. Nicole does indeed look, ahem, fierce, and I will attribute it beyond those avant garde Rick Owens ankle boots. There’s an appreciable effect in looking grand in an oversized black t-shirt and black leggings. Indeed, the boots certainly add that edge, however her overall style is that much more pronounced by the entire package, Nicole 360 if you will. I love Nicole’s look. It’s so, “I don’t give a shit”. I think women who can pull that off and look this good deserve a hat tip.  

Ever spot someone and wish you two were friends? When I saw Nicole and spoke to her for 2 minutes, I did. Park for a second the fact that her rocker chic aesthetic and her magnificent jawline are totally disarming. It’s that she looks like she can own a game changing night out on the town, and one should be so lucky to join the ride. 

Alright, style talk. I seldom use the word fierce, wary of sounding like a clichéd fashion writer, though I will make an exception this time because the occasion is so fitting. Nicole does indeed look, ahem, fierce, and I will attribute it beyond those avant garde Rick Owens ankle boots. There’s an appreciable effect in looking grand in an oversized black t-shirt and black leggings. Indeed, the boots certainly add that edge, however her overall style is that much more pronounced by the entire package, Nicole 360 if you will. I love Nicole’s look. It’s so, “I don’t give a shit”. I think women who can pull that off and look this good deserve a hat tip.  

3 years ago
Leave it to style maven June Ambrose to knock us off our feet with shockingly amazing garb. Spotted at New York Fashion week last February, June was wearing a pair of Skeletal Heels made by Toronto darlings DSquared from their Fall/Winter 2010 collection. Untrue to form, June ditched her signature turban for a bowler hat.
Speaking of bowler hats, how chic does June’s daughter, Summer, look with a bowler hat of her own? June and Summer were not the only fashionable mother daughter duo during fashion week in New York. Remember Tessa? Watching mothers and daughters bop around fashion week to catch the shows reminded me of my mother taking me with her to all her social functions. It wasn’t a pain as one might think. Quite the contrary, actually. I would assume my own little world and interpretations amidst all the movement and noise. I suppose this also applies to the young girls who accompany their mothers to the shows. It would be such a marvel to become intimately acquainted with how children interpret what they see at the runway and on the street during fashion week, and what it means to them. Take note, Moms. 

Leave it to style maven June Ambrose to knock us off our feet with shockingly amazing garb. Spotted at New York Fashion week last February, June was wearing a pair of Skeletal Heels made by Toronto darlings DSquared from their Fall/Winter 2010 collection. Untrue to form, June ditched her signature turban for a bowler hat.

Speaking of bowler hats, how chic does June’s daughter, Summer, look with a bowler hat of her own? June and Summer were not the only fashionable mother daughter duo during fashion week in New York. Remember Tessa? Watching mothers and daughters bop around fashion week to catch the shows reminded me of my mother taking me with her to all her social functions. It wasn’t a pain as one might think. Quite the contrary, actually. I would assume my own little world and interpretations amidst all the movement and noise. I suppose this also applies to the young girls who accompany their mothers to the shows. It would be such a marvel to become intimately acquainted with how children interpret what they see at the runway and on the street during fashion week, and what it means to them. Take note, Moms. 

3 years ago
I’ll be in New York this weekend, and in anticipation of the trip, I’ve decided to rummage through photos I took during New York Fashion Week. There are a handful left I have not published, and I owe them due attention. Like this photo, for example.
The unfortunate thing about sub zero winters is that dreaded winter coat. If you are of the sensible variety during winter, you’ll know what i’m talking about. Glorious looking or not, the coat hides all that style you wish you could show off without freezing your behind off. 
What this young gentleman achieves through smart layering is a proper reveal of his outfit. He’s made small, yet significant styling choices such as tying his jacket with a nondescript belt, as if it was a curtain opened just wide enough to check out the goods beyond. The comfy red velvet scarf is such a chic touch to the academia look cued by the leather belt, attache and the moccasin boots. 

I’ll be in New York this weekend, and in anticipation of the trip, I’ve decided to rummage through photos I took during New York Fashion Week. There are a handful left I have not published, and I owe them due attention. Like this photo, for example.

The unfortunate thing about sub zero winters is that dreaded winter coat. If you are of the sensible variety during winter, you’ll know what i’m talking about. Glorious looking or not, the coat hides all that style you wish you could show off without freezing your behind off. 

What this young gentleman achieves through smart layering is a proper reveal of his outfit. He’s made small, yet significant styling choices such as tying his jacket with a nondescript belt, as if it was a curtain opened just wide enough to check out the goods beyond. The comfy red velvet scarf is such a chic touch to the academia look cued by the leather belt, attache and the moccasin boots. 


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