Style Sheet: The How-To Guide to French Girl Chic
Paris is a city populated by women who understand the art of fashion and gentlemen who know their Lacroix from their Saint Laurent. This calls for versatile, cutting edge and sophisticated wardrobe choices that will take you from a day of perusing the high end boutiques on Avenue Montaigne to enjoying a fine bordeaux at the most beautiful restaurant in the 8th arrondissement L’Avenue.
Here, we share the style secrets of the seemingly effortless French-girl chic, arm the savvy jetsetter with options that will take them from boutiques to brasseries, galas to galleries, and most importantly, give pointers on achieving the very desirable je ne sais quoi.
Reservations at elegant Parisian venues such as the superb dining room of Restaurant Apicius demand a sophisticated dress code – the well-heeled fashionista should select a gown from acclaimed designer, Monique Lhuillier.
With her French heritage subtly influencing each piece, Lhuillier’s dresses are beautifully created from swathes of luxe fabric and unique construction flatters the figure, creating an elegant silhouette. It’s no wonder Lhuillier boasts an adoring celebrity following that includes Blake Lively, Taylor Swift and Michelle Obama.
Indulge in a scarlet red gown to evoke a passionate aura, teaming it with simple make up and a bold lip. Personalize your look with gold or diamond statement jewellery, finished with metallic heels.
For gentlemen, a renowned French designer is at your service. Determined to reimagine and revitalise the classics, the house of Christian Lacroix has created a line of exquisitely tailored suits that conjure up an exuberant and baroque vibe. Add a starched white shirt, an oh-so-Parisian light scarf and all you’ll be missing is a French accent.
The simplicity of this ensemble from Max Azria’s eclectic La Dolce Vita collection helps the discerning fashionista to decode the French-girl-chic that seems impossible to achieve.
The sensual combination of intricate lace juxtaposed with a patent leather skirt and knee-high boots is unashamedly feminine, not to mention glamorous. Substitute a pair of fitted leather trousers, or a lace and silk camisole for a similar effect. The trick is to contrast while keeping it simple, and creating a textured look that will turn heads.
The jetset doesn’t let miserable weather affect their fashion choices. Protect your couture from the rain and bring the sunshine with you in the coveted yellow Fendi trench coat, available now in the Resort 2017 collection. The demure length and belted waist create a sophisticated silhouette when you’re spending a rainy afternoon shopping up a storm on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées.
French designers are no strangers to marrying their timeless manufacturing methods with contemporary design, as is showcased in the Charlie Me shoes from Louboutin. Described as ultra-masculine, these classic full brogues combine old world style with the Louboutin signature scarlet sole and are fitting for a Michelin rated dining experience as well as a late night at Club Silencio.
There’s nothing we don’t adore from the Tod’s Spring Summer 2017 collection.
Handmade from the finest leathers with exceptional craftsmanship and unwavering attention to detail, each piece from Tod’s is the embodiment of Italian luxury. The cosmopolitan design of the loafers and the Wave Bag exude elegance and style.
Whether you’re on the jet or spending the afternoon indulging in pain au chocolate in Paris, Tod’s buttery soft leather goods will have you enjoying yourself in comfort and style.
Diamond Outrage is a very special piece – the final in a trilogy from the Audemars Piaget high jewellery collection. A beautifully complex design, the white gold cuff is entirely set with brilliant cut and baguette cut diamonds. While it is definitely a piece that belongs at red carpet events, use it to add some sparkle to your everyday. Casual bistro dining in Paris calls for a loose shirt with rolled cuffs, leaving plenty of room for diamonds.
Don’t forget, this is also a timepiece of exceptional quality – but who’s counting minutes when you could be counting diamonds?
Rich in jewel tones and distinctive serpentine styled leather, this clutch is instantly recognisable as a piece from the Bvlgari Spring Summer collection. Inspired by the beautiful blues of the Mediterranean, the deep color palette livens up wintery Paris fashion. This clutch is a vibrant piece that will not ruin the lines of an evening gown or casual ensemble – you’ll be surprised how many outings it’s suitable for.
The many galleries, boutiques, brasseries on offer in Paris require a gentleman to carry a well tailored, casual suit. Made from 100% Australian superfine merino wool, the High Performance suit from Ermenegildo Zegna is lightweight yet resilient. The seersucker striped effect gives an element of sophisticated detail that goes well with a relaxed polo shirt, or a collared shirt and tie. Whether you choose to dress this suit up or down, rest assured you’ll be protected from the chilly Paris air.
A Rolex is the symbol of prestige and high performance and the watchmaker’s Black Tie Collection offers a range of timepieces that make a strong style statement with the styled jet black face. Evenings rubbing shoulders with the Parisian elite call for sophisticated accessories. Each Rolex is assembled with the pursuit of excellence in mind – a gentleman should approach his wardrobe in the same manner.