A certain ‘je ne sais quoi’…

This video by Vanessa Paradis is really quite captivating… it might be the French lyrics, the mesmerizing video or perhaps her quirky look.  Either way it’s a winner for me – and I’m not what you would call a fan of pop music.  It’s from the album Love Songs – a long way on from her fabulously awkward hit, ‘Joe Le Taxi‘, as a gawky 14-year-old.

Being captivated by the hot Paradis (former girlfriend of Mr. Johnny Depp and mother of his children), I realised my love for Parisienne style icons was steadily growing – Emmanuelle Alt (first and foremost, always) who has been quoted, “I don’t look after myself. I don’t do yoga, Pilates, those things,” “Makeup? I just black my eyes and that’s it. My hair? I get it cut on set; I never go to a hairdresser. I’m not sure I’m French.” – sounds familiar, and I’m definitely not French.  Then there is Carine Roitfeld, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Josephine de la Baume and a newbie to my list (and right up there joint place with Ms Alt. – a strong statement I know) is Caroline de Maigret… below you’ll see why.

My all time favourite film is Amelie… a film you can watch over and over again and still discover new details within it.  If you haven’t yet watched it, I suggest you do. I guess this sparked my love for all things Parisienne. Granted, this film doesn’t depict Paris as the glamorous fashion capital, but rather an awkward yet incredibly cute love found in the most romantic city in the world, and a focus on brilliant characters, as well as a little photography, art and music.

Even when I used to hear a busker playing the accordion on the city streets back home, if I closed my eyes for just a second, I liked to pretend I was in Paris!…

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There is just something about that city and the style icons it bears.  Style icons who bear the beautiful French accent, tend to have about them an air of nonchalance – they also tend to be the epitome of ‘cool’, dress to emit the look of ‘effortless chic’ – au naturel with a little raw, a little rock ‘n’ roll and such understated elegance. Their look veers on the side of androgynous; not that that’s a side, more so a perfect juxtaposition of masculine and feminine.

They seem to go by the following; very little make up, hair unbrushed… no details, no fuss. Simplicity with a focus on texture and shape/structure – beautiful and edgy. 

Here are the ladies, that I think, have that certain ‘je ne sais quoi’…

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CARINE ROITFELD, 58, FORMER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF VOGUE PARIS – NOW EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF CR FASHION BOOK

EMMANUELLE ALT, 46, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF VOGUE PARIS

Carine Roitfeld

Carine Roitfeld

Emmanuelle Alt & Carine Roitfeld

Emmanuelle Alt & Carine Roitfeld

Emmanuelle Alt & Carine Roitfeld

Emmanuelle Alt & Carine Roitfeld

Both Carine and Emmanuelle love to dress in their trademark ‘colour’ palette of blacks and greys, ladies after my own heart. Sometimes this makes much more of an impact than bright statement colours. For me, these two get it just so right, every time, it’s fierce and it’s down to the silhouette – sharp tailoring, a good pencil skirt, a feminine blouse… and sky-high heels.

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JOSEPHINE DE LA BAUME, 28, SINGER AND MODEL

Josephine de la Baume

Josephine de la Baume

Josephine de la Baume

Josephine de la Baume

You can’t go wrong with beautiful hair, a red lippy and a leather jacket. A good hat also finishes a look of nicely, with tousled, just-got-out-of-bed hair. Josephine works the effortless look so well.

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CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG, 42, ACTRESS AND SINGER (DAUGHTER OF JANE BIRKIN AND SERGE GAINSBOURG)

Charlotte Gainsbourg

Charlotte Gainsbourg

Charlotte Gainsbourg

Charlotte Gainsbourg

42 years old?! If I look like Charlotte at the age of 42, I shall be one very happy lady. Again, it’s the fresh-faced, no make up, messy hair that I love. That and the lack of accessorising, just a focus on texture and shape of garment. I LOVE the first look – the skirt is amazing!

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VANESSA PARADIS, 40, SINGER, MODEL AND ACTRESS (FORMER LONG-TERM GIRLFRIEND OF JOHNNY DEPP)

Vanessa Paradis

Vanessa Paradis

Vanessa Paradis

Vanessa Paradis

Vanessa Paradis

Vanessa Paradis

Vanessa; rock ‘n’ roll cool, gap-toothed quirkiness and that androgynous/boho style. Those red leather pants, smoky eyes,  and neck scarf – winning look from Ms. Paradis.

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CAROLINE DE MAIGRET, 38, MODEL, OWNER OF MUSIC LABEL – BONUS TRACK RECORDS

Caroline de Maigret

Caroline de Maigret

Caroline de Maigret

Caroline de Maigret

Caroline de Maigret

Caroline de Maigret

Caroline de Maigret

Caroline de Maigret

Caroline’s look isn’t as structured as Emmanuelle’s or as boho as Vanessa’s. It’s very relaxed and quite boyish in style. Usually best to wear a fitted top with loose-fitting jeans, Caroline shows here that loose-fitting clothing when teamed together does work – you just need to get the hair right. Adding a leather jacket to a white maxi dress toughens up the look, and I personally love a good pair of Docs. I love this lady’s style.

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Street Style Snaps: My Favourites

Leigh Lazark ^^ AMAZING
 

Every season after the fashion weeks I really enjoy scouring street style photograph collections – and Fashionologie is my go-to website for these snaps.  I prefer to go through street style photographs for inspiration rather than the catwalks… It’s a great way to gather ideas on putting outfits together and adding in accessories.

Here are my favourite photographs from the latest Fashion Weeks for SS13…

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I just can’t resist an all black outfit with a little leather.  (Pssst for those on a budget check out a similar version of the green and black top as a dress here).

Emmanuelle Alt – my style icon. She can do no wrong. Keeping it stylishly casual in a shirt and leather front pleat trousers.

I’ve wanted a pair of shoes like these below for a long time now, I wanted the caped Wangs but unfortunately they are no longer available…

The beautiful Miroslava Duma – looking a vision in an all white ensemble. I like the oversized cut.

Simply stunning, and matching so well. I wonder if they discussed this outfit choice prior to meeting.

The simple addition of the scarf adds so much… I love the combination of textures here.

I’ll always have a soft spot for flares. It stems from my longing to live in the 70’s, which will never happen. Someone please invent time travel.

I love the splash of colour in the coat added to this cream outfit. And these strappy black sandals are perfect.

Leather pleats and a patterned tucked-in jumper. A little prim, a little proper but very cool.

I really like the latte colour palette and the patterned straps of the rucksack add a little effortless cool to heels.

Taylor Tomsasi Hill. I want her hair. And this top and boots ensemble.

Wow, head to toe colour in pillar-box red is certainly a statement, and certainly a good one in this case.

A beautiful example of layering and draping. The baby blue belt is a surprise detail but it works so well.

A full skirt can be so flattering and this is a perfect example. I love the berry accents.

These shoes do all the talking. I’m going to try stonewash jeans with a pale pink tee, teamed with bright red shoes.

Emmanuelle Alt again – skinny’s, studs and a blazer. A lady after my own heart.

I love an oversized coat, and when worn with loafers creates an androgynous look.

THIS is how to do head to toe print.

And Miroslava Duma again… a vision in lemon yellow and her trademark statement necklace.

Here this lady toughens up a beautiful dusky pink maxi with a leather jacket…

All photographs are taken from Fashionologie.com

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The French Vogue Shirt

My favourite fashion magazine is actually a supplement – a freebie with The Sunday Times… in fact I’m always tempted to buy the newspaper just so I can get my hands on a  copy, but fortunately my pop decided to give me his copy (I guess he has little need for The Sunday Times Style magazine).

I was having a flick through and noticed that they too believe that in terms of popularity and as a micro trend, the ‘French Vogue Shirt’ is on the rise.  Now I own two of these, and love them for their ease and ability to be dressed up or down.

Emmanuelle Alt is an inspiration and a personal style icon, and I believe in her uniform of power dressing (super skinny jeans cropped at the ankle, sky-high heels and a boxy angular jackets), it suits my body shape and I instantly feel confident when I adopt this look.

Here is the super stylish woman herself, showing how the shirt should be worn – tucked in, open at the neck and boy cut.

Emmanuelle Alt

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And here’s how you can get the look on the high street…

L-R: Topshop £36, Ted Baker at ASOS £110 and Reiss £33 (Reduced from £110)

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I would definitely recommend checking out the options at Reiss. They have a fabulous selection of these shirts and many of them are currently marked down in price due to their current sale.  The sheer shirt is light-weight and a perfect wardrobe staple to take you through to the summer season.

Also, I’d recommend selecting a silk option – you’re then half way there to working the silk pyjama trend too… (as seen in Vogue).

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The Ultimate Style Icon

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Kate Moss, Erin Wasson, Rumi Neely, Farah Fawcett, Chloe Sevigny, Emmanuelle Alt, Alexa Chung – the list goes on. I’m inspired by ‘style icons’ on a daily basis, which is great, as a fashion blogger, but particularly hard on the purse strings.

I couldn’t possibly choose one individual, for the joy of fashion is to be so inspired by snippets of outfits you see on the street, in the media or in your imagination on a daily basis.  It’s the aspirations of playing dress up, for instilling instant confidence to an everyday outfit.

For me the ultimate style icon would have the power dressing qualities of Emanuelle, the care-free ‘grunge’ attitude of Erin, the huge hair of Farah, the coolness of Chloe, the notoriety of Alexa, the sexiness of Kate and the beauty of Rumi.

Now that would be one stylish lady.

Emmanuelle Alt

Kate Moss

 Alexa Chung

 Erin Wasson

 Rumi Neely

 

 Farah Fawcett

   

Chloe Sevigny

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Fierce Emmanuelle

Emmanuelle Alt has stepped up to take the place of the one and only Carine Roitfeld to become Editor in Chief of Vogue Paris. Now these are incredibly big and somewhat high-heeled shoes to fill, for Carine, it seems, has done no wrong over the last 10 years she has held the post.  Looking at Ms. Alt’s style and career history, including being the former Fashion Director at the fashion publication, it is clear to see just why Conde Nast has chosen this stylish French woman for the position.

The President of Conde Nast France has said that he believes Emmanuelle will bring a breath of fresh air to the publication.  Some would say that this is just what British Vogue needs, which has now become somewhat stale within the industry.

Emmanuelle’s style is fierce, it’s the ultimate in power woman.  She means business, and never drifts away from her signature style.  Always snapped in skinnys, towering heels and a blazer, she certainly knows how to pull off a classic, strong look.  Personally, I simply love her style, and mirrors everything I look to in a style icon.  I think I have found her.

Congratulations to Emmanuelle Alt – I for one am looking forward to seeing what innovative direction she takes French Vogue.

Images taken from http://www.graziadaily.co.uk