Feel-good Friday: just saying

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CELEBRATING Chic to Chic

Fabulous Fashionable French Females

some of my favourites
some of my favourite looks
 Inès  de la Fressange
Inès de la Fressange
Marion Cotillard
Marion Cotillard

Have a wonderful weekend!

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La Parisienne – Famous French Style

Oh I think you know where I’m going with this…frenchgirlvogue2PARIS fashion week kicked off yesterday so right now is a good time to brush up on that French je ne sais quoi in all its forms.

To honour Fashion Week here are some Frencheccentric trendsetters of yesteryear and today worth taking note of.  Starting with:

Josephine Baker
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Nightclub performer Josephine Baker might have been American by birth, but she came as close to being a proper Parisian as a foreigner could get, becoming a Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur after World War II. (Charles de Gaulle himself bestowed the honor upon her.) Baker first arrived in Paris in 1925, gaining acclaim for her sultry dances at the Folies Bergère. Her costumes were as famous as her moves, too—her banana skirt ensembles inspired a Prada collection, while her sheer crystal dresses were a reference for Rihanna’s unforgettable see-through CFDA look. Today, you’ll find traces of Baker in some of Spring’s more soigné slip dresses.

Anouk Aimée


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Anouk Aimée is perhaps most famous for her Golden Globe winning role in Claude Lelouch’s 1966 A Man and a Woman, but her offscreen style was just as noteworthy as her career-making role. In her ’60s heyday, Aimée preferred sultry yet simple pieces like cropped sweaters, fitted dresses, and flats. She was never one for accessories, choosing to complement her looks with a flick of winged eyeliner and expertly arched brows.

Sylvie Vartan
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Chanteuse Sylvie Vartan rolled with the right crowd in ’60s Paris, calling Yves Saint Laurent one of her closest collaborators. That relationship bore some of the decade’s best outfits, like the two pairs of crystal-studded jeans Vartan and her then-husband, Johnny Hallyday, wore to perform a duet. Off the stage, she favored minidresses with girlish collars, Mary Janes, and plush furs, helping to define France’s nascent yé-yé girl movement. (Think of yé-yé style as the French equivalent of mod.) A just-released book on her taste, Le Style Vartan, chronicles her outfits in immense detail—all the better for re-creating them today.

Sonia Rykiel
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The name Sonia Rykiel might conjure up visions of thin, patterned knits, but the wardrobe of the designer herself is much more varied. As one of Paris’s Rive Gauche trendsetters of the ’70s, Rykiel built up a reputation of being the woman with the best—and biggest—coat in the room. Underneath the voluminous outerwear, you’d find a mix of gamine pieces like jumpsuits and mannish trousers, styled with some of her namesake knits. There was a Sonia Rykiel store for years in Vancouver on Burrard Street but sadly it didn’t make it and closed shop – it did not appeal to the Vancouver crowd.

Niki de Saint Phalle


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Sculptor and artist Niki de Saint Phalle made some of the most vibrant works of the ’60s through ’80s, which have just been honored in an exhibition in Paris’s Grand Palais. When she wasn’t wearing a caftan that rivaled the colors and patterns of her artwork, De Saint Phalle preferred simple, neutral pieces that she jazzed up with bold accessories like berets, pendants, and armfuls of bracelets.

Vanessa Paradis
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Today’s runways have made a habit of applying highbrow taste to thrift store finds—something Vanessa Paradis has been doing for decades. The singer has been sporting slip dresses with shaggy furs, bohemian maxi skirts with boyish blazers, and skinny jeans with blouson tops since the ’90s, and continues to hone her eclectic style to this day. No wonder her daughter, Lily-Rose Depp, has such good taste at only 16.

Aymeline Valade
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Model-turned-actress Aymeline Valade’s Saint Laurent tuxedo at the Cannes Film Festival was the stuff of red carpet dreams. Valade’s off-duty style is just as memorable, making everything from a Lacoste polo shirt to a dainty Chloé dress look all her own.

These women are all fine examples of how to embody personal STYLE

Photos: Getty Images

Source: Vogue Runway

style: seriously street…très CHIC from PARIS                  

Some might argue,  fashion saves the best for last – as in the final days of fashion month are upon us.

with Louis Vuitton bag
Chiara Ferragni with Louis Vuitton bag
Miroslava Duma in Leopard Coat.
Miroslava Duma in Leopard coat.
Miroslava Duma in Snakeskin Coat
Miroslava Duma in Snakeskin Coat.  The girl loves Animals.

Make your own assessments with my picks (choices I find more adaptable) from Diego Zukko’s  250 “best off the catwalks street shots” from Paris.

Prada Bag & Red Coat.  It's nice to put a Face to a Bag!
Prada Bag & Red Coat. It’s nice to put a Face to a Bag!
Casual Cool
Casual Cool with Fringe
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Joanna Hillman – Fringed jacket.
Joanna Hillman in Versace with Mark Cross Leopard bag.
Joanna Hillman in Versace with Mark Cross Leopard bag.
Michele Elie
Michele Elie
Bar Rafaeli in Stella McCartney jumpsuit
Bar Rafaeli in Stella McCartney jumpsuit
Emmanuelle Alt
Emmanuelle Alt

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Caroline de Maigret
Caroline de Maigret

 

 

 

MORE: Details on How to be a Parisian –  please click on the link to the video below which is not only funny but sadly true to fact.  Watch and Learn from the co- author of How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits.

Caroline the Great (I mean Maigret).
Caroline the Great (I mean de Maigret).

http://www.refinery29.com/2014/09/74884/laura-brown-caroline-de-maigret-how-to-be-parisian-video

Photo Source: harpersbazaar.com

 

 

personally…this is MY kind of Supermarket CHIC

Photo: Garance Doré
Photo: Garance Doré

What would I wear to go shopping in a place like this?

Paris Fashion Week – CHANEL goes grocery shopping with boxes of “Tweed Tea“, “Water” (Eau de Chanel N°0) and even “COCOChoco” Cereal amongst the creative & humorous packaging.at its very own shopping centre.  

Trés Chic!

Photo: Fashion Blogger Garance Doré
Photo: Fashion Blogger Garance Doré.  Apparently they even had Chanel Ketchup bottles.

Karl Lagerfeld is a genius. He comes up with the most exceptional fashion show extravaganzas every single time.

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Lagerfeld and model – taken from dailymail.co.uk
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The Fall/Winter 2014-2015 women’s ready-to-wear  collection show for the French fashion house was held at the Grand Palais and transformed into a “Chanel Shopping Center” during Paris Fashion Week on March 4, 2014. Pure luxury in the form of shopping for groceries.chanelshop11

A Catwalk down the grocery aisles:

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photo: Garance Doré.
photo: Garance Doré.

A girl can dream…