To celebrate Paris Fashion Week (where our fashion guru Monsieur Jerome currently is—lucky!), we thought we'd showcase five unique French items you might consider for your wardrobe.
First, the sailor-striped tee knows as the Mariniere, which emphasizes youth, elegance and "joie de vivre": Jean-Paul Gaultier turned it into a icon, designing new reinterpretations season after season; Comme des Garcons made it cooler still, while Armor Lux stuck to the classic version. This season, a number of designers have reintroduced the shirt, no doubt inspired by the eternal Jean Seberg in Godard's Breathless.
Paris-based label APC has a unique talent for turning classic French pieces into international must-haves, as exemplified by this wonderful satchel is one of them. It also doesn't hurt that this season sees a "schoolboy uniform" vibe in almost every designer's collection.
The army jacket is a piece that almost every young French girl has in her wardrobe (it all started with German army jackets in the late 90s, and caught on when retailers started to make copies). This season, TopShop is celebrating it with 18 styles. We love the slightly baggy jacket with tight sleeves.
Italian eyewear maker Persol is probably the most popular brand of sunglasses in Paris, with their 649 model leading the way. Created in 1957, Persols became style icons thanks to Steve McQueen and Marcello Mastroianni, who were photographed countless times wearing them, both on and off screen. Relaunched commercially a few years ago, they were adopted immediately by Parisians interested in classic elegance.
This style of desert boot is the shoe to have in Paris this season—every trendy store has one available. Made from smooth polished leather, they have waxed laces and contrasting wood effect soles, making them easy to wear with any kind of style. Opening Ceremony has the coolest version available right now.