Accessories and Art
New York is the commercial one, London the one for up-and-coming talent, but when it comes to "the shows”, and to fashion, we will always have Paris.
Designs from the city’s houses influence shapes, colours and fabrics, season in and season out; this is a city where accessories are deemed just as much works of art as the Canaletto’s, Rodin's and Gauguin's on display in art galleries. The fashion shows themselves might be off-limits to all but the elite fashion press and international buyers, but there is style on the streets of the city for us all to enjoy.
Baguette and Brioche
Marie-Antoinette knew it: bread and cake (and brioche) are very different things. Pastries may steal the show behind the beautiful glass windows, but bread is what keeps Paris going, you can buy the best baguettes, loaves - and the odd pain au chocolat and brioche - in the French capital!
Cheese and Chic
Elegantly accessorised, the next best thing is having your baguette and eating it with a delicious bit of cheese.
And here are some Parisian-chic tips I picked up:
1. Always wear sunglasses
Ditch any fears about what others will think - a true Parisienne would rarely bother with such worries. Sunglasses make you look cool and cover up puffy eyes.
2: Your bag should be no bigger than your dog
And your dog, obviously, is one of those delicate little things, perfect for parking on your lap while you sit decorously in a cafe, sipping your café au lait or glass of wine.
3: Coordination is a beautiful thing
A Parisienne coordinates her entire outfits days in advance, ensuring her socks match her scarf, which matches her top, which matches her coat.
4: The effort is always worth it
Slip on something that makes you feel like you’re Audrey Hepburn and like Coco Chanel said; “If you are sad, add more lipstick and attack”.
5: Think hair naturellement, the key to success for getting that effortless French hairstyle is not about what you’re doing, it’s about what you’re not doing, Style (or rather, un-style) your hair like a true Parisienne, hair up in a bun or loose with natural bounce, that special thing about Parisian chic, is that it really looks effortless, but it isn’t.