L’Enfant terrible of fashion and the striped jersey

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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.

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The DNA of the Parisian chic can be summarized in these few items:

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A vintage Chanel chain, a striped jersey, a perfect Rouge, Repetto’s flats, a trench and a little black handbag.

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Amélie-Audrey is perhaps a good example and so is

092512_ib_jean_seberg_02Jean Seberg who adopted France as her second country.

Ines-de-la-fressange-et-Nine---mariniere---Elle---octobre Ines de la Fressange and her daughter Nine are also two iconic figures of Parisian style . 

They all seem to have something in common, don’t they?

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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.

IMG_6066One cannot dissociate the marinière from Jean Paul Gaultier.

In his latest exhibit, in the Grand Palais, Jean Paul Gaultier blew us away with the extent of his creativity.

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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.

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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.

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dae751f450dfb54abbf6b5a5acbeb734– Mermaids …

IMG_6075 IMG_6076 IMG_6080– Madonnas

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IMG_6113 IMG_6114 His inspiration from the Punk universe is stunning.

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IMG_6115 IMG_6102 The corset being one of his “popular” items, thanks to Madonna. How he revisited the theme with such high expertise and love of details is mind-blowing.

IMG_6147 IMG_6146 IMG_6148 IMG_6136 His brides are provocative yet done with such passionate love of details that one can only admire them.

IMG_6132 IMG_6133 IMG_6141 IMG_6135 IMG_6134 IMG_6131 IMG_6130 The next section consisted of variations on bondage costumes.

My personal favorite is definitely the ethnic chic. The Best for the last.IMG_6145 IMG_6144 IMG_6142

IMG_6143Close up on the fantastic craftsmanship on the gowns.

IMG_6139Of course, every household has its own mink covered shopping cart.

Let’s play my favorite game: “Guess Who” is watching the catwalk?

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IMG_6137Jean Paul Gaultier is positively l’enfant terrible of Fashion. He allows himself to have fun as he masters his skill.

IMG_6150Not 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

IMG_6153 IMG_6154 IMG_6155 IMG_6152Before leaving, an imperative visit to the souvenir shop however the best souvenir I brought home was …

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Until next time , be well.

3 comments

  1. Faranak Mansour says:

    Très joli zoom sur la marinière chic.Un grand classique vestimentaire porté par des grands, petits,gras,minces,jeunes ou vieux, riches ou… Si je devais reprendre le refrain de la chanson de Michel Sardou, je dirais”on porte, on porte…de un an à 99 ans”.C’est vrai qu’on la porte sous toutes ses coutures sans forcément penser si ça nous va ou non. C’est LA MARINIERE”!(la preuve, même une neophyte comme moi peut en parler!)

  2. Faranak Mansour says:

    Très joli zoom sur la marinière chic.Un grand classique vestimentaire porté par des grands, petits,gras,minces,jeunes ou vieux, riches ou pauvres…..Si je devais reprendre le refrain de la chanson de Michel Sardou, je dirais”on porte, on porte…de un an à 99 ans”.C’est vrai qu’on la porte sous toutes ses coutures sans forcément penser si ça nous va ou non. C’est LA MARINIERE”!(la preuve, même une neophyte comme moi peut en parler!)

  3. jean francois says:

    Pas un fan de la mode comme vous le savez, mais je salue votre sens du reportage Madame!

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