I celebrated New Year 2012 as I mean to go on, in Paris! I intend this year to be a year of stylishly filled travel and fun.
My Parisian wardrobe consisted of my favourite Victoria Beckham denim powerskinnys, K-yen padded coat, By Malene Birger knits, fur coat, Gucci riding boots, trilby and fur headband.
Whilst I enjoyed the high tea at Laduree and took in the sights along Champs Elysse I could not help notice how incredibly stylish the Parisians are. Understated, femme du Parisian do not follow or experiment with trends, (Topshop would not survive here!) it seems but have their own understated chic style and wear black, noir and more black. Fresh faced, the french women of Paris of all ages wear minimal if any make up day and night. I was the only girl wearing my shumera lashes and favourite YSL (no. 52) coral lipstick at New Year!
Without a doubt, I love the Parisian style but only go fresh faced on my day off or at the gym. Typically slim, the Parisian woman are beautiful and know how to dress.
Unlike us English girls who have regarded fur as 'touche' in the past, Parisians have never stopped wearing fur and the majority of them own a mink fur coat that has been handed down for generations. In the sumner these coats are checked into furrier storage where they are groomed hibernated for the following season.
Parisians have their own elegant chic and even on a night out make up is left minmal and black is the chosen colour. Take inspiration from our European neighbours but I say live a little, you don't need to follow trends to wear colour! Be careful with colour, don't avoid it but try it on and you will soon work out what colours work best for you. This season is all about colour blocking so keep colours graphic with head to toe monotone, check out our new Victoria Beckham Denim arrivals.
A stylishly New Year to you all,