Revolution in closets
Netflix announced on November 11th that there will be a second season of the successful Emily in Paris show. And since the heroine’s stay in the French capital extends, why not review her wardrobe, which is not adapted to Parisian life. The famous stylist Patricia Field, surely did it on purpose, but nothing prevents us from imagining alternatives. Isabelle Cerboneschi
Emily in Paris is a work of fiction by Darren Star, the father of Sex and the City, which follows the thread of a narrative that is quite classic, after all. The heroine, played by Lily Collins, the daughter of singer and musician Phil Collins, is the archetype of the young American working girl who ticks all the boxes. She works in a big advertising agency in Chicago, she has a lover, a fantastic job, an excellent salary (according to her overflowing wardrobe), a nice boss, and she excels at boosting the notoriety of her clients on social networks. Through a combination of circumstances, she is sent the French capital to become the social media manager of a marketing agency specializing in luxury goods. An American in Paris, 21st century version.
Her odyssey is made up of epic professional failures and catching up, pathetic love stories and disappointments, and a few plumbing problems. All this in a postcard Paris that is limited to five arrondissements, where there are no yellow jackets, no homeless people, and no tube strikes. As for the maid’s room she lives is, it is a 430 square feet place (instead of the usual 170sq feet). Emily has plenty of room to fit her countless branded clothes. She is overdressed from morning to night and goes to the office perched on five-inch stilettos with a different Chanel bag slung across her shoulder every day (there is no pickpocketing in Emily’s Paris, of course). Even her impeccable hairstyle is a cliché in a city where the Parisienne always displays a very worked up, neglected look.
Emily’s look has been a hot topic since the launch of the first episode. There are more than a dozen fan pages on Instagram that decipher every single one of her outfits, such as Fashion of Emily in Paris, Emily in Paris outfit, Emily in Paris closet, etc. Emily, the perfect anti-icon of fashion, is scanned from head to toe. But it’s not only social networks that spy on her as soon as she gets out of bed: even Vogue has gotten into it and doesn’t say anything good about it. ” Many a screed has been written about Emily’s perplexing tastes: her earnest berets and Eiffel Tower prints, those five-inch stiletto boots, a seemingly endless cache of statement outerwear. (…) What really strikes me is that Emily’s outfits don’t come close to reflecting how young women dress in 2020,” says fashion critic Emily Farra. We can’t prove her wrong.
Behind the character’s over-the-top looks is renowned stylist Patricia Field, who worked on the Sex and the City series. She certainly forced the line on purpose for the first season, but that doesn’t prevent us from imagining Emily’s wardrobe a little more Paris-compatible in the second season, announced by Netflix on November 11th. And also to make her life easier: nobody walks in the streets with five-inch heels anymore, not even during fashion week. So the first piece of advice to give Emily: buy a few pairs of sneakers, and not just to go jogging along the Seine, and flat sandals.
Emily needs a lot of things, and she has a lot of extra stuff in her closets. To begin with, she could do with a few white poplin blouses signed Charvet, or the Olsen model by Valentine Gauthier, pioneer of ethical fashion, a piece of the permanent collection. If the young woman took the time to look at the spring-summer 2021 collections (and since she seems to have an almost unlimited budget) she could fall for the magnificent beige trench coat signed Prada, the black coat with lots of functional pockets from Marine Serre to avoid wearing a designer bag every day, and the indispensable black tuxedo from Tom Ford, some essential looks from Hedi Slimane’s collection for Celine, including a leather jacket and a pair of black jeans, Kenzo’s multi-pocket pants, Lutz Huelle’s sublime pink pajamas for day and night, Jacquemus’ high-waisted beige pants, Didier & Angelo’s Coat for the art galleries openings, to be worn over a pair of wide jeans (APC, Levy’s vintage, Martin Grant or Hiut Jeans), the glittering jacket and wide Chanel evening pants or a sculptured dress by Yohji Yamamoto for the evenings at the Opéra Garnier, to be worn with biker boots (Roger Vivier, Celine, Chanel), or simple flat sandals from Rondini to be brought from Saint-Tropez. Finally, she would need some Hermès cashmere sweaters borrowed from the men’s collection, one or two Maison Michel hats, to alternate with berets. That would be a start.
And for crash courses in style, Emily should definitely have a drink with Inès de la Fressange, the archetype of the Parisian and discreetly get inspired by her looks. This woman has a knack for not taking fashion too seriously and playing with clothes, like her “girlfriends who generally don’t have much money and with a sweater found at Monoprix, a belt, and something inherited from their grandmother, make themselves a nice little look. »
Not sure that Patricia Field likes “the nice little look”…