With spring just around the corner, I decided to be ambitious with a couple of those goals that have been gathering dust in the corner of my to-do list. The most recently endeavored is learning the language of love â€” or in my definition, the language of fashion.
After battling the French vocabulary and finally having an excuse to buy the insanely costly French Vogue, I decided to take this particular goal a step further. I wanted to speak French, read French, write French, understand French, and now I want to wear French.
Obviously the French designer powerhouses of Chanel, Christian Lacroix, Dior and Christian Louboutin, just to name a few, are a little out of my reach at this point. However that doesn’t mean I can’t start looking through some other windows toward the French fashion world to give my wardrobe a spice of European glamour.
The Paul & Joe clothing line has always been a favorite of mine. I discovered her line when she designed for Target’s Go International line in 2006, and I have been following her designs ever since. What a fantastic designer to start incorporating into my overly-American wardrobe!
With a similar style to Sophie Albou, AgnÃ¨s TroublÃ© with her line agnÃ¨s b., is one of those designers that can truly make styles timeless. Seriously, if she can dress both Natalie Portman and David Bowie, what can’t she do?!
Who growing up didn’t proudly flaunt the FCUK t-shirts from French Connection? Now as we struggle with â€˜growing up’, Farhi has been lovingly bestowing gorgeous elegant options to flaunt for many years to come. However I admit, I’m never getting rid of my FCUK t-shirt.
As an avid shoe collector, I have always dreamt of owning my very own pair of Manolo Blahnik’s. But what about the designer who inspired such fantastic footwear? Even though in 1999, Frizon sold her company and its brands, I would never turn away from such magnificent foot fashion.
With inspirations stemming from Vivienne Westwood and the London punk scene, Sophie Theallet can glamorously conclude my line-up of French Fashion icons.
Beyond the conclusion of learning how to pronounce French vowels and giving my wardrobe some Parisian pizzazz, perhaps one day I will be able to return to the Land of Love and Fashion to live (and dress) like une rÃ©sidante! Until that time comes, au revoir my fair readers!
1. Paul & Joe for Target Fall 2006
2. Paul & Joe Spring 2009 RTW
3. agnÃ¨s b. Spring 2009 RTW
4. Nicole Farhi Spring 2009 RTW
5. 1980s Maud Frizon Suede Elf Boots
6. Maud Frizon Vintage Red Flats
7. Sophie Theallet Spring 2009 RTW
8. Sophie Theallet Spring 2009 RTW
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