Best of Fashion Week Street Style: Paris

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Paris is always an exciting place to be. Most especially during fashion week, of course. The City of Lights and Romance Capital of the World turns into a runway filled with the best street style looks from the European and international fashion elite. Everyone who’s anyone, and anyone who’s lucky enough to be invited to the shows pulls out all the stops and shows off all the sartorial tricks up their sleeve for Paris Fashion Week.

New York is urban. London is a little bit rebellious. Milan is sensual sophistication. Paris is all about making a unique statement clothed in a whole lotta glam. Here are the best looks and coolest trends I’ve spotted:

Leather and Lace

Leather and lace is one of those unusual fashion combinations that totally works. It’s tough gal meets modern romantic, girly meets punk. The marriage of these two materials almost always result in stunning looks. Paris fashionistas take it up a notch with unexpected silhouettes and daring hemlines.

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Patent Animal Skin

Animal prints are pretty much wardrobe staples at this point. Take your love for animal skin to a more exotic and flamboyant level with the patent animal skin trend that positively ruled the Paris streets come fashion week. This trend isn’t for the faint of heart, but if you’re bold enough, you’re a shoo-in for the most stylish in the room. Just ask Anna Dello Russo.

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Sleek and Sophisticated

Black is the ultimate in sleek and sophisticated. However, you can expect a little bit more from Parisian stylistas when it comes to styling this reliably chic color. From adding emerald green cropped biker jackets, adding a blazer for a menswear twist, and donning this eponymous color in its most alluring form–in leather, black is a go-to color to look chic. All these looks are proof that black is far from boring.

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Sparkle and Shine

Embellishments like sequins and feathers need not be confined to evening wear. In fact, Paris fashion week street style has redefined evening wear and made it into everyday wear. Hey, if you have the confidence and panache to rock a fully embellished evening frock during the light of the day, then go for it. Parisian fashionistas are known to make their own rules after all. Only one rule applies: always be fabulous.

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Printastic

Not just all about florals and stripes, Paris Fashion Week showed us an array of eye-popping prints that have a definite “shock and awe” value. Graphic black and white geometric lines, textured chevron with a sheen, and layered bohemian prints are just some of the print combinations that you should try for yourself.

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Je ne sais quoi

Je ne sais quoi means “I don’t know what.” That’s the literal meaning. When one says ‘je ne sais quoi,’ it is used to describe someone’s desirability that stems from something intangible, something you can’t quite out your finger on. Paris Street Style has “je ne sais quoi” to a T. There is just something magical, and borderline otherworldly about the fashion choices that you are inspired to make whenever you find yourself in Paris. I mean, just take a look these amazing looks below. Giovanna Battaglia’s bell-like sleeves, and inexplicable lime green on lime green ensemble that surprisingly works, fur plus striped marsala–these are looks that look right at home on the trailblazing streets of Paris.

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Photos from Elle and Stylecaster

Top 10 Must-See Fashion Movies

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Fashionistas and style aficionados always, always look beyond the runways, magazines, internet, and social media for inspiration. Movies, films, and documentaries provide us fashion lovers unique and in-depth insight into the industry and creative expression that we all love so much. Any serious fashionista will tell you that they oftentimes find inspiration in movies, and they often find themselves learning new things and getting educated on the finer points of design, personal style, and fashion history.

Consider this list your starter guide into fashion movies. Grab some popcorn and brace yourself for a bevy of amazing inspiration. Here are my top 10 picks for must-see fashion movies:

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

You can’t really leave this classic film off this list. Audrey Hepburn basically invented the “little black dress” we all know and love in this movie. Hubert de Givenchy designed all the looks in this movie, and it is all stunning.

Bill Cunningham New York

Before there was The Sartorialist, Tommy Ton, and Street Peeper, there was Bill Cunningham. The New York Times photographer is a legend within the industry and can certainly be credited for singled handedly bringing street style into the main stage.

The September Issue

Vogue is considered by most to be the fashion Bible. This documentary takes the viewer through the whole process of putting together Vogue’s eponymous September issue. Even better is the glimpse we get into Anna Wintour’s personality. You’ll find yourself falling in love with Grace Coddington too.

Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorfs

Bergdorf Goodman in Manhattan is certainly a big player in the fashion industry. This department store only carries the best of the best, and their store is one of the most important fashion institutions. You will love how this film shows how the put up their legendary shop windows, and you’ll enjoy hearing about the celebrity shopping anecdotes too.

Clueless

90s fashion is having a huge moment right now. Clueless definitely fits right into that. From the plaid kilt minis to the kooky statement hats, there is so much style inspo to be had. Not to mention, Cher’s AMAZING closet.

Valentino: The Last Emperor

If you’re in a style rut, you will fall in love with fashion all over again when you watch Valentino: The Last Emperor. Valentino is in love with beauty and glamour, and at the end of this film you will be swept up in the romance of fashion.

The Devil Wears Prada

Andrea Sach’s makeover is just way TOO GOOD. The montage of Andy’s new outfits is probably the best part of this movie.

Advanced Style

One can only hope to have even some of the chutzpah, confidence, and style sensibilities of these colorful and vibrant ladies whose unapologetic style has them feeling and looking forever young.

Coco Before Chanel

Chanel is one the most prestigious fashion houses at the moment. It is also one with tremendous history. Coco Chanel was a fashion revolutionary, who blazed a trail for women to wear whatever they want. Her designs were modern and it was firmly against the established corsets and restrictive skirts of the time.

Sex and the City

Now while Sex and the City 2 had some stellar style moments (their outfits for karaoke were unforgettable), Sex and the City still wins for the iconic looks that were like a throwback to the signature style of the show. This movie also started a lot of trends, like the gladiator heel and the oversized statement belt trend.

Which movie will you be watching this weekend? Why not gather your girlfriends and have a marathon? So much fun!

Any fashion film favorites that I missed? Share them to me in the comments section!