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Wednesday, March 14th 2012

S/S 2012 Trend Report: The French Obsession

A look from the Rive Gauche Romance lookbook: flirty androgyny inspired by fashion’s Jazz Age muse.

Paris in the 1920s. It was the era when Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald mingled with art and literature’s most animated characters in the city Hemingway lovingly called a "moveable feast." The decade saw the City of Light play host to American ex-pats, give rise to the Surrealist movement, and celebrate the waif, the first to the androgyny game that is so popular today.

On the Left Bank, the boyish look evaded the depressed naïveté that ran through The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald’s classic that defined the era for the American set. This look channels Coco Chanel more than Daisy Buchanan. Masculine elements like buttoned-up collars and crisp fabrics are loosened with easy silhouettes. The wide-leg pant needn’t necessarily be paired with heels—it works just as well worn slouched over a pair of Superga sneakers—and dresses are ladylike but nonrestrictive. The look as a whole uses menswear influences to enhance a flirtatious, decidedly feminine elegance.


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