Everyone is familiar with the Little Black Dress Coco Chanel created. Now a classic, I believe it is at the foundation of French style. Each time I think about the French woman, I always imagine a black silhouette. It doesn’t matter if she wears a dress or not, black is definitely the core colour of her wardrobe and this book cover is not proving me wrong. With this in mind, I decided to create my own French silhouette.
The beret will always be cool to me. But not because Greta Garbo and Brigitte Bardot wore it but simply because I associate this hat to where I’m from. Remember I’m from Bordeaux NOT Paris. In Southern France, we have ferias. It’s a summer festival with bands playing music in the street, bodegas (bars) opened until late at night, and where you can optionally get wasted. During ferias, people dress in white and red and wear that beret. So to me, the beret is more about ferias than that chic Parisian thing.
I love jewels hence the earrings. While French style is all about understated jewellery, I lean more towards huge pieces. And these nacre earrings from Brazil are exactly this. Their size and whiteness contrast simply and yet strongly with this black silhouette. Living in Cameroon, women fascinated me for the way they wore jewellery. It was never an overload of accessories but just one or two pieces noticeable for their shape, size or colour. I guess my taste in jewellery is far from the French style and closer to what I saw in Cameroon.
Now I’ve talked about the emotional pieces of the outfit let’s have a look at the rest. When I imagine the French woman I see her with some slim jeans on, but that’s not me. I just love some good flares! I wear this cut since middle school. They flatter the silhouette by giving the impression of elongating the legs. As for the biker jacket, I feel it has become a classic and the blazer’s counterpart in the French wardrobe. I always associated it with bikers but now I have my own, I’m just having fun styling it differently each time.
Now you know what French style is to me, what’s your vision of it?