French women are usually associated with class, chic and elegance. Lately the words French and Parisian have been overused by the fashion industry.
Trench coats have been popular for quite some time now. From detectives to flashers, Charlotte Gainsbourg to Peter Falk’s Columbo, this wardrobe classic has been adopted by a large number of individuals. That’s probably because no matter the age, the gender, the body type, it looks good on anyone. It’s also multi functional.
Mountain fanatics will probably get this post. Having grown up in Switzerland, I’ve been on the slopes at a very early age. Ski, monoski, snowboard, I’ve practiced every kind of winter sport. Whatever the genre, There’s something about wearing beanies, mask sunglasses and gloves that make us feel particularly cool, right? Swimming or running doesn’t bring out the same “coolness awareness”.
The more I grow up the less I make mistakes shopping wise. There comes a time, in every girl’s life, when every thing works perfectly well. Teenage years are to deal with spots and to explore new styles.
I used to pile up magazines, accumulate empty shopping bags, old notepads, broken hair clips… Those days are over now.
When you’ve lived like myself in various countries and had to move in and out of many apartments, you begin to develop an acute sense of practicality. You become a master of “keep or toss”.
The last decades haven’t really been associated with specific styles. When you try to visualize the ‘70s or the ‘80s, the picture comes instantly. Those years had clear sartorial codes. Flared pants, wedges, printed tops and braids for the former. Straight jeans, wide shoulder tops, fluorescent colors and scrunchies for the latter.
When I hear the word gentlemen, I think about manners and I think about style. I instantaneously visualize a man wearing a three-piece suit and opening the door of a cab for the woman he loves. Am I retro?
National pride, Elie Saab is for us Lebanese the ideal ambassador. Successful yet humble, he has earned fans from all over the world. What I found absolutely brilliant is his ability to enhance beauty and femininity. The clothes reveal the person as much as the person reveals the clothes.
A week ago, Olivier Rousteing (Balmain’s creative director) was invited on a French television program and questioned about what’s being chic?
Emblematic figure of Paris Left Bank, Sonia Rykiel opened her first shop in 1968, in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Known as the “queen of knitwear”, she contributed in offering women freedom of movement and, in this regard, had a political approach to fashion.
Summer is about to end. Students will soon go back to school, grownups to work and we will all return to our original tan.