With New York, London and Milan under our seriously stylish belts it’s time to round up Fashion Month. We take to the streets of La Ville Lumière – The City of Light – to seek inspiration for what to wear whilst ogling the latest catwalk collections in what, (in my humble opinion) is the most beautiful city in the world.
If you’ve done a tour of the Tuileries, dwindled down the Rue du Faubourg St Honoré and spent hours with your nose pressed against boutique windows – or spent even a snippet of your time in Quartier St Germain, you’ll know that the French woman is inimitably chic. Her style is timelessly classic with a fun, contemporary twist, but its USP is that it’s effortless. Constructed of a few wardrobe building blocks that every woman should own, the palette is usually muted, the cut is flattering to her figure (she knows what works), and the fabric is to die for.
Not having had “la chance” to find myself in Paris recently I’ve taken to the internet, scanning endless images of Paris Fashion Weeks gone by to bring you the best of my favourite French femmes. I will admit this was a long and arduous task – scrap the arduous, it was just long…I couldn’t choose which images to feature, they were all SO GOOD.
1. The Luxe Knit
This isn’t just any knit, this is the softest, chunkiest, cosiest knit you could hope to find! In plush, ultra-luxe fabrics like cosy cashmere it’s a seasonless investment. Do note, it’s best to buy in a neutral hue – think navy, black, grey or cream. The muted colour makes it perfect for pairing with ethereal skirts in diaphanous fabrics, ‘60s style minis, and distressed denim alike.
2. Detailed Denim
Ok, so she’s not a Parisienne but Romanian supermodel Andreea Diaconu has got the city’s insouciant style nailed. Wearing Stella McCartney’s ‘Stars’ boyfriend jeans she’s put a playful twist on classic denim. Paired with lots of layers, dishevelled hair and a cross body bag she’s good the Parisian off-duty uniform down.
3. The Crisp White Shirt
This lovely look is a firm favourite with Vogue Paris fashion ed Emmanuelle Alt. Here, model Camille Rowe channels Jane Birkin with a whimsical take on the look in flimsy fabric and high-waist denim. The good thing about the French wardrobe is that each piece works in harmony with the other, this shirt will look beautiful peeking out from underneath your luxe knit with your statement jacket thrown artfully over your shoulders, which leads me on to…
4. The Statement Jacket
There’s an army of women at PFW who stick to a seriously basic, background uniform – think skinny jeans and a super soft, slouchy tee. “Boring” I hear you say as you sweep onto pick number three – but WAIT… there’s more. The look is effortless and unstudied but interest is added with the addition of what I’m calling the Trophy jacket. Caroline de Maigret- model, music producer and collaborative author of ‘How To Be Parisan’ is Maîtresse of the statement jacket – seriously, go and google “Caroline de Maigret Fendi fur” or “Caroline de Maigret Isabel Marant Jacket” – I could go on, the list is endless. This is one woman who does outerwear with aplomb! Whether you choose this season’s fun faux furs in pastel palettes or the super-chic camel cape, statement outerwear is a surefire way to smarten up your everyday basics for FROW-worthy style. For more covetable coats look to Emmanuelle Alt, editor in chief at Vogue Paris, often pictured alongside CDM.
5. The Fashion Flat
Hotfooting it between shows can be tedious in heels, which is why lots of French fashionistas opt for a sturdier sole. Give your look androgynous edge and choose a boyish brogue or a mannish monk shoe. A feminine flat looks great with your skinnies and sixties style minis alike. Céline’s pointed loafer looks to be the flat shoe of the season so far.
Of course, I can’t forego a dressy option so make sure you have your LBD and sharpest courts packed too. Keep the look pared back, back away from full-on bodycon and no frills s’il vous plaît 😉
Well if you’re off to Paris, have a coupe de champagne pour moi, or even better a French Kiss chez Hôtel Costes – it’s a cocktail guys…
À la prochaine 🙂