Between myth and reality, the Parisian Chic continues to seduce. Parisian style radiates an air of self-assuredness, that indefinable je ne sais quoi that initially seems so elusive, and yet at the same time almost appears simple, uncontrived, perhaps effortless.
The DNA of the Parisian chic can be summarized in these few items:
A vintage Chanel chain, a striped jersey, a perfect Rouge, Repetto’s flats, a trench and a little black handbag.
Amélie-Audrey is perhaps a good example and so is
They all seem to have something in common, don’t they?
The béret ? Nah … too cliché. The striped jersey?
Yesssss. The “marinière” or striped jersey can be found in most Parisian closets alongside the LBD. Not to be confused with the BLT ( bacon, lettuce and tomato) but the Little Black Dress.
In his latest exhibit, in the Grand Palais, Jean Paul Gaultier blew us away with the extent of his creativity.
One day, some years back, Jean Paul Gaultier was at home, feeding his cat. As he emptied a can of cat food, he was struck by how attractive the can was, and surmised that if he cut off both the bottom and the top of it what remained would bear an intriguing resemblance to a traditional African cuff bracelet.
Not many people would have this sort of thought while feeding their pets. Even fewer would actually cut up the can, dip it in a silver bath, and use it as an accessory in a fashion collection.
The exhibition is alive, it’s a story, it’s a movie. It is like a dream! At the exhibit I was greeted by Jean Paul Gaultier’s mannequin who explained how the show was declined around his favorite themes:
– The stripped jersey/marinière.
Let’s play my favorite game: “Guess Who” is watching the catwalk?
Not being afraid of ridiculing himself, he is the first one to use derision. “I take what I like from here, and what I like from there, and put them together. I suppose that’s my fantasy world.” J.P Gaultier
Until next time , be well.