As part of our French Style weeks, our lovely friend Claire is sharing with us her French Savoir Vivre wisdoms for chic inspiration!
Who is your style icon and why?
Vanessa Paradis (before the Rococo H&M collection!) She represents for me the French class, elegant style, natural and simple, with always a romantic touch: all about black dresses, lace or light flimsy blouses.
How would you describe your style?
Simple: my friends always tell me my new clothes look exactly alike the old ones, but when I am happy with my basics, I stick to it!
In terms of style, Russian IT-girls are easily recognizable by their opulent outfits, British people are famous for their unconventional quirky style and French style icons like Vogue editor Emmanuelle Alt are often associated with a minimalistic, typical French chic. Living in London, do you agree with this description, do British people dress differently compared to the French? And what are these differences?
Definitely! Shopping in London is great to find a diversity of styles, unearth unusual pieces of cloth or bird patterned-dress to cheer up your wardrobe, but at the end of the day, I always go back to the French classics: a marinière – striped jersey, and comfy slim jeans or a plain mini skirt for the day, a little black dress or a lace top to go out. The only eccentricity I adopted in London: colourful ballerina shoes to wear on any occasion.
The questions every lady would like to know: How do you stay slim and fit? Do you follow a special diet or workout regime?
Eating healthy: I love all kinds of food and I don’t restrain myself, I just try to eat as much fruit and veggies as I can, and not nibble between meals. Apart from that, I just thank my parents!
What kind of make-up (i.e. mascara or lipstick) do you use for every day and for when you go out?
Nude: a bit of foundation, black mascara, and the essential: some terracotta- sun in a pot from Guerlain, to compensate the British weather! A touch of Chanel mademoiselle lipstick if I go out.
What are your favourite clothes shops in London and Paris?
Unlike most of French girls, I hate shopping! I go for online shopping as much as I can! But when I go back to France, I always visit Maje, Sandro, Les Petites or Comptoir des Cotonniers, my favourite boutiques, and Etam for the basics.
You live in London, can you recommend your favourite restaurant or cafe in the city?
My favourite French restaurant in London is Le Sacre Coeur, in Angel, with great authentic French dishes for an affordable price.