Thursday, August 18, 2011

American Woman in Paris

Channeling chic Parisian women is nothing new, but what about chic American women in Paris? As an expatriate in Paris in the 1920s, Zelda Fitzgerald was the quintessential fashion icon for the era so its no wonder that Sophie Théallet chose Fitzgerald as her muse for her Resort 2012 collection. As a French designer working in New York, Théallet is somewhat of an expatriate herself, perhaps explaining why she "wanted to mix American and French styles here." The red, white and blue color palette is all American girl while the loose, silky silhouettes add a hint of sex appeal that is undeniably Parisian. 

The mix of American and French sentiments is perfectly crisp yet casual: button down blouses and fitted blazers are expertly tailored while loose, cropped trouser pants, flowing silk dresses and pleated mid-calf skirts leave a little room to play. The dynamic duo is especially clear in a red printed dress; the collar and buttons are all business but the unexpected use of a sheer black fabric at the shoulders is the perfect incarnation of the subtle sultriness often equated with Parisian women. Separates like tailored shorts and fitted cardigans have a casual elegance that make them easy to work into any wardrobe -- American or French. For evening, Théallet is all about glam: a floor length silk gown with a cowl neck and cinched waist celebrates a woman's best assets while a one-shouldered navy dress defines chic simplicity. Like Fitzgerald herself, this collection brings a "strength, spirit, and certain nonchalance" anywhere it goes.

Strength, spirit, and nonchalance...American Women... stay away from meeeee... 

Photo courtesy of: ssense

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