As many of you will already know, Sian – owner and head of rpmmelbourne women’s department – made a mad dash for Paris a few weeks back to find new labels from the style capital to bring back for our devoted fashionistas here in Melbourne.
Images of embellished, whimsical, dreamy fashion came filtering through our shop phone as Sian kept us updated on her buys. Swooning, (shrieking occasionally) we got VERY excited about what’s in store for us next year.
Hot on our list of questions upon her return were – what were the French girls wearing? Well, the word is, they are still mainly rocking classic combinations centered around denim, with bombers, trenches and blazers the jackets du jour.
(One style hack Sian spotted and is ready to test is the scarf worn as shawl over a simple t-shirt – come in store for a demo!)
As we’ve had a new drop of denim and tops from Etienne Marcel, Rich & Royal and Chaser, we’ve been thinking about that timeless French combination of a Breton tee (as pioneered by Coco Chanel back in 1917) with denim and what it is that makes French style so fascinating.
“The real French style is not only about clothes, it’s more about a behavior,” says Parisian street style photographer Frédéric Vielcanet. “Having a personal look is only one of the aspects besides a certain kind of easygoing [attitude] toward life in general. I would say that French girls dare things and they assume to be free. I wonder if, besides fashion stuff, it’s not the reason why they are like a mystery and object of fascination for so many people.”
“The idea is to find the real you, and to not be a product of what society wants you to be,” says Caroline de Maigret co-author of the bestselling How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are.