Take me to Paris | Lana Del Rey
Aesthetics: Parisian Chic
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Friday, August 1st, 2014
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Hello my (tasty marshmallow) peeps,
It's Teagen here with this week's blog post. Our Challenge this week was to pick a certain style aesthetic, and create an outfit/collection around it. Even though I was a bit of a latecomer (I'm not the quickest typer), I feel as though I got one of the best choices!
Being quite the Francophile myself, I can't help but not be completely obsessed with everything Parisian. Those ladies just know how to do style (and do it quite effortlessly). In accordance, I was inspired by three gals who pretty much define Parisian Chic...
1. Anna Karina
Anyone who comes across this Danish-French goddess in a classic Godard film just knows she's an icon. Karina defined super-sexy lingerie as a Parisian girl's best friend, and she rocks a wool sweater like no one's damn business. She may not have been born in Paris, but she carries herself with the calm, cool, effortlessness of a French bombshell.
2. Emmanuelle Alt
Fashion editor and fashion superstar Emmanuelle Alt knows how to rock some outerwear. Plain and simple. And for a mother of one, she's got some serious style. Alt emphasizes the idea of stylistic simplicity -- I mean all she pretty much wears are black trousers, tees, and jackets, but she still makes them look on point.
3. Audrey Hepburn
Okay, okay, Catrinel, don't kill me. I know Audrey's not technically French, but you can't deny she's got the whole Parisian Chic look down to an incredibly polished tee. Everything Audrey wore was absolutely iconic, (from the trench coats to the button-down blouses to boatneck tops), and absolutely French. There's no doubt miss Audrey was inspired by the Franco-Chic, having rubbed elbows with Mr. Givenchy himself. Audrey's style is simple, elegant, and poised. She made it all about the attitude of the wearer, not necessarily the showiness of the pieces; which by definition is the tone of any Parisian Chic look.
1. Gucci Oversized Coat ($1,884)
2. Valentino Wide-Leg Trousers ($832)
3. Saint Laurent Striped Wool Sweater ($990)
4. Dior Court Satin Pumps ($630)
5. Chanel Red Patent Leather Flap Bag ($3,500)
6. Chanel Wool Beret (Vintage)
7. Thierry Lasry Black Orgasmy Sunglasses ($415)
8. Lanvin Necklace ($1,870)
9. Agent Provocateur Vanesa Lace Bra ($93)
10. Agent Provocateur Vanesa Lace Panties ($50)
11. YSL Rouge Pur Lipstick in Le Rouge ($35)
12. Chanel No. 5 Fragrance ($74)
13. Dior Addict It-Lash Mascara ($37)
14. NARS Blush in Orgasm ($30)
15. Chanel Le Vernis in Dragon ($27)
The collection: http://www.polyvore.com/parisian_chic/collection?id=3824604
First off, I wanted to incorporate the main aspects of the Parisian Chic aesthetic I put in my collection-- black and white, outerwear, and hats. I also made sure to include pieces designed by the world's most famous fashion houses; all French, of course.
But anyways, on to the outfit description...
To me, there's nothing that screams typical Parisian like a black and white striped jumper, so I chose this super elegant one from Saint Laurent. Below, I paired it with these absolutely gooooorgeous Valentino wide-leg trousers. The silk fabric reads French glam and the high-waist does wonders for the classic tall, stick thin Parisian girl figure. On top I added this beautiful sky blue Gucci coat, because outerwear is absolutely everything in Paris. Every look French gals like Emmanuelle wear practically come with a piece of cool outerwear included. Plus, the whole contrast collar look is definitely in right now. It gives any look a little bit of extra flare, like color-blocking, but less flashy. For accessories I added some classic cat-eye sunnies, a Lanvin choker, matching Chanel beret and bag, and Dior shoes. I used the hat and bag to add a pop of red to the outfit, as I thought it would really bring out the muted colors of the coat, jumper, and pants. The beret and bag also matched with the whole french flag color scheme I was going for, and let's face it: there's nothing more French than Chanel. The Dior shoes, in my opinion, are what make the outfit. They pretty much embody the spirit of Parisian Chic: simple, glamorous, with just a touch of glitz. And 'cause a French gal's best kept secret is her lingerie, I had to include some va-va-voom-worthy Agent Provocateur bra and panties underneath.