The fashion media is ever promising to spill the secrets of “French Girl” style, only to reveal yet another navy and white striped t-shirt or lash-skimming Lou Doillon-inspired fringe.
While we’re generally skeptical of any article that encapsulates style into a half-dozen pieces that can be easily purchased at your neighborhood H&M (or an equally ill-advised bangs experiment snipped in front of your bathroom mirror), there is something intriguing about the effortlessness self-confidence that many French women project. It’s a slightly off-kilter combination of classic shapes artfully woven with quirky, attitude revealing pieces; and if you’re looking for a place to start, look no further than master himself, the late Karl Lagerfeld.
Although the exalted designer/provocateur may have taken his last bow, his legacy lives on through his eponymous collection, Karl Lagerfeld Paris. His women’s fall collection offers ladylike sheath dresses and tweedy blazers alongside rocker-inspired skinny jeans, graffiti tees and covetable Margot Tenenbaum-esque faux fur jackets and leopard-print coats.
While the apparel line may lean classic and refined, the real fun begins with the accessories collection. In true “French Girl” fashion, this is where the brand’s style philosophy really shines through. The shoe collection ranges from sequined patch-covered sneakers in red, mustard and navy, to Chelsea boots with pearl-encrusted heels or metallic silver leather. Handbags run from classic totes and bowling bags to trendy quilted fanny packs and sleek evening bags.
But, by far, the season’s must-have item is a meow-mix of hats inspired by the designer’s erstwhile feline companion, Choupette. The collection includes a beanie with Choupette’s likeness in sequins (wearing Lagerfeld’s trademark dark sunglasses, naturally), a knit headband adorned with tiny, fuzzy cat’s ears, and a classic French beret encircled with a halo of cat-shaped silver-studs.
As one would expect, the surprisingly affordable collection invites the wearer to reveal as much, or as little, about herself as she would like. And that’s truly the essence of the Parisian charm and wit that Lagerfeld always sought to cultivate.
The collection will be available online and at Karl Lagerfeld Paris boutiques globally.