Paris Fashion Week starts today!
Some of my favorite looks come from French designers— Dior, Hermés, Chanel. Paris is a global fashion capital, second only to New York for ready to wear (prêt à porter) and holding the top spot for high fashion (haute couture).
In addition to stunning and sometimes crazy fashions, French women are also known around the world as having a knack for putting together amazing looks, seemingly effortlessly, with very few articles of clothing. I’ve heard that later in life, Coco Chanel had only three outfits. Trois!
This concept is elusive to most American fashionistas. It is referred to with almost reverential awe as a “capsule wardrobe,” “five piece wardrobe” or “ten item closet.” The idea being that a handful of quality, tailored basics can combine in myriad ways to serve as a backdrop for striking one-of-a-kind accessoires to make dressing easy and classy.
This basic wardrobe has long been my style, even before I knew its affiliation with French women. Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong country.
A few must-haves I’m on the lookout for this week:
le sac à main parfait… the perfect handbag
un foulard de soie… a silk scarf
une nouvelle robe noire… a new black dress
un collier bleu… a blue necklace
Need more fashion? Check out Mode á Paris‘s listings of upcoming ready-to-wear shows by your favorite designers.
J’aime la mode!