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The Wishlist: The Paris Edit

The Wishlist: The Paris Edit

We don’t want to get the backs of the world’s other great style capitals up, but Paris is regarded by many as the home of fashion. The birthplace of RTW and haute couture, we owe a lot to the designers that have and still call the City of Lights home. The great maisons have dressed the A-list’s most influential women – from Catherine Deneuve, Courtney Love and Cara Delevingne to Audrey Hepburn, Madonna and Iman. Parisian women have a reputation for elegant and relaxed effortlessness, with wardrobes full of chic, timeless pieces worn with an air of sophisticated insouciance. Here are our go-to Parisian pieces for when we feel like channelling our inner French cool-girl.

A Saint Laurent black mock croc leather boxy Sunset bag with a YSL clasp

THE BAG

Le Smoking, La Rive Gauche, that green fur coat. Saint Laurent is defined by an irreverent, rebellious spirit with a bohemian aesthetic, and their bags are among fashion’s most-coveted. Get your YSL fix with the iconic Sunset bag in signature black mock-croc leather.

A black and white striped Balmain mini bandage dress with long sleeves and Balmain logos written in type and silver button epaulettes

THE DRESS

The Balmain army like their hemlines high, their heels higher and their blazers double-breasted. Creative director Olivier Rousteing’s take on Pierre Balmain’s classic ladylike style comes with a side of rebellion, so for aspiring Parisian socialites, this striped Balmain dress with signature silver epaulettes is a must-have piece for a night of decadence.

Red leather Chloe Rylee boots with cut outs, a pointed toe, black laces and two straps with silver buckles

THE BOOTS

Founded in 1952, Chloé is loved by women around the world for its free-spirited, feminine collections and cult It-bags and accessories. The smart-girl’s choice for bohemian pieces with a rock ‘n’ roll edge, the Rylee boot is a cult classic, and red leather gives this pair an extra dose of Parisian cool.

 A beige Balmain double breasted blazer with sharp shoulders and silver Balmain buttons

THE BLAZER

Pierre Balmain was a master tailor, and the Parisian power-house still champions his legacy with their opulent double-breasted blazers. This season, everyone is wearing beige – a staple colour in every classically stylish woman’s wardrobe. This neutral piece is a super chic way to tap into the trend. Tres élégante.

Black strappy Saint Laurent Cassandra high heel sandals with a large metal YSL logo

THE HEELS

Black is the colour of choice for many a Parisian woman who, over time, carefully builds a capsule wardrobe of pieces she can turn to time and again. Invest in statement after-dark styles, from an LBD to these tantalising Saint Laurent Cassandra sandals, and be prepared for whatever the Parisian night presents you with. You never know where the next invitation might come from . . .