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An Exclusive Interview with Philadelphia-Based Men’s Fashion Designer LeGrand Leseur

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Today, I’m mixing things up a little on Aspiring Socialite with my first ever men’s fashion feature. When I came across LeGrand Leseur a Philadelphia-based men’s fashion designer newly named “the next big thing in men’s fashion” by The Huffington Post, I had to know more about how he’s revolutionizing the world of menswear. So if you’re a guy looking for fashion tips or just want to spruce up your boyfriend’s wardrobe, you’ll find all the fashion advice you’ll need in this riveting Q&A.

1. What are three pieces every guy should have in their wardrobe?

A true gentleman’s wardrobe should include a scarf, a good big face wrist watch and few pairs of brightly colored socks. These three items are the top accessories every man should have and the reasons are pretty simple as to why. A scarf will keep you warm in the fall and winter months as well as making your neck area look splendid. Big face watches are more functional than fashion but luckily they serve as both. You can look at your wrist in a flash, even in the dark, and be able to tell the time quickly. Also, with very few jewelry options for men the big face watches can make up for that while being visually appealing but not necessarily overbearing. And last but not least, brightly colored socks because they are just so fun.

2. How can a custom suit boost a man’s confidence?

Knowing something was made just for you changes the way you feel about yourself. Confidence is a fickle beast. It may be hard for some people, especially men, to find a look that works for them and makes them feel decent about themselves. Having a suit made for you, picking the fabrics out and getting measured can make anyone feel like a king. After you’re done wearing something you know was made for you and something that no one else has brings a strong sense worth regardless of social class or standing.

3. I love horror movies. How did you come up with the idea to create a line of pocket squares inspired by a famous horror movie, story or event?

When you name something it becomes yours. What I have noticed with a lot of brands is they will create a product and call it something generic like “silk pocket square.” What the hell is that? That’s all you got? I wanted to name something but I didn’t want it to be named for no reason thus I decided to have something that influences me influence my art. The biggest things with horror movies for me are usually the plot or images from the flick last with me for a long time. I wanted my line to be like that as with all of my clothing; once you see it, it will burn an image into your head just like Regan Teresa MacNeil running upside-down down those steps.

4. What fashions do you think are going to be big for men this fall?

I think cravats are going to make a huge comeback over the next few seasons. They are so classic but people aren’t really doing lately. I think it’s going to come back around. Men’s fashion sucks because it just goes in cycles.

5. What should a man look for when choosing the perfect tuxedo for a wedding, red carpet event etc?

Outside of fit, creativity. Most rentals don’t fit men well; they aren’t made for them. They’re just kind of like off the rack. They are made to fit as many people possible so they can be available for as many people as possible. The reason I point out creativity is because red carpet events are so boring now. Everyone reasons the “classic” black tuxedo a few try to pull off the white and then a handful try the navy blue with black shawl lapels. Find something that stands out. In most cases you aren’t going to be going to red carpet events everyday so make it count.

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6. What celebrity would you like to dress that you haven’t yet?

Leonardo DiCaprio. Dude is so sharp but I think I can take it to him to another level. Like the true Gatsby.

7. What made you start designing suits based on a man’s life goals?

It is easier to make things with inspiration. To have a gentleman come to me and let me know what his vision is helps me create something that is more personal and intimate. It helps make something he will always want to wear.

8. What’s your take on men’s urban street fashion (i.e. baggy pants with boxers showing)?

It sucks and it should end. If you are a gentleman you should wear something that if the President were to walk in, or someone you truly admire such as an actor or musician, you would be dressed well enough to hold a conversation or be invited to converse more about other things.

9. What’s the most unique detail you’ve ever put into one of your custom suits?

It has to be the angled cuffs. I created them to help show a little flash around the wrist area. Not only can they be colorized, but they can also match the color of the overall suit. Thinking of that idea has to be one of my proudest moments thus far as a designer.

10. Which qualities do you think truly make a man a gentleman?

Respect. Respect is the only thing people truly want. They want their voices to be heard and they want people to respect that voice. Men have to learn to be respectful of people’s ideas, space and opinions. As a man, you have to do it more so with women and be even more understanding. Another quality I am a fan of is knowing who the “most important” person is in the room. It can help out in a lot of situations. I have been to events when the Mayor was in the room and people didn’t even realize it. Know the most important person in the room and remember the basic laws of respect and as a gent, life would be swell for everyone.

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My Favorite Fall Trench Coat

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Fall is hands down the best time of year to be in New York City. Between the cool, yet comfortable air, changing leaves and holiday finds just entering the stores, you simply can’t beat Autumn in New York. A while ago, I came across this fab fall trench by bebe at a random store  on 45th St. At the time, I was holding off on buying a trench coat until I found one that made me feel like I was strolling through the streets of London and this was it. I just love how the contrasting sleeves and asymmetrical zipper make it one of the most fun and unique pieces in my wardrobe.

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RumbaTime Watch Giveaway

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Daylight savings time is here! With the clocks falling back an hour, all of us can enjoy an extra 60 minutes of sleep, online shopping, partying or time with friends. Whichever way you swing it, your extra hour is filled with endless possibilities. In celebration of my extra hour, I’m giving away a RumbaTime watch to a lucky reader. For the next two weeks, Aspiring Socialite readers will have the chance to win a RumbaTime Orchard Rose Gold 35mm Paloma timepiece. I love the modern femininity of this watch along with its paloma and rose gold color scheme. Since all RumbaTime watches are designed in New York, they look amazing against the dynamic city scene and breathtaking NYC architecture.

To enter to win this fab RumbaTime watch, follow @RumbaTime on Instagram and show me a little love on Instagram too. Then leave a comment on this post with your email and a way you make the most of your free time. Don’t forget to include your email.

*This giveaway is open to residents of the continental US only. It will run from November 1, 2014 – November 15, 2014. Winners will be contacted via email around November 17, 2014.

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A Tribute to Oscar de la Renta

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I never imagined a world without Oscar de la Renta. So when I heard that he’d passed, I didn’t know how to process the news. Ever since I was a little girl watching celebrities walk down the red carpet alongside Fashion Week coverage on the Style Network, the Oscar de la Renta gowns were always my favorite.

No one has ever understood the female form or the elements of femininity more than de la Renta. His gowns wore by royalty, first ladies and movie stars will always bring out the elegance and beauty of the women wearing them. While this is a devastating loss for the fashion community and world, I’ll rest easy tonight knowing he lived the fulfilling life of a fashion genius.

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College Fashion Week 2014

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With the pressures of the real world constantly building up, I often like to pretend that I’m back in college. Over the weekend, I relived my collegiate years when I sat front row at New York’s College Fashion Week hosted by Her Campus. Having covered New York Fashion Week for many seasons, I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, after an amazing evening of fashion, talent and fun, I wish that I was back in college more than ever and can’t wait to experience College Fashion Week all over again next year.

The evening started off with cocktails, hairdos by TRESemmé, custom foundation by bareMinerals and eyebrows by European Wax Center. When the show began, college students who could have been mistaken for professional models strutted down the runway in the latest fall fashions from boohoo.com.

While the first collection consisted of imperial styles filled with sleek military glam, the second was entitled “Brooklyn Princess” and featured pink, powdery sporty separates. The third collection, Woodlanders, was my favorite. I loved the forest prints and earthy hues for fall. In between each collection, talented college students performed incredible music and dance routines including Columbia Sharp, Columbia University’s All Male A Capella group. I guess that’s something New York Fashion Week doesn’t have – cute Ivy League men singing John Legend ballads.

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