Alber Elbaz has given a very large nod of approval to the python this year and an obvious round of applause to the lightening leopard. This window display grabbed my attention…not because I could or would wear all printed pieces together….but because I would never. Appreciating fashion and wearing fashion are two different things….The first should take you completely out of your comfort zone and the second should plonk you fair in the middle of it. Knowing what you love and what works for you is the key to stylish dressing but the visual stimulation that talented designers like Elbaz offer up is what maintains a freshness and modern edge to our style.
Style is not ageist, style is individual. It would seem to me that French women refine their style constantly. Like their interior decor, they manage to blend items of contrast to arrive at their personal signature. There are no set rules other than that of remaining distinctive and unique. The French have mastered the art of dipping in and out of current fashion trends; they tend to take the lead from the designers without plunging head first. Moderation, like much about life in France, is the key.