the french know what they are doing
mean, these people KNOW how to dress.
paris was and is, to some extent, the capital of the fashion world. think about it--christian dior, coco chanel, louis vuitton. these names and many less prominent but equally as fabulous designers like agnes b, for example. and the citizens of paris just uphold the reputation.
as i walk around paris, i am struck by the lack of awful color choices, the well-matched shoes and bags, the daring choices of hairstyles or hats that just seem to work out so well. half the things these people wear would look like potato sacks on americans, especially the women. even men who are dressed in women's clothing look better! today on the metro i saw a woman (formerly a man) who was wearing the most beautiful shade of lipstick i've ever seen in my life. it was stunning. i wanted to compliment her, but my french isn't that good and i figured it might be a bit odd.
but still....how come the rest of europe and america, for that matter, cannot catch up with the french? its not that they do that much outrageous stuff....they stick to the basic colors, basic styles and cuts...every now and then a crazy shoe, but it works. risks only work if you try them as part of a simple ensemble, and that's what the french have caught on to. sure, go ahead, wear that crazy skirt with the diamonds and ninety colors, but pair it with a simple blouse and shoes, I BEG OF YOU.
it shall be interesting to return to new york and rediscover what it means to be a fashionable new yorker.