An old Director once told me to read Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange. As a writer, I thought it was a load of absolute bollucks. But as a book concept, c’est très authentique. Parisian women really know how to dress. But they don’t do understated like the British do; sorry girls but dressed down British is just dreary. They do understated like the French; effortlessly elegant.
They don’t do glamorous like the Brits either. They do glamorous like it should be done. There’s not a fake nail or fake tan streak in sight. And that’s what makes ‘Parisian chic’. Not even trying.
The latest collection from British born and bred designer, Sophie Hulme (available at Avenue32), just screams Parisian elegance to me. The collection brings together elements of nautical which inspires me to dig out my pillar box red lipsticks and the masculine shapes and structured fabrics give the collection a slight androgynous edge.
It’s easy to mistake Parisian style for girly and glitzy; everybody does it. But as model, Ines de La Fressange tells us in her terribly written book, Parisian style is about flat shoes, simple cuts and boyfriend coats. That’s why this collection is so perfect. It combines masculinity and simplicity for effortless style. So ladies, stop glueing those awful plastic things onto your perfectly nice natural nails, stop basting yourself in FakeBake, and stop treating diamantes as the answer to everything. They’re not. Go natural. Go French. (Do shave your armpits though).
I personally love how sophisticated the Sophie Hulme collection looks. I’m excited for SS14 to really kick in now.