Wednesday, February 18, 2009
HOT FLASH FROM PARIS: Street Fashion
Street fashion in Paris falls into a few obvious categories this year:
--fur, fur, fur. Fur coats, fur hats, fur collars and neckpieces, fur gloves, fur everything. I have to admit to feeling sad about this. I was working on a book about animal rights just before coming to Paris, and you don't want to hear how we get our furs. At least not on this blog.
--tight jeans, although you do see some wide-legged sailor-style jeans too.
--pointy-toed boots, flat heeled or high heeled.
--the ubiquitous scarf around the neck, usually in an interesting contrasting color.
--the "boule" dress, form-fitting at the bust and waist and then ballooning out at the knees and loosely cinched there (with elastic, I think). You wear the dress with leggings or tight-fitting pants. I saw a woman jogging along the river the other day in such an outfit. I thought she looked ridiculous, but the get-up is everywhere.
Photo: one of the elegant streetlamps at the Pont Alexandre III (think Les Invalides and the Grand and Petit Palais)