Coco, Catherine, Carla, and..... me.
Of course, you all know "Coco" is the one and only................
you probably suspect that "Catherine" is the beautiful actress
and by now most are aware that former super model "Carla", is the president of France new wife
So, you say: where does "Fifi" fit? What do I have in common with these accomplished women? Well, rest assured: I don't have the audacity to compare myself to them from the perspective of their respective skills and talents (or fame and beauty for that matter) BUT, what I do have in common with them, and millions of other French women, is a sense of self.
And what prompted this post, you may wonder?
WELL, 2 THINGS:
First:The many emails I get asking about my style. And, second: an article titled "The French Mystic" by Irene Lacher in the Los Angeles Times back in October 11, in which she often refers to the notions of "accidental allure" and "seductive disarray" when speaking of French style. "Less is more. That's the essence of French style and the reason the little black dress is so iconic. Because, it's not about the dress, but the wearer. You have a little black dress and one accessory--a scarf, a bracelet."
It made me think about this French style "thing". This is something that little French girls grow up with as naturally as we grow up with croissants and baguettes.
I am often asked how I developed my style an how I define it. The truth is that it's the result of all the wonderful things I was exposed to as a child, as a young woman and, as an adult, and the way we were never asked to "conform" to any trends, may it be about home decor, fashion or beauty.
I was fortunate to grow up in an era that promoted these traits. But France wasn't always like that. Long before my days growing up in PARIS, French society was all about traditions and public opinion, especially where women were concerned. By the time I came into the world women like Coco Chanel had paved the way for individuality, regardless of "social standing". If you take a minute to watch the trailer for "COCO BEFORE CHANEL" you will understand what I mean. She defied conventions an paved the way for self-expression. Long after her death she remains a fashion icon and an inspiration for those of us who believe in originality, may it be about fashion or home decor. She had guts, gumption, and believed in herself.
Today, it's perfectly fine for a former super model (and singer) to be the wife of the French president......as you can see from the video below, the First Lady of France, Carla Bruni, is both beautiful and talented. What a refreshing change and beautiful representation of individuality!The world as long had a love affair with all things French: food, fashion, art....and that uniquely French quality called "Je ne sais quoi", (that hard to define "little something"), which, is nothing more than a way of putting an outfit or a room together with a blithe spirit.
So, for better or for worse, that's what I do too and what makes my lifestyle and personal style what they are: real, liberating and serene. Pretty yes but without all the trappings of conventional and predictable decorating rules. The only thing that comes to mind, as definitions go, is "SANS CHICHI CHIC" (without ostentation). And the same applies to the way I look and the clothes I wear.
You can do it too. The formula is simple: Make the most of what you have, improvise, take the best of what you like and put your own twist on it, trust your judgement, and DON'T let OTHERS influence your DECISIONS.
In the "immortal" words of Gracie Hart (aka Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality 2)
"WE DON'T NEED TO CONFORM TO THE "BARBIE-DOLL" IMAGE !"
I HOPE THIS MAKES SENSE! ALL I REALLY WANTED TO SAY IS : IT'S OK TO BE YOURSELF!