Friday, 26 March 2010

French mode (less)

French style is I'm afraid purely for the French. I am not French and therefore I will not ever be possessed of an ease of dressing that is reserved mainly (and sadly) for French women. I reached this conclusion on the staircase of the London College of Fashion whilst engaged in a chat with Dr Agnès Rocamora

It was the ease of the look, the slight chic edge that was effortless. She was wearing a black leather jacket, I hesitiate to use the word bomber but it was of that vein. A navy v neck knit, a dark grey or black a-line skirt accessorised by black nails. It was simplicity and it was perfection. Except I realised that along with the fact concluded years ago that I wasn't Grace Kelly, I'm also not French. I'm also currently not as clever as
Agnès but there is hope on that front.

Oh well c'est la vie!


18 comments:

  1. I love to dress like french thats the reason i like more stripes. But iam not sure if i pull it off well
    xx
    http://barelyvogue.blogspot.com/

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  2. Unique!

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  3. I have French envy galore... there is something about how they dress and accessorize that I just can't seem to emulate! The best compliment ever is when people mistake me for being French - must be my trademark nautical stripes, and them not knowing what they're talking about!

    From what I've seen, your style is just as impeccable as any Parisian mademoiselle's, though. :)

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  4. Shame you didn't take a picture of her, but I imagined how she looked and am suitably jealous of the stylish french!

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  5. Mrs Fab - I should have quizzed her about where the clothes were from too!

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  6. I too suffer French envy - I find it so hard to look effortless!

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  7. Hi, I am an American living in France and I have to say that there are a whole lot of French woman that look like hell. I really don't think that there are more stylish woman in France, it's just that's all that the media shows. France is filled with tacky, fat, badly-dressed people, just like other countries. I am about to post a video on my blog that will show you what the average French person looks like. No joke. I do love France and I do think that there are beautiful things to buy in this country and the overall style is more pleasing to me than American style, but Americans need to see more of the real France so as not to idealize the French.
    http://basicfrench.blogspot.com/

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  8. Carol - I'm well travelled in France and yes I do agree but on the whole the Parisians do have that special something. There are stylish women the world over and tacky ones too. I think on balance I can accept my lack of French ease but still admire it. You gotta love their bread, cheese and wine too!

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  9. I wonder if there are any French women who dream of having your style( I bet there are) or of having California style(harder for me to imagine).

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  10. Hi there-I agree, French women certainly have that Chic which is so effortlessly stylish, at least we have them for constant inspiration!!

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  11. I love the style of Parisian women. I think it mostly has to do with their confidence though. They know they are sexy and beautiful and whatever they wear, they wear so much better.

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  12. How lucky to be born into a culture that is effortlessly stylish. Bridget Bardot, she was wonderfully stylish and oh, what a surprise, French lol!

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  13. You mean you're not Grace Kelly?
    Also, I'm with Wendy B on the whole French style thing...I think that it is perhaps more myth than reality, like the myth of the French lover. And there is nothing that the French like more than to perpetuate those myths!
    IMHO

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  14. Belle De Ville - ah but my example is innocent, I really have to say it was the prefect look and so French.

    Yes I know I mean come on surely I am GK!

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  15. Aaah! but could she don a flag as a skirt and rock it?
    I would suspect non!

    Queen Marie x

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  16. French dressing is a myth, or at least I tell myself that! hehe

    x

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