I've been back home for only a few days and I've been really restless trying to figure out what it was that I "discovered" on my trip to Paris. Last year it was the color red being the "red thread" but this year I was really unable to put my finger on something. Spending time in a city where the world's best trend forecasting companies are home based is a little intimidating, because I almost feel as though it is imperative to bring something back with me. I found a few trends popping up, the vintage military jackets, straw hats, and of course the over saturation of the striped shirts, but overall the only creative feeling that I could gather from this city is the concept of minimalism. Not the kind that you would imagine from the 90s era of fashion or the minimalist art movement, but more of the un-satisfaction of over-consumption. In Paris clothing and styling is more simple, store windows are more simple, the attitudes of the French are more simplified. Maybe this is something that has always existed in the Parisian culture, but it just feels like a return to naturalism . . . but in a modern sense. Although I can just put myself in Sofia Coppola's film "Marie Antoinette" when she so well visualizes the return to naturalism. But of course that came about after years and years of over-consumption, hence the revolution.
Photo from film found: weddingsinparisi.com
I think this minimalistic character is what I really like about Paris. It's so different from New York in that matter, even in NY we're trying to be more natural and organic but it becomes a big deal and in a way unnatural, and like everything else in American culture the idea of being natural and organic is flaunted and commercialized, making the concept ironic. Now I know I am generalizing here in many ways, but I am to trying to explain this feeling that I get from Paris, and essentially it's really hard to. With that said, I think I'll lighten up and try present a few odds and ends of trends, (design-wise) that I captured while being in Paris.
1. military jackets: I saw so many women and men wearing these jackets, from young to old, and thin to thick (even though there aren't a lot of thick women in Paris). The most important styling detail of these jackets, you must roll up the sleeves! When I tried mine on, the girl at the counter insisted on it and even motioned me to roll then pushing my sleeves up. It was funny.
Chictopia.com has a little segment on this jackets, showing where you can buy them. However, I know that Madewell was selling them at the end of last summer, because a lot of their designers use Paris as an inspiration, and they definitely just bought a bunch of those jackets in bulk and shipped to the states to sell for hundreds. I'm thinking one should just hit up the army navy stores for a better deal.
These jackets have oddly become the 'it' item of Paris and the best part is that they're really cheap. I bought one at "The King of Frip" which was actually below the apartment we stayed in. This store had an entire rack dedicated to these jackets, all selling for only 10 euros a piece! Now I was silly and forgot to take a photo of the front of the store but, The King of Frip is found @ 33 Rue du Roi de Sicile • 75004 Paris, France • 01 42 78 33 72 . I found a beautiful photograph taken by the street blogger/photographer, Yanidel.
photo found here on Yanidel's Blog 'Street Photography in Paris'
2. Straw hats: while all the stores in the US are selling these hats, people in the States are not wearing, in Paris however, they are in full force and those ladies look effortlessly chic as they avoid sunburns and skin cancer. That is something my boyfriend & I had a laugh over a few times, there were so many singed and burned Americans. Please put on some sunscreen!
Thank styleinthecity.com for these photos, and um that's Karl Lagerfeld in the background of the pic.
3. Color: I saw a slight influence of the color turquoise in design in Paris, not as big as it is in New York.
More so I noticed the color combination of yellow and white popping up in design. The image on the left is from the Givenchy 2010 Fall collection, the image on the right is a window display for a jewelry company, and the below image from Apartmenttherapy.com, a Parisian apartment.
More to come soon. . .