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resort 2011 favorites & reviews, part III.

7 July 2010

Part I & Part II, available at your perusal.

Dsquared² | I’m so used to seeing Dsquared² incredibly sexed up (naughty librarians, anyone?) that I almost didn’t think Resort 2011 was the handiwork of the darling twin brothers, Dan and Dean Caten. The brand’s change in its outlook and aesthetic is a breath of fresh air, and undoubtedly perfect for summer. Nevertheless I’m crossing my fingers in the hopes that Caten² goes back to that sass we all know and love; I’ve grown fond of their signature aesthetic, especially since their “Girl Interrupted” collection.

This modern, mod-ish take on classic prep was well thought out. It’s marketable, commercial, and chic. It was clearly inspired by the jet-setting, yacht-loving ladies, and it is those ladies who will buy each piece. I loved the simple cuts and bright palette, doll-ish Peter Pan collars, blazers + crisp shirt + leather belt + bermuda trousers ensemble in summer-y hues. It was an ode to the tailored silhouettes Dsquared² and Twiggy-gone-preppy, and was on point for what Resort collections are and should be.

Diane von Furstenberg | DVF is, and will always be, the woman’s woman. Pom-pom hats may not be my thing, but I must admit, zee madame has peaked both my curiosity and interest in such accessory. Silly made sophisticated, courtesy of Diane von Furstenberg.

Is it unfair to say that this collection, this resort collection, was my favorite of all she’s ever done, fall/winter and spring/summer shows inclusive? I appreciate artistic ingenuity and subliminal messaging through wearable art, but ultimately, I fall for the designers and collections that showcase a perfect juxtaposition of marketability and wearability with creative design. It’s clear DVF has mastered that art of balance and commerciality. The appeal of the femme-inspired collection, the opposite of masculine tailoring from the previous, is especially brilliant. A Parisian noir film femme, in her black-creme based wardrobe. 100% feminine in all its coquettish glory, and so, so me. Need I say more about the mixing of graphic prints of blousons and shorts? The forties dresses? The boudoir beach-y looks? Le sigh. I’m quite literally pining over this collection, my favorites (obviously) being those I’ve collaged above, from the prints, the posh sunglasses (no pun intended), and the fact that black is clearly dominant in this collection. Black will always be the new black, and a woman can never do wrong in oversized sunnies, a trench coat, and Swiss-dot thigh-highs. It’s why French women don’t sleep alone.

Elie Tahari | My organic thoughts on the collection (upon first viewing): a bit exotic, urban, and it makes me think of Turkey. Why Turkey in particular? Not sure. Turkey evokes [in me] images and sense of rich, exotic-ethnic culture, decadent fabrics and prints, and a bit of desert cowboys (again, don’t ask why) – and this collection embodies exactly that. That may or not be true. I’m crazy, and well aware, thank you very much. I would try explaining to all you lovely people how/why my brain works, but creative processes are not only strictly confidential, but metacognition always ends with circular reasoning and even more confusion. Am I the only who thinks of Turkey when I see this collection?

But back to Elie Tahari. It was a nice collection. The only pieces that stood out to me are the first three in the above collage. It’s nothing particularly special, but both the styled ensemble and the individual pieces themselves possess a quality – that indescribable “there’s-something-about-it” I can’t quite put my finger on, that makes it covetable.

Photograph three, to the far right, is inspiring me to try the Prada turban and Posh sunnies look, à la Carrie Bradshaw. (ph. 1, 2, 3)

Elise Øverland | This isn’t a favorite collection. Regardless, I felt it necessary that Elise Øverland’s deserved a mention. The structure and silhouettes of this Resort collection are brilliant. Lapels never looked so sharp, and the contrast of such architectural jacket against breezier, floor-grazing skirts modernized her Pakistani getaway inspiration. (ph. 4, 5, 6)


La C.

P.S.: Only two more parts, my dears. Only two.

resort 2011 favorites & reviews, part II.

6 July 2010

Resort 2011, Part I.

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Burberry Prorsum | I’m a massive fan of Burberry Prorsum since Christopher Bailey’s induction as the chief creative director. I may or may not be biased – the decision’s yours – for not only are Burberry trench coats a must-have (and the most beautiful thing ever!), but Mr. Bailey, British accent and all, is incredibly cute. I do love how Burberry has evolved under Bailey, and how Bailey has consummated his vision of British, edgy glamour in a luxury brand.

Burberry Prorsum’s Resort collection was, in my book, the best styled. Without a doubt. Burberry may not always produce the wearable ensembles when taken as a whole, but it is always aesthetically pleasing regardless of the collection season. Impeccable is the word to describe 2011 Resort; from color palette, to layering, to the individual pieces, everything was  p e r f e c t . This is perhaps one in few collections showcased where pieces can be worn individually or incestuously sans the tackiness and fashion-victim-look. I do predict an massive fan base given its marketability, particularly with New Yorkers come late summer/fall. Each piece is beautifully constructed and versatile, translating easily into any wardrobe regardless of season. For example, the jacket in photo six. Super slim, super chic, super sexy. ‘Tis a beauty I’d wear anytime, anywhere from day to night.

Now if I so happened to be a fashion editor with an unfathomable bank account/money tree, I would, without a doubt, buy every ensemble I’ve collaged above. I picture the muse of this collection to be that editor-in-chief. A younger Miranda Priestly or Carine Roitfeld whom a million girls would kill to work for (and be!). Edgy, sexy, chic, both in style and personality, and dressed to kill.

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Chanel | I like how increasingly blasé Chanel has become. I’m surprised at how relaxed this resort collection was – breezy kaftans, bare feet, denim, and tousled hair. Definitely a huge hit with consumers with its marketability and wearability for yachts, beaches, and cruise ships all alike. My favorites are featured above (ph. 1-4). The maxi, printed kaftan Natasha opened with was simply stunning. I never pictured a semi-sheer floral shirt to be attractive on a man, but oh, it is indeed. It’s quite sexy, actually. The third is the perfect summer ensemble, though nothing too special or unique to Chanel: sheer blouse, white pants, and a fedora. And that bathing suit and bejeweled foot adornment; it’s the epitome of Chanel luxury. Now the question is: are Chanel’s foot chains the next body chains? Hm… (ph. 1, 2, 3, 4)

Donna Karan | Languid, liquid assets fit for the sensual Greek goddesses of modern times. It’s undeniably a beautiful collection, but nothing noteworthy in comparison to her spring collections. (Don’t get me wrong: I love, and appreciate, a designer with a consistent aesthetic and vision.) The white, slate blue-gray, and black color palette was lovely in variations of Donna Karan’s signature silhouettes. Goddess dresses were done in every which way combination of the deeply cowled, one-shouldered, open-slit paragon. Satin jersey or liquid lamé, knee-length or floor-length. All are red carpet worthy (it’s simply a matter of who wears which piece first!). And that black jumpsuit (ph. 7)! I do believe Donna Karan’s perfected the art of the jumpsuit. Le sigh. It is the epitome of what DK stands for: all woman, sophisticated, sensual, with the slightest touch androgyny. (ph. 5, 6, 7)

Doo.Ri | For me, Doo.Ri has always been either brilliant or bland. Resort 2011 was one of those brilliant ones whose concept centered about the juxtaposition of draping and structure, and silhouette was lean and straight. The asymmetrical neckline and draping were key elements, used repetitively in nearly every blouse without seeming overused. Each rendition was equally beautiful whether in dress form or a blouse paired with staple pants or bubble skirts. To counter the signature, structural draping, the tuxedo blazer with mesh at the lapels (genius!) added a touch of masculinity for that target goal of balance. (ph. 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)


La C.

P.S.: Part III (and perhaps a IV?) coming, toute de suite. Ish.

“[the black cocktail dress] is a cliché for a reason. it can take you anywhere.”

2 July 2010

Why hellooo, lovelies! Fancy seeing you here.

PLASTER‘s July 2010 issue has just come out, and it’s quite rad. I may be biased because I so happen to be their fashion editorial intern (check it out, that would be my name in the masthead!), but that aside, take one look at their cover and you know it’s some fantastic ish. Magenta lips and gray smoky eyes are revolutionary for summer. Mmmhm.

{ the July 2010 cover & masthead }

I had first gushed about up-and-coming New York designer Kimberly Taylor here, then on PLASTER’s blog. It’s unnecessary for me to recapitulate every reason why I love her collections and why every chic woman needs more than a few hangers full of Kimberly Taylor; I’m well aware of my inability to briefly summarize as I do manage to get carried way. Every time. Long story short: it was an honor and privilege to have been given the chance to interview KT herself!

I thoroughly enjoyed [trying] to come up with questions for the interview, but loved even more being able to read KT’s answers. Pages 45 to 46, darlings. It’s evident, through her blog (bookmark it, s’il vous plaît, and not just because I already have) and her designs that she’s an incredibly chic woman. This interview only solidified that, and to top it off, she’s so sweet.

the interview: taylor made

What is your design philosophy?

Less is more.

Do you have a particular inspiration and/or muse?

I’m particularly inspired by New York City – you can never look too sleek here. Even when I travel I feel like its evident that I’m from New York.

Can you describe the woman you have in mind as you design?

She’s very busy. She’s no nonsense or frills. She’s cutting edge. And she isn’t trying too hard.

Who is your dream [celebrity] client?

Victoria Beckham.

What do you consider to be your best quality?

That I’m a dreamer.

Your worst quality?

Too trusting. I really try to see the good in people.

What is the one thing you can’t live without?

My purse. It’s pretty much my lifeline – it has everything I would need in any given scenario.

Name your every-woman-must-have, classic piece.

A little black cocktail dress. It’s cliché for a reason – It can take you anywhere. I’ve been living in our Sasha dress.

What’s in your bag right now?

Keys, Blackberry, 4 lipsticks , wallet,  fabric swatches for Resort 2011, vintage clip – on earrings in case I go out tonight, a magazine page I secretly ripped out at the nail salon, a pen, a random piece of fashion tape, a lollipop (emergency sugar rush), a bobby pin, and Altoids.

What are you wearing right now?

Black Amy trousers from my collection, rolled up at the bottom, a navy and white striped t-shirt, 6″  black patent leather and gold t-strap heels, a leather jacket.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Diet Coke, reality TV and all things Louboutin.

Who is your celebrity crush?

James Franco

What is your no-fail item (not just limited to fashion/beauty!) that makes you feel fabulous even at your worst?

Shoes, they always fit!

Who is your favorite designer besides yourself?

Nicolas Ghesquiere

Describe your personal signature look.

My signature look definitely consists of black and white. Black jeans, white tee and a blazer or leather jacket. I wear my hair slicked back in a ponytail a lot – most people know that about me.

Describe the most embarrassing outfit you’ve ever worn.

It’s hard to tell. I’m pretty sure it involved sequins though.

What is your favorite trend at the moment?

Menswear! Its so chic when done right.

What is the worst trend of all time?

Babydoll dresses. There was a point where you couldn’t find anything body-conscious in the Continental US.

What is your favorite/signature perfume or scent?

Trish McEvoy #9 Blackberry Vanilla Musk.

Where is your favorite place to go out in New York?

The Jane Hotel.

Can you describe your favorite outfit for a night-out?

Anything black. This is New York!

What was your first splurge?

A baby pink Chanel wallet on a chain. I worked an entire summer to pay for it and quit the day I bought it. I still have it.

Who is on your playlist right now?

Passion Pitt, Lady Gaga, Phoenix, Rihanna, Rod Stewart, and Jay-Z


…follow your heart.


…kiss and tell!

Wait. Did I mention that both KT & her PR exec. Marina are  s t u n n i n g ? Oh, just did.

Kimberly Taylor |

KT’s faaabulous blog |

KT’s Twitter (which is equally fab) |

Marina’s Twitter |


La C.

resort 2011 favorites & reviews, part I.

30 June 2010

I’ll have you know that I’m quite content tip-tapping away on my brand new Macbook Pro. More than content, actually. I’m positively elated. It’s the most beautiful thing my eyes have yet beheld (clothing, handbags, and rings exclusive), and every time I flip it open, I marvel at its utter perfection and unbelievable graphics. Say hello to my new baby. It’s now my most prized possession (clothing, handbags, and rings inclusive). Le sigh. Such fancy, shiny, silver, new technological thingies require fancy posts. Resort collections 2011 it is!

In the lovely blogosphere de mode, the relevance and importance of Resort collections is questionable. Understandably too; whereas the bi-annual RTW collections showcase the designer’s true craftsmanship tell a story – hidden, interwoven, and delicate – resort wear serves little purpose (i.m.o.) in displaying creative ingenuity and conveying a personal message from designer to buyer. Its sole objective – commercial success – suggest that entire collections are designed for marketability. Aesthetic appeal is of highest priority, rendering resort wear easy (and fun!) to review. As much as I love scrutinizing every detail and analyzing fashion for what it’s worth – and beyond – I do believe Resort collections deserve a bit more press (read: on zee blogs) than the usual little to none they receive. Not to mention, I was especially impressed by 2011’s collections. Definitely the best yet.

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3.1 Phillip Lim | The collection consisted entirely of earthy tones – creams, olive greens, pale browns, and peachy salmons – colors with potential to be quite mucky and aging. With Bianca Jagger as the muse, however, a certain edge is given to otherwise bland colors. Tailored, double-breasted suits, cropped, silk kimonos, and jumpsuits gave new life to the aforementioned colors (or vice versa). It does take a brave woman, or a die-hard fan of Ms. Jagger, to appreciate and translate these pieces into her wardrobe, but there are a few wearable ensembles/pieces. I sort of love the olive-y mint green leather jacket paired with white. It’s a lovely combination that isn’t as stark of a contrast as the usual black-jacket-white-shirt. And that romper. Part sweet, part badass. For the Amelia Earhart sans aviation goggles and paired with good old Tribs. (ph. 1, 3, 10)

Akris | I’ll be honest. I haven’t heard of Akris (gasp!), or of Albert Kriemier (the designer). Akris’ Resort collection was easily the most commercial (or bland, take your pick), thus epitomizing the point of pre-collections. Regardless, I did love the high-waisted, wide-legged white pants and the focus upon collars (lapels, turnovers, mandarin). Definitely beautiful for a day spent at a yacht club for the über-chic ladies. (ph. 2, 7)

Alberta Ferretti | Northern Africa, specifically Marrakech, was the main inspiration behind Ferretti’s collection. It’s no surprise that every piece, even in such laid-back a collection, is decadent; every collection of Ferretti’s is. Kaftans with metallic embroidery, silk shirts tucked into loose khaki trousers, and goddess dresses are made for the mature, A-list woman’s exotic getaways. Rich fabrics and colors added depth and dimension, distinguishing (and trademarking) Alberta Ferretti from the summer-y norm of other resort collections. I’d love to see Michelle Obama in each ensemble, in particular the white goddess dress. She’d look like a dream. (ph. 4, 6)

Badgley Mischka | Another luxurious resort collection, designed, again, for the A-list woman. The target market is younger – I’d say late 20’s to early 30’s – for independent, successful powerhouse women who’ve made their own. Or an uptown, New York socialite. Either way she’s fabulous, and expects no less from herself when attending numerous galas and summer soirées in European cities. The cream dresses with gilded gold are exceptionally stunning. Loved the Belle Époque-styled bustled skirt and overall references to a past of opulence. Borderline ostentatious, undeniably lavish, but wholly extravagant in the best way possible. (ph. 8, 9, 11)

Celine | As always, one of the standards (besides Calvin Klein) for what truly is minimalist chic. Fantastic, fantastic jumpsuits, high-waisted pants, tunic, and A-line skirts/dresses with a hint of structure and utility. However, the lean, boxy silhouette of the tunic and pants combination is perhaps difficult to pull off without the willow-y model figure. Regardless, the color palette – black and white plus the primary colors – in addition to the simple silhouettes showed the minimalism at its best. Celine’s always a breath of fresh air from the fussiness of layering and accessorizing. Let’s forget the clothes for one moment, though. The bags. A new, larger one has been added to the iconic family along with exotic skins and neon colors. Ah, Celine, you can never do wrong with handbags… (ph. 5, 12)


La C.

goodbye high school, hellooo world!

26 June 2010

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I’m officially a high school graduate, as of Thursday, June 24, 2010. Graduated with four honors, ooh, yeah. I’m quite the nerd, and proud.

I’m also one of the few that didn’t cry; perhaps the finality of leaving this place of familiarity hasn’t yet hit me.  It’s not that I’m coldhearted and incapable of feeling – it’s that I don’t see any rationale in crying over the have-beens. I recognize, appreciate, and cherish the past for what it’s worth. Most of my greatest memories (and I say that as if I’ve been alive for a century) happened during my high school years. Will I miss the familiarity? Perhaps. Will I miss being able to see my closest girlfriends nearly every day? Of course. Tears shed would only be in vain; the past can’t be re-lived, and dwelling upon emotions of nostalgia prevent yourself from moving forward. Life’s about progression. One chapter has been written, and closed. The next is but a blank canvas waiting to be written.

I’m ready though, ready for the next step. The first big milestone of my life has been checked off, so it’s on to the next. I’m ready to take on the world (uni, a.k.a. the faux-real world), lipstick, heels, coffee, and all. I’ve always lived for the present and the future. High school’s done. I’m happy I had a fantastic four years and found my closest friends there. But more importantly, I’m excited for the will-be‘s and the future that awaits.

Class of 2010, thanks for the memories. (:


La C.

P.S. I’ve extended the deadline for my giveaway collaboration with; you now have until June 30th to enter to win a $100 giftcard! Pourquoi? Because I’m quite the generous soul. Not really. But I’m quite busy since the next few days are booked with celebratory events (woohoo!). I’ve already been dancing for two consecutive nights, nonstop. This is the life.

bag whore | lady dior

22 June 2010

It’s ironic, isn’t it, that the words “whore” and “lady” should appear in the same line. I suppose it’s not entirely paradoxical if you so happened to be mid-sentence summarizing Julia Robert’s transformation from a common whore to a high-society lady upon meeting Richard Gere in the ever classic film, Pretty Woman. (Actually, there’d be issues if someone never saw Pretty Woman…) But, as always, life surprises you, and there are firsts for everything.

I have had my fair share of little features for my blog that, somewhere along the way, fallen to the wayside: petite novellasWhy Don’t YouThings I Love ThursdayWhat’s In/What’s Out, etc. Few have survived the ordeal: Maintenant (updates on my oh-so-fabulous life in the New Jersey suburbs) and The Stylist’s Notebook, to be exact, are the survivors. A third is to be introduced, glamorously named Bag Whore. It’s simple. It’s straightforward. Not prettified nor Frenchified (which I’m quite guilty to doing much too often for my own good). Bag Whore. It is what it is, glorified in all its cheekiness. There’s a ring to it, non?

Why Bag Whore, though? Pourquoi, you ask? Ah, because I am one. Admittedly, I may love clothes, I may have an addiction to nail varnishes, but my one true vice lies in my obsession with bags. I started La Couturier shortly after stumbling across Bag Snob, and my first month’s worth of blog entries consisted largely of whatever “it” bag I fell in love with (it’s amazing to see how much I’ve grown – “it” is not longer a part of my vocabulary). In short, La Couturier was largely conceived from my adoration for handbags, their utter necessity, and the independence they represent for the woman. But that’s another story, for another day.

The Bag Whore will pop up spontaneously and impulsively. She (or me, rather), makes her first appearance today, featuring…


{ collage by yours truly; images of bags from }

The LADY Dior is one of those decadent bags kept, and passed, as an heirloom between the women of the family. From grandmother, to mother, to daughter, easily carried in the crook of each woman’s arm regardless of age. It’s that classic.

Which makes it seem stodgy and grandmotherly. The LADY Dior has quite the stoic shape – rectangular and briefcase-like. I won’t argue with you on those counts. Notwithstanding, walk into a meeting [on time; being “fashionably late” is tacky unless it’s to a fête] and every individual in that conference room knows immediately that you mean business. The same speaks for an interview. The effect isn’t simply in reaction to that fact it’s Dior (and therefore fabulous), but because of the bag’s timelessness and austerity. Pull out the Moleskine (bonus points if it’s Hermès) journal, Mont Blanc, and Blackberry and they know you’re serious.

Further, judging by it’s boxy silhouette, I have no doubt about it’s sturdiness. Your most important necessities (the aforementioned plus your No. 2 Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté) are guaranteed to be well-nested and secure. And should some rude chav come your way despite your ladylike attempts to escape his grasp, you could easily knock him out. With your LADY Dior. No, not with your knuckles. That, my dears, is not very lady-like.

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Isn’t the debut advert for the handbag stunning? It epitomizes everything a woman wants to be: Parisian, sophisticated, and a femme fatale clad in Dior (and black!) perched atop the Eiffel Tower. I do love that Marion Cotillard, Oscar-winning actress, is the muse; I never quite pictured her to be a Dior girl, but at the same time, I do feel she has embodied that image beautifully, and impeccably. The above advert is the first of the series; it sets the scene for Dior’s icon atop of the Eiffel Tower, whose architecture recalls the bag’s cannage (cannage, fr. n.: weaving strips of cane for making the seat or a seat back). I adore the reference.

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Chapter three of the Lady Dior saga takes Mme. Cotillard to Shanghai. It’s rare that any advert/editorial takes place on the continent of Asia, so props to Galliano’s creative team for directing this campaign there! This chapter features the edgier, more futuristic side – note the difference in location, background, and ensemble. Chapter one was classic and conservative, whilst this advert features a leather peplum dress (which I’m lusting after). Sure enough the styling is still safe, but nonetheless, beautiful.

Le sigh. I hope you do know that I fully intend on owning the LADY Dior. Sapphire patent leather? Or black lambskin. That, mes chéries, is ze question.


La C.

giveaway | $100 giftcard to

19 June 2010

I haven’t blogged in exactly a week.

It’s not to say I haven’t tried; I have multiple drafts saved – started, and left unfinished – all due to a lack of inspiration. Being sickly hardly helps either. But I’m itching to publish something; I owe all you 322 (I’m absolutely flabbergasted!) followers some common decency at the least. Posting regularly must will resume, but before that ensues, I leave you all with a little thank-you-for-being-so-patient-with-me surprise…

I’ve been a massive fan of alice + olivia for as long as I can remember; it was their dresses that were love at first sight. Every design embodies the young, modern woman of today: girly, sophisticated, edgy, sexy. It’s cute, it’s quirky. But it’s also incredibly chic and sassy without becoming cliché. Le sigh. If only a girl could use her credit card[s] à la Rebecca Bloomwood (Confessions of a Shopaholic, darlings! You better have seen the film…) sans the financial repercussions and wear cocktail dresses all the time…

Lucky you, though! There’s a sale on loads of lovely alice + olivia, maintenant, on Go now, I implore you, before the stock clears or they run out of your size whilst I window-shop, make mental wish lists, and live vicariously through your purchases. (It’s pathetic, I know.)

Should you be in my situation (hellooo, loader of-the-shopping-cart-but-never-hitting-check-out-now Anonymous!), or are simply in the mood to take a chance with dear old Fortune, listen (or read, rather), carefully! I’ve partnered with one of my favorite online boutiques (!),, for a fantastic,  international giveaway. One of you darling readers will win a $100 giftcard to spend as you will – alice + olivia, here I come! – good towards anything from Shopbop.

ze rules.

Make sure yah follow them:

{+} Peruse and tell me your favorite alice + olivia piece and why in the comments below. Write a love letter to that wish list item, tell me where you’ll wear it, link it in the comments section. We are all entitled to our dreams!

{+} Be sure to leave a functioning e-mail address!

{+} Follow La Couturier via Bloglovin’. Okay. Just kidding. This isn’t really a required part of the giveaway rules, but it would be nice if you did take the time to follow! Only if you want to, though. I’m no dictatorial blogger!

{+} Giveaway ends Sunday, June 30th. That’s one full week before I pick the winner randomly. Hop to it, mes chéries!

One. Hundred. Dollars. towards anything from – I’m only drooling slightly from the prospects of what I could buy with this gift card, but I shall not be selfish! This is a thank you to anyone who’s read this humble little blog of mine, from the one-timers to those of you who have followed me since the beginning. I’m not one who’s eloquent with words of sentimentality, so I’m hoping the money will do the talking (it usually does, anyway).



La C.