When we think of paris, we think haute couture, stylish women dressed head to toe in fashion trends, high heals..Moulin Rouge,ballets, musicals and operas.
Paris, it is here that fashion extends through vast history and milestones. It is the home of luxury from its magnificent palaces, elegant boulevards, and romantic neighborhoods to Parisian couturiers like Pierre Cardin, Courrege, Coco Chanel, Dior, YSL, Lanvin, Jean Paul Gaultier, Louboutin and many more.
Christian Dior’s style : Coco Chanel Style
Pierre Cardin, Space age style
Courreges Style : Yves Saint Laurent
The luxury doesn’t stop here, think about the Ritz, place Vendome (luxury watches and jewellery), The galeries Lafayette, Printemps,The stylish kooples, Colette and interior designer Philippe stark’s work, all scream indulgence. Even in terms of fashion, luxury is imperative. French chic is not a matter of having it all, but a matter of having the best of all that you need. Fashion is like food for the Parisian.
Shopping in Paris: Galeries Lafayette and Printemps
Shopping in Paris
Paris is where true craftsmanship lies. Sophisticated, well-tailored along with best quality and accurate fits are a few respectable necessities. Parisian chic comprises of classically cut fashion worn in an unexpected, yet perfectly elegant way. There is that certain extra design twist or precise detailing that makes each piece special and adds that much needed excitement.
Parisian Chic in popular TV series: ‘Sex in the city’ & ‘Gossip Girl’
Carrie Bradshaw: Paris streets: Sex in the City
Blair Waldorf : paris streets: Gossip Girl
Paris is a melting post of influences from Haute couture to High fashion to Street style. They all are statement making in their own way. Haute couture shows by designers that are colourful and theatrical packed with drama inspired by an enormous culture of art and poetry like Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix ,Chanel,Givenchy etc. Ready to wear collections as seen by true French couturiers like Lanvin, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Victor & Rolf, Nina Ricci, Sonia Rykiel, Louis Vuitton, Lager, Hermes etc.
One can see these influences on the streets picked up in the form of subtle and well thought out looks.
Haute couture Looks
Chanel Couture: Fall 2011 & Givenchy Couture:Spring/summer 2011
Christian Dior Couture: spring/summer2010 & Christian Dior Couture: Spring/summer 2011
Jean Paul Gaultier Couture: Spring 2011 & Jean Paul Gaultier couture: Spring 2011
Jean Paul Gaultier Couture: Fall 2010 & Christian Lacroix Couture: Spring 2009
Street style inspired by Haute couture: The Drama on Streets of Paris
Ready to Wear collections : By French couturiers
Balenciaga: Spring/summer 2011 & Chanel: Fall/winter 2011
Christian Dior: Fall/winter 2011 & Christian Dior: Fall/winter 2011
John Galliano: Fall/winter 2011 & Lanvin: Fall/winter 2010
Louis Vuitton: Spring 2011 & Alexander McQueen: Fall/ winter 2011
Nina Ricci : Spring 2011 & Louis Vuitton: Fall 2011
Victor & Rolf : Spring 2011 & Sonia Rykiel: Spring 2011
High street fashion in paris is well stocked with the latest trends of the season. There is simply so much availability and access to the finest fashion from local sources, and from anywhere in the world, that when people do go for style, it’s rather impeccable.
Street style being about Parisian men and women dressed in clean cuts, age appropriate making casual clothing look superbly fabulous and lavish. The real sophistication comes from how they put it together.
A beautiful dress coat when worn with jeans and a simple T-shirt, along with a luxurious handbag and rich scarf to create can bring out that understated elegance of Parisian fashion.it is about starting out with the right pieces that you can mix and match to wear anywhere.Having the poise to feel elegant and yet slightly off-beat, polished and not glitzy, and self-confident to be individualistic and chic is a sign of a true Parisienne woman.
Paris Street Style: Real People in Real Parisian Style
True Parisian’s have a distinguishing factor like neutral colours (black being their favorite): making a statement with scarves ,hats and accessories (used to dress up and dress down an outfit): tights and leggings in dark colours : jeans in a slim fitted dark wash: right kind of shoes, this one being very very important: jackets and trench coats (layering due to the weather).They shoot for the best of both worlds, going for comfort but looking stylish at the same time.
So in other words ‘fashion’ and ‘France’ have almost become synonymous.
Try this style of dressing and be sure to not feel left out when on a vacation to Paris.