Sunday, November 15, 2009

This is too much. I don't understand fashion-savvy children.

Meet Arlo Weiner. He's eight years old.
When you’re the son of Matt Weiner, creator of the impeccably styled TV series Mad Men, you’ve got serious sartorial standards to live up to. In the past five years, Arlo—named after singer Arlo Guthrie, whom he listens to along with Black Sabbath and Bob Dylan—has become one of the sharpest, most original dressers this side of third grade. His look is part Oliver Twist, part Royal Tenenbaums—eclectic and kidlike, but somehow knowingly so. Arlo, who plans to start designing his own clothes as soon as his mom gets a sewing machine, likes to mix and match bright colors and patterns.

Here are his tips for fall fashion:
"Don't wear just one big bulky sweater—that's boring and shapeless." Instead, he recommends colorful, patterned layers. "It's all about contrast," he says. "You know, if you're wearing a clean white shirt you should wear a bit of darkness with it. Think about it, the fanciest suit—a tuxedo—is all contrast, black and white. Right now I also like bright red with black and orange with black."


he reminds me of a mini-Zac Posen!

When I was eight, I was concerned with the rise of boy bands, watching Spice World as many times as I could, and learning hand games with my friends in the third grade.

Meet Tavi Gevinson, creator of the Style Rookie blogsite at age 11.

Today at 13, she has covered Pop magazine and rubs elbows with fashion's greatest in the front row of several fashion shows (Marc Jacobs & Alexander Wang to name a few) at 2009's New York Fashion Week.

Here, she describes herself on Style Rookie:
Tiny 13 year old dork that sits inside all day wearing awkward jackets and pretty hats. Scatters black petals on Rei Kawakubo's doorsteps and serenades her in rap. I have no where near 4 million readers. Rather cynical and cute as a drained rat. In a sewer. Farting. And spitting out guts.

When I was 13, I was attending middle school full-time, dancing to songs like Crazy in Love and watching American Idol with my mom.

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