Whether it’s lunch in the city, Aperol o’clock on an Italian beach or cocktail hour in the evening, my raffia bag goes everywhere with me in summer.
My Miu Miu basket purse is one of my oldest fashion investments I own: Almost a decade ago, I ordered this gem on American ebay. Clearly not having thought it through properly before feverishly clicking the “buy it now” button, I did pay heavy import tax on the bag for delivery to Germany. Fast forward ten years and I could not be happier with the expenditure. Long before French style icon Ines de la Fressange declared the little straw bag a summer staple, this little bag has been brightening up many of my outfits. Me and my straw bag are inseperable, like Jane Birkin and her little wicker basket!
In the pics I am keeping it girly & nautical with a navy broderie anglaise skirt and Breton shirt.
- Straw bag with bamboo handles from Miu Miu
- Breton shirt mariniere from COS
- Broderie Anglaise skirt from Max & Co
- Pointy Ballerina flats from Versace
Style inspiration from our favourites: Diane Kruger (left) carrying an adorbs wicker purse, accompanied with summer floral sandals, skirt and straw fedora hat. Jane Birkin (right) in the epitome of summer chic in the inconic movie “La piscine”: Gingham shorts and straw purse with ballerina pumps. Tres French, tres chic!
For me, Easter time is the promise of summer and the colour opulenceof spring flowers. It’s about catching the first tentative sun rays inan outdoor cafe! So to go with that mood, a pink macaron coloured jeans it has to be. I’ve taken a leaf out of Diane Kruger’s style bookwith my pastel pink jeans, breton shirt and pink ballerina pumps.
For most of Easter, I’m in Berlin for a dental operation, while poor Mr Romantique stayed behind in London. I must admit that all the chocolate and cute Easter decorations in Germany made me recover rather speedily. Easter is almost as much of a big deal as Christmas here. Supermarkets turn into Willy Wonker factories where every chocolate brand, from Lindt to local chocolate manufacturers such as Rausch, compete over who creates the cutest chocolate rabbit.
Guess where this little fella is from…:-)
Shopping malls install Easter markets displaying animated giant toy rabbits who engage in adorable activities such as conducting a classical concert out of an Easter egg or racing in a flying carrot! At home, I like to decorate the flat with bunny and chicken ornaments hanging from willow pussy branches or cherry tree twigs.
No wonder Germany turns into rabbit land over Easter, the bunny as an Easter symbol has it’s origins here, where it was first mentioned in German writings in the 1500s. The first edible Easter bunnies were made in Germany during the early 1800s. German emigrants brought the symbol of the Easter rabbit to America in the 1700s.
I am wearing:
Pink denim jeans from Just Cavalli
Pink handbag from Bally
Pink ballerina pumps from Hispanitas
Blue cardigan from Max & Co
This fashionable easter bunny on a chair swing ride is wearing a bang-on-trend vichy/gingham dress. Adorbs!
Animated Easter bunnies at Boulevard Shopping Centre in Berlin
Diane in a flouncy dress, socks and oxford lace-ups
What is a fake Parisian I hear you ask. Well, a fake Parisian is a woman not indigenous to France, who is representing the chic and natural style of France even better than French women do. Diane Krueger, born and raised in Germany and living in Paris, epitomises this casual French chic. I think she’s the best dressed celebrity out there!
Her look is diverse and ranges from innocent Peter-Pan-collared 50s dresses to fierce rock chic outfits complete with distressed denim and high-heels. She is a never-ending inspiration on how to do effortless chic and one of the very few actresses who looks elegant not only on the red carpet, but off-duty.
Her look can be boiled down to 5 ever-recurring basics:
1. The Pink Skinny Jeans – Diane is a master of clashes. She loves clashing romance with Rebel, tailored with voluminous. And in this fashion, she pairs tight-fitting skinny jeans with a casual Leopard shirt, Breton shirt and grey comfy top.
2. The 50s French Coquette style – The above outfits are my favourite on Diane. The 50s style dress – fitted at the top with a flared, knee-length skirt, is so flattering and feminine on her. The cherry on the top is the beret and the Peter Pan collar on the monochrome Chanel dress. Love!
3. The Breton Shirt – also known as the shirt Mariniere, is a stripey classic. Diane makes this style look young and fresh by pairing it with used denim and high-heeled sandals. She rocks the stripes as a cropped top combined with a midi-length skirt or Ali Baba trousers. Classic with a twist done to perfection!
4. The Hermes “Constance” Bag – the cute little cross body bag is quintessential French. Diane herself said she doesn’t like splashing out lots of money for fashion and it took her 6 years to pluck up the courage to buy this iconic but pricey bag.
5. The straw hat: Rather than banning this cute accessories to the beach, Diane rocks this during the daytime in the city. Like the little straw bag, this is becoming a new summer classic fast!
“The French woman is sufficient, she dresses classically with a twist. She takes less care of herself compared to her American counterpart. American women are impeccable, the French strong point is their casual appearance. The fact she likes fashion and beautiful clothes doesn’t make her a frivolous person, they are part of her heritage and culture”.
Odile Gilbert, Studio Hairdresser. Taken from the book “Parisian Street Style –A guide to effortless Chic” by Isabelle Thomas & Frederique Veysset.
Salt and Pepper look in a black and white checked dress
Black and white monochrome, the most classic of trends and so easy to wear. After all, I don’t know a single person who doesn’t look good in those timeless colours. Add pattern like oversized checks or checkerboards, stripes and polka dots for a playful twist.
Keep it classic and stay in the black and white area or add accessories in pop colours!
Above: I love this black and white checked dress I am wearing from Italian designer Max & Co as it reminds me of Megan Draper from Mad Men (love new season 6 !). The length is work appropriate and accessorizing is fool proof. Tights from Burlington, pointy flats from BCBG.
From left to right:
Alexa Chung proving once again she’s a quirky cool London gal. She accessorised her Paul Smith plaid dress with chunky oxfords, grey socks and a black belt.
Peggy Olsen from Mad Men in a fitted 60s plaid dress with boat neck. Classic!
French actress Marion Cotillard in a black and white geometric dress, mixed up with bright orange heels.
Diane Krueger rocks the Parisienne look: Black and white plaid tweed dress from Chanel with Peter Pan collar. She accessorised with a black beret and classic chain cross-body mini bag. J’adore!
One of my favourite dress shapes because it is so slimming (takes off 5 pounds!), the 60s A-line dress. Stripes mixed with white always look fresh and young. Dress and beige platform ballet pumps from Max & Co