From the fake Parisian Diane Kruger
, whose relaxed and impeccable style continues to impress us, we move over to Bérengère, a real Parisian showing us how to do effortless Hippie Chic.
Bérengère is my lovely colleague here in London, a newly married Parisian from Versailes, living in London’s little France, South Kensington.
Known as “Berry” to the non-French speakers in the office , Bérengère’s gallic style is epitomised by her skilful mix of high-end fashion with high-street, in her tousled hair style, and in the subtleness of her make-up.
Want to know more about Berry’s style? Read an in depth-interview with her on her fashion secrets here.
Bérengère is wearing:
- Aztec print poncho-esque cardigan from a shop in Notting Hill ‘Skinny Skimmer’ Jeans from GAP
- Tan Chelsea Boots from Massimo Dutti
- Nail varnish from Essie
- Turquoise ring from Gucci
- Necklace from Van Cleef
Inside Berry’s cosmetic bag:
· Pivoine Flora Handcreme from L’Occitane
· Exaggerate Eyeliner from Rimmel
· Rouge Caresse Lipstick from Loreal in “Rock ‘n mauve”
After having read Ines de la Fressange’s style guide on Parisian chic, http://romantiqueandrebel.com/?p=178 I was eager to find out what Parisian style is really like on the streets.
Here are my observations:
· 90% of Parisians wear ballet shoes, the rest flat, open sandals or moccasins (no 12 cm plateau high heels that are so popular in London!)
· Their make-up and hair is made up ‘au naturel’
· Parisiennes braved the heat with jumpsuits, dainty, flowing silk dresses (never too short, never too much cleavage. You show either legs or a bit of cleavage, never both)
· Their favourite accessory is NOT the mobile phone. Unfortunately it has become a common sight to see girls constantly playing with their mobile devices, however this did not strike me as much in Paris
To summarise: Timeless, effortless elegance equals style a la Parisienne which matches Ines style guide advice.
Below are some photo impressions that I captured on the Parisian streets, and in the shops (great boutique in Rue Scribe)