Style Guru Bio: John McCollum

My name is John McCollum and I am a sophomore at GWU, majoring in International Affairs and French. I grew up in a small town in Michigan but decided to move out of state for college in order to pursue my dreams in the city. My keen eye for all things stylish can be attributed in-part to my grandmother, who introduced me to the world of fashion at a young age. Through various experiences since then, my personal style, love of fashion and desire to make others look good have evolved into what they are today. I find inspiration in magazines, architecture, and all of the wonderful people that surround me in my everyday life. As part of my education, French culture has always been a large focus; especially all of the beautiful things that come out of Paris each and every season. I am a huge French fashion buff and infatuated with Parisian style. A few of my various fashion icons include Alexander McQueen, Rachel Zoe, Marc Jacobs, and of course Lady Gaga.

Along with CollegeFashionista, I currently work as a sales associate for Lacoste, and I have previously worked as an employee for Coach Leathers. Having various retail experience has allowed me to gain insight into the production and sales of merchandise, opening my mind to the value of fashion in today's economy. Being inspired by many of my eccentric fashion icons, I love stepping outside of the norm and mixing the classics with the absurd. Playing with juxtaposition is inherent to me. I would describe my own sense of style as “Casual Avant-Garde”. I am a daydreamer and I like to think of new things and combinations of ways to wear them every day. If there were one thing that I would like readers to get out of my work at CollegeFahsionista, it is to make better use of what they already own. I think providing a means relating high fashion to street fashion through a blog is an incredible way to inspire fashionistas everywhere to better themselves. Even though in the fashion world snobbery is in abundance, in his famous quote, (which I have tattooed on my left arm in French) Yves Saint Laurent states that in order to look good, one must be good too: “Without elegance of the heart, there is no elegance.”

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