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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Style Crush: Emmanuelle Alt

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My all-time favourite lady of fashion is Emmanuelle Alt. Her effortless Parisian style encapsulates a powerful way of dressing, combined with that which is relaxed and consistent.  The Editor-in Chief of Vogue Paris took over from Carine Roitfeld in 2011 and has become ever-more in the style spotlight.

I can relate to her obsession with her trademark skinnys, heels, t-shirts and blazers. I absolutely love this look.  However, I couldn’t mirror this effortless vibe on the face like she does. Emmanuelle often goes make-up free, but I guess this lets the clothes do the talking.

Here are some snaps for fellow Ms Alt fans. Also take a look at iwanttobeanalt.com – a website dedicated to those who admire this style icon.  This is where I’ve cherry picked these images from.

I HEART MS. ALT.

Snap from her apartment

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What would you have worn to a SS12 Fashion Week?

05.10.11

Tommy Ton, the leading street style photographer behind street style blog Jak & Jil, regularly snaps the fashion crowd at the fashion weeks worldwide, from London to Paris and Milan to New York.  I took a look through his latest images on style.com to see what the fashion pack opted to wear to stand out from the crowd and make a superb style statement.

They didn’t disappoint.  It seemed if you attended the SS12 shows, you were to dress loud and proud.  Colour and print were the name of the game.  This was no time for retiring wall flowers.  September was a time to stand tall and be noticed, for Tommy Ton was around and let’s face it, if you go to this much effort, you want to be snapped.

Here are my favourite examples below…

Photos courtesy of Tommy Ton www.style.com

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Balmain Fall 2011 + Freja Beha = GLAM ROCK

06.03.11

I apologise for my lack of blog posts – what with sorting things out for my 3 month trip to India, along with friend’s birthdays and the Retail Awards, it’s been a rather busy week.

Tonight I’m extremely tired – I got a little too merry last night (white wine is the devil) and now have partial memory loss, a rotten hangover and embarrassment of some rather off the hook (described by a dear friend) dance moves.  So I apologise if this isn’t as long and detailed as I’d like it to be but I wanted to put my love out there for Balmain’s new collection.  And also for the beautiful model that is Freja Beha Erichsen – and of her tattoos.  I’d pretty much want all of them (but they are individual to her) so I need to think up a special one to me…  The font used is Windsong apparently.

The recent Balmain Fall runway show in Paris cemented my love for the fashion house.  Here are two of my favourite looks from the show (mostly because they’re modelled by Freja) but I just think this is a match made in style heaven. Freja and Balmain are the perfect rock n’ roll combo, and with the David Bowie inspired glamour, embellished mirrored mosaic dresses, seventies influences, metallic fabrics and the trademark powerful sexiness of Balmain, this is glam rock for the modern woman at it’s very best.

Balmain you shall always be my favourite – the epitome of power dressing.

Balmain F2011

Balmain F2011

Float

Serendipity Is Life

Revolver

This Too Shall Pass

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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