I had intended to do a blog today about Parisian Street
Style during Fashion Week 2015 but honestly, I just couldn’t. I was looking
through hundreds of photos and 99% of the fashionistas who showed up on the
streets of Paris this past week looked like… How can I say this delicately …
They looked like fools. The phrase “trying too hard” is an understatement.
These people do not represent Parisians. I mean, I know it’s Fashion Week but
must you look like a clown?
The woman that I always thinks represents Fashion Week best
is Emmanuelle Alt. Mme. Alt is the current editor-in-chief of French Vogue and
there is a reason why. She encompasses everything that we love about a Parisian
woman… Chic, demure, confident and a wee bit mysterious. With her signature look
of skinny jeans, Saint Laurent heels, T-shirt and a Balmain jacket, Mme. Alt
acts her age and reminds us that fashion is not here to shock, only inspire.
There is a great article in the Telegraph by Kate Finnigan chronicling the
virtues of Emmanuelle Alt. As I am coming up on my 45th birthday, I
especially appreciated Mme. Alt’s views on growing old gracefully… “She's not interested in the magazine being a vehicle for
youth either. "What we shoot in Vogue
is expensive stuff. It's very luxurious and it goes with an age, I think,"
she says. In the May issue, one of France's best-loved actresses, Sophie
Marceau, 46, appeared on a sort of pop-artish cover against an orange
background in a pair of black La Perla pants and a black Ralph Lauren sweater.
It wasn't a summer look, it wasn't one of the key looks of the season (or
anything near): it was a beautiful fortysomething woman in her knickers and a
sign of a fashion magazine doing its own thing.”
So instead of looking at photos and a bunch of “look at me,
high-fashion clowns” during Paris Fashion Week, let’s rise to the occasion and
focus today on the style of Emmanuelle Alt who is always the epitome of
Parisian chic before fashion week, during fashion week and after fashion week.
I found this awesome
website called I Want to Be an Alt that stalks all things Emmanuelle Alt. You
can check it out HERE. What are Mme. Alt’s favorites? Voilà…
Maison Michel Fedora
Balmain Crystal and Faux Pearl Embellished Velvet Blazer
Uniqlo Classic Men's Tee
Topshop Skinny Jeans
Balmain Hommes Leather Belt
Hermes Collier de Chien Cuff
Isabel Marant Poppy Pumps
Diptyque Figuier Candle
Prada Infusion de Fleur D'Oranger
There are a few other women who managed to come to Paris
Fashion Week with their high-fashion A game… Olivia Palermo, Giovanna Battaglia
and Miroslava Duma. These three women, in my humble opinion, manage to respect
fashion without going overboard. Take a look…
I put together a board of Parisian Street style on
Pinterest. You can check it out HERE. I also put together a semi-stalker-ish
Pinterest board on Emmanuelle Alt as well that you can follow HERE.
So that’s it for my Paris fashion week Roundup. That was
fun. We will do it again in July for haute couture. Now, let’s get back to
decorating and cooking. Do you guys want to see the antique shop I had called
Circa with my mother in Santa Barbara? After that, we will get back to our list
of the dishes you should master. I think we are on pesto. Stay tuned…
“Fashion is not something that
exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do
with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” Coco Chanel